The aim of this paper is to examine the dichotomy of erotic love and spirituality in the context of the cultural landscape of the Mediterranean. First triggered by a Zen Buddhist text, and later on by an Australian artistic exhibition on the theme of the Goddess energy in Eastern and Western art, it is an attempt to shed light on the reasons behind the portrayal of the vital concepts of sexuality and the sacred as separate, opposing or conflicting forces. The analysis is drawn from literary and artistic works of the Mediterranean region, as a crossroads of East and West and a meeting point of three monotheistic traditions.
|Title of host publication||The Traditional Mediterranean|
|Subtitle of host publication||essays from the ancient to the early modern era|
|Editors||Jayong Che, Nicholas C. J Pappas|
|Place of Publication||Athens|
|Publisher||Athens Institute for Education and Research ; Pusan University|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|