Acta Universitatis Danubius. Communicatio, Vol 10, No 2 (2016)

A Diachronic Study of Ontological Perspectives from Mircea Eliade and Ioan Petru Culianu’s Literary and Scientific Works: The Acceptance of “The Other”

Georgiana-Claudia Mihail


This article starts from the assumption that there is a continuity of ideas between Mircea Eliade and Ioan Petru Culianu’s systems of thought. Mircea Eliade is fascinated with the power of active imagination, illustrated by myths and symbols which are typical of collective unconscious, because they have been used from the beginning of this world up to the contemporary world. However, we can find such representations in Mircea Eliade and Ioan Petru Culianu’s both scientific and literary works. The similarities and differences between their systems of thought are illustrated in this article. Firstly, the description of Mircea Eliade’s scientific system includes the diachronic study of religious ideas and the emphasis on human active imagination as a mechanism of compensation for the ontological suffering. Secondly, the principles of the universal method belonging to Ioan Petru Culianu, the mythical and symbolic representations from the Romanian writer’s literary works: The Emerald Game and Hesperus are also illustrated in this article.


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