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IrrevocableA Philosophy of Mortality$
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Alphonso Lingis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226556765

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.001.0001

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The Stone Axe

The Stone Axe

(p.85) The Stone Axe

Alphonso Lingis

University of Chicago Press

An ancient stone axe found in Java. It is a cult object, a sacred object, that belonged to a sacred personage. I know, can know nothing of the processions and the rites in which this stone axe figured, can recover no afterimage of the titanic or demonic figures that appeared in the visions and trances of that religion. The earth has taken it back, and its wood handle and rattan binding have been petrified, joining the stone of the blade. Innumerable once sacred sites are in ruins. They are traces of visions and ecstasies long vanished in the darkness of the past. About them opens the abyss of the inassimilable, the inaccessible, the irrecoverable, the sacred.

Keywords:   sacred and profane, sacred in ruins, irrecoverable, inaccessible

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