Ghostology: Soul Division
Author: Craig Conley (Writing as Prof. Oddfellow)
ISBN #: 979-8750906208
How the human soul is divided has been talked about for centuries by philosophers, poets, mystics, seers, and laymen. “Ghostology” is a short work (the pages are not numbered, but I count 66) that pulls the reader in from page one.
There are two dedications:
For Mother: “Her soul is divided into as many parts as the number of her children, since she experiences in her own being whatever happens to them.” Saint Gregory of Nyssa
For Michelangelo: “the man of four souls”.
The content of this book is presented as quotes from various sources, accompanied by incredibly interesting illustrations. This is not a book that can be easily put down. We read that the Zinacantan people of and that all persons alive today are only composites of humans who have lived before.
Norman Mailer identifies seven Egyptian souls in “Ancient Evenings” (1983), while Gerald Massey in “The Seven Souls of Man” (1883) identifies seven souls. Edgar James Banks in “The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” (1916) identifies five Egyptian souls.
The Makah tribe of Washington State identifies the four parts of the soul as: (1) eye, (2) breath, (3) animal twin, and (4) guardian.
Hawaiian Shamanism defines three soul divisions: (1) Seed of Light, (2) Mentality, and (3) Physicality.
The Yin/Yang theory of Taoism shows the light and dark halves of the soul being further divided upon death into Light (Compassion, Frugality, Humility), and Dark (Joy, Anger, Anxiety, Grief, Fear, Pensiveness, and Sudden Fright).
There are many more examples, accompanied by incredible imagery. This is a learning book (a book that teaches), but the reader will see it as interesting information that presents itself as many different ways of looking at the soul, and how it is defined.
It is a tool of growth and a tool of personal power. The reader needs to come with an open mind to be able to experience the joy that is to be his within these pages.
The afterword gives the reader, even more, to think about:
“The soul is split in two, and it is precisely in this cleavage and duality that he discovers his true self and becomes a free personality.” Erich Frank, 1945.
I loved the ending, which shows a series of images interpreting what an ending is.
I recommend this book for readers that are interested in how the soul is interpreted by many different cultures – it is eye-opening, and a very gentle read.
© March 2022 Bonnie Cehovet
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