|MIRCEA ELIADE (1907–1986) was a Romanian-born historian of religions and a novelist whose works were known in translation the world over. Eliade founded the modern study of the history of religions and was the author of numerous books, including THE MYTH OF THE ETERNAL RETURN and THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE.|
|RITES AND SYMBOLS OF INITIATION
The Mysteries of Birth and Rebirth
Foreword by MICHAEL MEADE
Newly revised printing 2009
Paperback original, $22 USD
Organizing data from cultures the world over, Eliade lays out the basic patterns of initiation: group puberty rites, entrance into secret cults, shamanic instructions, individual visions, and heroic rites of passage.