As we have already seen, our responsiveness to the upward pull of the god (anairesis) is simultaneously a descent (katabasis
); that is, through dying to the pulls of other strings and to the strains of gravity exerted by our mortal nature (bios), we become animated and alive to the pulls of the transcendent "primal architect"; we begin to participate joyfully in immortal life (zoe) through a reconstituted principium individuationis arising from an underlying awareness of the Dionysian ground.
Books reviewed in the first issue include Death Metal Epic I: The Inverted Katabasis
by Dean Swinford, Underground Never Dies!
theme and its epic registers have now been fully explored by Finkelpearl, but H.
In suggesting that one must get both literally and figuratively to the bottom of things, Ferrantes' novels pay homage to a far more ancient topos, the katabasis
or descensus ad inferos, the journey below made for the sake of knowledge.
This cosmic voyage is mirrored in the Classical katabasis
and anabasis of the Logos.
The route is rather sinuous: the ascent of the soul ("raptus animae") is followed by a "katabasis
eis antron", and then by an "anabasis" to Heaven.
Indeed, the very term surfing implies sliding along the surface of things for the stimulation that it provides, never going down (katabasis
) into the depth of things or deriving any insight into the things that are (ta onta).
In the epyllion's tortuous adoption of the katabasis
, the underworld's voice dissipates the clouds that ominously occlude the sun from the mountains peak.