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"Scrisorile către un provincial" ale lui Mircea Eliade. Răspunsul unui provincial din viitor/ Mircea Eliade’s Letters for a Provincial. The Answer from a Provincial from the Future

Author(s): Elvira Groza

Journal: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
ISSN 1583-0039

Volume: 5;
Issue: 15;
Start page: 88;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Mircea Eliade | modern man | sacred | Center

he article analyzes The Letters for a Provincial, addressed by Mircea Eliade to a hypothetical provincial in order to prepare access to the capital city. The letters are written so as to dislocate the provincial from a cultural model built on fake values and prejudices. From a mere pretext, the letters are turned into a symbolic act through which the historian of religions assumes, on the one hand, the destiny of a messenger of a new humanism, and, on the other hand, transforms the modern areligious man into a destination point for whom the provincial is the archetype. Thus, in all of Eliade’s works one can trace the same pattern of dislocation of the partial man, disconnected from archetypes and milestones, in order to re-install him on the road towards the Center, through anthropology structured on cosmic reintegration, alchemy or androgyny in the books of the Romanian period, recovery of the eternal recursion in the Western treatises, and also through the theory of the irecognoscibility of the miracle, in his last essays. The end of the article proposes an answer from the present provincial, who for Eliade was still in the future, an answer showing that the messages of the historian of religions are not reaching him, because he has lost the road towards the Center; moreover, he is situated in an ill-fated extraterritoriality, that is made possible through the great integrations at a horizontal level, and his chance would be the return to the story.
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