Think of being curled up and floating in a darkness. Even if you could think, even if you had an imagination, would you ever imagine its opposite, this miraculous world the Asian Taoists call the “Ten Thousand Things”? And if the darkness just got darker? And then you were dead? What would you care? How would you even know the difference?
— Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son
A nineteenth-century Tibetan depiction of the Lords of the Charnel Ground
“To complete the process of rebirth, the initiate must experience a mystical vision in which he imagines his body stripped of its flesh and names and numbers his own bones. The shaman cannot experience rebirth until he ‘becomes’ his skeleton.”
From Mark C Taylor’s photo essay book Mystic Bones
Edited excerpt via Cabinet Magazine