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Spells and Swords: Historic Esoteric and Magical Teachings in Western and Japanese Martial Arts

Alexios Chrysoloras

University Session UA104 June 13, 2020 Course # 115
Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Fee
Length 1 hr Credits 1
Attendees 6/∞ Room Purpure
Course Category Martial Arts

While many may be familiar with magic and swordplay in a fantasy context or in the symbolic use of sword and knives in modern Western esoteric traditions, fewer know of the emphasis on these practices in Western manuscripts of historical swordplay and in the esoteric practices of Japanese koryu (old school) martial arts. In this class, students will receive a survey of literature on this topic. Discussed will be symbolism in images from Achille Marozzo's Opera Nova, the magical sections of Ms.3227a ("the Nuremburg Hausbuch") and the esoteric practices of koryu arts in Japan. Students will learn how these traditions relate to the religious, esoteric, and cultural contexts of the time and get a glimpse of how martial artists viewed practices one would consider magical. This class will be on Zoom and will not be recorded.

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