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Sep 212011

We are pleased to welcome June McDaniel as this month’s speaker as she is a founding member of the Society and has contributed to it’s success.   In this presentation Dr. McDaniel will describe the chakras of Kundalini yoga, and some Jungian archetypes which can be correlated with them.  She explains:  “Carl Jung was interested in this yoga as a symbolic scheme of the process of individuation.  He described some initial ways that Eastern and Western techniques of spiritual growth could be compared and understood, but he never elaborated upon the details.  This presentation continues his work of organizing the archetypes of the collective unconscious.”

June McDaniel is Professor of History of Religions in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of Charleston.  She teaches courses in World Religions, Religions of India, Mysticism, Myth, Ritual and Symbol, and Psychology of Religion, as well as other courses.  Her MTS in Theology was from Emory University, with a thesis on Carl Jung and St. John of the Cross.  Her PhD in History of Religions was from the University of Chicago, with a dissertation on understandings of ecstatic states in West Bengal, India.  She spent two years doing field research in India, on grants from Fulbright and the American Institute of Indian Studies.  She has three books published on Indian religions:  one on religious ecstasy, another on women’s rituals, and a third on popular goddess worship.  She has a co-edited volume forthcoming on the spiritual senses.  She has chaired three groups at the American Academy of Religion:  on Mysticism, on Ritual Studies, and on Anthropology of Religion (for which she was the founding chair).  She is currently writing on religious ecstasy in the modern West, and on religious compromise and adaptation in Indonesia.

CEUs will be available for this event.  Doors open at 3:30 and there will be light refreshments.  Members $10, Students $15,  Non-Members $20. Please note that this event (and the November event) will be held from 4:00 pm – 6 pm – an hour earlier than the usual time.

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