"Intoxicated, entranced by the new world of commodities, the West lost its contact with the communal “ecstatic trance”, those archaic Dionysian festivals and annual Mysteries celebrating the transformation of primordial chaos into order. The loss of rituals that compelled “ecstatic contact with the cosmos” posed a threat to humanity: “it is the dangerous error of modern men to regard this experience as unimportant and avoidable… it is not; its hour strikes again and again, and then neither nations nor generations can escape it.” Humanity needed such periodic rites of regeneration to avoid hypnotic episodes of feverish destruction, which served the same purpose at a much greater cost."

- Daniel Pinchbeck’s, Breaking Open the Head
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