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Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Book I'm Reading: Sacred Drift - by Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey)

Hakim Bey (born Peter Lamborn Wilson in 1945), is an American political writer, essayist, and poet. He did extensive traveling in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. He studied Tantra in West Bengal and visited many Sufi shrines and masters. In 1971 he undertook research on the Ni'matullahi funded by the Marsden Foundation of New York. Bey has written essays on such diverse topics as Tong traditions, the utopian Charles Fourier, the fascist Gabriele D'Annunzio, alleged connections between Sufism and ancient Celtic culture, sacred pederasty in the Sufi tradition, technology and Luddism, and Amanita muscaria use in ancient Ireland. An interesting author to me.

I've embedded below a lecture by Mr Wilson wherein he discusses the art of Sufi traveling. He focuses on travel in the world of Islam, discussing the history of nomadic travel and tradition. He relates several anecdotes about scholar Ibn Arabi and recites a Sufi traveling song. He continues his discussion on nomads followed by a brief talk about the travels of French poet Arthur Rimbaud. He ends the lecture by discussing the future of travel in general which I found fascinating.

Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture, Sacred drift: the art of Sufi travel, July, 1991

Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture, Sacred drift: the art of Sufi travel (Part 2)

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