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ERIC Number: ED490722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-11
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 15
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Four Stages and Four Wisdom Lessons: Harry Potter and the Male Spiritual Journey
Evans, Allen
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Oregon Reading Association (Portland, OR, Feb 11-12, 2005)
The "Harry Potter" series has proven to be immensely popular to readers of all ages worldwide. In particular, the series has strong appeal to boys. This paper examines selected characters and events from the books in light of the "male spiritual journey," a concept currently being explored by Richard Rohr and others. A general definition of "spirituality" is presented, followed by explanation and discussion of four distinct stages of the "male spiritual journey:" (1) the student stage, (2) the householder stage, (3) the seeker/forest dweller stage, and (4) the sage/elder stage. Each stage is accompanied by a particular "spiritual wisdom lesson." For readers of the books, as well as adults that work with boys, these "wisdom lessons" can provide unique insight into both the characters in the books and the spiritual path that boys follow. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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