Publication details [#11721]

Avedano, Angelina. 2014. Violence and Veneration: Tapping a Sadomasochistic Vein in the American Psyche. Mythological Studies Journal 5 : 11–19. 9 pp.
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Pacifica Graduate Institute


Drawing upon the immense success of the novel “Fifty shades of Grey”, the article explores the complexities of sadomasochism. More specifically it posits an analogy between the acts of Dominance / Submission and the divine / human relationships; what looks like violence may in fact be an instrument to reproduce ecstasies of religious or generally spiritual nature. The paper focuses on the ways Hebrew religion approaches divine / human relationship attempting to uncover a potential underlying sadomasochistic ground.