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(1) In Orthodox church services, a special kind of monastic tropariow during which the hirmos (beginning canticle) is sung both at the beginning and the end of the canon ode; the two choirs descend from the balcony to the center of the church to sing the katabasis.

(2) In the figurative sense, confusion or chaos.


In the Greek Orthodox church, a place under the altar for relics.
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Another, less well-understood method of learning to dance divinely is for the soul to descend (katabasis) into its depths.
Es un viaje hacia la intimidad como una metafora de la katabasis epica en la que la mujer--la heroina--se enfrenta a su destino ultimo, su yo verdadero, cuando se ve en el espejo que "es" la nina, su nieta.
The numerous versions of a katabasis story where Jam brings back the payman 'Measure' from the devs suggest to Azarnouche that this episode is likely to be old even though she cannot trace it in the Avesta.
The scene of necromancy in Book VI, where the witch Erichto temporarily revives an anonymous soldier in order to make him "prophesize" about the fate of the war appears as a sinister parody of Aeneas' solemn descensus to the underworld, or of Odysseus' previous katabasis in Homer's epos.
"The Katabasis Theme in Modern Cinema," In Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema, edited by Martin W.
McPherran's introductory chapter sets the course for this scholarly journey, charting a revelatory katabasis into the depths of Plato's magnum opus, rightly celebrated as the ancient philosopher's central text and a fixture of the canon across a broad multidisciplinary field, from philosophy to political theory, to psychology, classics, religious studies, educational theory and classics.
No estamos lejos, a mi modo de ver, de una autentica teologia de la liberacion cuyo momento liberador no es otro sino el misterio pascual del Senor y, mas en concreto, su katabasis a los infiernos y su anabasis desde ahi.
(106) Sean Steel, "Katabasis in Plato's Symposium," Interpretation, volume 31, 2004, p.
In this compelling study, Vaclavik (French and comparative literature, Queen Mary, University of London) examines several French and English tales for children that employ the theme of 'katabasis,' the journey through an underworld and a return to the surface.