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Mariposa Museum presents talk on Ganesh  

A presentation entitled, ““A Sip of Ganesh, Lord of the Threshold,” will be presented by writer Cornelius Bull at the Mariposa Museum on Saturday at 7 p.m.

With the aid of poetry, image and readings from his work, Bull will present an hour-long celebration of Ganesh. The presentation will provide a personal look at why Ganesh’s liminal realm is so crucial to our knowledge of self and world.

Few symbols move us as deeply as the doorway; few can equal its capacity to evoke intensities of feeling or possess its enduring archetypal vigor. Its psychic roots — a tangle of paradox — very likely extend back as far as the prehistoric cave entrance, the primordial boundary dividing inside and outside, security and danger, life and death. The place (and time) between has always spoken to the heart of the human experience.

Among the host of characters that humankind has envisioned as ambassadors of that ambiguous realm, few are as beloved as the elephant-headed boy, Ganesh, whose reputation and influence, like that of yoga, has spread far beyond his native India.

For the past two decades, Bull of Peterborough has been researching, writing and illustrating a three-part work on the mytho-poetics of betweenness, also known in academic circles as Liminality.

A former teacher, recording artist, tour guide and study-abroad program administrator, Bull walked the Spanish pilgrimage path known as the Camino de Santiago and is using that journey as the through-line for his work-in-progress, entitled “Ganesha’s Mouse.”

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for members.

For more information, call 924-4555 or visit www.mariposamuseum.org.

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