The “Divine Eye,” or “Left Eye of God,” signifying universal and individual consciousness, is the main symbol of Caodaism.

Caodaism: How a Secretive Sect Based on Spirit Communication Shaped the Destiny of Vietnam

Caodaism was always the favourite chapter of my briefing to visitors. Caodaism, the invention of a Cochin civil servant, was a synthesis of the three religions. The Holy See was at Tanyin. A Pope and female cardinals. Prophecy by planchette. […]

James Merrill (1926-1995) and David Noyes Jackson in Athens, 14 October 1973. Credit: Judith Moffett,

Ouija: How the Spirit World Helped a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet

Sois sage dear heart & set my teachings down  If you do not your world will be undone & heaven itself turn to one grinning skull.1 These lines appear in the poem “The Will,” by James Merrill (1926-1995), arguably the […]