Stranger Things and the Upside Down: An Ancient Pedigree.

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Dear Reader,

I ran across an interesting passage in Ancient Philosophy, Mystery, and Magic that reminded me of a recurrent theme in horror and science fiction series like Netflix’s Stranger Things: the notion of a parallel universe or second earth in which things on earth are reversed or obscured. Peter Kingsley describes this world as understood in the work of the ancient philosopher Philolaus. According to Philolaus, this counter earth resembled Hades and was invisible and full of invisible people; this earth was “a kind of shadow-earth, a reflected or looking-glass earth which represents the Other World: the world of the dead.”

It is very interesting how these ancient occult ideas crop up over and over again in pop culture.

What do these directors read in their spare time?

 

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