theophagy


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theophagy

(θɪˈɒfədʒɪ)
n, pl -gies
(Theology) the sacramental eating of a god
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theophagy

the act of eating one’s god, either literally or symbolically. — theophagite, n.theophagous, adj.
See also: God and Gods
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Here the papal or Catholic carpus is mortally poisoned by consumption of the fantastically transubstantiated corpus Domini and, in turn, infects the true, Reformed corpus ecclesiae (not to mention reipublicae) via perpetuation of this blasphemous anthropophagy or, more precisely, theophagy. Testing urine, prescribing diuretics, cathartics, or emetics may have been the efficacious protocol for treating the wayward church of the 1520s and 30s.
My swing companion had described, almost exactly, the act of theophagy: the consumption of the divine essence, the total conversion born of epiphany, the payoff of transcendence.
This isn't exactly anthropophagy, cannibalism, consuming the other animal, but it is a kind of theophagy, a consuming of god or the divine, a commonplace if still curious aspect of most religious experience (i.e., the Eucharist in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christianity).