Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Thomas P. Walsh


Mysticism is among the great enigmas of human existence. The great religions of mankind incorporate various tenants of mysticism: the “forest seers” of ancient India recited the mystic Vedantic Hymns more than 2000 years before the birth of Christ. These hymns form the foundation of Hinduism. Buddhism, the other great eastern religion, owes its very being to the mystic experience of its founder, Guatama Buddha; and mysticism remains the very essence of it. Even the Chinese, who have been largely dominated by the pragmatic ethics exposed by Confucius, have a mystic strain springing from Lao-Tzu the founder of Taoism.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1966 Robert Carl Snavely.

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