Entries by Hannah Custis

Creepy Clown Sightings

This week new blogger Tim Schipke comments on the archetypal dimensions of a creepy character showing up in our cultural psyche – and in real life – this time of year… Something deeply unsettling is stirring in the collective psyche this Halloween.  After starting in 2014 in California, “creepy clown” sightings have recently resurfaced in […]

Mythology, Selfhood, and Cultural Diversity: A Conversation with Devdutt Pattanaik

Our blog post this week is a transcription of part of a recent recorded discussion between Indian mythologist Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik, our Founding Editor Craig Chalquist, and Editorial Board Member Hannah Custis. If you would like to hear the entire hour recording we are offering a link to it as a bonus for subscribing to […]

A Tale of Two Sisters (Who Torture Each Other)

In looking for stories about sisters this week, I remembered the Sumerian myth of Inanna’s Descent – though when I read the poem here this time, new things stood out for me, different nuances in the already complex relationship between siblings … In the myth, Inanna, the goddess of love, beauty, and war, decides to […]

Our Favorite … Mythic Movies

This week we asked members of the Immanence Team to share their favorite films with characters, themes, or plots that resonate for them on a mythological level. Here are our top picks: Contact (1997) A scientist working for SETI discovers an extraterrestrial signal and ends up on a journey to the center of the galaxy. It’s […]

Immanence Updates and a (Short) Vacation…

The Immanence Team wants to give a huge thank you to all our supporters, whether you are a new reader or a faithful follower. Our blog will be taking an end-of-summer break for the next two weeks – but don’t worry, we’ll be back on Tuesday, September 6 with fresh material and new insights for […]

Ode to the Crab

When people ask me what my favorite animal is, and I say “the blue crab,” they usually respond, “You must be a Cancer.” Some people will even reply “You must be from Maryland.” Both of these assumptions are true. As a Cancer and a Marylander, I’ve long identified with the blue crab; it is a […]

Learning to Fly

When I lived in New York, I worked as a teaching artist for a non-profit arts education organization that required us to teach a unit on birds. I loved it. For two consecutive springs, I worked with kindergarteners, first-, and second-graders—watching, drawing, and learning about different kinds of birds. I enjoyed teaching my students to […]

There Is No Escape from Myth

This week we feature a blog post from Immanence Myth Journal mentor and supporter, Devdutt Pattanaik: Everybody sees the world through a frame of reference. No one, but the gods, perhaps, have the full picture. Fate, free will, God — three frames of references that have sustained cultures for centuries; references that can never be […]

Pre-Teen Tricksters

For April Fools’ Day, a trickster tale from my days teaching an after school cooking class in the Bronx … It was a full moon last night, and all week my kids have been amped up, especially the middle schoolers, throwing spices in each others’ eyes and pouring cayenne pepper into their hands and daring […]

Immanence Now Open for Subscriptions!

Our editorial team is happy to announce that as of March 21, we have opened the subscription feature for Immanence Journal online! The Spring Equinox seems an auspicious date for this next phase. Midway between the Winter and Summer Solstices, the Spring Equinox often heralds a turning point in the year. As saplings push themselves […]