102 episodes

The Symbolic World looks at symbolism in all its forms, from its source in sacred stories and images to contemporary culture and ultimately how it shapes the very world we encounter.

The Symbolic World Jonathan Pageau

    • Education
    • 4.8, 19 Ratings

The Symbolic World looks at symbolism in all its forms, from its source in sacred stories and images to contemporary culture and ultimately how it shapes the very world we encounter.

    102 - Mythic Patterns in Mario Games Pt 1: The Arcade Origins

    102 - Mythic Patterns in Mario Games Pt 1: The Arcade Origins

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    The early Mario Games: Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. and Mario Brothers, present the basic mythological pattern which will later get developed in the history of video games. This is the first part of a two part series. In the next part, we will look at Super Mario Brothers and how it brings together the different symbolic meanings into one game.

    Original Video:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nQvVpLnZCw&

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    The podcast was edited by Justin Ward.

    • 19 min
    101 - April Q&A

    101 - April Q&A

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    April Q&A

    Original Video:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u9ahOd5JKw

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    The podcast was edited by Justin Ward.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    100 - The Joker and Cancel Culture

    100 - The Joker and Cancel Culture

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    The opening scene of the Dark Knight movie by Christopher Nolan is one of the best examples of revolution and can help us understand contemporary phenomena like cancel culture.

    In that scene, the Joker played by Heath Ledger orchestrates a bank heist which also becomes a statement for what the Joker stands for and establishes him as the King of an upside down clown hierarchy.

    Original Video:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m3Vo9efMv0

    My links:
    website: www.thesymbolicworld.com
    facebook: www.facebook.com/TheSymbolicWorld/
    twitter: twitter.com/pageaujonathan

    The podcast was edited by Justin Ward.

    • 9 min
    99 - Mediating Purity and Trade in a Pandemic

    99 - Mediating Purity and Trade in a Pandemic

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    Finding the necessary balance between purity and exchange has been difficult in this moment of pandemic, it exposes the problem of being the prey of symbolic swings. We look at purity and trade, but also the symbolism of masks and veils.

    Original Video:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pUS26ucxXM&

    My links:
    website: www.thesymbolicworld.com
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    twitter: twitter.com/pageaujonathan

    The podcast was edited by Justin Ward.

    • 15 min
    98 - Did Asterix Comics Predict the Coronavirus Epidemic in 2017?

    98 - Did Asterix Comics Predict the Coronavirus Epidemic in 2017?

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    In 2017, an Asterix comic came out with a masked character named "Coronavirus". How does this relate to the current pandemic and what meaning can be found in this strange coincidence?

    Original Video:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=El_JedqMlqc

    My links:
    website: www.thesymbolicworld.com
    facebook: www.facebook.com/TheSymbolicWorld/
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    The podcast was edited by Justin Ward.

    • 10 min
    97 - Timothy Patitsas - Beauty, Complexity and Ethics

    97 - Timothy Patitsas - Beauty, Complexity and Ethics

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    Timothy Patitsas teaches Ethics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School Of Theology and is the dean of Hellenic College. His new book "The Ethics of Beauty" deals with how the world presents itself liturgically through patterns found in human action.

    Original Video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baACQD-u3r4

    My links:
    website: www.thesymbolicworld.com
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    The podcast was edited by Justin Ward.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Mrs B Day ,

Vampire and Garlic

Hello Mr Pageau

Firstly happy New Year, may it bring you joy and happiness and all things good for you.
Just a quick comment on perhaps why Garlic may have been seen as something that could ward off evil, especially related to blood, I come from an Islamic African background and grew up in a culture where garlic is believed to heal by purifying the blood and therefore removing sickness. so maybe seeing as the vampire are evil but contaminated blood. They wouldn’t want anything pure or something that could even change their blood by removing the essence of vampirism, again , total speculation but thought I’d just leave it here.
Absolutely enjoy your show, I am now a Christian but very new to orthodox thinking, symbolisms and just eastern Christian thought. Thank you so much,
And may our Lord shine His face upon you.

Man of Lucania ,

Always enlightening

A consistently engaging podcast, Pageau does an excellent job at leading his audience into the understanding of symbolic language and its importance - a concept sorely neglected in our culture. Tolkien and Lewis would be very pleased to see the conversation being opened up here.

Mjstegg ,

Thanks, Mr. Pageau :)

I’ve watched and listened to every upload of The Symbolic World, and it’s one of my main sources for learning. I’ve completely fallen in love with the Orthodox Christianity’s cosmological view of the world. I’ve been a practicing Christian my whole life but Jonathan’s insight have provided to tie a lot of loose ends together for me, and given clarity, and meaning to many things that I had dispensed as trivial.
So, in a way, The Symbolic World has completely changed my framework in which I view the world. That’s a wonderful thing because now it’s way more beautiful to behold.

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