Eternal return (Eliade)  

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The "Eternal return" is, according to the theories of religious historian Mircea Eliade, a belief, expressed (sometimes implicitly but often explicitly) in religious behavior, in the ability to return to the mythical age, to become contemporary with the events described in one's myths. It should be distinguished from the philosophical concept of eternal return, which holds that, statistically speaking, all arrangements of matter in the universe must necessarily recur if given an infinite amount of time.

References in popular culture

Jean Cocteau's screenplay for L'√Čternel retour portrays the timeless nature of the myth of Tristan and Isolde.

In Milan Kundera's book, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, the author fixates around the theme of eternal return. This is especially evident in his exploration of the concept of lightness.

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