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Friday, April 04, 2014

omphaloskepsis

\om-fuh-loh-SKEP-sis\ , noun;
1.
contemplation of one's navel as part of a mystical exercise.
Quotes:
There is a word for that, Greek, of course, which has come into English: omphaloskepsis, or meditating while staring at one's navel. Marvelous, isn't it. I love words.
-- Lynne Tillman, Cast in Doubt, 1992
...as a mere illusion, who run away from it and devote their time and energy to occupations which Mr. Cardan sums up and symbolises in the word omphaloskepsis.
-- Aldous Huxley, Those Barren Leaves, 1925
Origin:
Omphaloskepsis comes from the Greek roots omphalos which means "navel" and sképsis which means "act of looking."
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