Lord Bassington-Bassington is currently trying to read theologian Rudolf Otto’s classic study of the experience of the divine. Otto calls this experience the numinous.
In short, Rudolf Otto describes the numinous as the “Mysterium tremendum et fascinans”; as the “wholly other”. For Otto the divine, the transcendent, is both terrifying and compelling, and utterly alien.
Rudolf Otto’s thoughts on the nature of the experience of the divine fits much better with Lord Bassington-Bassington’s ideas than those he meets in many contemporary theologians.
But being a sucker for cheap puns, Lord Bassington has started to suspect that while the numinous might be a brilliant concept, he might in fact prefer a term of his own making: the Moominous.
For Tove Jansson’s books about the Moomintrolls do indeed contain a wide variety of moments of an uncanny, supernatural nature.
(Possibly better than Rudolf Otto)
Lord Bassington-Bassington’s theory of the Moominous is still being developed, but if you want it defined through music and moving images, the short film below does the job admirable. The music is by Les Chasseurs De La Nuit.
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