Category Archives: The Body

Author Yukio Mishima, photographed by Eikoh Hosoe.

Are Muscles Useless?

The “Meterosexual” has been replaced by the “Spornosexual”. You’ve seen him. He is the male that inhabits gyms, pumps his body up, and tans and grooms himself purely for show. A cynic…

male beauty, ethics, and transcendence

Male Beauty: Fantasy, Ethics, and Transcendence

“Women like ‘bad boys’.” One hears this statement fairly frequently as an explanation of why some or other relationship didn’t work out — and you hear it from women, probably…

The Forgotten Women of Punk

Think of Punk, and if you get past bands such as The Clash and The Sex Pistols then you might think of Sid Vicious’s girlfriend Nancy Spugen, or of singer Siouxsie…

The Zurkheaneh, an Iranian martial ants and athletic club that dates back to Zoroastrian Persia.

Mysticism And Martial Arts: Three Forgotten Schools

In contrast to our modern belief, since time immemorial spirituality and mysticism have coexisted with, and have been an intimate part of, the arts of war. Mithraism, the cult of…

The Radical, Traditional Diet: Food For The Body, Soul, And Higher Ideal

[Editor’s note: You should consult your doctor and qualified nutritionist prior to making any changes to your diet. The article below is a personal account of, and reflection on, diet…

Hustler: Porn, Politics, and Progress? Michael Lee Nirenberg in Interview

In People of Shambhala’s latest podcast, we speak with independent movie director Michael Lee Nirenberg about his Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story. The controversial documentary, exploring the curious characters and…

Nazi Girls Are Easy: Porn, Cinema, And The Body In Anti-Racist Politics

Porn has a political message. At least at times. Partly because the center-Right claims to stand for “family values,” and to oppose sex out of wedlock and other “sins” (including, often, pornography), political…

Visions of China: The Nationalist Spirit in Chinese Political Cinema

What follows is an introduction, with examples, of a particular sub-set of Chinese cinema, namely film as overt political propaganda.  Here, the distinction is one between China and Chinese considered…

Esoteric and Masonic symbolism in Hip Hop.

The Devil is a Lie: Hip Hop, Esoteric Symbolism, and Illuminati-Phobia

“Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” This was the title of 50 Cent’s 2003 album, and it summed up the Hip Hop attitude of a generation. It was about money, drugs…