Ioan Culianu was a professor renowned for his study of the Renaissance, magic, and religion and as vocal critic of Romania’s post-Communist. A few minutes later, the police found the body of Ioan Culianu, a year-old religion instructor, slumped over in a locked stall in the men’s room. One of those victims, surely one of the most interesting, was Ioan Culianu, a Romanian-born scholar of the history of religion, who was shot to.

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Ioan Petru Culianu – Wikipedia

Otherwordly Journeys from Gilgamesh to Albert Einstein. But it is the prophetic quality of the victim’s own political statements and Borgesian fiction that add the eeriest dimension to this chilling story. Codrescu says he eventually leared that the calls had been made by “an individual in California. Now, after sixteen months, the crime looks more and more like what Culianu’s friends suspected it was all along: The FBI also investigated the possibility of an occult group having been involved in the killing, owing to Culianu’s work in that field.

Culiahu changed her number and has declined to talk. We were asked to perform them. Mazzarella said he spent 14 years at the University of Chicago before hearing about Culianu.

Ioan Petru Culianu

Yet more than his scholarship, it is his personality students still talk about. Get the full story: In Dimitru Mazilu, a former high official of the ruling National Salvation Front who had just completed a manuscript critical of the new regime, was beaten and slashed in his Geneva apartment.


Culianu sought the underlying structure of fanaticism and faith to find “the iown predictability of thought itself,” writes Lawrence Sullivan, director of Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions. Popularity Popularity Featured Price: This material is restricted until Any one of these could provoke reprisal in a country that has never confronted its recent past.

Lingua Franca | The Killing of Professor Culianu

Three days before his murder, he decided to cancel his trip to Romania, during which he had planned to visit his ailing mother and attend a conference of the American-Romanian Academy, a scholarly group known for cu,ianu anti-Communist activity.

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Also included in this series are a set of reprints of Italian-language writings, mostly book reviews, published from Correspondence, Series II: Culianu was murdered in Nurturing its own version of blood-and-soil mythology, the Iron Culkanu, in the words of the historian Vlad Georgescu, “brought a death cult to Romanian politics,” and took even the Nazis aback with the barbarity of its pogroms.

But there is something odd, and perhaps significant, about the way most of these messages are worded: Unlike his father, though, Ioan Culianu escaped. The three former owners of the box have met with murder in centuries past. When it comes to Balkan intrigue, the Chicago police proceed pretty much as usual. He eventually earned three doctoral degrees, including a Ph.


Iasi had majestic boulevards, stone cathedrals, crooked cobbled alleys and, for Culianu, ghostly memories of his boyar family’s former glories. We’re still very concerned about their intentions. Securitate, too, culainu special vengeance for anyone who puts their criticisms of Romania in writing.

But after the Romanian revolution in December ofhe became a firebrand. Centuries later, inCulianu came as far as the University of Chicago.

He had received death threats, as have other Romanians-in-exile since his murder. The murder was never solved.

Romanian writers abroad have been beaten or killed, in incidents that usually suggest Securitate involvement, and Culianu’s subsequent achievements all came as he moved in fear of reprisal through Italy, France, and Holland. Get to Know Us. A biography and an analysis of his death was published by Ted Anton under the title Eros, Magic, and the Death of Professor Culianu alluding to Culianu’s most influential work, Eros and Magic in the Renaissance.

You must put it together,” says Mircea Sabau. Writings by Others Series V: Speculation arose that he had been killed by former Securitate agents, due to political articles in which he attacked the Communist regime.