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ochema  Term Image (οχημα) Script Image
(Language:  Greek)
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Short Description: vehicle
Long Description: vehicle; a boat which conveys the souls of the dead, the soul’s chariot in Plato’s Phaedrus; by Aristotle, ochema is understood as pneuma – the seat of imagination ( phantasia), analogous to that element of which the stars are made; the ochema-pneuma as an astral body functions as a quasi-immaterial carrier of the irrational soul; daimons have a misty pneuma which alters its form in response to their imaginnings and thus causes them to appear in ever changing shapes; for Iamblichus, aetherial and luminous vehicle ( aitherodes kai augoeides ochema) is the recipient of divine phantasiai; ochema carries soul down to the state of embodiment and is darkened until it becomes fully material and visible: the material or fleshly body is also a sort of ochema; Proclus distinguished 1) the higher immaterial and luminous ochema into which Plato’s Demiurge puts the soul ( Tim.41e) and 2) lower, pneumatikon ochema, which is composite of the four elements and serves as a vehicle of irrational soul – it survives bodily death, but finally is purged away.
Source(s): The Golden Chain: An Anthology of Platonic and Pythagorean Philosophy, by Dr. Algis Uždavinys
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms