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  1. Erdgeist

    Erdgeist is the Spirit of the Earth whom Johann Wolfgang von Goethe describes in Faust, Part 1. Goethe depicts Erdgeist as a timeless being who endlessly weaves at the Time-Loom—both in life and in death. In this conception, Erdgeist is the means by which the immaterial becomes manifest. In the German language, erdgeist literally means Earth spirit. In the context of German folklore, erdgeist specifically refers to a gnome, the quintessential earth elemental invented by Paracelsus. Erdgeist is also a 1895 play by Frank Wedekind, which formed the basis of a 1923 film directed by Leopold Jessner.

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  1. Erdgeist

    the Spirit of the Earth, represented in Goethe's "Faust" as assiduously weaving, at the Time-Loom, night and day, in death as well as life, the earthly vesture of the Eternal, and thereby revealing the Invisible to mortal eyes.


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