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Friday, April 04, 2014

Definitions for omphaloskepsis

  1. contemplation of one's navel as part of a mystical exercise.

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Citations for omphaloskepsis
There is a word for that, Greek, of course, which has come into English: omphaloskepsis, or meditating while staring at one's navel. Marvelous, isn't it. I love words. Lynne Tillman, Cast in Doubt, 1992 a mere illusion, who run away from it and devote their time and energy to occupations which Mr. Cardan sums up and symbolises in the word omphaloskepsis. Aldous Huxley, Those Barren Leaves, 1925
Origin of omphaloskepsis
Omphaloskepsis comes from the Greek roots omphalos which means "navel" and sképsis which means "act of looking."