‘These superstitions and taboos were good for Mamie because they implied order and reason, cause and effect, and this made her feel less isolated and less helpless. So when she saw the voodoo chickens laid on the rock in Central Park, she was reassured. It meant that someone, somewhere in the exhausting city, still believed in the Spirits.’
– Susanna Moore, The Whiteness of Bones
‘Peter said to Mary, Sister we know that the Saviour loved you more than the rest of woman.
Tell us the words of the Saviour which you remember which you know, but we do not, nor have we heard them.
Mary answered and said, What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you.
And she began to speak to them these words: I, she said, I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to Him, Lord I saw you today in a vision. He answered and said to me,
Blessed are you that you did not waver at the sight of Me. For where the mind is there is the treasure.
I said to Him, Lord, how does he who sees the vision see it, through the soul or through the spirit?
The Saviour answered and said, He does not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind that is between the two that is what sees the vision and it is […]’ (next part missing from the manuscript)
– Mary Magdalene, The Gospel of Mary (extract from Chapter 5)