A phrase used to refer to the rush of energy and light that occurs when a soul departs the Bardo. Whenever someone finally decides to move on from their transitional state, the matterlightblooming phenomenon claims their body, creating a “bone-chilling” “firesound” as it whisks them away.
The Matterlightblooming Phenomenon Term Timeline in Lincoln in the Bardo
The timeline below shows where the term The Matterlightblooming Phenomenon appears in Lincoln in the Bardo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...try to determine which three souls departed, since they heard three instances of the “ matterlightblooming phenomenon .” As they search, they pass many people “weeping with the effort of resistance” and... (full context)
...blinding flash of light” appears, taking the soldier away with the “firesound associated with the matterlightblooming phenomenon .” Feeling as though the soldier didn’t even “give this place a proper chance,” Bevins... (full context)
When Willie reveals that everybody is dead, three people immediately succumb to the “ matterlightblooming phenomenon .” “Dead!” the boy shouts. “Dead, dead, dead!” As the crowd of souls scrambles to... (full context)