Parabola is a quarterly magazine whose aim is to invigorate, investigate and share spiritual and religious thought, practice and traditions. The Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the dissemination and exploration of materials relating to the myths, symbols, rituals, and art of the world's religious and cultural traditions. To this end, the Society is the publisher of Parabola Magazine.

What is a Parabola?

A parabola is one of the most elegant forms in nature. Every path made by a thrown ball, every spout of water from a fountain, and every graceful arch of steel cables in a suspension bridge is a parabola.

The parabola represents the epitome of a quest. As stated in our first issue, it is "a curving line that sails outward and returns with a new expansion—and perhaps a new content, like the flung net of a Japanese fisherman." It is the metaphorical journey to a particular point, and then back home, along a similar path perhaps, but in a different direction, after which the traveler is essentially, irrevocably changed.

Parabolas have an unusual and useful property: as in a satellite dish, all parallel beams of energy (e.g., light or radio waves) reflect on the parabola's face and gather at one point. That point is called the focus. In a similar way, each issue of Parabola has its own focus: one of the timeless themes of human existence.

Please note that the Society is not a membership organization; that is, you cannot "join," other than by contributing financially or by enjoying our articles, services and events.

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What's New

Version 5.0.8


- Cutting Edge Design: an intuitive and eye-catching design that looks great on both smaller iPhone and larger iPad screens.

- Native 64-bit complaint

- Minor bug fixes and stability enhancements

- iOS 9 stability improvements

Ratings and Reviews

Very annoying/ frustrating

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I am caught in the tortuous loop. On my iPhone: download app, Login, attempt to download current issue, spinning wheel, pop up asking me to pay, login again, attempt to download, spinning wheel, pop up asking me to log in, delete app, reinstall app, login, attempt to download issue, spinning wheel, pop up asking me to pay.... I must be insane because I've tried the above 3 times now. And still I can't gain access. Need to cancel and get refund.




Purchased subscription but magazine never finishes loading


Very frustrating. I have a print subscription but there is no way to access digital without purchasing it again. I love the magazine so much I decided to purchase it anyway but it never loads. Just continues to ask for verification and circles back to "buy". Very frustrating app.


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Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, German, Italian, Simplified Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
In-App Purchases
  1. Parabola Digital Edition Annual Subscription $19.99
  2. Parabola Digital Edition Spring 2015 $5.99
  3. Parabola Digital Edition Spring 2016 $5.99


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