Occultism in a Global Perspective

By studying occultism in its global context, the book offers insights into the reciprocal relationships that colour and shape regional occultism.

Author: Henrik Bogdan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317544463

Category: Religion

Page: 301

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The study of the ideas and practices associated with occultism is a rapidly growing branch of contemporary scholarship. However, most research has focused on English and French speaking areas and has not addressed the wider spread and significance of occultism. Occultism in a Global Perspective presents a broad international overview. Essays range across the German magical order of the Fraternitas Saturni, esoteric Satanism in Denmark, sexual magic in Colombia and the reception of occultism in modern Turkey, India and the former Yugoslavia. As any other form of cultural practice, the occult is not isolated from its social, discursive, religious, and political environment. By studying occultism in its global context, the book offers insights into the reciprocal relationships that colour and shape regional occultism.
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Innovation in Esotericism from the Renaissance to the Present

Henrik Bogdan and Gordan Djurdjevic's Occultism in a Global Perspective (2013) was one of the first book-length attempts to widen the field by arguing that it is important to “understand how occultism changes when it 'spreads' to new ...

Author: Georgiana D. Hedesan

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030679064

Category: Religion

Page: 342

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This collection explores the role of innovation in understanding the history of esotericism. It illustrates how innovation is a mechanism of negotiation whereby an idea is either produced against, or adapted from, an older set of concepts in order to respond to a present context. Featuring contributions from distinguished scholars of esotericism, it covers many different fields and themes including magic, alchemy, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, Tarot, apocalypticism and eschatology, Mesmerism, occultism, prophecy, and mysticism.
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The Occult Nineteenth Century

Roots, Developments, and Impact on the Modern World Lukas Pokorny, Franz Winter. ———. 2016. Theosophical Orientalism and ... In Yoga in Transformation: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, ed. ... Occultism in a Global Perspective.

Author: Lukas Pokorny

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030553180

Category: Religion

Page: 444

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The nineteenth century witnessed a proliferation of alternative religious currents and practices, appropriating earlier traditions, entangling geographically distinct spiritual discourses, and crafting a repository of mindscapes eminently suitable to be accommodated by later generations of thinkers and practitioners. Penned by specialists in the field, this volume examines important themes and figures pertaining to this occult amalgam and its resonance into the twentieth century and beyond. Global guises of the occult, ranging from the Americas and Europe to India, are variously addressed, with special attention to the crucial role of mesmerism and the origins of modern yoga.
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The Occult World

Crowley, Aleister, (1952) The Vision and the Voice, with Commentary by the Master Therion, Barstow, CA: Thelema Publishing ... Hakl, H. Thomas, (2013) 'The Magical Order of the Fraternitas Saturni', in Occultism in a Global Perspective, ...

Author: Christopher Partridge

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317596752

Category: Religion

Page: 780

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This volume presents students and scholars with a comprehensive overview of the fascinating world of the occult. It explores the history of Western occultism, from ancient and medieval sources via the Renaissance, right up to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and contemporary occultism. Written by a distinguished team of contributors, the essays consider key figures, beliefs and practices as well as popular culture.
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Surrealism and the occult

Occultism in a Global Perspective'. Idem (eds.). Occultism in a Global Perspective. Durham: Acumen Publishing, 2013. Bohn, Willard. 'From Surrealism to Surrealism: Apollinaire and Breton.' Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 36, ...

Author: Tessel Bauduin

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789048523023

Category: History

Page: 265

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This book offers a new perspective on a long-debated issue: the role of the occult in surrealism, in particular under the leadership of French writer André Breton. Based on thorough source analysis, this study details how our understanding of occultism and esotericism, as well as of their function in Bretonian surrealism, changed significantly over time from the early 1920s to the late 1950s. -Dr Tessel M. Bauduin (1980) is a historian of art and culture. She holds a PhD in the Arts (2012) from the University of Amsterdam, and is currently affiliated with the Radboud University, Nijmegen, as a post-doctoral researcher. Her research interests include the historical avant-garde, especially Surrealism; Modernism and occulture; Modernist medievalism.
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Occult Roots of Religious Studies

1 (2019), special issue Islamic Esotericism, (2019) or Thierry Zarcone, “Occultism in an Islamic context: the case of modern Turkey from the nineteenth century to the present time.” In Occultism in a Global Perspective, ed.

Author: Yves Mühlematter

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110660333

Category: History

Page: 295

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The historiographers of religious studies have written the history of this discipline primarily as a rationalization of ideological, most prominently theological and phenomenological ideas: first through the establishment of comparative, philological and sociological methods and secondly through the demand for intentional neutrality. This interpretation caused important roots in occult-esoteric traditions to be repressed. This process of “purification” (Latour) is not to be equated with the origin of the academic studies. De facto, the elimination of idealistic theories took time and only happened later. One example concerning the early entanglement is Tibetology, where many researchers and respected chair holders were influenced by theosophical ideas or were even members of the Theosophical Society. Similarly, the emergence of comparatistics cannot be understood without taking into account perennialist ideas of esoteric provenance, which hold that all religions have a common origin. In this perspective, it is not only the history of religious studies which must be revisited, but also the partial shaping of religious studies by these traditions, insofar as it saw itself as a counter-model to occult ideas.
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Esotericism and Narrative The Occult Fiction of Charles Williams

... “Locating the West: Problematizing the Western in Western Esotericism and Occultism,” in Occultism in a Global Perspective, ed. Henrik Bogdan and Gordan Djurdjevic (London: Acumen, 2013): 18; DarkEnlightenment, 43–46.

Author: Aren Roukema

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004369115

Category: Religion

Page: 330

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In Esotericism and Narrative: The Occult Fiction of Charles Williams, Aren Roukema looks through the portal of Charles Williams’s fantastic fiction, analyzing the author’s narrative translations of ritual experiences with modern magic, kabbalah and spiritual alchemy.
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Ritual Embodiment in Modern Western Magic

Henrik Bogdan and Gordon Djurdjevic address this issue in their introduction to Occultism in a Global Perspective by stating, 'It should be stressed that we do not adhere to the notion of a “universal occultism” – whatever that might ...

Author: Damon Zacharias Lycourinos

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351329958

Category: Religion

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In the Western world, magic has often functioned as an umbrella term for various religious beliefs and ritual practices that seek to influence events by harnessing supernatural power. The definition of these myriad occult and esoteric traditions have, however, usually come from those that are opposed to its practice; notably authorities in religious, legal and intellectual spheres. This book seeks to provide a new perspective, directly from the practitioners of modern Western magic, by exploring how a distinctive mode of embodiment and consciousness can produce a transition from an ‘ordinary’ to a ‘magical’ worldview. Starting with an introduction to the study of magic in the Western academy, the book then presents the author’s own participant observation of five ethnographic case studies of modern Western magic. The focus of these ethnographic case studies is directed towards ideas and methods the informants employ to self-legitimise and self-represent as ‘magicians’. It concludes by discussing the phenomenological implications and issues around embodiment that are inherent to the contemporary practice of magic. This is a unique insight into the lived experience of practitioners of modern magic. As such, it will be of keen interest to scholars of the Occult and New Religious Movements, as well as Religious Studies academics examining issues around the embodiment and the anthropology of religion.
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Global Tantra

International Journal for Hindu Studies 7, nos. ... “The Psychic Chaitanya: Global Occult and Vaishnavism in Fin de Siècle Bengal. ... In Occultism in a Global Perspective, edited by Henrik Bogdan and Gordan Djurdjevic, 177–201.

Author: Julian Strube

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197627112

Category: Religion

Page: 361

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"Beyond introducing the subject matter and critically surveying the state of scholarship, this introduction offers a substantial theoretical and methodological elucidation of the book's approach that is also relevant for readers not strictly interested in the specialized subject. Combining perspectives from religious studies, global history, South Asian studies, and the study of esotericism, the foundations of global religious history are discussed both in abstraction and in light of the source material. This especially considers historiographical challenges such as (post)colonialism, Eurocentrism, or Orientalism, as well as issues such as the blurry meaning of "global connections" and differentiations between the global, regional, and local. Leading themes such as the contested meaning of tradition, revival, reform, and modernity are scrutinized, as are the relationship and meanings of religion, science, esotericism, and nationalism that remain the subject of scholarly debate. Global religious history makes proposals for resolving such debates by eliding disciplinary boundaries"--
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Theosophy across Boundaries

Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Modern Esoteric Movement Hans Martin Krämer, Julian Strube. Bhabha, Homi K. The Location of Culture. ... Occultism in a Global Perspective. Durham: Acumen, 2013.

Author: Hans Martin Krämer

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9781438480435

Category: Religion

Page: 616

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Offers a new approach to Theosophy that takes into account its global dimensions and its interaction with highly diverse cultural contexts. Theosophy across Boundaries brings a global history approach to the study of esotericism, highlighting the important role of Theosophy in the general histories of religion, science, philosophy, art, and politics. The first half of the book consists of seven perspectives on the activities of the Theosophical Society in very different regional contexts, ranging from India, Vietnam, China, and Japan to Victorian Britain and Israel, shedding new light on the entanglement of "Western" and "Oriental" ideas around 1900. The second half explores specific cultural influences that Theosophy exerted in the spheres of literature, art, and politics, using case studies from Sri Lanka, Burma, India, Japan, Ireland, Germany, and Russia. The examples clearly show that Theosophy was part of a truly global movement, thus providing an outstanding example of the complex entanglements of the global religious history of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Hans Martin Krämer is Professor of Japanese Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany, and the author of Shimaji Mokurai and the Reconception of Religion and the Secular in Modern Japan. Julian Strube is a Research Fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Münster, Germany.
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