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Ritual Embodiment in Modern Western Magic: Becoming the Magician

Ritual Embodiment in Modern Western Magic: Becoming the Magician

1st Edition

Damon Zacharias Lycourinos
November 20, 2017

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...

Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions

Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions

1st Edition

April D DeConick, Grant Adamson
January 21, 2016

In Western religious traditions, God is conventionally conceived as a humanlike creator, lawgiver, and king, a being both accessible and actively present in history. Yet there is a concurrent and strong tradition of a God who actively hides. The two traditions have led to a tension between a God...

Contemporary Esotericism

Contemporary Esotericism

1st Edition

Egil Asprem, Kennet Granholm
December 23, 2014

The study of contemporary esoteric discourse has hitherto been a largely neglected part of the new academic field of Western esotericism. Contemporary Esotericism provides a broad overview and assessment of the complex world of Western esoteric thought today. Combining historiographical analysis...

The Religion of the Peacock Angel: The Yezidis and Their Spirit World

The Religion of the Peacock Angel: The Yezidis and Their Spirit World

1st Edition

Garnik S. Asatrian, Victoria Arakelova
February 28, 2014

Based in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, the Yezidi people claim their religion - a unique combination of Christian, Islamic, and historical faiths - to be the oldest in the world. Yezidi identity centres on their religion, Sharfadin, which has evolved into a highly complex pantheon of one God with many...

Sufism in the Secret History of Persia

Sufism in the Secret History of Persia

1st Edition

Milad Milani
June 30, 2013

Sufism formed one of the cultures of resistance which has existed in the social fabric of Persia since antiquity. Such resistance continues to manifest itself today with many looking to Sufism as a model of cooperation between East and West, between traditional and modern. 'Sufism in the Secret...

Angels of Desire: Esoteric Bodies, Aesthetics and Ethics

Angels of Desire: Esoteric Bodies, Aesthetics and Ethics

1st Edition

Jay Johnston
March 12, 2009

The idea that the human body consists of 'subtle bodies' - psycho-spiritual essences - can be found in a variety of esoteric traditions. This radical form of selfhood challenges the dualisms at the heart of Western discourse : mind/body, divine/human, matter/spirit, reason/emotion, I/other. 'Angels...

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