Esotericism is the search for an absolute but hidden knowledge
accessed through mystical vision, the mediation of higher beings,
or personal experience. In Western cultural history esoteric
approaches to religion have often been in conflict with - and
suffered at the hands of - more established forms of religious
belief and practice. 'Western Esotericism' presents a very broad
and engaging history of the people and ideas which have shaped
occult history from antiquity to today. Throughout the history of
esotericism the dynamic of concealment and revelation has
characterized the search for secret knowledge. Pursued both
publically and privately, esotericism has come to influence more
mainstream religious practice and culture and has significantly
shaped our understanding of modernity. Today, esotericism continues
to be practised by a range of both established and new religious
movements. 'Western Esotericism' presents the essential guide to
one of the most fascinating, provocative, and sustained of
|Country of origin:
Kocku von Stuckrad
||Electronic book text
||2nd Revised edition
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