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Nova Religio. 2019; 22413–26 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.22.4.13
Published: 01 May 2019
...David S. Anderson Esoteric spiritual groups such as the Theosophical Society have had a profound effect on the general public’s understanding of the ancient world and archaeology. This article describes the author’s visit as an outside observer to a conference held by the Theosophical Society in...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 23494–110 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.4.94
Published: 15 April 2020
...Olav Hammer; Karen Swartz The Bosnian town of Visoko has in recent years become a New Age pilgrimage site. Several formations in the landscape have been branded as ancient pyramids and tunnels. These purported monuments from bygone times are administrated by a private foundation led by the Bosnian...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 23415–42 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.4.15
Published: 15 April 2020
...Egil Asprem The election of the 45th president of the United States set in motion a hidden war in the world of the occult. From the meme-filled underworld of alt-right-dominated imageboards to a widely publicized “binding spell” against Trump and his supporters, the social and ideological divides...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 23443–68 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.4.43
Published: 15 April 2020
... bring about a better world.8 But while right-leaning occultists tend to conflate this narrative with ethnic identity and purity, those on the left adopt a more universalist view. The majority of modern Witches and Pagans share a worldview in which the sacred is immanent in the material world; thus all...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 233117–119 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.3.117
Published: 01 February 2020
... were completely recycled and would never appear to be the same persons again (85 86). Chajes shows how Blavatsky s New York association with Platonism, through Alexander Wilder (1823 1908), facilitated her use of the ancient Greeks as an early anti-establishment platform for articulating her theories...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 233116–117 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.3.116
Published: 01 February 2020
... reincarnation to her, lives were completely recycled and would never appear to be the same persons again (85 86). Chajes shows how Blavatsky s New York association with Platonism, through Alexander Wilder (1823 1908), facilitated her use of the ancient Greeks as an early anti-establishment platform for...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 233135–137 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.3.135
Published: 01 February 2020
... spe- cialist in identifying and countering spells and curses, including posses- sion by jinn (demons). Doostdar does not go into the history of the rammal, but the profession and its practices are ancient. The rammal is generally viewed with great suspicion by Iran s Islamic elite. Second comes the...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 23360–85 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.3.60
Published: 01 February 2020
... built pyramids and other ancient structures for calculating the relations between various celestial bodies and maintaining communications with Capella. Spread out among seven centers around the world, including sites in ancient Egypt, the Himalayas, the Andes, and the mythological continent of Atlantis...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 23331–59 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.3.31
Published: 01 February 2020
... beliefs discussed by Evans-Wentz are important because they concern an invisible co-present dimension in which dwell the transformed souls of the ancient dead, able to interact with humans who wander into the lonely enchanted landscapes that seem partial doorways between the fairy world and our own. 95...
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Nova Religio. 2020; 2337–30 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2020.23.3.7
Published: 01 February 2020
... power in a world dominated by men and the desire to get out of being stuck in achievement-oriented and rational thinking. She explained how the weekend taught her to follow her intuition rather than rational thoughts. This came about in an interaction with the goddess37 in a quite unexpected manner...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 232125–126 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.2.125
Published: 01 November 2019
... examine unexpected similarities in what would otherwise appear to be diverse world religions and cultures. For example, Young writes that in ancient China, more four thou- sand years ago, two daughters of the Emperor Yao were gifted with the art of flying and bestowed supernatural powers on their new...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 232111–113 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.2.111
Published: 01 November 2019
... Tibetan Buddhism s adaptation to the mod- ern world. HUANG Ying-chieh s fascinating examination of a case of spirit- possession and the subsequent expansion of a Karma Kagyu¨ community in Taiwan provides another valuable perspective on the introduction and integration of Tibetan Buddhism into Taiwan, and...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 232113–115 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.2.113
Published: 01 November 2019
... cloth; ebook available. Paroldo is an intriguing place, full of mystery, magic, masche (witches), and energy, which Howell describes as an elaborate intertwining of Catholicism and ancient pre-Christian thought (127). Lastly, Howell focuses on the Italian Pagan movement and religious festivals of...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 2325–17 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.2.5
Published: 01 November 2019
... religious movements to visual art. KEYWORDS:Nineteenth Century, millennialism, revolution, colonialism, women, religious authority, scripture, utopianism, Pentecostalism, Mormonism I n the nineteenth century, worlds shifted and were made.Revolutions changed cultural, political, and intellectual land-scapes...
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Nova Religio. 2011; 14454–76 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2011.14.4.54
Published: 01 May 2011
... of hereditary caste-assigned occupations.16 For another, we learn that Maharishi taught that modern physics tells us that the world is made of vibrations, and that Om (or Aum), an ancient mantra found in the Rig Veda, possibly the oldest surviving Indian text, is the primordial source of those...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 231126–128 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.1.126
Published: 01 August 2019
... fruition of the trends analyzed in the first. Bulwer-Lytton s notion of Spirit grows into a widespread and powerful alternative (142) to both the materialism of science and the authority of orthodox Christianity. Chapter 7 focuses on the use of ancient Egyptian religious ideas to authenticate...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 231128–129 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.1.128
Published: 01 August 2019
...Scott Lowe © 2019 by The Regents of the University of California 2019 High Culture: Drugs, Mysticism, and the Pursuit of Transcendence in the Modern World . By Christopher Partridge . Oxford University Press , 2018 . 472 pages. $34.95 cloth; ebook available. Soma and Haoma but...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 231133–134 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.1.133
Published: 01 August 2019
... the Rest, as it were to critique (33). This highly specific critical attitude of judg- ment toward the non-West most notably included the Muslim world, influencing then-emergent and now popularized ideas about Islam as the antithesis of reason. Religion as Critique, however, interrogates these...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 23160–88 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.1.60
Published: 01 August 2019
... PAULSEN S DREAM-VISION: WORLD BROTHERHOOD COLONIES, SPIRITUAL SEEKING, AND NATURAL FOODS Norman Paulsen was born and raised in the central coast of California. His father, Charles Paulsen (d.1970), was a judge and Buddhist minister in Lompoc and San Luis Obispo.13 As a child, Norman had visions of...
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Nova Religio. 2019; 23114–37 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2019.23.1.14
Published: 01 August 2019
... character of his research, arguing that it is possible to study the inner, spiritual world with the same rigor that natural scientists apply to external nature. Nevertheless, many of Steiner s claims about human nature, cosmology, and the rela- tionship between spirit and matter have antecedents in the...