Occultism in a Global Perspective (Approaches to New Religions)

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9781844657162: Occultism in a Global Perspective (Approaches to New Religions)

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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About the Author:

Henrik Bogdan is Docent, History of Religions at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Gordan Djurdjevic lectures in the Department of Humanities at the Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada.

Review:

“The book easily ranks as one of the significant contributions of the year.” – Heterodoxology blog

"A welcome and valuable addition to our knowledge about this wide-ranging subject ... Occultism in a Global Perspective is a book of profound significance for anthropologists." – Anthropology Review Database

"A valuable set of studies of little known movements" – Magonia Review of Books

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