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Western Esotericism and Rituals of Initiation

Western Esotericism and Rituals of Initiation

by Henrik Bogdan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791470695
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 04/12/2007
Series: SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions Series
Pages: 247
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Henrik Bogdan teaches in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology at Göteborg University in Sweden.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

1. Western Esotericism

The Delimitation of a Field of Research
The Research Paradigms of Western Esotericism
Western Esotericism in Theory and Practice
Western Esoteric Currents
Western Esoteric Rituals of Initiation
Concluding Remarks

2. Rituals of Initiation, Secret Societies, and Masonic Initiatory Societies

Ritual as a Field of Research
Rites de Passage
Rites of Initiation
Secret Societies
Secrecy and Masonic Initiatory Societies
Masonic Initiatory Societies
Masonic Rituals of Initiation
Eighteenth-Century Masonic Terminology
Concluding Remarks

3. Historical Background

Ancient and Medieval Sources
The "New Platonic Academy" of Florence
The Spread of Western Esotericism Across Europe
The Esoteric Missions of Giordano Bruno and John Dee
Christian Rosencreutz and the Rosicrucian Manifestos
Concluding Remarks

4. The Craft Degrees of Freemasonry

The Emergence of Freemasonry
Early Freemasonry and Western Esotericism
The Pre-1730 Ritual Evidence
The Master Mason Degree and the Ritual Enactment of the Hiramic Legend
Concluding Remarks

5. High or Additional Degrees of Freemasonry

Templar and Ecossais Rites
Egyptian Rites
"Esoteric" Freemasonry
True Mason, or Académie des Vrais Maçons
Concluding Remarks

6. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

A Note on Sources
Description of the Neophyte Ritual
Analysis of the Neophyte Ritual
Concluding Remarks

7. Modern Pagan Witchcraft or Wicca

Gerald Gardner and the Birth of Wicca
The Crowley Connection
Gardner and the Witchcraft Rituals of Initiation
First Degree: Witch and Priest/Priestess
The First Degree Initiation
Second Degree: High Priest/Priestess
Third Degree: High Priest/Priestess
Concluding Remarks

8. Conclusions


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