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Western Esotericism and Rituals of Initiation (Suny Series in Western Esoteric Traditions) (Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions) Paperback – January 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0791470701 ISBN-10: 0791470709

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Product Details

  • Series: Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (January 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791470709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791470701
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For more than three hundred years the practice of Masonic rituals of initiation has been part of Western culture, spreading far beyond the boundaries of traditional Freemasonry. Henrik Bogdan explores the historical development of these rituals and their relationship with Western esotericism. Beginning with the Craft degrees of Freemasonry--the blueprints, as it were, of all later Masonic rituals of initiation--Bogdan examines the development of the Masonic High Degrees, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn--the most influential of all nineteenth-century occultist initiatory societies--and Gerald Gardner's Witchcraft movement of the 1950s, one of the first large-scale Western esoteric New Religions Movements.

"This is truly an original work on an important subject. The most significant thing is probably the definition of `ritual.' The field of Western esotericism is a young one, and while some of its terminology is now a matter of common consent, ritual has never been subjected to scrutiny in this context. Bogdan also shows how different rituals convey different elements of the Western esoteric tradition: some Freemasonic ritual teaches alchemy; the Golden Dawn teaches Kabbalah; and witchcraft teaches principles of sexual magic. The entire book has an earnestness about it that makes the reader take these rituals seriously." -- Joscelyn Godwin, author of The Real Rule of Four --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Henrik Bogdan teaches in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology at Göteborg University in Sweden. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By True Thomas on November 25, 2013
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This is a very important contribution to the growing field of scholarly investigation of the Western Esoteric Traditions. This book was earlier published under the title: "From Darkness to Light: Western Esoteric Rituals of Initiation" and represented the doctoral dissertation of the author. In this work Henrik Bogdan initially provides an indepth analysis of the history of the notion of ritual and then considers three different groups and their ritual work: the initial and certain "higher" rites of Freemasonry, the Neophyte ritual found in the workings of the 19th and 20th century "Rosicrucian" group, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and the rites of Gerald Gardner's modern expression of witchcraft or Wicca. Mr. Bogdan rightly points out the influence that Freemasonry has had on these later groups as it becomes obvious that much has been borrowed and integrated into different channels. I highly recommend this book for the information and analysis provided by Henrik Bogdan. I look forward to further work by this scholar and hopefully other scholars who will next turn their attention to other Western rites not influenced by Freemasonry and of which there are many.
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More About the Author

Henrik Bogdan is Associate Professor in History of Religions at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion at the University of Gothenburg. He is the coeditor of the 'Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities' series. Bogdan is associate editor of 'The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies', and book reviews editor of 'Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism'. He is a board member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE).

Please visit his personal website at the University of Gothenburg for further information:

http://lir.gu.se/om-oss/personal?userId=xboghe