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Old and new mysteries : from trials to initiation

Author: Bastiaan Baan; Matthijs Dijkstra
Publisher: Edinburgh : Floris Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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There is great contemporary interest in the mystery centres of antiquity, such as prehistoric caves, the pyramids of Egypt, Newgrange in Ireland, and the Externsteine in Germany. The trials and rites that took place there were for the chosen few, and are vividly described in this book - from the trials of fire and water to the three-day near-death sleep. The author goes on to argue that modern-day initiation,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bastiaan Baan; Matthijs Dijkstra
ISBN: 9781782501268 1782501266
OCLC Number: 890390311
Description: 197 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. The Externsteine --
2. What is Initiation? --
3. The Mithras Mysteries and Michael --
4. The Egyptian Mysteries --
5. Initiation in the Old Testament --
6. Initiation in the New Testament --
7. Christian Initiation: The Raising of Lazarus --
8. Initiation in Early Christianity --
9. Celtic Initiation: The Path Through the Elements --
10. The Trial by Fire --
11. The Trial by Water --
12. The Trial by Air --
13. And the Earth? --
14. Initiation in the Twentieth Century --
15. The Encounter with Evil --
16. The Cross on the Path Toward Initiation --
17. Patience: the Ultimate Trial --
18. Anthroposophy and the Christian Community --
19. And What About Everybody Else? --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Other Titles: Oude en nieuwe mysteriën.
Responsibility: Bastiaan Baan ; translated by Matthijs Dijkstra.

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An insightful book exploring ancient initiation ceremonies and equivalent spiritual experiences today.  Read more...

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'It is rich in references, rich in illustrations, rich in knowledge and practical advice.'-- Paul Carline, New View

 
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