Common Roots

Posted August 25th, 2013 by Tony. Comments Off on Common Roots.

The concept of magic is used in different meanings, which encompasses the broad field earlier animistic ideas, totemic cults, Gnostic salvation doctrines of Neo-Platonic and Hermetic modern esotericism. In the enlightened from the Enlightenment, “” Western societies, the image of magic is characterized by the idea of being an esoteric pastime of exotic or dangerous spinner. The movement of the Enlightenment, so the rational comprehension of life, crucial impetus of those very scholars of the Renaissance has received, which were both theoretically and practically, with different kind of forms of magic (in the context of the Jewish Kabbalah and Rosicrucianism) trust, such as the Father empirical science, Francis Bacon. Especially the supposedly contemporary culture dominated by rationalism meets the magic with that disdainful skepticism, rationalism entgegenbringt all forms of “faith”. Religions as institutionalized forms of faith here is usually a mild indulgence granted by the magicas non-institutionalized form of faith, commonly referred to “superstition” called implies denying remains. This difference in assessment of religious beliefs and magic is consistent and “reasonable” because the public nature of religion supported the cohesion and cultural identity of a society while undermining the magic as a non-public, this occult event. For this reason, the magic is both the magician practicing it in various forms, witches, shamans, etc., as by the various academic departments, nowadays generally oppositely or perceived as being outside the religion. This was not always so. When one remembers the origins of magic from their shamanic rootsand reconstructs the evolution of human societies of small tribal groups over to complex tribal communities, as they primarily in the urban culture to be expressed, it is clear that certain ideas and practices Magic abstracted andhad to be generalized in order to offer communities a growing ideological cohesion and cultural identity, which saved them from unpick and self-destruction. Thus arose from the experiences and visions of the shaman on his journey through the underworld conceptualization of the afterlife, as our example in the Egyptian religion, and have survived in the Christian faith. From the fragmentation and regeneration hashfile Initiatonserlebnis developed then, finally, the increasingly abstract notions of death and rebirth, of redemption and transformation of the soul. And reproduces the initiatory death of the shaman who was his old life and old self must sacrifice, in the outside world as a ritual human sacrifice. A striking example of such a death in shamanic initiatory sense, that is taking place in the myth of Osiris and Seth from demonic trickster initiated transformation of the gods, son of the king to the god of the dead. Especially in the Egyptian religion, it becomes clear how muchreligious and magical / shamanic practices went hand in hand, and that for a very long period of almost 3000 years. The continuity and duration of the Egyptian identity is not least due to this mixing of religiser worship and practical magic.

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