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ROBERT W. BROCKWAYTHE ROOTS OF NEW AGE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS2

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS4

PREFACE5

PROLOGUE6

Mircea Eliade7

Joseph Campbell8

Karl Gustav Jung9

Karl Jasper11

CHAPTER ONE: THE ESOTERIC AND OCCULT12

The Nature of the Psychic, Esotericism and the Occult12

Spirituality and Religion16

New Age – Is It a Religion?19

Is the Occult Nonsense?19

A Thumbnail Sketch of Esotericism and the Occult in Western History21

The Italian Renaissance21

Hermeticism22

Gnosticism22

Egyptian Lore23

Indian Philosophies24

Theosophy24

Spiritualism25

Astrology25

Numerology25

Alchemy26

Theurgy26

Divination26

Other Influences26

Summary27

CHAPTER TWO: SHAMANS29

Prehistoric Shamanism29

The Prophets32

Native North American Shamans34

Modern Shamanism in Russia37

The Medium as Shaman38

CHAPTER THREE: THE OLD PAGANS39

Shamans and Priests39

Myth and Ritual40

The Priestly Sacrament41

Theories of Archaic Culture and Religion43

Diffusionism46

The Theory of the Mother-Goddess Religion49

Diffusionism and the Mother-Goddess Religion challenged51

CHAPTER FOUR: THE CLASSICAL AGE53

The Origins of the Western Esoteric Tradition53

The Hellenistic Age (323-30 B.C.E.)53

Alexandria54

Hellenistic Philosophy, Religion, and Esotericism55

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