Old and New Mysteries

From Trials to Initiation

Bastiaan Baan; Translated by Matthew Dexter

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  • An insightful exploration of religious initiation ceremonies, and their relevance to contemporary culture
  • Written by a highly respected Christian Community thinker

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

Format:
paperback
Size:
234 x 156 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Religion & Spirituality
Illustrations:
35 b/w and 9 colour illustrations
Extent:
256 pages
ISBN:
9781782501268
Publication date:
17 Jul 2014

Description

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, however, has a substantially different character. Whereas a 'hierophant' -- a guide -- was previously needed to navigate a trial, these days it is life itself which brings us trials, which can sometimes lead to deeper experiences of the spiritual.

Reviews

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

Author

Bastiaan Baan worked as a teacher in the Netherlands before being ordained in 1981. He was a Christian Community priest in the Netherlands and is currently director of the priests' seminary in Spring Valley, NY. He lectures widely, and has written many books. Lord of the Elements is his first book to be published in English.

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