Earlier we talked about how occult groups self-identify with malefic labels to define themselves a a community. This was an inversion of the sociological idea that accusations of sacrifice and cannibalism are used to demonize “the other” in society. While it’s true occult groups gain untoward reputations at the hands of mainstream religious thought, we […]
Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. The most valuable items of the Ritman Library are showing up on the private market, including Ficino’s Corpus Hermeticum. That sound you hear? It’s the sound of hundreds of occultists emptying their piggybanks. (Heterodoxology) Does your […]
Ok, so the title is a little disingenuous, but the Knesseth Israel Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in Toronto that’s been in continuous use as a synagogue. Located in Toronto’s Junction, it also took part in the Doors Open festival and the photos are too good not to share!
Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Turns out religion may be much older than originally thought. The excavation of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey has scholars re-thinking their ideas, not just about when belief arose, but also the trajectory of human civilization itself. […]
When I tell people I’m interested in the field of western esotericism, they usually look at me blankly. (Really blankly. Since I’m a religious studies major, they expect me to aspire to the sisterhood.) I then have to explain: I am interested in occult groups and mystical movements that use atypical means of contacting the […]
Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Having your licence revoked is no match for God, or at least one man is hoping that’s the case. After Lynn Gustafson’s private zoo was shut down, he decided to partner with the almighty to beat […]