Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

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Traditionalist Esoterism

  • Victor BrunoEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_200215


Traditionalist esoterism, though containing similarities to popular esoterism, distinguishes itself from the latter in many ways. Traditionalist esoterism claims that esoteric knowledge can only be obtained through recognized and proper chains of transmission, regularly found in revealed religions and organizations, through the administration and management of authorities and true sources, by means of an initiation. This contrasts to popular esoterism, with its syncretic mix of many traditions from different sources and lack regular affiliation.

In this entry, we will overview Traditionalism and its esoterism. Firstly, we will sketch its historical context and epistemology before proceeding to the study of the esoteric working and its relations, mainly critical, with modern psychology.

Traditionalism in Perspective

Traditionalism was formed in early twentieth century against a very peculiar background. As it has been noted by researchers of this movement, the European...

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  1. 1.Departamento de Comunicação SocialUniversidade Federal do PiauíTeresinaBrazil