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Old Myths, New Mythicising

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The very symbol of the New Age, namely a new era of history, is vague: some participants do not believe or do not care about the coming of a New Age. One can make a distinction between New Age in a broad and New Age in a narrow sense. In the broader sense, one encounters a constant flux of New Age-y fragments: symbols, sentences, images and tunes. The difficulty of grasping the New Age phenomenon is rooted in the predicament of late modern culture. Symbols become stereotypes— they seem not to have the density of the tradition which was forgotten, or which was not studied very deeply. Myths and symbols are individual and contextual; their meaning is referred to the individual experience and the context of her/his life.

Keywords: late modern culture; myths; New Age; stereotypes

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