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Traditionskonkurrenzen. Eine Kreditgeschichte Offenbarter Ursprungsgeschichten

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This chapter presents an overview on the origin of esotericism and the history and genesis of mythos. Ancient Egypt is considered as the origin and essence of esotericism in the cultural memory of the West. Egypt has never disappeared from the cultural memory of the West. It had been presented especially as the land of hieroglyphics, the Sphinx and the Pyramids through ancient, medieval and early modern period. The pyramids were regarded as world wonder. How and why they were built was puzzling. The Sphinx is the epitome of the puzzle at all. The Egyptology has competed with the program of demythologizing and demystification of ancient Egyptian culture. The Greeks have projected their mysteries and their Platonic mysticism in the ancient Egyptian culture. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: Ancient Egypt; ancient Egyptian culture; cultural memory; esotericism; genesis of mythos; hieroglyphics; pyramids

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