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Ägypten und der Ursprung der Esoterik. zur Geschichte und Genese eines Mythos

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This chapter presents an overview on the function of India in the construction of the Western esoteric tradition in the 19th and 20th century. The tradition of Western esotericism, which has always constituted on alien cultural values and myths in relation, appears as a product of multiple influences that went through the centuries in their discourse and they coined. The chapter discusses the cultural transfer in the construction of tradition, as well as the specific definition of alterity that is relevant here. Within this intercultural constellation India takes a special position. India's culture and religion have been studied systematically in its various aspects from the late 18th century. The chapter discusses the Indian reference texts and concepts in the Western esoteric tradition. In the second half of the 19th century construction of tradition is connected with popularization of knowledge about India. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: cultural transfer; India; religion; Western esoteric tradition; Western esotericism



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