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A Short History of Yoga in the USSR

by Sergey Pakhomov There is a huge empirical material on the topic of yoga’s history in the USSR, i. e. memories of contemporaries, photographic and film documents, various articles and books. However, it has not yet become a subject of serious scientific...

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The Unveiling of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

by Marina Alexandrova The legacy of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831–1891), the Russian-American occultist, philosopher, and writer, whose Theosophical teachings influenced generations of spiritual seekers of every shade worldwide, has ignited intense debates among scholars and her devotees alike even today, nearly 130...

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New Worldviews at the Soviet Collapse and Transition

by Joseph Kellner At the twilight of Marxism-Leninism, some Soviet citizens, mostly of the educated urban middle class, accepted Western-style liberal democracy and capitalism as the only worldview still worthy of the name. Many of their peers – likewise educated, urban, middle...

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Roerich’s Shambala Journey: Dany Savelli on her ongoing Project

by Dany Savelly Agni Yoga, the spiritual teaching that the painter Nicholas [Nikolay] Roerich (1874–1947) and his wife Elena Roerich (neé Shaposhnikova) (1879–1955) elaborated in the 1920s–1930s, is endowed with the important millenarian, messianic, apocalyptic and utopian components that clearly distinguishes it...

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Report on the annual Conference “Faith and Play” at European University, St Petersburg

Andrey Tiukhtiaev On November 15–16, the European University in St Petersburg hosted the annual conference Exhibition of Academic Research Achievements. This event, which has already become a tradition, is intended to demonstrate what kind of research is currently being conducted at the...

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The 2019 ASEEES Annual Convention

The New Age project team is delighted to announce its participation at the 51st ASEEES Annual Convention, which will take place from 23 to 26 November 2019 in San Francisco, CA. The ASEEES Annual Convention is doubtless one of the most anticipated...

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Rethinking Reality

Here’s How Anarchism and Mysticism Go Together (II) Romina Heim Part 3: From hylics to pneumatics Writing about this ‘second-period’ mystical anarchism in coherence with everything said before proves rather difficult for two reasons: First, it has not yet been determined how...

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Rethinking Reality

Here’s How Anarchism and Mysticism Go Together (I) Romina Heim Anarchism is often thought of as being atheist in nature, since anarchists traditionally oppose authority, including religious authority (Davis 2019, 65). However, the development of the Russian anarchist tradition exemplifies that the...

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Ritual Feast and Transpersonal Experience: Ossetian Religious Traditionalists in Search of Legitimization of Their Revivalist Projects

Sergei Shtyrkov The Republic of North Ossetia is special among other North Caucasian national republics of Russia (“national” means having a non-Russian ethnic majority as the main nation, the titular ethnic group). North Ossetia has got the reputation of a special national...

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“Traditional” in the Russian New Age Community of Ecovillagers

Julia Andreeva For many religious groups in Russia the references to “folk”, “traditional” and “heritage” play an important role in their popular theology. Usually these markers allow them to emphasize an antagonism of one’s own cultural and a historical richness to modern...

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New Age Astrology in the Time of Computer Technologies

Anna Tessmann Occult knowledge transforms itself quickly responding to technological, as well as commercial spirit of time. One of the most obvious beneficiaries of the recent technological achievements in the occult sphere is astrology. The advent of a personal computer in the...

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George Gurdjieff in post-Soviet Russian Mass Media

Birgit Menzel The Greco-Armenian spiritual teacher, philosopher and composer George I. Gurdjieff (1866–1949) has remained one of the major figures in 20th century Western esotericism. The Enneagram, the New Age Sufism, but also certain artistic practices in theatre, dance (“the Movements”) and...