Out of the New Spirituality of the Twentieth Century: The Dawn of Anthroposophy, the White Brotherhood and the Unified Teaching

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Frank & Timme GmbH, Apr 30, 2015 - Anthroposophy - 258 pages
The book is focused on the phenomenon of the new spirituality and the impact which it appear to have on the religious sphere and the contemporary culture. It referes to three particular European movements—the 'anthroposophy' of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner—a movement which has influenced many social spheres like pedagogic (the Waldorf education), medicine, art, etc.; the movement, created by the Bulgarian spiritual teacher Petăr Dănov, known as the 'White Brotherhood', turned into transnational spiritual community; and the 'Unified Teaching' of the young Russian spiritual writer and healer Zor Aleph, developing between Russia and Bulgaria. The work, based on the anthropological methods of fieldwork and analysis, aims to examine the significance of the three movements and their national and transnational specifics in the framework of the European spiritual sphere.

 

 

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Contents

Preface
13
Basic concepts
19
Chapter One Spiritual Leaders
25
The Master Beinsa Duno Petar Danov
41
The contemporary postmodern spiritual leader
60
Chapter Two Spiritual Systems Between Science and Esotericism
71
Spiritual Teachings and National Contexts
89
Spiritual SocietyCommunity A Working Definition
118
The Eurhythmy of Rudolf Steiner
154
The Transnational Context Anthroposophy in Bulgaria
164
The Criticism of Anthroposophy
171
Transfer of spiritual knowledge Individual and Community
180
Pedagogical ideas of Petar Danov
184
The World of the Follower
193
Paneurhythmy
199
Community and Society For and Against Petar Danov
213

Chapter Three The Anthroposophical Society
125
Community Life Anthroposophy in Action
131
Social Spheres
142
Conclusion
239
Internet Sources
254
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About the author (2015)

Svetoslava Toncheva has received her doctoral degree in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences where she is currently assistant professor in anthropology (Balkan Ethnology Department). She is interested in the contemporary religiosity and new religious movements, working in the area of the Balkans and the Baltic states.

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