Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

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Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online is the comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of “Gnosis and Western Esotericism” from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19thcentury Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online also contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.

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Hymns and Prayers (Gnostic and Hermetic)

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Author(s): Lancellotti, Maria Grazia
1. Introduction In Gnostic [→ Gnosticism] and Hermetic [→ Hermetism; → Hermetic Literature] documents there are passages which can be classified as hymns and prayers, either directly (that is, quoted as such within the documents) or indirectly (that is through allusions to celestial and earthly beings praying or singing hymns). The tendency, both Gnostic and Hermetic, to appropriate and re-use traditional material of this type, is well documented. It can also be noted that, generally speaking, eve…