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New Age
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The Concept

The concept ‘New Age’ emerged during the 1970s and 1980s as a common term for a variety of contemporary popular practices and beliefs. Among these one finds an interest in the paranormal, a belief in → reincarnation, methods of healing including varieties of self-improvement and positive thinking, messages putatively revealed f…

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Hammer, Olav, “New Age”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 27 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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