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Secrecy I: Antiquity

1. Introduction

The only fruitful way to study secrecy in ancient cultures and religions is to study it as a social phenomenon. The private secrets of individuals, that is knowledge of facts kept hidden from everyone (for example a woman who hides from her husband the fact that the child she is bearing is not his), are not only lost to us forever, but also do not really constitute a subject that could…

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De Jong, Albert, Fanger, Claire and Faivre, Antoine, “Secrecy”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 23 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_341>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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