Constructing Tradition: Means and Myths of Transmission in by Andreas B. Kilcher

By Andreas B. Kilcher

The query of making culture, recommendations of beginning, and reminiscence in addition to strategies and practices of data transmission, are significant for cultures quite often. In esotericism, notwithstanding, such questions and strategies play a superb position and are greatly mirrored upon, in its literature. Esoteric paradigms not just comprehend themselves in elaborated mytho-poetical narratives as bearers of “older”, “hidden”, “higher” wisdom. in addition they declare their wisdom to be of a selected starting place. and so they declare this information has been transmitted by means of specific (esoteric) potential, media and teams. for this reason, esotericism not just consists of the development of its personal culture; it may possibly also be understood as a selected kind of culture and transmission. a few of the stories of the current voume, which incorporates the papers of a convention held in Tübingen in July 2007, offer an summary of an important options and methods of creating culture in esotericism.

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Denn die Philologie wird dabei geradezu zur säkularen Fortsetzung der esoterischen Tradition. Neuzeitliche Philologie und kabbalistische Nachrichtenmythen greifen ineinander: Einerseits wird die kabbalistische Nachrichtenkette in die neuzeitliche humanistische wissenschaftliche, eben philologische Operationen übersetzt. Durch Operationen wie Sammeln, Übersetzen, Edieren und Kommentieren alter, verschollener, geheimer Bücher mündet die mündliche Nachrichtenkette der Kabbala in Gutenbergs alphanumerischem Zeitalter von Schrift und Druck in Philologie.

2 ‘Relevons de manière nuancée et en premier lieu qu’un contenu d’emprunt est modifié au fur et à mesure non seulement par l’emprunteur mais par l’action de l’emprunteur sur l’emprunt’ (Jardin, Emprunts opératifs, t. IV, 453 ; cf. aussi p. 454 : ‘[. ] le noyau dur [d’une] tradition [peut être] appelé à s’ouvrir considérablement au fur 32 antoine faivre un moment donné ils se font de leur tradition (avec ou sans T majuscule), modifications passées sous silence—sauf quand ils entendent se présenter comme des novateurs.

Durch Operationen wie Sammeln, Übersetzen, Edieren und Kommentieren alter, verschollener, geheimer Bücher mündet die mündliche Nachrichtenkette der Kabbala in Gutenbergs alphanumerischem Zeitalter von Schrift und Druck in Philologie. Andererseits aber wird damit die Philologie wiederum remythisiert, indem sie nämlich keine geringere Aufgabe fortsetzt, als jene, die zuvor die Kabbala in ihrem Verständnis als esoterische Überlieferung übernommen hatte: die Tradierung eines geheimen Wissens. ), Sefer Raziel [zeh sifra de-adam kadma sche-natan lo raziel ha-malach], Amsterdam: 1701.

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