Eternal Hermes: From Greek God to Alchemical Magus by Antoine Faivre

By Antoine Faivre

Esoteric traditions are, good, esoterically advanced quite often, and that is going specially for Hermes Trismegistus, the emblematic determine representing--even personifying--the Western Esoteric culture in its lengthy and convoluted historical past. who's he? solid query. probably he is certainly a hugely complicated amalgam of the Egyptian god Thoth, the classical gods Hermes and Mercury, a clergyman in Alexandrian Egypt, and a mythical human sage approximately modern with Moses--among different issues. God or guy, angel or satan, grasp alchemist or proto-pharmacist, tradition hero or trickster? relies on who you ask. For somebody attracted to this topic, then, it is all too effortless to wander away with no a few guideposts of a few sort.

And that is precisely what Antoine Faivre presents in "The everlasting Hermes" right here. it is an excellently worthy assessment, road-map, or starter equipment, for those who will. a suite of six separate articles, it offers the curious reader a great sturdy clutch of the final outlines of Hermes Trismegistus in a sympathetically aim scholarly tone. bankruptcy one, "Hermes within the Western mind's eye" lines in as a lot aspect as attainable below the conditions the various impacts contributing to Hermes' composite personality and differing perceptions and characterizations of him all through historical past from antiquity to the current. bankruptcy , "The childrens of Hermes and the technological know-how of guy" makes an attempt to outline this figure's distinguishing orientations and religious features (and of the pursuits which realize him as their mum or dad and inspiration). bankruptcy 3, "From Hermes-Mercury to Hermes Trismegistus: The Confluence of fable and the legendary" focuses extra on Hermes' slippery nature someplace among deity and pseudo-historical personage, with vague half-states in between.

Chapter 4, "Hermes's Presence within the urban" then remarkably demonstrates how the determine of Hermes, maybe below different names yet recognizable still, might be pointed out and analyzed in works of recent tradition, either literature and film--in this situation, Gustav Meyrink's novel "The eco-friendly Face", Luis Bunuel's movie "Los Olvivados", and the sci-fi motion motion picture "Mad Max past Thunderdome". locations the place one will possibly not imagine to examine first, definitely. bankruptcy 5, "The Faces of Hermes Trismegistus" is a short yet illuminating survey of Hermes' iconography through the years, as proven via 39 illustrations culled from any variety of infrequent manuscripts and different cool assets. eventually bankruptcy Six, "The Inheritance of Alexandrian Hermetism: old and Bibliographical Landmarks" could be the final word "further studying" record, evenly narrativized with observation and infinitely priceless in developing order out of a chaos of sources.

Of direction, if the publication has one obstacle, it is that, at less than two hundred pages, intensity needs to be sacrificed to breadth. Faivre will frequently trace at what look like mind-blowingly attention-grabbing stories and legends purely to appear pressed to maneuver alongside with out extra ado. additionally, these for whom Hermeticism (or a few similar kind of Western Esotericism) is a dwelling non secular course may well locate this publication a section dry and indifferent. these coming on the topic with extra educational and/or historic matters in brain might be much less distracted through this, evidently. fogeys of both technique (and in-between) notwithstanding will potentially locate this e-book to be greatly informative, and the way during which it usefully lends a modicum of association to what another way before everything looks an impossibly complicated welter of stuff will facilitate additional and deeper investigations in keeping with one's personal guiding lighting fixtures.

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