Dictionary of Contemporary Esotericism (pre-prints)

On this page you will find preprint versions of entries forthcoming in the Dictionary of Contemporary Esotericism, self-archived by the authors. Please check back in as the list will be updated. The page is part of ContERN’s self-archiving initiative, CRESARCH. –ContERN


Dictionary of Contemporary Esotericism. Edited by Egil Asprem. Brill Esotericism Reference Library. Leiden: Brill.

Introduction (Egil Asprem)

Part I: Survey of Contemporary Esotericism

Currents and Concepts

Groups and Organizations

  • AMORC (Massimo Introvigne)
  • Cerchio Firenze77
  • Church of All Worlds
  • Damanhur
  • Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (EGC)
  • Esalen Institute
  • Grey School of Wizardry (Carole Cusack)
  • Gurdjieff Foundation
  • Illuminates of Thanateros (IOT)
  • Kabbalah Centre (Nicole M. Bauer)
  • Lectorium Rosicrucianum
  • MISA
  • Nation of Gods and Earths
  • Nation of Islam
  • Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO)
  • Ordre Martiniste
  • Pagan Federation
  • Santo Daime
  • Servants of the Light
  • Silver Elves
  • Society of the Inner Light, The
  • Tempelhofgesellschaft
  • TOPY
  • Traditional Martinist Order
  • Tribunal of the Sidhe
  • UDV


Part II: Locations of Contemporary Esotericism


Part III: Explaining Contemporary Esotericism

  • Secularisation and Disenchantment
  • Cultic Milieu
  • Mediatisation (Ingvild Gilhus)
  • Occulture (Christopher Partridge)
  • Fiction-Based Esotericism (Markus Altena Davidsen)
  • Critical Theory (Manon Hedenborg-White)
  • Commodification and Marketisation (Guy Redden)
  • Cognition (Egil Asprem)

Part IV: Accessing Contemporary Esotericism

  • Historical Approaches (Hanegraaff)
  • Digital Methods I: Web Philology
  • Digital Methods II: Netnography
  • Digital Methods III: Online Data Mining
  • Quantitative Sociological Methods (Margrethe Løøv)
  • Folkloristics (Amy Hale)
  • Experimental Methods (Marc M. Andersen)