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Old and New Mysteries

From Trials to Initiation

Paperback
August 2014
9781782501268
More details
  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    11th August 2014
  • ISBN 9781782501268
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.25"
$19.95

There is great contemporary interest in the ancient mystery centers, such as prehistoric caves, the pyramids of Egypt, Newgrange in Ireland, and the Externsteine in Germany. The trials and rites that took place there were for a chosen few and are vividly described in this book—from the trials of fire and water to the three-day near-death sleep.

The author suggests that modern-day initiation, however, has a substantially different character. Whereas a “hierophant”—or guide—was needed in ancient times to navigate an inner trial, today it is life itself that brings us the trials we need, which can lead to deeper experiences of the spirit.

Bastiaan Baan

Bastiaan Baan was born in 1949 in The Netherlands. After finishing Waldorf school, he studied to become a class teacher. He worked and studied for a year in Los Angeles, worked with teachers in Gandhi Schools in India, and then became a class teacher in a Waldorf school in The Netherlands. After seven years of teaching, he studied at the seminary of The Christian Community in Stuttgart. After his ordination as a priest in 1981, he worked in several congregations in The Netherlands until 2013, when he became the director of the priest training of The Christian Community in Spring Valley, New York. In 2019, he returned to The Netherlands, where he lives with his wife, four sons, and ten grandchildren. Several of his books on spirituality and religion have been published in English.