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Abstract: Tradition concerns practices, verbal expressions, and concepts handed down from the past. Traditions facilitate human interaction, systems of thought and practice that have “stood the test of time,” and moral and religious ideas that constitute a group

in Vocabulary for the Study of Religion Online
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The concept of ‘tradition’ plays an important role in the study of religion. It invokes the continuity that justifies historical analysis and comparison. Were there no religious tradition(s), scholars would have nothing to study, no threads with which to card and spin their own

in The Brill Dictionary of Religion Online
Means and Myths of Transmission in Western Esotericism
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The question of constructing tradition, concepts of origin, and memory as well as techniques and practices of knowledge transmission, are central for cultures in general. In esotericism, however, such questions and techniques play an outstanding role and are widely reflected upon, in its literature. Esoteric paradigms not only understand themselves in elaborated mytho-poetical narratives as bearers of “older”, “hidden”, “higher” knowledge. They also claim their knowledge to be of a particular origin. And they claim this knowledge has been transmitted by particular (esoteric) means, media and groups. Consequently, esotericism not only involves the construction of its own tradition; it can even be understood as a specific form of tradition and transmission. The various studies of the present voume, which contains the papers of a conference held in Tübingen in July 2007, provide an overview of the most important concepts and ways of constructing tradition in esotericism.

specific case and aims to show the features of this non-spatial and non-temporal intellectual community. It will shed light on the idea of tradition that was widely disseminated in the sixteenth century thanks to a work by the Dominican friar Annius of Viterbo (1437–1502), the Antiquitates ( Antiquities

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In: Maimonides Review of Philosophy and Religion Volume 2, 2023
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globalising contexts. By illustrating emerging acupuncture therapies in South Korea, this study draws attention to non-modern theories and epistemology as indispensable forces to transform contemporary clinical practices of East Asian medicine. 9 Although emphasising East Asian tradition, this study does

In: Asian Medicine
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1 Introduction “Without tradition our lives would be as shaky as … as a fiddler on the roof.” So intones Tevye in a (bodily) metaphor from Fiddler on the Roof (Bock 1964). As the play suggests, the role of tradition came under increasing threat in the modern period. Indeed, the dominant

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
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The Question for Twentieth-Century China has been the integration of tradition and modernity. In this collection of essays written over a period of some twenty years (1987-2006), Chen Lai reflects on the question in an informative and original way. He reads behind the political slogans and engages with the thought both of Max Weber, Talcott Parsons and Western sociology, and representative Chinese thinkers, notably Feng Youlan and Liang Shuming. While the focus is on China, the book also appeals to anyone interested in this fascinating question of how to modernise whilst retaining the positive values of tradition. Chen Lai’s unique and balanced grasp of society marks him out as the foremost thinker in China on this topic today.
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Abstract: Tradition concerns practices, verbal expressions, and concepts handed down from the past. Traditions facilitate human interaction, systems of thought and practice that have “stood the test of time,” and moral and religious ideas that constitute a group. Tradition is fundamental for

[German Version] In general usage, tradition (from Lat. transdare/tradere, “hand on, transmit”) connotes retention and safeguarding, understood as a conservative handing down of mores, customs, norms, rules, and knowledge. The emphasis is on continuity with the past. Jan Assmann interprets

In: Religion Past and Present Online

1. Society and Religion From about 1960, tradition has been a much-discussed theme in theology , in the church , and in the humanities and social sciences. Its usual definition as the acts and process of handing down (traditio) , as well as what is

in The Encyclopedia of Christianity Online