FUJDA, Milan. Western “Eastern wisdom” and the concept of new religions : remapping the field. Slovenský národopis. Bratislava: Slovak Academic Press, 2012, roč. 60, č. 5, p. 513-538. ISSN 1335-1303.
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Original name Western “Eastern wisdom” and the concept of new religions : remapping the field
Authors FUJDA, Milan (203 Czech Republic, guarantor, belonging to the institution).
Edition Slovenský národopis, Bratislava, Slovak Academic Press, 2012, 1335-1303.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Article in a journal
Field of Study 50000 5. Social Sciences
Country of publisher Slovakia
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14210/12:00062962
Organization unit Faculty of Arts
Keywords in English new religious movements; Hinduism; occultism; communication; printed media; Czech
Tags rivok
Tags International impact, Reviewed
Changed by Changed by: Mgr. Vendula Hromádková, učo 108933. Changed: 13. 4. 2013 11:32.
Terms "new religions" or "new religious movements" refer usually to 1950s or 1960s as the time of the origin of particular religious groups/movements. Yet to set up a date is something else then to clarify why the date is important. The debate concerning NRMs is, however, either surprisingly silent on this issue or inconsistent in subsuming particular cases under this heading. Sociologists and scholars of religion seem to do, in this field, little more than balancing the anticultist discourse with minor terminological differences creating an impression of value neutrality. In the following article I will examine the concept of "new religions" on the background of an introduction of communication through the printed media. Using data from my research on acculturation of Hinduism in Czech occultism during the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, I will point out that this factor played significant role in modernization of religions in general – "new" as well as "old" – and that after contrasting new religiosity with traditional one while dwelling on a more conservative understanding of the "traditional", difference between "new" and "old" religions will largely vanish while new possibilities of understanding more important distinctions in the field of religion in modern societies might emerge.
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