Reading History with the Essenes of Elmira
New Antiquities - Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond - Dylan Michael Burns
Anne Kreps [+]
University of Oregon
This paper studies a modern Essene movement based in the United States for its unusual merging of New Age practice with Christian fundamentalism with ancient history. By harkening back to the mystical religions of the ancient Mediterranean, these modern Essenes are able to engage in syncretistic practices while claiming to preserve the traditions of the ancient Essenes.