This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Esoteric doctrine is often oral

Due to the limits of the written word, esoteric doctrines are often preserved orally from master to disciple. This method allows for an effective transmission of the doctrines and prevents the distortion that can come about when texts become primary, and which always require exegesis. The result of this means of transmission, however, is that in some cases, when the tradition disappears or is wiped out, the doctrines are lost forever. Such was the case with the Druids, for example, and it seems to have been true of the medieval alchemists, the doctrines of which must be surmised from scattered and partial remnants usually veiled in special terminology.

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