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Numen Books takes it name from the Latin word Numen, meaning 'an influence perceptible by mind but not by senses' which is closely linked to the metaphysical concept of mana or power being inherent and derived from a point beyond that of the mundane world.
We are an independent book publisher who has been in the publishing industry for five years under the name Primordial Traditions. Following the New Zealand earthquakes in 2010-2011, we relocated to Australia and changed our name to Numen Books in order to reflect our growing range of publications.
The idea of the Primordial Tradition evolved out of the concept known as philosophia perennis, or perennial philosophy, which in itself is a development from the prisca theologia of the Middle Ages. Both the idea of the Primordial Tradition and the philosophia perennis attempt to establish common factors amongst different traditions, with the goal of producing a superior gnosis or level of wisdom than that which would have been obtained by the study of a single religion. This is remarkably similar to the mode of study used in comparative mythology and the study of the history of religions. In this sense, the term Primordial Tradition is utilized to describe a system of spiritual thought and metaphysical truths that overarches all the other religions and esoteric traditions of humanity.
The concept of the Primordial Tradition was well received by both practitioners and the academic community, and its development was actively endorsed by the International Conference of Religions in Chicago, 1893. Outside of the academic community, the idea of the Primordial Tradition received an even better reception, and was advocated by the Traditionalist school â notably Rene GuÃ©non, Julius Evola, and Alain DaniÃ©lou. Other figures/works of note to the Primordial Tradition are: Mircea Eliade, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Carl Kerenyi, Emil Cioran, Georges Dumezil, Huston Smith, Heinrich Zimmer, Gottfried Leibniz, Aldous Huxley, Frithjof Schuon, Plato, NicolÃ¡s GÃ³mez DÃ¡vila, Ananda Coomaraswamy - also the Vedas, Sagas, Greek and Roman Epics, mythology, folklore, and the manifestations of the ideas of traditions in the works of such authors as Friedrich Nietzsche and Karl Jung. As such it portrays an underlying universal principle in the application of religion and holds that there are common precepts that exist in the substrata of all religions. These universal truths are then reshaped by cultural and historical events to take their own distinct life and vitality. The term perennial philosophy has also been employed as a translation of the Hindu concept of Sanatana Dharma or the Eternal Tradition.
Our publications are expanding and now include supernatural/horror fiction, as well as the areas in which we already boast an existing reputation.