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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): Cover Sheet
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    • German text is entitled: Die Mission einzelner Volksseelen im
    • Zusammenhange mit der germanisch-nordischen Mythologie, (No. 121
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): Notes
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    • of Man and of the Cosmos in its spiritual essence; also of what may be called
    • following lectures. That many of the intervening years were clouded
    • only when the lectures were given but again now, after many decades,
    • original German will be found at the end of the present volume.
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): Contents
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    • part in the Evolution of Mankind
    • Lecture FiveManifestation of the Hierarchies in the
    • Lecture SixThe five Root Races of Mankind
    • the original German
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): Preface
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    • Riddles of Man,
    • Riddles of Man
    • life of man. If we wish to understand the inner life of an individual
    • individual human souls working in concert, but has its origin in a
    • individual human beings; and it is equally paradoxical to relate the
    • investigate the facts which are manifested in the life of the peoples
    • mankind at the present time will find that what I then said throws a
    • important because the destiny of mankind in the near future will
    • case in order to fulfil a mission common to all mankind. But the
    • doubt the time has now come when the fate of humanity itself
    • promote the spiritual life of mankind we need a science which is
    • spiritually orientated. Such a science is the first demand of our
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): Synopses
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    • people. The anthroposophical view of man: physical body, etheric
    • body, astral body and ego. In future time man will transmute these
    • three members into Spirit Self (Manas), Life Spirit (Buddhi) and
    • Spirit Man (Atma). The ego works through the three bodily members and
    • The three former cosmic stages of man: Old Saturn (creation of
    • between the Archangels and the single human being. In future man will
    • upon the etheric emanations of the soil and the people domiciled in
    • The sequence of the Hierarchies above man. Beings who
    • of Form create the present physical body of man which becomes the
    • members of the human soul. Archangels do not share in the Sentient
    • Spirits of Form creates the races of mankind. Difference between the
    • concept of nation and that of race. Differentiation of mankind into
    • by the Spirits of Form or Exusiai. The seven-year periods of man's
    • man at age of twenty to twenty-one. Reason for man's dependence
    • peninsulas. Need for rejuvenation from forces of the East, but man
    • implies evolution of all mankind. Evolution of races by evolution of
    • Their working is manifested in the material surface of the Earth,
    • special mission. Man owes his physical body and life of Will to Old
    • The need for man to raise his consciousness to higher planes.
    • highest Hierarchy: Undines, Sylphs and Salamanders.
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): Relevant Literature
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    • Cosmic Memory: Prehistory of Earth and Man
    • Supersensible Influences in the History of Mankind (6 lectures)
    • Man in the Light of Occultism, Theosophy and Philosophy (10 lectures)
    • Man as Symphony of the Creative Word (10 lectures)
    • original German, also the works of other authors on Anthroposophy, can be
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): Relevant Literature
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    • of the works of Rudolf Steiner in the original German. Published by
    • Letters, drafts, manuscripts, fragments, verses, inscriptions,
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 1. Angels, Folk Spirits, Time Spirits: their part in the Evolution of Mankind.
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    • Angels, Folk Spirits, Time Spirits: their part in the Evolution of Mankind.
    • Time Spirits: their part in the Evolution of Mankind.
    • in an equally cordial and heartfelt manner.
    • man's thinking today. I therefore beg especially those of our
    • perception of man today.
    • in the forthcoming lectures would demand more time than I have at my
    • ‘homeless man’. This is a technical expression. And if we
    • term ‘homeless man’ we may briefly say that a ‘homeless
    • man’ is one whose understanding and grasp of the great laws of
    • humanity cannot be influenced by whatsoever a person acquires through
    • man’ is one who is able to identify himself with the great laws
    • of human evolution without allowing the particular shades of feeling
    • mystical and occult development demands an unprejudiced attitude
    • individual human life, we describe as the mission of the individual
    • to the collective mission of humanity.
    • man’ must liberate himself to some extent. Now the ‘homeless
    • homelessness, has been reached, the ‘homeless man’ may
    • relationship with the stable element in the evolution of mankind.
    • mankind in the near future will bring men together in far greater
    • common to all mankind. But the members of the individual peoples will
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 2. Normal and abnormal Archangels and Time Spirits.
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    • Spirits, invades the life of man, then there must be on the other
    • indication of their presence in the world of man, for in the final
    • analysis the human body must be associated with the work of these
    • Denmark or Germany. Just as every man has his own etheric body, so a
    • of man, for example. The etheric aura of the human being is part of
    • undergoes modification in so far as man progressively develops during
    • changes, and in this respect they differ from the human auras which
    • extending over the various countries change in the course of human
    • depends in fact not only upon the etheric emanations from the soil,
    • therefore, who wish to follow how the destinies of our human race are
    • in a certain respect, a fusion of the emanations from the soil and
    • interpenetrates, permeates man; it affects three aspects of his
    • multiplicity of types we meet with in Russia, Norway and Germany. The
    • importance. Naturally, man himself also benefits through their work;
    • it reacts upon him. And equally, the activity of man reacts upon the
    • individual human beings for the Folk Spirit. This is important. But
    • quite realistically the etheric body of the human being embedded in
    • human etheric body and the etheric body of the people, and think too
    • conjunction with them in the etheric body of man, many of the
    • characteristics of a people would not originate at all. Man is the
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 3. The inner Life of the Folk Spirits. Formation of the Races.
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    • stages beyond man, Beings who, at the present time, are engaged in
    • transmuting their etheric bodies into Buddhi or Life Spirit. Now man
    • is reflected in the human individuality itself as the
    • folk-characteristic of the individual human being.
    • Soul. If we wish to throw light upon the inner being of man today, we
    • the human ego first becomes conscious.
    • of man is active in all three members of his inner life, in the
    • the Sentient Soul man is hardly aware of his ego and in consequence
    • members of the inner being of man independently of each other, we
    • inner being of man. The psychic life, the inner being of man,
    • modifications can manifest themselves only through the agency of the
    • man from his outer sheath or envelope. Man's inner being
    • as man's inner life which is the field of ego-activity is
    • manifested in these three modifications of the astral body, so the
    • inner life of man, is manifested in three members, three
    • modifications of the etheric body. In man we distinguish Sentient
    • the three modifications in the soul-life of man. Therefore, you must
    • Folk Spirits, as different from that of man. Let us now, turn aside
    • the inner life of the Folk Spirits. In the normal life of man such
    • conceptions are few and far between; man's consciousness has
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 4. The Evolution of Races and Civilization.
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    • understand the relationship of the races of mankind to one another
    • that man as we know him today is a highly complex being and that his
    • evolution of man we know that in prehistoric times our Earth, before
    • man, the physical body, the etheric body and the astral body were
    • man has been able to develop a fourth member, an ego. These four
    • it is clear that man's present organization could only have
    • seen that not only was the cooperation of many Beings and
    • man it was also necessary that at certain epochs, certain Beings
    • behind in order to be able to participate in the organization of man
    • so when we seek to understand man as he is today, we find a richly
    • understand how man first came into existence through the cooperation
    • contemporary man is the one who has gradually made ego-consciousness
    • ourselves how man would fare if the normal Spirits alone were
    • is to further man's ego-development, which can only be realized
    • in the man of today at a certain age.
    • period of life, between birth and the change of teeth, man develops
    • a recapitulation of what man underwent on Old Saturn (which has often
    • recapitulation of what man underwent on Old Sun. In reality the
    • bestowal of an ego, during man's life on Earth. The third
    • During this period man recapitulates the development of the astral
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 5. Manifestation of the Hierarchies in the Elements of Nature.
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    • Manifestation of the Hierarchies in the Elements of Nature.
    • Manifestation of the
    • total evolution of humanity. In the second part of this
    • the several peoples are merged in the whole of humanity and how even
    • of human evolution. This, however, will only become apparent to us
    • an understanding of the Hierarchies of which man is the lowest
    • member. You will recall that we placed man on the lowest rung of the
    • immediately above man — the third Hierarchy. The second
    • all spiritual Beings manifest in some form or other and are to be
    • lowest stage of manifestation, at the stage of illusion. In his
    • normal perception of Nature and the Spirit man knows only the realm
    • of Maya, the most external manifestation of these spiritual Beings. I
    • man believes to have a real existence does not exist at all, it is an
    • below, from within the Earth; they emanate from certain Beings. Thus
    • in a particular locality we see a manifestation of forces emanating
    • forces alone were present, clearly man would not have solid ground
    • which is manifested on the surface of our Earth by the interweaving
    • we must look upon as the most external manifestation of the Spirits
    • manifests as heat.
    • elements do the Spirits of Form manifest themselves? They are the
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 6. The Five Root Races of Mankind.
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    • The five Root Races of Mankind.
    • of Mankind.
    • note: the original German language edition of this lecture
    • The Mission of Folk-Souls, Lecture 6, and the German
    • Universe towards the centre of the Earth. Man does not become aware
    • corporate humanity, which is only possible to man in the course of
    • as “man in the second third of his life” would become a
    • cooperate with them and diversify this uniform humanity, it was found
    • disharmony amongst mankind, one of the Spirits had to detach Himself
    • evolution of man. For if the Moon had remained united with the Earth
    • the evolution of man could not have taken place. This further
    • evolution of man has only been made possible because one of the
    • the normal ‘I’, that which determines man's normal
    • the Earth. Hence in that which here manifests in the potent forces of
    • Elohim or Spirits of Form, namely that which emanates from the
    • planetary forces are concentrated and are manifested in the external
    • always investigated and originally man took his direction entirely
    • from them. In this manner the events on Earth were determined in
    • and determine man's destiny.
    • all-human. But from the Mercury Centre the potent influences of the
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 7. Advance of Folk Spirits to the Rank of Time Spirits.
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    • especially the course of human evolution, but also that the Beings of
    • after, the distribution of mankind, the distribution of races, has
    • understand the period when the division of mankind into the five root
    • realize that we are here dealing with that mighty stream of humanity
    • high mission in the manner already described. This Time Spirit worked
    • entire evolution of post-Atlantean humanity.
    • Mankind
    • Odin, Hönir and Lödur of German mythology. You will find a
    • through which mankind received the Christ Impulse. This Impulse was
    • an Archangel who worked in the Germanic and especially in the Celtic
    • extending into Hungary, Southern Germany and the Alpine countries.
    • bestowed on mankind, had renounced the possibility of becoming an
    • the various Germanic peoples of Europe had originally been guided by
    • the guidance of many different Archangels in order to become
    • Germanic peoples had undergone a certain preparatory training. The
    • expansion of exoteric Christianity. Later Roman history was also
    • Archangel of the ancient Romans and had joined forces with the
    • of these were the teachers of that Archangel who guided the Germanic
    • Christian impulse began to pervade mankind, Europe was the scene of
    • the simultaneous activity of many Folk Spirits, filled with a spirit
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 8. The Five Post-Atlantean Civilizations.
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    • development of Germanic-Nordic history and the spiritual impulses
    • that this Teutonic mythology, despite its many points of similarity
    • true, however, that among the Germanic peoples and tribes of Europe
    • differs widely from the substance of Graeco-Roman mythology. At the
    • appears in one mythology is also found in a like manner in another
    • years ago I made the acquaintance of a man; he wore a uniform
    • became acquainted with a man who wore the same uniform and ten years
    • times. The essential thing is to know what sort of man is concealed
    • specific differences of the Folk Spirits the manner in which a
    • advanced human beings pushed forward into Indian territory and
    • to devote more attention to the way in which the human beings who
    • what was the nature of the development which humanity could undergo
    • in the post-Atlantean epoch? In the old Atlantean times human beings
    • misty exhalations. The soul of man was different too. He could not
    • achieved by the operation of the forces to whose influence human
    • of these migrations man underwent many different stages of spiritual
    • and Archangels on the human souls had become a matter of complete
    • all that had formerly taken place in the evolution of humanity, so
    • to observe how human development sprang forth, so to speak, from the
    • Greeks were nearer to the Germanic peoples. They became ego-conscious
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 9. Loki - Hodur and Baldur - Twilight of the Gods.
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    • develop gradually the human ego and bring it to fuller consciousness.
    • a wholly different manner from the European and especially the
    • Germanic peoples who were ego-conscious whilst their capacities were
    • human being distinct from itself, then in the act of cognition one is
    • whether that which is known is human being, animal, tree or stone.
    • same. It is important to realize that in human evolution, in the
    • ‘I’ within the human soul may exist for a long time
    • before man acquires the power to see the ‘I’ objectively
    • formal manner; then we shall also comprehend why Europe in particular
    • was destined to associate this ‘I’ of man with the other
    • the senses and that the ego, the fundamental essence of the human
    • world. Formerly, before man was aware of his ego, before he perceived
    • Folk Soul had, and still has the task of directing European man how
    • speak of the relationship of the human ego to the surrounding
    • order to become merged in Brahma and to find Atman within oneself. In
    • identity and seek union with the Absolute. In Europe this human ‘I’
    • occupies a central place in human life in accordance with its
    • development of terrestrial man who was destined gradually to acquire
    • have imprinted themselves upon the inner being of man, upon his
    • astral body. You know that these forces made man's inner life
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 10. The Mission of Individual Peoples and Cultures in the Past, Present and Future.
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    • nature of the Germanic and Scandinavian Folk Soul, and from the
    • development of mankind in the remote past, in the present and will
    • through the evolutionary stages of the human being, of shaping it and
    • have shown in the case of the Scandinavian and Germanic peoples, the
    • ‘I’ was revealed clairvoyantly to man. According to
    • tradition this ‘I’ was bestowed upon man by an Angelic
    • Being, Donar or Thor, who stands midway between man and the Folk
    • experienced in the same way. There man had already reached
    • At the time when man became ego-conscious in the East, Eastern
    • The Germanic-Scandinavian man still felt himself attached to a Group
    • It was in this way that Nordic man experienced them at a time when
    • tasks in preparing man's ego-development.
    • culture of mankind as it unfolds. But at the time when these European
    • other Germanic tribes. Thus in the period preceding the evolution
    • proper of the Northern and Germanic peoples, the Mystery teachings
    • follows: the old Indian culture worked upon the human etheric body.
    • human capacities — it was a culture reflected in the human
    • again at a time when man could perceive by means of the forces of the
    • special task of the Northern and Germanic peoples which they alone
    • human ‘I’ and was only able therefore to attend to
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 11. Nerthus, Freyja and Gerda.
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    • describe as the descent of those human souls who, in primeval times
    • to incarnate in human bodies whose capacities had gradually been
    • understood to be the external manifestation of souls descending out
    • long that it was still extant amongst the Southern Germanic peoples
    • at the time when Tacitus wrote his “Germania”. No one
    • Germania. See also the lecture given by Rudolf Steiner
    • been a matter of actual vision. This Goddess offered the human bodies
    • that were suitable to the human souls descending from the planetary
    • legends which give intimations of the birth of physical man. Njordr
    • and incarnated in human bodies.
    • Earth belongs to Riesenheim. We realize, therefore, that Nordic man
    • which was still natural to man here when, in those ancient times, the
    • watery mists of Atlantis still covered the region. Nordic man felt
    • those angelic Beings who had poured into the human soul all that this
    • unite with the physical-corporeal instruments existing in the human
    • in a remarkable way how Freyr makes use of that which enables man to
    • manifest on the physical plane that for which he has been prepared
    • soul in day and night. just as the human soul during sleep and
    • cerebral folds to be stowed away in that tiny box — the human
    • the Germanic North had within him this tendency, and thanks to this
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