Anne Gjeitanger, a Norwegian author, embarked on a transformative journey after a life-altering car accident. Drawn to the Spiritual Community of Damanhur in Italy, she embraced a new path and set out to explore the community’s everyday life and spiritual practices. In this interview, we delve into the intricacies of Damanhur and its connection to Atlantis, as well as its renowned Temples of Humankind, often hailed as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Located in the northern part of Italy, the Federation of Damanhur, commonly known as Damanhur, encompasses a commune, ecovillage, and spiritual community. The community operates under its own constitution and even has its own currency, the Credito. Its name is derived from the ancient Egyptian city of Damanhur, which housed a temple dedicated to Horus.
Damanhur with its unique approach to spirituality and communal living
Damanhur was established in 1975 by Oberto Airaudi, initially attracting 24 followers. Over the years, its popularity grew exponentially, and by 2000, the community boasted a staggering 800 members. Rooted in a blend of New Age and neopagan beliefs, Damanhur has garnered attention worldwide for its unique approach to spirituality and communal living.
The community gained significant recognition in 1992 when it disclosed the existence of the Temples of Humankind, an underground temple complex. Construction of these awe-inspiring temples had begun in 1978, shrouded in secrecy. The Italian authorities ordered a halt to the construction due to lack of planning approval, although artistic work was allowed to continue. Eventually, retroactive permission was granted, solidifying the Temples of Humankind as a remarkable testament to human creativity and devotion.
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The daily life of Damanhur
In the interview, Anne Gjeitanger shares insights into the daily life of Damanhur and provides glimpses into the spiritual practices undertaken within the community. The rich history and connection to ancient civilizations, particularly Atlantis, lend an air of mystique and fascination to Damanhur’s spiritual journey.
Damanhur stands as a testament to the power of community, spirituality, and artistic expression. Through its unique blend of beliefs and dedication to spiritual exploration, Damanhur has fostered an environment where individuals can thrive and contribute to a collective vision of harmony and growth.
Anne Gjeitanger’s exploration of the Spiritual Community of Damanhur offers a captivating glimpse into a world that combines spirituality, communal living, and artistic expression. With its profound connection to ancient civilizations and the remarkable Temples of Humankind, Damanhur invites us to contemplate the vast potential of human creativity and the pursuit of a higher purpose.