Damanhur, the unity of mankind, and the Temples of Humankind
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Federation of Damanhur
According to Damanhur's philosophy, every human being is an active part of a spiritual eco-system which includes larger and larger Forces. Every individual shares an original divine nature, that expresses itself as potentialities to be re-awakened through the expansion of awareness. This process is repeated through several reincarnations towards enlightenment.
Art and aesthetic research are at the heart of Damanhur's spiritual path. They are tools capable of giving substance to the hallowing of time and space that now finds concrete expression in the Temples of Humankind. The sacred in Damanhur is a concrete reality, created by sharing, by the offer of everybody's creativity, and by the strength of the realization of common ideals.
Damanhur is a way of living and thinking based on experimentation, play and transformation in order to overcome limiting habits and open up to new empowering visions of reality. Research is very important in all fields - from the social context to alternative energies, from the arts to physics.
At this point in time when more and more peoples and races are disappearing, reducing the culture and diversity of all Mankind, Damanhur is creating a new human group with its own artistic, philosophical and cultural expression; a new People based on the exaltation of the differences among individuals, differences made precious and irreplaceable in the pursuit of a common goal.
The choice of establishing Damanhur in Valchiusella - and building the Temples of Humankind there, was not made by accident: The valley presents unique features, both mineralogical - it has the highest concentration of different minerals on the planet - and energetic. Three major Synchronic Lines meet here and intertwine.
The Temples of Humankind follow the flow of the lines and are an initiation path, the ritualised reproduction of the inner rooms of every human being. Walking through the halls and corridors is an immersion inside oneself, a path towards the re-awakening of the human being.
The Temples celebrate human creativity, the history of Humankind and the esoteric knowledge. They represent the fruit of over twenty-five years of spiritual research in Damanhur. As in the Renaissance, the building of the Temples has given birth to new activities and art laboratories. While working on this collective artistic expression, Damanhur's society has grown, refining itself and creating a base for its culture, myths and tradition.
Oberto Airaudi is Damanhur's inspiration and guide in this spiritual project. He is one of Damanhur's founder members and still lives and works in the Federation.
THE TEMPLES OF HUMANKIND
In the Temples of Humankind every architectural element and detail follows a precise code of form and proportions according to an ancient language thousands of years old. Every room is devoted to a specific magic function, and the whole complex represents the application of 23 years of spiritual search. The Temples are a three-dimensional book that can be read by those with the knowledge to read it, just like the Pyramids and the Gothic Cathedrals.
The Temples, built underground for over 18 years supervised by artists and technical specialists - but initiated without professional help - consist of different halls on six different levels connected by hundreds of meters of corridors.
The space totals around 6.000 cubic meters and measures 70 meters from the highest point to the lowest . Formed entirely by the Halls it is the equivalent of an eleven-storey building.
The work was carried out totally by hand, with picks and shovels, the only mechanical tool used over the past few years has been a pneumatic hammer. Digging inside the mountain is synonymous with digging deep inside oneself. Humanity has an important role to play, being part of both the spirit and material worlds. Humanity is a bridge between these different realities and the Temples are a bridge between higher Forces and the Earth, the Earth and its inhabitants and the inhabitants themselves, connected one to another through the Synchronic Lines.
The group of artists who have created the interior decorations of the Temples' structure have used many techniques that were used widely in the past but have since almost disappeared; such as mosaic in glass and stone, cold and 'Grisaille' painted glass, Cathedral and colored glass, fresco, wood inlay, embossed copper and sculpture in marble and stone. The overall painted surface area amounts to over 800 square meters, the mosaics cover over 450 square meters of walls and floors.
The Temples are an alchemical laboratory and a place for meditation; they are a collective work, a metaphor for the way in which Damanhur builds itself. The Temples contain the elaboration of the symbols and the spiritual pathways of every epoch and of all worlds. The Temples are a demonstration of what can be realized by the creativity of a human group animated by a common ideal.
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