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History



Early Developments

During its first decades of existence, several specialized subcultures within the New Age movement began to separate, while other approaches spread throughout the movement.

Schisms and Sects

The New Age is too amorphous to possess any central structures, but several subcultures within the movement have emerged as independent sects.

Missions and Expansion

The New Age has spread throughout the world. Though American-produced materials remain the primary sources in global New Age movements, New Agers in many countries have also founded New Age religions.

Exploration and Conquest

Ideas and practices popularized by the New Age have spread throughout western culture, though not without raising criticism from members of the traditions from which the New Age draws.

Modern Age

During the early 21st century, many New Age ideas spread successfully into broader culture, though fewer people self-identified as New Agers.

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