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Gnosis

While the literal translation for this word is "knowledge", it's meaning is closer to "insight" or " enlightenment". Rather than an intellectual understanding then, it is a "knowledge of the heart" or wisdom (which is not meant to imply mere emotionalism). While any religion that places an emphasis on esoteric understanding as a spiritual goal can be said to have gnosis (small "g") it has become common practice to spell it "Gnosis" (capital "G") when referring to the syncratic movements of the late antiquities. Some extend this definition to include related movements such as Kabbalah, Classical Hermeticism. This system is of course arbitrary and not used by all, but is very useful in written dialogue.

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