The International Hermes Institute is made up of a group of multidisciplinary professionals from various countries, coordinated by Professor Fernand Schwarz. Its aim is to elaborate a method of study of the immaterial heritage of ancient civilizations and analyze contemporary societies from a symbolic perspective. It has delegations in Austria, France, Spain and Portugal and collaborators in Greece, Israel, Salvador, Chili and Colombia.

The Hermes Institute’s objectives are:

a) The study and investigation of social sciences from an interdisciplinary point of view

b) The organization of workgroups, lectures, national and international scientific conventions on the themes mentioned above leading to the publication of the results of this work

c) The writing and dissemination of a training program and promulgation of symbolic anthropology, i.e. anthropology which is linked to the symbolic dimension of man and its ensuing application in order to link what is considered sacred in each culture.

d) The promotion of the application of this program and, in particular, the investigation on the different aspects of towns and man-made sites linked to this symbolic dimension.

e) The promotion of study and symbolic thought in all cultures as a distinctive element of the human race, both from an individual’s point of view and seen as a whole.

f) The application of these investigations in various fields such as the business world, management consulting, the direction and organization of the human factor as well as training programs in general.

Its activities are the following:

1. The organization of diverse Conventions, Conferences, Lectures, Seminars and Publications in the afore-mentioned subjects

2. The organization of field trips like those taken to the major venues of Antiquity : the Mayan civilization in Copan (Honduras), the Greek civilization (in Athens, Arcadia and Olympus in Greece and Turkey), the Paleolithic period (Atapuerca, Cantabria in Spain), the Egyptian civilization.

3. The dissemination of these studies by various means of promulgation.

4. The constitution of workgroups to investigate specific themes.

Activities and news

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Centro Budista O´Sel Ling

Mercedes Manuel de Villena

Un grupo de amigos del Instituto Hermes, hicimos en el mes de marzo una excursión al Centro Budista O´Sel Ling que se encuentra ubicado en la Atalaya de Soportújar, localidad situada […]

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Venus Púdica de Salar, España

Un grupo de herméticos y amigos de Granada pudimos ver la maravillosa pieza hallada en la excavación de agosto de 2018, en el yacimiento romano de Salar, en la provincia de Granada. Se trata […]

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Almería Branch (Spain) Tour to Gorafe’s dolmens.


Cordova Branch (Spain). Tour to the Roman places of Cordova.


Tour Granada, Cádiz (Spain) to Baelo Claudia.

Granada (Spain) Tour to archoeological museum og Granada.

Valencia Branch (Spain). Participation of […]

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Pietra Sacra de Ranchiles

Irene Melfi Svetko

Irene Melfi SvetkoUn grupo de herméticos y amigos de Granada y Cádiz despues de visitar el yacimiento de Baelo Claudia en la costa de Bolonia nos dispusimos a visitar la Pietra Sacra […]

Articles and publications

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Notre Dame

“Disdaining the language of signs that speak to the imagination, we have lost the most powerful of languages.” J-J. Rousseau

Ernst Cassirer reminds us that man does not live in a purely material universe, […]

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International Conference in Budapest

The most relevant news of the Institute in recent months has been the celebration of our International Days in Budapest, between 7 and 9 April. In an atmosphere of coexistence and fraternity we gathered […]

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Rosa María Castillo

El Museo Comarcal Velezano “Miguel Guirao” está instalado en el casco histórico-artístico de Vélez Rubio y construido a partir de 1.765 con un estilo barroco civil. El edificio está realizado en dos […]