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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Visita a la Córdoba renacentista

Organizada por el Instituto Hermes en Córdoba (España), el pasado día 20 de febrero realizamos una visita cultural por la Córdoba del Renacimiento. Las ciudades modernas son el resultado de experiencias sociales, económicas, políticas […]

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And the days had name

Manuel Ruiz

Recently there has announced a discovery that has caused commotion between the lovers of the Jaén , heritage, and that we bring to the section of “Scientific News” of our Bulletin, before it […]

Articles and publications

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Enoch: Hermes-like figure in judaism?


“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” [Genesis 5,24]

Enoch is a biblical figure, a righteous and pious man, also known as “the seventh generation of Men” [Genesis […]

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Introducción a la Geografía Sagrada

Fernando Schwarz

La ciudad esta ordenada a través de su relación con el universo que santifica sus partes.
(Las Leyes – 7 4 5, Platón)

La geografía sagrada es un concepto universal. La idea de cómo una […]

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El techo de Mercurio en el castillo de Versalles

Isabelle Ohmann

Cuando Luis XIV decidió en 1660 agrandar el castillo de Versalles, hizo construir los Grandes Apartamentos del Rey y la Reina que debían ser, cada uno, compuestos de siete partes en relación con […]