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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Noticias internacionales del Instituto

Resumen de actividades del Instituto Hermes. Jornadas sobre Antropología de lo Sagrado (Portugal) Entrega de premios del IX Certamen de Literatura, organizado por el Instituto Hermes, y Celebración del XXIII Aniversario del Instituto Hermes (El Salvador) Actividades del Instituto Hermes en Granada (España)

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Comunicación Saludable en Tel Aviv

Anat Sela

El Instituto Hermes de Israel impartió un taller sobre Comunicación Saludable en Tel Aviv.

Con los 90 asistentes al taller, buscamos palabras y expresiones que nos hacen encogernos, sentirnos pequeños y sin valor, y […]

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Eli Mitrani

When I was a youngster, my father, a biology professor in profession, introduced me to the work of a man named Stewart Kauffman, ((Stuart Kauffman is one of the most outstanding theoretical biologists of complex biological systems. […]

Articles and publications

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What was Sanity? in Acient Mexico

Tania Zaldivar

Knowledge was part of their day to day, so the artisans were recognized with different denominations, some of them
used in these names the word imati which means “to handle” the ability to manipulate […]

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A New Paradigm About the Population of America

Fernando Schwarz

The current thesis states that modern man left Africa about 60,000 years ago, before gradually spreading over the planet to the Bering land bridge

This article has been written from a documentary of the […]

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Love as a Evolutive Motor

Manuel Ruiz Torres

Love is one of the most natural realities of the human being. It is the basis and foundation of a lot of behaviours and emotions and it guides the most important decisions […]

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The Concept of Oikos in the Antiquity

José Morales
For studying the ancient world, it is necessary to study in depth some concepts that marked the behaviourof the human being in its social or political relationships. One of those fundamental concepts is […]