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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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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Isis la maga

Isabel Ohmann


Los “Textos de las pirámides”, escritos durante el Imperio Antiguo, son los documentos más antiguos que mencionan a Isis y a su primer templo conocido, Netjeru, al este de Alejandría. La diosa era […]

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El viaje del alma en la cultura eslava

Herminia Peña Granados

Culturas Pre Eslavas:

Los Tracios creían en la inmortalidad del alma. Encontramos también referencias a la metempsicosis y la reencarnación. Fue diferente según el pueblo o tribu. Filosóficamente hablando, partían de la idea […]