Although I had tended to see Julius Evola as something of a pagan, he did make some good points on “mysticism.” One of the most dangerous things one can do is “open yourself to the beyond,” or let your reason go. This opens the self to “cthonic forces.” This isn’t good. It is descending to the lower levels. You become less god-like and more bestial.
This sheds some light on demon possession.
This also explains a problem that arose in the 4th Political Theory. Unlike the racist Western liberal, we believe each culture has its own Dasein, its mode of existing that doesn’t have to be determined by NATO and the World Bank. Since each culture is finite and no one has a God’s-eye view on history, then there is a legitimate motion in each culture.
So far so good, but here are some problems. What about widow-immolation in Hindu India? What about female circumcision in Muslim Africa? Is not our revulsion and, yea moral duty to stop it a form of Western hegemony?
Maybe. But it doesn’t have to be Western hegemony. Ancient Israel, by no means a Western Enlightenment outpost, condemned similar practices. Whether Ba’al was a hypostasized god is beside the point. Those who worshiped him descended to cthonic levels and were violently opposed by the prophets.
One can probably find similar actions in other ancient societies. So Perennialism offers a model of opposing cthonic practices but not from a standpoint of Western Liberalism.