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Common Misconceptions


In Theosophy and in Anthroposophy

Sub-Races are a sub-division of Root Races. As such, everything in the article on Root Races about the origin of the term and its uses applies also to Sub-Races. Each Root Race is divided into seven Sub-Races. The exact length of a Sub-Race in Theosophy varies, with Blavatsky having given numbers as various as 210,000 years and 30,000 years.

Steiner considered the term "Sub-Race" to be misleading since it implied a racial character to cultural development, so he renamed the time periods "Cultural Epochs". For details see:

Root Race


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