Elite spirituality is spirituality created, or more often co-opted, by high-level members of the accumulating class. Catholicism, which was created when Roman Emperor Constantine "converted" to Christianity, is an iconic example..
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Elite spirituality may be easily identified by its advocacy of violence (let's go kill some evil people), exclusion (only the "chosen" get in), and patriarchy (women are stripped of power and dignity).
More specifically, elite spirituality may be recognized by the presence of an Old Energy Creation Template.
Consider Persian Autocrat Aradashir took control of Zoroastrianism to further his imperial agenda.
List of Elites
Agostino Steuco (1496-1549).
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- Sosteric, Mike.“From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Art, Science, and Technology of Mass Human Manipulation,” Under Review. https://www.academia.edu/34504691
- Haneegraff, Wouter J. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. p. 8.