I agree with the theory of history repeating itself, but I see and hear so many references to satanism and the illuminati "secret society" more than anything with regards to The Shining. In the beginning of the movie during the credits, you hear the moans and screams throughout the mountainous regions as they drive towards the Overlook. I believe it was the native spirits beckoning to them, yet warning them at the same time, saying "beware of this place, evil happens here," yet "it's beautiful and eerie, don't you want to take a peek?" Chiding them to get closer, beckoning them to go to this remote place.
The Overlook had a rich history of "the most powerful" in America, and I believe that all (or most) are involved with Illuminati, or "secret society." It is where their secret societies joined back in the day to gather and do what they did in secret. I believe it had to do with black magic rituals and the like. At the end of The Shining, as Jack went mad (thereby possessed by these spirits to kill his family and torture and sexually abuse and repeat history), you hear the satanic chanting again (male and female) in the background. It's not Native American chanting. It's as if the hotel is coming alive again, awaiting another blood sacrifice, but a special sacrifice; an innocent boy with psychic ability whereby giving the Overlook power again, thereby making it come alive, having stronger energy than ever before, and making it "shine" stronger to do its evil bidding; its secrets; the past in the Overlook is definitely the biggest enigma, and the heart of it was definitely in room 237. But why, what happened there? Check out Kubrick's movie Eyes Wide Shut, as he delves into the underworld of secret illuminati society and black masses with all the wealthy in America. I think it has a weird connection somehow, it's too creepy.