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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism
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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr

Abstract

This book offers an examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive occult iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) was a study in contradictions. He was born into a Fundamentalist Christian family, and then he was educated at Cambridge where he experienced both an intellectual liberation from his religious upbringing and a psychic awakening that led him into the study of magic. He was a stock figure in the tabloid press of his day, vilified during his life as a traitor, drug addict and debaucher; yet he became known as perhaps the most influential thinker in contemporary esote ... More

Keywords: Aleister Crowley, study of magic, contemporary esotericism, occult arts, Magick, Indic sources, sexuality, magical discipline, Ordo Temli Orientis, Thelema

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199863075
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henrik Bogdan, editor
University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Martin P. Starr, editor

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