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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism$
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Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199863075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.001.0001

The Beast and the Prophet

Aleister Crowley’s Fascination with Joseph Smith1

Chapter:
(p.255) 11 The Beast and the Prophet
Source:
Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism
Author(s):

Massimo Introvigne

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0011

This chapter takes a look at Crowley's novel Moonchild, where he referenced several modern occultists and friends, one of them being Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism. It shows that this reference to Smith was not accidental, and that this reference reveals Crowley's intense fascination with Smith. It then tries to explain Crowley's fascination with Smith, and discusses some extrinsic similarities between Smith and Crowley. This chapter also studies how the findings are confirmed by the attitude of new modern magical movements towards Smith.

Keywords:   Moonchild, modern occultists, Joseph Smith, fascination, Mormonism, extrinsic similarities, modern magical movements

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