The Beast and the Prophet
Aleister Crowley’s Fascination with Joseph Smith1
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.
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