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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

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 Introduction
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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism
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Henrik Bogdan

Martin P. Starr

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses Aleister Crowley, who is considered as the godfather of modern Satanism and believer of every kind of excess involving sex and drugs. It first examines his concept of esotericism, and then identifies some of the criticisms that he received. It also describes his individualist personality, as well as his education and the works that he developed over the years. The final part of the chapter presents a detailed overview of the rest of the chapters.

Keywords:   Aleister Crowley, modern Satanism, excess, esotericism, criticism, individualist personality, education, works

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