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The Eloquent Blood: The Goddess Babalon and the Construction of Femininities in Western Esotericism

Manon Hedenborg White

Abstract

The study analyzes constructions of femininity and feminine sexuality in interpretations of the goddess Babalon, a central deity in the British occultist Aleister Crowley’s (1875–1947) religion Thelema. Babalon is based on Crowley’s positive reinterpretation of the biblical Whore of Babylon and symbolizes liberated female sexuality and the spiritual modality of passionate union with existence. Analyzing historical and contemporary written sources, qualitative interviews, and ethnographic fieldwork in the Anglo-American esoteric milieu, the study traces interpretations of Babalon from the works ... More

Keywords: Western esotericism, occultism, Aleister Crowley, Babalon, gender, femininity, Whore of Babylon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190065027
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190065027.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Manon Hedenborg White, author
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Södertörn University