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Continuing Knowledge from Generation unto Generation

Richard Kaczynski

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863075
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979974 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0006
Continuing Knowledge from Generation unto Generation

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This chapter identifies the different Western sources that Crowley used to help synthesize his magical system. It examines the modern literature on phallicism, sex worship, and worship of the sun. It then introduces the concept of solar-phallicism, which was viewed as the true origin of all world religions. It shows that these ideas were combined into Crowley's religious and magical worldview, and can be seen in certain passages in his 1913 Gnostic Mass.

Keywords: magical system; Western sources; phallicism; sex worship; worship of the sun; solar-phallicism; world religions; worldview; 1913 Gnostic Mass

Chapter.  15447 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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