Aleister Crowley and the Yezidis

Tobias Churton

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863075
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979974 | DOI:
Aleister Crowley and the Yezidis

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This chapter compares The Book of the Law with Yezidism. It studies the relationship between the God of the Yezidis and Aiwass, the “author” of The Book of the Law, and notes that Crowley's fascination with pagan pre-Christian religious traditions was not limited to literature on phallicism. In fact, it covered a wide array of classical authors who Crowley referenced in a number of his writings. This chapter also considers the idea that Thelema is connected to the Sumerian tradition.

Keywords: Yezidism; The Book of the Law; Aiwass; pagan; pre-Christian; religious traditions; literature on phallicism; classical authors; Sumerian tradition

Chapter.  11457 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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