The Beast and the Prophet

Massimo Introvigne

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863075
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979974 | DOI:
The Beast and the Prophet

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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.

Keywords: Moonchild; modern occultists; Joseph Smith; fascination; Mormonism; extrinsic similarities; modern magical movements

Chapter.  13143 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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