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Promethean Theurgy

George M. Young

in The Russian Cosmists

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892945
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950577 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892945.003.0010
Promethean Theurgy

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This chapter discusses Promethean tendencies of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century similar to, but not identical with, Cosmism. Topics include life creation, god building, cultural immortalism, redirected eroticism, technological utopianism, and occultism. Major figures discussed include Andrei Biely, Alexander Blok, Vyacheslav Ivanov, Zinaida Gippius, Maxim Gorky, Alexander Bogdanov, and Helena Blavatsky. Cosmism both contributed to and drew upon the Promethean theurgical tendencies of this period.

Keywords: God building; life creation; technological utopianism; cultural immortalism; redirected eroticism; occultism; Promethean theurgy

Chapter.  6267 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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