Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

(1831—1891) founder of theosophy

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a Russian who became interested in spiritualism in New York in 1873, and in 1875 founded, with Col. H. S. Olcott and W. Q. Judge, the Theosophical Society. It aimed to promote universal brotherhood, the study of Eastern literature and religion, and research into the unfamiliar laws of nature and the latent faculties of man. Despite widespread scepticism about her powers, she had many followers, including A. Besant and Yeats. See Society For Psychical Research.

Subjects: Philosophy — Literature.

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