Chapter

Occult Losses

Sumathi Ramaswamy

in The Lost Land of Lemuria

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240322
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931855 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240322.003.0003
Occult Losses

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This chapter explores the losses around Lemuria from the point of view of Euro-American occultists. It examines Lemuria's place in occult labors of loss around disappeared worlds and vanished pasts. In so doing, it also considers why lost, hidden, or secret places are important to modern occultism. The esotericist preoccupation with lost continents has been widely disparaged by both professional and freelance scholars, yet they fail or refuse to consider why occultism fetishizes lost places. In focusing on occult labors of loss around Lemuria, therefore, the chapter suggests that instead of dismissing outright esotericist place-making as a dangerous flight from reason or utter nonsense, one may instead learn something from them as well of modernity's preoccupation with loss. Occult labors of loss around place-worlds like Lemuria seek to complete the history of Earth rendered incomplete, unmanned, and a-theized by the physical sciences.

Keywords: Euro-American occultists; Lemuria; loss; occult labors; lost places; modern occultism; place-making

Chapter.  21470 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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