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Sex Power is God Power

Hugh B. Urban

in Magia Sexualis

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247765
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932883 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247765.003.0004
Sex Power is God Power

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This chapter looks at the first known example of a truly sophisticated and well-documented system of sexual magic, the work of Paschal Beverly Randolph, providing a brief background on Randolph and considering his works in the context of nineteenth-century debates surrounding sex, women, and marriage. It suggests that Randolph was a reflection of the sexual attitudes of his time, and relates how his teachings were transmitted throughout England and Europe through a variety of esoteric orders, giving birth to a wide range of sexual magic in movements such as the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor and their offshoots.

Keywords: Paschal Beverly Randolph; sexual magic; sex; women; marriage; sexual attitudes; Hermetic Brotherhood

Chapter.  11026 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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