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The Yoga of 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/9780520247765.003.0007
The Yoga of Power

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This chapter explores the appropriation of both Tantra and sexual magic by the more extreme right-wing intellectuals of the twentieth century, specifically by Italian fascist Julius Evola. It looks closely Evola's early life and writings in the context of fascism and other movements in early-twentieth-century Europe and shows that Evola found in Tantra and magic the most powerful solution to the ills of modern Western civilization. The chapter suggests that, like Aleister Crowley, P. B. Randolph, and Theodor Reuss, Evola closely linked Tantra and a spiritual vision of sexuality to an ideal of liberation and freedom.

Keywords: Tantra; sexual magic; right-wing intellectuals; Julius Evola; fascism; Western civilization; sexuality; liberation; freedom

Chapter.  9202 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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