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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism$
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Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199863075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.001.0001

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Aleister Crowley and the Yezidis

Aleister Crowley and the Yezidis

(p.181) 7 Aleister Crowley and the Yezidis
Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Tobias Churton

Oxford University Press

This chapter compares The Book of the Law with Yezidism. It studies the relationship between the God of the Yezidis and Aiwass, the “author” of The Book of the Law, and notes that Crowley's fascination with pagan pre-Christian religious traditions was not limited to literature on phallicism. In fact, it covered a wide array of classical authors who Crowley referenced in a number of his writings. This chapter also considers the idea that Thelema is connected to the Sumerian tradition.

Keywords:   Yezidism, The Book of the Law, Aiwass, pagan, pre-Christian, religious traditions, literature on phallicism, classical authors, Sumerian tradition

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