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Recycled Lives: A History of Reincarnation in Blavatsky's Theosophy

Julie Chajes


This study historicises and contextualises the rebirth doctrines of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831–1891), the matriarch of the Theosophical Society and one of the most influential women of the nineteenth century. It analyses Blavatsky’s complicated theories about the cosmos and its divine source as presented in her two seminal Theosophical treatises, Isis Unveiled (1877) and The Secret Doctrine (1888), as well as her articles and letters. The book argues that Blavatsky taught two distinct theories of rebirth and that the later one developed from the earlier. It reveals Blavatsky’s appropriati ... More

Keywords: nineteenth-century culture, reincarnation, Helena Blavatsky, Theosophy, esotericism, Orientalism, science, occultism, Spiritualism, Platonism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190909130
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190909130.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Chajes, author
Tel Aviv University