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Challenging the Morals of Western Society: The Use of Ritualised Sex in Contemporary Occultism

Journal article
Authors Henrik Bogdan
Published in The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies
Volume 8
Issue 2
Pages 211-246
ISSN 1528-0268
Publication year 2006
Published at Department of Religious Studies and Theology
Pages 211-246
Language en
Keywords western esotericism, västerländsk esoterism, nya religiösa rörelser, new religious movements
Subject categories Humanities, Religious Studies

Abstract

This paper discusses the historical roots of the use of ritualized sex in contemporary occultism, with special focus on the teachings of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), Gerald B. Gardner (1884-1964) and Kenneth Grant (b. 1924). The notion of that sexual magic is related to Hindu Tantric practices is addressed, and a detailed historical develpment of the use of ritualized sex-as illustrated by Crowley, Gardner, and Grant-is presented.

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