R. Laurence Moore on Conspiratorial Tactics against Esotericism

R. Laurence Moore on the “conspiracy theory” of esotericism. “Writers in the nineteenth century who were alarmed by the popularity of Eddy’s doctrines frequently summed up their feat using the word “occult”, the same word that had been used earlier to attack Mormons and spiritualists. It was meant to draw into question the allegiance of those…

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Kumari Jayawardena: “The White Woman’s Other Burden.” Blavatsky and Emancipation in South Asia

From the outset, Kumari Jayawardena’s “The White Woman’s Other Burden” (1995) demonstrates, theosophy emphasized the absence of any distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color in its theory and practice; and gender equality was therefore, one of its distinctive features. The 1995 work of Jayawardena details the roles and activities of foreign women in…

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Theosophy in Italian History, During World War and Under Fascist Rule

THEOSOPHY AND THE ROSMINIANS IN ITALIAN HISTORY THEOSOPHY IN ITALY AND THE ITALIAN THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY DURING WORLD WAR AND UNDER FASCIST RULE, INCLUDING THE PREFECT OF GENOA’S REPORT JAN 1939 – HELENA P. BLAVATSKY frequently visited Italy, in namely Bologna, Bari, Trieste, Venice, Rome, and Naples. Many of her acquaintances in Italy became members of the Theosophical Society.…

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