The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor: Initiatic and Historical by Joscelyn Godwin

By Joscelyn Godwin

The airtight Brotherhood of Luxor, energetic within the final many years of the nineteenth century, was once the one order of its time that taught sensible occultism within the Western secret culture. this can be the 1st entire and undistorted account, tracing the origins, founders, and practices of this very secretive order, which counted between its individuals a few of the famous figures of overdue 19th-century occultism, spiritualism, and Theosophy, together with Max Theon, Peter Davidson, Thomas Henry Burgoyne and Paschal Beverly Randolph. This scholarly paintings presents all of the fabrics for revisioning the background, assigning the airtight Brotherhood of Luxor its rightful position as some of the most influential esoteric orders of its time.

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The rebellious colonial subject threatened, not only to subvert the colonial government but also to unravel the moral fabric of society itself. 112 Nowhere was this more true than in the case of colonial India, as the British officials became increasingly nervous about, and increasingly severe in the repression of, subversive secret organizations—both real and imaginary (such as the Thuggee). 114 Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of the Tantric traditions during the colonial period in Bengal: "Tantric traditions were being made more respectable through excisions, and at times suppressed altogether ...

Barth himself received numerous esoteric initiations, going as far as the fifth of the seven degrees in the Baktaman system. However, Barth seems to have been far more aware than most scholars of the ethical issues involved, and he made a clear effort to be as open as possible about his intentions in learning the Baktaman secret traditions. "Publishing this monograph raises a vexing question, since much of its data are part of a cult secret ... I was told these secrets in trust and never failed this trust while I was part of the Baktaman.

48 As we will see, this is especially problematic in the case of colonial India, which represents an extremely complex interaction between indigenous and European factions. As recent historians such as C. A. Bayly and David Washbrook have argued, India was by no means suddenly and radically transformed from a pre-capitalist feudal society into a modern capitalist one. Not only were there many varieties of pre-colonial Indian capitalism, but even after the arrival of the British East India Company, the British were but one of several players in a complex field of economic relations.

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