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By Joy Dixon

In 1891, newspapers worldwide carried experiences of the loss of life of H. P. Blavatsky, the mysterious Russian lady who used to be the religious founding father of the Theosophical Society. With the aid of the both mysterious Mahatmas who have been her lecturers, Blavatsky claimed to have introduced the "ancient knowledge of the East" to the rescue of a materialistic West. In England, Blavatsky's earliest fans have been normally males, yet a new release later the Theosophical Society was once ruled via ladies, and theosophy had develop into a vital a part of feminist political tradition.

Divine Feminine is the 1st full-length examine of the connection among substitute or esoteric spirituality and the feminist circulate in England. Historian pleasure Dixon examines the Theosophical Society's claims that girls and the East have been the repositories of religious forces which English males had forfeited of their scramble for fabric and imperial strength. Theosophists produced arguments that grew to become key instruments in lots of feminist campaigns. many girls of the Theosophical Society turned suffragists to advertise the spiritualizing of politics, trying to create a political function for girls in an effort to "sacralize the general public sphere." Dixon additionally exhibits that theosophy offers a lot of the framework and the vocabulary for modern-day New Age circulation. a number of the assumptions approximately type, race, and gender which marked the emergence of esoteric religions on the finish of the 19th century proceed to form substitute spiritualities today.

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