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Paschal Beverly Randolph: A Nineteenth-Century Black American Spiritualist, Rosicrucian, and Sex Magician (Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions)

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Paschal Beverly Randolph, an African American who carved his own eccentric path in the mid-nineteenth century from the slums of New York to the courts of Europe, performed as a spiritualist trance medium. Self-educated, he became one of the first Black American novelists and took a leading part in raising black soldiers for the Union army and educating Freedmen during the Civil War. His most enduring claim to fame is the crucial role he played in the transformation of spiritualism, a medium's passive reception of messages from the spirits of the dead, into occultism, the active search for personal spiritual realization and inner vision. From his solitary travels in England, France, Egypt and the Turkish Empire, he brought back occult beliefs and practices (the magic mirror, hashish use and sexual magic) that worked a revolution. The systems of magic he taught left their traces on Madame Blavatsky, her Theosophical Society, and many practicing occult organizations in Europe and America today. This is the first scholarly work on Randolph, and it includes the full text of his two most important manuscripts on sexual magic.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 545-584) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780791431207
Author:
Deveney, John Patrick
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Location:
Albany :
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Occultists
Subject:
Randolph, paschal berverly, 1825-1874
Subject:
Afro-American occultists -- Biography.
Subject:
African American occultists
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Occultists - United States
Subject:
Randolph, Paschal Beverly
Subject:
Biography - General
Series:
Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions
Series Volume:
104-197
Publication Date:
19961131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
607
Dimensions:
9.02x6.14x1.50 in. 2.08 lbs.

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