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Hidden Intercourse Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism

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ISBN-10: 0823233413

ISBN-13: 9780823233410

Edition: 2011

Authors: Jeffrey J. Kripal, Wouter J. Hanegraaff

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From rumors about gnostic orgies in antiquity to the explicit erotic symbolism of alchemical texts, from the subtly coded eroticism of medieval kabbalah to the sexual magic practiced by contemporary occultists and countercultural translations of Asian Tantra, the history of Western esotericism is rich in references to the domains of eros and sexuality. This volume, which brings together an impressive array of top-level specialists, is the first to analyze the eroticism of the esoteric without sensationalism or cheap generalizations, but on the basis of expert scholarship and attention to textual and historical detail. While there are few domains where the imagination may so easily run wild, the various contributions seek to distinguish fact from fiction--only to find that historical realities are sometimes even stranger than the fantasies. In doing so, they reveal the outlines of a largely unknown history spanning more than twenty centuries.
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Book details

List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 4/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 568
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

William Echard is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture at Carleton University. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Wouter J. Hanegraaff is Professor of History ofHermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam, theNetherlands, and President of the European Society for the Study of WesternEsotericism.

Introduction: Things We Do Not Talk About
Sexuality and Sexual Symbolism in Hermetic and Gnostic Thought and Practice (Second-Fourth Centuries)
Conceiving Spirits: The Mystery of Valentinian Sex
Sexual Intercourse Between Humans and Demons in the Islamic Tradition
Murmuring Secrets: Eroticism and Esotericism in Medieval Kabbalah
Ta'anug: Erotic Delights from Kabbalah to Hasidism
Complications of Eros: The Song of Songs in John of Morigny's Liber florum celestis Doctrine
Under the Mantle of Love: The Mystical Eroticisms of Marsilio Ficino and Giordano Bruno
Revealing Analogies: The Descriptive and Deceptive Roles of Sexuality and Gender in Latin Alchemy
Probing Women and Penetrating Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe
Sensuous Relation with Sophia in Christian Theosophy
Deadly Dates: Bodies and Sex in Spiritualist Heavens
Sexual Mysticisms in Nineteenth Century America: John Humphrey Noyes, Thomas Lake Harris, and Alice Bunker Stockham
Paschal Beverly Randolph and Sexual Magic
The Knight of Spermatophagy: Penetrating the Mysteries of Georges Le Cl�ment de Saint-Marcq
The Yoga of Sex: Tantra, Orientalism, and Sex Magic in the Ordo Templi Orientis
The Theory and Practice of Sexual Magic, Exemplified by Four Magical Groups in the Early Twentieth Century
The Roar of Awakening: The Eros of Esalen and the Western Transmission of Tantra
List of Contributors
Index of Persons
Index of Subjects