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Oxford Studies in Western Esotericism

Recycled Lives

A History of Reincarnation in Blavatsky's Theosophy

Julie Chajes

Recycled Lives

Oxford Studies in Western Esotericism

Recycled Lives

A History of Reincarnation in Blavatsky's Theosophy

Oxford Studies in Western Esotericism: Recycled Lives

 

In Recycled Lives, Julie Chajes explores the rebirth doctrines of the controversial occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891), matriarch of Theosophy. Examining her teachings in detail, Chajes places them in the context of multiple dimensions of nineteenth-century intellectual and cultural life.


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Beschrijving Oxford Studies in Western Esotericism: Recycled Lives

A sizeable minority of people with no particular connection to Eastern religions now believe in reincarnation. The rise in popularity of this belief over the last century and a half is directly traceable to the impact of the nineteenth century's largest and most influential Western esoteric movement, the Theosophical Society. In Recycled Lives, Julie Chajes looks at the rebirth doctrines of the matriarch of Theosophy, the controversial occultist Helena
Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891). Examining her teachings in detail, Chajes places them in the context of multiple dimensions of nineteenth-century intellectual and cultural life. In particular, she explores Blavatsky's readings (and misreadings) of Spiritualist currents, scientific theories, Platonism, and Hindu
and Buddhist thought. These in turn are set in relief against broader nineteenth-century American and European trends. The chapters come together to reveal the contours of a modern perspective on reincarnation that is inseparable from the nineteenth-century discourses within which it emerged, and which has shaped how people in the West tend to view reincarnation today.


ISBN
9780190909130
Pagina's
232
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Serie
Oxford Studies in Western Esotericism
NUR
300
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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