By Joy Dixon
In 1891, newspapers world wide carried experiences of the dying of H. P. Blavatsky, the mysterious Russian lady who was once the non secular founding father of the Theosophical Society. With the aid of the both mysterious Mahatmas who have been her academics, 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 as a rule males, yet a new release later the Theosophical Society used to be ruled by means of ladies, and theosophy had turn 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 move 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 ladies of the Theosophical Society turned suffragists to advertise the spiritualizing of politics, trying to create a political position for ladies for you to "sacralize the general public sphere." Dixon additionally exhibits that theosophy offers a lot of the framework and the vocabulary for ultra-modern New Age circulate. a few of the assumptions approximately category, race, and gender which marked the emergence of esoteric religions on the finish of the 19th century proceed to form replacement spiritualities today.
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