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Blavatsky

Elena Petrovna , called Madame Blavatsky. 1831--91, Russian theosophist; author of Isis Unveiled (1877)
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According to the theories of Madame Blavatsky, Randolph's painting of a gaunt, crucified Christ would have signified the destruction of "the man of flesh and his passions" that preceded being "reborn as an Immortal".
The family had moved in only a week earlier, and Madame Blavatsky was one of nearly 100 guests invited to celebrate the occasion.
Readers may find themselves startled by some of the revelations presented by Horowitz, including evidence that Buddhist and Hindu beliefs and practices may have been preserved from destruction by an American Civil War colonel who, with the Russian Madame Blavatsky, co-founded Theosophy, which then deeply influenced Gandhi's work for India's independence.
In 1885, Yeats became interested in the spirit world and soon became totally absorbed in seances and later became a regular visitor of Madame Blavatsky, a leading London-based medium.
Madame Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society in New York in 1875, and soon after wrote Isis Unveiled (1877) and The Secret Doctrine (1888).
Dinnage discusses almost two dozen notable women, including the painter Gwen John, writers Rebecca West, Isak Dinesen, Katherine Mansfield, Barbara Pym and Olive Schreiner, theosophists Annie Besant and Madame Blavatsky, the opera singer La Strepponi, the reclusive Alice James and more.
By plotting the cosmopolitanism of interpersonal relationships (such as that between Rabindranath Tagore and Yeats, or indeed Madame Blavatsky and her acolytes) and the syncretistic national project of James Stephens along the same continuum, he expands our sense of what anticolonialism might look like in ways that deserve further attention from postcolonial critics.
That old fraud Madame Blavatsky kicked it off with her tales of an all-powerful Great White Brotherhood hanging out in Tibet, godlike beings overseeing the fate of the world.
Her own quest for spiritual fulfilment takes her from experimenting with mind-altering drugs to the arcane beliefs of theosophy as practiced by the 19th century Russian psychic, Madame Blavatsky.
Photographs show Madame Blavatsky to have possessed
His cult, Hermeticism, became the cornerstone of much of the esoteric association with Egypt that was to follow, influencing a range of followers as diverse as Goethe, Mozart, Madame Blavatsky, and Rudolph Steiner.
Why George Orwell and Shirley MacLaine ("the Madame Blavatsky of the late twentieth century," p.