I was wondering if anyone else has made that connection, and if there’s any information about how much Crowley actually knew about Eastern mysticism? It’s very clear that a large part of his inspiration did come from other cultures and belief systems, and he was reasonably well read and well traveled, but I also find it hard to believe that he had first hand experience with all of the initiatory traditions that he drew inspiration from. He probably exaggerated his own experience in order to make his magical pedigree seem larger than it really was; I imagine he probably read about other people’s experiences and claimed them for himself.
Anyway, besides Crowly and his possible Hindu influences, I was wondering if the more general “Blood God(ess)” motif seen in many forms of Western occultism, Theosophy, and Chaos Magic might not be borrowed from Tantric Godesses. AFAIK, the motif didn’t appear in Western magic until the 19th century, while it has existed for millenia in India.
Obviously, other cultures have blood deities as well, such as Mesoamerica, but when I look at the “Blood Gods” seen in modern Western occult traditions, they seem to have more in common with the Tantric Gods and Goddesses than with Mesoamerican ones.
So, was this motif borrowed from India? If not, where did it come from and why did it appear in Western occult practice suddenly in the 19th century?
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