Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism

Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism

Wouter J. Hanegraaff


From rumors approximately gnostic orgies in antiquity to the categorical erotic symbolism of alchemical texts, from the subtly coded eroticism of medieval kabbalah to the sexual magic practiced through modern occultists and countercultural translations of Asian Tantra, the background of Western esotericism is wealthy in references to the domain names of eros and sexuality. This quantity, which brings jointly a magnificent array of top-level experts, is the 1st to research the eroticism of the esoteric with no sensationalism or affordable generalizations, yet at the foundation of professional scholarship and a focus to textual and ancient aspect. whereas there are few domain names the place the mind's eye may well so simply run wild, a few of the contributions search to tell apart truth from fiction-only to discover that historic realities are often even stranger than the fantasies. In doing so, they display the outlines of a principally unknown background spanning greater than twenty centuries.

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