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The Theosophical Society

James A. Santucci

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This essay examines the history and development of the Theosophical Society and its offshoots. The Theosophical Society was founded in New York City in 1875 by sixteen individuals with shared ... More


The Integration of Theosophical Narratives on Travels of the “Spiritual Body” (ca. 1860–1905)

Jens Schlieter

in What Is It Like To Be Dead?: Near-Death Experiences, Christianity, and the Occult

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190888848
eISBN:
9780190888879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888848.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter demonstrates how Spiritualist and Occultist cultivation practices of “astral travels” began to fuse with the emerging near-death discourse between 1860 and 1905. Of utmost importance are ... More


The Theosophical Discovery of the <i>Tibetan Book of the Dead</i> (1927)

Jens Schlieter

in What Is It Like To Be Dead?: Near-Death Experiences, Christianity, and the Occult

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190888848
eISBN:
9780190888879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888848.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The first Western translation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead by Walter Y. Evans-Wentz (1927) played a central role for the emerging belief that experiences near death are prevalent in non-Western ... More


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