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Crowley, Aleister
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Crowley, Aleister (born Edward Alexander), * 12 Jan 1875 (Leamington), † 1 Jan 1947 (Hastings)

One of the main figures in the history of English occultism [→ occult / occultism]. Despite his bad reputation and the controversies that have marked his life, his ideas have heavily influenced contemporary new religious movements of a magical [→ Magic] and neo-pagan bent [→ Neopaganism]. Crowley has left an enormous literary output, including almost any genre: from poetry and fiction to essay and autobiography. Apart from his occult interests and activities he…

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Pasi, Marco, “Crowley, Aleister”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 16 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_085>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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