Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley, født Edward Alexander Crowley (12. oktober 1875 – 1. december 1947) var en af de ledende skikkelser inden for 1900-tallets okkultisme.

Aleister Crowley, født Edward Alexander Crowley (12. oktober 1875 – 1. december 1947) var en af de ledende skikkelser inden for 1900-tallets okkultisme. På trods af et dårligt omdømme, der forfulgte både Crowley selv og hans idéer, har han øvet en stærk indflydelse på nyreligiøse bevægelser, magi og populærkultur. Crowley har udgivet værker inden for stort set alle litterære genrer, herunder lyrik, essay og selvbiografi. Udover hans interesse for okkult filosofi og praksis var Crowley også en habil skakspiller og bjergbestiger.

Aleister Crowley (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947), born Edward Alexander Crowley, was an English occultist, writer, mountaineer, poet, playwright, yogi, and possible spy.[1] He was an influential member of occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the A∴A∴, and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.),[2] and is known today for his magical writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central sacred text of Thelema. He gained notoriety during his lifetime, and was denounced in the popular press of the day as "The wickedest man in the world".

Crowley was also a chess player in his youth, a painter, astrologer, hedonist, bisexual, recreational drug experimenter, and social critic.

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