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Hermetic Charlatanry and 'Scientific Illuminism'

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.paranormal.spells.hexes.magic,alt.pagan.magick
From: richard sprigg 
Subject: Re: Hermetic Charlatanry and 'Scientific Illuminism' (was Subjectivity and Magic...)
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2000 17:41:46 GMT

jake wrote:
> In article <>, richard sprigg
>  writes
> >Liber AL, despite the bizarre, (and hopefully doomed) attempts to turn
> >it into a religion, is *not* a religion.
> >Crowley does point this out a couple times in his work, sadly nobody
> >wants to listen. He anticipated this as well, but I doubt it pleased him
> >to be correct.
> just out of interest, there is no word for 'Religion' in Ancient
> Egyptian either, what we mistake for their religion are various
> manifestations of Heka (meaning: Magical Power, Truth, anything but
> 'religion'). Despite this there are of course books and articles etc.
> about the 'Religion' of Ancient Egypt. What this means is Western
> thought processes (rather than those of some Thelemites only) have a
> parochial, self-referential way of looking at things - conditioned by
> our own language and cultural expectations.

No disagreement there; the context of my remarks was, of course specific
to thelema, but could be expanded to any number of religions.
One of the major problems with Egypt is that much of the source material
is strongly influenced by the Hellenistic influences; these, of course
had a view of "divinity" much similar to our own.
Added to this, archeologists tend to see what they look for, and the
transformation is complete.

> ALways
> JSK.
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