This is an interdisciplinary anthology of scholarly investigations of Russian esoteric themes and movements, including kabbalah, Theosophy, Anthroposothy, Satanism and magic. The contributions cover occult belief and thought in both prerevolutionary Russia, the high Stalin era, and the occult revival in contemporary Russia. The topics covered include folklore, magic and divination, Spiritualism and Theosophy in fin-de-Sicle Russia, intersections between science and the esoteric and the relationship between magic, futurism and social realism. This book provides a fascinating glimpse into the influence of the occult on Russian culture throughout the ages, and will be of interest to students of occult history and academics alike.
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997. Paperback, ix 468 pages. New.