Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism by Wouter J. HanegraaffHidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism by Wouter J. Hanegraaff

Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism

byWouter J. Hanegraaff, Jeffrey J. Kripal

Paperback | April 1, 2011

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From rumors about Gnostic orgies in antiquity to the explicit erotic symbolism of alchemical texts, from the subtly coded eroticism of medieval kabbalah to the sexual magic practiced by contemporary occultists and countercultural translations of Asian Tantra, the history of Western esotericismis rich in references to the domains of eros and sexuality. This volume, which brings together an impressive array of top-level specialists, is the first to analyze the eroticism of the esoteric without sensationalism or cheap generalizations, but on the basis of expert scholarship and attention totextual and historical detail. While there are few domains where the imagination may so easily run wild, the various contributions seek to distinguish fact from fiction - only to find that historical realities are sometimes even stranger than the fantasies. In doing so, they reveal the outlines of a largely unknown historyspanning more than twenty centuries.
Wouter J. Hanegraaff is Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam, and a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many publications is the two-volume Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism. Jeffrey J. Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosop...
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Title:Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western EsotericismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:568 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.03 inPublished:April 1, 2011Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823233413

ISBN - 13:9780823233410

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"A thoughtful, well-written, and extremely wide-ranging text that examines the crucial role of eros/sexuality in the western esoteric tradition."