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THE SECRETS OF THE KAULA CIRCLE. A Tale of Fictitious People Faithfully Recounting Strange Rites Still Practised by the Cult. Followed by a translation of a very old MS. on THE SCIENCE OF BREATH.
Luzac & Co., London 1936 - Octavo, original printed paper wrappers. 96 pp. Bumps to corners, a clean, very good copy. Rare. Written as fiction, "The Secrets of the Kaula Circle" was one of the first books to introduce the secret Indian rituals associated with Kaula or "Tantric" ritual practices to a Western audience. The author chose to address the subject by means of a fictional narrative, and the result is this intriguing and bizarre novel, which blends speculation, hearsay and sometimes breathless storytelling with passages of real insight; the latter drawn from Sharpe’s own acute observations, her translations from Sanskrit literature, and perhaps from her own personal experience. "The Secrets of the Kaula Circle" was intended to serve as a warning, particularly to women, not to be drawn into the web of occult practice that she described. At one point in the narrative she describes a ritual performed by a magician named "666", who is obviously Aleister Crowley in a thin disguise. Although The Secrets of the Kaula Circle did not achieve a wide circulation, a copy did find its way into the hands of "The Beast 666," who professed outrage at the thinly-veiled and unflattering portrait of himself, and considered suing the author. The rituals described verge into the fields of ritual sexual abuse and psychic vampirism. The work was recently reprinted in a limited edition by the Teitan Press, the new edition bearing a frontispiece of "an artist's impression of Aleister Crowley as the leader of a 'love cult' of the type described by Elizabeth Sharpe." The first edition, offered here, is extremely rare. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Thompson Rare Books - ABAC & ILAB Member]
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