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Magia SexualisSex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism$
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Hugh Urban

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247765

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247765.001.0001

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The Yoga of Power

The Yoga of Power

Sex Magic, Tantra, and Fascism in Twentieth-Century Europe

(p.140) 5 The Yoga of Power
Magia Sexualis

Hugh B. Urban

University of California Press

This chapter explores the appropriation of both Tantra and sexual magic by the more extreme right-wing intellectuals of the twentieth century, specifically by Italian fascist Julius Evola. It looks closely Evola's early life and writings in the context of fascism and other movements in early-twentieth-century Europe and shows that Evola found in Tantra and magic the most powerful solution to the ills of modern Western civilization. The chapter suggests that, like Aleister Crowley, P. B. Randolph, and Theodor Reuss, Evola closely linked Tantra and a spiritual vision of sexuality to an ideal of liberation and freedom.

Keywords:   Tantra, sexual magic, right-wing intellectuals, Julius Evola, fascism, Western civilization, sexuality, liberation, freedom

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