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Theosophical Society

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Author(s): Santucci, James A.
1. Overview The organizations identified with the dissemination of teachings collectively known as Theosophy and derived primarily from the writings of → Helena P. Blavatsky (1831-1891) and her associates and followers may be referred to as Theosophical societies. The one society that has a direct or administrative link back to the first president and co-founder of the original Theosophical Society, → Henry Steel Olcott (1832-1907), is currently the largest and most international of all the surviv…

Besant, Annie

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Author(s): Santucci, James A.
Besant, Annie, * 1 Jan 1847 (London), † 20 Sep 1933 (Adyar (Madras), India) A political and social activist and reformer, one of the outstanding British orators during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, whose main claim to fame today is her long and eventful tenure as the President of the → Theosophical Society (Adyar) from 1907 to her death in 1933, Annie Wood was born to William Burton Persse Wood and Emily Morris in 1847. Three quarters Irish by descent and, as she writes in her Autobiography, in her heart all Irish, she was to associate with the plight of the Irish under E…

Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna

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Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna, * 12 Aug 1831 (Ekaterinoslav), † 8 May 1891 (London) Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating, controversial, and influential women in the 19th century writing on the ancient wisdom tradition, Blavatsky was born in the von Hahn family on August 12, 1831 (or on July 31, according to the old Julian calendar that was still current in Russia) in Ekaterinoslav (Dnepropetrovsk), the Ukraine. Descended from a prominent family of Russian, French Huguenot, and German background, her father,…

Bailey, Alice Ann

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Bailey, Alice Ann, * 16 Jun 1880 (Manchester), † 15 Jan 1949 (New York) Born to Frederic Foster La Trobe-Bateman and Alice Hollinshead, Alice Ann La Trobe-Bateman is best known by the name she assumed when she married her second husband, Foster Bailey. She is chiefly remembered for three accomplishments. First, for serving as the amanuensis for her Tibetan master Djwhal Khul (known simply as The Tibetan or D.K.), the latter's teachings appearing in twenty-four books written from 1922 until the late 1940s, all…