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Occult Russia: Pagan, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions

by Christopher McIntosh Author

Dive into the history of occultism in Russia, and learn about the recent revival of spiritual traditions in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Touching on ancient Slavic deities, pagan and shamanic practices, folk healing, and more, Occult Russia reaches back centuries to understand how indigenous forms of spirituality were shaped by the major political events in Russia over the last two centuries, from the various revolutions around the turn of the 20th century, to the rise of Stalin, to the end of the U.S.S.R. Author Christopher McIntosh explores the connections between Russian forms of spirituality and art, and ponders the future of occultism in Russia in connection with its role on the world stage. Will Russia become, as Edgar Cayce predicted, "the hope of the world"? Or will it remain, in Churchill's words, "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."