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Gnostic Mysteries of Sex
by Churton, Tobias

ISBN: 9781620554210
PUBLISHER: Inner Traditions
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 320
PUBLICATION DATE: 10.09.2015
DIMENSIONS: 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 centimetres 1.2 pounds

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Examining every surviving text written by heresiologists, accounts often ignored in favor of the famous Nag Hammadi Library, Tobias Churton reveals the most secret inner teaching passed down by initiated societies: the tradition of sexual gnosis--higher union with God through the sacrament of sex. Discovering actual sex practices hidden within the writings of the Church's authorities, he reconstructs the lost world of Gnostic spiritual-erotic experience as taught by initiated masters and mistresses and practiced by Christian couples seeking spiritual freedom from the world. Churton explores the practices of the first Gnostic, the historical Simon Magus, and explains the vital significance of the seed in Gnostic practice, showing it to be the sacramental substance par excellence. He illuminates the suppressed truth of why the name Valentine came to be associated with ennobling erotic love and reveals profound parallels between sexual gnosis and Tantra, suggesting that gnosis lies at the root of the tantric path. Solving a millennia-old riddle regarding the identity and secret symbol of Sophia, the mysterious Gnostic Aeon, Churton investigates Sophia's connections to Barbelo, also known as Pruneikos, the Wild Lady of Wisdom, and the central focus of the Barbelo Gnostics of the 2nd century, whose religious sex practices so shocked orthodox Christian contemporaries that they were condemned, their cults of spiritual

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