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The Secret History of Western Sexual Mysticism: Sacred Practices and Spiritual Marriage

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The first book to reveal the history of Western sexual mysticism

• Reveals the secret sexual practices that have been used since ancient Greece to achieve mystical union with God

• Details the sects and individuals who transmitted the radical sexual practices that orthodox Christianity never completely silenced

• Distinguishes between sexual m
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Destiny Books
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Tim Pendry
A short but very readable account of the necessarily 'hidden' traditions of sexual mysticism in the West from the open era of classical paganism through to the end of the twentieth century - an excellent counterpoint to Hugh Urban's 'Magia Sexualis', also read and reviewed by us on Goodreads.

Versluis is working in territory that is poorly recorded, in part because mainstream culture has cruelly punished heresies, and has consequently ensured that little survives by way of texts. The self-censors
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Janet
Maybe it's because I have read widely on this topic, but I was disappointed by this book. While it is undoubtedly a learned survey, it never digs deeply into any of the documents or practices it discusses. It seems that the author's purpose was to make the case that sexual mysticism is part of the Western religious tradition, but not go into depth and details.

Part of the challenge of providing more detail is, of course, that many of these practices are not well documented and the available mater
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