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Lévi, Éliphas
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Lévi, Éliphas (ps. of Alphonse Louis Constant), * 8 Feb 1810 (Paris), † 31 May 1875 (Paris)

The founder, and one of the most influential authors, of French occultism. The son of an artisan of the Saint-Sulpice quarter of Paris, and having lost his father at an early age, Constant was admitted to the seminary on a scholarship, his mother hoping to give him access to a good social position through the Catholic Church. His education at Saint-Sulpice deeply affected him, notably the teaching of the Abbé Frère-Colonna (1776-1858), a specialist of → animal magnetism and author of a synthetic h…

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Laurant, Jean-Pierre, “Lévi, Éliphas”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_210>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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