Ordo Templi Orientis
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Occultist organisation and initiatic Order, sometimes also spelt as “Order of Oriental Templars”. The OTO was founded at the beginning of the 20th century and has remained, up to the present, an important vehicle for the transmission of esoteric ideas and practices. One of its major features is the practice of sexual magic, which is considered the core of its teaching. The role accorded to Eastern doctrines and sexual magic makes the OTO different from several other magically-oriented, occultist…

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Pasi, Marco, “Ordo Templi Orientis”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 16 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_269>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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