Re: HPB and hashish
Apr 14, 1998 10:38 AM
by Jaqtarin Triele
---"K. Paul Johnson" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Dallas TenBroeck writes:
> > I read a posting dated April 6th 1998 from "dport@ozmail" in which
> > it is alleged without any corroborative reference given that HPB
> > smoked hashish daily. This appears to be a deliberate insult aimed
> > at HPB. But it demands evidence that supports it.
>But there are two sources for her use of hashish earlier in
> her life (again, the *daily* bit is unsupported): Albert Rawson's
> article in the February 1892 issue of Frank Leslie's Illustrated,
> entitled "Madame Blavatsky-- A Theosophical Occult Apology," and
> an article by Hannah Wolff in (I think) Two Worlds. At any rate
> this source is listed in some available bibliographies, including
> Marion Meade's if I'm not mistaken.
> > If this is true, may we have a reference that is reliable?
> Somehow I doubt that you will accept Rawson or Wolff as reliable,
> precisely because they make these statements about hashish. But
> that is circular reasoning.
I have also read about it in one of those Time-Life books...(Mysteries
of the Unknown...etc etc.) but they probably got the information from
the same sources. All throughout their article on HPB, they were
trying to declare HPB a fraud, it seemed. That is the only place
where I personally found reference to the hashish. I think the book
was called "Occult Phenomenon"...not sure.
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