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Specters Haunting Great Tartary: In Search of the Primordial Tradition
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages. Slaviska.
2008 (English)In: Östbulletinen, special issue 2008: Sven Hedin and Eurasia: Knowledge, Adventure and Geopolitics. Proceedings of a Symposium in Stockholm, 10 November 2007, 2008, 21-28 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish writer August Strindberg attacked the renowned explorer Sven Hedin for lack of metaphysical perceptivity. He furthermore attempted to prove that Hedin was not the first Swede to have visited certain Central Asian regions. From his readings of Emanuel Swedenborg he knew of transphysical as well as physical descriptions of "Great Tartary," a land that Swedenborg stated he had visited 'in the spirit.' But where was this mythic land located? Strindberg tried to pinpoint its geographic location with the help of the theosopher Helena Blavatsky, who renewed the legend of the sacred Shambhala. The path pointed towards the Gobi desert, a region where Hedin had made explorations.

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2008. 21-28 p.
Keyword [en]
Sven Hedin, Swedenborg, Strindberg, Theosophy, Tartary, Magna Tartaria, sacred geography, Shambhala, Shamballah, Gobi, Blavatsky
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13610OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-13610DiVA: diva2:180130
Available from: 2008-04-16 Created: 2008-04-16Bibliographically approved

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