By Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
In this window onto the roots and evolution of overseas neo-Nazism, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke unearths the strong influence of 1 of fascism's so much inventive minds.
Savitri Devi's impact on neo-Nazism and different hybrid traces of mystical fascism has been continuos because the mid-1960s. A Frenchwoman of Greek-English start, Devi turned an admirer of German nationwide Socialism within the overdue Nineteen Twenties. Deeply inspired by means of its racial historical past and caste-system, she emigrated to India, the place she constructed her racial ideology, within the early Thirties. Her works were reissued and allotted via quite a few neo-Nazi networks and she or he has been lionized as a foremother of Nazi ideology. Her attract neo-Nazi sects lies within the very eccentricity of her inspiration - combining Aryan supremacism and anti-Semitism with Hinduism, social Darwinisn, animal rights, and a essentially biocentric view of existence - and has led to curious, but effective alliances in radical ideology.
As one of many earliest Holocaust deniers and the 1st to signify that Adolf Hitler was once an avatar-- a god come to earth in human shape to revive the area to a golden age - Devi turned a fixture within the shadowy neo-Nazi international. In Hitler's Priestess, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke examines how an individual with so little tangible connection to Nazi Germany turned any such robust recommend of Hitler's misanthropy.
Hitler's Priestess illuminates the lifetime of a lady who completed the prestige of a prophetess for her penchant for redirecting genuine spiritual energies within the provider of regenerate fascism.
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As Sir William Jones had noted, several of their names betray common IndoEuropean linguistic origins. Indra was a weather and storm god, also the power of virility and generation. Later he became a mighty war god, a heroic ideal, and the protector of the Aryan race. There were several solar deities, including Mitra (identical to the ancient Iranian god Mithra), Surya (Sun), and Savitri (a female deity to whom Hindu prayers at sunrise are still offered). Varuna (compare the Roman god Uranus) was a patriarchal god presiding over the heavens.
Although their dwelling was poor and decrepit, the bookshelves held a yellowing Sanskrit edition of the Ramayana and classics of Indian literature and history. Returning around midnight, she passed by a fruit and cake vendor who, by the light of a ﬂame, was reading aloud to two or three men the great Mahabharata epic. The Bengali love of learning and story, still spread by this traditional means among the illiterate, deeply impressed her. 18 From her base in Calcutta she imagined the prehistoric Aryan tribes’ slow progress with their wooden-wheeled wagons down through the Punjab, the ‘‘land of the seven rivers,’’ then along the courses of the Ganges and Jumna until the whole area between the Himalayas and the Vindhyas from sea to sea was settled and recognized as Aryavarta or Aryan territory.
Then and there she resolved to do all in her power to maintain the Hindu traditions against Christianity and all other philosophies of equality. Maximiani henceforth regarded India as her home. With the exception of a brief period in the spring of 1934, when she returned to Lyons to pass her oral examination for her doctorate, she lived and worked in India. After extensive travels throughout India in the period from 1932 until the middle of 1935, she lived from July to December 1935 at Rabindrath Tagore’s ashram in Shantiniketan at Bolpur in Bengal, renowned for its cosmopolitan membership.