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The Forgotten Impact of the Occult

Thanks to Chas Clifton for pointing out this great article by David Metcalf.  Lots of this stuff I already knew, but I wasn’t aware that,

In 1876, when retired Union Army Col. Henry Steel Olcott conducted the first public cremation service in New York City, he was lambasted in the press as a heathen presiding over a “pagan funeral.”

Olcott was an occultist and President of the Theosophical Society.  Nowadays cremations account for a third of all interments.  Who knew?