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"Notes on Madame Blavatsky's Baboon"

Nov 13, 2002 09:26 AM
by Daniel H. Caldwell

Brian/Brigitte has been publishing material from Peter Washington's 
book "Madame Blavatsky's Baboon" on his/her website.

Discerning readers might want to COMPARE what Peter Washington writes 
about Blavatsky and Theosophy with what W. T. S. Thackara writes 
about Washington's book.

Thackara writes:

"On superficial examination the book [by Washington] appears to be 
well-researched and objective. But a more careful inspection -- 
especially of the theosophic section, to which these remarks are 
limited -- discloses serious errors and omissions. Aside from fairly 
obvious use of innuendo and half-truths to bolster his negative 
conclusions about H. P. Blavatsky and Katherine Tingley, the author 
is frequently inaccurate, misrepresents theosophic teaching, relies 
on uncorroborated assertion (often from unfriendly secondary and 
tertiary sources), omits rebuttal evidence, garbles dates, events, 
and attributions, downgrades, trivializes, and generally gives a one-
sided account. Whatever merit the book may have is defeated by its 
unreliability and prejudice."

Thackara's full article can be found at:

Daniel H. Caldwell

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