Voodoo The popular term for the Afro-Caribbean religion of Haiti, which is referred to more appropriately as vodun.

Vyana (S) The vayu or breath that moves internally in the body and which contributes to its motion through space.

Wanga In Afro-Caribbean magic, a small bag used to hold charms or spells; often used as a term to refer to acts of black magic.

Wayang kulit (Ja) The famous shadow plays of Java using puppets cut from leather strips.

Weran Sahr Another designation of Goran Sahr, q.v.

Yaksha (S) Guardian spirits, often protecting buried treasure.

Yantra (S) A mystical diagram in the Indian tradition, believed to contain power in its very design.

Yezidis A Kurdish sect that is said to worship the Devil. Found mainly in Iraq but also scattered throughout Central Asia and now in Europe and America. They were a focus of both Crowley and Grant.

Yog-Sothoth (L) The “Lurker at the Threshhold” and the “Opener of the Way.” A cosmic being from the Lovecraftian pantheon who impregnated Lavinia Whateley in the story “The Dunwich Horror.” A target of the rituals of Grant’s Typhonian Order.

Yoni (S) A term for the female genitalia.

Yuga (S) An Indian term for Aeon.

Yuggoth (L) Lovecraft’s word for the planet Pluto.

Tantra, and Kabbalah, Alchemy, and Egyptology, Confucianism, Daoism, and Afro-Caribbean magic, as well as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The author conducts a panoramic tour that extends from ancient Sumerian temples of the third millennium BCE, to the magical circles of the 19th century Golden Dawn, and the contemporary rites of the Typhonian Order.

PETER LEVENDA is a prolific author of esoterica and historical investigation. His books include Tantric Temples: Eros and Magic in Java; Ratline: Soviet Spies, Nazi Priests, and the Disappearance of Adolph Hitler; and The Angel and the Sorcerer: The Remarkable Story of the Occult Origins of Mormonism and the Rise of Mormons in American Politics. He has appeared numerous times on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and TNT, in shows ranging from Brad Meltzer’s Decoded to The Nostradamus Effect.

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