Can someone tell me the name of the mountain in southern mexico or guatemala that Oscar Eckenstein and Crowley climbed on an expedition ? I think it was near Izapa but not sure. I even wonder if they knew about Mayan cosmology at the time.
During their stay in Mexico in 1902, AC and Eckenstein climbed the following mountains:
- Iztaccihuatl: summits Panza ("the stomach") and Cabeza ("the head")
- Nevado de Colima (Tzapotépet)
- Nevado de Toluca (Zinantecatl or Cinantecatl): summit Pico de Fraile
You can find the relevant info in the “Confessions”, chapters 23 – 26
I don't want to be too much of a know-it-all, but AC and Eckenstein were in Mexico in 1900 and 1901.
You're right, of course Lutz 🙂
Thanks for the correction!
these seem like " aztec " mountains. i guess im more interested if these are " mayan " territories. on another note Dee's scrying mirror came from Mexico. Did AC write anything pretaining to these ancient cultures ?
Oskar Eckenstein, center row, 2nd from left with pipe, rope and a group of climbers outside Pen-y-Gwryd, North Wales, 1898. Pen-y-Gwryd often serves as a training center for the first ascents of Kanchenjunga[/font:omttwwsf]
Crowley had perhaps two male friends with whom relations did not end with a quarrel: Allan Bennett, who became a Buddhist monk, and Oscar Eckenstein, one of his mountain-climber friends.[/font:omttwwsf]
Thanks for the photos.
I take it the second one is a Photoshop job? If not, I think we can all see the significance!
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Yes, haha, certainly a photoshop. While searching for a photo during that period when AC was close to both Eckenstein and Bennett (c1896-1901) after an expedition AC had begun staying at Bennett's flat. It was the curious entranceway to the Pen-y-gwryd and Frater I.A.'s own "Photoshopped” entranceway that compelled me to create a joke combination. Here is the original Bennett photo of 1896. Mexico would follow with Eckenstein in the early 1900’s:
I remember something about Bennett being able to levitate in the eyes of a Ceylon visiting AC.
The Eckenstein photo is interseting. I'd not seen that. Do you mind me asking where you found it.
Mountaineering - hardcover, black cloth
by Ronald W. Clark
The Macmillan Company New York
First Printing - 1956
Also contains Plate 213: "G. Grant and Aleister Crowley climbing the chalk of Beachy Head" photo posted elsewhere on this site.
"Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, you have stolen my heart away..." and these are not Aztec or Mayan mountains either, but are in the southern Andes, I believe.
Don't think Crowley paid any attention to the ancient Meso-American pantheons, but Kenneth Grant has included references to the Mayan god Camazotz "Death Bat" in his Typhonian Trilogies, an entity that plays a significant and colourful role in the Quiche Mayan epic, the 'Popol Vuh'.
This might be a cause for some bewilderment, until we note that the vampire bat of the Americas is denoted as 'Desmodus Retondus' and there is a certain self-portrait in 'Outer Gateways' entitled 'Desmodus' - following in the familail lineage of Bela Lugosi and his harem of White Zombies. And then all becomes suffused with a certain essence of mauveness, a tangible taste of otherness.
"Aleister Crowley claimed that he had once witnessed Bennett levitate while in a state of meditation" and here - that was part of my photoshop joke, you will note that the same archway is just behind Eckenstein in the group photo above. Far reaching humour I'll have to admit as Paul pointed out...