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Is there anyone who hasn't noticed that the sketch of Aiwass is quite possibly the first appearance of the modern day popular conception of what an alien looks like?
This sketch obviously is pre Roswell.
Can anyone can point me in the direction of information that will prove or disprove this theory?
Any help will be appreciated.

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Hi. I'd personally be inclined to call that portrait's subject "Lam". The identification with Aiwass is (I think - correxions invited!) first made long after Crowley's death by a pupil, who is probably also the first noticer of the alien type. Kenneth Grant is he, and he wrote lots about it.


   
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Where would I find reference to LAM?


   
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Yes, ofcourse your certainly not the first one to discover that the portrait looks like an alien, a grey one more precisely, though the portrait is ofcourse not the portrait of Aiwass or Aiwaz, but the portrait is the portrait of Lam, however there also is doubt wether Aiwass, Aiwazz or Lam aren't the same person, Crowley was ofcourse the first to raise that doubt.


   
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It's nothing like his description of Aiwaz in Equinox of the Gods. Crowley never asserted such an identity to my present memory of his writings.


   
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Noctifier, what in your opinion is the sketch of LAM and are you aware of any specific works that refer to this specific drawing written by A.C.?
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"ABRAXHADABRA" wrote:
Where would I find reference to LAM?

In The Equinox (available also in abridged form as "Gems from The Equinox" from Weiser). It's the plate for Crowley's commentary on Blavatsky's The Voice of the Silence.

Later, Kenneth Grant wrote substantially about it in his Typhonian Trilogies, notably in Outside The Circles of Time.


   
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I don't know that Crowley wrote on Lam. Just drew it. Is reported as referring to it as his Guru.


   
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Noctifer,
One more question. I have scoured the internet for images reports and other information on the Dead Souls Exhibition in Greenwich NY. Any info regarding that? What was the exhibition of. I know LAM was included but what else?


   
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"alysa" wrote:
however there also is doubt wether Aiwass, Aiwazz or Lam aren't the same person, Crowley was ofcourse the first to raise that doubt.

Ah that's right. According to Grant, when Crowley gave him the gift of this drawing, he muttered "Aiwass" softly, or something like that. Read that how you one may. However I still find it odd (if he meant it that the picture shows Aiwass) that his only published description of Aiwass is nothing like it (and for some mysterious reason makes me think of him as bearded).


   
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Might be that beings like Aiwass or Lam, are able to look like they will to whomever they will.


   
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"ABRAXHADABRA" wrote:
Noctifer, ... Dead Souls Exhibition in Greenwich NY. Any info regarding that? What was the exhibition of. I know LAM was included but what else?

No idea, sorry. Delve LaShtal's archives, perhaps there is a surviving catalogue digitised in there.


   
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"alysa" wrote:
Might be that beings like Aiwass or Lam, are able to look like they will to whomever they will.

It might also be equally likely, just perhaps, that beings like ourselves are able to call anything we imagine, whatever we wish and can change our minds without notice.

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I think LaShTal needs a Lam smiley.

This is the closest I can find:

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Right! Right! πŸ˜†


   
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"Noctifer" wrote:
"alysa" wrote:
Might be that beings like Aiwass or Lam, are able to look like they will to whomever they will.

It might also be equally likely, just perhaps, that beings like ourselves are able to call anything we imagine, whatever we wish and can change our minds without notice.

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Sorry alysa. What I should have said was: It might be equally likely that if you leave a pictorial description vague enough and scant enough for long enough, you leave room for future modification according to convenience. And convenience is, after all, persuasive stuff.


   
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Wise words, Noctifer.


   
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