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Aleister Crowley (October 12, 1875 - December 1, 1947) was an English occultist, poet, painter, and novelist. He founded Thelema, a religion and philosophy which cast himself as a prophet. Although the claims that he was employed in the British intelligence services are unsubstantiated, he is known to have been associated a number of figures in the intelligence community, such as Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming. Crowley is widely described as a Satanist, but there is no evidence that he ever considered himself one, or that he even acknowledged the existence of Satan. He died of chronic bronchitis aggravated by myocardial degeneration and pleurisy.



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