The Communal Societies Collection at Burke Library, Hamilton College, has recently acquired a large collection of materials from the Mazdaznan movement. This neo-Zoroastrian cult was founded by Otoman Zar-Adusht Ha’nish (born Otto Hanisch) at the end of the nineteenth century. Mazdaznan followers were vegetarian, worshipped the sun, practiced breathing and vowel-sound exercises, and attempted to preserve male sexual potency through coitus reservatus, employed as a part of tantric sex.
American Communal Societies Quarterly
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