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Aleister Crowley (October 12, 1875 - December 1, 1947) was named Edward Alexander Crowley at birth. The British occultist was born in Warwickshire, England to a father who ran the family brewing business and a mother who referred to her son as "the Beast." Hi father was born into a Quaker and converted to the Mennonite denomination of the Exclusive Brethren. Aleister attended Christian boarding schools from the age of 8. He rebelled against the idea of Christianity, though even so entered Trinity College in Cambridge studying the Moral Science Tripos. Having inherited a huge amount of money when his father died, he was free to engage in all sorts of activities, most of them considered immoral and some illegal. During that time, he read about black magic, and eventually came to believe that he was a prophet and that a spirit dictated "The Book of the Law," which is a religion which is based on the "law of Thelema," which is "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will."

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