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Why was Madame Blavatsky considered a racist?

I’m not an expert at Theosophy, but I have a general understanding.
Somewhere I read she claims that because black people are the original root-race, they developed here longer without influence from alien culture. It is the whites, asians and hispanics who received upgrades by aliens from another World.
I see no other indictation to call her a racist.
Is there something about Blavatsky I must have missed?
She is the founder of Theosophy, a reinterpretation of Tibetan Culture.


  1. The Secret Doctrine, the Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy, Vol.II, pages 195-6 and 200. Blavatsky refers to Semites as spiritually degenerate offshoots of the Aryan branch, and classes Australian aborigines, “negritos” and various other ethnicities as “semi-human stock”.
    Page 168 of Volume II:
    “The MONADS of the lowest specimens of humanity (the “narrow-brained” savage South-Sea Islander, the African, the Australian) had no Karma to work out when first born as men, as their more favoured brethren in intelligence had”.
    Page 421:
    “The intellectual difference between the Aryan and other civilized nations and such savages as the South Sea Islanders, is inexplicable on any other grounds. No amount of culture, nor generations of training amid civilization, could raise such human specimens as the Bushmen, the Veddhas of Ceylon, and some African tribes, to the same intellectual level as the Aryans, the Semites, and the Turanians so called. The ‘sacred spark’ is missing in them and it is they who are the only inferior races on the globe, now happily — owing to the wise adjustment of nature which ever works in that direction — fast dying out. Verily mankind is ‘of one blood,’ but not of the same essence. We are the hot-house, artificially quickened plants in nature, having in us a spark, which in them is latent”.
    Page 723:
    “Esoteric history teaches that idols and their worship died out with the Fourth Race, until the survivors of the hybrid races of the latter (Chinamen, African Negroes, &c.) gradually brought the worship back. The Vedas countenance no idols; all the modern Hindu writings do”.


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