Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, aka HPB, 1831-1891. Russian noblewoman who, after fleeing marriage to Constantinople, ended up in Cairo where she learned occult "secrets." Came to New York in 1873 where she rose in prominence among spiritualist circles and founded the Theosophical Society after which she and her American sponsor, Henry S. Olcott, moved to India.

The day of her death is celebrated by Theosophists around the world as White Lotus Day.

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