BORN 13 Jul 1865, La Coruña - DIED 25 Oct 1916, Paris: Charité
BIRTH NAME Encausse, Gérard Anaclet Vincent
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 93)

Papus was born under the name of Gérard Encausse as the son of a French father and a Spanish mother. The family moved to Paris when he was still a small child and he grew up in France. he studied the Kaballah and took a deep interest in magic, alchemy and other occult subjects. In 1884 he joined Madame Blavatsky's Theosophical Society, bit he left it in 1885. In 1888 he founded the Ordre Kabbalistic de la Rose-Croix with marquis Stanislas de Guaita (1861-1897), Joséphin de Péladan and Oswald Wirth. Together with Lucien Chamel he originated the Librarie du Merveilleux and they published "L'Initation" until 1914.

He was a member of several esoteric organisations and wrote occult books. In 1894 he became a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Paris and opened a clinic at the rue Rodin in Paris. In 1901 he wrote a series of anti-semitical articles with Jean Carrère for "Echo de Paris".

He visited Russia in 1901, 1905 and 1906 and acted as a phyisician as well as an occult advisor for Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra. In 1906 he met Rasputin. He predicted that they would be the victim of revolutionaries and in later years he warned them against Rasputin.

During the first world war he served in the medical corps of the French army. In a military hospital he contracted tuberculosis and he died in October, 1916. He was buried at Père Lachaise in Paris. His son, Dr. Philippe Encausse (1904-1984) was buried beside him.

Related persons
• cooperated with Péladan, Joséphin
• was pupil to Philippe, Nizier Anthelme


The grave of Papus at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (28 Aug 2001)


• Baigent, Michael, Richard Leigh & Henry Lincoln, The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, Corgi, London, 1990
Père Lachaise: grafschriften, Paris, 1993
Gérard Encausse - Wikipedia

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Published: 01 Jun 2009
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