My thoughts on Lon Milo DuQuette’s Son of Chicken Qabalah

sonofchickenqabalahNot exactly seasonal, but I took a stroll through Lon Milo DuQuette’s Son of Chicken Qabalah just the same.

This time of year, I generally prefer to read more fiction than non-. Hallowe’en is a time for ghosts and gremlins, ghouls and grumkins, of witches and vampires and werewolves and all manner of things that go bump in the night.

But when Lon’s latest showed up on my doorstep, I just couldn’t resist. A fan of the original recipe, 2001’s Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford, I had long thought a follow-up was in order.

Here’s the rub. This is a funny book, as was its predecessor. With tongue firmly in cheek, DuQuette delivers a very stripped down and accessible treatise of the Jewish Qabalah. Over-simplified? Perhaps, but as an introduction, easily consumed by the masses, it is a terrific primer.

There’s a very Robert Anton Wilson-esque feel to Lon’s approach, a sort of George Carlin by way of the Golden Dawn reverence for the material.

If you are a stranger to the Qabalah, then you will feel quite comfortable with this book, though, I do believe you should begin with the earlier volume.

As far as self-initiations go, this is a hoot and a half.

Son of Chicken Qabalah by Lon Milo DuQuette is available wherever books are sold. You can snatch one up from Amazon for less than 4 Grande Caffe Lattes.

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