Viva a Sociedade Alternativa!
Raul Seixas released this popular song in Brazil in the early ’70s, at the height of his meteoric career. Seixas wrote the song in collaboration with his friend Paulo Coelho. At that time, Paulo Coelho was a Thelemite who regarded Aleister Crowley as Prophet of the New Aeon. Coelho and Seixas wrote many musical hits together, and this was one of the biggest hits to play on Brazilian radio. Seixas performed the song at large concerts where the audience chanted along with him, and some of these performances even included recitations of Aleister Crowley’s Liber Oz in Portuguese.
Viva o Novo Aeon!
Seixas envisioned this “Alternative Society” as a Thelemic society, informed by the ideas of Aleister Crowley. The concept is still discussed in Brazil today. His ideas went beyond music, however, and he attempted to establish a community where “… the Lawyer is not a lawyer, the officer is not a cop, and all concepts and values are rearranged.” Using some land given to him by an esoteric organization, he began to build his “Star City,” but the militaristic government of Ernesto Geisel put a stop to his efforts.
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The military hierarchy of Brazil considered the efforts of Seixas and Coelho to be subversive, and they were both imprisoned. Some reports say that while imprisoned, Seixas and Coelho were tortured. Both left Brazil, and Seixas went into exile in the United States, where his career and health began to wane.
We at Aleister Crowley 2012 wish to thank Raul Seixas and Paulo Coelho for raising awareness of Aleister Crowley’s political ideas and exposing millions of people to the philosophy of Thelema. We hope that the philosophy of Aleister Crowley will continue to be discussed throughout Brazil, and that this may result in Thelemic ideas penetrating the government there.
A lei do forte
Esta a nossa lei e a alegria do mundo
Viva! Viva! Viva!
Now, who is going to remix Seixas? We need an electronic version for the next generation!
Update: Sep 20, 2013: Bruce Spring sings a portion of Sociedade Alternativa! He even proclaims the Law with gusto: