OCTAVIA, DAUGHTER OF GOD
The Story of a Female Messiah and Her Followers

JANE SHAW
398pp ILLUS 2011 OUT OF PRINT P650

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In 1919 a remarkable group of English women founded the Panacea Society, a new religion to tackle the world's grief. At the heart of the community was a charismatic and autocratic leader, Mabel Barltrop. Her followers called her Octavia and believed she was the daughter of God, sent to build the New Jerusalem. Proclaiming the female aspects of God, Octavia attracted former suffragettes, middle-class Christian women and passionate spiritual seekers to Bedford, where they followed her in rigorous religious practices. She appointed twelve women as her apostles and put the rest to work to spread the Word that human beings, through Panacea, could achieve immortal life. At its peak the community had seventy residents and a healing ministry that reached 130,000 people around the globe.