In Vienna from 1900 to 1918, a renegade Catholic monk, Adolf Lanz (nom de plume Lanz von Liebenfels), gave the Manichaean cosmology a secular form. In preaching to his sect, The New Order of Templars, in his monthly journal Ostara and in his book Theozoology, Lanz taught that in the beginning there had been two earthly races: the Aryan* Heroes (Asings) and the Animal People (Apes). The Aryans were the earthly equivalent of the Manichaean light; they had been a divine race endowed with supremely intelligent, electronic minds, blond, blue-eyed beauty, and creativity.
The Animal People were the worldly counterparts of the Manichaean darkness; they had been a demonic race cursed with stupidity (except in the art of deception, in which they excelled), gorilla-like ugliness, and the urge to destroy. At some early time, the Apes began to envy and hate the Asings. They pondered methods of destroying the Aryans and decided to attack the superior race through miscegenation. Conveniently, the Aryan women had a fatal susceptibility to the Apes. (Lanz insisted that the story of the temptation of Eve in Genesis was an esoteric account of her seduction by one of the monsters.) After several centuries of such interbreeding, the original Asings and Animals disappeared. Now the earth was populated by mixed races, which could be ranked as higher or lower according to the proportions of Aryan and Ape blood that they possessed, approximately as follows:
Nordic (blond, blue-eyed) Close to pure Aryan
Nordic (blond, blue-eyed)
Close to pure Aryan