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(Heb., Chal.). The term normally denotes a human being or humanity in general. More rarely, a man (as opposed to a woman). Adam also sometimes denotes red, ruddy or a reddish brown color. Helena P. BLAVATSKY cites the Kabbalistic teachings as having four Adams, corresponding to the first four root races: (1) the perfect holy Adam of pure spiritual existences; (2) the protoplastic androgyne Adam; (3) the Adam made of dust, the first innocent Adam; (4) the fallen Adam who is clothed with flesh and nerves and is the forefather of our own physical humanity (SD II:457-58).



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