HELENA PETROVNA BLAVATSKY (1831-1891), Russian theosophist, was born at Ekaterinoslav, on the 31st of July (O.S.) 183 ',the daughter of Colonel Peter Hahn, a member of a Mecklenburg family, settled in Russia.
She married in her seventeenth year a man very much her senior, Nicephore Blavatsky, a Russian official in Caucasia, from whom she was separated after a few months; in later days, when seeking to invest herself with a halo of virginity, she described the marriage as a nominal one.
During the next twenty years Mme Blavatsky appears to have travelled widely in Canada, Texas, Mexico and India, with two attempts on Tibet.
But the appearance of Home's Lights and Shadows of Spiritualism (1877) had a prejudicial effect upon the propaganda, and Heliona P. Blavatsky (as she began to style herself) retired to India.