A History of Secret Societies (Google eBook)

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Citadel Press, 1961 - Humor - 256 pages
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Almost every social system throughout history has produced its secret societies. Here is a unique study of such societies from earliest recorded times to the present, along with an analysis of their forms, rituals, and beliefs. The author has traveled extensively to gather documentation. The Charcoal Burners of Italy, the Castrators of Russia, the Old Man of the Mountains, and the Gnostics are but a few of the many described.
  

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User Review  - Walt - Goodreads

A light and cursory reading that mixes scholarship with sensationalism. When considering a topic as broad as secret societies, it is seemingly impossible to adequately cover all of them. The selected ... Read full review

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User Review  - Timm - Goodreads

Interesting high-level overview of various societies. Look elsewhere for depth. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
9
The Old Man of the Mountains
13
The Latter Days of the Assassins
28
The Rise of the Knights Templar
39
The Fall of the Knights Templar
50
The Path of the Sufi
62
The Secret Rites of Mithra
75
The Gnostics
81
The Decided Ones of Jupiter the Thunderer
135
The Order of the Peacock Angel
141
The Masters of the Himalayas
156
The Secrets of the Witches
163
The Cult of the Black Mother
179
The Rosicrucians
191
The Holy Vehm
202
Devotees of the Guardian Angel
212

The Castrators of Russia
87
The CharcoalBurners
100
Holy Warriors of Spain
111
The Cults of the Ancient Mysteries
117
False Cults and Societies
124
The High Priesthood of Thebes
129
The Illuminated Ones
220
Tongs of Terror
233
Primitive Initiation Societies
246
Index
253
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