Ancient Wisdom and Secret Sects by Time-Life Books

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The editors of Time-Life Books have produced one other fascinating sequence: Mysteries of the Unknown. historic knowledge and mystery Sects are dropped at you in remarkable element via vibrant images and interesting, informative textual content.

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Whirling Sufi dervishes show the spirit's spiraling journey to Divine union. " was It was Below him, a great the grand master. ed each of the in part to many prior head- regional chapters found throughout channel the reckless energies of the knighted that the cru- Christendom. The white-robed knights were recruited from sades were noble families and formed the order's officer corps; a sec- initially launched. The creation of the Knights Templars was seen as a way of redeeming a lawless and indeed, many of those recruited to the class, ondary soldiering class of sergeants, or serving brothers, Templars had came from families without noble titles and wore black or brown mantles.

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I an seven sided vault, each side altar resting in the ol which was fur- A seveniteenth-centuiy engraving of a mythical Temple of the Rosy Cross teems with Rosicrucian imagery. ther divided into many compartments. Although the room was a brilliant and unconsumed," of Christian R he grasped firmly in his hand a could not possibly receive sunlight, there light shining within. " The brothers sage of worldwide moral renewal and to open the ranks to concluded that they had uncovered the resting place of their a new and Ian larger membership.

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