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The Temple and the Lodge
Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh
An excellent book on the origins and history of Freemasonry. The authors prove that exiled Templars fled to Scotland, where the order proliferated and later merged into the Masonic order. They also explore the relationship between, Templars, Freemasons and the House of Stewart, and provide evidence of the occult/pagan nature of these orders, such as the relationship between the Bran the Blessed, Baphomet and Hiram Abiff. Shows how Masons influenced the French, American and Jacobite revolutions. Includes an interesting aside about the tawdry beginnings of the myth of Robin Hood.
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Arthurian Romances
by Chretien de Troyes
Translated by D.D.R. Owen
Classic mythological tales of knights and chivalry from the man who invented the idea that the Holy Grail was a bowl full of Christ's blood. May have been influenced by Templars. Contains Perceval.
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The Lost Keys of Freemasonry
by Manly P. Hall, 33į
Manly P. Hall is the most respected and respectable author on Freemasonry since Albert Pike, and his encyclopedic knowledge of History, Anthropology, Comparative Religion, and the Occult is what enabled him to write this book on Masonry just after his 21st birthday, before he had even been initiated into the first degree of Freemasonry, in which he has now risen to the highest rank. In these few mages he elucidates the hidden meanings and origins of the rites, dogma, and mythology of the Masonic brotherhood, all the way back to Ancient Egypt. Things such as the Three Ruffians who murdered Hiram Abiff according to Masonic legend, and the Lionís Paw grip that is used to resurrect him in Masonic ritual are shown to be newer versions of ancient Egyptian rituals that were practiced by their royal priesthood. An amazing appendix on the Emerald Tablet of Hermes, complete with a photograph of the purported artifact, makes this slim volume well worth your buck just in and of itself. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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The Hiram Key
Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas
An excellent book written by two masons documenting Freemasonry's roots in Egypt. This book explores the myth of Hiram Abiff and gives some interesting insights on how The Shroud of Turin was actually an image of Templar, Jaques de Molay. Though K&L use Masonic rituals to substatiate some of their claims without hard evidence, it makes you think.
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Christ, the Christian, and Freemasonry
by W.J. McCormick
Written with an undeniably critical bias by a born-again Christian with an axe to grind against fraternal orders, this book is as invaluable as it is ridiculous, if youíre lucky enough to get your hands on a copy. Whatís of interest is not his analysis of the practices and principles of Masonry, which are not intellectually valuable and not outrageous or extreme enough to be entertaining. Whatís of interest are the numerous rare and vivid photographs and illustrations of ritual signs, signals, grips and passwords which should be useful to the non-initiate wishing to learn more about the secrets of the craft. Rituals are described in enough detail that one could recreate them perfectly from the material given, and photographs or illustrations are provided showing men doing all of the Penal Signs, Due Guards, secret handshakes, and the 5 Points of Fellowship. There are also some beautiful photographs of the insides of elaborately decorated Masonic lodges. Great to have around the home for reference or entertainment. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
by Albert Pike 33į
The quintessential source of information on the meaning, symbols, and ritual of Freemasonry ever written, this volume is also, I would think, invaluable to the student of mythology and comparative religion, written by one of the most important men in the History of Freemasonry, and a man credited with founding the Masonic-oriented Ku Klux Klan. The ancient and occult roots of every aspect of Masonic tradition are explained, in the same chronological order that the mysteries would be presented to an initiate of the Masonic brotherhood progressing through the degrees. No one has yet approached General Albert Pike in his mastery of the subject, and there is so much valuable information in this huge volume, you will treasure it forever. The more you re-read it, the more you understand. If you can find a copy of Morals and Dogma with the index included, get it. Itís priceless! If not, do like people do with the Bible: every day, open up a page at random and read the first passage you find. That will provide you with insight that you can use for the rest of the day. But you must get it!
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The New World Order: The Ancient Plan of Secret Societies
by William T. Still, 1990
Background information on the stated goal of many fraternal orders: The Great Work, a One-World Government. Succinct. Written by an undeniable patriot and a descendent of Woodrow Wilson.
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