HISTORY OF INITIATION - LOST LIBRARY


HISTORY OF INITIATION - LOST LIBRARY

GEORGE OLIVER    Book Number: 81036    Product format: Paperback

Written in 1841, this study by leading Freemason George Oliver examines initiation rituals from many cultures to make the argument that these traditions have a common origin. An initial chapter describes the ancient initiation ceremonies of Osiris and Isis in Egypt, of Bacchus and Rhea in Greece, Mahadeva and Sita in India, Woden and Frea in Scandinavia and Hu and Ceridwen in Britain, and argues that they all derive from worship of the sun and moon. Gradually during the Christian era their priesthoods were suppressed, though there is a bardic claim that in Wales and Scotland they were celebrated down to the twelfth century. Subsequent chapters examine the eastern mysteries of India, Persia and Greece. The author devotes three chapters to the British mysteries, including the sacred rocks, islands and lakes of the Celtic mysteries and the different shapes of temple seen at Stonehenge, Long Meg in Cumberland, and Caer Sidi where the mysteries of Ceridwen were celebrated by the Druids. The investiture of the Archdruid is described, involving three degrees of vaticination conferred by three drops from the cauldron of Ceridwen. The book concludes with the Gothic Mysteries of Thor and Balder, the twilight of the gods, and a survey of the occult in the Americas. 218pp, paperback, substantial footnotes.
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ISBN 9781906621414
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