Acclaimed by Publishers Weekly as "a classic reference, dizzying in its breadth," this volume explores the themes underlying ancient mythology, philosophy, and religion. Hundreds of entries range from esoteric elements of Islamic and Christian history to arcane rituals practiced by Druids, Freemasons, alchemists, and other secret societies. 16 pages of color plates, 100 black-and-white illustrations.
Canadian-born author and mystic Manly Palmer Hall (1901-90) founded the Philosophical Research Society. In his eight decades of public life - which included thousands of lectures, more than 150 books and essays, and countless magazine articles - Hall emphasized the practical aspects of philosophy and religion.