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Arcane Schools is a book by English Freemason, and occultist John Yarker, first published in 1909. Yarker's ambitious work aims to provide an extensive account of the history of Masonry and Masonic rites, using tradition and seniority as evidence for their legitimacy. He locates the origins of Masonry in an elusive race he terms the Aryans, who were skilled in the early human arts, such as stoneworking, metalworking, and agriculture. Yarker then outlines how this civilization gave rise to societies of specialized knowledge, including the mathematical and philosophical schools of ancient Greece, from which he traces the symbolism of modern Freemasonry. The Arcane Schools is an impressive synthesis of human history, drawing from various societies and periods to create a coherent narrative. Readers interested in the arcane, occult, or symbology will find Yarker's book captivating and informative.
This book has 197,905 words, 300 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1909.
Production notes: This ebook of The Arcane Schools was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 15th March 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'A Hermit Praying in the Ruins of a Roman Temple' by Hubert Robert.