Spiritism and the Cult of the Dead in Antiquity

Spiritism and the Cult of the Dead in Antiquity

Lewis Bayles Paton

Excerpt: ‘During the last quarter of a century interest in the phenomena of Spiritism, or Spiritualism as it is popularly called, has been growing steadily throughout the Western world. The Societies of Psychical Research in England, Germany, France, and America have gathered a vast body of data, and have subjected these to have been published in the journals of the various societies….The great historic religions of China, India…

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Gerald Massey’s Lectures

Gerald Massey's Lectures

Gerald Massey

Includes: The Historical Jesus and Mythical Christ; Paul the Gnostic Opponent of Peter; The “Logia of the Lord”; Gnostic and Historic Christianity; The Hebrew and Other Creations; In Reply to Professor A. H. Sayce; The Devil of Darkness in the Light of Evolution; Luniolatry, Ancient and Modern; Greek Mythology and the God Apollo; Man in Search of His Soul; The Seven Souls of Man; A Retort; and, The Coming Religion.

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The Biography of Satan

The Biography of Satan

Kersey Graves

The Biography of Satan, Or, A Historical Exposition of the Devil and His Fiery Dominions. Disclosing the oriental origin of the belief in a devil and future endless punishment; also, an explanation of the pagan origin of the scriptural terms, bottomless pit, lake of fire and brimstone, chains of darkness, casting out devils, worm that never dieth, etc.

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Ancient Calendars and Constellations

Ancient Calendars and Constellations

Emmeline M. Plunket

Chapters include: The Accadian Calendar; The Constellation Aries; Gu, Eleventh Constellation of the Zodiac; The Median Calendar and the Constellation Taurus; Astronomy in the Rig Veda; Ancient Indian Astronomy; and, The Chinese Calendar.

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Pagan Christs

Pagan Christs

John M. Robertson

J.M. Robertson herein challenges not only the historical authenticity of the canonical accounts of the founding of Christianity, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, and Judaism. He answers the question implicit in Kersey Graves’ 1875 creed, The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors. Why so many similar stories of savior figures in world…

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On the Migration of Fables

On the Migration of Fables

F. Max Muller

This monograph by F. Max Muller is a classic study of East to West migration of folk stories. He sets it up with a detailed study of the fable known to us as the Milkmaid and the Spilt Milk. This is the same theme expressed by the proverb ‘Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.’ He traces this all the way back to…

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The Unicorn: A Mythological Investigation

The Unicorn: A Mythological Investigation

Robert Brown

This short book (with extensive footnotes) covers some of the same ground as the more popularly oriented Lore of the Unicorn, by Odell Shepard, before it ventures into comparative mythology. The present volume was written in the late 19th century at a time when all mythological and folklore narratives were believed to be astronomical metaphors. Brown sees the Unicorn as a lunar symbol, and draws on mythology from a wide range…

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Non-Christian Religions of the World

Non-Christian Religions of the World

William Muir

Includes: The rise and decline of Islam, by Sir William Muir; Christianity and Confucianism compared in their teaching of the whole duty of man, by James Legge; The Zend-Avesta and the religion of the Pârsîs, by J. Murray Mitchell; The Hindu religion, a sketch and a contrast, by J. Murray Mitchell; Buddhism: a comparison and a contrast between Buddhism and Christianity, by Henry Robert Reynolds; and, Christianity and ancient…

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Astral Worship

Astral Worship

J. H. Hill

This is an interesting little book tracing the history of Astrology, Paganism, and Christianity. Chapters include: The Geocentric System Of Nature; The Sacred Numbers 7 And 12; The Twelve Thousand Year Cycle; The Ancient Triad; The Ancient Cosmogony; Fall And Redemption Of Man; Incarnations Of God Sol; Fable Of The Twelve Labors; Anniversaries Of Solar Worship; Personifications Of The Divisions Of Time…

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Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist

Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki

This is a study of Buddhist mysticism, contrasted and compared with Christian mysticism, particularly the writings of Meister Eckhart. Suzuki explores Buddhist and Christian concepts of infinity, eternity and the transmigration of souls. This book explains many difficult Buddhist concepts, including kono-mama, a state of spiritual contentment. Also included is extensive material about the ‘Pure Land…

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The Tao Teh King: A Short Study in Comparative Religion

The Tao Teh King: A Short Study in Comparative Religion

C. Spurgeon Medhurst

There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of translations of the Tao te Ching, the root sacred text of Taoism, one of the three traditional religions of China. This one, written by an ex-missionary who appears to have had Theosophical leanings, includes extensive notes on similarities with other religions, primarily Christianity, but also Buddhism and Hinduism. This gives a new way of looking at this multi-faceted text…

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