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Tompkins, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0060148993 / ISBN 13: 9780060148997
Editorial: Harper & Row Pub Inc, 1981
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Profusely illustrated study of the history and lore surrounding these unique, beautiful and mysterious erections which have been linked with sexual rites, hermetic wisdom, secret societies and mysterious historic figures. First Edition. Harper & Row Pub Inc 1981. illus viii + 470pp hb dw rubbed & frayed, minor biro marks otherwise vg. N° de ref. de la librería 001183

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Editorial: Harper & Row Pub Inc

Año de publicación: 1981

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro: Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Good

Edición: 1st Edition

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For centuries people have wondered why the Egyptian obelisks were erected, by whom, and what they signified. There were at one time hundreds of obelisks throughout ancient Egypt, many of them covered with lettering unfamiliar to us known as hieroglyphs. Like the great pyramids, the obelisks seem to possess a strange power, perhaps even the key to the secret of life.

From the time of the earliest invaders of Egypt through the 19th century expeditions from France, England and the U.S., obelisks were 'seized' and taken away. Transported to Roman by pagan emperors, they were later exhumed by the popes and christianized. The Inquisition, suspicious of secret rites descended from Egypt, brought on the persecution of scholars and free thinkers, for whom the obelisks became symbols of freedom. When Americans in 1799 cast about for a suitable tribute to the founder of the country, the chose to erect the larges obelisk ever, the Washington Monument.

In this profusely illustrated book, Tompkins explores the entire history of man's association with obelisks; the many theories about them and their magical and physical properties; the adventures encountered in engineering and moving 300-ton monoliths; their association with sexual rites and the hermetic wisdom of ancient Egypt; and their suspected influence on and connection with many secret socities and historic figures ...Freemasons, Knights Templar, Rosicrucians, Illuminata, Ficinio, Pico, Bruno, Kircher, Cagliostro, St. Germain, and Crowley.

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Occultique is worldwide mail order supplier of new, second-hand and antiquarian books on all occult and related subjects, including religious and mystical works. Also supply tarot cards, ritual paraphernalia and ephemera. Established in 1973.

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