From the Ancient and Arcane to the Modern and ClandestineBook - 2000
For most people, belonging to a special, limited group has an irresistible appeal. Uncover the secrets of clandestine societies throughout history, from the ancient Mediterranean civilizations to such familiar associations as the Mafia and the Ku Klux Klan. Dozens of circles come under scrutiny in this revealing study: the Zoroastrians, who may have created the first significant monotheistic religion; the Rosicrucians, a brotherhood that condemned astrology, and other "occult" arts; and the Freemasons, who refuse to divulge their rituals. Precisely because of their closed nature, suspicion greeted these organizations. An examination of witch hunts vividly demonstrates tragic results of public prejudice and fear, while the Chinese Triads and Nazi occult societies reveal the dar more dangerous side of secret groups.
Publisher: London, England : Blandford ; New York : Distributed in the United States by Sterling Pub. Co., 2000, c1997.
Branch Call Number: 366.009 BAR
Characteristics: 256 p.,  p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
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