This title explores the origins, development, rituals, and symbolism of Freemasonry, and examines Freemasonry as part of a tradition of Western mysticism going back to the Middle Ages.
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(278mm x 203mm x 8mm)
Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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This intriguing look at one of the most misunderstood groups contextualises Freemasonry within the long tradition of Western mysticism as a set of psychological principles which form a complex framework for inner growth. This old and secular fraternal society was originated by Renaissance scholars and its symbolic structure is centred around the Three Great Lights - the Volume of Sacred Law, the Square and the Compasses - without whose presence no masonic lodge can meet. This book discusses the predominance of masonic imagery and looks at how the moral teachings manifest themselves in ritual dramas, or 'Degrees'. There is also mention of anti-masonry feeling which, in the second half of this century, has contributed to the group's reputation for secrecy. Very well illustrated. (Kirkus UK)
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