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Secret Societies (original 1961; edition 1999)

by Arkon Daraul

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Title:Secret Societies
Authors:Arkon Daraul
Info:MJF Books (1999), Hardcover
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A History of Secret Societies by Arkon Daraul (1961)

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More a study of religion than societies, I think; most were really more what I would call mystery cults. And not terribly secret, most of them I found the Sufi and the followers of the Peacock Angel the most interesting. I could imagine joining them.In the chapter on witchcraft I started wondering, though. He complained that other researchers of the phenomenon picked and chose what evidence to base their conclusions on, then went ahead and did the same thing. "Disregarding, this, this and this, we can see that what really happened was in accordance with my own pet theory..."Why do so few scholars properly cite their material? ( )
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Compiled from the earliest recordings of time and spanning through to the 20th century, Secret Societies: A History investigates the practices and customs of various types of private organizations from around the world. Included with the first-hand experiences encountered by the author while researching this subject, are sources never before revealed delving into the minds of the inhabitants of these surreptitious groups and an in-depth analysis of the structures found within each society. From groups such as the Castrators of Russia to the Gnostics, Daraul uncovers the bizarre and the unknown of secret societies and captivates the reader with their page-turning tales.
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