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Man: Grand Symbol of the Mysteries: Thoughts…

Man: Grand Symbol of the Mysteries: Thoughts In Occult Anatomy

by Manly P. Hall

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This is an erudite work on the body and its various organs from the occultist's viewpoint.

The author being from an older generation, the book is immaculately well written.

The esoteric material is derived from the works of alchemists/occultists/cabalists etc.,including Parecelsus, Vesalius (the father of modern anatomy)and Robert Fludd, from the Middle Ages or perhaps older as well as from ancient Hindu texts. I found this material extremely dry and difficult to comprehend. (I ordered the book from the library only because I was interested in the chapter on the pineal gland, but then was tempted to read the whole book).

You would need to be an expert on such ancient occult matters, or keenly interested in the subject, to find the book at all readable.

One interesting point that attracted my attention, however, was that original man was reportedly androgynous and that the separation of the sexes took place in "the secondary or further course of tribal history". This fits in with revelations by Shirley Maclaine in her book "Camino" about a significant past life of hers in Atlantis.

Also of interest was the information that reptiles originally had a seeing eye at the back of their head (according to the author this can be confirmed in any geological museum) - in humans this hole has "boned over, and the eye has shrunk up into the so-called pineal gland".

The book includes many drawings and illustrations, but no photos.

To sum up, this book can be described as an overly erudite work on occultist views of the body, and as such will be of little interest to the average reader. Those with a real interest in the subject, however, may find the book fascinating. ( )
  IonaS | Aug 7, 2010 |
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I had rather believe all the fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal Frame is without a MInd.  For it is a thousand times more credible that four mutable Elements and one immutable First Essence duly and eternally placed need no God than that an army of infinite small portions, or seeds unplaced, should have produced this Order and Beauty, without a Divine marshal.  They that deny a God destroy man's nobility, for certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body;  and if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature.  Read not to contradict and confute;  nor to believe and take for granted;  nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
- Sir Francis Bacon
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In publishing this treatise on the subject of occult anatomy, we fully realize the gantlet it must run at the hands of science.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0893145130, Hardcover)

A unique assemblage of material gathered from dozens of sources written over the centuries, this volume of thought-provoking essays shows how the human body reveals the laws and principles operating throughout the universe. Eighteen chapters are heavily illustrated with plates from rare and early works on Rosicrucianism, the Hermetic sciences, the cabala, and more traditional texts on anatomy and physiology. Comprehensive index included.

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This volume of thought provoking essays shows how the human body reveals the laws and principles operating throughout the universe. Illustrated with plates from rare works of Hermetic and Rosicrucian sciences, the Kabbalah and more.

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