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The Atlas of Secret Societies

Throughout history secret societies have exerted a powerful hidden influence on our culture, politics and spirituality.
Step into the shadowy world of secret societies with the latest edition to the illuminating Atlas series. Unlock the mysteries behind some of the world's most powerful covert organizations, some of which have faded into obscurity, others which still hold power today.
Often underpinned by mystical or religious principles, each society had clear political aims and sought to bring about social, moral and political change. From Chinese Triads to the Knights Templar, and from the Thuggee Cult to the Freemasons, The Atlas of Secret Societies explores the motives of each society, their purpose and what we know of their mysterious practices. Lavish artwork reconstructions depict the ancient rites and practices of selected societies, and take you into a fascinating and hidden world.
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Table of Contents

1. Ancient Mysteries 2. The Knights Templar 3. Assassins 4. Alchemists and Hermetic Philosophers 5. Rosicrucians 6. The Freemasons 7. The Illuminati 8. Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn 9. Ordo Templi Orientis 10. Opus Dei and the Priory of Sion 11. Hellfire Clubs 12. Secret societies of the East

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Explores secret societies made famous by The Da Vinci Code including Opus Dei and the Priory of Sion The author is an expert in this field Provides unique artworks detailing the hidden symbolism and principles of sacred geometry embodied in each society's temples and shrines

About the Author

David V. Barrett has been a teacher of Religious Studies and English, a computer programmer and intelligence analyst for the British and American governments, and a journalist. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1991. As an author he now researches and writes mainly on religious and esoteric subjects. He is the author of Secret Societies and Sects, Cults and Alternative Religions.

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