A History of Secret Societies has ratings and 16 reviews. Leo said: This is a good book if one has a good knowledge of history to start. However I di. LibraryThing Review. User Review – krisiti – More a study of religion than societies, I think; most were really more what I would call mystery . Buy A History of Secret Societies by Arkon Daraul (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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Describes the practices and philosophies of cults and secret organizations and looks at the Sufi, gnostics, witches, Rosicrucians, and initiation societies.

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Secret Societies, throughout the ages, have existed wherever civilizations and people have existed. Living behind veils of shrouded secrecy, and remaining uknown to the very populaces which have furnished their existance, Arkon Daraul provides the reader with research, as well as travels throughout Europe and the Middle East, from suburbia to the Himalayas, in search of answers.


A correct reading of the entire book allows the individual to make connections throughout, whether it be a correlation between one ritual or another or one society or the other.

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Because the book seems to angle toward examining rituals and beliefs, as opposed to lenghty fo capable of manifesting a new outlook, one gets the impression that the true objective of these societies remains untold. A good ‘spark-igniter’ for this subject area.

I’m afraid that these ‘historical’ reviews seemed a little short on unique information that I haven’t seen elsewhere. I was also disappointed in the apparent random placement of diagrams that seemed to have notthing to do with the text. For example, within the first 7 chapters, there were numerous diagrams of encryption codes used by secret societies, but yet there was absolutely no discussion about secret codes anywhere in the text.

Perhaps I’m missing the real ‘code’ hidden somewhere between the typeface of the printed page, but as a useful historical perspective on what ‘secret societies’ are all about, how they differ, how they perhaps associalte or embattle each other, or most importantly, how they might impact positively or negatively our lives today, I feel the value of this book was lost on me; or perhaps it’s just a ‘secret’.

The Templars, the Assassins, the dread Illuminati. All the usual suspects and more besides are here in the book that serves as the primer in History of the Conspiracy Alluding properly to secrets he can’t reveal and refusing to give sources for the secrets he does, Daraul’s work is still the touchstone for the genre. If your idea of secret history predatesthis is a handy sourcebook that’s bound to give you a couple of new ideas.

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Not only does it cover the most popular “secret” societies like the Knights Templar, Rosicrucians and The Illuminatus, but also certain less known sects like the bizarre Castrators of Russia and the Charcoal Burners of Italy. Furthermore this book isn’t written by one of the usual gang of maniacs, but rather by a historian with an interest in the occult.

No otherworldly cospiracy theories here. The societies are given a clear and objective analysis, and are usually treated with respect except for the really demented or criminal ones – they get what they deserve. In conclusion, this book is free from bigotry and other harmful “ideas”. It delivers what it promises – a historical overview of certain “secret” societies. It should be kept in mind by the reader of this book that the writer’s real name is Idries Shah, who is rather better known for his Sufi books.

His scholarship here is about as thorough as it is in his other works. His writings on the Isma’ilis are almost totally based on the accounts of Marco Polo and are otherwise devoid of historical accuracy.

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