The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth About the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasonry

The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth About the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasonry

by Jay Kinney

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Overview

The Truth Revealed

Freemasons have been connected to the all-seeing eye on the dollar bill, the French Revolution, the Knights Templar, and the pyramids of Egypt. They have been rumored to be everything from a cabal of elite power brokers ruling the world to a covert network of occultists and pagans intent on creating a new world order, to a millennia-old brotherhood perpetuating ancient wisdom through esoteric teachings. Their secret symbols, rituals, and organization have remained shrouded for centuries and spawned theory after theory. The Masonic Myth sets the record straight about the Freemasons and reveals a truth that is far more compelling than the myths.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061985980
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/08/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 20,344
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jay Kinney is coauthor of Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions. For fifteen years, he was publisher and editor-in-chief of Gnosis, the premier journal covering esoteric traditions and spiritual paths. In addition, Kinney is a member of Mill Valley Lodge #356 and Mission Lodge #169, F&AM, in California; a member of the York Rite; and a 32° KCCH in the Scottish Rite. He has twice been a speaker at the California Masonic Symposium, and is a recipient of the Albert G. Mackey Award for Excellence in Masonic Research. He has extensive contacts within Freemasonry and, as librarian and director of research for the San Francisco Scottish Rite, has access to many resources and Masonic records that have eluded most popular writers on this topic.

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“This should be the first book anyone reads about Freemasonry. Even those who know a lot about it will benefit from the broad and generous perspective that the founder of “Gnosis Magazine” brings to it.”

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“... a book which has the excitement of a thriller with the benefit of being factual. This is real-life (as opposed to “reality”) Freemasonry. And it’s a great story!”

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The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth About the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasonry 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
We've all heard about secret societies and their rituals. THE MASONIC MYTH takes you on a journey that allows you to understand the Freemasons. Find out the reasons behind certain symbols and rituals that have been concealed for hundreds of years. I'm always up for a good conspiracy theory or secret society book, so when I was given the option to review this book, I just had to get my hands on it. I was not disappointed! This book opened my eyes wider than I thought possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and enjoyed all the detail, documented information and photos. It helped me learn more about how the masonic order and the masons developed versus the imagine portrayed by fiction and individual making assumptions. It's a good read if you're interested in the history of the masons.
BHS More than 1 year ago
Kinney's writing is clear, descriptive and factual. There are good drawings of the topics described and I learned what I wanted to know about Masonry. Finally, it's clear.
CathyG More than 1 year ago
Thorough, informative writing explaining the history & mythology surrounding the much misunderstood & maligned Masonic brotherhood.At times the names of central figures and organizations were somewhat confusing for me to keep strraight, but in all accounts the book is entertaining and factual for those interested in understanding "the Craft."
lchav52 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Since the founding of the premier grand lodge in 1717 London, books, pamphlets, exposures, and articles have been written about the Freemasons. They have been vilified and praised, and wherever a conspiracy theory is born, there's a Freemason in it somewhere. A whole cottage industry of alternate history began with the publication of HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL in the 1980s, and continues today with Dan Brown's popular novels breaking records. many accounts, much confusion.Jay Kinney's book, THE MASONIC MYTH, will help cut through the hype. He writes cogently, calmly, and examines the existing evidence to discuss such questions as the origins, rituals, and purposes of Freemasonry, carefully examining the facts and drawing reasonable conclusions. The book may not satisfy a taste for discovering hidden puppet-masters, but will give a well-thought-out and balanced view of just what Freemasonry is in the modern world. I highly recommend this book.
bridget3420 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We've all heard about secret societies and their rituals. THE MASONIC MYTH takes you on a journey that allows you to understand the Freemasons. Find out the reasons behind certain symbols and rituals that have been concealed for hundreds of years.I'm always up for a good conspiracy theory or secret society book, so when I was given the option to review this book, I just had to get my hands on it. I was not disappointed! This book opened my eyes wider than I thought possible.
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And a real true book I would know
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Then got book. Didnt know so many famous people in history were masons
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Yep. And I got just the person! Or pony... she's probably in her pony form... *A pink pony with poofy pink mane and tail, light blue eyes, and three balloon on her flank hops in.* Nopony should be bored! *Passes out cupcakes.*
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What happened?
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She licks the frosting. "Ooh, tapioca! Does it matter that I act childish when I'm 600 years old?"