August 17, 2004
The House of the Hidden Places and the Book of the Master
By W. Marsham Adams
Publisher: Ibis Publishing (August 2004)
Pages: 512 - Price: $24.95
Review by Lee Prosser - firstname.lastname@example.org
Those interested in Ancient Egypt and the afterlife will find this one-volume collection of Adams's two books a remarkable and memorable journey, and a fine reading experience that lingers in the mind. For all students of the Western Mystery tradition and ceremonial magick, it is a fascinating educational experience. For those interested in Freemasonry, this is a must-have book for their home studies. The R. A. Gilbert foreword is excellent.
Ibis Press has a long-standing reputation for excellence in publishing material related to the Western Mystery tradition. This book is another fine example. The notes at the end of the book are in-depth, and highly informative.
These works have been long out of print. The House of the Hidden Places was originally published in 1895. In this book, Adams clearly and logically presents evidence that the Great Pyramid at Giza corresponds in an architecturally correct form to the actual initiation ritual which is detailed in the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
The Book of the Master was published in 1898. This is Adams's in-depth and detailed examination of the religious beliefs of the ancient Egyptians. There is also many insights given on the origins of Christian theology. Unlike the accepted theory that civilization commenced in Asia, a theory popular during Adams's time, Adams openly stated that the proof was there to show civilization actually began in Africa.
Adams was born in England in 1837 and died in 1932. A scholar, Adams was a fellow at New College, Oxford, and one of the most respected Egyptology scholars of his time.
This is a fine book, filled with unusual facts and insights, worthy of your reading.
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