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By John Jr. Yarker

A evaluation in their starting place and Antiquity ; with a normal heritage of Freemasonry, and its Relation to the Theosophic, medical, and Philosophic Mysteries. the item of the paintings is to offer a extensive, yet condensed view, of some of the strains which are to be chanced on among the ancients, of their faith, of their artwork, and of their structures, civil, sacred and armed forces, of a Speculative process equivalent to is now embodied in Freemasonry. The paintings is inevitably a compilation of appropriate info to be present in historic and sleek writers upon background, secret, mysticism, and Freemasonry; however it additionally embraces the newest perspectives on those topics that have been advanced by way of shut and significant exam. there'll be 13 chapters, divided into 3 elements, with an appendix of a sequence of constitutions. half I, The Arcane faculties. half II, Operative and Speculative Freemasonry. half III, the Speculative Revival. half IV, historical Manuscripts.

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Religious mysteries, the rudiments of science, and open and secret worship, if not innate, which we believe them to be, would arise, and as the erection, first of temples, and then of houses, indicates a knowledge of geometry and constructive tools, it implies a more advanced culture. The tradition which has reached us through the ages is that mankind contracted very slowly the protoplasm which forms our natural body, after which a variety of wants became apparent that were in earlier ages unfelt.

G. Yarker did not know that Polynesians traveled thousands of miles by ship, that mid oceanic sea floors spread, etc. Theosophical legends are used with more restraint than was common in the period. "Aryan" is used for an imaginary race, common in the period but not as later. "Learned" racist stereotypes of the period are perpetuated, but with considerable more restraint than in other contemporaries. At the time of writing, race and culture were muddled concepts. Since universal "Masonry" is the subject of this work, "Aryan" is better understood in most instances as "possessed of the secrets of illumination" or some such concept.

Lack critical cohesion, and have consequently fallen into undeserved neglect, but sufficient will be found in these pages to show that his theories are not devoid of method, and will admit of an authentic construction being put upon those claims which he advances for the antiquity of the Masonic Institution. Those who obstinately deny the existence of anything which is outside their own comprehension are fully as credulous as those who accept everything without discrimination. There are certain intellects which lack intuition and the ability to take in and assimilate abstruse truths, just as much as there are people who are colour-blind, or deaf to the more delicate notes of music; this was well known to the ancient theologians and mystics, and the reasons which they assigned for the mental incapacity will appear in the following pages.

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