Acclaimed by Publishers Weekly as “a classic reference, dizzying in its breadth,” this vast and indispensable encyclopedia of the occult explores ancient mythology, philosophy, and religion. Discover the key to the world’s esoteric traditions, and unlock some of the most fascinating and closely held secrets of myth, religion, and philosophy. Unrivaled in its beauty and completeness, this classic reference distills ancient and modern teachings of nearly 600 experts. Compelling themes range from the riddle of the Sphinx and the tenets of Pythagorean astronomy to the symbolism of the pentagram, the significance of the Ark of the Covenant, and the design of the American flag. World-renowned expert Manly P. Hall examines the secrets of Isis along with arcane aspects of supernatural phenomena, mystic Christianity, and other religions. The Secret Teachings of All Ages is a fascinating survey covering topics as diverse as Astrology and the Zodiac, American Indian symbolism, Egyptian ceremonial magic and sorcery, Kabbalah, alchemy, cryptology, and Tarot, along with Masonry, gemology, and the identity of William Shakespeare. Hundreds of entries range from classical antiquity and oracles, to Islamic and Christian history, the arcane rituals of Druids, Freemasons, Rosicrucian doctrines and tenets, alchemists, other secret societies. 6″ x 9″, 736 pages include 16 pages of color plates, 100 black-and-white illustrations, an extensive bibliography, and a complete index. Shop Dover for classic, historical, and general interest books that reveal the hidden mysteries behind secret societies, the supernatural, esoteric philosophies, and other fascinating subjects such as black magic, vampirism, and witchcraft.