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  1. 12 Apr, 2017
    The Library of Alexandria
    The Royal Library of Alexandria or Ancient Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt, was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. It was dedicated to the Muses, the nine goddesses of the arts. The library was part of a larger research institution called the Musaeum of Alexandria, where many of the most famous thinkers of the ancient world studied. Aside from its incredible collection of ancient texts (which are estimated to range from 40,000 to 400,000 at its
  2. The Sacred Secrets of Jesus
    07 May, 2017
    The Sacred Secrets of Jesus
    "Very rarely, and then only for urgent practical purposes, were those secrets ever committed to writing. Normally they would be passed from the priest to the initiate by word of mouth; dependent for their accurate transmission on the trained memories of men dedicated to the learning and recitation of their "scriptures". But if for some drastic reason like the disruption of their cultic centres by war or persecution, it became necessary to write down the precious names of the herbs and the manner
  3. Soma the Food of the Gods
    07 May, 2017
    Soma the Food of the Gods
    "The Indo-Europeans were a nomadic people whose original home has been a matter of scholarly debate and who are associated with patriarchy, wheeled chariots, and the domestication of the horse. Also associated with the Indo-Europeans is a religion based on the magnificently intoxicating Soma. Soma was a juice or sap pressed out of the swollen fibers of a plant that was also called Soma. The texts seem to imply that the juice was purified by being poured through a woolen filter and then in some
  4. The Divine Union and the Secret Sacraments Part I
    24 Apr, 2017
    The Divine Union and the Secret Sacraments Part I
    A common theme emerges when we examine the symbolism behind the Ankh, the Shiva Lingam, and the Axis Mundi. All three symbols represent the Divine Union, an eternal force that is at the center of all creation. (Often symbolizing resurrection, and the Divine Light).
  5. Liberation Through Gnosis
    18 Apr, 2017
    Liberation Through Gnosis
    The central teaching of most religions is the essential experience of renunciation, salvation or liberation of the soul from the bondage of time, space, and matter. The need to liberate the spirit of man from this world, in which he is inadvertently bound or cast out into, is no doubt the most prevalent theme in religious texts...
  6. Other Ancient Egyptian Creation Myths
    10 Apr, 2017
    Other Ancient Egyptian Creation Myths
    Following the Heliopolitan ancient Egyptian creation myth, the priesthood in Memphis neatly rebutted the claims that Atum was the creator by claiming that Ptah used Atum as his agent of creation. The creation myth of the Memphis priesthood differed that of Heliopolis, according to them eight original beings (offten depicted as frogs or serpents) deposited on an island an egg out of which the Sun god emerged to begin the work of creation, by the power of his magical word (once again we can see
  7. Ancient Egyptian Creation Myths
    10 Apr, 2017
    Ancient Egyptian Creation Myths
    Although the ancient Egyptians where not primarily concerned with the creation of the world and men, some references to creation do exist in the Pyramid Texts, which dealt more with the destiny after death of the pharaohs of Egypt. The priests of Heliopolis composed the texts around 2500 BCE. incorporating the traditions about their god Atum, who was a rather mysterious deity who was also identified with the Sun god Re under a composite title Atum-Re (the Hidden Light). Various passages in the
  8. The Torah
    30 Mar, 2017
    The Torah
    Next is the Torah, an ancient Judaic collection of books attributed to Moses dating to around 900 BCE and possibly much earlier. Read the full text here: The Torah PDF
  9. The Classic of Poetry
    30 Mar, 2017
    The Classic of Poetry
    The Classic of Poetry, also Shijing or Shih-ching, translated variously as the Book of Songs, Book of Odes, or simply known as the Odes or Poetry is the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry, comprising 305 works dating from the 11th to 7th centuries BC. It is one of the "Five Classics" traditionally said to have been compiled by Confucius, and has been studied and memorized by scholars in China and neighboring countries over two millennia...
  10. The Atharvaveda
    30 Mar, 2017
    The Atharvaveda
    The Atharva (Atharvaveda from atharvāṇas and veda meaning "knowledge") is the "knowledge storehouse of atharvāṇas, the procedures for everyday life".
  11. The Samaveda
    30 Mar, 2017
    The Samaveda
    The Samaveda (sāmaveda, from sāman "song" and veda "knowledge"), is the Veda of melodies and chants. It is an ancient Vedic Sanskrit text, and part of the scriptures of Hinduism. One of the four Vedas, it is a liturgical text whose 1,875 verses are primary derived from the Rigveda. Three recensions of the Samaveda have survived, and variant manuscripts of the Veda have been found in various parts of India.
  12. The Yajurveda
    30 Mar, 2017
    The Yajurveda
    The Yajurveda (from yajus meaning "prose mantra" and veda meaning "knowledge") is the Veda of prose mantras. An ancient Vedic Sanskrit text, it is a compilation of ritual offering formulas that were said by a priest while an individual performed ritual actions such as those before the yajna fire. Yajurveda is one of the four Vedas, and one of the scriptures of Hinduism. KANDA I PRAPATHAKA I The New and Full Moon Sacrifices i. 1. 1. a For food thee, for strength thee! b Ye are winds, ye are
  13. The Story of Wenamun
    28 Mar, 2017
    The Story of Wenamun
    The Story of Wenamun is a literary text written in Hieratic in the Late Egyptian language. It is only known from one incomplete copy discovered in 1890 at Al-Hibah, Egypt dating to around 1050 BCE.
  14. The First Religious Ritual as Recorded in the Epic of Gilgamesh
    14 Mar, 2017
    The First Religious Ritual as Recorded in the Epic of Gilgamesh
    There exist a few slightly different versions of The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the versions has been available only to the elite scholars. Just so you understand the importance of the texts that are suppressed and ignored, here is what you have been missing (Only a brief part): One of the First Religious Rituals as Recorded in the Epic of Gilgamesh: "The priestess said to him, said to Enkidu: 'Come, Enkidu! Let us go to the place of the sheepfold'.
  15. The Epic of Erra
    05 Mar, 2017
    The Epic of Erra
    The Epic of Erra is an Akkadian poem dating to around 900 BCE., the poem must have been central to Babylonian culture because at least thirty-six copies have been recovered from five first-millennium sites including: Assur, Babylon, Nineveh, Sultantepe, Ur and others.
  16. Babylonian Theodicy
    05 Mar, 2017
    Babylonian Theodicy
    Babylonian Theodicy is a poem written within ancient Babylonia, it might also be known as An Akkadian dialogue on the unrighteousness of the world or The Babylonian Koheleth and is dated to around 1050 BCE.
  17. The Tale of Two Brothers
    05 Mar, 2017
    The Tale of Two Brothers
    The Tale of Two Brothers is an ancient Egyptian story, dating to around 1200 BCE.
  18. The Great Hymn to Aten
    05 Mar, 2017
    The Great Hymn to Aten
    The Great Hymn to Aten is the longest form of one of a number of hymnal poems written to the creator god Aten and attributed to King Akhenaten who radically changed traditional forms of Egyptian religion replacing them with Atenism, dating to around 1330 BCE.
  19. The Marriage of Nergal and Ereshkigal
    04 Mar, 2017
    The Marriage of Nergal and Ereshkigal
    The Marriage of Nergal and Ereshkigal is an ancient Akadian and Babylonian myth relating the marriage of two great Mesopotamian gods, Nergal the god of war and pestilence and Ereshkigal the goddess of the underworld. The text survived in a pretty good condition despite a few missing lines, dating to around 1400 BCE.

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