Subtitled An Outline of the Origins of Moon and Sun Worship, Astrology, Sex Symbolism, Mystic Meaning of Numbers, the Cabala, and Many Popular Customs, Myths, Superstitions and Religious Beliefs. Important information not easily found. Mythologist Jordan Maxwell was so impressed he created a three-part video series based on this material and wrote a Preface to the book.
|Publisher:||Book Tree, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
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Busenbark's work is probably the most incisive revealing research on the origins of spiritual concepts we've accepted without question for ages. He brings together historical, archeological & religious factoids perhaps purposely never discussed in academic circles but are surely needed. At times the material is overwhelming but worth attention if taken in spoonfuls. This along with the Golden Bough should be mandatory reading and a definitive companion to Joseph Campbell's collection. An excellent fictional interpretation can be found in SHOCHET, Redefininfpg the Meaning Of Ritual Slaughter.
If you are truly serious in your quest to deepen your knowledge and understanding of systems of religion and philosophy, then I would recommend that this book be on your shelf whether electronically or otherwise. Be prepared to be challenged, especially if you are used to a fundamentalist's way of thinking. Even though first published in 1949, this is highly relevant for nowadays, because Busenbark addresses the roots of religions and beliefs at their core, and the answers are right over our heads (literally). It has many examples and illustrations to help one understand the meaning of symbols that people tend to take for granted. The Bell blew my mind, but after thinking about it, I have to admit that it does make sense. (The bell is an ancient sexual symbol - a quite vulgar one at that used to signal holy gatherings.) Not an easy book to read from cover to cover, but more of a reference text that you can flip to particular sections. Excellent and RARE material, and worth keeping.