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The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth about the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasony
     

The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth about the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasony

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by Jay Kinney
 

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The Masonic Myth by Jay Kinney is an accessible and fascinating history of the Freemasons that sheds new light on this secret fraternity. A nonfiction look at the mysterious and wrongly maligned ancient society that plays a major role in The Lost Symbol, the new novel by Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code), Kinney’s The Masonic Myth

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The Masonic Myth by Jay Kinney is an accessible and fascinating history of the Freemasons that sheds new light on this secret fraternity. A nonfiction look at the mysterious and wrongly maligned ancient society that plays a major role in The Lost Symbol, the new novel by Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code), Kinney’s The Masonic Myth debunks the myths as it reveals the truth about the Freemasons, their history, and their secret symbols and rituals—a truth that is far more fascinating than all the conspiracy theories combined.

Editorial Reviews

Jim Tresner 33 degrees Grand Cross
"... a book which has the excitement of a thriller with the benefit of being factual. This is real-life (as opposed to "reality") Freemasonry. And it’s a great story!"
Joscelyn Godwin
“This should be the first book anyone reads about Freemasonry. Even those who know a lot about it will benefit from the broad and generous perspective that the founder of “Gnosis Magazine” brings to it.”
Jim Tresner 33° Grand Cross
“... a book which has the excitement of a thriller with the benefit of being factual. This is real-life (as opposed to “reality”) Freemasonry. And it’s a great story!”
Boing Boing
“...highly-readable and down-to-earth. Backed up by much scholarly research, Kinney methodically examines, and then busts common myths about Masons.”
beliefnet
Kinney’s book, “Masonic Myth,” delves into the mysterious history of the Freemasons and carefully dispels rumors and misconceptions about the brotherhood.
bookgasm
“The Masonic Myth finally sets the record straight about the Freemasons, revealing that the truth is far more compelling than the stories.”
January Magazine
“Kinney does a great job of sharing a whole lot of never-before-seen inside stuff in an easily understood way.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060822569
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
349,998
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are Saying About This

Joscelyn Godwin
“This should be the first book anyone reads about Freemasonry. Even those who know a lot about it will benefit from the broad and generous perspective that the founder of “Gnosis Magazine” brings to it.”
Jim Tresner
“... a book which has the excitement of a thriller with the benefit of being factual. This is real-life (as opposed to “reality”) Freemasonry. And it’s a great story!”

Meet the Author

Jay Kinney is coauthor of Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions. For fifteen years, he was publisher and editor-in-chief of Gnosis, the premier journal covering esoteric traditions and spiritual paths. In addition, Kinney is a member of Mill Valley Lodge #356 and Mission Lodge #169, F&AM, in California; a member of the York Rite; and a 32° KCCH in the Scottish Rite. He has twice been a speaker at the California Masonic Symposium, and is a recipient of the Albert G. Mackey Award for Excellence in Masonic Research. He has extensive contacts within Freemasonry and, as librarian and director of research for the San Francisco Scottish Rite, has access to many resources and Masonic records that have eluded most popular writers on this topic.

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The Masonic Myth 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
We've all heard about secret societies and their rituals. THE MASONIC MYTH takes you on a journey that allows you to understand the Freemasons. Find out the reasons behind certain symbols and rituals that have been concealed for hundreds of years. I'm always up for a good conspiracy theory or secret society book, so when I was given the option to review this book, I just had to get my hands on it. I was not disappointed! This book opened my eyes wider than I thought possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and enjoyed all the detail, documented information and photos. It helped me learn more about how the masonic order and the masons developed versus the imagine portrayed by fiction and individual making assumptions. It's a good read if you're interested in the history of the masons.
BHS More than 1 year ago
Kinney's writing is clear, descriptive and factual. There are good drawings of the topics described and I learned what I wanted to know about Masonry. Finally, it's clear.
CathyG More than 1 year ago
Thorough, informative writing explaining the history & mythology surrounding the much misunderstood & maligned Masonic brotherhood.At times the names of central figures and organizations were somewhat confusing for me to keep strraight, but in all accounts the book is entertaining and factual for those interested in understanding "the Craft."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And a real true book I would know
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Then got book. Didnt know so many famous people in history were masons
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Yep. And I got just the person! Or pony... she's probably in her pony form... *A pink pony with poofy pink mane and tail, light blue eyes, and three balloon on her flank hops in.* Nopony should be bored! *Passes out cupcakes.*
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She licks the frosting. "Ooh, tapioca! Does it matter that I act childish when I'm 600 years old?"