Finally a board suitable to discuss Western and Eastern esoteric traditions on, through the secular lenses of history and anthropology! Thank you based Hiro!
I would like to kick off with a book recommendation. I just finished "The Book of Black Magic" by A.E. Waite and I love it. Waite offers a detailed but skeptical look at several influential grimoires of Renaissance era occultism. He reproduces many significant parts of these curious and rare books in English and provides lots of insightful commentary. I will doubtless return to it for reference again and again.
Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages
Witchcraft in the Middle Ages
Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Vol 1-6
The Complete Grimoire of Pope Honorius by David Rankine and Paul Henry Barron is also an excellent read if you are into grimoires. Joseph H. Peterson's Lemegeton is another one of my favorites.
Could anyone recommend a book similar to The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall? It's an excellent read but Hall was himself a devoted Christian mystic, so I'd like a book covering the entire general history of Western esotericism but less biased.
>For a brief period his Macedonian Empire was the most powerful in the world
What went wrong? Especially when you compare it to today
AS IF /POL/'S EDGINESS WASN'T ENOUGH, NOW THERE'S /B/ WITH THEIR TRAP THREADS
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> whines about /pol/
You're letting them win.
I'm just here to watch the board burn at this point.
Alright so before you start calling me a /pol/tard. How about we have a discussion about Germany under Hitler or the Wehrmacht in general?
Who are some quality historians to learn some real history?
What is it about eagle symbolism and power?
Being predatory birds with a cool aesthetic, eagles have a noble, powerful image
Its prominent use by the ebinly prestigious Roman Empire allowed it to spread
A lot of the uses are connected to countries trying to emulate Rome: Byzantines, Third Reich, Imperial Russia (muh Third Rome), etc.
Funny thing is, especially in relation to America, is bald eagles are such pussies
I see them get harassed by crows and seagulls
Ottoman Empire thread?
Ottoman Empire thread.
Its influence on the Balkans and the Middle East are very interesting to me and I would like to know more about them as a whole.
Why are Scots and Jews such degenerate scum?
Jews are historically the most degenerated people in the world, they seem to draw strength from how degenerate they can make society around them. Is it because Jews are the most nepotist inbred group in the world?
Tell me /his/
Bumping with historical societies dedicated to corrupting the world.
Hi /his/, what are your opinions on the Lebanese Civil War? I'm the son of Lebanese Christian Diaspora, and I'm curious in seeing what you believe.
Legacy of the French mandate. The Maronite Christians wanted to establish essentially a Christian state in Lebanon, despite being the minority, and the Muslims (both Shi'a and Sunni), who were the majority, were not happy.
Then the Israelis got involved and it all went to hell.
Virtually all scholars agree that the Maronites had become the minority by the time the French had left.
One of the major reasons the war happened was that the Muslims, especially the Shi'a, wanted to hold a nationwide census to determine religious demographics in Lebanon, knowing full well that they were in the majority, followed by the Sunnis, then the Christians. The Maronite ruling administration was adamantly opposed to any census, fearing it would legitimacy and power if it would take place.
Any students of Greek around here?
So the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt was a week ago.
What are your thoughts on this historic battle, and the Hundred Year's War in general?
Want to get into Agincourt?
30+ contemporary accounts, some of them from eyewitnesses of the battle, translated into modern English for your reading pleasure.
Esoteric shit, pictures and discussion
Who was melchizedek?
Who were the Pelasgians and how did they relate to the Minoans?
My personal guess is that the Pelasgians weren't really a unified presence in Greece, they were just scattered bands of peoples who the Greeks conquered on their way into greece.
As for their relationship to the Cretans, I believe that they may have shared an ancient ancestry, and that their ancestors split and left the mainland, eventually founding the Cycladic culture which evolved into the Minoan civilization.
Tell me /his/, why is China so biased when it comes to this guy? What gave Luo Guanzhong the idea that Liu Bei or Shu as a whole to even consider them "honorable" and "benevolent"?
Basically, Liu Bei is an individual who embodies secular rule and the power of law. This is something that Chinese rulers have always tried to emphasize in order to tamp down nationalism and economic rebellions. Unlike Cao Cao or other lesser warlords, Liu Bei did not have a reputation for capriciousness, personal cruelty, and a general disregard for the state in favor of gaining personal power. That's why he's been idealized.
>we cant even build pyramids in modern times
>thousands and thousands of ancient books refer to reptile like beings
>countless drawings of these beings found in the most ancient civilizations, even the ones that developed independent from each other
with respect to abrahamic religions, is it really all that crazy to suggest alien elements were involved in the creation of civilization?
I fucking hat the "building pyramids is impossible" myth. They found the fucking plans for it and everything. The Nubians, not really that sophisticated a people, learned to make fucking pyramids. You can still find some in Sudan.
Lizards and snakes are creepy and weird so it's awe-inspiring to fuse them with humanity for a divine figure. That's it.
>with respect to abrahamic religions, is it really all that crazy to suggest alien elements were involved in the creation of civilization?
1. HOW DOES THE QUESTION DIRECTLY RELATE TO ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS?
2. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION: NO.
3. THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT REPTILIANS ARE ACTUALLY FROM ANOTHER PLANET; THEY COULD HAVE BEEN ON EARTH SINCE BEFORE HUMANS EVEN EXISTED, PHYSICALLY, OR ETHEREALLY; ID EST: IN THE THIRD DIMENSION, OR IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION.
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This is Dr. Douglas M. Kelley. He was the prison psychiatrist responsible for monitoring the mental health of the high ranking Nazis as they awaited trial in Nuremberg.
He killed himself because after studying the defeated nazis, he couldn't identify an underlying illness that drove the nazis to commit the crimes they did. He discovered that Nazis were normal people who did extremely bad things, and concluded that anyone, anywhere was capable of doing what they did. This drove him insane so he killed himself.
If you can't handle working with the minds of people who do fucked up shit, you probably shouldn't work as a psychiatrist analysing war criminals.
From his wiki:
> He committed suicide in front of his wife and children on New Year's Day 1958 by ingesting a capsule of potassium cyanide.
Sounds like a bit of a cunt, to be honest.