The Mysteries of Trebitsch-Lincoln: Con-man, Spy, ‘Counter-Initiate’?

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By Dr. RICHARD B. SPENCE — Whatever else may be said about Ignatius Timothy Trebitsch-Lincoln, few can match his resume. He started life in Hungary in 1879 as plain Ignacz Trebitsch, the son of a prosperous orthodox Jewish family. He ended it sixty-four years later in Shanghai as the Abbot Chao Kung. Or at least he probably did. In between, using innumerable aliases, Trebitsch played the parts of actor, petty thief, convicted forger, Christian missionary, Anglican curate, Buddhist monk, member … [Read more...]

The Captain Cook Conspiracy

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By GREG JEFFERYS — Historians and archaeologists consistently ignore solid evidence that Captain James Cook was not the first European to discover Australia while government agencies regularly prohibit access to shipwreck sites which would uncover proof for this assertion. Why is the true history of Australia being covered up? Why does history treat Captain Cook so kindly, despite the fact that in his later years he was an extraordinarily irritable man who, over the most trivial matters, … [Read more...]

Behold the Green Dragon: The Myth & Reality of an Asian Secret Society

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Dr. RICHARD SPENCE — History certainly has no shortage of enigmatic or controversial brotherhoods, orders, lodges and societies. The Knights Templar, for instance, are a perennial object of fascination and speculation. Whether the Templars were the inspiration for the no less controversial Freemasons, a band of depraved heretics or the innocent victims of a conspiracy born of greed and envy remains a topic of lively debate. What no one can contest, however, is that the Knights existed. The … [Read more...]

Men of Mystery: Raymond Abellio & Jean Parvulesco – Their Vision of a New Europe

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By STEPHAN CHALANDON & PHILIP COPPENS— Raymond Abellio and Jean Parvulesco are two prominent French esotericists who have visualised and tried to implement a roadmap for what Europe – and the Western world as a whole – should become. It is a future where the real role of the Priory of Sion comes into its own. Raymond Abellio claimed that the Flemish occultist S.U. Zanne, pseudonym of Auguste Van de Kerckhove (1838-1923), was amongst the greatest initiates of the modern era. But hardly … [Read more...]

Red Star Over Shambhala: Soviet, British and American Intelligence & the Search for Lost Civilisation in Central Asia

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BY DR. RICHARD SPENCE On his way across the wastes of Mongolia in 1921, Polish writer and refugee Ferdinand Ossendowski witnessed some strange behaviour on the part of his Mongol guides. Stopping their camels in the middle of nowhere, they began to pray in great earnestness while a strange hush fell over the animals and everything around. The Mongols later explained that this ritual happened whenever “the King of the World in his subterranean palace prays and searches out the destiny of all … [Read more...]

The British Occult Secret Service, The Untold Story

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By MICHAEL HOWARD — Since the time of Elizabeth I, British secret services have worked according to the principle of ‘the end justifies the means’. Money, bribery, blackmail – these are their recruitment methods... – Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), October 2007 It is not really surprising that historically occultism and espionage have often been strange bedfellows. The black art of espionage is about obtaining secret information and witches, … [Read more...]

The Bad Samaritan: Behind the Lies and Cover-ups about the Man Believed to be God

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By LYNN PICKNETT & CLIVE PRINCE — It is remarkable what happens when you abandon your preconceptions about Christianity – hard though that might be, if, like us, you were brought up as a churchgoer – and approach the subject as objectively as possible. When we began our latest book, The Masks of Christ: Behind the Lies and Cover-ups About the Man Believed to be God, we thought we had already reached certain conclusions in our 1997 The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True … [Read more...]

The “Bloody” Baron von Ungern-Sternberg: Madman or Mystic?

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By DR. RICHARD SPENCE — My name is surrounded with such hate and fear that no one can judge what is true and what is false, what is history, and what is myth.1 – Baron Roman Fedorovich von Ungern-Sternberg, 1921 In Mongolia, there was a legend of the warrior prince, Beltis-Van. Noted for his ferocity and cruelty, he spilled “floods of human blood before he found his death in the mountains of Uliasutay.”2 His slayers interred the corpses of the Prince and his followers deep in earth, … [Read more...]

G.I. Gurdjieff & the Hidden History of the Sufis

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By VICTORIA LEPAGE — Sufism belongs in spirit to the modern age. It has an affinity with it; it is in tune with secularism, with the modern thirst for objective knowledge. Yet the Sufi tradition is immensely old. In some quarters a belief still persists that it is a mystical offshoot of Islam, but most reliable sources claim it is far older than the Muslim religion. Evidence is emerging that suggests the tentacles of the brotherhood reach out to many religions and cultures and extend … [Read more...]

A Pagan Christ? Reflections on the Real Christmas Story

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By RICHARD SMOLEY — Strictly speaking, a pagan Christ is a contradiction in terms. The very concept of paganism was constructed by Christians who wanted to distinguish their faith from the old religion of Greece and Rome, which by the end of classical antiquity was observed only by peasants in remote rural areas – the pagani, or “country people,” or – to use words that are similar in tone – rustics, rubes, hayseeds. So there can be no pagan Christ. Paganism is all that Christianity is … [Read more...]