Mysticism and Alchemy through the Ages

The Quest for Transformation


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About the Book

An in-depth look into the foundations of mysticism and alchemy, this book describes both physical and spiritual aspects of the various theories and practices of transformation, with attention to the beliefs of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sufism, Tantrism, Taoism and Yoga. The connection between early mystical pursuits and the development of alchemy from ancient China, India, and Egypt through Moorish Spain and into Latin Europe are illuminated, along with the activities of early alchemists. The book, which is heavily illustrated, describes the beliefs, experiments, and secret messages that drew the believers and dreamers of the world together in search of wealth and immortality.

About the Author(s)

Gary Edson, professor emeritus of museum science at the Center for Advanced Study of Museum Science and Heritage Management at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, was executive director of the Museum for 25 years. The author of numerous books and articles on museum practices, he lives and works in Taiwan, R.O.C.

Bibliographic Details

Gary Edson

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 308
Bibliographic Info: 78 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6531-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9088-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

One. The Great Mastery 5

Two. Searching for the Absolute 27

Three. Mysticism and the Harmony of Order 50

Four. The Nature of Phenomena: Mysticism, Magic, and Myths 76

Five. Secret Language of Mysticism 108

Six. Principles and Techniques of Transformation 137

Seven. The Transformers 155

Eight. Prima Materia 192

Nine. Secret Messages of the Mind 213

Ten. Transformation and Transcendence 238

Chapter Notes 255

Bibliography 279

About the Illustrations 293

Index 295