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eBook The Dark History of the Occult: Magic, Madness and Murder epub
  • ISBN: 0785827137
  • Author: Paul Roland
  • Genre: Religion
  • Subcategory: Occult & Paranormal
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books, Inc. (September 25, 2011)
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • ePUB size: 1535 kb
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Paul Roland traces the history of esoteric beliefs and practices and analyses the myths and legends that continue to dominate the psyche of society. Unbiased and authoritative,Paul Roland has written a fascinating and in my opinion essential book that really digs deep into the subject matter and manages to lift the veil upon this unusual topic.

Black magic murders, Satanic sex cults and demonic possession are From tribal magic and shamanism . In this fully illustrated hardcover volume, occult expert Paul Roland traces the history of the Black Arts back to uncover profane rituals, infernal ceremonies and demonic invocations.

Black magic murders, Satanic sex cults and demonic possession are From tribal magic and shamanism, through the work of WB Yeats and Aleister Crowley, to black magic rituals and New Age nihilists, The Dark History of the Occult asks whether "satanic forces" are simply the emergence of the dark side of human nature, or whether we really have something to fear-namely, evil? .

Paul Roland is the author of more than twenty books including recently Investigating the Unexplained, Crime .

Paul Roland is the author of more than twenty books including recently Investigating the Unexplained, Crime Scenes, In the Minds of Murderers, The Complete Book of Ghosts, The Crimes of Jack the Ripper, The Nazis and the Occult, and Hauntings.

Black magic murders, Satanic sex cults and demonic possession – these are the diabolical practices that grab the tabloid headlines and reinforce the myth that evil and an unhealthy obsession with the occult are to blame for our increasingly violent society

Black magic murders, Satanic sex cults and demonic possession – these are the diabolical practices that grab the tabloid headlines and reinforce the myth that evil and an unhealthy obsession with the occult are to blame for our increasingly violent society.

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I have just recently finished reading A Dark History of the Occult by Paul Roland. I bought this book many years ago for its enticing cover and taboo subject; however, I didn’t read it for a long time despite being drawn in within the first line. Hell, the first 3 pages were genuine and immediately challenged my recently denounced Christian faith. As to why it took me years to pick up again, I can’t say, but I’m glad I did. The cover is beautiful and spans the eons of humanity’s existence, immediately foreshadowing the rich history of the occult.

Cogito and the History of Madness" is a paper by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida that critically responds to Michel Foucault's book the History of Madness.

A vivid history of the glittering Chicago World’s Fair and its dark sid. .The book whips back and forth from character to character, anecdote to anecdote, building plenty of momentum in the process. New York magazine, Best Pick of the Week. IN CHICAGO AT THE END of the nineteenth century amid the smoke of industry and the clatter of trains there lived two men, both handsome, both blue-eyed, and both unusually adept at their chosen skills. Each embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized the rush of America toward the twentieth century.

From tribal magic and shamanism, through the work of WB Yeats and Aleister Crowley, to black magic rituals and New Age nihilists, The Dark History of the Occult asks whether "satanic forces" are simply the emergence of the dark side of human nature, or whether we really have something to fear—namely, evil?Black magic murders, Satanic sex cults and demonic possession are the diabolical practices that grab tabloid headlines and reinforce the myth that evil and an unhealthy obsession with the occult are to blame for our increasingly violent society. But is the truth even more dark and disturbing? What evidence is there that evil entities can possess human beings and force them to commit horrific murders?In this fully illustrated hardcover volume, occult expert Paul Roland traces the history of the Black Arts back to uncover profane rituals, infernal ceremonies and demonic invocations. He explores the origins of our beliefs in devils and demons, and how the early Church created the cult of witchcraft to justify the persecution of followers of 'the old religion.' 
Comments: (5)
Mora
This is a somewhat entertaining read about some of the unusual aspects of the occult. Some areas are a bit weak, ( such as the earlier chapters concerning the nature of magic), while other areas I question. But when the author gets to the meat of the book, it is here that it shines. He vividly relates such things as the unstable magical world of Crowley, the obsessions of Spare, the dark mind of Lovecraft, the showmanship of LaVey, and the Satanic trappings of heavy metal, among many other strange happenings that accompany the occult world.
Shalinrad
The author tells you straight out in the first paragraph what his stance is on the subject of this book: He's there, "stating for a fact that there is no devil, Satan, Beelzebub, Lucifer or Old Nick in this world or the next." That certainly puts a damper on things, doesn't it? The author isn't shy about exposing his biases either: real witches of antiquity were evil, accused witches of the so-called Burning Times were victims of jealousy (and no one knows, not even Neo-pagans, how many accused witches were actually put to death), the founders of the Witchcraft Revival were charlatans and ego-maniacs (except for Dion Fortune who the author veritably worships), and Anton LaVey as well as Satanism in general is particularly despised. All connections between magic/paganism and rock-n-roll are thoroughly debunked. The one section I did enjoy and felt was presented professionaly was that on the panic over ritual murders by Satanic cults that had every family on alert back in the 80's (including my own).

Aesthetically, the paper the book is printed on is a delight for the fingers, the large text makes for easy reading, and the tome is chock full of gorgeous photos, sketches, and paintings (all black & white).
wanderpool
A very well researched book that looks into the darker side of the occult.Paul Roland traces
the history of esoteric beliefs and practices and analyses the myths and legends that continue to dominate the psyche of society.

This books covers subjects such as;the history of the devil/satan,witchcraft and magic(k) in
a style that as a fascinating and compelling.It is all here;The Nazis and the Occult,Crowley,
The Golden Dawn,Lovecraft,Wheatley,etc.The text also explains the influence of the 'dark
side' found in modern culture,through films,books and music.From films such as 'Haxan' to
to the many musicians who have been associated with 'the mysterious arts'.

Unbiased and authoritative,Paul Roland has written a fascinating and in my opinion essential
book that really digs deep into the subject matter and manages to lift the veil upon this
unusual topic.Some really cool pics too! Highly recommended!
Uranneavo
I loved this book. As a beginning Pagan student, I thought this to be a good brush up on some important highlights of the occult. I've read the other reviews here, and I can see what the others are saying. However, they must remember that this is one man's journey and his views on the occult. If we cannot write with conviction and certainty in what we believe to be true, then what can we ever hope to stand up and achieve? There has to be concrete beneath the ground we stand, so who are we to tell him where to put his feet?
SiIеnt
I purchased this book after finding a great deal on it, but I am incredibly disappointed. While this may be an excellent read for a common reader who doesn't know and doesn't care to have an in depth knowledge of the occult, I wouldn't recommend it for any student of the occult or anyone with prior knowledge of it. To keep this short I will only mention a couple of faults. Again, the introduction to this book, beginning with the bias statements or "facts", will turn away the majority of intellectuals who don't want to be told what to think and just want to hear a perspective on things, if not at least make them hesitate to read it. Continuing on with the book,the author is referring to "genuine satanists" on page 24 when he says that their core belief is Aleister Crowley's credo "Do what thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law". While the paragraph and the whole book are somewhat vague on what satanism is, it is known by occultists that the Church of Satan which was founded by Anton LaVey is unrelated to Crowley and his beliefs. Aleister Crowley developed the religious philosophy of Thelema and it is a common misconception that he was satanic. This does not imply that LaVey could not have been influenced by Crowley's work, but "genuine" satanists follow their nine basic principles, not Aleister Crowley's one. The only thing that these beliefs hold in common is a sense of hedonism or individual pleasure-seeking. These mistakes could have been overlooked, but on pages 76 and 83 he contradicts himself by stating first that Alex Sanders and then that Gerald Gardner was the self-proclaimed "king of the witches". These are not the only issues in the book and considering everything it is still an interesting collection on the subject. However, readers should beware of the obvious biases that are in the book. While not all of it is inaccurate, it is still misleading.
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