By Otto Rahn

Rahn’s own diary from his travels as occult investigator for the 3rd Reich • First English translation of the author’s trips looking for a Nordic resembling Mt. Sinai • Explains why Lucifer the sunshine Bringer, god of the heretics, is a favorable determine Otto Rahn’s lifelong look for the Grail introduced him to the eye of the SS chief Himmler, who shared his esoteric pursuits. caused by way of Himmler to develop into the manager investigator of the occult for the Nazis, Rahn traveled all through Europe–from Spain to Iceland–in the mid Thirties pursuing ends up in the Grail and different mysteries. Lucifer’s court docket is the go back and forth diary he stored whereas looking for “the ghosts of the pagans and heretics who have been [his] ancestors.” It used to be in this time that Rahn grasped the confident position Lucifer performs in those forbidden religions because the bearer of precise illumination, just like Apollo and different sunlight gods in pagan worship. This trip was once additionally one among self-discovery for Rahn. He came across this type of trustworthy echo of his personal innermost ideals within the lives of the heretics of the prior that he ultimately known as himself a Cathar and nurtured targets of restoring that religion, which have been cruelly destroyed within the fires of the Inquisition. His trips on task for the Reich–including gaining knowledge of an alleged front to hole Earth in Iceland and looking out for the real challenge of Lucifer within the caves of southern France that served as safe haven for the Cathars in the course of the Inquisition–also ended in his disenchantment along with his employers and his mysterious loss of life within the mountains after his holiday with the Nazis.

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Cicero, Redner, Politiker und Philosoph, verfaßte Texte, die Reflexionen über Religionen beinhalten. Direkt religions theoretische Schriften, zumeist mit breitem doxographischen Überblick über die griechische Philosophie, bilden die Abhandlungen Über das Wesen der Götter und Über die Wahrsagung. Daneben besitzen wir Reden, die sehr häufig Religion als Argument heranziehen, als etwas, was er mit seinen Zuhörern teilt, was Über- Quellen 47 einstimmung und Wohlwollen seiner Zuhörer mit ihm herstellt.

Wiederum kaum mehr als fünf Prozent dieses (lateinisch fiscus), nämlich etwa zehn bis fünfzig Millionen Sesterzen, machten die laufenden Kosten für die stadtrömischen Spiele und Priesterschaften aus. Dem traten freilich private Aufwendungen an die Seite, die im Einzelfall die Größenordnung des öffentlichen Jahresetats erreichen konnten: Nach einer in Plinius' N aturgeschichte überlieferten Nachricht soll der Ädil Marcus Aemilius Scaurus im Jahr 58 v. Chr. allein für die szenischen Dekorationen dreißig Millionen Sesterzen aufgebracht haben - noch lange nicht der Rekord, wie Cicero ein Jahrzehnt später mit Blick auf Pompeius bemerkt.

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