MYSTERY HERMETIC CULTS Theosophy SCARCE 1929 1ST PAGAN REGENERATION A Study of Mystery Initiations in the Graeco-Roman World
PAGAN REGENERATION A Study of Mystery Initiations in the Graeco-Roman World by Harold R. Willoughby
Published by The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1929. First edition, first printing, September 1929. Hardcover, purple cloth with black printing on the cover and gilt printing on the spine, 8.25" x 5.5", 307 pages. GOOD CONDITION: ex library with the usual stamps, shelf numbers, marks, and a bookplate. Ex lib aside the covers are sunned, have shelf, corner-tip, spine-end wear, and the rear cover has an area of white off-setting probably from old white paint in the bookshelf, but remain solid and fairly bright, internally just a touch of age, and a former owner's name stamp, otherwise tight, bright and clean. A scarce 1929 first edition lacking the paper jacket.
A central text on the Mystery Religions and Secret Cults which flourished in the archaic Greco-Roman world and greatly influenced the development of Christianity in the centuries before and after Christ. The early church developed during a time of diverse pagan religions which were assimilated into the central tenets of Christianity. These pagan superstitious magical belief systems and philosophical cults include Orphism, the adherents of which developed the Eleusinian Mystery Festivals an orgiastic worship of Dionysus, the Cult of the Great Mother Cybele, the rite of the Taurobolium, the religions of Mithras, and of Isis and Osiris, and the Hermetic writings. Knowledge of the Mystery Religions is important for any serious study of the occult.
HAROLD RIDEOUT WILLOUGHBY (1890-1962) Author, Bible Scholar, Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, and member of the Federated Theological faculty at the University of Chicago.