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Books of omnipotence: what pharaohs and kings forbade their subjects to read

Books of omnipotence: what pharaohs and kings forbade their subjects to read 1

All the rulers loved to burn books. But these volumes were strictly forbidden: it was believed that they held the key to absolute power.

The Sacred Book of Thoth is about how to revive humanity and communicate with spirits

According to the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, Thoth was a kind of mediator who transmitted the “word of the Gods” to people. He himself belonged to them – he was revered as the god of wisdom and the patron of sciences. 

In ancient Egypt, there was a legend that Thoth knew the secret of Atlantis, that it was he who became the keeper of the ancient knowledge of a civilization destroyed in an unknown way. But the most mysterious and powerful of his books is the “Emerald Tablet”, or “The Sacred Book of Thoth”, written ten thousand years ago on thin gold plates (there were 78 of them). 

On many of these plates were written the secrets of the Atlanteans: it was they, according to legend, that allowed the Egyptians to build such a highly developed civilization.

Unfortunately, practically nothing of the former wisdom has survived to this day. The information from the gold plates was copied into papyrus, but then the Inquisition hastened to destroy these leaves, zealously fighting heresy. The golden pages were also gradually lost. All that remains is a few sheets of old papyrus stored in Egypt, in the Library of Alexandria.

But the “Book of Thoth” contained the secret of the revival of mankind, she told how to communicate with spirits, raise the dead and influence the consciousness of people …

It is believed that this book has reached our days in the form of Tarot cards, that ancient knowledge is encrypted in them and that they are a model of the magical Universe.

Jiang’s Stanzas – an alien legacy

Helena Blavatskaya (a Russian noblewoman in the occult sciences) spoke about this ancient manuscript in her work The Secret Doctrine. Jiang’s Stanzas are considered one of the most mysterious books in history. They said that aliens from Venus passed it on to people, and that the book contains unique knowledge, thanks to which one can compose a complete picture of the universe.

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One of the initiates who had the right to touch this book was the ancient Greek healer and seer Apollonius of Tyana. He received “Jiang’s Stanzas” from Indian priests.Blavatsky’s copy of the Stanzas also came as a gift from the priests with whom she became friends during her travels in India. 

Barely returning from her trip, Madame Blavatsky translated the book into English, and hid the original in a safe. The next time she was in India, she suddenly received threats: the brahmanas demanded that the book be returned to them, otherwise Blavatsky was threatened with a terrible death.

Sh did not attach any importance to these threats. But soon she fell seriously ill and only miraculously returned to life. Every now and then she was haunted by strange mystical events – they tried to blow her up, shoot her.

She managed to write the “Secret Doctrine” based on the knowledge obtained from the “Stanzas”, but the book kept in a locked safe disappeared without a trace, and Blavatsky herself died.

Secrets of the Worm – Lost Warlock Manuscript

Tertius Sibelius was born around 280 AD and was destined to become a Roman warrior. By right of the strong, this guy often took away from people (less often – bought) all kinds of artifacts. Most of all, he was interested in the papyrus scrolls, in which one could find rare information of religious and philosophical content.

Among these papyri, Sibelius had a special attitude to the black books. Under the guidance of one of the Ethiopian warlocks, he himself wrote the book “Secrets of the Worm”, which became a guide for the founders of all kinds of satanic sects.

Christian emperors later banned Sibelius’s creation and tried to destroy the god-loathing book. But, as they say, even today it “pops up” here and there, in some abandoned second-hand bookstores. Although, of course, it is not necessary to speak about the authenticity of these books, passed off as the revelations of Sibelius.

Is the Necronomicon a trendy hoax or a dangerous spellbook?

The author of the grimoire book (that is, containing the texts of spells and magical rites to summon otherworldly entities) is called the American horror writer Howard Lovecraft. It is said that Lovecraft, having finished writing “Necronomicon” and realizing what kind of “time bomb” he had created, he himself was mortally frightened and destroyed his work. 

And then he began to spread rumors that the Necronomicon was just a hoax, that he invented this book in order to terrify his contemporaries. It is not known which of this is true and which is fiction, only other writers began to create their own “Necronomicons” and claim that their books can help summon the ancient terrible gods into the real world and change it forever. 

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If that’s true, it’s good that the original Necronomicon is gone. If it even existed, of course.

“The Voynich Manuscript” – you can see, you cannot read

Author unknown. Language is unknown. It is also impossible to say what the book is about, because it consists of many encrypted messages and incomprehensible drawings. For five centuries no one has been able to decipher it.

It was far from random people who were engaged in this decoding. The Voynich Manuscript, named after a bookseller who found an ancient book by accident, in the ruins of books, tried to unravel the largest scientists involved in cryptography, as well as cryptanalysts of the Second World War. The book is currently kept in the Yale University Library. One of the versions says that the Voynich Manuscript is something like an ancient textbook on medicine or pharmacology. However, this version is just an assumption. Like others – about, for example, that the book teaches power over the world.

In 2016, one of the Spanish publishers received the right to publish about a thousand copies of the “Manuscript”: rumors about this mysterious book aroused very strong interest. Thus, ordinary people got access to this artifact and can try to unravel its secret: the text is available on the Internet.

“Apocrypha” – the church forbids them, but keeps them

The official Church does not recognize the “Apocrypha”, because they tell stories on biblical subjects that were not included in the Bible and appeared before Christianity took shape as a religion. Some of the “Apocryphal” the church calls satanic, some of them were included in the Kabbalistic books.

It is forbidden to read the “Apocrypha” in the church, and if one of the ministers violates this ban, he is defrocked. However, sometimes the content of the “Apocrypha” is used as an illustration for events about which the Holy Scripture is silent, but which are considered to be reliable.

So, among the “Apocrypha” – and the Gospel, the authors of which are called the disciples of Jesus. They are kept at the Vatican. In the Middle Ages, anyone who dared to stick his nose into the Apocrypha was immediately burnt at the stake.

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