Rahn’s personal diary from his travels as occult investigator for the Third Reich
• First English translation of the author’s journeys in search of a Nordic equivalent to Mt. Sinai
• Explains why Lucifer the Light Bringer, god of the heretics, is a positive figure
Otto Rahn’s lifelong search for the Grail brought him to the attention of the SS leader Himmler, who shared his esoteric interests. Induced by Himmler to become the chief investigator of the occult for the Nazis, Rahn traveled throughout Europe--from Spain to Iceland--in the mid 1930s pursuing leads to the Grail and other mysteries. Lucifer’s Court is the travel diary he kept while searching for “the ghosts of the pagans and heretics who were [his] ancestors.” It was during this time that Rahn grasped the positive role Lucifer plays in these forbidden religions as the bearer of true illumination, similar to Apollo and other sun gods in pagan worship.
This journey was also one of self-discovery for Rahn. He found such a faithful echo of his own innermost beliefs in the lives of the heretics of the past that he eventually called himself a Cathar and nurtured ambitions of restoring that faith, which had been cruelly destroyed in the fires of the Inquisition. His journeys on assignment for the Reich--including researching an alleged entrance to Hollow Earth in Iceland and searching for the true mission of Lucifer in the caves of southern France that served as refuge for the Cathars during the Inquisition--also led to his disenchantment with his employers and his mysterious death in the mountains after his break with the Nazis.
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I found " Lucifer's Court " far more interesting reading then " Crusade Against the Grail ", Rahn's other book. Not that " Crusade Against The Grail " is not a good book on the subject - it is. However It is more of a straight history of the Cathars and the Grail. More objective. What I like about " Lucifer's Court " is it's more subjective style as a journal of Rahn's travels and insights. One feels like they are on the road with Rahn as he moves from Southern France to Italy, the Tyrol, through the Brenner Pass and beyond. It is a journey full of quaint side glances and romantic musings of people, places and things he encounters and learns of in his own journey's quest. It takes him along the ancient amber route to the north of Germany, Britian and on across the North Sea to Iceland. After reading this book I felt like I knew a great deal more about Rahn as the romantic human being he was. His personality and spirit comes through in this book. For years I have read extracts and...
"Lucifer's Court" comes with a warning that its insidious evil will require a very circumspect approach, but in our contemporary era (post - "Indiana Jones") it is not quite that bad, except perhaps for fundamentalist literalists of all stripes. This is a terrific reference source for those who wondered why German and French mythology seemingly doesn't exist, yet Norse, Roman, and Greek gods and sagas remain familiar. The writer is not particularly anti-semitic, and his observations provide many clues as to the basis for Germany's hideous descent into darkness that followed his suspicious death. It is, however, distinctly anti-Catholic and anti-Papist, with many valid reasons given for this point of view. The Journal of Psycho History often cites child abuse as being one of the major causes of German reactions against "filth", and French apathy at the rise of the Third Reich, but upon attaining a thorough understanding of "Lucifer's Court", it will become apparent that the Nazis...
Not in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I'd read--let alone review--a book written by a member of the Nazi SS, even written while the author was on the SS pay roll.
But here we are.
There are two lines of thought that would advise against reading this book: either its contents promote anti-Semitism and/or publication of the book encourages the growing momentum of neo-Nazi historic revisionism. The latter is probably more insidious than the first in the sense that with each new generation Nazi crimes fade from collective memory, further into the past. For example, I posted an Amazon review that commented on Robert Eisenmen's The New Testament Code (highly recommended.) Eisenmen details the anti-Semitism contained in the New Testament. One person commented: "Anti-Semitism...isn't that something associated with the Nazis way back in World War II?" The reader was implying that anti-Semitism was something that only existed in the 1940's & confined to...
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