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The Rosicrucians

Lecture no. 11 from the course: The Real History of Secret Societies

The Rosicrucians

Taught by Professor Richard B. Spence | 33 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Did you know there is a secret-society theme park right in the middle of Silicon Valley? Professor Spence introduces you to The Ancient and Mystical Order of the Rosae Crucis, or Rosy Cross, or just AMORC for short. AMORC might be the first commercially marketed secret society. During the early 20th century, the mystical order’s grand imperator, H. Spencer Lewis, advertised in magazines, radio, and comics, claiming that “The Secrets Entrusted to the Few,” including skills like levitation and telepathy, could be yours for a low price and enticing the likes of Walt Disney and L. Ron Hubbard. See how this group—or more accurately, the idea of this group—wove itself throughout both history and society.

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p********t
September 7, 2019
Lots of information. Would have liked more info on belief systems. Also, one big missing part is Scientology.

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n********m
August 24, 2019

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a********m
August 22, 2019
Professor Spence is great! This course is so interesting and informative. The images, music, and video make it more like an interesting docuseries! Great work!

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