By John R. Hinnells

Complete, informative and authoritative, The Penguin instruction manual of the World's dwelling Religions is compiled via a group of best foreign students, and is the definitive advisor to the non secular trust structures and practices of the area this day. This in-depth survey of lively religions has now been totally up-to-date to incorporate glossy advancements and the newest scholarship. It explains the resources and heritage of the world's religions, contains fabric at the phenomenon of Black African and Asian diaspora religions around the globe and explores the function of gender in glossy religion.

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According to tradition, these four men carried with them the legendary Cathar treasure. But the Cathar treasure had been smuggled out of Montsegur three months before. And how much “treasure’, in any case - 45 - how much gold, silver or coin could three or four men carry on their backs, dangling from ropes on a sheer mountainside? If the four escapees were indeed carrying something, it would seem clear that they were carrying something other than material wealth. What might they have been carrying?

According to certain accounts, he was held strictly incommunicado and some historians regard him as a likely candidate for the Man in the Iron Mask. In the meantime the whole of his correspondence was confiscated by Louis XIV, who inspected all of it personally. In the years that followed the king went determinedly out of his way to obtain the original of Poussin’s painting, “Les Bergers d’Arcadie’. When he at last succeeded it was sequestered in his private apartments at Versailles. Whatever its artistic greatness, the painting would seem to be innocent enough.

Could “ET IN ARCADIA EGO’ also perhaps be an anagram? Could the verb have been omitted so that the inscription would consist only of certain precise letters? One of our television viewers, in writing to us, suggested that this might indeed be so and then rearranged the letters into a coherent Latin statement. The result was: I “FEGO ARCANA DEI (BEGONE! I CONCEAL THE SECRETS OF GOD) We were pleased and intrigued by this ingenious exercise. We did not realise at the time how extraordinarily appropriate the resulting - 31 - admonition was.

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