Lucifer's Court: A Heretic's Journey in Search of the Light by Otto Rahn

By Otto Rahn

Rahn’s own diary from his travels as occult investigator for the 3rd Reich • First English translation of the author’s trips looking for a Nordic such as Mt. Sinai • Explains why Lucifer the sunshine Bringer, god of the heretics, is a favorable determine Otto Rahn’s lifelong look for the Grail introduced him to the eye of the SS chief Himmler, who shared his esoteric pursuits. prompted via Himmler to develop into the manager investigator of the occult for the Nazis, Rahn traveled all through Europe–from Spain to Iceland–in the mid Nineteen Thirties pursuing ends up in the Grail and different mysteries. Lucifer’s courtroom is the go back and forth diary he saved whereas trying to find “the ghosts of the pagans and heretics who have been [his] ancestors.” It used to be in this time that Rahn grasped the confident function Lucifer performs in those forbidden religions because the bearer of real illumination, just like Apollo and different sunlight gods in pagan worship. This trip was once additionally one in all self-discovery for Rahn. He came across any such devoted echo of his personal innermost ideals within the lives of the heretics of the earlier that he ultimately known as himself a Cathar and nurtured objectives of restoring that religion, which have been cruelly destroyed within the fires of the Inquisition. His trips on project for the Reich–including gaining knowledge of an alleged front to hole Earth in Iceland and looking out for the real venture of Lucifer within the caves of southern France that served as shelter for the Cathars throughout the Inquisition–also ended in his disenchantment along with his employers and his mysterious demise within the mountains after his holiday with the Nazis.

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