Not all that secret anymore

The Secret DoctrineThe Secret Doctrine by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For many years folks have said there was a lot of H.P. Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine in the Phantacea Mythos. Since I’d never read it I always poo-poohed the notion. Some time ago, while on a book buying quest for something a least ostensibly non-fictional I spotted this version, which was abridged and annotated by Michael Gomes.It’s relatively short at 255 pages and has a decent index so I picked it up and recently finished it.

Have to say that, as far as this sort of thing goes, it’s no Manly P Hall, whom I have used as a reference. No Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Legends either. It certainly didn’t strike me as all that insightful but that could be the abridgement, too much sacrificed for brevity. As for the annotations, there could have been a whole lot more.

Then again Blavatsky herself spends most of the second part of the book providing her own annotations in the form of commentary. It’s actually more interesting than the Secret Doctrine itself, which certainly traffics in admittedly unknowable, ages ago and far, far from now speculation. I’ll keep it on my shelf but don’t expect it’ll need to be chained there. It’s all bit ho-hum.

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