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Editorial 27 Glossary to The Secret Mountain

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Glossary with The Secret Mountain

Recently we presented on this website the mystical stories of The Secret Mountain and Other Tales by Kenneth Morris, which have a deep theosophical basis. They are not only enjoyable to read, but have a very deep content due to the author’s meditations on the deeper, even esoteric, meaning of mythological literature from the Celts, the Chinese, Persia, India and others. All his works are based on ancient myths from the hoary past and from East to West, from China through Asia and Europe to the Pre-colombian Americas.

The Secret Mountain and other Tales is a collection taken from various cultures. It is the habit of Kenneth Morris to rather let you intuitively ponder the meaning of things, then to fix you on facts – that may attract your attention to the mind-side of the myths rather than to the heart-side of them. Nevertheless the editors of Daily Theosophy thought it useful to look up a number of localities, names and historical contexts of the stories, for those who wish to study these stories in their wider contexts. In our days much more is available to the public of these various cultures than in the days when Kenneth Morris wrote in the early part of the twentieth century. Thus we composed this small Glossary.

Because the online publication of The Secret Mountain is a scan from the original printed book, it was not possible to make links directly from the text to the Glossary. We also published a translation of each of the stories in Dutch as De Geheime Berg en andere vertellingen – in which we could make links from the terms in the text directly to the Dutch translation of the Glossary terms.

Never forget that Kenneth Morris’ writings are, though written in the typical style of his time, indeed perennial and universal in their contents, and their value might well be enjoyed by people living in centuries in the future:

Glossary to The Secret Mountain and Other Tales