LOST TEACHINGS OF THE CATHARS: Their Beliefs and Practices Book
Centuries after the brutal slaughter of the Cathars by papally endorsed Northern French forces and their suppression by the Inquisiton, the medieval Cathars continue to exert a powerful influence on both popular culture and spiritual seekers. Yet few people know anything of the beliefs of the Cathars beyond vague notions that they believed in reincarnation, were vegetarians, were somehow Gnostic, and had some relation to Mary Magdalene.
Smith explores the history of this Christian dualist movement between the 12th and 14th centuries, offering a sympathetic yet critical examination of its beliefs and practices. As well as investigating the origin of the Cathars, their relationship to the ancient Gnostics of the early centuries A.D., and the possibility that they survived the Inquisition in some way, the author also addresses recent renewed interest in Catharism.
5X8 P/B, 260 pp.