In the early 1600s, three manifestos were published describing an esoteric order founded by Christian Rosenkreuz. The Rosicrucian Order's secret teachings deal with the occult symbols of the rose and the cross and with mystical writings containing kabbalistic, Hermetic, and other doctrines. Practitioners claim occult powers and employ the terminology of alchemy to expound their mystical doctrines. According to the Rosicrucians, how does man attain divine wisdom?
Back in the day
In 1968, hundreds of civilians from the Vietnamese village of My Lai were massacred by US troops who were searching for Viet Cong fighters. Unable to locate any insurgents in My Lai, the soldiers became enraged and opened fire on the villagers, only stopping when a US helicopter pilot threatened to fire on the platoon. Nearly 2 years later, an investigative journalist broke the story, prompting widespread condemnation of the Vietnam War. How many of the soldiers were convicted for their crimes?
Born on a day like today
Rodin was a French sculptor noted for his renderings of the human form. He spent 37 years working on the Gate of Hell, a monumental sculptural group commissioned by the MusÃ©e des Arts decoratifs and inspired by Dante's Inferno. The project was never finished, but many of the 186 figures intended for it, including The Thinker, The Three Shades, and The Kiss, were later presented as individual works. Who was Camille Claudel?