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Lecture: The Geometry of Mystery: The Egyptian Revival & Secret Societies

  • The Bellevue Club 525 Bellevue Avenue Oakland, CA, 94610 United States (map)

The Geometry of Mystery: The Egyptian Revival & Secret Societies
An illustrated lecture by Adam G. Kendall

The opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 set off a world-wide craze for all things Egyptian-inspired, but it was by no means the first wave of “Egyptomania.” Ancient Egypt has been a land of mystery and wonder for the West for three thousand years. It has influenced art, architecture, mathematics, literature and religion. This presentation is an examination of the real and imaged cultural legacy of Ancient Egypt, the history of the romanticism of this venerable civilization, and how its powerfully influential tradition of exotic and esoteric wisdom claimed by secret societies and mystical fraternities is only loosely based upon historical reality. Since the exotic and mysterious decor of Oakland's Scottish Rite building has helped to inspire this year’s theme, we are pleased to welcome this special speaker.

Adam G. Kendall is an ADSC member and for over 14 years has been a recognized scholar of Masonic history, presenting at several international symposia, as well as producing exhibits, historical video scripts and publications.

No-host cocktails at 3pm, lecture at 4pm.

$10 for ADSC and Bellevue Club members, $15 for non-members.

The Dining Room at the Bellevue Club will be open that evening at 5:30. Dinner reservations are required by March 31 if you so choose; please call 510-451-1000.