Mysteria, History of the Secret Doctrines & Mystic Rites of Ancient Religions & Medieval and Modern Secret Orders by Otto Henne am Rhyn



Today, a tsunami of totally erroneous information about Freemasons, Illuminati, Rosicrucians and secret societies cut & pastes its way on the Internet. Spread by people with as much knowledge of the subject, as of Chinese music.
Within this context, Mysteria is like an oasis in a desert. A must read for everyone who is curious about the facts behind the disinformation-hysteria, or who wants to explore the roots and history of still existing “secret” societies.

This book was composed by a Swiss freemason – an insider and historian in 1869 – who was posthumously banned by the Nazis. Yet despite this time span, in our days, it is more nurturing for the critical reader than ever before. Otto Henne am Rhyn takes you on a journey, back to the Mystery cults of ancient Egypt, Babylon and Greece, passes the Essenes, Orphics, Templars, the secret medieval tribunals and stone masons. This is followed by the rise of Freemasonry, insight in masonic organizations, structures and lodges who imitate Freemasonry or invented glamorous but meaningless degrees. Mysteria is also one of the very few publications, available in the English language, which offer reliable information about Adam Weishaupt’s Illuminati and the “role” of Freemasons and Illuminati in the French Revolution.


About the author

Otto Henne am Rhyn was born on August 26, 1828 in Sankt Gallen, Switzerland. He died on May 1, 1914 in Weiz, Styria, Austria-Hungary. He was a son of the historian Josef Anton Henne, called “von Sargans”. After marrying Elisabeth am Rhyn, a member of the important Lucerne family Am Rhyn, he added her name to his own family name. Otto worked as a journalist and historian, and his comprehensive cultural history was a major contribution to the development of the German Kulturgeschichte (History of Civilization) school.

After studying at the Swiss universities of Bern and Geneva, he taught German, geography, and history at the local school at Sankt Gallen (1857–59). Later he served as an administrator of his canton and as its archivist. In 1861 he was admitted to the Concordia Lodge in St. Gallen, and from 1873 to 1878 he conducted the Freimaurerzeitung (Freemason News) in Leipzig, and joined the Loge Balduin in Leipzig.

Read more about Otto Henne am Rhynn in the Post Scriptum of Mysteria.