This comprehensive source book explores and interprets ancient customs, beliefs, and practices from the dawn of human history to the present day with thousands of entries on legends, literature, history, and famous individuals. Drawing upon a wealth of diverse sources, this encyclopaedia addresses contemporary interests and provides a reference work in the fields of mysticism and the occult. There is an extensive system of cross-references provided for most entries. Today there perhaps is a broader mix of spiritual and occult practices than has ever been seen before in Western culture. "Mysticism and the Occult - A Concise Encyclopedia" is a source of information and ideas for anyone interested in the esoteric or spiritual disciplines.