|Title:||Tiandi Hui 天地會 The Hong-league|
|Publisher:||Eric Serejski (Ed.)|
|Number of pages:||408|
This work, along with Stanton’s Triad Society and Essays on the Tiandi Hui or Triad Society, is published in the effort to provide material in the cross-cultural study of initiatory processes, particularly those related to Freemasonry. To those, one should also consult W. P. Morgan, Triad Societies in Hong Kong (1960), B. J. Ter Harr, Ritual and Mythology of the Chinese Triads (2000) and J. S. M. Ward and W. G. Stirling, The Hung Society or the Society of Heaven and Earth (3 volumes, 1925–1926). To those, one may include Hanegaaff’s Textbooks Introductions to Western Esotericism (2012) and the various works of René Guénon on esotericism in general, freemasonry, and the concept of Triad in particular. Those studies constitute the foundation to promote novel investigations in the field of study of Freemasonry. In this case, the enquiry is based on two esoteric societies that emerged approximatively at the same time and, within a similar societal (industrial and pre-industrial phase) evolution, the Freemasonic organization in the West and the Tiandihui in China. Such approach would parallel the call for broader themes issued by A. Prescott in his Study of Freemasonry as a new academic discipline (2003). In terms of studying rituals as functions rather than forms, the works of A. Van Gennep, Rites of passage (1909), and V. Turner, notably The forest of symbols (1967), provide a solid foundation.