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Top, left: The inexplicable foam below Paphos cliffs (Cyprus) "from which Venus rose" (Ch. 4) Centre, left: Grave-shrine of Baba Wali Saheb in Kandahar. Said to have the power of rendering weapons invincible (Ch. 7) bottom, left: Kurdish ritual sword-dance, terminating in "extacy and revelations". A remnant of the pre-Islamic Peacock cult (Ch. 11) Top right: The earliest form of Venus, (Aphrodite). Around this grey monolith, brought as their goddess by the Phoe-necians from South Arabia, was built the Sanctuary of Paphos: greatest pilgrimage centre of the ancient Mediterranean (Ch. 4) Centre, right: View of the mystical Shrine of Venus-Astarte (Aphrodite) at Paphos, on a coin of Bylbus (Ch. 4) Bottom, right: Red-lacquered Chinese spirit-writing instrument, resembling a divining-rod. The head represents a dragon (Ch. 17)
Top left: Aqil Khan, the alchemist who instructed the author (Ch. 14) Centre: Indian Sadhu, demonstrating the use of an "invocatory shell" (Ch. 13) Bottom, left: Himalayan magician, with magical staff. His clothes are purposely tattered, to indicate humility (Ch. 9)
Top, right: Afghan Fakir, credited with immense psychic powers, and specializing in the hypnosis of animals (Ch. 7) bottom, right: Persian wizard, in the patched robe of a Sufi Order. The wand, dagger and sling are part of his magical accessories (Ch. 11)
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