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The Nine Unknown Men

'The Nine Unknown Men' oils on linen painted by George Underwood

The Nine Unknown Men

Oils on Linen 2007

Size: 1253 x 980mm
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According to occult lore, the Nine Unknown Men are a two millennia-old secret society founded by the Indian Emperor Asoka c. 273 B.C. He converted to Buddhism after a massacre during the war of Kalinga, where 100,000 men died in battle and was overcome with grief and forever after he experienced a horror of war.
The aim of the Nine was to not allow methods of destruction to fall into the hands of unqualified persons and to persue knowledge which would benefit mankind.
Each of the Nine is supposedly responsible for guarding a single book which dealt
with a different branch of potentially hazardous knowledge.
The books cover the following subjects : propaganda & psychological warfare, physiology, microbiology, alchemy, communication, gravitation, cosmology, light &
sociology.
Some people believe that the Nine Unknown Men exist to this day.