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Matikon

"Matikon"

A mystical work printed at Frankfurt in 1784, whose theories resemble the doctrines of the Brahmins. It speculated about the biblical creation story that before the Fall, Adam was a pure spirit, a celestial being, surrounded by a mystic covering that rendered him invulnerable to any poison or any power of the elements. The physical body, therefore, is but a coarse husk in which, having lost his primitive invulnerability, a human is sheltered from the elements. In his condition of perfect glory and perfect happiness, Adam was a natural king, ruling all things visible and invisible, and showing forth the power of the Almighty. He also bore "a fiery, two-edged, all-piercing lance"a living word, which united all powers within itself, and by means of which he could perform all things.

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