"The Book of the Dead" is a singularly unfortunate modern selection of a title to cover the principle nucleus of Egyptian literary remains. The reason for the designation is obvious, but the impression created is strangely inadequate. The text is dominated by a spirit of trancendental magic." :
( Manly P. Hall, The Soul in Egyptian Metaphysics and The Book of the Dead, 1965: The Philosophical Research Society, p. 15. )
If the identity of the Osiris and Hiramic myths be accepted, then the Book of the Dead is the open sesame of symbolic Masonry, revealing a hidden beauty beneath the rituals, an unsuspected splendor in the symbols, and a divine purpose actuating the whole of Masonic procedure.
( Manly P. Hall, 33rd degree, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, McCoy Publishing and Supply Co.mpany, Inc., p. 106-107. )