The Internet Sacred Texts Archive

If you have a thirst for knowledge, or are simply curious about myths, religions, folklore and other esoteric writings, then there is one place you must visit – The Internet Sacred Texts Archive.

This site strives to produce the best possible transcriptions of public domain texts on the subject of religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric. The texts are posted for free access on the Internet. This site is like a public library: it is accessible to anyone, contains unfiltered information, and does not advocate any particular point of view. However, nobody is going to shush you if you make too much noise while using this site.

Created in 1999 by the late John B. Hare, the site went from 250,000 visits in it’s first year to well over a million just 5 years later! I’ve followed this site – and John’s herculean efforts to maintain it and add new content – since shortly after it’s inception. The work is astounding and over the years John acquired contacts to help in the digitization of rare documents; many of the documents and books found there are not available anywhere else in any format! Unfortunately, John passed into spirit just last year; his family maintains the site in his memory and continues the legacy of knowledge he collected.

The site survives through the sale of the DVD which contains the collected works of the website – I encourage everyone to purchase one (over 1700 of the most important books ever written, most of which were transcribed especially for sacred-texts. Years of research and scholarship went into this product: all the core texts of religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on one disk).

There are also many downloadable books on the site as well as a very useful database search.

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