Antonin Gadal
The Work of a Man Inspired by the Spirit
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 Who Is Antonin Gadal?  
 The Source  
 The Doctrine  
 Pyrenean Catharism  
 The Catharism and Its Origins  
 The Mystery of the Caves  
   Antique Sanctuaries  
   A Bible for Mankind  
   Retreats, Caves, Caverns  
   Double Caves  
   Caves: Places of Initiation  
   The Cathars’ Cathedral.  
   An Underground Epic  
   A Peaceful Ending  
   A Moving Rediscovery  
   In Quest of the Spirit  
   Death and Resurrection  
   A New Man  
   Becoming 'Perfect'  
   The New Vesture  
   The Path of the Stars  
   The Caves Speak…  
   The Spoulga of Bouan  
   Lux Lucet in Tenebris  
   Formation, Reformation, Transformation  
   The Dualism of the Cathars  
 The Grail in the Pyrenees  
 Grail, Cathars and Rosycross  
 Interesting Links  

In the valleys of Ussat and of Vicdessos, some caves were fortified. Three of them bear most significant names: they are called the ‘three churches’ of Ussat, of Ornolac-Bethlehem and of Bouan.

What role have they played throughout the ages?

A defensive role, a place of refuge and retreat during religion wars?

Gadal detects there vestiges of the vast complex of a Cathar initiation temple, clinging to the side of an enormous mountain massif which he called ‘the sacred Mountain’.

It was indeed the ‘Sacred Mountain’ of the Cathar priesthood:
there was on one side the inner laboratory, the place of the gestation and spiritual birth of the Perfects: the caves.

And, on the other side of the mountain, the ‘Pyrenean Tabor’ – the citadel of Montségur, advanced sentinel toward Occitania, the ‘Lighthouse of Catharism’.

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