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Cayce was born on 3/18/1877 near Beverly, Kentucky, seven miles from Hopkinsville, where his family moved while he was still quite young. He made it through the eighth grade and no further; in fairness, it must be pointed out that this was not unusual in those days, and that many schools then had much higher academic standards than today. He worked for some time in a book store in Hopkinsville, and did a lot of reading, showing a particular interest in books about Atlantis and Lemuria, and works by and about the Theosophists and the Rosicrucians. This is almost certainly where he formed many of his beliefs about the occult and about ancient history and prehistory; there is no evidence that he was not sincere in his opinions.
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