Though we often imagine ancient cultures as being populated by ‘primitive’ peoples, the art and temples of ancient Egypt (5,000 BCE – 400 AD) reveal a civilization with a far more advanced understanding of the material and spiritual world. The symbolic language of the Egyptians carried layers of meaning, the deepest of which was only revealed to graduates of Egypt’s famous mystery schools, during which psychotropic plants – likely mandrake and blue lotus – were used to unlock the deepest secrets of their sacred science.
Along with the movies and videos I just posted about, a number of books on ancient Egypt have also landed on my radar, one of which I’m not sure I’ll live long enough to finish … What I wouldn’t give to have a year to just read.
Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Ancient Lost Civilization (2015)
Graham picks up the themes he introduced in Fingerprints of the Gods - a lost civilization brought advanced technology to various continents after a global cataclysm destroyed their island home - and introduces all the new geological, archeological and astrological evidence that's continued to emerge over the last two decades in support of this view.
“At six thousand or more years older than the stone circles of Stonehenge, the megaliths of Göbekli Tepe, like the deeply buried megaliths of Gunung Padang, mean that the timeline of history taught in our schools and universities for the best part of the last hundred years can no longer stand. It is beginning to look as though civilization, as I argued in my controversial 1995 bestseller 'Fingerprints of the Gods', is indeed much older and much more mysterious than we thought.” --Graham Hancock, 'Magicians of the Gods'Based on a few recent videos from Graham, it sounds like new evidence from several monolithic sites continues to surface so I'm not sure how up-to-date even this recent book might be. Regardless, I found it a good introduction to Graham's theories about the emergence of ancient cultures. An amusing note - this book, along with Graham's many YouTube lectures on this topic, also exposes the slow but inexorable acceptance by 'the establishment' of the startling ideas Hancock and others first saw rejected 20+ years ago.
Exploring An Ancient Wisdom & New MysteriesAfter bookmarking the rich scientific and spiritual content I found on SAND, my search next brought me to a collection of films and books all having to do with ancient Egypt. Looking back, I’m not entirely sure how this happened; perhaps it had to do with running into Graham Hancock’s banned TED talk about exploring altered states of consciousness with psychotropic plants. Rarely does Graham discuss these topics without looping in a connection to his other passion, ancient wisdom traditions. And no wonder – as the films below show, some astonishing recent discoveries by Hancock, John Anthony West, Robert Bauval and Robert Schoch and others continue to add significant weight to their arguments that 1) the ancient Egyptian civilization began thousands of years earlier than previously thought, perhaps guided by an even older advanced civilization and 2) the Egyptian people had a far more advanced understanding of various technologies, sciences and spiritual philosophies than expected for a Bronze Age civilization, perhaps as an result of contact with this much older and more advanced civilization – or it’s survivors.
Pretty eyebrow raising stuff, eh?
Currently, history classes teach us that the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx were built around the same time, somewhere between 2000-2500 BCE, making these structures between 4,000 and 5,000 thousand years old today. But comments by Egyptologist R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz in the mid-50s, in which he noted what looked like water damage to the Sphinx enclosure, caught the attention of author and amateur Egyptologist John Anthony West, who decided to continue investigating the erosion. After many years of study, J.A. West concluded that most of the damage was indeed due to heavy and prolonged rains. Based on known geological changes in the region, these findings would indicate the Sphinx was built much earlier – 2,000 to 5,000 years earlier! If true, this revision in the Sphinx’s timeline, along with similar evidence emerging from other monolithic sites, could end up rewriting a large part of our story about how modern human civilization evolved. J.A. West’s research also led him – and a growing number of others – to reject the common explanation of the Great Pyramid as a tomb, citing both the fact that no mummies were ever found in the pyramid and the stark structural and decorative differences between the Great Pyramid and other known tombs.