Explore the True Origins of a Majestic Civilization. For centuries, devoted scholars have endeavored to penetrate the mystery of Ancient Egypt, the stone-age culture that abruptly rose to create the greatest civilization of known history.
“Ancient Egypt presents us with an impenetrable mystery. How may we explain a Neolithic desert people spawning the most majestic civilization of history? Their rapid ascension from a primitive state to a previously unapproached zenith of technology and culture demonstrates advancements that utterly elude explanation. Many of their artistic and architectural productions are unequalled to this day. What could possibly explain vast technical knowledge and sophistication appearing so fully-formed so suddenly?” —Legendary Egyptologist Flinders Petrie, Archaeological Journal (1911)
Champollion, founder of Egyptology, was the first of a thousand men trying to solve the puzzle of Ancient Egypt, living simply in the heat and dust, trying to read for us the riddle of the achievements of a mysterious civilization, to snatch from the secretive soil the science and technology, the art and literature, the history and wisdom of Ancient Egypt. By its side the Sumerian culture was but a crude beginning; not even Greece or Rome would surpass it, far less our own.
How did a small community just emerging from a Neolithic stage suddenly generate the most majestic and enduring civilization of the ages? Where did their unprecedented knowledge and sophistication come from? The voluminous lore of ancient Egyptian tradition relates that in the antediluvian time of zp tpj (generally transcribed as Zep Tepi), the “first occasion” or “first time,” mysterious, highly enlightened “gods” appeared in Egypt, bearing previously unknown technology and knowledge. The texts inscribed on the walls of the Temple of Edfu in Upper Egypt contain explicit descriptions of the time of Zep Tepi and the coming of the “bringers of knowledge,” recounting their arrival in a “cosmic egg radiating colored light,” bearing the “gods” who brought the gift of civilization to Egypt.
The ancient Egyptian ‘Turin Royal Canon’ (papyrus 1874 verso, c. 1279 BC) in the Museo Egizio, Turin, records the reign of the pre-dynastic “Gods of Ancient Egypt” as beginning in 37,920 BC. Plato (c. 428-348 BC), on visiting Egypt, wrote: “Egypt has recorded and kept eternally the wisdom of the ancient ages, all coming from time immemorial when gods governed the earth in the dawn of civilization.”
Herodotus tells us that when Hecataeus of Miletus (550-476 BC) boasted to the Egyptian priests that he could trace his ancestry through fifteen centuries, they quietly showed him, in a hidden sanctuary deep under the sands, the statutes of 345 high priests, each the son of the preceding, making 345 generations since their “gods” had appeared in the Nile valley and marking a timeline extending back some 180 centuries.
Who were these mysterious “gods”? Why did they come, and from where? This book explores answers to these mysteries through three extraordinary encounters explorer M.G. Hawking and his companions experienced with what they believe were the true “celestials” of the enduring legends so prevalent in the ancient wisdom traditions of cultures throughout the world. An unprecedented account, this book reveals knowledge long concealed in myth, legend, and secrecy. 2018 Edition, Kindle e-reader page count 330 (estimated, actual page count varies depending on the reading device used). For more information, please see the ‘Look Inside’ feature on the book’s Amazon page.
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