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I've read the work of James Churchward before, and I've found most of his books enlightening. I did expect this to be a bit like the other books - and have a bit of story line, unfortunately it's not. That's the reason why I didn't give it 5 stars. The reason I did give it 4 stars is that I find it exceptional to be able to read about so many symbols all in one place. And it's not just the symbols, it's also about their origin, similar symbols and connected symbols. I find it fascinating. At times because it's not written like a story but more like an encyclopedia of symbols it's slightly hard to focus reading, but I have learned so much from this book - I will even recommend it to my brother (who is also into this kind of thing).
It is sad to see derogatory reviews of James Churchward's well researched books. If you can't name the fifth President of the United States or say where Point Roberts is - forget about judging Churchward, a veteran traveller, philologist and student of human culture - virtually without equal today. These days - people study narrow fields. Churchward mapped the connections between these isolated fields or cultures - and traced them back to the lost continent or Motherland of Mu. He presented and deciphered Cara-Maya, the mother tongue of Mu, showing how its roots can be traced in a number of different languages and cultures located within or around 'The Ring of Fire.' He provided details of cultural artifacts - to illustrate his theory. Churchward claimed to have received much help in this regard, from an aged Indian Rishi.
Having lived in various bits of the Pacific rim, including odd visits to pacific islands, I can guarantee that anyone who does more than speculate from an armchair -would find Churchward's ideas backed up by substantial evidence scattered through dozens of pacific rim cultures - be it the Pacific N.W. of America, Japan - or wherever. Age-old symbols, in seemingly disparate and disconnected cultures share similar myth-motifs, tell related tales of a tragic, swallowing of a mother-culture beneath the ocean. Besides the Bible, such a deluge is also mentioned in the Chinese Shih-ching (Book of History).
Thor Heyerdal noted the phenomenon - again, not a man prone to expound on distant cultures - from an armchair. Many of Churchward's ideas challenge current scientific and academic 'orthodoxy' (alleging, for instance, that the earth's large mountain ranges were formed - long after mother earth, herself). Churchward also notes anomolous facts - like archeological artifacts that show the existence of technically advanced cultures - beneath the remains of other, less advanced cultures. In most cases, such anomalies cannot be accounted for by orthodox archeology and strictly linear theories of human cultural development.
It may be disturbing to consider that a sudden geological cataclysm might throw human civilisation and culture backwards - almost wiping the slate, but after the recent tsunami - it doesn't take much imagination to think what would happen - if whole techtonic plates broke up - effectively reducing a whole continent to nothing - save scattered islands and peripheral strips of land mass. Plato,for his own part, related similar events (Atlantis) in the Timaeus. Usually mocked as 'fiction' - the fact remains that Plato was absolutely serious about it.
Churchward was thoroughly serious. Given the fact that he reconstructed the hieratic sacred alphabet of Mu, and spent years deciphering the information yielded by hundreds of artifacts from cultures around the Pacific rim - and related areas, it is absurd to suggest that his theories were without proof and ill-founded.He has given us the evidence. The greater part of it is too compelling to ignore.
Most of the historical symbols, Nazis, NSDAP and uncountable others has its roots on MU civilizaton. At least that's what Author concludes from his and Niven's research on Mexico and India. I recommend it's a must for any serious occult or paranormal researcher...
2,0 su 5 stelleAncient book about ancient symbols fun but useless
20 febbraio 2003 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
This book was written in the 30's and, although extremely interesting as a piece of fiction, it is completely ineffective as historical fact. Interesting, but completely irrelevant. Most of the authors conclusions regarding the origins of the worlds religions seem ludicrous. The author speaks of Atlantis as if it were Iowa. Sorry, but there has never been conclusive proof of it's existence. Still, a fun book.
1,0 su 5 stelleMore Stangeness from the Colonel and Rishi
19 giugno 2007 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
James Churchward returns to his "Sacred Inspired Writings of Mu". What this seems to mean is that he has a chat with his buddy, "the old Rishi". This old Rishi seems to have a somewhat unusual take on history: "On one occasion the old Rishi informed me that temple legends stated: 'Jesus, during his sojourn in the Himalayan monastery, studied the contents of the Sacred Inspired Writings, the language, the writing and the Cosmic Forces of the Motherland.'" Churchward then announces that the last words of Jesus were "Hele, hele, lamat zabac ta ni" (spoken in "the pure tongue of the Motherland"). Going a bit further back, the reader is informed about a Maori tradition that Cain and Abel were New Zealanders and that the murder of Abel occurred in New Zealand. Churchward also tells how he encountered "a quetzacoatl", a feathered flying serpent, "the most venemous serpent ever known on earth".
Apparently the copyright was not renewed on this book, so it can be read legally on the internet. Some of the pictures are quite interesting and include pictures of the discoveries of William Niven in Mexico.
The text I consider to be mostly unsubstantiated nonsense.
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