Bend the Round

…where the madness is recorded.

Book 3: Heaven’s Mirror by Graham Hancock January 21, 2008

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Heaven’s Mirror surprised me. The books is presented almost exactly like a textbook – heavy cover, heavy, glossy pages, laden with intriguing full-color photos…and yet amazingly dry. Sounds just like a textbook, right? Well, this textbook was written to explain the author’s reasoning behind the idea that there was a highly evolved civilization around 10,500 BC. (That’s thousands of years before the ancient Egyptians, by the way.) He believes this civilization is responsible for a number of remarkable archaeological sites around the world, including the Sphinx, the stone heads at Easter Island, the Nazca lines, stunning temples in Cambodia, an underwater city off the coast of Japan, and ruined sites in Mexico and Bolivia. The book explains in tedious detail how the sites are laid out to resemble certain constellations (the temples are supposedly laid out like the constellation Draco, and the pyramids at Giza are laid out to resemble Orion) – but the sites only fit the constellations at about 10,500 BC. He doesn’t go into great detail about how this civilization was lost… he just mentions the commonality of the Great Flood myth throughout cultures around the world and the cataclysm of the end of the last Ice Age. I presume that we are to assume that the ancient civilization was lost when the ice melted and flooded the world…

The premise is sensational. The very idea would force all of the early history of humanity as we know it to be rewritten! That’s not boring or dry, but boy, this book sure is. It’s thick with astronomical terms, definitions, and calculations. (Coincidentally, every time the author started explaining how he arrived at certain astronomically important numbers that were supposedly woven all through each of the sites he examines, he lost me a bit. I felt like it was an awful stretch to say that this temple was built by an ultra-ancient civilization just because you’re able to arrive at the number 72 by multiplying, dividing, adding, and subtracting the measurements of the walls.)

I’ll admit I’m a sucker for the ancient lost civilization theory. I mean, really… how the hell DID the Egyptians get the pyramids built in the amount of time that it seems they did? And the science behind the theory that the Sphinx is WAY older than originally thought does seem pretty convincing (to someone without any significant training in geology, at least). Still, it was a struggle to get through this book. I absolutely understand wanting to present your work in a serious manner when your conclusions are so likely to not be taken seriously at all. Still, the sensationalist in me wants to hear about how exciting it all is rather than JUST about all precession, wobble, and constellations position in the sky at any given time during history.  I won’t say that I won’t ever checking out any of Hancock’s other books – maybe some of the other ones are more sensationalist, and I can use this one as a reference for the work behind the sensation (that would really be ideal) – but I think I’ll lay off his work for a while.

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