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ANCIENT EGYPT: The Light of the World (2 volumes in 1 book)
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 1999
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Gerald Massey (1829-1907)had humble origins: his father was aboatman on the canals of England.Gerald had to work long hours in afactory for a pittance before he was ten years old.But he had a strong urge to learn and through self education he became a well known poet.( To me much of his poetry is stilted, but now and then certain phrases reveal inspiring poetic imagination.)He became interested in ancient Egypt and learnt hieroglyphics.His magnum opus is this work, a pioneering study of the mythology of ancient Egypt, truly the light of the world.Massey shows how this mythology is related to natural and celestial phenomena.He is very convincing when he explains how the Christian mythos is based on that of ancient Egypt.The original Christ was Horus, and he gives 180 parallels between the lives of Horus and Christ.An open minded reading of this book will leave little doubt that the Christian Christ was based on Horus.He throws much light on THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD ( better called THE BOOK OF COMING FORTH BY DAY).He calls it THE RITUAL. As enlightening as he is,I find that Massey omits to consider the inner aspects of religion.He fails to see that the Egyptian mythos is primarily concerned with the spiritual development of man, and it uses outward Nature to symbolise inner spiritual evolution.This is explained by Alvin Kuhn in THE LOST LIGHT, who is indebted to Massey, but takes his ideas further into the spiritual and soul aspects.All in all, ANCIENT EGYPT, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD is a unique and fascinating book.Most books written about ancient Egypt are way off beam, but this book puts you on the right track.It is a must read in order to start to understand the ancient Egyptian mythos.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2010
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This book is amazing. It is large and will take time for you to get through. But this is the most accurate book about the Egyptian Civilization. It also has chapters about the early beginnings of man and womankind. This book explains history in a way that no other group or book has the guts to. It is honest and does not censor things out of religious prudence.
This is the best book you could possibly get if you are interested in Egypt.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has the patience and an open mind.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 1999
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Gerald Massey is much like Freud, a man whose herculean intellect combined with his revolutionary discoveries (and in Freud's case obvious character flaws) make people long after him debate his relevance in the intellectual world he himself created (kind of like debating the existence of Frank Lloyd Wright's art in the Guggenheim Museum). What stops this book from being a five star epic is simply his tendency to ramble, creating a labyrinthian world of insight and ideas that can confuse the reader. Yet his work is so meaningful, and so provocative, that it is has only been in the last few years, with the advent of Mega-book outlets like Amazon.com, that his books were available outside of the occult or Afrocentric bookstore.
Gerald Massey was not an "Afrocentric" as we have come to know the term today- which is now seen as pejorative. That is what makes him all the more important. In fact, one major reason that his work has been written off for most of this century, is that his logical deductions, gathered from the variety of disciplines that work so logically together, fly in the face of conventional scholarly wisdom without an obvious thing for him to gain from it in the form of reputation or finances. His work reifies the linguistic, astronomical/religious, architectural and Darwinian/evolutionary perspectives to such a degree that devout Christians and Greco/Roman cultural sepremacists should beware this book. It will shake the very foundations of your faith before giving you the space to reclaim it with a new point of view; particularly in his decoding of the origins of our comparitively modern religious beliefs and literary myths.
Like it or not, Gerald Massey was one of those authors that turn your mind upside down, like Alice's looking glass, to the point where you wonder what is the "real" ancient world, and its influence on the world after it- up to and including today. That alone makes him profoundly successful as an historian/Egyptological anthropologist, with something great to offer all of us.
He may be considered, along with the superhuman Godfrey Higgins (ANACALYPSIS), as the gatekeeper of alternative scholarly vision. It is a deeply transformative work.
You will be glad you own this book; especially if you have children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 9, 2014
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There are few master works on the subject of ancient Egypt that can begin to crack deeper than standard dry archaeological tomes. This is one such work. If you are new to Egyptology then you will find much to consider.

However, this work is far short of more serious works such as The Temple Of Man by R. A Schwaller de Lubicz. And even those concepts are brought down into a readers digest version by John Anthony West in The Serpent in the Sky. These views of Khemet, the original Egypt, as touched upon by the 'symbolist' view are where it really gets interesting. And if you want to really take first hand information from wisdom keepers of the land you need to know who Dr. Abd'EL Hakim Awyan was. Much of his wisdom has been communicated by Stephen Mehler in books like Land of Osiris.

My concerns with Massey's work is

1) he sounds like an educated outsider. His views of figures like Kheper barely scratch the surface. He misses a strong correlation between the shape of the human skull from above and it's cranial lines to the standard form of the scarab. Kheper is not just a symbol of the eternal or of Cancer as Massey continues to return to. Kheper is the beginning of a 5-fold progression of consciousness both within larger ages of mankind and within the psyche of an individual. This phase progresses until the entire cycle recedes into the phase called Amen. All of this you would get from the Khemtian wisdom.

2) he cannot get past self assumed correlations between the Bible and ancient Egypt mythology. From his westernized home he equates Christ with Horus to a fault. So much of Massey's overall work references Biblical principles and ideas that you wonder where the information about Egypt went. This writing shows an inability to approach the Egyptian neters at face value. Where normally an breadth of associations across religions can bring refreshing light, Massey over-caffeinates the process and ends up diluting the message of the Egyptian spirituality in the process. You end up feeling Massey is trying to preach the gospel of 'Egypt is the root of the New Testament' a little too loudly.

You would be better even with books like Temple of the Cosmos: The Ancient Egyptian Experience of the Sacred by Naydler if you are looking to start doing your first serious studies of this subject. Egyptian Mysteries Volume 1: Shetaut Neter by Muata Ashby is also worth a look. Look into Egyptian Harmony: The Visual Music by
Moustafa Gadalla. Then move to JAW, Mehler, and De Lubicz to really get into it.

If you really want to read this book look around. A PDF is out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2013
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This is like text book and I am sharing the information with others in a study group setting to get a clear understanding
and feedback. GREAT BOOK!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2006
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Truth is all-potent with its silent power

If only whispered, never heard aloud,

But working secretly, almost unseen,

Save in some excommunicated Book;

'Tis as the lightning with its errand done

Before you hear the thunder.

-Gerald Massey

this can be read for free online here - theosophical.ca/AncientEgyptIntroduction.htm
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have not completed this book, but I find that whenever I read something that was written in the late 19th to early 20th century it often seems to be of superior quality compared to contemporary literature. Massey's writing is comprehensive but also dramatic, and easy to read and still relevant even though it was written over 100 years ago. I would recommend this to anyone who seeks the truth, enjoys excellent writing, and has a desire to go beyond the simple, common place historical explanations and omissions that one is subjected to whenever one delves into the taboo subject of humanity's true origins.
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on June 30, 2014
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Wish I had a time machine and could go back to talk with Gerald Massey face to face. He was the man in his day.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2014
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The book is okay. It's a lot of information, but I think the author could have shorten the book. It's to wordy.
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