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This is a must for anyone interested in the beginnings of anything! I understand Waddell was out of favor at one time (maybe even now) because of his criticism of Assyriologist obstruction of Sumerian research. But you must read about the origins of St George (of Merry England -- and Cappadocia)and his Trojan, Ancient Brits, Sumerians and, and -- wow all you want to know about early civilization! Those Sumerians! They went everywhere, Waddell explains, and left their marks everywhere -- but not as Sumerians because they became assimilated into where ever they were -- just like they went into America and Australia, and Scandinavia and virtually the world! They were the original long-distance ocean crossers! Just read it!
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Makers of Civilization in Race and History by L. Austine Waddell ranges from the sublime to the pits. Its major thread (in 606 pages) is that Aryan (Hittite) peoples from eastern Turkey and modern Syria started up the Sumerian civilization in 3335 BC which was in turn responsible for bringing civilization to the Indus Civilization and to Egypt. That is the sublime part. The pits is his repeated statements to the effect that the Aryan (Nordic) race is basically responsible for everything good that ever happened and that every other race just brought us down. I am sure that the racist nature of his arguments caused this author to not be taken seriously ever since the book was published in 1919. The writing is turgid with a lot of redundancy giving the impression that one is supposed to believe it based on getting hit over the head with it so often. However, It is difficult to argue with the facts that he presents even though his arguments are not as air tight as he would have us believe. His main contribution is the decipherment of Indian (Vedic, Puranic) king lists used as keys to analyze Sumerian and Babylonian king lists. Correspondences abound as he makes the case for early (Indus) civilization and later Vedic civilization being ruled by the same kings as those of Sumeria. In doing so he compares early Sumerian Pictographic writing with inscriptions on Indus seals. The connection with Egypt is similar with (Sumerian) Sargon and his son Manis as the early pre-dynastic Pharaohs of Egypt. His conjecture is that Manis=Menes unified Upper and Lower Egypt and that they are both buried at Abdyos where the early pictographic script is read the same as Sumerian.Read more ›
This is a must for anyone interested in the beginnings ofanything! .... ...you must read about the origins of St George (ofMerry England -- and Cappadocia)and his Trojan, Ancient Brits,Sumerians and, and -- wow all you want to know about early civilization!
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Until one day ago I was unfamiliar with Waddell's theories. I have been following David Rohl, whose next effort was to have been a book tracing the Black Headed Ones who came from the east and conquered Egypt and left many rock drawings in what is now the eastern desert. Waddell provides the answer--they came not from Sumer or Babylon, but from the Indus Valley, where the crown prince leading the expedition to Egypt had been holding a co-regency, but intended to rule Egypt in his own right. Not clear on whether he had attempted to rule the Indus region and was in flight. I did not find the book racist, altho the author talks about Aryan-Nordic rulers. The Indus region with its pre-Harappan culture is considered the birthplace of Aryan peoples. I'm not clear if the author meant for Nordic races to be the same as Aryan. But even the Bible indicates that warlike peoples came from the East--to me, that agrees with the Indus civilization. This is not a book about the origins of the Aryan civilization, however, but it essays to show that those warlike Sumerians conquered the entire world, from the Indus to Egypt, and ruled in a way that allowed them to maintain rulership for several generations. The author uses linguistics, royal seals, King-Lists, and Indian and Sumerian/Babylonian historical documents reporting the exact same events to back his theories convincingly.
I found this book in an online search to find out if the Biblical Nimrod was Sargon the ruler, as someone tried to tell me. I'm not sure this particular book is any proof of that, especially since Nimrod was a black man, but it certainly offers a lot of interesting detail about what was probably the first generations-lasting world empire.Read more ›