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3.0 out of 5 stars Starting point for Egypt Studies, December 18, 2010
This review is from: Beneath the Pyramids: Egypt's Greatest Secret Uncovered (Paperback)
In trying to find a good book in the mysteries of Egypt, one has to wade through bizarre books that claim the pyramids were weapons or energy plants or made by machines of some lost civilzation that has left no trace or aliens. Granted, archaeologists have not been so good at presenting the history of the region in an accessible manner. Collins at least tries to be scholarly on these subjects. Yes, he relies a bit too much on the "visions" of Edgar Cacye as evidence of a Hall of Records under Giza. As Collins points out, the fascination with old Edgar has spawned interest and studies in Egypt. Most Egyptian records talk about underworlds and such, but evidence of some hidden cache of knowledge is spotty at best. Collins does rediscover some caverns. Are they significant? Or are they just more tombs and caves? Perhaps they are part of a cave system that inspired Egyptian lore. They, like much at Giza, deserve more study and Collins has brought attention to this. The theory that the pyramids match the constellation Cygnus better than Orion is interesting as the Orion connection has been much discussed in recent years. Some have suggested that Jeremiah 32:19,20 refers to the pyramids. Is the Cygnus/Northern Cross some other related connection? Things like that may be nothing or perhaps we are missing the boat altogether. Ultimately this book is only the first chapter of exploring these issues and ends unconcluded. In spite of Collins trying to distance himself from New Age theorists, the Cayce-talk will keep this on the strange shelf rather than with the ancient history at the bookstore. And as with many similar authors, he'll write something fairly sensible like this (though there is a lot of personal speculation even here) and then write books on oddball theories and topics. Nevertheless, this is a good place to start for your Egyptian studies even though it may not entirely satisfy your interest. I suspect scholars will at least privately take a look. For a solid grounding in Egypt studies, see The Pyramids: The Mystery, Culture, and Science of Egypt's Great Monuments.
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