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The Dream Culture of the Neanderthals: Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom by [Gooch, Stan]
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“Stan Gooch is a brilliant, bold, and original thinker.” (Robert Temple, author of The Sirius Mystery and Oracles of the Dead)

"Readers will find this a welcome and enjoyable reading challenge, a book to savor for its historical points, possibilities, and truths. Gooch has written an in-depth look at an important subject." (Lee Prosser, Ghostvillage.com, July 2006)

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ANTHROPOLOGY / ANCIENT HISTORY 

“Stan Gooch is a brilliant, bold, and original thinker.”
--Robert Temple, author of The Sirius Mystery and Oracles of the Dead

Many of the long-standing beliefs and superstitions common in the cultures of the world show how the ideas that dominated the lives of our ancestors still have a powerful influence on us today. The disturbing power attributed to the number thirteen, the positive influence of the number seven, and even the origins of Jewish kosher laws reveal the enduring presence of our most ancient ancestors: the Neanderthals. Contrary to current theories, Stan Gooch maintains that the Neanderthals were not destroyed by the younger Cro-Magnon culture but were incorporated into that culture through interbreeding. The blending of the disparate influences of the lunar, matriarchal Neanderthals and the solar, patriarchal Cro-Magnons may explain the contradictory impulses and influences that have generated human conflict for millennia. In fact, the author suggests that the caste system in India may have been constructed to utilize the strengths of both lunar and solar cultures and to minimize the conflict between the two.

There is evidence that direct descendents of the moon-worshipping, dream-cultivating Neanderthal race are still living in Central Asia today. While their physical descendants may be almost extinct, the influence of Neanderthal occult wisdom remains strong and can be found throughout history among witches, kabbalists, the Knights Templar, Rosicrucians, and even in Christianity and Judaism.

STAN GOOCH began his career as a highly regarded psychological researcher who studied the evolution and history of the brain in his books Total Man and Personality and Evolution. His research on paranormal influences and Neanderthal culture appear in his books The Double Helix of the Mind, Cities of Dreams, and The Secret Life of Humans. He lives in Wales.

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  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (January 12, 2006)
  • Publication Date: September 26, 2011
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PQUW5C
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By Wayne Dawson on May 21, 2006
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History has shown an inexhaustible capacity for conflict. Its hypnotic pendulum motion is often brilliantly described but rarely explained. Stan Gooch has spent a lifetime understanding the pre-historic dynamics that have impacted on our historic past. This exceptional scientist, psychologist, linguist, philosopher, writer, is one of the few people who has made sense out of the confusion of our inheritance.

The Dream Culture of the Neanderthals is a much appreciated reprint of Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom that first appeared in 1979. In it, Gooch further expounds on the enigmatic pre-history of the Neanderthal people and their cultural legacy that forms the submerged mass to Europe's, tip of the ice burg history.

Essentially, modern people are a dualistic hybrid of two pre-historic species; the older moon worshipping, matriarchal, black Neanderthal and newer sun worshipping, patriarchal, white Cro-Magnon. Gooch reveals Neanderthal's psychic understanding of the moons influence on the menstrual cycle of women, and its direct connection with fertility that resulted in an omnipresent reverence of the blood of life and death; holy blood. Yet we are wonderfully reminded that this is at least 50,000 years BP (before present). No doubt such elemental power doesn't come without sinister overtones of human sacrifice, cannibalism and the drinking of human blood (werewolves and vampires); yet on the positive side of the ledger there is an extraordinary range of intuitive creativity, paranormal phenomena and cosmic understanding.

Many of the iridescent myths and legends that have come down to us evoke a tropical paradise of wonder that finally becomes historic with the Egyptians, Minoans, Greeks and Celts. Here is a sample of what you should let yourself in for...
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Reading this book was like a validation for many ideas I've had about our prehistoric past. Finally I have found a scholar who sees what I see in the depths of prehistory! Woodwoses, ogres and trolls.... dwarves, sidhe and fay...all come from real encounters some 35,000 to 10,000 years ago. And Neanderthal was not completely exterminated from the face of the Earth, but did indeed breed with homo sapien. Only the most extreme neanderthals, the classic neanderthals of inner europe, actually became extinct.
Though the book is somewhat dated, a student of modern anthropology can easily gain great insight by allowing that Gooch's definition of "neanderthal" is much broader than what we currently define as such.

Gooch understands that we're hybrids, and bolsters the arguement for multiregionalism. If one were to change his Neanderthal 1 to Heidelberg and Sons, (Heidelberg, Idaltu, Neanderthal, Classic Neanderthal, etc) and his Neanderthal 2 to Erectus and Sons (the asian ones, not ergaster), and his Northern Indian cro-magnon ancestors to Antecessor and Sons, then we might have a more updated version of the theory. Personally, I'd like to add that all of the above could have very easilly been hybrids; not just us.
Hybrids of hybrids of hybrids. Because erectus was mating with antecessor was shagging ergaster was loving habilis, and they might even invited rudolphensis every third month on the full moon. We are a species that likes to do other species, and not even always just primates, so it shouldn't be so surprising to these scientists. It's going to happen, and every once and a while it's gonna work in a reproductive sense, because all these species of hominid are very close to one another.
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Fascinating book! The more I read the more I can see the origins of human nature evolving over the course of the last 70,000 years. How strange that as a modern day society we have forgotten our roots in human development. I suppose it is no longer of importance to most young people. This book helps you reconnect if you ARE interested. Stan Gooch was a remarkable researcher. It is truly refreshing to read someone who is not afraid to step out of a box and pull from several disciplines to put together the big picture.
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I've read this more than once since I bought it. Gooch brings some of his training as a psychologist to bear on a wide variety of world-wide myths and cultural attitudes. While some of his chapters have a good grounding in standard anthropological outlooks, he is not at all shy about veering into advanced paths of speculation in order to tie that variety of cultural "evidence" into a theme.

Modern humans, he argues, are a genetic hybrid of Cro-Magnon human and Neanderthal human --and as such we have two very different "packages" of emotional, spiritual, and practical urges at work within us. Since this book was written, advances in DNA retrieval from paleolithic skeletal remains have proved him mostly correct: Modern Europeans, at least, have a small percentage of Neanderthal DNA added to our majority Cro-Magnon genotype, East Asians have a small percentage of (Neanderthal-like) Denisovan DNA added to theirs, while most Africans have little to none of those prehistoric sub-species' DNA as part of their genotype. But does this really explain some of the surprising similarities in ancient myths and attitudes that cultures share down to the present, although they are far-removed geographically? Or the ongoing dynamic tension between individualistic and communitarian social impulses in Western history?

Why do cultures EVERYWHERE think that the same seven stars in the northern sky are related to a Great Bear? What do the Moon, Menstruation, and Sex Magic have in common for all humans?
Read it and develop your own opinions. Here is *a lot* of food for thought, and a lot of implicit suggestions for further research.
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