- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (October 26, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0609804774
- ISBN-13: 978-0609804773
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heaven's Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization Paperback – October 26, 1999
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It could be true! That's the enthusiasm that author and scholar-mystic Graham Hancock counts on--in himself and in his readers--as he lays down his theories of an ancient (Atlantean, perhaps?) civilization that disseminated a sophisticated religion of ground-sky dualism and a "science" of immortality. Hancock's previous work, including the popular and controversial Fingerprints of the Gods, has drawn criticism for its leaps of faith and allegedly pseudoscientific conclusions, but Heaven's Mirror proves at least a little more substantial. His chief thesis is that numerous ancient sites and monuments--the pyramids of Mexico and Egypt, the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the monuments of Yonaguni in the Pacific, and the megaliths of Peru and Bolivia--are situated in such a way, geodetically, that they point towards some separate and uniform influence, some lost civilization or "invisible college" of astronomer-priests. And that civilization, as evidenced in the mathematics and architecture of the sites, points towards some gnosis, or body of knowledge, that would allow humanity to transcend the trap of mortality, a worldview in which the knowledge-giving serpent of Eden is not a villain but a hero.
Whatever you think of Hancock's ideas and theoretical musings in archaeo-astronomy, Heaven's Mirror is a gorgeous book, thanks to the photography of Santha Faiia. Lush, evocative photos of the monoliths on Easter Island and temples deep in the Cambodian jungle are enough to set the mind to introspective wandering--maybe, just maybe, Hancock's got it right after all. --Paul Hughes
From Library Journal
Hancock culminates his life's work?begun in such best sellers as Fingerprints of the Gods?by arguing that monuments built worldwide by ancient civilizations are linked by a common human legacy handed down from the heavens.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Specifically, this is an amazing presentation of the astronomical/mathematical precision and display of ancient cultures (expressed in the mirroring of constellation patterns in various pyramids and megalithic monuments), coming across like a true-to-life conspiracy theory/detective story (way more deep and vast than Dan Brown's popular novels, which may be serving to prep the masses for the truths Hancock has helped collect and synthesize), connecting ancient cultures of Central and South Americas, Egypt, Cambodia and the Pacific around a common and simple astronomical fact (the 1 degree "precession" of the heaven's in relation to the earth every 72 years), and a communicated specific date (10,500 BC, which possibly marks the destruction of an advanced civilization at the end of the last ice age). This research convincingly shows that the ancient's were both bright and aware (these are not the calculations and buildings of primitive cave men, or even egoistical god-kings!), and willing to go to great lengths to preserve and communicate this knowledge to us (whatever it's spiritual and historic significance may be). It is truly amazing to see the precision and dedication of these efforts (spanning the globe and thousands of years), laid out so clearly in this book's drawings, photos and explanations.
When I wonder about the impact of the secret and encoded knowledge on us today (and our jaded, complacent and distracted attitudes and sensibilities), I just remember how much effort the ancients put into preserving/transmitting it (15 million tonnes of stones used in the Great Pyramid of Giza, and a single dressed block in Bolivia weighs an estimated 477 tonnes!), and I let the weight and sincerity of those efforts sink in through my modern sensibility. What I'm left with is a vast and powerful feeling of connectedness that makes individual cultures and traditions (ie. specific religions and academic disciplines) seem petty and limited. I'm left feeling open and awed by our human experience and history.
This book will produce a physical visceral reaction for EVERY reader who dares to pick up this book. Some will dismiss it as total and utter junk, other will believe every word of it. Most of us will be intrigued, enjoy the excellent writing and spectacular pictures, but be left unsure. I know at the end of this book I WANTED TO BELIEVE MORE THAN I WANTED TO BELIEVE ANYTHING ABOUT HISTORY!!
I want to believe that the human race could do all of these fantastic things in such an organized, precise way thousands of years before the great civilizations of the Romans and the Greeks. I really do! I want to believe that we are all tied together in a way that united us and makes up proud of the human race and its dizzying array of achievements. I want to believe that our ancestors tamed the seas, knew advanced calculus, astronomy, physics, building techniques, etc. I think this book gives great hope for mankind and demonstrates how special human beings are.
That being said, do I agree with all Hancock's theory? Answer: I don't know, but it made one hell of a read, and for that I thank him.
Trust me when I tell you that this book is worth reading, worth thinking about and important in a small way (possibly an extremely large way) about the history of humanity. It is well written, filled with exceptional photographs, explains complicated ideas with ease, and you will learn something. Even if it as simple as the idea of celestial procession.
READ THIS BOOK!
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