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About the Author
Wayne Herschel was born in Zimbabwe and later moved to South Africa. He has always had a passion for the unexplained and the mysterious. As a child, he saw strange lights in the sky, later well publicized in the media as a mass sighting. Years later, in his early twenties, a near-death experience from a motorcycle accident gave him an out-of-body experience. These two critical life experiences are the prime reason his research base would be different to that of scholars. Herschel eventually began his own personal investigation into subjects like astronomy, the pyramids and ancient paranormal events, a hobby that would ultimately culminate in intensive and relentless research. With qualifications no greater than college, he researched everything he could in his quest for the meaning of life. After seven years of exhaustive research he came across Robert Bauval's The Orion Mystery. It was after reading this author's breakthrough finding that Herschel co-ordinated a manuscript of his own, looking a larger interpretation than that of Bauval's. The book is co-written by Birgitt Lederer, a language graduate from the University of Johannesburg. Her extensive background in broadcast journalism and publishing made the book project possible.
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In a methodical and scientific approach, Wayne Herschel has unleashed upon the world a magnificent and boldly illustrated self-published work of scholarship and art called "The Hidden Records." In his first chapter called `Star Map Egypt', Herschel graphically shows how the pyramids of Egypt are laid out as a representation of the constellations. Herschel began his own quest into the subject after reading Robert Bauval's book "The Orion Mystery," in which Bauval claimed that the pyramids on the Giza plateau mimicked the layout of the stars of the constellation of Orion. Bauval's book was a sensation, but as time passed and the details of his work were more fully scrutinized, it was discovered that some of the stars of Orion did not have corresponding pyramids and some pyramids did not have corresponding stars. Other authors such as Graham Hancock and Richard Hoagland picked up the torch in an attempt to find other celestial correlations representing the structures on the Giza Plateau. The ground breaking work by geologists Anthony West and Robert Shock had already given geologic support to the notion that the Sphinx was constructed at an earlier era than conventional Egyptologist had dated the structure and this opened the door for a whole new round of speculation about this monument. Hoagland and other researchers, who believe that the Sphinx was constructed as a representation of the constellation of Leo, corroborated West and Shock's date of the Sphinx's construction from a cosmic perspective. Using a sophisticated computerized star map program, Hoagland and his colleagues were able to run their star program backward in time. They discovered that the last time the Sphinx would have been able to look into the eastern horizon to see the sun rising in the constellation of Leo would have been about 12,000 years ago. This they claimed, demonstrated that the Sphinx was built at a time when the constellation of Leo was in the house of the rising sun, thus bolstering West and Schlock's geological dating methods. But Herschel, who concurs that the Sphinx represents the constellation of Leo, believes that the reason for the Sphinx's positioning is much simpler than that. He says that the other researchers failed to look at the complex of 50 pyramids in Lower Egypt in their entirety. If they had done that, they would have noticed that an imaginary line linking the brightest star of Leo, Regulus, with the middle star of Orion's belt is at the same angle as an imaginary line linking the Sphinx with the middle pyramid, Khafre. The link between the Sphinx and the constellation of Leo now seemed undeniable. Herschel's perceptive revelation is that the 50 pyramids along the Nile River in Egypt represent the constellations on one side of the Milky Way Galaxy in a 360 degree view. As Hermes wrote thousands of years ago: All pramids represent stars!
Realizing that his own hypothesis would be met with skepticism among scholars, Herschel self-imposed a set of quantifiable criteria that would withstand the onslaught of scientific scrutiny. These criteria include the following: 1)there should be a correlation between the apparent magnitude of the stars and the sizes of the pyramids. 2) The angles of the layout plan of the pyramids should be very similar to the angles between the stars that they represent, and 3) the relative distances between the pyramids should correlate with the apparent relative distances between the stars.
Herschel's rigorous and relentless scientific pursuit allowed him to avoid pitfalls that befell his colleagues. For example, other researches in the field could not explain why two of the highest magnitude stars in Orion, Rigel and Betelgeuse, were not represented by corresponding pyramids. Rather than throwing in the towel, Herschel went looking for the missing pyramids that the desert sands might have covered up over the millennia. After pouring over ancient maps he found the ruins of two pyramids in the exact location to represent the stars Rigel and Betelgeuse in Orion.
Herschel's relentless and ambitious brand of research encouraged him to look for other star maps among pyramid cultures of the world and beyond. Indeed his pursuits paid off. He found star maps at Teotihuacan, Mexico, Tikal, Guatemala, Angkor, Cambodia, Stonehenge, England and the planet Mars. No small feat for any researcher.
Herschel's book reads like a mystery novel giving the reader the sense that he is traveling along with the author and assisting in the research, and because of this, I will not give away the ending of the book other than to say that his discovery is a true revelation, unequalled by any fictitious novel. This wonderfully illustrated book is truly high adventure for researchers and the casual reader.
This review by David Kreiter, author of: "Confronting the Quantum Enigma: Albert, Niels, and John," and "Quantum Reality: A New Philosopical Perspective" (both available on Amazon)
As for the writing, it is redundant to the point of ennui, and full of . . . dramatic moments! If you only read the captions, you'll get almost all of the story; there's so much repetition that the body text is unnecessary until nearly the end of the book. A professional editing job--even a copy-edit--would improve the book tremendously. Also, the typeface and leading are atrocious...or am I just getting too old? :) The point size was so small I had to use reading glasses and much brighter light than I normally read by.
I find the main message of the book extremely feasible. Herr Herschel believes that pyramids and other monuments all over the Earth--and even Mars--indicate that intelligent life came from a particular star in the general direction of the Pleiades in the Taurus constellation. (Mr. Herschel believes this intelligent life was human, but I have seen a lot of evidence elsewhere that indicates otherwise. Still, it's plausible that they may have been the progenitors for humanity.)
This star is not nearly as far away as the Pleiades, and is thought to be less than 20 light years from Earth. Frankly, other than its similarity to our Sun, not much is known about it. Mr. Herschel identifies this star for us near the end of the book, showing its catalog number and path over the past 17,250 years or so.
Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who is open-minded enough to believe we might not be the only thing God created. :)