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Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt Paperback – May 1, 1993
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The real value of this book is in a single idea from SdL's work, which is the realization that the Great Sphinx at Giza was heavily eroded by water (pp 177-179). Geologists who oppose the idea that rain caused this erosion are few in number, and their motives are suspect since they'd previously not noticed or not pointed out in public the obvious fact of water erosion. Such geologists are now limited to a slow retreat, attempting to accept water erosion without accepting greater antiquity, and the way they do this is by dreaming up new ways water erosion can do its work with great rapidity in an arid environment with essentially no rain.
One of the revolting aspects of the debate has been that the core argument gets attacked not on any lack of merit, but through damning by association. Robert Schoch doesn't attribute the Sphinx to Atlantis. Even though John Anthony West suggests such a link, the main point of disagreement between Schoch and West is that Schoch's estimate of the Sphinx' age is much lower than West's. Both put the Sphinx origin in what is known as Predynastic times.
West does a good job showing the (two) roots of the various conventional beliefs about the Sphinx, and shows the ancient documentary evidence which supports a pre-Khafre Sphinx.Read more ›
The writing style is accessible, not too technical, and not too etheric. The work of Schwaller de Lubicz is presented, along with JAWs owns metaphors, in a way to help you understand that Egyptian culture and architecture was much deeper than archeologists think.
JAW is most famous pointing to geologic weathering analysis of the Sphinx show that it is at least 10,000 years old. The book stays rooted in science enough to keep the discerning reader interested. There is also a hint of the civilization that pre-dates Egypt (?Atlantis) which will also keep the alternate reader interested. All-in-all a very good and balanced book.
Also recommended is 'Temple of the Cosmos' by Jeremy Naydler.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
lots of detail and written to a more highly educated audience that mePublished 6 months ago by DebS
Extremely esoteric at times, had to reread more than a few pages, but this is the definitive book on how Egypt truly was; why things were built they way they were built especially. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James Weatherford
JAWS ALWAYS WRITES WELL, AS HE CUTS OUT THE BS THE EGYPTOLOGISTS HAVE TO HAND THEIR THEORIES ON. WE NEED MORE LIKE HIM! )-(Published 8 months ago by STARANGEL
John Anthony West has been much-maligned by academia simply because he doesn't possess a scientific degree. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Violet Bunny
A compelling journey into the history of ancient Egypt. Focused heavily on the work of Schwaller de Lubicz, this work portrays Egypt as a complex, symbolic, and very integrated... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Miscous
Either egyptologists are incompetent or literally everything written in Serpent in the Sky is wrong.Published 11 months ago by Schuyler Humes