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Heaven's Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization (A Channel Four Book) Hardcover – 14 Sep 1998

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1st Edition 3rd Printing edition (14 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718143329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718143329
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 2.9 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When I was East Africa correspondent of The Economist, writing about wars, politics, economics and aid programmes, I had no idea where fate was going to lead me or what strange seas of thought I would find myself sailing on. But in 1983 I made my first visit to Axum in northern Ethiopia, then in the midst of a war zone, and found myself in the presence of an ancient monk outside a little chapel in the grounds of the cathedral of Saint Mary of Zion. The monk told me that the chapel was the sanctuary of the Ark of the Covenant and that he was the guardian of the Ark, the most sacred relic of the Bible, supposedly lost since Old Testament times. What he said seemed ludicrous but for some reason it intrigued me. I began to look into the Ethiopian claim and found much surprising and neglected evidence that supported it, not least the faint traces of a mission to Ethiopia undertaken by the Knights Templar in the twelfth century. I kept adding to that dossier of evidence while also continuing to pursue my current affairs interests (including Lords of Poverty, my controversial book about foreign aid, published in 1989), and finally, in 1992, I published The Sign and the Seal: A Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant, my first full-fledged investigation of a historical mystery.

As well as to Ethiopia and to Israel, my research for The Sign and the Seal had taken me to Egypt and opened my eyes to the incredible enigma of the Great Pyramid of Giza, while the "technological" aspects of the Ark (shooting out bolts of fire, striking people dead, etc) had alerted me to the existence of out of place technologies in antiquity. The stage was now set for my next project - a worldwide investigation into the possibility of a lost, prehistoric civilisation that resulted, in 1995, in the publication of Fingerprints of the Gods, undoubtedly my best known book. Keeper of Genesis (co-authored with Robert Bauval) followed in 1996, looking specifically into the mysteries of the Great Sphinx of Giza, and then in 1998 Heaven's Mirror, photographed by my wife Santha Faiia, which shows why many ancient sites in all parts of the globe replicate the patterns of constellations on the ground and are aligned to important celestial events such as the rising points of the sun on the equinoxes and the solstices. In 2002, I published Underworld, the result of five years of scuba diving across all the world's oceans to find ancient ruins submerged by rising sea levels at the end of the Ice Age.

After Underworld, I decided to step away from lost civilisation mysteries for a while and my next non-fiction book, Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind, published in 2005, focussed on shamanism, altered states of consciousness and the astonishing universal themes that appear in rock and cave art from deepest antiquity right through to the paintings done by shamans in the Amazon rainforest today.

From my years as a journalist I've always distrusted armchair theorising and believed I have a responsibility to seek out direct personal, "boots on the ground" experience of what I'm writing about. That was why I did five years of often difficult and dangerous scuba diving for Underworld. And it's also why, as part of my research for Supernatural I travelled to the Amazon to drink the visionary brew Ayahuasca with shamans there. As well as better equipping me to write Supernatural, my experiences in the Amazon changed my life and brought out a new side of my own creativity. I've continued working with Ayahuasca ever since and in 2006, during a series of sessions in Brazil, in a ceremonial space overlooked by images of a blue goddess, my visions gave me the basic characters, dilemmas and plot of the book that would become my first novel, Entangled, published in 2010. Entangled tells the story of two young women, one living 24,000 years ago in the Stone Age, and the other in modern Los Angeles, who are brought together by a supernatural being to do battle with a demon who travels through time.

Since the publication of Entangled I have also written the first two volumes of a series of three epic novels about the Spanish conquest of Mexico - the War God trilogy. The first volume, War God: Nights of the Witch, was published in May 2013, and the second volume, War God: Return of the Plumed Serpent, is published in October 2014. The third volume, War God: Apocalypse, is already more than half written and will be published in 2016 but in the meantime I am putting the finishing touches to a new non-fiction book, Magicians of the Gods, which will be published in late 2015. Magicians is the sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods, and presents all the new evidence that has emerged since 1995 for a great lost civilisation of prehistoric antiquity and for the global cataclysm that destroyed that civilisation almost 13,000 years ago - a cataclysm on such a scale that it forced mankind, as Plato put it, "to begin again like children with no memory of what went before."

My ideas on prehistory and on the mysterious nature of reality have made me something of a controversial figure. In 1999, for example BBC Horizon made a documentary ("Atlantis Reborn") attacking my position on the lost civilisation. But part of that documentary was found by the UK's Broadcasting Standards Commission to be unfair - the first time ever that the flagship Horizon series had been judged guilty of unfairness. The BBC took the problem seriously enough to put out a revised re-edited version of the programme a year later. More recently, in 2013, my TED talk "The War on Consciousness" was deleted from the TED Youtube channel on grounds that TED itself later admitted to be spurious by striking out every one of the objections it had originally raised to my talk. TED, however, refused to restore the talk to its Youtube channel resulting in dozens of pirate uploads all over the internet that have now registered well over a million views.

I make mistakes like everyone else, but ever since my time with The Economist I've felt it is important to strive for rigour and accuracy, to check facts, to set out my sources clearly and openly for all to see and to admit my mistakes when I make them. As I continue to explore extraordinary ideas in my works of non-fiction, and in my novels, I'll also continue to do that.

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In Heaven's Mirror, author Graham Hancock continues the quest begun in his No. 1 international bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods to rediscover the hidden legacy of mankind--the revelation that the cultures we term ancient were, in fact, the heirs to a far older forgotten civilisation, and the inheritors of its archaic wisdom ...

Working with the photographer Santha Faiia, his wife, Hancock traces a network of sacred sites around the globe on a spectacular voyage of discovery that takes us from the pyramids and temples of ancient Egypt to the enigmatic statues of Easter Island; from the haunting ruins of pre-Columbian America to the splendours of Angkor Wat, in order to crack the code of our lost ancestors. It is an odyssey that leads to sunken monuments and hidden chambers--a journey through myth and magic, and astounding archaeological revelations, that forces us to rethink our entire conception of the origins of civilisation.

Much more than a sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods,Heaven's Mirror is a plunge into the spirituality of the ancients--a search for the revelation of a secret written in the language of astronomy, and recorded in the very foundations of the holiest sites of antiquity.

About the Author

Graham Hancock is the author of FINGERPRINTS OF THE GODS, KEEPER OF GENESIS and THE SIGN AND THE SEAL. Santha Faiia is a prize-winning photographer.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "chrishyams" on 23 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
Heaven's Mirror is a worthy and colourful successor to Graham Hancock's vastly-scoped Fingerprints of the Gods.
While not quite as detailed as his previous work (much emphasis is placed upon his wife's vivid photography) Hancock's writing style still holds our attention well, although one cannot help thinking that we've read most of his theories before in 'Fingerprints of the Gods' and there is a constant of feeling of analytical regurgitation (ie, the surface monuments mapping to Orion, global coodinate correlations etc).
However, the section on the discovery of underwater structures in South East Asia is fascinating and only acts to bolster his underlying hypotheses further. In fact as I write this review, I have just heard on the radio this morning that underwater structures have been discovered close to the shoreline of Lake Titicaca in Peru, the ancient site of Tiahuanaco. Well Graham, there's another book and TV series for you on a plate !
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By joalem on 14 Jan. 2004
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This is like the book of the TV series of the book "Fingerprints of the Gods" with extended scope to include global evidence of the antiquity of modern humanity.
Summarising most of Hancock's other works (Keeper of Genesis, Sign and the Seal and of course the seminal Fingerprints) it brings you up to date with the current New Age pseudo-scientific study of ancient wisdom and architecture.
This book leans more heavily on the more concrete astronomical evidence of an ancient world religion than some of the more romantic conjecture made in his earlier book, which lends it more of an objective viewpoint. Nevertheless, absence of any serious evidence will always leave Hancock and his sources and followers on the fringe of archaeological investigation.
That said, this is a fantastic read, by turns thought-provoking and mystical; but the real reason for giving this 5 stars are the fantastic pictures which abound on every page. Taken by Hancock's wife Santha Faiia, they are truly stunning and bring to life the mysteries of the ancient remains of what could be our spiritual heritage. This is the ultimate coffee table book!
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By A Customer on 13 Jan. 1999
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Facinating reading. In the last chapter the author concludes that on the Spring equinnox in AD 2000the same constellations(but flipped 180 degrees)will appear as they did 12.500 years ago and it is this exact constallation that was mirrored in the monuments all over the world. The author suggests that the monuments teach us a message of important things to come. I recently read an article that said that on May 5th AD 2000 the moon, sun, Mercurius, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are on exactly the same line with the earth and that this could cause extreme forces to occur, causing the earth to go out of ballance and the ice mass of Antartica to shift, tectonic shifts, etc.causing mass distruction and 90% of life on earth to disapear. Could it perhaps be that this alignment of the planets has happened before and that the monuments are actually referring to this event in time? Looking forward to any suggestions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By on 11 July 2000
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This is the first Graham Hancock book I've bought and Its well worth a read. Admittedly, the facts are interpretted a certain way but the fact you cant hide from is how little we know about our past.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sept. 2000
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I like Graham Hancock, his ideas tap into the fundemental concerns of a lot of intelligent informed people. However those same intelligent informed people can see when facts are being presented ina selective manner. I do believe, however that Graham Hancock is on to something, his ideas about the lost civilization are compelling and presented well in what is an essential read for anyone interested in theories of this kind. However the main problem is that Graham Hancock delivers selected evidence to us but fails to be objective. The result is 'all this is great, but what about the rest'. From my own studies I know a lot of information regarding Angkor Wat for example has been convieniantly left out of this book, if it was included it would have cast doubt of Graham Hancock's theory. Alas this is the fundemental problem with this book, it is what has been excluded that lets this otherwise excellent read down. Read it as fiction and you will be rewarded, take it seriously and you will be missing a wider, more important theory that even Graham Hancock has yet to discover - the truth.
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By Mr. Frank Mccrossan on 14 Dec. 2014
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This is a great read, and a fantastic follow up to his previous work!!! Excellent.....
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By on 13 Oct. 1999
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I was never one for entertaining notions of the origins of civilization, but the theories expounded in this book had me hooked from the very beginning. Occasionally lapsing into unnecessarily extraneous detail, the book generally manages to maintain a powerful narrative from one side of the globe to the other, presenting evidence that at times seems utterly incontrovertible. It's unclear whether Hancock's research was based on proving a theory he already had, or whether the conclusions grew naturally from the work, but if you trust even a small fraction of the mathematics, then the questions raised by the book are very serious indeed - and you can't really argue with the photographic evidence.
Heaven's Mirror is a seminal lesson in how to produce non-fiction of the highest quality. I would also welcome references to any opposing arguments that anyone would care to offer.
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