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MAYAN GENESIS Paperback – 21 Nov 2001


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The prime theme of this work is a comparison of the iconography of the remarkable Mayan civilisation of central and south America, with that of India. It goes on to delineate the similarities between the mythologies of the Mayan people and those of the Mediterranean, China and Japan, Polynesia and ancient Egypt, amongst others. These similarities cannot be labelled coincidental. Did these mythologies erupt spontaneously from the collective unconscious of mankind, or is the more prosaic explanation to be found in the study of oceanic trading routes and sea-borne migrations? Presents a convincing and deeply-researched case that the mythology and iconography of Mesoamerica were widely and deeply influenced by those of India -- and the Ganges Delta in particular.

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Definitive Diffusionism 17 Oct 2013
By Daniel G. Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
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Beware; If you believe that the First Americans had to cross the Bering Strait, or if you are put off by sentences of more than eight words, or insist that pre-Modern humans were incapable of crossing large bodies of water at will, then don't bother reading this book. The first chapter examines several millennia of global climatic and geophysical factors which would have spurred long distance travel, and introduces copper as sufficient prize for the effort. In the remaining eleven chapters we are treated to meticulous and exhaustive cross-cultural comparison and analysis of ceramics, architecture (Kearsley's original calling), languages, calendars, and mythologies, especially between Central America and the Indian subcontinent, as well as Pacific Island cultures along the Marshall Islands thoroughfare.

The author has brought together meticulous and exhaustive bodies of data which in total leave the reader no doubt that cultural exchange between the diverse peoples of our planet has been intensive, extensive, and long-term. Lest my comments seem idolatrous, it is only fair to note the apparent lack of a really hard-headed editor in the preparation of this work: the reader will encounter examples of rebellious syntax, as well as merely mischievous commas. The bibliography and index are excellent, and the superscript notes are meticulous. Copious illustrations (several per page) are clumped at the end of each chapter, directed by marginal notes on the relevant pages. But since any one illustration may be referenced in several chapters, I found it very helpful to use colored marks on the edge of the closed book showing where illustrations are located (e.g., 154-172).

This book is not simply to be read, but rather a resource to be mined. It rightfully has a place as a pre-eminent resource for anyone studying early human cultures and history.
Mayan Genesis 19 Aug 2013
By Christopher Nyerges - Published on Amazon.com
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A wholly unique book, and a real eye-opener. I heard about this book when in the Maya lands of Mexico, near Palenque, and it presents so much data on the similar aspects of two diverse cultures that you realize it cannot all be "coincidence." A book to be studied. I put this in the category of "Pale Ink" and "Zuni Enigma," among others. Heavily illustrated, you can agree or disagree, but the author presents voluminous facts which challenge conventional academic viewpoints.
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