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The Cygnus Mystery: Unlocking the Ancient Secret of Life's Origins in the Cosmos Paperback – 15 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing; 2Rev Ed edition (15 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905857470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905857470
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,313,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrew Collins is a historical writer and the author of several ground-breaking books, including From the Ashes of Angels, Gods of Eden, Gateway to Atlantis, and Tutankhamun: The Exodus Conspiracy co-authored with Chris Ogilvie-Herald. He is the organiser of the annual Questing Conference, Britain's largest conference on alternative history.

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Format: Hardcover
The Cygnus Mystery sits in the series of The Sirius and Orion Mystery. Much less than those two attempts, Andrew Collins does not try to hammer the point continuously that he is right and this is what we have to believe. Instead, he presents an overview of starlore around Cygnus, within various cultures, from across the world. It presents a powerful case (eg Inca towns like Cuczo and its Sacred Valley and Newgrange) that several ancient monuments were aligned specifically with this constellation in mind. Evidence that it therefore might be part of a Paleolithic astronomical framework, which Collins is able to confirm when he analyses some of the Southern French cave drawings.

Why Cygnus? Perhaps because Cygnus has recently been found to be the location of a more than bizarre and unexplainable astronomical phenomenon, labelled "cygnets", which would best be described as some type of energy sent from this location into the rest of the universe, but apparently specifically aligned towards our Earth.

Collins has tried to map Cygnus within the ancient astronomical lore and it should be seen as a powerful primer: presenting the evidence that Cygnus was important. Required reading for anyone interested in archaeo-astronomy... and a book upon which several others hopefully will be based.
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Format: Hardcover
I absolutely LOVED this book. I made sure I got my copy early, as I have been waiting for another book from Mr Collins, since loving his last book, too.

Mr Collins has a habit of writing books that give you a unique goosebump effect, found nowhere else. This book is somewhere between Robert Graves and Stephen Hawking.

It's a rare type of book for the subject matter, too. I've read plenty of books on the topics covered, shamanism, stone age culture, Avebury, and astrophysics, and have to say that The Cygnus Mystery covers them all with a degree of smartness you don't usually find. Andrew's book stands on its own, as is, with very good, solid research, and a real depth of grounded information, rather than a whole bunch of conjecture and jargon. You know from reading it that he really knows his stuff. So many authors nowadays don't do enough research, or use previous ideas and rehash them. Andrew's done something new and challenging and unique, and that has been a pattern for him throughout his long career as a writer.

His writing style is great, very unputdownable. I found in The Cygnus Mystery a book I am sad to finish, and can't wait for his next effort, which I'm sure will be just as good.

I'm sure Andrew will be thought of in years to come as a real ground-breaker in a number of different fields.
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Format: Paperback
There are a lot of this kind of book around at the moment and a lot of them leave you thinking that their arguments are so full of holes that you can not take their theories seriously. Selective evidence gathering are also common but that isn't so bad in my view as the people issuing counter arguments could be accused of the same thing.

This is a very dry book to start with with the author covering a lot of old research and applying his own logic and investigations on top. The early chapters stack up to a decent theory but I couldn't help thinking that the author was seeing Swans everywhere.

The final part of the book becomes its Achilles heel as he dips into some of the things that Graham Hancock suggested in his "Supernatural" which seen more speculative than the serious points made in the previous 75% of the book.

Worth a read but only if you intend to go through a lot of the other material in the genre as a lot of them overlap and will you probably get a more rounded view of the late prehistoric world.
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The book I read to research this post was The Cygnus Mystery by Andrew Collins which is an excellent book which I bought from kindle. This book starts off about the Dogon People in Mali who since ancient times and as part of their beliefs claim people came from the star we call Sirius in the Cygnus of which the Sun is part of. Anyway they knew there was 3 stars as part of what to the naked would be perceived as one star and this wasn't confirmed by the scientific world until the 1980's. They also worshipped a star we call Deben and claim when you die your body is taken somewhere in that constellation to start a new life. The constellation Cygnus is of course so named because it resembles a swan and there is strong beliefs among many ancient peoples that swans are special and that they bring spirits to our world obviously because they travel far when they migrate but Andrew argues could this belief have something to do with spacemen actually coming from this region of space. The idea we have that storks allegedly deliver babies may come from this belief. There is also what maybe circumstantial evidence that comets and meteors colliding with the Earth may have brought life here in ancient times and that there may have been some life on Mars even if only in the form of bacteria. Many ancient sites like Avebury & Stonehenge among others were aligned to these stars albet as well as others and of course there primary function appears to have been identifying the times to do things like plant crops. A lot of these kinds of sites were built around the same time even in widely different locations. Andrew tends to do books that look at ancient history and argue that ancient peoples may have been more advanced than we realize as well as looking at strange phenomena.Read more ›
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