Voyages of the Pyramid Builders: The True Origins of the Pyramids from Lost Egypt to Ancient America Hardcover – 1 Feb. 2003
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- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1585422037
- ISBN-13 : 978-1585422036
- Product Dimensions : 15.95 x 3.15 x 23.67 cm
- Publisher : Jeremy P Tarcher (1 Feb. 2003)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,909,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert Aquinas McNally is a writer and poet. Voyages of the Pyramid Builders is his seventh book.
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The authors spend a lot of time exploring mythology and different variations of the pyramid theme trying to guide the reader to the conclusion the title of the book demands. Momentarily they actually do touch on the reason humans might build pyramids. This is the apparantly shared human appreciation and affinity for elevation…high places do exert a fascination and pleasure. There is a basic practical point that this book does not consider here. Pyramids (and similar structures) are the product of the desire to build hıgh; to achieve elevation. Our view is distorted by our own fascination with Egypt’s great Pyramids, which are tombs, but most pyramids are in fact platforms. But whether we are talking about the great pyramids of the Americas, Mesopotamian ziggurats or more modest structures like Silbury Hıll in southern England, what we are talking about is a platform. İf your building technology is primitive and your building material is restricted and you want to build high then you must build off a large base. The result is invariably going to be a pyramid or a cone. A pyramid is demonstration of a primitive culture in technological terms no matter how clever or ingenious the construction methods became. These people were primitive not stupid. It isn’t evidence of diffusion in either technology or concept.; it isn’t evidence of a global culture; it isn’t evidence of high technology. The best efforts of pioneers like Thor Heyerdahl have produced no tangible evidence of any kind of link between the Old World and the New, either by land or sea before the modern era. Nor do putative puzzles like the Michigan copper mines. Common sense should tell you that the great distances between these cultures, both in terms of geography and particularly time, means there is no connection. Schoch and McNally don’t make a convincing case either.
I don't think this is a 5-Star book, i would say it's about a 3.5 but i completely disagree with the previous reviewer and felt that I had to balance things out.
He/She claims it to be 'Unsubstantiated New-Age Speculation'...what? as i remember (its been a few months since i read it, so its not fresh in my mind) there is nothing remotely spiritual or New-Age about this book.
They take quite a methodical, scientific approach to the whole thing. Basically, without revealing the conclusions they reach, they look at the similarities between the pyramids of a number of different cultures across the world and the religious ceremonies associated with them (in a detached, observational way). The most interesting part for me is that they try to prove (quite convincingly, I felt) that travel between old world and the Americas was not only possible before Columbus but they also provide dozens of examples to show that there was an exchange of ideas and even trade that cannot be attributed to coincidence. Their thesis is based mainly on historical, cultural, anthropological and archaeological evidence. There are no claims whatsoever of Aliens or Atlantis (it is considered but rejected) or any kind of conspiracy, nothing like that.
would recommend this to anyone who is interested history and is open-minded enough to realise that the history taught by the establishment/mainstream etc is not indisputable fact and can, or rather should be challenged by new theories, which is what this book is doing.