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Rise of Man in the Gardens of Sumeria: A Biography of L. A. Waddell Hardcover – 30 Jul 2009

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  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press (30 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845193156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845193157
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,525,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Brings alive the strange world of the Edda, and its eerie parallels in the book of Genesis, while at the same time vindicating the work of its greatest interpreter, the British explorer Laurence A. Waddell. In this book, Christine Preston persuasively demonstrates that Norse myths that have always been placed in the north, the assumed land of the gods, were in fact echoes of very real events that took place in the land of Eden, modern day eastern Turkey, in some distant epoch. She argues also that this same region of the globe was also the place of origin of the Sumerian race, a nagging suspicion that has always existed but has never been so convincingly argued." --Andrew Collins, author, "The Cygnus Mystery" and "Ashes of Angels, Gods of Eden"

"Preston's doctoral research into ancient India led her to Waddell (1845-1938), the first European to publish research on Tibetan Lamaism and Buddhism. She reconstructs his life and career as a British Army officer, and sheds light on the ideologies he expressed in works that have long since been sidelined by the media and scholars. Among his claims were that the writing of Indus Valley (still undeciphered) was Sumerian, and that the Icelandic Elder Edda reveals the ancient Aryan makers of civilization. The history he told recounts the Aryan quest, the rise of man, and the second garden of Sumeria." --"Reference & Research Book News"

Brings alive the strange world of the Edda, and its eerie parallels in the book of Genesis, while at the same time vindicating the work of its greatest interpreter, the British explorer Laurence A. Waddell. In this book, Christine Preston persuasively demonstrates that Norse myths that have always been placed in the north, the assumed land of the gods, were in fact echoes of very real events that took place in the land of Eden, modern day eastern Turkey, in some distant epoch. She argues also that this same region of the globe was also the place of origin of the Sumerian race, a nagging suspicion that has always existed but has never been so convincingly argued. Andrew Collins, author, "The Cygnus Mystery" and "Ashes of Angels, Gods of Eden""

Preston s doctoral research into ancient India led her to Waddell (1845 1938), the first European to publish research on Tibetan Lamaism and Buddhism. She reconstructs his life and career as a British Army officer, and sheds light on the ideologies he expressed in works that have long since been sidelined by the media and scholars. Among his claims were that the writing of Indus Valley (still undeciphered) was Sumerian, and that the Icelandic Elder Edda reveals the ancient Aryan makers of civilization. The history he told recounts the Aryan quest, the rise of man, and the second garden of Sumeria. "Reference & Research Book News""

About the Author

Christine Preston is a Researcher in the Classics and Ancient History Department, University of Swansea. In the process of researching the origin of Indo-European languages she came across L A Waddells The British Edda, which led her to write this biography. Her current research focuses on the Archaeology of the Indus Valley civilization; Aryan and Sumerian controversies; and decipherment of Indus Script.

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This is a biography of L.A. Waddell, a scholar, author, Sumerologist and Archaeologist. His theories were regarded as controversial by his contemporaries and they still are today. The first part of the book is about Waddell's career in Tibet and his quest for manuscripts or records concerning ancient civilization (and even Atlantis). Chapter Five is the core of the book and of Waddell's theories on the origin of the Sumerian civilization: In the Medieval Ages, there existed an oral tradition that already circulated in the British Isles and Scandinavia before the Christian era. It was the origin of the Arthurian legends (as the latter was re-written in the 12th century). Many parchments existed after it was put in writing but they were destroyed by Christian missionaries between the 6th and 8th centuries AD. One that belonged to someone who journeyed to Iceland was rediscovered in 1643. It is called "Codex Regius" and scholars have named it the "Elder Edda", to distinguish it from Snorri Sturluson's prose Edda. L. A. Waddell theorised that the sibyls who recited this tradition in the Medieval Ages had forgotten that the stories were about the creation of civilization in Cappadocia, and that the tradition had originated from the land that is now suspected to have been the cradle of the Sumerian civilization and the "Garden of Eden" of Genesis, as it is where the oldest temple in the world (that is presently excavated at Göbekli Tepe, near Urfa in Turkey) has been discovered. The Edda contains parallels to Genesis. Waddell contended that the fort at Boghazkoy (Hattusha) had been built by Aryan architects of the first civilization who eradicated a Serpent-Dragon cult in this region c.Read more ›
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Preston re-states most of Lawrence Waddell's key ideas in a single accessible source, and thereby performs a very useful service. Most scholars will not touch Waddell because he wrote in the early 1900s, innocently using words like race and Aryan (we now say Indo-European) and an Indic good-luck sun symbol (the swastika) that have since been trashed by the Nazis. More to the point he poured out so many ideas that his books read a bit like the Harry Potter oeuvre -- no stone left unturned among legends, fairy stories, and so on -- as he tries to demonstrate the essential continuity of civilization back to 3000 BC Cappadocia. Relatively few of those ideas stand up today (Waddell wrote a lot of twaddle) but a few are still potentially important. Preston's big failing is that she fails to discuss his ideas critically and tell the reader what is nonsense and where the good bits are. That job remains for others, who must definitely start with Preston's book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars $85 for Junior High binding and no pictures 17 Oct. 2009
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I had looked forward to the book as, although Waddell was certainly a man of his times in both the positive and limiting senses, I was stunned when I opened the package to discover an $85 book bound as if it were being marketed to Tweens or Junior High School students. Even worse was there was not a single photo from Waddell's travels. There is a photo of Waddell made of fist sized pixels which looks like someone chopped his head off and put it on the nearest available body.
I did not read the text as, as soon as I opened the package to see the binding and the lack of photos, I knew I would be returning the book. However, I suspect the disconnect between price and product might well be an indication Waddell's biography remains to be written.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britain and Sumeria 2 Jun. 2014
By Lampholder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an extraordinary and unique volume that lays out the life history and insights of an extraordinary man, whose research
offers remarkable insights into the historic relationship between Ancient Britain and Anatolia. These relationships are often badly
misunderstood...but are nevertheless a significant strand of world history.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine book 27 Jun. 2013
By blandbutmarvellous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There's absolutely nothing wrong with the way this book is bound, despite the comments from an earlier reviewer. It's a serious and informative study of an unusual and unique scholar.
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