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The Secrets of the Maya by the Editors of Archaeology Magazine

Secrets of the Maya. Ed. by The Editors of Archaeology Magazine. Preface by Peter A. Young. New York: Hatherleigh Press, 2004. Paperback, 203 pages. This volume, consisting of thirty-one essays published during the preceding sixgteen years, extends over the entire … Continue reading

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The Indo-Aryan Controversy by Bryant and Patton

Edwin F. Bryant and Laurie L. Patton, eds. The Indo-Aryan Controversy: Evidence and Inference in Indian History. London and New York: Routledge, 2005. Paperback, xi + 522 pages. The nineteenth-century model of an invasion of Sanskrit-speaking “Aryan” tribes into Northern India … Continue reading

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The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes by Firestone et al.

Firestone, Richard, Allen West, and Simon Warwick-Smith. The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization. Rochester, Vt.: Bear & Co., 2006. Paperback, 392 pp. Availing themselves of various sciences and mythology, the authors of this … Continue reading

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The Baltic Origins of Homer’s Epic Tales by Vinci

Felice Vinci. The Baltic Origins of Homer’s Epic Tales: The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Migration of Myths. Transl. by Felice Vinci and Amalia De Francesco. Foreword by Joscelyn Godwin. Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions, 2006. Paperback, xiii + 370 pp. It … Continue reading

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Pain, Sex and Time by Heard

Gerald Heard. Pain, Sex and Time: A New Outlook on Evolution and the Future of Man. Foreword by Huston Smith. Rhinebeck, N.Y.: Monkfish, repr. ed. 2004. Paperback, xxxii + 263 pp. I first encountered Heard’s 1939 book some thirty years ago … Continue reading

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The Lost Land of Lemuria by Ramaswamy

Sumathi Ramaswamy. The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. Paperback, xvii + 334 pages. The numerous popular books on lost continents like Atlantis, Mu, and Lemuria are packed with nonsense and generally not … Continue reading

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Hamlet’s Mill by Santillana and Dechend

Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend. Hamlet’s Mill: An Essay on Myth and the Frame of Time. Boston, Mass.: Nonpareil Books/David Godine Publisher, 1977. Paperback, xxvii + 505 pages. When I first read this amazing and beautifully written volume in … Continue reading

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Akhenaten by Reeves

Nicholas Reeves. Akhenaten: Egypt’s False Prophet. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2005. Paperback, 208 pages. Apart from Tutankhamen, no pharaoh has captured our imagination more than Akhenaten ( Amenophis IV), whose monotheism temporarily interrupted the stream of Egyptian religion. Widely admired, … Continue reading

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