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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Two (sort of) Book Reviews

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

Here are two books that will thrill ancient astronaut theorists but neither should be eschewed by persons who seek authoritative information about the ancient Mayan civilization or ancient America:

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James O’Kon’s book is a concise compendium of Mayan history, filled with magnificent colored photographs and line drawings:

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James O’Kon’s book showcases the Mayan societies between 20,000 B.C. and 900 A.D. and what “advanced” technology the Mayans developed and used.

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This line drawing gives an idea of how the Mayan’s moved the large stone blocks that made their temples and buildings – the drawing emulating what is considered the modus of the Egyptians for their pyramid construction:

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The Mayan’s filtered their water this way, Mr. O’Kon suggests:

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And, of course, the Mayans had their own unique method of writing:

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Or this drawing which shows how the Mayans constructed their unique arches:

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I can’t do justice to Mr. O’Kon’s magnificent book. It is replete with so many pertinent photos and facts that those interested in the Mayans would do well to buy the book. It’s published by New Page Books, a division of Career Press, Inc., Pompton Plains, NJ and sells for $21.99 at bookstores online and off – Amazon, Powell’s, Barnes and Noble, et cetera.


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Frank Joseph edits forty-five hypothetical turns about mysterious artifacts and locations in the Americas by various authors, including himself, all mostly credentialed.

They present their conjectures and “proofs” in succinct, pithy chapters that make for easy reading while opening a reader’s bafflement as to how and why some places and things show up in the Americas when their rightful places seem to be in the Old World.

Frank Joseph’s book provides intriguing photographs to supplement the material presented.

For instance, Ross Hamilton surmises, in Chapter 16 [Pages 112 ff.] that Ohio’s “Serpent Mound” is of megalithic origin:

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And Patrick C. Chouinard, in Chapter 36, shows this statue, which contains indications of a beard while the culture that displayed the statue – the Myans - -were not genetically disposed to beard growth. (The statue represents the Mayan God, Kukulcan, the feathered serpent.)

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Scott Wolter tells readers that the Bat Creek stone, found in the Little Tennessee River in 1889, appears to be of Hebraic origination and Mr. Wolter provides a time-line of the controversial matters that have arisen over the stone:

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The Nazca balloon shows up in Frank Joseph’s Chapter (31) on Prehistoric Aviators of the Andes which furthers the idea that the Nazca culture used balloons to ride aloft, from which they envisioned the famous Nazca lines or drawings:

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Professor Nobuhiro Yoshida compares, in Chapter 25, Page 158 ff., a Japanese dragon icon [circa 18th Century] with one, from Amerindian art [from the same time period or earlier] in Alton, Illinois, and Professor Yoshida gives a précis of dragon lore:

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Scott Wolter presents, in Chapter 18, Page 122 ff., the story of a mysterious tower in Newport, Rhode Island, that purports to be a Templar built edifice from before the time of Christopher Columbus:

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This is only a sampling, obviously, of the intriguing accounts in Frank Joseph’s 288 page book.

If you like strange tales, told with panache and concise flavor, the book is published by New Page Books, a Division of Career Press, Inc, Pompton Plains, NJ and sells for $15.99 at eminent book sellers, online and off….(Amazon, Powell’s, Barnes and Noble, et cetera).

RR

4 Comments:

  • Thanks for posting the reviews. I think they aptly demonstrate the fallibility of our shared cultural memory and how easy it is to dismiss just how intelligent our forebears were in place of extraterrestrials showing them the ropes. And I think it is apt for you to include a book on how many such anomalies there are in relation to gaps in such shared memory. Nearly all of them are fascinating.
    I still recall Carl Sagan's fascination with the "Sirius Mystery" concerning the Dogon Tribe and then counter intuitively tried to have Robert Temple blackballed from the National Academy of Sciences ( according to Temple. Whether it is Robert Graves "The White Goddess" or "Hamlet's Mill" there are more than enough anomalies in the record to ruminate upon.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Saturday, April 14, 2012  

  • And it would be nice, Bruce, if more readers here and across the UFO/Fortean spectrum were familiar with Hamlet's Mill or The White Goddess, and other books like them.

    Packing books for a move to new offices had my guys wondering what to do with my library when I'm gone (passed on)....yes, they anticipate my going over.

    My rather vast collection is, like some old computer monitors here, anchronistic to these younger fellows, who use the internet and Wikipedia for their edifications.

    It's sad, in a way....

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, April 14, 2012  

  • Did you ever find a copy of "The Weather Matrix and Human Behavior" by
    Persinger?

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Saturday, April 14, 2012  

  • Yes, I found a copy, at Amazon, from my Wish List there, Bruce and I have it listed in my Google Book account, but at $130.70 (used) or $350 (new, at Barnes and Noble), it seems a bit much, since I get the gist of his argument and theses without the cost of his whole litany.

    I'll let you know when (or if) I get a printed, in-my-hands copy.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, April 14, 2012  

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