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By Robin Derricourt

Outsiders have lengthy attributed to the center East, and particularly to historic Egypt, meanings that pass manner past the rational and observable. The zone has been visible because the resource of civilization, faith, the sciences and the humanities; but in addition of mystical wisdom and outlandish theories, no matter if in regards to the misplaced urban of Atlantis or visits by way of alien beings. In his exploration of ways its previous has been creatively interpreted by means of later a long time, Robin Derricourt surveys many of the claims which were made for Egypt - fairly the concept it harbours an esoteric knowledge important to the world’s survival. He appears to be like at ‘alternative’ interpretations of the pyramids, from maps of area and time to touchdown markers for UFOs; at pictures of the Egyptian mummy and on the renowned mythology of the ‘pharaoh’s curse’; and at imperialist principles of racial superiority that credited Egypt with spreading options and innovations so far as the Americas, Australia and China. together with arcane principles concerning the misplaced Ten Tribes of biblical Israel, the writer enlarges his concentration to incorporate the Levant. His ebook is the 1st to teach intensive how historic Egypt and the encompassing lands have so consistently and seductively tantalised the Western imagination.

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