- Taschenbuch: 226 Seiten
- Verlag: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (31. August 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1493598694
- ISBN-13: 978-1493598694
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,4 x 22,9 cm
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Sailors of Stonehenge: The Celestial & Atlantic Origin of Civilization (Revised Edition) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. August 2012
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MANUEL VEGA, Ph.D., was formerly a researcher working for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), the University of Nagoya (Japan) and the Council of Scientific Research in Oviedo (Spain). He was also a Buddhist monk for five years in monasteries of California and Canada. He has co-authored tens of papers and patents, written extensively about the interface of science and spirituality, and received several literary awards in Spanish.
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Manuel Vega undertakes a courageous task: he attempts to answer such challenging questions by exploring how the Megalith Builders developed into a geopolitical entity with a solar-cosmic religion and spread all over Western Europe and Northern Africa. The book demonstrates how the religious and social structure of the Megalith Builders was determined by the cycles of the sky and produced an advanced technology, resulting into the well-known megalithic monuments and long maritime expeditions to unknown territories. Megalithic constructions are shown to represent the primal need to reconcile celestial with human laws by regulating political and religious life according to planetary motion. The author makes fascinating connections between various manifestations of megalithic art by placing them into the context of a common solar culture, whose knowledge survived and reached us through fragments of mythical narrations, ritual practices and the symbolic language of classical tradition.
Manuel Vega brings together pieces of an unsolved puzzle, which for the most part had resisted an overall convincing interpretation. In doing so, he exploits the findings of such diverse areas of knowledge such as history, astronomy, mythology, archaeology and navigation. The author is careful enough to prepare his readers for controversial evidence and various disagreements between scholars over the interpretation of the megalithic phenomenon. Still, one of the great merits of the book is that it manages to escape pedantic style and dogmatism and instead reads like a vivid narration of an enthralling adventure, which marked the origins of western civilization to a far higher degree than currently regarded. The numerous pictures and figures that it contains also serve as a useful tool for the reader who is not well acquainted with astronomical observations or archaeological surveys. And although experts in such fields would certainly benefit from reading it, the book itself does not presuppose any specialized knowledge; instead, reading the "Sailors of Stonehenge" challenges a lot of our preconceived ideas about the past and inspires us to gaze anew at the sky in search of our own roots and identity.
-Anna Ntinti, Classicist, MA History and Philosophy of Science, University of Athens, PhD candidate History of Ancient Philosophy, Utrecht University
Many times when reading a book one can't help but wish you could tinker with it a bit. This book has a lot of really good qualities that make it a fine reference for Neolithic stonework. The author has really done his homework and obviously knows what he's talking about. Textually it is a bit rough but that can be cleared up with some editing which is currently underway. It's a good textbook, though a bit on the dry side.
One thing that strikes me particularly about it though is that unlike most textbooks it's not afraid to reach a bit for hypotheses. While the author is clearly well informed in his field, I would suspect that some of his conclusions are rather far afield for the traditional academic community. Any rigorous and detailed scrutiny of his conclusions is likely to draw some barbs from his peers. Even the reviewers here, who one assumes are not paleontologists for the most part, seem to question the linearity of his arguments.
All THAT said, I think there's a germ of a book here that might just sell a few thousand copies. While academia isn't likely to line up around the block for a copy, there is an entire reading subculture that practically begs for information like this. Given some editing, a larger format, some good color photos and proper marketing, there are a lot of people who would buy a book linking Stonehenge and other ancient monument sites with the lost city of Atlantis and Greek literature. The fact that author is a credible researcher in this area is a powerful thing and there are plenty of people who would adore a book on speculative human history from such a studied and legitimate source.
At any rate, take all that with a grain of salt. This book is a very educated view on an interesting topic that most people don't know much about. I was glad to have the chance to edit and review it.
Vega's writing is anything but dull, packing this quick yet powerful read with a virtual array of maps, pictures, and various other forms of visual aids to grasp the reader and pull them in, leaving them longing for more. His style of writing is refreshing, keeping the pace moving steadily and providing just enough information on each topic to understand the basis for even those readers lacking background knowledge. I truly look forward to any future writings Mr. Vega publishes and can't wait to utilize this piece in my own Master's studies.
I have read the book and I find the following things.
1. Intensive research on mythology, star charts, megaliths and ancient builder theories.
2. A great stretch about the "megalith builder" society. I realize that the documentation is not there, but suggesting the the Jason and the Argonaut story reflects a true procession by ancient seafarers who preformed a religious cermony to extend the "kingship" of 10 kingdoms is a large leap of faith
3. Suffers the typical view that all "main-stream" history is just covering up the past.
I do belive that the ancients were more sophiscated than traditional history suggests. I think Phillip Coppins (rip) has some good points, as did Dr. Vega in his book.
I wish there was some more historical meat in the book versus the number of zodiac and star-chart references.
I would recommend the book to students of Megaliths, but make sure they continue to research the topic.
Many of the reviewers of this book use it as a confirmation of the history they want to be true. I think we still need to search for more answers.
This book is a bit hard to describe in my own words because it doesn't just touch on one specific topic. It is a book about a topic that encompasses many other linking topics. The description given of this book is as follows:
"Manuel Vega sheds new light upon prehistory, on the mystery that shrouds our ancestors the builders of megalithic monuments such as Stonehenge, Carnac, Avebury, Newgrange, Almendres or those at Orkney Islands. He also exposes the information hidden in the classical myths like Jason and the Argonauts, Hyperborea or the Twelve Labors of Hercules, and even in the legends of Atlantis and King Arthur, discovering in the process the cosmic roots of Christianity and Western Civilization. "Sailors of Stonehenge" contains more than a hundred images and figures."
While touching on so many theories and subjects, the author still allows the book to flow easily. Although there were a few things I did have to google (because I hadn't heard of them before) such as a few of the early astrologist/astronomer's theories, some of the references to ancient hieroglyphs, Avebury's design, cultural indications and a few other things. I learned quite a lot while reading this book and to be honest I am still finding myself looking up information as I refer to something from Vega's book. Many books or t.v. shows present features about theories of how mysterious things like Stonehedge were formed and created and the conclusions or information will vary but this book is one of the more compelling pieces of literature on the subject that I have come across.