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The Mayan Prophecies: Unlocking the Secrets of a Lost Civilization
This thrilling book offers controversial answers revealing the ancient mysteries of the Maya and their prophecies for the year 2012.
Paperback, 337 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Element Books
(first published 1995)
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This book should perhaps have been titled differently than The Mayan Prophesies, as I was expecting to read about...well, a lot of prophesies! However, it was incredibly interesting to read the history of the peoples of the Yucatan and South / Central America. Some parts of the book were a bit over my head, such as when the author explains the mathematics involved in calculating sunspot cycles, Mayan time periods, and other things. However, you do not need to understand how these calculations we ...more
Quite a stretch in a number of instances. Cotterell has gone on to postulate that Pacal, Buddha, Christ, Confucius and just about every other major religious figure of any significance was actually just another incarnation of the same enlightened being attempting to set us on the right path. I do like his theories on solar astrology, however. The lid of Pacal was also a bit of a reach. The images he claims to have discovered appear forced and even fabricated at times. On the other hand, the idea ...more
I thought this book was down to earth ( rather an anomaly in this case ). But not the end of the world- all is over - doom and forbidding. That I had expected. Rather an explanation of what had gone before and what could be going to occur in the future the date being translated from the hieroglyphs on the steps of their pyramid Maybe we can deal with whatever occurs or it might happen in a different way this tons. That the world and the climate is changing is evident to us all without any prophe ...more
Moje očekávání bylo zklamáno. toužila jsem se dozvědět něco nového, co bych nevěděla, ale nestalo se tomu tak. Název knihy hezky přiláká čtenáře, ale po začtení si uvědomíte, že se to k tématu vůbec nevztahuje a nepřibližuje. Je to jakási kniha, která popisuje to, co už víme a je známo. Takže jsem čekala nějaké novinky nebo náznkay, kterým směrem by se mohly ubírat otázky zaměřená na Maye, ale nikoli.
Okay, so some of this book could be rubbish, however, according to the fold up map on the lid of the kings tomb--one prophecy is right, the symbol for this age is the bat, the bat represents mankind--downfall by mankind? I'm not an end of the world theorist, but we are doing a pretty darn good job of destroying our planet.
Rating - 2.5. Some interesting historical information on the Mayans and some interesting theories regarding Mayan beliefs based on archaeological finds but I was surprised that there wasn't really anything in the book from Mayans themselves. I was expecting to read interviews or accounts from Mayan elders but this was really just the theories of the authors.
The Mayans were obsessed with time and numbers. Here's a clear explanation of what they attempted to create and re-create over and over again throughout time. They are revealed to be more complex than one can ever imagine. The book is written clearly and tackles many intriguing subjects.
I liked part of this book but too much time was spent on cosmology and analytical tangents. It is well-researched but technically difficult to understand. It was a good read but not one of my favorites for the reasons I cited.
Interessantissima e ben documentata la prima parte trattata da Gilbert, che si occupa di svelare elementi della cultura maya ormai archiviati dall'archeologia ortodossa. Noiosa, invece, la parte finale trattata da Cotterell, perchè piena di calcoli e troppo specifica
Adrian Gilbert is a bestselling British author and independent publisher who lives in England. His books are centred on investigations into ancient Esoteric knowledge and religious Mysteries.Adrian was born in Beckenham, Kent, England. His primary school was Bishop Challoner School, Shortlands, Beckenham, and for secondary education he went to St Edmund's College, Ware, Hertfordshire. He read Chem ...moreMore about Adrian Geoffrey Gilbert...