Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Graham Hancock-Fingerprints of the Gods (1995)
"Fingerprints of the Gods" is a book first published in 1995 by Graham Hancock, in which he contends that some previously unidentified ancient but highly-advanced civilization had existed in prehistory, one which served as the common progenitor civilization to all subsequent known known ancient historical ones. Supposedly, sometime after the end of the last ice age, this civilization passed on to its inheritors knowledge of such things as astronomy, architecture, and mathematics. The book pivots on three "fingerprints" of these civilizations, evidence of which Hancock finds in the descriptions of civilizing God-Men, i.e. Osiris, Thoth, Quetzalcoatl, and Virachocha. These creation myths predate history, and Hancock suggests that in 10,450 B.C., a major pole shift took place, before which Antarctica was further from the South Pole than it is today, and after which it was moved to it's present location. This civilization was supposedly centered around Antarctica, and later survivors initiated the Olmec, Aztec, Maya, and Egyptian cultures.