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Works by Robert K. G. Temple

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The Complete Fables (0600) — Translator, some editions — 3,562 copies
The Illustrated Golden Bough [abridged - Temple] (1996) — Editor — 253 copies


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The author might be highly opinionated and have a rather amusing writing style, but he has a very interesting hypothesis here that makes more sense than all those ancient alien and star matching claims. The book lacks "fruit-loopiness", so that is actually a bonus. The book is also stuffed full of sepia/black photographs and illustrations and has information that is new to me (also a bonus) - it isn't just a re-hash of other stuff.
ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
A difficult but very thorough book which elaborates on a hypothesis first proposed by I.S. Shklovskii and Carl Sagan in 1966: that the ancient Babylonian legend of the amphibious god Oannes might represent an instance of paleocontact (i.e., human contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence thousands of years ago). Robert Temple offers the religious and historical traditions of Mali's Dogon tribe as evidence that Oannes and his cohorts came from a planet in the Sirius star system, and that the knowledge passed on by these alien beings was the basis for Earth's earliest civilizations.

Does Temple make his case? As effectively as it can be made, yes. He draws upon a wealth of historical resources, and it was quite obvious to this reader that the Dogon could not have known about Sirius B (Sirius's companion star, a white dwarf invisible to the human eye; it was discovered in 1862 and first photographed in 1970) unless their ancestors had encountered someone with advanced astronomical knowledge. The objections to Temple's theory are intellectually suspect, predicated solely on the notion that things just couldn't have happened as he claims they did. It has been proposed, for example, that the Dogon learned about the existence of Sirius B from astronomers who were in the tribe's vicinity for five weeks in 1893 to study a solar eclipse. Trouble is, beings from other star systems are depicted in Dogon statuary which is at least 300 years old, and Temple includes photographs of two examples in the book.

Whether or not you agree with the author's conclusions, The Sirius Mystery is a rigorous scholarly work, and will require a period of adjustment for those whose only previous acquaintance with the subject of Paleo-SETI is muddy claptrap like Chariots of the Gods. Temple provides a summary at the end of each chapter, but be prepared to take notes.
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Jonathan_M | 3 other reviews | Dec 31, 2016 |
Controversies aside, there’s no doubt that the mysteries of the Egyptian civilisation are becoming more and more intriguing with time. As one of the most fascinating civilisations of the ancient world, many researchers have tried to put the pieces of Ancient Egypt together for the rest of us to appreciate how marvellous that world was.

Have we been tricked into believing fabricated historical facts, and does the world really know all that there is to know about our civilisation? Author Robert Temple claims to have all the answers.

Temple has written more than a dozen of historical and science-based books. In Egyptian Dawn, he presents evidence of theories that he believes will shock the reader; as he confidently believes them to be true. Although there’s always room for new theories and views of other Egyptologists that don’t neccessarily agree with his beliefs; the author insists that his theories will put an end to all debates on these subjects. The author helps readers that may not be familiar with the subject references by explaining his theories and information as simply as possible.

The book starts off powerfully from the first page; where the author promises to uncover all the ancient secrets and to expose 'the big lie' by the end of Egyptian Dawn. According to Temple, the big lie is that the Giza Pyramids were built by Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus; a fact that he claims to be untrue. Don’t be surprised just yet; the author then suggests or rather backs the opinion of an amateur archaeologist that suggests that the largest pyramid was not built by King Cheops, as it had probably existed thousands of years before his time.

The book presents highly researched and backed-up material, including information that points towards certain Giza locations containing undiscovered remains. However, the author seems exceedingly confident in his hypotheses, even though some of the basic information that he uses to prove his theories hasn’t even been established as credible and accurate. It doesn’t exactly help either when Temple refers to his former books, which suggest that Egyptian, Sumerian and Dogon civilisations were founded by aliens!

Many can argue with Temple’s views and opinions, but the book will appeal to history buffs and those with a genuine interest in controversial issues. Though he claims that his quest is to find the richest secrets of ancient Egypt, and he has an evident passion for Egypt; you can’t help but finish Egyptian Dawn with more questions than answers.

By Salma Tantawi - Writer for http://www.Cairo360.com
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cairo360 | Apr 17, 2011 |
Very difficult to accept; yet, the writer seems to be well accepted, and this book has been favourably reviewed. A seeker of knowledge cannot close his mind in these circumstances. Certainly challenging, but nor persuasive. How could it?
rajaratnam | 3 other reviews | May 31, 2010 |

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