Monday, June 15, 2009
Marketing ancient Egypt fiction in the YouTube age (ancient Egypt video)
In this YouTube age, my photographer, publicist and wife Brenda (PippaPond) has put together
a Book Trailer for my esoteric archaeological adventure thriller 'The Smiting Texts'...
in response to movie trailers such as Dan Brown's Angels & Demons.
The ancient Egyptians used powerful smiting texts and rituals of cursing or execration that included the smashing of jars as a state weapon of warfare against enemy nations.
They firmly believed that these imprecations had the power to reach out across temporal boundaries and smite all enemies of the land of Egypt in all places and at all times.
Were these ancient Egypt's Weapons of Mass Destruction?
In the thriller 'The Smiting Texts', the murder of an Egyptologist rings alarm bells with US Homeland Security. Has a threat emerged from the ancient past with stunning implications for US Security?
Anson Hunter, alternative Egyptologist, phenomenologist, theorist and blogger may hold the key to preventing a catastrophe in a race across Egypt that involves intelligence agents, hit men in galabeas, an attractive Coptic Egyptologist, hostile authorities and a sinister female assassin in full black hijab...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Does the amazingly powerful Scroll of Thoth keep turning up in history at times of disaster for humankind?
This is the latest controversial theory of alternative archaeologist Anson Hunter in ‘THE ARMAGEDDON GLYPHS’ (a new ancient Egypt based adventure novel out in the UK later this year)
As Anson tells it…
“The re-emergence of the scroll from its ancient past all started with a son of Rameses, a young magician-prince and priest called Khaemwaset, the 'First Egyptologist'. He liked to dig around the Memphis area in search of forbidden knowledge. One day, after entering a tomb in the great necropolis and engaging in a mighty tussle with the ghost of a long-dead magician, he gained the lost scroll.
“The story goes that Khaemwaset opened a series of boxes, rather like the nest of coffins and shrines found inside the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun. He opened an iron box and found a bronze box inside. He opened the bronze box and found a keté-wood box. He opened the keté-wood box and found an ivory-and-ebony box. He opened the ivory-and-ebony box and found a silver box. He opened the silver box and found a gold box. He opened the gold box and found the Book of Thoth, a scroll of papyrus covered with ancient hieroglyphs.
“As an aside, you may notice how the sequence of metals - iron, copper, gold - echoes the alchemical process of transmutation and of higher illumination. The very word ‘alchemy’ has an Egyptian root, of course, coming from khem, the ancient word for Egypt, meaning black earth or the silt deposits left by the inundation of the Nile. It also stands for the base, black first matter out of which all things came and applied to a spiritual development of a very special order.
“What exactly were these boxes that Khaemwaset found? And were they in fact boxes at all? Why do I raise this question? There’s a pointer in another scroll called the Westcar Papyrus, about an early pharaoh, Khufu, builder of the great pyramid. In it we discover that Khufu is anxiously seeking to discover ‘the number of the secret chambers of the sanctuary of Thoth’ so that he can incorporate the number inside his own tomb. Was this statement a garbled version of what he actually sought? Was his quest to find ‘the number of the secret chambers of the Sanctuary of Thoth’ or simply to find ‘a number of secret chambers of the Sanctuary of Thoth?’
“Just a difference of a definite article, but a definite difference in substance. My question is this. Are we talking about boxes, or about precious chambers - a number of them, one within the other, or after the other, of iron, bronze, kete-wood, ebony-and-ivory, silver and, ultimately gold?
“Whatever the containers were, Khaemwaset’s discovery brings him great power. He becomes ancient Egypt’s most famous magician, while his assertive father Rameses, who doubtless commandeers the scroll, elevates himself to the status of a living god and to an exalted position among the kings of Egypt.
“Rameses embarks on superhuman projects to proclaim his apotheosis and the evidence of it dominates Egypt to this day. His power and vanity know no limit. He fathers a small nation on his own, some estimates putting his progeny as high as one hundred sons, and sixty daughters, and if that doesn’t tire him out he marries at least three of his own daughters too. The most casual glance at the number and scale of the temples and colossi of this king confirms his megalomania. His ambition includes the construction of a whole new city, which in typical bombastic style he names after himself, afflicting the Hebrews in the process.
“How could the appearance of this source of power invoke holy wrath? You’ll recall that the god of Moses abhorred Egypt’s ‘false’ gods, and the source of their power, heka. ‘Against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment - I am the Lord,’ he says in Exodus. When the serpent-staff of Moses swallowed the serpents of pharaoh’s magicians, Jehovah was symbolically smiting the magical serpent goddess that adorned pharaoh’s brow. The royal uraeus or cobra on the pharaoh’s brow embodied the most potent symbol of the pharaoh’s magical power and bore the name ‘Great of Magic.’
“When Moses turned the river to blood, God was striking against Hapi, magical god of the Nile. When he plunged Egypt into darkness, he struck against the magical power of Ra, the sun god… and so on.
“I have chosen the title The Armageddon Glyphs for the Scroll of Thoth, conscious of its biblical associations. I am not alone in making religious associations with the scroll. There are groups who see the re-emergence of this forbidden knowledge as the precursor to a messianic event - the Second Coming.
“Could it be that these glyphs were a red rag and that their re-emergence in history acted as some kind of Pandora’s box, or worse, an Armageddon trigger? Khaemwaset’s discovery brought disaster upon the land of Egypt, the royal family, and great affliction on the Hebrews.
“Will disaster again be unleashed as it was on Rameses the Great, on Nectanebo and on Hitler’s Third Reich, but this time on today’s people in the Middle East, and ultimately the whole world?
'THE ARMAGEDDON GLYPHS' is the follow up to the esoteric thriller ‘THE SMITING TEXTS’.