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The Deceptocene Era: Challenging Mainstream History
Wednesday April 6, 2022 11:00am EST
by Ralph Ellis
The Deceptocene Era: Challenging Mainstream History

With a following of thousands, author and historian Ralph Ellis needs no introduction. In an era of fake news and deception, Ralph Ellis tackles a selection of academic deceptions and burning topics that have mesmerised, but also misled students and audiences for ages.  In this interview we focus on two of the most provocative enigmas, that elicit lively debates.

Are these academic deceptions the result of intentional deceit or sheer incompetence? To be sure there are any number of incompetent scientists, historians and clerics, says Ralph, but much of this is due to deliberate falsification and fraud. The world is awash with duplicity and deceit, and it is time to break through the deception.

Dating Constructions On The Giza Plateau

Mainstream Egyptologists have traditionally estimated the age of the pyramids of Giza to circa 2500 BC, the Fourth Dynasty. The Great Pyramid of Khufu for example is dated due to the tombs of Khufu’s daughter and vizier beside the Great Pyramid and pottery dating to that period. Yet there are no hieroglyphs inside the pyramids, nor have any bodies actually been found in these supposed tombs of the pharaohs, Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. Theories have been formulated regarding star shafts embedded in the pyramids, water erosion and astronomical alignment. Who built them, and did the engineers who built them have knowledge of a map of the earth, and how could they know this without spotting it from space? What is the secret of the Sphinx?

Who Was Jesus

The Bible tells Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary, who was impregnated by the Holy Spirit and he grew up as the son of a simple carpenter in Galilee. Yet he became revered as the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savour and a religion was built up around him. What was the political landscape of Rome, Parthia and Judea at the time of Jesus’ birth? Who were his ancestors, including his parents, and does he fit the profile of a royal contender for the throne of Rome, eventually occupied by Vespasian – why was Jesus, the King of Edessa written out of history? Many questions sparking many debates are: Did he marry Mary Magdalene and who was she? Why would the son of a carpenter be bedecked in a royal purple cloak and what about his capability to perform miracles for example feeding the multitude of 5,000 with a few fish and loaves of bread? Is there actually a likeness of him?

 

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The Deceptocene Era: Challenging Mainstream History

Ralph Ellis started as a software engineer, but moved into the equally technical spheres of mineral surveying, aviation, and palaeoclimatology, but always maintained and built upon the archaeological interests and research of his father. As a historian, Ralph has toured the Mediterranean for more than three decades searching for secular similarities and parallels between the apparently disparate disciplines of history and theology. And the research has been very fruitful with many new fundamental discoveries being made, mostly in Egypt, resulting in 13 books. Ralph has also sought to understand the design of the megalithic monuments from a purely scientific and engineering viewpoint. Nevertheless, his lateral analysis of the likely possibilities for the design of these great monuments is still very novel and highly provocative. He has also launched a series of lectures under the banner of Ralph Ellis Illumination on YouTube and his own channel Patreon.

His latest book: Shards of Illumination is a compilation of questions and answers most asked on his

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Hinduism: An Ancient Multi-facetted Cosmology
Wednesday March 16, 2022 2:00pm EST
by Steve Martin
Hinduism: An Ancient Multi-facetted Cosmology

A sweeping look at the ancient cross-cultural flows that worked to shape the long legacies of the major religions, right up to our contemporary moment. Primarily grounded in examining the Sumerian, Akkadian, Greek, Egyptian, Pagan, and biblical origins of various religious figures, practices, and beliefs, but drawing on a wide array of mythologies that stretch beyond this, author Steve Martin makes a compelling case for the shared origins of the world's great religions, arguing that by reincorporating many previously excommunicated spiritualities and atheisms, Hinduism manifested itself as the complex, multi-faceted cosmology it is today.

Hinduism boasts of having the oldest surviving texts, but those texts are not followed anymore. When comparing Hinduism’s oldest text to its more recent texts, there are subtle, but distinct, differences, which indicate a progression in the religion. Early Hinduism appears to have been nearly identical to most other religions at that time. Likewise, cultural influences appeared around the world parallel to Egypt’s fifth dynasty. As we go back, we see that ancient deities were not always personifications of elements of nature, and for a long-time, certain animals were universally identified with God. Another animal, the serpent, appears to have eventually become a personification of one element of nature. One deity was worshipped by one name at a funeral and by another name at a wedding. The ancient world largely referred to kings and ancestors as gods.

Mesopotamian rulers left their mark far and wide. One such mark is the appearance of pyramids and burial mounds that seem to follow paganism. One unique tradition, anciently known to be practiced in Egypt and Greece was also practiced in India, at least, up to the last couple centuries. Some of the earliest Greek creation myths were used by the biblical apostles to identify with Jesus. Prior to the fifth century BC, astrology was used very different from how it is commonly used now. Throughout history, we see religion and astrology repeatedly being manipulated for the purpose of increasing power by kings and priests. China appeared to be religiously isolated from the rest of the world for a long time but was eventually affected by outside influences. Early Chinese religion helps to connect the dots among the other religions of the world. We later see Hinduism integrating many different religions from all over the world.

 

 

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Stephen Martin

Stephen Martin is a theology major working in automotive electronics who has long nurtured an interest in world religions and Hinduism in particular. Equipped with his background in religious studies and a strong desire to better understand his Hindu coworkers, Martin spent time studying the Vedas, the most ancient Hindu texts, along with a plethora of other rich academic sources on the topic, to flesh out his comprehensive study on the matter. He is the author of Retaliation of the Cursed A Historical Investigation of The Origins of Worship, World Religion, Mythology, Paganism, Astrology and Atheism, and Their Contributions Leading to Modern Hinduism.


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The Enigmatic Death Of Alexander The Great Murdered Or Not?
Saturday February 19, 2022 5:30pm EST
by Andrew Chugg
The Enigmatic Death Of Alexander The Great Murdered Or Not?

The untimely death of Alexander the Great in Babylon in June 323 BC may have altered the history of the world more profoundly than any other intervention of disease in the fate of mankind. Alexander had been poised to begin the conquests of Arabia, North Africa and Western Europe with a fleet of a thousand galleys and a vast battle-hardened army. It is quite unlikely that anything else could have stopped him. Consequently, the exact cause of his death has been a source of intense and enduring speculation ever since that fateful day.

Ancient medicine lacked the skills to make a certain diagnosis and the corpse has been lost since the end of the 4th century AD, frustrating modern science of the opportunity for an autopsy. Only words from witnesses remain and even those have been re-worked and re-edited through the hands of multiple intervening transcribers. What we have left can be made to fit a range of diseases, syndromes and agencies. Scholars have tended to regard these theories as a herd from which anyone is free to select whichever beast takes your fancy.

However, author Andrew Chugg has now brought the statistics of mortality to bear on the issue. This provides a scientific basis for discriminating clearly between the various candidates. With the help of forgotten data on the diseases of the British army in Mesopotamia in the First World War, a particular solution to the enigma emerges as being vastly more probable than any rival.

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Andrew ChuggAndrew Michael Chugg read Natural Sciences at Trinity College in the University of Cambridge in the UK, graduating with honors. He has appeared as an Alexander expert on BBC Radio, and in several National Geographic TV documentaries. He has also written various books on Alexander including The Quest for the Tomb of Alexander the Great and Alexander’s Lovers. He recently completed a project to reconstruct the highly influential account of Alexander’s reign by Cleitarchus, which was written in Alexandria in the second quarter of the third century BC, but which has been lost since the time of the Roman Empire. The entire reconstruction was published in a single 700-page volume in 2015. Andrew is currently working on an account of the largest and most important tomb ever found in Greece in the Kasta Mound at Amphipolis, and on a scientific analysis of the Pharos lighthouse in Alexandria, the Seventh Wonder of the ancient world. His theory on Alexander’s death features in Disease and the Ancient World.

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Atlantean Civilization 432,000 BC To The Modern Era
Wednesday January 19, 2022 5:00pm EST
by Marco Vigato
Atlantean Civilization 432,000 BC To The Modern Era

Exploring more than 100,000 years of Earth’s history, Marco Vigato combines recent discoveries in the fields of archaeology, geology, anthropology, and genetics with the mystery teachings of antiquity to investigate the true origins of civilization. Establishing the historical and geological reality of Atlantis stretching all the way back to 432,000 BC, he traces the course of Atlantean civilization through its three empires, revealing how civilization rose and fell several times over this lengthy span of time.

The author shows that Atlantis did not vanish “in one terrible day and night” but survived in a variety of different forms well into the historical era. He reveals how the first Atlantean civilization lasted from 432,000 to 33,335 BC, the second one from 21,142 to 10,961 BC, and the third Atlantis civilization--the one celebrated by Plato--collapsed in 9600 BC, after the Younger Dryas cataclysm. The author examines the role of Atlantean survivors in restarting civilization in different parts of the world, from Göbekli Tepe and Egypt to India, Mesopotamia, and the Americas. He explains how they created colonies and outposts around the globe, as evidenced by the colossal network of pyramids, earthen mounds, and other megalithic monuments they left behind. He shows how these monuments testify to the survival of a “Sacred Science” of Atlantean origin, and he documents the survival of the primeval Atlantean Tradition through various secret societies into the modern era.

Drawing on more than 500 ancient and modern sources and his own personal exploration of hundreds of archaeological sites around the world, the author shows not only that Atlantis was real but that the whole world is now being called to become a New Atlantis and awaken into a new Golden Age.

Marco VigatoMarco M Vigato, a native of Italy, lives in Mexico City and has travelled extensively across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, South-East Asia, North and South America. He is also a passionate photographer, dedicated to documenting the evidence of ancient advanced civilizations and sacred sites around the world. Much of his recent research has focused on the megalithic remains of ancient Mexico and Mesoamerica, leading him to the discovery of several little-known sites in the central Mexican highlands showing evidence of advanced engineering and architecture. He is currently working on a more comprehensive study of the origins and development of megalithic civilizations around the world, which will focus on cultural and historical aspects, as well as on the relationship of ancient megalithic sites with sacred geometry, astronomy, and geodesy. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. and M.Sc. in Finance from Bocconi University.  He is the author of The Empires of Atlantis: The Origins of Ancient Civilizations and Mystery Traditions throughout the Ages | To see more, visit Uncharted Ruins

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Scotland's Hidden Sacred Past
Saturday December 11, 2021 5:00pm EST
by Freddy Silva
Scotland's Hidden Sacred Past

Did Scotland’s out-of-place monuments originate 2500 miles away in Armenia?

Orkney and the Western Isles of Scotland offer an outstanding collection of stone circles, standing stones, towers and passage mounds, and yet many such monuments are not indigenous to Britain, they belong to regions of the Caspian Sea and the Mediterranean.

Their creators were equally mysterious. Traditions tell of 'strangers from afar' who were physically different, dressed in white tunics and lived aside from the regular population. They were regarded as master astronomers with an uncanny ability to work with enormous stones. But who were these relatively advanced ancient architects?


In this radical investigative work, bestselling author Freddy Silva examines the Neolithic culture, Gaelic language and sacred traditions of the Scottish Isles and finds a trail of evidence leading to Sardinia and the Armenian Highlands. His research locates the origin of this misplaced civilization, and what prompted its people to choose the furthest reaches of Europe over 7000 years ago to recreate the masterworks of their original homeland.

Silva also uncovers a hidden blueprint laid out across Orkney and Ireland, demonstrating how our predecessors were far more capable of extraordinary achievements than we've been led to believe.

Freddy Silva Freddy Silva is a best-selling author, and leading researcher of ancient civilizations, restricted history, sacred sites, and their interaction with consciousness.

He has published seven books in six languages: The Missing Lands: Uncovering Earth’s Pre-flood Civilization; The Divine Blueprint: Temples, Power Places, and the Global Plan to Shape The Human Soul; The Lost Art of Resurrection: Initiation, Secret Chambers and the Quest for the Otherworld; First Templar Nation: How the Knights Templar Created Europe’s First Nation-state and a Refuge for the Grail; Secrets In The Fields: The Science and Mysticism of Crop Circles and Chartres Cathedral: The Missing or Heretic Guide

Described by one CEO as "perhaps the best metaphysical speaker in the world right now,” for two decades he has been an international keynote speaker, with notable appearances at the International Science and Consciousness Conference, the International Society For The Study Of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, and the Association for Research and Enlightenment, in addition to appearances on Gaia TV, History Channel, BBC, and radio shows such as Coast To Coast.

He has also produced thirteen documentaries, and leads private tours to sacred sites worldwide.

Check out his book Scotland’s Hidden Sacred Past. Available direct from the author at www.invisibletemple.com

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The Soul Of The Sword
Saturday October 2, 2021 5:00pm EST
by Rob Miller
The Soul Of The Sword

Mythology speaks of magical swords like Excalibur, Claíomh Solais, Durendal and Thuận Thiên. In history swords were not only weapons to warriors, but were also embedded with symbols of power. The four elements, earth, air, fire and water fuse in the creation of a sword.  Iron ore from the earth provides the raw material, and the fire from the forge separates the iron from the oxygen releasing the air, and then the steel is tempered by water. In the blending of these four elements, the fifth ethereal element magically enters: the soul of the sword, encapsulated in the decorated blade, it sings in the hands of its wielder.

Rob Miller, Master Swordsmith comments: “My original obsession was with the alchemical nature of the whole operation, so the fire has remained at the center of my work. I see it as the essential element that is introduced into steel to give it a ‘life’, something that may not be visible to the customer, but that will give a sense of soul to the final piece.”

Rob walks us through the recreation of some of the most famous swords in history: The Canute Sword, dating to Late Viking Age, was found in Langeid in south Norway now exhibited in Oslo. It is thought to have been owned by one of King Canute’s wealthy warriors that accompanied him to fight against King Ethelred in England. The hilt is decorated in characters that suggest the influence of Christianity at this point, gold leaf work and silver wired grip compliment the striking appearance of the sword. Gold was very rarely used in Viking pieces.

The Steinvik Sword, is another Norwegian Viking treasure, found by Arnt Steinvik  in Skatval, Stjørdal municipality in Norway. It is sometimes difficult to imagine how these early craftsmen were able to achieve such exquisite detail in their work, with such a short life expectancy and the lack of modern tools and equipment. The silver wires were all inlaid and hammered in, along with the intricate gripping beast panels in bronze. The grip was ornamented with a silver ring, again inlaid with the same features.

The Fetter Lane Sword is an eight century Saxon sword that was discovered during construction in Fetter Lane, London. Rob was immediately struck by the bizarre serpent design on the one side of the pommel, it looked somehow modern and ancient at the same time, and unlike anything else he had ever seen. This was the Sword that would earn him his Master’s seal.

Rob MillerROB MILLER is one of the very few remaining swordsmiths who uses traditional techniques to create entirely authentic, functional swords. This means using fire and a hammer to forge, harden and  hamper the steel to give it the desired qualities of toughness and flexibility, as well as the beauty and grace of a true work of art. Based on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Rob Miller has over 25 years’ experience forging original swords, as well as recreating historical pieces that have been recovered from battlegrounds and burials

Initially, he was just interested to find out how swords could be crafted in the modern age but the production of his first few blades attracted the attention of visitors to the Island. In order to create the sword from raw materials he developed several other skill sets too: leatherwork, jewellery-making and woodwork are all required during the making of the scabbard and belt work, and the fine ornamentation of the more elaborate pieces. As one of the longer established swordsmiths worldwide Rob has gained a positive reputation for his craft. 

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African Genesis - The Rise Of Civilization
Saturday September 18, 2021 5:00pm EST
by Dr Edward Bruce Bynum
African Genesis - The Rise Of Civilization

The anthropological and ethnographical study of humanity’s four-million-year-old history in Africa, prior to the diaspora from Africa, is well documented. The template of humankind, - the psychic and generic roots of all present-day humanity – was nestled in East Africa at least 2.5-million-years- ago, before they left the continent. Homo erectus decided to leave the mother continent 1.7-million years ago, and round about 150 000 to 200 000 years ago Homo sapiens sapiens travelled out of Africa, using the same routes as Homo erectus.

The origin of modern humanity is Black and African. Civilization first emerged out of a rich, dark, creative synthesis of life forces along the Nile.  The earliest seeds of human civilization germinated in the Upper-Nile valley and the lakes region of Eastern Africa, when our species began to cultivate and harvest grain, around 17,000 to 18,300 years ago.

Dr Edward Bynum explores the influence of the Nubian civilization (called Kush by the Egyptians and modern-day Sudan) on the Dravidians of the Indus Valley, the Kemetic Egyptian civilization, Mesopotamia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Chinese in Asia, the Greeks, Celts and West Africa. Twelve Nubian kings ruled the Middle East before the Egyptian dynasty; the Egyptian 25th Dynasty were Kushite (Nubian kings); King Gudea governor of Sumer was an African and many of the Kings of Sumer and Elam were Black; skulls found in Harappa and Mohenjo Daro in the Indus Valley are identical to those found in Nubia; the first king of China, Fushi, was described as “black with woolly hair”, as was the Shang dynasty; Yu Nai Hwang-Ti, prominent in the Tao philosophy was ethnically descendant from the Black Elamites and Akkadians; on the Arabian peninsula, Yemen and Oman were ruled by the Black Adites, Mineans and Sabeans; and so it continues…

Dr Bynum discusses the Nubian impact on ancient trade routes; the origins of writing – their Meroitic script consisted of 24 symbols, as yet to be deciphered; the earliest calendars; the female fertility religion of Isis and the Black Madonna, which was perhaps a reflection of a deep unconscious memory of the mitochondrial DNA mother, construction and city planning – there are more pyramids in Nubia than Egypt; origins of  yoga and the martial arts, - all elements of an underlying Black Unconsciousness in the human psyche.

Edward Bruce Bynum

Edward Bruce Bynum, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and former director of the behavioral medicine program at the University of Massachusetts Health Services. The 2005 recipient of the Abraham H. Maslow Award from the American Psychological Association and the author of several books, including Dark Light Consciousness, The Dreamlife of Families: The Psychospiritual Connection and his latest Our African Unconscious. He is currently in private practice in Hadley, Massachusetts.  His website is  https://obeliskfoundation.com/

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Palmyra, Pearl of the Syrian Desert
Saturday August 21, 2021 5:00pm EST
by Prof Fanie Vermaak
Palmyra, Pearl of the Syrian Desert

Not just the archaeological community, but the entire world was horrified at the news and video clips of ISIL’s senseless destruction of the ancient site of Palmyra in Syria in 2015 and 2016. A professor emeritus in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of South Africa, Dr Fanie Vermaak, who accompanied his post graduate students on a visit to the site, presents a nostalgic but also academic overview of the wonders of the Pearl of the Syrian desert, and the progress in restoring the site.

Palmyra (ancient Tadmor) in the heart of the Syrian desert, has been described by visitors using extravagant expressions.  Arriving at Palmyra any time of the day, one cannot help being touched by this city, situated between Damascus and Deir-ez-Zur on the edge of the Euphrates River, that still seems to be enveloped by the mists of its historic role in ancient Mesopotamia. Blessed with an extensive oasis, this desert town, with a legacy of more than 4,000 years, expresses herself in an extraordinary manner.

Professor Fanie will take us on a tour of the Temple of Bel, The Temple of Baal Shamin, The Monumental Arch of Triumph, the colonnade and castle and the theatre where soldiers were brutally murdered.  He will reminisce with unique photographs of Palmyra before the destruction but also gives us hope by discussing the reconstructions planned.

Professor Fanie VermaakDr Fanie Vermaak is professor emeritus of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of South Africa. Professor Vermaak studied Theology and various Semitic Languages at the Universities of the Free State (Bloemfontein) and Stellenbosch, South Africa.  He specialized (PhD) in the cuneiform (Sumerian) studies of the Ur III period (2100-2000 BC) on the activities of the temple administrators of Southern Mesopotamia and published extensively on this topic. He extended his academic repertoire to the various ancient gateways of the Near East and as far as the Indus Valley. Professor Vermaak is also the chairperson of the Ancient Egypt and Near Eastern Society (AENES). He served eight years on a national academic society called the Southern African Society for Near Eastern Society. He is a founding member of International Society of Cuneiform Studies. Professor Vermaak often features as a Middle East expert analyst on various media and has a special interest in the ancient and modern Near East or Middle East.

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Dark Age Saints and Sinners
Sunday July 25, 2021 5:00pm EST
by Charles Christian
Dark Age Saints and Sinners

Set in the Dark Ages, Saints & Sinners contains shocking true tales of royalty, aristocrats and religious figures behaving very badly indeed.  In fact their lives would not be out of place in today’s reality TV shows or modern politics and the incidents they are involved in… well, truth really is stranger than fiction - even fiction as entertaining as the recent Game of Thrones and Vikings series.

So climb on board as we set off to explore some of the more weird, obscure and WTF corners of English history. These are tales of murder, mayhem, treason, incest and adultery in which we’ll encounter numerous saints, eight English kings who met gruesome, premature deaths, five scheming English queens who put the 'sex' back into Wessex, and the mother of all wicked stepmothers. You'll be amazed, or horrified, or appalled. Or all three!

Charles Christian

Saints and SinnersCharles Christian is an English barrister and Reuters correspondent turned writer, editor, podcaster, award-winning tech journalist and sometime werewolf hunter now a chronicler of weird tales in weird times. As well as being a regular contributor to Ancient Origins Premium, on medieval history, folklore and the occult, he also writes the monthly Fabulous Creatures column for Ancient Origins Magazine. You can find him and his weekly Weird Tales Radio Show podcasts online at www.urbanfantasist.com  Or https://www.facebook.com/charles.christian/

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The Egyptian Demonic Calendar A Case Study
Sunday June 27, 2021 5:00pm EST
by Mogg Morgan
The Egyptian Demonic Calendar  A Case Study

The ancient Egyptians recognized three categories of sentient beings: The Ankhew, the Akhew and the Neterew which can be translated as the Living, the Dead and the Gods.

The ancient Egyptians divided the year into 36 weeks of ten days duration, hence ‘decan’ from Greek ‘ten’. In Egypt, as in many other places, the lunar month lasted approximately 30 days, and could therefore be divided into three trimesters, each of ten days, which is a decan or Egyptian ‘week’. Therefore, the entire year had 36 weeks or decans. Each decan is ruled over by particular stars, rising in succession over the course of a year.

Every person is born into this intricate web of stars. The 36 decans are in effect an earlier Egyptian equivalent of the later Greek system of 12 zodiacal signs. The 12 culminating decans are also the equivalent of the 12 ‘houses’. Looking deeper it seems these Egyptian decans were connected with what they called a person’s trifold “soul”, a mysterious mix of the Ba, the Ka and the Akh. The Egyptians, like many cultures, had no generic word for ‘demon’. Although some words, such as Akhew, get very close.  Etymologically, the Greek derived term ‘daemon’ or ‘demon’ means divider or alloter, and from Homer’s time onwards, it referred to an operator of unexpected and intrusive events in a person’s life. Think of it as a guardian spirit, or demon, that became associated with someone at birth. So using all these sources, Mogg Morgan interprets the Demonic calendar  to identify and analyze this ‘demon’ or guardian spirit that influences a person’s inner being from birth, taking a Pisces birth date as an example.

“The third Decan in Pisces is a woman whose hair has been loosened and who wears ornaments bearing the emblem of (the tribe of) abhiiras (cow?). She shrieks, as she is frightened. She stands in the water adorned by troops of spirits having the shapes of jackals, cats, and boars.”

Mogg Morgan

Demonic CalendarMogg Morgan is a practitioner-cum-scholar of all aspects of occultism. He was a Wellcome research student at Oxford, taught by the late Professor B K Matilal, a widely respected expert on South Asian thought. Over the years he has been exploring the connections between the popular magick of ancient Egypt and its continuation/crossover with the living magical traditions of the middle East, and the Kaula/witchcraft of south Asia and beyond.

He has a particular interest in divination, dream interpretation and oracles, and has experimented widely in using some ancient oracles to address modern queries. Consequently, he sometimes prepares “horoscopes” in the original and authentic Egyptian manner and also uses dice oracles based on Greco-Egyptian and Tantrik sources. He is the author of several books on Egypt, specializing in folk religion, ritual calendars and the “archaeological memory” encoded in the religions of post pharaonic Egypt. He is the author of Demonic Calendar Ancient Egypt

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