Egyptologist Gerald Massey challenged readers in A Book of the Beginnings to consider the argument that Egypt was the birthplace of civilization and that the widespread monotheistic vision of man and the metaphysical was, in fact, based on ancient Egyptian mythos. In The Natural Genesis, presented here in an omnibus edition, Massey delivers a sequel, delving deeper into his compelling polemic. In Volume I, he offers a more intellectual, fine-tuned analysis of the development of society out of Egypt. From the simplest signs (numbers, the cross) to the grandest archetypes (darkness, the mother figure), Massey carefully and confidently lays the cultural and psychosocial bricks of evolutionism. Volume II provides detailed discourse on the Egyptian origin of the delicate components of the monotheistic creed. With his agile prose, Massey leads an adventurous examination of the epistemology of astronomy, time, and Christology-and what it all means for human culture.
The Natural Genesis is based on Massey’s study of hieroglyphic inscriptions, bone-caves, and cuneiform tablets of ancient Egypt. The findings from Massey’s years of dedicated research are carefully documented here and encompass such broad areas as religion and the occult, etomology, astrology, and mythology, as well as exploring such fascinating topics as Christian religious symbolism and the origins of verbal communication. As Massey unravels the mysteries of our ancient origins he moves us closer to understanding our contemporary existence.
British author GERALD MASSEY (1828-1907) published works of poetry, spiritualism, Shakespearean criticism, and theology, but his best known works are in the realm of Egyptology, including The Book of the Beginnings, The Natural Genesis, and Ancient Egypt: The Light of the World.
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2007
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2000
If you are trying to find the reason or essense of cultural/religious/societal practices then this two volume set is a must. Massey does for History & Understanding what Athur Young does for science (The Reflexive Universe), he makes the developement of Kemit accessible and understandable.
The writings of Gerald Massey will probably be the most dense material you have read in your life! Sometimes what he covers in one page another author would have taken 10. The book is the 2nd of 3 main books (6vols) and in my opinion should be read first! I read “Light of the World” first and understood it (I thought). When I read Natural Genesis and reread the others…they all opened up and revealed way more insight.
Lastly, I think for the establishment of the time Massey would presently be akin to a (more radical) Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn…along the religio-socio-historical side. Hope that helps some.
About the Author:
Gerald Massey’s work has become essential for readers seeking a balanced understanding of human origins, religious thought and belief, and the role of Africa in world history. A native of England, Gerald Massey (1828-1907) was poet, Shakespearean scholar, mythographer, and radical Egyptologist who maintained that Africa was the source of “the greatest civilization of the world.” According to Massey, “all evidence cries aloud its proclamation that Africa was the birthplace of the nonarticulate and Egypt the mouthpiece of articulate men.
Publisher : Cosimo Classics; Combined edition (December 1, 2011) Language : English Paperback : 1108 pages ISBN-10 : 1616405570 ISBN-13 : 978-1616405571 Item Weight : 3.19 pounds Dimensions : 6 x 2.17 x 9 inches