THE APPEARANCE of this small book in 1949 created an unusually
large academic controversy in the renowned Department of Egyptology of the College de France, Paris. An “amateur” Egyptologist
(as the scholars must have labeled Schwaller de Lubicz) had
presented an entirely new and radical approach for the consideration of Egyptologists, archaeologists, and historians in general, an
approach that might have been ignored completely had it not been
developed with such a great amount of forceful, detailed research,
and had it not won over the complete acceptance and enthusiasm
of several of the leading Egyptologists and archaeologists of that
time, including Alexandre Varille and C.H. Robichon.
We shall not go into the intriguing way in which the academic establishment circumvented a confrontation with the challenge posed by Le Temple
dans l’Homme; nor shall we examine how they attempted to dismiss
this work through the well-known academic tactic of intentional
silence. Instead, let us use these few pages to introduce this relatively little known author, then to see what might be some of the
major themes contained in the “New Egyptology” that Schwaller
de Lubicz’s work opens before us.
It is true that Schwaller de Lubicz was not a qualified Egyptologist by academic standards. Instead of first spending years in
the Egyptological libraries of Europe, he, upon his first visit to
Egypt, took up residence together with his family in a small hotel
His wife, Isha Schwaller de Lubicz, a specialist in Egyptian hieroglyphic language, later wrote a
two-volume novel depicting life in ancient Egypt through the eyes of a young man who attains the
level of temple initiation. In Her-Bak Chirk Pea (Inner Traditions. 1979) and Her-Bak: The
Living Face of Ancient Egypt (Inner Traditions. 1978) she utilizes philosophic inspiration and
research material from her husband’s work. His stepdaughter Lucie Lamy carried out the
exacting survey of the entire temple.
very near the Temple of Luxor, and there he remained For more
than fifteen years of intense, uninterrupted study of this great
monument of the Eighteenth Dynasty of pharaonic Egypt.
Schwaller de Lubicz was already a mature man by the time he
arrived in Egypt. Let us therefore review briefly his earlier years.2
Publisher : Autumn Press (January 1, 1977) Language : English Paperback : 132 pages ISBN-10 : 0394734297 ISBN-13 : 978-0394734293 Item Weight : 8.1 ounces