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The Discovery Of The Century Draws NearOct. 19 2009
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When Edgar Cayce began in his trance readings to speak of an Egyptian Civilization that predated the one described by conventional archeology, he was "out on a (metaphysical)limb. His description of an age of builders, 8,000 years before the 3rd dynasty seemed out of line with accepted theory.
However, Cayce also said that the ancients, led by a charismatic High Priest named Ra Ta, and an architecht named Hermes, were contempory with a failing, and soon to vanish Atlantean civilization, dated by no less than Plato to 10,000 BCE!
In this important book, certain to be followed by others, Andrew Collins begins to answer the challenge posed by traditional archeology:"where is the evidence." He draws on overlooked reports of early archeology, as well as traditional wisdom, local legend, and textual evidence in known antiquities to build a powerful case that the evidence has been under everyones noses all along!
Drawing on all this material Collins puts theory into practice and rediscovers a vast complex of tunnels and caves under the giza plateau! Portions of which show obvious evidence of human alteration. He presents a powerful case that the mythical Hall of Records described by Cayce and many other ancient and modern mystics is located and can be accessed by exploring, and understanding this complex in the context of Egyptian tradition and wisdom.
Some will be dissappointed that Collins hasn't discovered the hall itself, but I think he is being careful and responsible: putting together the pieces of the puzzle in a way that honors the builders of that distant past, rather than playing the arrogant westerner imposing his views (or trying to)on a skeptical Egyptian Archeological establishment.
In the long run, I believe Collins and his approach will win over the doubters, led by Zahi Hawass, Director Of antiquities in Egypt. Then the real work of uncovering the Hall of Records, and presenting it's stored wisdom to a world ready to recieve it.
84 of 90 people found the following review helpful
Are you a 'seeker' or a 'tourist'Nov. 12 2009
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There are two types of readers/visitors to Egypt. One is a tourist who has little or no real interest in Egypt, does little or no investigation or research and knows little more than what they have seen in Indiana Jones movies or read in mass media books and magazines. By far and away, most people are tourists and, that's OK, if that's all you know and/or want to know.
Then, there are the 'seekers', i.e., those who sense, discern, feel or are drawn to things Egyptological because they 'seek' to know more about the world, at a deeper level than at just being a tourist. Andrew Collins book, 'Digging Beneath the Pyramids' is NOT for tourists and, for most seekers even, Andrew's 'Digging' may seem, at first glance, to be as one reviewer called it 'thin'.
Nothing could miss the mark more than this approach. I have been studying the Edgar Cayce material for over 40 years and have been infatuated with Egypt for over 50. During this time, I have read just about every book I, as a layman, could get my hands on regarding Egypt so have at least a limited layman's knowledge about what Andrew's book 'Digging is about...at least I think I do.
So, dear reader, allow me to share with you what I think is going on with 'Digging' and why this is one of the MOST important books on the whole question of rediscovery of the hidden roots of the human race to have come along in a long, long time.
Andrew's interest in Egypt (if you follow his website and his prior works...especially 'The Cygnus Mystery'), lays the groundwork for the discoveries that are described in 'Digging Beneath the Pyramids'. Why? Because Andrew and his researcher friends discovered that what Robert Bauval claimed, that a star system 'overlies' Giza indeed appears to be valid, and that the 'blueprint' of the entire Giza design is and WAS the ordering system of not ONLY the above ground monuments at Giza, but for a system that the Egyptian 'seekers' (initiates) knew about but who didn't share with the 'tourists' and that this system, was BELOW the Giza plateau.
What 'Digging Beneath the Pyramids' is, is a continuation of 'discovery/exploration by other means', by Andrew in that he is, step by step, as the expert 'Sherlock Holmes' that he is, would do. In 'Cygnus', the overall 'Plan' in the sky, the one that would be re-created on the ground for the entire Giza Plateau was through his and his research teams incredible insights, discerned and this was the 'pattern' that the very, very ancient Egyptians used to recreate the 'As Above, So Below' dictum of Hermes (who may well have been the architect of Giza).
Cygnus then became the 'prequel' to further exploration, necessary although necessarily limited. Necessary as a process and a methodology that provided a possible plan that the Egyptians used to 'map out' on the Ground, their beliefs of how souls came to the earth and returned...to the stars, in fact, in somehow becoming them.
Yet, Cygnus could not and did not PROVE the theory. The actual research, the exploration on the ground, of slowly accumulating the evidence that indeed Cygnus WAS recreated on the ground took time and 'proof of concept' to actually see if the 'facts fit the theory'.
'Digging Beneath the Pyramids' is the 'proof of concept' and showed, via Andrew's, his wife Sue's and his friend and colleague, Rodney Hale's meticulous analysis of the Giza Plateau, showing how the geometry of the plateau 'matches' the 'stellar plan', is the 'next step' in an ongoing research process that has now unequivocably led to PROOF that there ARE entrances to the DUAAT (the underground world that the Ancient Egyptians so circumspectly described in their Edfu and other temple and pyramid texts) may in fact exist.
To those 'tourists' whose vision insists that Andrew's 'Digging' is 'thin', my comment is this: Before Andrew's discovery of an underground passage system (which had been forgotten for almost 180 years) that leads 'somewhere' towards the Sphinx and Great Pyramid, literally hundreds of researchers over the centuries had found NOTHING. PLEASE THINK ON THIS. Before Andrew's (re)discovery of the hidden entrance at the very, very rear of the 'Tomb of the Birds' THERE HAS BEEN NO, ZERO, NADA physical evidence BY ANY RESEARCHER/EGYPTOLOGIST of ANYTHING EVEN HINTING at the existence of a subterranean 'world' described by Edgar Cayce or the ancient Egyptian texts.
'Digging Beneath The Pyramids' IS the discovery of the last 100 years, and potentially MUCH, MUCH greater than Carter's discovery of Tutankamun's tomb. Why? Because if Andrew's discovery does lead to where it may, ANDREW COLLINS DISCOVERY WILL UTTERLY CHANGE & REWRITE HUMAN HISTORY!
This is why 'Digging Beneath The Pyramids', to a 'tourist' is 'thin', but to ANY 'seeker', it is the unfolding of a process, one begun potentially over 12,500 years ago, and the rediscovery of the hidden history of mankind, hidden 'Beneath the Pyramids'.
How impactful has Andrew's discovery been? Watch the Actions of the Egyptian government and especially of Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. If, as I have been informed only today, Zahi Hawass installs, at the very rear of the 'entrance' to the 'Tomb of the Birds', the 'metal gate' to prevent further exploration into this labryinth beneath the Giza plateau, his prior dismissals of an 'inconsequential' finding, although Zahi will of course issue an appropriate 'safety cover story', those who follow the actions of Zahi before he retires to 'discover' the GREATEST of all archaeological 'prizes' in history, 'The Hall of Records', will see this move as an acknowledgment that Andrew's research, is indeed pregnant with the most wondrous possibilities...especially since the further one goes into this underground realm, the more evidence of human engineering of the passageway is seen.
If you are NOT a tourist in Egypt, if you are a 'seeker', 'Digging Beneath The Pyramids' is one of the MOST important books on how the process works, on the how's and why's the ancient Egyptians plan was a 'map' of a REAL and long ago lost record of who we WERE and who we may once again, may become.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Giza Tunnels Uncovered, Then Covered Back UpMay 6 2010
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I was immediately interested when I heard something about the existence of tunnels or catacombs beneath the Giza Plateau. I searched around for information, which at the time was very hard to come by. Then I heard about this book by Andrew Collins, and immediately set out to find a copy. Beneath The Pyramids is sort of a cross between ancient Egyptian history and Indiana Jones type real life adventure. The historical aspect was very interesting to me as it informed me about points of the ancient Egyptian religion(s) that I had not heard before. The book is very well researched. Some of the conclusions are admittedly hypothetical, but overall I found the book to be interesting and informative. The very fact that these tunnels exist at all is astounding, but the fact that no one is saying or writing much about them is mystifying to me. It seems that a (re)discovery such as this would set the researchers of Giza into a whirlwind of activity and study. And maybe it would have if it weren't for the ending of the book, where Collins deems it important to the preservation of the site to turn over the information he obtained about the caverns to the enemy of Egyptian Studies, Zahi Hawass. No other man is responsible for more deliberate obfuscation of the facts than Hawass. Any kind of serious research that could shed some new light on Ancient Egypt's past is immediately silenced by him if he deems that is differs from what conventional history has told us, no matter the degree of evidence. The book overall is interesting, and deserves a read by anyone interested in the subject of the Giza Plateau, but enjoy what you get there because since Mr. Hawass is now involved, you probably won't hear anything more about it.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A Thumping Good Read.....Nov. 10 2009
Howard W. Mccoy
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There's nothing like a good mystery, right? Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie. Ngaio Marsh, Colin Dexter. Apply that kind of investigative approach to ancient history, Egyptian ancient history in particular -- the sifting through the sands of time, in an effort to uncover that elusive clue that will hopefully shed some light on that one (usually more than one) nagging question that the established scientific community cannot or wishes not to delve into -- and you have Beneath the Pyramids, a "thumping good read", by Andrew Collins.
Andrew Collins is no stranger to detective work. Well known for his meticulous inquiries into the relationship between the constellations of the night sky, notably Cygnus the Swan, and ancient structures on the ground, the author brings that wonderful hermetic axiom of "As Above, So Below" into sharp focus. Of course, "As Above, So Below" has little meaning if you aren't there in the middle to pull the two together. We have the pyramids in the middle. And we have the constellations above us. The question is, "What lies below?" Read Beneath the Pyramids and find out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Documentation of an Investigator's StruggleJan. 6 2011
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This book tracks the author's detailed investigations into the possible underground Hall of Records beneath the Sphinx or the Pyramids. The image here is that there is an underground chamber loaded with heretofore unrevealed documentation about the origins of everything. However, in the course of the authors explorations and investigations, meticulously recounted, we are led to a burial chamber for birds, the connection to which is not clear to the reader. While the author does relate the details of the bird tomb one is left to wonder what next. He finally presents his findings to the Egyptian government official in charge of antiquities whom we have all seen on TV and this fellow tells him it means nothing and it is already known. The reader is left with the feeling that this Egyptian official is either a liar or a crook. We also wonder what happened to the Hall of Records?