Damanhur: Temples of Humankind Hardcover – Nov 1 2006
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"The Damanhur Temples are a masterwork of human invention, inspiration, and dedication. They are a monument testifying to the power of vision in a community of people dedicated to the search for higher consciousness and true spirituality."
—Ervin Laszlo, scientist, philosopher, Nobel prize candidate, and author of 70 books.
"Now is the time for the light of Damanhur to be seen by the world."
About the Author
Silvia Buffagni (aka Esperide Ananas) provided text for this collaborative book project. A writer, lecturer, and Damanhur’s Communications Director, she graduated in Spanish and English Literature at Milan University and later gained a master’s degree in Media Studies at New York University. Before joining the Federation of Damanhur in 1992, she worked for the European Parliament as the assistant to the Vice-President, and later as a communications consultant for Italian and international institutions. Esperide was actively involved in the press campaign to save the Temples when they came under attack from local government. For the last ten years she has been an International Ambassador for the Federation. She lives in Damanhur.
Alex Grey is the author of Sacred Mirrors, The Mission of Art and Transfiguration. His work has been exhibited worldwide. The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM), a cultural center in New York City exhibits over fifty works of art by Alex Grey. Alex lives in New York with his wife, artist Allyson Grey, and their daughter, actress Zena Grey.
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Yet having said that, DTOK is for more than just people who already know about Damanhur and these Temples. Anyone with an interest in art and creativity will most certainly marvel at the incredible creativity documented within DTOH. People with an interest in spirituality and human consciousness will likely find DTOH equally compelling. I am sure, that many who read this book will feel inspired to actually visit Damanhur and see them first-hand, and I couldn't recommend that more. So be warned, this might cost you more than just the price of Damanhur: The Temples of Humankind.
Having visited Damanhur for a month and spent many hours in The Temples I can say that this book does a wonderful job of accurately and beatifically presenting what is hidden in those otherwise normal looking mountains. In all honesty I think many of the images look even more splendid that the real thing when it comes to the actual detail of the artistic works, simply because photos (well composed ones) have a way of hiding the fact that some of these artistic works are in need of some repair and attention. I don't see this as a negative, but rather positive in that it enables the reader to gain a taste of the magnificence one can ultimately only experience by walking in these chambers and temples in person. What the book lacks in size and scale (the Temples are quite huge when you're actually there), it makes up for by capturing these artworks at their very best.
Enjoy this book, and if you feel moved to visit Damanhur and you have the means to do so, then go for it.
If this book interests you (and/or you enjoyed it) I think you'll also be pleased to know about:
Damanhur: The Story of the Extraordinary Italian Artistic And Spiritual Community, which gives a very thorough account of the Damanhur itself and the people living there (now around 1000 in total)
I will treasure this book always. Thank you EBay for delivering it so promptly all the way to Australia!
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