Pagan Who’s who 2: Graham Hancock

The Pagan Who’s who series contains information about current and recent notaries which have contributed to, or influenced the modern pagan scene.  Some names you may know already, some you may not, but all these people are dedicated and hard-working in their own particular specialised fields.  For pagan, spiritual, occult or faith matters who from the last generation influences and inspires you?

Graham Hancock is not, as far as I’m aware, a pagan himself, nor does he, again as far as I know, write for a specifically pagan audience. Nevertheless, he warrants inclusion here because his hypotheses concerning the history of humanity place considerable emphasis – intentionally or otherwise – on the rituals and beliefs of ancient pagan cultures.

He has written extensively on ancient civilisations and their mythology and astronomical knowledge, and has published many books exploring alternative interpretations of historical artifacts and writings. One of his primary themes is the concept of a precursor civilisation which existed before recorded history and which possessed technological and scientific knowledge far in advance of what our conventional ‘map’ of human development would allow.

Amongst those most relevant to pagans, his most popular books are probably Fingerprints of the Gods (1995) – which explored his ideas about this precursor society – and Keeper of Genesis (1996), which put forward the suggestion that Egypt’s Giza complex contains a hidden mathematical message that modern experts have yet to decode.

Hancock’s ideas have proved immensely popular with the public, though perhaps predictably they’ve garnered little support from conventional historians and archaeologists. Expert disdain aside, however, he can at least be credited with helping to boost a significant revival of interest in ancient history.

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