ANCIENT EGYPT
THE
LIGHT OF THE WORLD

A WORK OF RECLAMATION AND RESTITUTION IN TWELVE BOOKS

BY

GERALD MASSEY

AUTHOR OF 'A BOOK OF THE BEGINNINGS' AND 'THE NATURAL GENESIS'


It may have been a million years ago
The Light was kindled in the Old Dark Land
With which the illumined Scrolls are all aglow,
That Egypt gave us her mummied hand:
This was the secret of that subtle smile
Inscrutable upon the Sphinx's face,
Now told from sea to sea, from isle to isle;
The revelation of the Old Dark Race;
Theirs was the wisdom of the Bee and Bird,
Ant, Tortoise, Beaver, working human-wise;
The ancient darkness spake with Egypt's Word;
Hers was the primal message of the skies:
    The Heavens are telling nightly of her glory,
    And for all time Earth echoes her great story.

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN TWO VOLUMES
 LONDON 1907
NOW REPUBLISHED IN THIS EDITION 2007
WITH ADDITIONAL MATERIAL
BY
THE EDITOR

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PREFATORY

I have written other books, but this I look upon as the exceptional labour which has made my life worth living. Comparatively speaking, 'A Book of the Beginnings' (London, 1881) was written in the dark, 'The Natural Genesis' (London, 1883) was written in the twilight, whereas 'Ancient Egypt' has been written in the light of day. The earlier books were met in England with the truly orthodox conspiracy of silence. Nevertheless, four thousand volumes have got into circulation somewhere or other up and down the reading world, where they are slowly working in their unacknowledged way. Probably the present book will be appraised at home in proportion as it comes back piecemeal from abroad, from Germany, or France, or maybe from the country of the Rising Sun.

To all lovers of the truth the writer now commends the verifiable truths that wait for recognition in these pages.

Truth is all-potent with its silent power
If only whispered, never heard aloud,
But working secretly, almost unseen,
Save in some excommunicated book;
'Tis as the lightning with its errand done
Before you hear the thunder.

For myself, it is enough to know that in despite of many hindrances from straitened circumstances, chronic ailments, and the deepening shadows of encroaching age, my book is printed, and the subject-matter that I cared for most is now entrusted safely to the keeping of John Gutenberg, on this my nine-and-seventieth birthday.

 

CONTENTS

BOOK

 

PAGES

1 SIGN-LANGUAGE AND MYTHOLOGY AS PRIMITIVE MODES OF REPRESENTATION 1-45
2 TOTEMISM, TATTOO AND FETISHISM AS FORMS OF SIGN-LANGUAGE
Fetishism
46-110
111-119
3 ELEMENTAL AND ANCESTRAL SPIRITS, OR THE GODS AND THE GLORIFIED 120-185
4 EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD AND THE MYSTERIES OF AMENTA 186-248
5 THE SIGN-LANGUAGE OF ASTRONOMICAL MYTHOLOGY Part I
The Primitive African Paradise
Egyptian Wisdom
The Drowning of the Dragon
249-268
269-286
287-320
6 THE SIGN-LANGUAGE OF ASTRONOMICAL MYTHOLOGY Part II
Horus of the Double Horizon
The Making of Amenta
The Irish Amenta
The Mount of Glory
321-331
332-343
344-365
366-375
376-397
7 EGYPTIAN WISDOM AND THE HEBREW GENESIS 398-469
8 THE EGYPTIAN WISDOM IN OTHER JEWISH WRITINGS 470-544
9 THE ARK, THE DELUGE, AND THE WORLD'S GREAT YEAR 545-628
10 THE EXODUS FROM EGYPT AND THE DESERT OF AMENTA
The Seed of Ysiraal
The Title of Pharaoh
629-686
687-689
689
11 EGYPTIAN WISDOM IN THE REVELATION OF JOHN THE DIVINE 690-726
12 THE JESUS-LEGEND TRACED IN EGYPT FOR TEN THOUSAND YEARS
Child-Horus
The Jesus-Legend in Rome
The Egypto-Gnostic Jesus
Double Horus, or Jesus and the Christ
The Mysteries and Miracles
Jesus in the Mount
Sut and Horus as Historic Characters in the Canonical Gospels
The Group in Bethany
The Founders of the Kingdom
The Last Supper: the Crucifixion and the Resurrection
The Resurrection from Amenta
The Sayings of Jesus
727-737
738-755
756-770
771-785
786-804
805-818
819-830
831-840
841-852
853-867
868-889
889
890-905
  Appendix 907-914
  General Index  

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

    PAGE
1 APT, THE FIRST GREAT MOTHER 124
2 THE MUMMY-BABE 219
3 ILLUSTRATIONS FROM A THEBAN TOMB 289
4 HIPPOPOTAMUS AND HAUNCH 311
5 SHU THE KNEELER 315
6 HORUS STRANGLING SERPENTS 317
7 HORUS IN PISCES 343
8 HORUS THE SHOOT OF THE PAPYRUS 450
9 ASSYRIAN CYLINDER 453
10 THE FLAMING SWORD WHICH GUARDED THE TREE 455
11 HORUS BRUISING THE SERPENT'S HEAD 462
12 STAR-MAP OF PRECESSION 601
13 THE LANDING-PLACE FOR SPIRITS, WITH THE TREE OF THE POLE IN THE CONSTELLATION OF THE HIPPOPOTAMUS 603
14 THE ANNUNCIATION, CONCEPTION, BIRTH, AND ADORATION OF THE MESSIANIC CHILD 757
15 THE FOUR FISHERS FOR HORUS 806

 

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