In the sixteenth century, Spanish conquerors came to the New World in search of El Dorado, the fabled city of gold. Instead, they encountered inexplicable phenomena that have puzzled scholars and historians ever since: massive stone edifices constructed in the Earth's most inaccessible regions . . . great monuments forged with impossible skill and unknown tools . . . intricate carvings describing events and places half a world away.
Who were the bearded "gods of the golden wand" who had brought civilization to the Americas millennia before Columbus? Who were the giants whose sculpted stone heads in Mesoamerica still mystify to this day?
In this remarkably researched fourth volume of The Earth Chronicles, author and explorer Zecharia Sitchin uncovers the long-hidden secrets of the lost New World civilizations of the Olmecs, Aztecs, Mayas and Incas, and links the conquistadors' quest for El Dorado to the extraterrestrials who searched there for gold long before.
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Zecharia Sitchin is an internationally acclaimed author and researcher whose books offer evidence that we are not alone in our own solar system. One of a handful of scholars able to read the Sumerian cuneiform tablets, he has combined archaeology, ancient texts, and the Bible with the latest scientific discoveries to retell the history and prehistory of mankind and planet Earth. His trailblazing books have been translated into more than twenty languages; his first one, an oft-quoted classic, celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its publication. A graduate of the University of London and a journalist and editor in Israel for many years, he now lives and writes in New York.
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Nowadays Toledo is a quiet provincial city situated about an hour's drive south of Madrid; yet hardly does a visitor to Spain miss seeing it, for within its walls there have been preserved the monuments of diverse cultures and the lessons of history.
Its beginnings, local legends teli, go back two millennia before the Christian era and its foundation is attributed to the biblical descendants of Noah. Its name, many hold, comes from the Hebrew Toledoth ("Generational Histories"); its olden homes and magnificent houses of worship bear witness to the Christianization of Spain -- the rise and fall of the Moors and their Moslem dominion and the uprooting of the splendid Jewish heritage.
For Toledo, for Spain, and for all other lands, 1492 was a pivotal year, for a triple history was made therein. All three events took place in Spain, a land geographically known as "lberia" -- a name for which the only explanation can be found in the term lbri ("Hebrew") by which its earliest settlers might have been known. Having lost the greater part of Iberia to the Moslems, the warring splintered kingdoms in the peninsula saw their first major union when Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile married in 1469. Within ten years of the union they launched a military campaign to roll back the Moors and bring Spain under the banner of Catholicism; in January 1492 the Moors were decisively defeated with the fall of Granada, and Spain was made a Christian land. In March of that same year, the king and queen signed an edict for the expulsion from Spain, by July 31 of that year, of all Jews who would not convert to Christianityby that time. And on August 3 of that same year, Christopher Columbus-Cristobal Colon to the Spaniardssailed under the Spanish flag to find a western route to India.
He sighted land on October 12, 1492. He returned to Spain in January 1493. As proof of his success he brought back four corroboration of his contention that a larger, second, his command was justified, he brought with him a collection of golden trinkets obtained from the natives and tales of a city, a golden city, where the people wore golden bracelets on their arms and legs and adorned their necksand ears and noses with gold, all this gold coming from a fabulous mine near that city.
Of the first gold thus brought to Spain from the new lands, Isabella -- so pious that they called her "The Catholic" -- ordered that an elaborate Custody be fashioned, and presented it to the Cathedral of Toledo, traditional seat of Spain's Catholic hierarchy. And so it is that nowadays, when a visitor to the cathedral is taken to see its Treasury -- a room protected by heavy grillwork and filled with the precious objects donated to the Church over the centuries -- one can see, though not touch, the very first gold brought back by Columbus.
It is now recognized that there had been much more to the voyage than a search for a new route to India. Strong evidence suggests that Columbus was a Jew forced into conversion; his financial backers, likewise converted, could have seen in the enterprise an avenue of escape to freer lands. Ferdinand and Isabella had visions of the discovery of the rivers of Paradise and everlasting youth. And Columbus himself had secret ambitions, only some of which he expressed in his personal diaries. He saw himself as the fulfiller of ancient prophesies regarding a new age that shall begin with the discovery of new lands "at the extremity of the Earth."
But he was realistic enough to recognize that of all the information he had brought back from the first voyage, the mention of gold was the attention-getter. Asserting that "the Lord would show him" the enigmatic place "where gold is born," he succeeded in persuading Ferdinand and Isabella to provide him with a much larger fleet for a second voyage, then a third. By then, however, the monarchs sent along various administrators and men known for less vision but more action, who supervised and interfered with the admiral's operations and decisions. The inevitable conflicts culminated in the return of Columbus to Spain in chains, on the pretext that he had mistreated some of his men. Although the king and queen at once released him and offered him monetary compensation, they agreed with the view that Columbus was a good admiral but a bad governor -- and clearly one who could not force out of the Indians the true location of the City of Gold.
Columbus countered all that with yet more reliance on ancient prophecies and biblical quotes. He collected all the texts into a book, The Book of Prophecies, which he presented to the king and queen. It was meant to convince them that Spain was destined to reign over Jerusalem, and that Columbus was the one chosen to achieve that by being the first to find the place where gold is born.
Themselves believers in the Scriptures, Ferdinand and Isabella agreed to let Columbus sail once more, convinced especially by his argument that the mouth of the river (now called the "Orinoco") that he had discovered was that of one of the four rivers of Paradise; and as the Scriptures had stated, one of those rivers encompassed the land of Havila, "whence the gold came." This last voyage encountered more hardships and heartbreaks than any of the previous three.
Crippled with arthritis, a ghost of his old self, Columbus returned to Spain on November 7, 1504. Before the month was out, Queen Isabella died; and although King Ferdinand still had a soft spot for Columbus, he decided to let others act on the last memorandum prepared by Columbus, in which he compiled the evidence for the presence of a major gold source in the new lands.
"Hispaniola will furnish your invincible majesties with all the needed gold," Columbus assured his...The Lost Realms. Copyright © by Zecharia Sitchin. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Table of Contents
1 EI Dorado
2 The Lost Realm of Cain?
3 Realm of the Serpent Gods
4 Skywatchers in the Jungles
5 Strangers from across the Seas
6 Realm of the Golden Wand III
7 The Day the Sun Stood Still
8 The Ways of Heaven
9 Cities Lost and Found
10 "Baalbek of the New World"
11 A Land of Which the Ingots Come
12 Gods of the Golden Tears
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Reviews the history of the American continent and various races of inhabitants. The Olmecs, an African splinter group were her to mine and the cities they built in Central and South America revolved around mineral processing and reduction. To work rock, huge masses of rock, they had laser cutters that could hew out rock to precise tolerances, and obvious help in lifting immense pieces into place. The Mormons believe that people made voyages from both the Arabian and African coasts to establish their own cultures, and whether you agree with that or not, there have been many nations and genetically diverse groups who have inhabited the Americas for millenia. Archaeology and anthropology are sciences where nothing is actually proven; rather the theories stand until something more credible or plausible creep in to displace previous conclusions. Sitchin, an outsider to these fields, endeavoring to answer his own questions for his own reasons, has a tendency to inflame the insiders who want the world to see them as the 'REAL' experts. Yet Sitchin's own Modus Operandi is such that he is very thorough and meticulous, and more times than not, can cross-reference his research to various other world events and recordings. Those of the Establishment may be really irritated that an outsider may have stumbled upon the conclusion of most-viable explanation of the origins of mankind, and rather than work to validate his work, would rather work to sabotage and destroy it. Obviously, not every one feels this way, but to verify the facts will require that the very Earth, and man on Earth, is peeled back to the absolute beginning, which probably won't happen anytime soon. As Sitchin points out, why is it that modern science looks at Antartica as if the Ice has always existed, yet there are navigational maps from the 16th and 17th centuries which show land relief sans ice?
Its getting deeper!