Thursday, March 14, 2013

Alternative History Dates Back 3200 Years Provided by Jos Rogiers

Gods Versus Giants
"The oldest and most common name of the Land of the Gods
was "Ker," the Proto-Indo-European word for "horn." This
name referred to the peninsula's double-horned shape. The
Ancient Greeks referred to the peninsula's double-horned
shape. The Ancient Greeks added the suffic "as" to this
designation, so that it became "Keras," as well as the word
"Herperou," which means "of the West." The result was
"Hesperou Keras," or "Horn of the West." To the Greeks, the
Land of the Gods lay to the wet of their own country...

Message From A
  Hidden Past

Do you enjoy history? I must admit I don't, if it is purely for the intellectual activity itself. For so many years, it took most of my personal time to "study" to keep up with my profession...I was in on the edge as computers were being used in a more personal way and, after all that, when I retired, I wanted only to relax and read fiction! But, as you know if you follow me, I've since then read many historical novels based upon history and have learned much...

But what if your study has taken you so far back that much of our history was not recorded. Is there sufficient knowledge that can be gleaned so that certain hypotheses can be made and then used for a basis of future study?

For many, it is also now impossible to routinely accept historical accounts, even if they are written and published. For instance, the settlement of America from the Native Americans' standpoint is far different from those who were immigrating and looking to claim land and begin a new life--even if the land perhaps was already used by others, who were already living in the area...

Would you even consider that someone who studies just what is available could possibly create a credible account of how the earth itself was first settled? Say, for instance, from 3200 years ago?

And how would you present it? Jos Rogiers chose to place a narrator who has been drugged to sleep until this time so that he can complete the entire story from when he lived until present. Now most of us know at least
 one name that was used by the Greeks to talk of the gods at that time. This author indicates that the gods, although not necessarily with the names we may know, at one time actually lived.

At least one sci-fi writer I've read, Ruby Moon-Houldson, has created an entire series of gods living among humans to fight evil [The Guardian Series]

Now the key for me in reading this was not about the fiction, it was about the writing of Mr. Rogiers, his method of presentation as an historian, whether he included a decent bibliography of references, as I would normally expect. In this case, the author added linguistics as a comparative basis for establishing whether one word could have become another based upon translation. All in all I found the writer to be a credible researcher.

To me, one of the major benefits that is presented by this book is a chronological study dating back perhaps as early has been made, or at least that most of us may be aware of...

And the key point is that he has been willing to accept tales that were passed by person to person, storybooks, ancient writings, etc., that has been found through research.

As you know, most of history was first shared orally, from ancestors who would give their history to their young. There is much that each of us has come to know from that, as well as early writers who took that history and wrote about it...What if we accepted that it was true???

Consider what this might mean if at first you don't discount these stories, the literature through the ages.. Where was Atlantis? Did the Amazons exist? What about Zeus, Aphrodite, And how were Native Americans here on North America before Columbus and others sailed?

"The gods were neither supernatural beings nor products of the
imagination, let alone extraterrestrials. They were actually persons
of flesh and blood. They were hominids, like humans, and they 
resembled humans to a large extent. Nevertheless, the gods were
very distinct from humans. They belonged to a higher species of
hominids, a species that had taken a further step upward in the
evolutionary process. Just as there have been hominids inferior to
humans like Homo habilis or Homo ergaster, there have been 
hominids superior to human as well. These advanced hominids were
the very persons who were called "gods" in the old tales.

"If humans, who are used to calling themselves "Homo Sapiens,"
would understand and acknowledge the true nature of the gods, they
would have to name them something akin to "Homo supersapiens."
Such a name would rightly imply that the gods were both hominids
and superior to humans...

"Homo supersapiens had a place of origin, a homeland....This land of
the Gods was situated in an isolated area in the northwest of Africa.
The largest part of this land disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean...

"The far origins of Homo supersapiens are wrapped in the shrouds of
time. However, the location of his homeland in the northwest of Africa
may shed some light on this subject. Indeed, in the east of that same
continent lies the known birthplace of all species of hominids...~~~
A little bit of Celtic, British, Asian and so many more ancient writings are referenced and tucked into this little book...The Trojan War and other wars... Plato's writings... You will find much that you know about, told from an entirely new perspective, perhaps, than ever before. That is, where did it fit into the last 3200 years of world

Follow the chronology of these events and see if there is validity...If so, have we the basis for further study as any good research effort will leave us with? I can't answer that, but to me, there is sufficient evidence to show that it's worthy of being considered by those historians that are willing to look past the supposition and consider legitimacy.

Ok, I wasn't as impressed with the fictional package as I was with the overall presentation of Message From a Hidden Past. It fits for me in the Alternative History genre as an excellent hypothesis, brought together purely from the information that is available. In fact, it is often referenced that the book was documented through that research.
 There is no way that I cannot give credit for the work and creation of this book. It is well written and sufficiently of merit to also reference, "Alternative History Based Upon Historical Facts." History lovers should enjoy exploring the possibilities presented herein.

In fact, I would have preferred a different style of presentation had been made so that the humor of the narrator did not detract from the basic narrative. But I am sure that is based upon my past background of working with so many students on their various theses, dissertations, etc. LOL

Do take a look at this one based upon your interests, you may be surprised by how much it "somehow" makes a kind of sense...


Jos Rogiers (°1954, Belgium) earned a degree in history and philosophy from a Belgian university, and worked as a journalist for about fifteen years.
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