Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Cygnus Key: The Denisovan Legacy, Göbekli Tepe, and the Birth of Egypt by Andrew Collins

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.



The Cygnus Key: The Denisovan Legacy, Göbekli Tepe, and the Birth of Egypt by Andrew Collins
Expected publication: May 15th 2018 by Bear & Company
Genre: Nonfiction, History

New evidence showing that the earliest origins of human culture, religion, and technology derive from the lost world of the Denisovans

• Explains how Göbekli Tepe and the Giza pyramids are aligned with the constellation of Cygnus and show evidence of enhanced sound-acoustic technology

• Traces the origins of Göbekli Tepe and the Giza pyramids to the Denisovans, a previously unknown human population remembered in myth as a race of giants

• Shows how the ancient belief in Cygnus as the origin point for the human soul is as much as 45,000 years old and originally came from southern Siberia

Built at the end of the last ice age around 9600 BCE, Göbekli Tepe in southeast Turkey was designed to align with the constellation of the celestial swan, Cygnus--a fact confirmed by the discovery at the site of a tiny bone plaque carved with the three key stars of Cygnus. Remarkably, the three main pyramids at Giza in Egypt, including the Great Pyramid, align with the same three stars. But where did this ancient veneration of Cygnus come from?

Showing that Cygnus was once seen as a portal to the sky-world, Andrew Collins reveals how, at both sites, the attention toward this star group is linked with sound acoustics and the use of musical intervals “discovered” thousands of years later by the Greek mathematician Pythagoras. Collins traces these ideas as well as early advances in human technology and cosmology back to the Altai-Baikal region of Russian Siberia, where the cult of the swan flourished as much as 20,000 years ago. He shows how these concepts, including a complex numeric system based on long-term eclipse cycles, are derived from an extinct human population known as the Denisovans. Not only were they of exceptional size--the ancient giants of myth--but archaeological discoveries show that this previously unrecognized human population achieved an advanced level of culture, including the use of high-speed drilling techniques and the creation of musical instruments.

The author explains how the stars of Cygnus coincided with the turning point of the heavens at the moment the Denisovan legacy was handed to the first human societies in southern Siberia 45,000 years ago, catalyzing beliefs in swan ancestry and an understanding of Cygnus as the source of cosmic creation. It also led to powerful ideas involving the Milky Way’s Dark Rift, viewed as the Path of Souls and the sky-road shamans travel to reach the sky-world. He explores how their sound technology and ancient cosmologies were carried into the West, flowering first at Göbekli Tepe and then later in Egypt’s Nile Valley. Collins shows how the ancient belief in Cygnus as the source of creation can also be found in many other cultures around the world, further confirming the role played by the Denisovan legacy in the genesis of human civilization.


I simply cannot wait for The Cygnus Key by Andrew Collins. This book is my favorite kind of nonfiction and I just know I will devour this book as soon as I can get my hands on it. I'm especially excited to learn more about Göbekli Tepe (Turkish for "Potbelly Hill"). It's 6,500 older than Stonehenge, maybe even more! Keep in mind that it's supposed to be build when humankind were hunter-gatherers. I'm really fascinated by it all because how and why did they create Göbekli Tepe. 
Göbekli Tepe is even pictured on the cover in front of the pyramids. ;)


Anyway... I'll stop obsessing about it for now but yes, I'm super excited! :D


30 comments:

  1. OMG, your delight is infectious and I don't even read this stuff! LOL

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  2. I love how excited you are! I don't read a lot of nonfiction but this is quite fascinating!

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  3. Interesting indeed! Hope you enjoy it when you're able to read it.

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  4. I don't read a lot of non-fiction but is sounds like you're super excited for this one.

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  5. This is new to me but it sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing :)

    My CWW

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    1. I doubt that a lot of people actually know about this book so had to share :D

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  6. Ooh, this does sound like an interesting read! Great pick!

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  7. This sounds like such an interesting read! I haven't read a lot of NF lately but I do want to see your review of this when it comes out!

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    1. I better make sure to buy a copy as soon as I can then. ;)

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  8. Haha, I love that Sheldon gif — I am a massive The Big Bang Theory fan and think he is one of the most gif-fable characters in TV right now :D

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    1. I looooove The Big Bang Theory! Sheldon is the best! :D

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  9. This sounds interesting! Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  10. I don't read a lot of non-fiction but this sounds so intriguing...6,500 older than Stonehenge wow...

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  11. This sounds so interesting! I can see why you want to read this. I might have to as well!

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  12. Oh my goodness! This sounds like such a cool book. I hope that you enjoy it. You are putting me to shame with your non-fiction reads these days! :)

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  13. I will admit, I read zero non-fiction these days, but I have always loved Egyptian culture, art, and mythology. The ancient Egyptians were fascinating. Enjoy!

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  14. 6,500 years older than Stonehenge? Wow! Nonfiction usually isn't my thing but I have to admit you have me curious.

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  15. Oooh, this definitely sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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  16. It's not my type of book but I hope you love it!

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  17. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  18. I'm always fascinated by stuff like this. Thanks for sharing it- I'll be checking this one out. :)

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  19. OMG!!! What a FASCINATING book, Steph!! This is the kind of nonfiction I LOVE to read!!! I'm SO glad I'm not the only one who enjoys this kind of thing!! Thanks for putting this one on my radar, so I can rush over to Goodreads and add it to my shelves!! I'll be watching out for its release!! YAAAAAAAY!!!! (Gets up and dances madly around the living room. Naw....just kidding! But I'm dancing in my head!! Lol.)

    Thanks as well for commenting on my own CWW post!! HUGS!!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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  20. That is one heck of a blurb! I hope you enjoy it. :)

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