Ancient Mysteries Egypt Natural Genesis

Natural Genesis

Natural Genesis
Catalog # SKU3866
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 3.00 lbs
Author Name Gerald Massey
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Natural Genesis

Or Second Part of A Book of the Beginnings,
Containing an attempt to
recover and reconstitute
the lost origins of the
myths and mysteries,
types and symbols,
religion and language,
with Egypt for the mouthpiece
and Africa as the birthplace

3 Volume Set

Gerald Massey

In Africa the natives still dig round about the modern gum-trees to find the buried treasure that oozed from other trees which stood on the same spot in the forests of the far-off past. The Natural Genesis contains the second half of A Book of the Beginnings, and completes the author's contribution to the new order of thought that has been inaugurated in our own era.



The present writer has been charged with being 'sublimely unconscious that words have a history;' but he knew that certain words were also prehistoric, that they are older than languages, and that words, like myths, customs, laws, or beliefs, do not always begin where we may first meet with them. The prehistoric is everywhere the dominating difficulty with which we have to deal. It is said that you can do anything with words, but the illustrations chiefly relied on by the present writer were precisely those words and names which the current etymology could do nothing with, neither account for nor affiliate them. These proved to be Egyptian, and that pointed to an extension of their history, or of ours.

Moreover, it was found that the Kamite typology offered a principle of naming which determines the primary nature and significance of words. This the writer applied to the type-names of places, waters, hills, and caves in Britain. The result is to show that the most ancient names and words are Kamite, not Aryan nor Semite. That is they are words still extant in Africa, which can be brought out of that land together with the black race, but cannot be got into it backwards from Europe or Asia, America or Australia. For example, it was suggested that the name of Deruthy, the place of the bone-cave, at the junction of the two rivers Gave, was identical with the Egyptian teru, for the river-branch. But the writer did not then know that the name was applied in Egypt at teruta, the land (ta) of the river-branch, which is the name of an Egyptian town situated on the Nile at the junction of the Bahr-el-Yussuf.' Here the type is the tree, whence the branch, and this is the teru in Egyptian and numerous other African languages. Again, in the earliest known mention of the Cimbri, Philemon the poet says they called the Northern Sea, from their own country as far as Cape Rubeas, the Morimarusa or Dead Sea. This has been compared with Mormarwth in Welsh for the Sea of Death. But in Egyptian mori is the sea, meru means the dead, and sa denotes the hinder-part, the back, behind, i.e., the Kamite North.

Thus read, Mori-maru-sa would signify the Dead Sea North. Such type-words-and I have adduced hundreds-are equal to archaic coins for comparative purposes, and these prehistoric words, which are not derived from language in Asia, bear the stamp and superscription of Egypt. Hence my claim that the recognized non-Aryan (or pre-Aryan) residuum constituted the African origins. It has now been amply shown in these volumes that certain root-words run through all language, and thus point back to a unity of origin which has to be sought for in the most primitive conditions. The main thesis of my work includes the Kamite origin of the pre-Aryan matter extant in language and mythology found in the British Isles,-the origin of the Hebrew and Christian theology in the mythology of Egypt-the unity of origin for all mythology, as demonstrated by a worldwide comparison of the great primary types, and the Kamite origin of that unity-the common origin of the mythical genetrix and her brood of seven elementary forces, found in Egypt, Akkad, India, Britain, and New Zealand, who became kronotypes in their secondary, and spirits or gods in their final psychotheistic phase-the Egyptian genesis of the chief celestial signs, zodiacal and extra-zodiacal-the origin of all mythology in the Kamite typology-the origin of typology in gesture-signs-and the origin of language in African onomatopoeia.

At least sufficient evidence has been produced to prove that all previous discussions, speculations, and conclusions concerning the genesis of language, mythology, fetishism, theosophy, and religion are inadequate if only because the Kamite element has been hitherto omitted, and to show that the non-evolutionist could not possibly bottom any of the beginnings. One object aimed at in these and the previous volumes is to demonstrate that the true subject-matter of 'Holy Writ' belongs to astronomical mythology; the history first written in the book above, that was sacred because celestial; and that this has been converted into human history in both the Old Testament and the New.

The 'Fall in Heaven' was an Egyptian mythos previous to its being turned into a Hebrew history of man in the garden of earth. The exodus or 'Coming out of Egypt,' first celebrated by the festival of Passover or the transit at the vernal equinox, occurred in the heavens before it was made historical in the migration of the Jews. The 600,000 men who came up out of Egypt as Hebrew warriors in the Book of Exodus are 600,000 inhabitants of Israel in the heavens according to the Jewish Kabbalah, and the same scenes, events, and personages that appear as mundane in the Pentateuch are celestial in the Book of Enoch. It was my aim to be foundational and accomplish a work that should be done for the first and last time: to ascertain how the oneness in primitive thought bifurcated in duality and was differentiated in expression by visible and audible signs-how natural gestures got stereotyped as ideographs and hieroglyphics-why the letter a should win the foremost place in the alphabet-why mankind should come to worship a supposed divine being alleged to divide all things into three, as a mode of representing its own triune nature. All through the object was to reach a root-representation of the subject-matter. Evolution teaches us that nothing short of the primary natural sources can be of final value, and that these have to be sought in the totemic and pre-paternal stage of sociology, the pro-religious phase of mythology and the ante-alphabetic domain of signs in language.

One clue to the writer's mode of elucidation may be found in his treatment of mythology as the mirror of prehistoric sociology, and his beginning with the mould of the motherhood which preceded a knowledge of the individualized fatherhood. Also, such phrases as 'serpent-worship,' 'tree-worship,' 'water-worship,' and 'phallic-worship' have but little meaning from the present standpoint. Nowhere did the cultus originate in religion, but in a system of typology, a primitive mode of expression, a means of representation. The natural need of making signs by gesture-language led to the gradual adoption of certain things that were used as typical figures, a medium for the exchange of meanings, the earliest current coinage ever stamped and issued from the mint of mind. Such types were adopted for use, and became sacred in the course of time, the fetishtic or religious being their final phase.

The present writer has sought for the natural genesis of the primitive mode of expression which created the types that were continued in the typology that is held to be fetishtic in Africa but religious in Europe. The oldest types, like the serpent, tree, or water, were feminine at first, not because the female was then worshipped, but because the motherhood was known before paternity could be identified. The serpent sloughed periodically, so did the female. The tree was the producer of the fruit, as was the female. Water was the female fount of source. The ancestral spirit that preceded the individual ancestor, which was represented as creating or continuing by transformation of itself, might come to be typified by the serpent that sloughed and renewed, because a type once founded could be variously applied, but the serpent was a feminine ideograph from the beginning, and only the natural genesis of the type will enable us to interpret the later typology. Much of my matter has been fetched from far, and may be proportionately long in obtaining recognition. Being so remote from ordinary acquaintanceship, it could not be made familiar at first sight by any amount of literary skill.

The appeal has to be continually made to a lapsed and almost lost sense of the natural genesis of ideas, customs, and superstitions. Nothing short of the remotest beginnings could sufficiently instruct us concerning the origin of religious rites, dogmas, and doctrines, that still dominate the minds of men without being understood, and years of intense brooding had to be spent in living back to enter the conditions and apprehend the primary phases of the nascent mind of man, so as to trace the first laying hold of things by the earliest human thought of which the cave-dwellers of the human mind have left us any record; and the writer believes that no such sustained, or at least prolonged and elaborate, endeavour has hitherto been made to interpret the mind of primitive and archaic man by means of the types-found to be extant from the first-which are herein followed from their natural genesis in phenomena to their final phase of application. To trace the natural genesis of mythology and typology is to write a history or present a panorama of man's mental evolution; and every type portrayed or traced in these pages proves the lowly status of the beginnings, and tends to establish the doctrine of mental evolution in accordance with the physical.

My work is written long and large, and the evidence is faithfully presented in every part for each conclusion drawn, so that the reader may test its truth. Indeed a certain absence of personal showmanship or explanation by the way in marshalling the long array of data may be set down to a dominant desire that the serried facts should speak for themselves and tell their own tale as far as was possible. A judgment of facts is now asked for, not belief in a theory; the judgment of those who have time and patience to study and the capacity to comprehend. Belief has no more to do with the reading of this book than theoretical speculation had to do with the writing of it. From the peculiar nature of the work it is almost inevitable that its critics will have to learn the rudiments of the subject from the volumes offered for review; and great patience may be needed to reach the root of the matter, or to perceive the author's drift through all the mass of details. Each section is complete in itself, but the serious student will find the whole of them correlative and cumulative. They are called sections to denote that they have not the continuity of narrative; but they are parts of a whole.

The claim now to be advanced on behalf of the work is that it sets forth a physical basis for the human beginnings in thought, language, and typology; shows the mode in which the primitive and archaic man attained expression in terms of external phenomena; demonstrates the natural genesis of signs and symbols, recovers the lost foothold of mythology in the phenomena of space and time, and traces the typology of the past into the mytholatry of the present; that it represents the ancient wisdom, the secrets of the mysteries, numerical, physiological, and astronomical, according to the mode in which the gnosis was expressed; that mystical subjects previously dabbled in are for the first time sounded to the depth; that the foundations of the phallic cult are laid bare without the grin of the satyr in Greece or the libidinous leer of the subject in its Italian phase, by a process as purely scientific as the origin was simply natural.

The writer has not only shown that the current theology is, but also how it has been, falsely founded on a misinterpretation of mythology by unconsciously inheriting the leavings of primitive or archaic man and ignorantly mistaking these for divine revelations. The work culminates in tracing the transformation of astronomical mythology into the system of Equinoctial Christolatry called Christianity, and demonstrating the non-historic nature of the canonical gospels by means of the original mythos in which the messianic mystery, the virgin motherhood, the incarnation and birth, the miraculous life and character, the crucifixion and resurrection, of the saviour son who was the Word of all Ages, were altogether allegorical.

During a dozen years the writer has put his whole life into his labour, fully facing the fact that the most important parts of his work would be the least readable, and that the more thorough the research, the more fundamental the interpretation, the more remote would be its recognition and the fewer its readers. But the work is warranted to wait, and the author does not doubt that its comparatively few friends at first will be continually increased from many generations of genuine men and women.

1375 pages in 3 volumes - 7 x 8½ softcover - Print size, 12 point font

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