Posted by: Nyxks | July 21, 2008

The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls

The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls
by Chris Morton & Ceri Louise Thomas © 2008
Bear & Company
ISBN 978-1-879181-80-9
389 pages
Paperback
$20.00 (U.S.) $22.50 (Canada)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

“The Crystal Skull” (the Mitchell-Hedges skull) was first brought to the attention of the general public in the 1970s, although it had been discovered decades before. Until recently it had faded from the popular memory. Then came the production, and release, of a major motion picture with the crystal skulls (yes, more have been found) as a major theme and interest was resurrected. Technology has advanced and so has the level of information distribution. No longer the exclusive domain of fringe science, major players (including the BBC) expressed an interest in the background, discovery and investigation of these unusual artifacts.

This book was first published in 1997 and, while more than a decade has passed, it remains one of the best books on the subject. Gathering, as it does, input from scientists and archeologists, native storytellers and religious leaders, as well as UFO researchers, it presents a much broader, more in-depth look at a fascinating subject than many previous works.

This book has been re-issued at this time to tie-in to the release of the new “Indiana Jones” movie, although there are minimal actual connections between the two items. The authors are not making outlandish claims and expecting the reader to accept them on faith. They carefully lay out the trail of the skulls and do*****ent the events surrounding them.

The length of time since this book was originally issued shows through in places, especially in Chapter 8 which deals with channeled information. Attitudes toward, and understanding of, channeling have changed in the past decade. This doesn’t invalidate the information contained in this chapter, however.

The authors have assembled an almost unbelievable amount of information concerning the skulls – both “hard, factual” information and largely unverifiable information obtained through non-traditional sources. They are careful to differentiate between the types and are not given to hyperbole.

There is a great deal of space dedicated to the cultures which produced (or may have produced) the crystal skulls. Unfortunately, most of what we know of these cultures has been recorded by their conquerors, and this information may be presumed to be biased in at least some degree. The authors take the time to examine what we believe we know of these cultures as well as what the descendants of these cultures believe may have been the truth.

Speculation is the basis for this book, as it must be. The topic is one which has been overlooked/ignored by mainstream academics since it falls, potentially, in the realm of religion (or even worse, possible extraterrestrial origin). Religion is a subject which evokes very strong emotions, while extraterrestrial topics invite derision. Even the most vocal “atheistic” scientists often express their conclusions in terms of how they refute religious perceptions.

Since nothing can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, it falls to the authors to present a plausible case for their arguments, and this they do in a fair and reasoned way.

In the talks the authors had with various indigenous peoples, as well as a couple of “channelers” they, and we, are reminded of the interconnectedness of all life in the universe. It is not “us” and “them” or “it”. It is “we,” and we can’t afford to forget that. The natural world does not exist to be conquered, but to be experienced and enjoyed.

This book is not intended to be a proponent of Pagan thought, although it accomplishes this goal as a consequence of its balanced approach and fair reporting. The authors tell us what their interviewers said, not what the authors think they might have meant. They make no attempt to force “facts” to fit their preconceptions. In stepping away from that attitude they give the subject, and their readers, the respect which is deserved.

There are no hard and fast conclusions in the end, merely possibilities, and that is fine. The book should find an interested audience, and not just among fans of Indiana Jones.

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