The following quote is the blurb on the back of controversial historian Graham Hancock’s latest book Magicians of the Gods. The highlighted paragraph intrigues me, who were these ‘Sages’, most importantly – what did they look like? What tools did they have?
‘Near the end of the last ice age 12,800 years ago, a giant comet that had entered the solar system from deep space thousands of years earlier broke into multiple fragments. Some of these struck the Earth causing a global cataclysm on a scale unseen since the extinction of the dinosaurs. At lest eight of the fragments hit the North American ice cap, while further fragments hit the northern European ice cap. The impacts, from comet fragments a mile wide approaching at more than 60,000 miles an hour, generated huge amounts of heat which instantly liquidised millions of square kilometers of ice, destabilising the earths crust and causing the global deluge that is remembered in myths all around the world.
A second series of impacts, equally devastating, causing further cataclysmic flooding occurred 11,600 years ago, the exact date that Plato gave for the destruction and submergence of Atlantis. The evidence revealed in this book shows beyond reasonable doubt that an advanced civilisation that flourished during the ice age was destroyed in the global cataclysms between 12,800 and 11,600 years ago.
But there were survivors – known to the later cultures by names such as ‘the Sages’, ‘the Magicians’, ‘the Shining Ones’, and ‘the Mystery Teachers of Heaven’. They traveled the world in their great ships doing all in their power to keep the spark of civilisation burning. They settled at key locations – Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, Baalbek in the Lebanon, Giza in Egypt, ancient Sumer, Mexico, Peru and in the Pacific where a huge pyramid has recently been discovered in Indonesia. Everywhere they went these ‘Magicians of the Gods’ brought with them the memory of a time when mankind had fallen out of harmony with the universe and paid a heavy price.
A memory and a warning to the future….For the comet that wrought such destruction between 12,88 and 11,600 years ago may not be done with us yet. Astronomers believe that a 20 mile wide ‘dark’ fragment of the original giant comet remains hidden within the debris stream and threatens the Earth. An astronomical message encoded at Gobekli Tepe and in the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Egypt warns that the ‘Great Return’ will occur in our time.’
Magicians of the Gods by Graham Hancock – Hodder & Stoughton Ltd – 2015, London