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Anacalypsis - Godfrey Higgins

Anacalypsis - Godfrey Higgins

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 An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil Of The Saitic IsisOr An Inquiry Into The Origin Of Languages, Nations And Religions
Godfrey Higgins
Volume I
[867 pages]
Volume II
[525 pages]
First published 1863. This unique work shows that the Celtic Druids were Priests of Oriental colonies, whoemigrated from India, and were the Introducers of the first of Cadmean System of Letters, and the Buildersof Stonehenge, of Carnac, and other Cyclopean works in Asia and Europe. This title contains 4 maps andnumerous lithographic plates of Druidical Monuments. The author was engaged in researches for this book nearly ten hours a day for twenty years. "Of the author's portentous knowledge, his powerful critical faculty,his fitness to investigate and elucidate the ancient mysteries of mythology, philology, ethnology, and other ologies, many persons speak with reverence and rapture. But even men of education must admit thatHiggins collected a large number of curious and important facts. The novel independence of Higgins' mindmay serve as an example to many readers; the vastness of his learning, the justness of his reasoning, and hiscritical sagacity, are beyond the ken of ordinary mortals."Godfrey Higgins was convinced that a high civilization had flourished prior to all historical records. He believed that there had existed then a most ancient and universal religion from which all later creeds anddoctrines sprang." His research lasted over 20 years. "He attempted to establish the existence of a prehistoricuniversal religion and to trace its development into contemporary times. He believed this religion possessedaccurate knowledge of universal and cosmic phenomena and held neither priesthood nor institution asintermediary in man's communion with the Divine." 
It is a common practice with authors to place their portraits in the first page of their books. I am not veryvain of my personal appearance, and, therefore, I shall not present the reader with my likeness. But, that Imay not appear to censure others by my omission, and for some other reasons which any person possessinga very moderate share of discernment will soon perceive, I think it right to draw my own portrait with the pen, instead of employing an artist to do it with the pencil, and to inform my reader, in a few words, whoand what I am, in what circumstances I am placed, and why I undertook such a laborious task as this work has proved.Respecting my rank or situation in life it is only necessary to state, that my father was a gentleman of small,though independent fortune, of an old and respectable family in Yorkshire. He had two children, a son(myself) and a daughter. After the usual school education, I was sent to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, as a pensioner, and thence to the Temple. As I was expected to pay the fees out of the small allowance which myfather made me, I never had any money to spare for that purpose, and I nearer either took a degree or wascalled to the bar.When I was about twenty-seven years of age my father died, and I inherited his house and estate at SkellowGrange, near Doncaster. After some time I married. I continued there till the threatened invasion of  Napoleon induced me, along with most of my neighbours, to enter the third West-York militia, of which, indue time, I was made a major. In the performance of my military duty in the neighbourhood of Harwich, Icaught a very bad fever, from the effects of which I never entirely recovered This caused me to resign mycommission and return home. I shortly afterward became a magistrate for the West Riding of my nativecounty. The illness above alluded to induced me to turn my attention more than I had formerly done, toserious matters, and determined me to enter upon a very careful investigation of the evidence upon whichour religion was founded. This, at last, led me to extend my inquiry into the origin of all religions, and thisagain led to an inquiry into the origin of nations and languages; and ultimately I came to a resolution todevote six hours a day to this pursuit for ten years. Instead of six hours daily for ten years, I believe I have,upon the average, applied myself to it for nearly
hours daily for almost
years. In the first
yearsof my search I may fairly say, I found nothing which I sought for; in the latter part of the
, thequantity of matter has so crowded in upon me, that I scarcely know how to dispose of it.When I began these inquiries I found it necessary to endeavour to recover the scholastic learning which,from long neglect, I had almost forgotten: but many years of industry are not necessary for this purpose, asfar, at least as is useful. The critical knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages, highly ornamental anddesirable as it is, certainly is not, in general, necessary for the acquisition of what, in my opinion, may be properly called
real Iearning 
. The ancient poetry and composition are beautiful, but a critical knowledge of them was not my object. The odes of Pindar and the poems of Homer are very fine; but Varro, Macrobius,and Cicero
 De Natura Deorum
, were more congenial to my pursuits. The languages were valuable to meonly as a key to unlock the secrets of antiquity. I beg my reader, therefore, not to expect any of that kind of learning, which would enable a person to rival Porson in filling up the Lacunæ of a Greek play, or inrestoring the famous Digamma to its proper place.But if I had neglected the study of Greek and Latin, I had applied myself to the study of such works as thoseof Euclid, and of Locke
on the Understanding 
, the tendency of which is to form the mind to a habit of 

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