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'WHEN THE GODS CAME DOWN'
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In order to do justice to 'When the Gods Came Down', one must disclose the revelations which propel the book towards its astonishing climax. But to disclose these revelations would be to spoil the surprise for the uninitiated. We have therefore presented this synopsis of the book in deliberately obscure and cryptic terms!
Eridu Books, April 2000

PREFACE (click here to read the full text: Preface)

CHAPTER 1:  WHAT'S THE SECRET?

We begin with a cuneiform tablet from the lost city of Assur; its secret writing and cryptic comments lead us to consider the purpose of the ancient 'mystery schools' and the meaning of the ancient Mysteries.

Why was a divine child born in the underworld?

Why did a bright light penetrate the darkness of the underworld?

What mystery was hidden since the creation of the world?

Did Christianity begin as a mystery school; do we really understand the parables in the gospels?

Why was mankind created by the gods; who were these gods?

CHAPTER 2:  LOVE ON THE MOUNTAIN

The biblical legend of the Nephilim. What is its meaning, and what connection does it have with the Greek legend of the birth of the Titans?

An introduction to the Sumerians. Why were they so obsessed with religion?

A review of the Sumerian gods - their battles, love-making and acts of creation. Were the gods really ancient astronauts or mundane weather-gods, or has the general public been totally misled?

Did the gods come down from Heaven to Earth as meteorites?

Did the creation of mankind take place in the womb of Mother Earth?

CHAPTER 3:  THE DIVINE CHILD

De Iside et Osiride. Did Plutarch reveal all that he knew about the Egyptian Mysteries? Did he transmit 'dumbed down' versions of the original legends?

A fresh look at the Egyptian texts. What kind of catastrophe brought to an end the Golden Age of 'the First Time'? Why did Osiris come down from the Sky? Why were Egyptian priests and kings united in their quest to turn back time?

The importance of meteorites in ancient Egypt, and the use of meteoric iron in the cult of the afterlife.

Might there be a secret labyrinth beneath the Temple of the Benben at Heliopolis - a labyrinth which still contains a sacred meteorite?

Egyptology. Did Wallis Budge deliberately conceal the secrets of the pharaohs by feigning ignorance?

The mysterious birth of Horus. The celestial secret revealed.

Nut, Osiris and Re. Were they all aspects of an exploded celestial body?

CHAPTER 4:  PARADISE REGAINED

A trip back in time to the wondrous temples of ancient Egypt and Sumer.

An explanation of the Bond between Heaven and Earth.

The sanctity of the meteorite - recapturing the ancient way of thinking.

From meteorite to exploded planet cult - the logical steps.

The mystery of 'the Sky-in-the-middle'. What is the connection to freemasonry and the 'sons of light'?

As above, so below - new insights on the meaning of this Hermetic saying.

'The Epic of Creation' decoded. Why was Apsu put to sleep? Who was Marduk?

A unified explanation of Sun, Moon, star and meteorite cults.

Applying our newly found knowledge to the temples of Egypt and Sumer.

CHAPTER 5:  A SECRET OF THE GODS

'The Epic of Gilgamesh' decoded.

Why did Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu have giant-like statures?

Why did Enkidu ravage a prostitute?

How did Gilgamesh reach the abode of the immortals? Where was 'the Cedar Forest'? Where was 'the Land of the Cut-down Cedar Trees'? What were the 'Stone Things' which Gilgamesh used to cross the Sea?

The meeting between Gilgamesh and Utnapishtim - a secret of the gods disclosed.

The tale of 'Gilgamesh and Agga' decoded.

Why was it not possible for Gilgamesh to be granted eternal life?

CHAPTER 6:  THE CITY BEYOND THE RIVER

The secret of 'ancient Shuruppak'. Why did an ante-diluvial city exist more than 43,000 years before Gilgamesh's city, Uruk, was built?

Sacred geography of ancient Egypt. Revealing the secrets of Heliopolis, Abydos, Elephantine and the River Nile.

On the trail of Utnapishtim. The mysteries of Dilmun and Aratta decoded.

The Sumerian Kings List. Were pre-diluvial 'cities' dropped out of the Sky?

The secret of the gods. Did Utnapishtim journey to Earth from a heavenly 'city'?

CHAPTER 7:  LIFE ON THE ARK

A review of Flood legends from Mesopotamia.

Why did Ea announce the Flood by speaking to a 'wall' and a 'reed-hut'?

The crucial anomaly in the 'Atra-Hasis Epic'. Might the story be an adaptation?

The Flood according to Utnapishtim, and the fiery birth of the Anunnaki.

The sacrifice after the Flood. Why did the gods crowd around 'like flies'?

Utnapishtim's ship. Was it really a ship and did it really land on a mountain?

CHAPTER 8:  THE BLACK-HEADED ONES

The creation of man. Why was he created in the image of the gods?

The Anunnaki. Why did they reside in the underworld?

The secret of the black-headed ones. "Let god and man be mixed together in clay. Let us hear the drum-beat forever after."

Etana - why is his story so important?

The Assyrian legend of the 'two little ones'. Might this couple be equivalent to Adam and Eve?

CHAPTER 9:  GENESIS REVISITED

A new perspective on the Hebrew Old Testament. Is it a series of half-truths?

What is the Big Secret which is omitted from Genesis 1?

How and why did the Hebrew priests conceal the real beginning of Genesis?

Why did God create 'the Light' twice, both on Day 1 and on Day 4? What is the secret of 'the Light'?

Was Adam really a 'man'? Was Eve really a 'woman'? Where exactly was the Garden of Eden?

What was the nature of the biblical Flood? Was Noah really a man? Was his Ark really a ship?

CHAPTER 10:  PARTING THE WATERS

The Exodus story - another example of occultation, half-truths and deception by the Hebrew priests.

The mystery of Moses. What secrets lie behind his birth, his encounter with God at the Burning Bush, and his return to Egypt?

Parting the waters. How did the Israelites cross the Red Sea?

The Mountain of God. Where is the true Mount Sinai?

Yahweh's intervention in Egypt. Was it really a historic event?

Adam, Eber, Abraham, Jacob and Joseph. What secret was shared by all these Hebrew patriarchs?

CHAPTER 11:  THE LAMB LIES DOWN

The Passover Festival. What does it really commemorate?

A recap on the Hebrew mysteries of the underworld.

Why did the Israelites sacrifice their first-born children?

What secret lies behind the ritual of circumcision?

How exactly were the Israelites a 'chosen race'?

The lambs of Exodus. Are they the key to understanding Judaism and Christianity?

The prophecies of the Old Testament. Did they really predict the future?

Who was the 'Righteous Servant' in the book of Isaiah?

What secret lies behind the last words spoken by Christ on the cross?

CHAPTER 12:  HE RAISED THE DEAD

Why did John refer to Christ as 'the Word'?

Why did Jesus call himself 'the Son of Man'? What is the alternative translation of this title, and to what secret does it allude?

Why did Jesus refer to himself as 'the corner stone'?

Original Sin. Why did mankind have to be saved from its sins? The amazing secret is revealed.

What is the esoteric significance of baptism?

Why did Christ raise the dead in Hades? What connection exists between this tradition and Marduk raising the dead gods in the 'Epic of Creation'?

CHAPTER 13:  THE END OF DAYS

The Second Coming of Christ. Do Christians really understand the event which they await with such keen anticipation?

Who was the individual who 'cried in the wilderness'?

Why might the Old and New Testaments be called two different religions?

Was Jesus Christ really the future messiah prophesied in the Old Testament?

Why does the crucifixion, as described by the Church, make no sense.

Are the gospels - in their entirety - a parable with a secret meaning?

Was Jesus-the-man of 1st century Judea an actor in a Passion play? Did he re-enact the death of God? Did Christianity begin as an adaptation of a Passion play?

The miraculous resurrection of Christ. What is the real story?

CHAPTER 14:  A FAREWELL TO FAIRY TALES

A recap on how exploded planet cults began.

Reflections on how exploded planet cults came to be 'dumbed down'.

The ignorance of modern scholars. Why they have failed to understand the ancient Egyptian and Sumerian legends.

Exploded planets - fact or fiction? The theories of Tom Van Flandern.

How will the Church react if Van Flandern is proved right, or indeed wrong?

Might a supernatural God exist? A brief extrapolation of the Gaea hypothesis.

The problem of 'the anthropomorphic barrier'. Do believers in ancient astronauts share the same fairy-tale as 1.9 billion Christians?

Putting away childish things and joining the 'common sense revolution'. The quest to become Homo religiosus sapiens - 'the man who is wise in his religion'.

APPENDIX A:  THE EMISSARIES OF GOD

The biblical 'angels'? What were they, and why is the Old Testament so vague about their origin?

What secret is shared by the angels, the elohim-gods and the mysterious Sons-of-God?

The emanation of gods from God - the essence of the pagan mysteries.

Why does mankind desire a reunification with God?

APPENDIX B:  MARY, MARY, QUITE CONTRARY

The truth behind the miracle of the virgin birth. Who was the Virgin Mary?

Mary Magdalene, the fallen woman. Was she an alter ego of the Virgin Mary?

APPENDIX C:  JESUS OF NAZARETH

What esoteric meaning lies behind the idea that Jesus came from Nazareth?

What secret is contained in the saying 'Nazareth of Galilee'?

Why did Nathanael ask whether anything good ever came out of Nazareth?

APPENDIX D:  JESUS AND JOHN THE BAPTIST

Was John the Baptist a real person or a mythical figure? What was his relationship to Jesus Christ?

Why was the Church of John such a powerful rival to the Church of Jesus?

What is the link between Jesus, John, and the 'eyes' of the Egyptian creator-god?

APPENDIX E:  PONTIUS PILATE

Speculations on the true identity of Pontius Pilate.

AUTHOR'S CLOSING COMMENTS

How did Alan Alford feel after writing this book?

What is 'rational non-belief'? Why is it 'the beginning of wisdom'?

What is the status of the argument presented in this book? Is it a theory or an explanation?

Where is Alan Alford heading next with his research?

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

NOTES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY (48 pages)

INDEX

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