Books

Die bildhaften Darstellungen der australischen Aborigines / TheVisual Representations by the Australian Aborigines: Die Weiterführung ihrer religiösen Motive bis zur Gegenwart / The Continuation of their Religious Motives up to the Present
by Dr. Christine Pellech
Euro 19,80
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DIE ODYSSEE - EINE ANTIKE WELTUMSEGELUNG
by Dr. Christine Pellech
3rd edition 2011. 300 pages. Published only in German.
Euro 19,80
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Indeed one of the most thought-provoking books the reviewer has ever studied! It is Pellech's thesis that the Odyssey, at least the original core report, describes a circumnavigation of the globe in a westerly direction during far earlier, prehistoric times, to which only far later the Odysseus-Telemachos "story" has been added by the Greeks. I would say that this is a rather convincing proposal. It is to be hoped that this remarkable work will soon be translated into other languages, so that scholars and interested layman alike in as many countries as possible will be able to participate in further investigations into this most promising field of research.

At the same time this amounts to a most welcome general report about the actual present status quo with respect to the very important isolationism-diffusionism controversy. To this day far too few people realize that, viewed from the standpoint of the history and philosophy of the sciences, the world-view of isolationism has never been a serious, responsible scholarly proposal, more a kind of "pseudoscientific" ideology. So it has been a good idea that Pellech mentions very many serious facts and arguments which speak for a world-wide diffusionism from very early, prehistoric times. She seems convinced that we will have to reckon with a world-wide active advanced civilization already around 10.000 BC, or even earlier, which has been largely destroyed, however, by great calamities of nature, perhaps around 7500 BC, as proposed e.g. in the Tollmanns' great book about a possible cometary impact around this time.

REVIEW by Dr. Horst Friedrich

Author: Christine Pellech was born in Vienna 1947 and has attained a doctor's degree in Philosophy at the University of Vienna in 1974. Being a trained ethnologist she has been searching for more than 20 years with the aim to localize Ulysses' route by trying to find a solution with the help of a mass of useful material which was analyzed by the sophisticated method of inter-Disciplinary approach.

GUSTAV KLIMT: DIE GOLDENE PERIODE / THE GOLDEN PHASE: DER SYMBOLGEHALT SEINER BILDER AUS DEN JAHREN 1901-1910 / THE SYMBOLISM OF HIS PAINTINGS FROM 1901-1910
by Dr. Christine Pellech
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DIE ARGONAUTEN - EINE WELTKULTURGESCHICHTE DES ALTERTUMS
by Christine Pellech
1. Auflage 2011. Published only in German. ca. 330 Seiten.
Euro 19,80
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REVIEW by Dr. Horst Friedrich

The author is the rather well-known publisher/editor of the meritorious international journal "Migration & Diffusion" (2000-2005). Today she has changed train,so to speak, and has boarded the Internet, where she continues her publishing work under the Website: www.migration-diffusion.info , which is visited daily by an unbelievably great number of researchers in this field, from countries all over the globe. She is therfore intimately acquainted with the continueing diffusionism-isolationism controversy in this field, and convinced that the adherents of cultural, and ethno-linguistic isolationism have to be seen in a well-deserved loser position.
It is Pellech's general thesis that she will have to "decipher" certain ancient epics of classical Greek times (like e.g. the Odyssey or the Argonautika) as in reality being garbled or distorted versions, adapted to the mental "horizon" of classical Greek culture, of much earlier circumnavigations of the globe, in a westerly as well as easterly direction, by a more advanced civilization of which, however, classical Greece no longer had any real knowledge.
Most interesting are Pellech's tentative identifications of geographical localities and geophysical phenomena mentioned in the ancient epic narratives. I think they will provoke lively discussions. e.g. her proposal to locate the realm of the dead and the river Styx in the region of the Niagara Falls. And, to take another example: I find it a promising idea to use the colours, ascribed by the ancient epics to the different seas or oceans, to identify them.
Notwithstanding the extraordinary merit of this book, an important problem is not discussed in it with the necessary explicitness. There are only very few pages in the book (pp.23,39,61,103,105) where we do find tentative statements with respect to the crucial question: at which place in chronological time do we have to visualize such a more advanced prehistoric civilization, postulated by Pellech and other nonconformists? On p.23 she dates it at about 10.000 BC, elsewhere we find 2500 BC or a brief remark that it had to be much older than the age of Greek colonization in the Mediterranean. Quite obviously then, in Pellech's view, we will have to visualize, between that ancient forerunner civilization and the later civilizations of the eastern Mediterranean an "hiatus" of at least several millennia.
It is to be hoped that Pellech, in a future edition of her book, will address herself to the task of elucidating the exact duration and real nature of that "hiatus". Has it been real at all? Or only a "Fata Morgana" caused by an artificially lengthened chronology? And if it should be real: why such a deep fall of a rather advanced civilization?

MAYA TRANSITION EPIGRAPHIC DICTIONARY - CONNECTIONS TO OLD WORLD LANGUAGES
by Kurt Schildmann
Euro 49,80

The author shows a possible expedition near-east seafarers reached Maya-Land around 500 BC. They brought their script symbols and a lot of expressions to their new horizon, which can be found in the Mayan context as far as they are open for our understanding. An understanding, which is promoted and opened in remarkable way by this book.

Kurt Schildmann, born 1909, Duisburg-Hamborn, Germany. At the age of 18, he explored Greece with his brother, where monks gave them lessons in medieval Greek. Later, by etymological studies he specialized in reconstructing the Proto-Indo-European Basic Language. Examined on 6 languages by the New Federal Ministry of Defense, he became a member of the linguistic staff of that Ministry for more than 20 years. Retired, he got the opportunity to read and collect grammar and vocabulary of exotic languages. Finally he deciphered Glozel (France), Burrows Cave (Illinois, USA) and texts as written in Sanskrit.

REVIEW by Dr. Horst Friedrich

The author of this book is an extraordinarily competent non-Establishment scholar who has, in 1994, already successfully deciphered the Indus script, as written in Sanskrit. This has already been rather sensational, and constitutes one of the great achievements in the field of the decipherment of ancient scripts. In addition, in the years to follow, he has examined inscriptions on certain artifacts from North and South America (among them finds from the controversial Burrows Cave, Illinois), and even from Europe (among them Glozel, Southern France), being able thereby to propose that the advanced civilization of ancient India obviously had been involved in worldwide colonizing activities.

With his new book Schildmann has demonstrated even more convincingly that in ancient times there must have existed worldwide, intercontinental interconnections with respect to cultural diffusion on such a grand scale, which our relevant Establishment sciences would have held impossible up to now. One of the provisional results of Schildmann's decipherment of the Maya script, and study of the Maya language, is the rather sensational discovery that words from several Old World languages (Sumerian, Accadian, Indo-Iranian, Phoenician, Hebrew and Basque) have somehow found their way into the Maya language. Nota bene in addition to other linguistic elements which show interconnections with South East Asia. Quite obviously, such discoveries have only been possible for some comprehensively competent linguistic scholar like Schildmann. They could not have been made by a specialist.

For the Mayanists Schildmann's book is an absolute "must". But it will also be of the greatest interest for all those who see in global cultural diffusion the new paradigm. Schildmann speaks e.g. of "irrefutable proof... of the Babylon-guided penetration of Maya-Land at about 500 BC" (p.37), and of an "arrival of Ancient Near Eastern nobility at 500 BC in Mesoamerica (p.54)

INDUS SCRIPT DECIPHERING
by Kurt Schildmann
1. Auflage 2011. ca. 300 Seiten.
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