The Secret of the Pacific

The Secret of the Pacific : A Discussion of the Origin of the Early Civilisations of America, the Toltecs, Aztecs, Mayas, Incas, and Their Predecessors; And of the Possibilities O Asiatic Influence Thereon (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Secret of the Pacific: A Discussion of the Origin of the Early Civilisations of America, the Toltecs, Aztecs, Mayas, Incas, and Their Predecessors; And of the Possibilities O Asiatic Influence Thereon One poignant reflection there is: that man could build such beautiful dreams in sculptured stone as in all ages he has, and yet be so bar barous to his kind. Temples have generally, been synonymous with cruelties and sacrifice. Furthermore, Masonry, whether as an Art, whether as an Order, presents itself to us mainly as a great Pretension, which embodies little Of the milk of human kindness, but which rather separates man into selfish sects. It is after the lapse of time, when temples and palaces have become monuments, that we revere them the perpetuation in stone of sentiment and faith. As to the problem of the ancient American civilisations, it is an Old one, a mysterious one, and certainly not to be explained with ease, either one way or the other. There are many factors to be taken into account as concerns their origin and even to connect such origin with some ancient cycle of civilisation or lost continent is not outside the field of admissible conjecture; as if both their cultures and those of the Old World were offshoots of some parent stock, long since buried in the mists Of age and change. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 482 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 640g
  • Forgotten Books
  • English
  • 74 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0243267479
  • 9780243267477