The Temple of Man

The Temple of Man : Apet of the South at Luxor

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The monumental Temple of Manrepresents the most important breakthrough in our understanding of Ancient Egypt since the discovery of the Rosetta stone. This exhaustive and authoritative study reveals the depths of the mathematical, medical, and metaphysical sophistication of Ancient Egypt. Schwaller de Lubicz's stone-by-stone survey of the temple of Amun-Mut-Khonsu at Luxor allows us to step into the mentality of Ancient Egypt and experience the Egyptian way of thinking within the context of their own worldview. His study finds the temple to be an eloquent expression and summary--an architectural encyclopedia--of what the Egyptians knew of humanity and the universe. Through a reading of the temple's measures and proportions, its axes and orientations, and the symbolism and placement of its bas-reliefs, along with the accompanying studies of related medical and mathematical papyri, Schwaller de Lubicz demonstrates how advanced the civilization of Ancient Egypt was, a civilization that possessed exalted knowledge and achievements both materially and spiritually. In so doing, Schwaller de Lubicz effectively demonstrates that Ancient Egypt, not Greece, is at the base of Western science, civilization, and culture. To understand the temple of Luxor, twelve years of field work were undertaken with the utmost exactitude by Schwaller de Lubicz in collaboration with French archaeologist Clement Robichon and the respected Egyptologist Alexandre Varille. From this work were produced over 1000 pages of text and proofs of the sacred geometry of the temple and 400 illustrations and photographs that make up The Temple of Man. The Temple of Manis a monument to inspired insight, conscientious scholarship, and exacting archaeological groundwork that represents a major contribution to humanity's perennial search for self-knowledge and the prehistoric origins of its culture and more

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  • Hardback | 1088 pages
  • 243.8 x 337.8 x 91.4mm | 5,125.65g
  • Inner Traditions Bear and Company
  • Rochester, United States
  • English
  • 400 b&w illustrations
  • 0892815701
  • 9780892815708
  • 352,344

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"An impressive, beautifully realized presentation that deserves consideration, discussion and debate. For those of you with interest in alternative approaches to ancient Egypt, The Temple of Man will be and important addition to your library." KMT, 1998 "As complete an insight into the mind of pharaonic Egypt as will be found on paper... Coming to the worldview from our mindset places serious damands on the reader. But, this book is both dizzying and transporting, offering the possibility of immersion in another world, cleansing the mind and clarifying the extent and the limitations of our own mental tools for grasping our world." MKS, Whole Earth, 1998 "This astonishing and monumental book helps us understand not only the greatness of Egypt, but the depths of the human soul as well. The work of Schwaller de Lubicz stands in our time as an unsurpassed blending of objective scholarship and philosophical vision." Jacob Needleman, author of Time and the Soul "In The Temple of Man, renowned Egyptologist R.A. Schwaller De Lubicz offers an exhaustive study of the temple of Amun-Mut-Khonsu at Luxor. In over 1000 pages of text, illustrations and photographs, De Lubicz demonstrates the powerful spiritual and philosophical heritage of ancient Egyptian civilization." Publishers Weekly "Schwaller's grand synthesis reveals, once and for all, the full extent and significance of the knowledge of Ancient Egypt." Parabola "Le Temple de l'homme by Schwaller de Lubicz is an absolute must for all who are interested in the search for the truth about Ancient Egypt and its pivotal place in the unfolding of the cosmic drama and the human quest for immortality and spiritual perfection. For years we have all waited for an English translation. Here it is at last!" Robert G. Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery: Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids and Message of "In my view, The Temple of Man is the most important work of scholarship of this century. R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz finally proves the existence of the legendary 'sacred science' of the Ancients and systematically demonstrates its modus operandi. It was this great science--based upon an intimate and exact knowledge of cosmic principles--that fused art, religion, science, and philosophy into one coherent whole and sustained Ancient Egypt for three thousand years." John Anthony West, author of Serpent in the Sky "Schwaller's text demands that it not be just read, but that it be 'thought along with.' His scientific writings contain poetic and spiritual insights that touch the soul ... because true science, as he conceives it, is capable of generating those insights--indeed, it demands that they be generated." Gnosis Magazine "Schwaller de Lubicz's great work, grounded in a remarkable insight into the science and philosophy of the ancient world, opens the way to a complete reappraisal of Egyptian civilization, revolutionizing our view of history." John Michell, author of The New View Over Atlantis In the first Renaissance, the Florentines went back to the knowledge of the ancient Greeks. In this, our planetary Renaissance, we return to the esoteric knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians. The research and intuitions of Schwaller de Lubicz should be placed alongside Evans-Wentz's recovery of the esoteric knowledge of Tibet. William Irwin Thompson, author of At the Edge of History "Schwaller de Lubicz is one of the major thinkers of the twentieth century--his greatness, alas, still not fully recognized, although readers who know Sacred Science and Symbol and the Symbolic treasure them as masterpieces. But his greatest and most massive achievement is The Temple of Man, surely one of the seminal works of the last half century. The news that it is to be finally published in English will delight all admirers of this highly original philosopher." Colin Wilson, author of The Outsider and The Philosopher's Stone "The Temple of Man will live, like statues of Ramesses, long after we and those who follow us have joined the pharaohs. This is an eternal work, just as Egypt is eternal. To enter the minds of the Ancient Egyptians through this door will lead any reader into an enchanted realm where form and structure have life, where stone breathes and perspires, and where the palpitating heart of traditional wisdom still throbs amongst the sands." Robert Temple, translator of The Complete Fables of Aesop and author of The Sirius Mystery "The Temple of Man is a monumental product of intellect, scholarship, and exploration into the 'pharaonic mentality' of Ancient Egypt. There is no work more ambitious in seeking to render accessible the consciousness of a time and place remote from and extremely alien to our own. The sufficiently careful and aware reader can actually take on enough of the mindset being described as to arrive at states of consciousness unlike any experienced by contemporary people. It then becomes possible to glimpse that extraordinary 'mentality' which cast in Egypt a spell of luminous fascination still potent after thousands of years." Robert Masters, author of The Way to Awaken and The Goddess Sekhmet "An important addition to the library of any serious metaphysician." Pythia Peay, Common Boundary "The Temple of Man is an accomplishment of truly Herculean proportions. Nothing written in the past two hundred years, with the exeption of only one book, even approaches it in enormity of purpose, scope, subject matter, majasty and profundity... One needs to learn to read this book and then immerse oneself in it. Were on to do this, and assuming diligence, sincerity, determination and some ingenuity by the reader, the outcome toward which all human life is aimed, the evolution of consciousness is assured." Atlantis Risingshow more

About R. A. Schwaller De Lubicz

R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887--1961) was one of the most important philosophers, mathematicians, and Egyptologists of this century. His elucidation of the temple at Luxor and his presentation of the Egyptian understanding of a special quality of innate consciousness form a bridge that links the sacred science of the Ancients to its rediscovery in our own more

Table of contents

The Temple of Man Volume 1 Publisher's Preface xiii Translators' Acknowledgments xv Translators' Preface xvii Preface xxv Introduction 1 Part 1 The Doctrine of the Anthropocosmos Elements 14 Chapter 1 * Consciousness and Irreducible Magnitudes 30 Chapter 2 * Symbolique 47 Chapter 3 * Anthropocosmos 61 Chapter 4 * Pharaonic Thought 72 Part 2 Mathematical Thought Chapter 5 * Foundations of Pharaonic Mathematics 88 Chapter 6 * Pharaonic Calculation 126 Part 3 The Master Builders' Grid: Pharaonic Mathematics Applied Chapter 7 * Pharaonic Trigonometry 190 Chapter 8 * The Canevas: Living Architecture of Number 228 Chapter 9 * The Cosmic Principle of Volume 250 Chapter 10 * Pharaonic Cubits 276 Chapter 11 * The Human Canon 310 Chapter 12 * The Royal Apron 346 Chapter 13 * The Axes 355 Part 4 The Architecture of the Temple: Themes Chapter 14 * The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus 374 Chapter 15 * The Diadem 432 Chapter 16 * The Joints: Guides for Reading 444 Chapter 17 * The Covered Temple: The Head 448 Chapter 18 * Sanctuary V 458 Chapter 19 * Crossing 476 Chapter 20 * The Zodiac 479 Chapter 21 * The Hindu Temple 498 Chapter 22 * The Mystic Temple: A Meditation 504 Volume 2 Part 5 The Pharaonic Temple Chapter 23 * The Architectonics of the Pharaonic Temple 514 Chapter 24 * Preface to the Presentation of the Architecture of the Temple of Luxor 519 Chapter 25 * The Temple of Luxor 524 Part 6 Plates, Legends, and Commentaries Chapter 26 * Amun and Suti-Hor 532 Chapter 27 * General Views of the Temple of Luxor 535 Chapter 28 * The Growth of the Temple 569 Chapter 29 * A Colossus of the Temple 591 Chapter 30 * Joints and Pieces 639 Chapter 31 * The Mosaic Figure in the Foundation of the Temple 677 Chapter 32 * The Crown of the Skull 699 Chapter 33 * The Moon in the Haty 721 Chapter 34 * The Knees 737 Chapter 35 * The Bows 747 Chapter 36 * The Zodiac 761 Chapter 37 * The Master Builders' Grid 779 Chapter 38 * Transformations and Mutations 861 Chapter 39 * A Secret Sanctuary 885 Chapter 40 * The Axes of the Temple 905 Chapter 41 * Receiving and Giving 955 Chapter 42 * The Architectural Structure 977 Chapter 43 * Transparency and Transposition 991 Chapter 44 * Seth-Horus 1003 Appendix: Comparison of Parts and Chapters in the English and French Editions 1022 List of Works Cited 1024 Index 1028show more