Books and Links
[Note: This page is due for an update. As soon as I can squeeze in a spare hour or two…]
Click on each link to jump to the book’s page on Amazon, which will have reader reviews so you can get a better sense of what the book’s about. If you decide to buy it from this link, I’ll make a few dimes and nickels. Thanks.
Brown, Dan, The Da Vinci Code: A Novel, Doubleday, New York, 2003.
Castaneda, Carlos, The Active Side of Infinity, HarperCollins, New York, 1998.
——, The Fire from Within, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1984.
——, Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico, Harper Perennial, New York, 1999.
Danielou, Alain, Music and the Power of Sound: The Influence of Tuning and Interval on Consciousness , Inner Traditions, Rochester, VT, 1995.
More than you probably want to know about tunings, but he covers Chinese music (which is based on the circle of fifths, just as Sumerian music was) and classical Indian music (ragas). Danielou felt, as I do, that music has a profound impact on consciousness.
Fulcanelli, Le Mystere des Cathedrales, Esoteric Intrepretation of the Hermetic Symbols of The Great Work , Brotherhood of Life, Las Vegas, 1984.
Gardner, Laurence, Genesis of the Grail Kings, Bantam Press, London, 1999.
Gardner’s data is good; his conclusions are not so much, as he’s far too literal.
Gardner, Kay, Sounding the Inner Landscape: Music as Medicine, Caduceus, Stonington, Maine, 1990.
Highly recommended. Very readable and oriented toward how music can be used for healing.
Garfield, Laeh Maggie, Sound Medicine: Healing with Music, Voice and Song, Celestial Arts, Berkeley, 1987.
Hancock, Graham, Fingerprints of the Gods, Crown, New York, 1995.
Knight, Christopher and Robert Lomas, The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasonry, and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus, Element Books, Rockport, MA, 1998.
Knight, Christopher and Robert Lomas, Uriel’s Machine: Uncovering the Secrets of Stonehenge, Noah’s Flood and the Dawn of Civilization, Element Books, Boston, 2000.
Mathieu, W. A., Harmonic Experience: Tonal Harmony from Its Natural Origins to Its Modern Expression, Inner Traditions, Rochester, VT, 1997.
A very readable music theory book that examines harmony and dissonance and our reactions to them. A good description of the differences between the ancient Greek tunings (which were derived from the Sumerian tunings) and Equal Temperament. For music students or composers.
Moura, Ann, Origins of Modern Witchcraft: The Evolution of a World Religion , Llewllyn, St. Paul, MN, 2000.
I have included Ann Moura’s book primarily for her research on the Indus Valley and the early civilization that lived there. This area was called Sind, from whence, through many convolutions and corruptions, we get our word “sin.”
Ouspensky, P. D., In Search of the Miraculous, Harcourt Brace, Orlando, Florida, 1949.
If you already know about Gurdjieff, then you know about this book. If not you should check it out. And if you’re on the trail of other ideas that came out of the ancient area once known as Mesopotamia, also check out Gurdjieff, Making a New World by J. G. Bennett, who discusses the Sarmoun Brotherhood at length.
Ruiz, Don Miguel and Mary Carroll Nelson, Beyond Fear: A Toltec Guide to Freedom and Joy – The Teachings of Don Miguel Ruiz, Council Oak Books, Tulsa, 1997.
Shah, Idries, The Sufis, Anchor Books, New York, 1964.
Sitchin, Zecharia, The 12th Planet (The Earth Chronicles, Book 1), Avon, New York, 1976.
Disclaimer: I cite Sitchin on my site only for his remarks about Sumerian music. His raw research is good; his conclusions about what he found is less good. He is far too literal in seeing Buck Rogers-style alien ships puffing and smoking their way down to Earth. I fear he went wrong when he declared that a shem was some kind of physical object or substance. (This is where Laurence Gardner went wrong as well.)
Von Däniken, Erich, The Return of the Gods: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Visitations, Element Books, Boston, 1997.
Wilson, Robert Anton, The New Inquisition, New Falcon, Tempe, AZ, 1995.
Woolley, C. Leonard, The Sumerians, Norton, 1965.
The Sumerian Mythology FAQ
A full, but traditional, description of Sumer and the mythology of those times.
Myths and Legends
A comprehensive site on world myths and legends with a section on Mesopotamia and Sumer.
Gateways to Babylon
A very good site about the history, myths, gods and goddesses of Babylon and Sumer. Recommended.