Supernatural by Graham Hancock
Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind

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Less than fifty thousand years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as "the greatest riddle in human history," all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers.

In Supernatural Graham Hancock sets out to investigate this mysterious "before-and-after moment" and to discover the truth about the influences that gave birth to the modern human mind. His quest takes him on a detective journey from the stunningly beautiful painted caves of prehistoric France, Spain, and Italy to rock shelters in the mountains of South Africa, where he finds extraordinary Stone Age art. He uncovers clues that lead him to the depths of the Amazon rainforest to drink the powerful hallucinogen Ayahuasca with shamans, whose paintings contain images of "supernatural beings" identical to the animal-human hybrids depicted in prehistoric caves. Hallucinogens such as mescaline also produce visionary encounters with exactly the same beings. Scientists at the cutting edge of consciousness research have begun to consider the possibility that such hallucinations may be real perceptions of other "dimensions." Could the "supernaturals" first depicted in the painted caves be the ancient teachers of mankind? Could it be that human evolution is not just the "meaningless" process that Darwin identified, but something more purposive and intelligent that we have barely begun to understand?

This revised edition of Supernatural is now available for the first time as a paperback original.


About Graham Hancock

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Graham Hancock: Graham Hancock is a bestselling author of non-fiction in the alternative history genre, perhaps best known forFingerprints of the Gods. He is the undisputed leader in the field and his books have proved to be consistent and substantial long-sellers. His two major British TV series (Quest for the Lost Civilisation, 1998, andFlooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age, 2002) put his ideas in front of audiences of millions, and his web site ( is recognized as a primary research source with over one million page views every month. Graham Hancock’s books have been translated into 27 languages and have sold more than five million copies worldwide. His most recent book isSupernatural: Meetings With The Ancient Teachers Of Mankind. Robert Bauval: Rogue Egyptologist Robert Bauval was born in Egypt in 1948. A construction engineer, his interest in Egyptology is long standing, having lived in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East for much of his life. In the 1980s he developed a line of study linking the pyramids and the so-called Pyramid Texts with astronomy and famously published the bestsellingThe Orion Mystery. His most recent book isThe Egypt Code
Published September 1, 2006 by Disinformation Books. 489 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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