The theme of this book isn’t a new one, but follows in the lengthy tradition of such occult and Fortean writers like H.P. Blavatsky, Ignatius Donnelly, Andrew Tomas, Robert Charroux and numerous others. Simply: that in ages past, before written records – or certainly any remains of written records – a great race preceded that of modern man; a race that was responsible for the many great myths of gods and great heroes found with regularity in just about every culture across the world.
Jos Rogiers begins with the assumption that such universal similarities in these myths can only be explained by the singular hypothesis set forth in the pages of this book. But instead of invoking the extraterrestrial ideas of von Daniken and his followers, Rogiers propounds a much more realistic suggestion. That the gods of olde who helped build the great civilizations of the past were in fact genetically related to the modern human, or homosapien. This species he calls Homo supersapien (hereafter, HSS for short): the progenitor of our sciences and development as a species. It’s certainly more believable than von Daniken’s ETs!
The text is hugely referenced throughout – mainly of classical treatises, East and West. But at the very beginning, Rogiers leaves himself open to criticism, when he tells that most of the passages from these old texts, which he draws upon considerably to validate his theory regarding HSS, “are summaries and not literal quotations.” But if we can put that aside for the time being…
Rogiers’ setting for the emergence of HSS occurs in the well known ‘Golden Age’, described in many old tomes, from the Bible, to the Rig Veda and beyond. In this time everything was bountiful and good and there was no such thing as death. Also, this great race of highly evolved ‘humans’ lived in the fabled land of Atlantis, which Rogiers places in the geographical arena ascribed by Plato, beyond the Pillars Of Hercules, into the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
These Atlanteans had lived here for untold centuries until the great catastrophe hit the world, leaving little but the Canary Islands as a geological testimony to their once-great land. And as our Atlantean gods, or Homo supersapiens spread westwards with their specialized knowledge, they populated a previously heathen world, across Europe to the Far East. And everywhere they went, as the tales tell, people spoke of them as ‘gods.’
It was these gods, or HSS, who taught humanity ‘civilization’ and all that comes with it. But as time went by HSS socialized more and more with humans, or those deemed worthy, and as the centuries passed, things began to change. The Golden Age brought to the world by HSS began to fall apart, as the gods began fighting amongst themselves. It was during this same period that the great catastrophe hit the world – as mentioned in many legendary texts – and this killed many Atlanteans, heralding the beginning of the end for them.
The Golden Age began breaking down and gave way to what Rogiers calls the Silver Age. This subsided through time, leading to the Bronze, and finally the Iron Age, when all the gods had just about gone and the Age of Men was cast upon the Earth. It’s rather an old idea that’s being presented here, with just a few of the ingredients being changed to suit the theme – and one echoed somewhat by the Christians with their stories of the Fall from Eden and the coming dominance of mankind.
Following their demise, all that was left were old tales, legends, and forgotten realms. The Atlantean ‘gods’ were gone, but not forgotten. It is here where Rogiers begins to assemble the remnants of his theory of this lost civilization, recorded as they were by the writings of men. By poring through the copious literary tales scattering the ancient texts of the world, evidences of this great race, he proclaims, can be found. But, as we all know, Chinese whispers easily develop – and so it was with even the once-great gods.
Such was the case with our very own King Arthur, says Rogiers. Arthur was the very last of all the gods, or Homo supersapiens left on Earth, who was carried back to the Atlantean remains across the waters after his death – as told in the old legends. With Arthur, Rogiers expends more than a little time and reasoning trying to prove his case here. But, like much else in this book, the author mistakes the mythic with the literal, the Otherworld for this one, the sacred for the profane.
Although massively referenced throughout and taking the reader on a guided tour of renowned legendary arenas (hero-myths, sun gods, crystal mountains, Underworlds, triads, etc), Rogiers tailors the myths to his theory and not to critical assessment. His complete lack of comparative analysis on a variety of themes is most notable, bringing some not inconsiderable weights against much that he writes.
Whilst modern folklorists move between the theoretical perspectives of Freud, Jung, Eliade, Briggs, Warner, et al, Rogiers seemingly invents his own interpretation with little references to other research students. With many ingredients here, he simply adjusts the information to suit the hypothesis. A hypothesis which, to me and many other students, is going to be way off the mark! But to any reader who may be captivated by theories of forgotten civilizations, Atlantis, Golden Ages or super-races, this book is obviously going to be of considerable appeal.
The Lost Civilization of Homo Supersapiens: Evolution did not End with Us – by Jos Rogiers
(Jos Rogiers 2007 – ISBN 1-4196-6123-X)