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Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis by John Grant (Paul Barnett). And check out the groovy cover for the 1986 edition:

John Grant's Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis


Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis is a meticulously-argued presentation of entirely nonexistent research demonstrating conclusively to anyone of careless mental habits that the Atlantean civilization was destroyed due to intoxicated concupiscence. The book concludes with a rousing call to action in the light of the impending Atlantean reconquest, as they are to return (soon!) from the hollow earth, bearing Reichian super-science and the wrath of Pan.

The crux of the text is a translation of an alleged primary document: the Scented Garden of Atlantean antiquity, the antediluvian Ananga Ranga known as “The Enigma Stones.” This work includes an assortment of canonical sexual techniques (or bandramis) that can be put to practical use by any imprudent reader. In my estimation, however, the best parts of the book are those dealing with the vicissitudes faced by the intrepid researchers who brought to light the Atlantean legacy, and who reasoned out its alarming and possibly lucrative consequences. As exciting as an ancient apocalypse might be, it pales beside drunken faculty holiday parties and oversexed Tibetan exploratory expeditions.

Popularizing author John Grant shows every sign of having read the varied and highly dubious works that he lists among his sources, so that he does real justice to them when presenting and parodying their ideas. Sadly, Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis is no longer as topical as it was in the mid-1980s. Specialists in the field of eroto-crypto-archaeology and its affiliated conspiracy theories are aware that the Internet has succeeded in its real (Atlantean) purpose, which was to pervert our civilization “towards something more akin to the Atlantean ideal” (195). As a result, the secret Atlantean invasion is a fait accompli — to the point where the USA elected its first Atlantean president in 2008. [via]



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