Sirius – the Star of the Maltese Temples: New book just launched
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Maltese temples in Gozo and Malta are the subject of a new book: Sirius – the Star of the Maltese Temples – written by Lenie Reedijk, who is also the author of the booklet Archaeological Walks on Gozo.
The book, which has just had its launch, is soon to available from bookshops priced at €24 – however the author has kindly allocated a number of books for Gozo SPCA to sell at that price, giving them a generous donation on each one they sell.
Gozo SPCA have books available now for those interested. Please email them on firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
In an extract from the forward of Sirius – the Star of the Maltese Temples, Giovanni Bonello writes, “this is a disturbing book. The author defines its contents as controversial and its conclusions as surprising.
“I judge it to be far, but far, more than that. It is disruptive of accepted wisdom and unsettles all we believed we knew of the origin of man in Malta, of the sequences of early civilisation and the histories of prehistory – not in Malta alone but throughout the whole of Europe.
“I started reading it in awe, at first with a deliberate effort at disbelief. By the time I was approaching the climax of the exposition, I ended as mesmerised as I was perplexed,” he said..
The book explores the fact that the ancient megalithic culture in the Maltese islands has remained an insider secret.The author said that, only few people know that during the Stone Age, long before the pyramids in Egypt were built, in Malta and Gozo dozens of ‘temples’ were erected, all in the same style and largely according to the same unique ground plan. “Of about twenty of these ruins the ground plan is known and several have been sufficiently preserved to offer an idea of the beautiful art and architecture of this mysterious culture.”
The Maltese temples pose many questions. Apart from their originally large number, the shift in the orientations of their corridors, their axes, is one of these unsolved riddles.
In her book Sirius – the Star of the Maltese Temples, Dutch researcher Lenie Reedijk presents a solution to both these questions, for which the astronomy of the ancient world proved to be the keystone.
“Owing to the celestial mechanism called precession all Maltese temples appeared to have been orientated at some point in time to the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius,” she said.The author said that the resulting astronomical dating shows that the Maltese temple culture arose immediately after the last Ice Age, when the star Sirius, after having been absent from the Maltese sky for five thousand years, became visible again in all its splendour.
“From around 9,000 to 4,000 BC the slow shift of Sirius along the horizon was tracked by the temple builders, with the small building of Hagar Qim in Malta being the first and Ggantija South in Gozo the last to be built.” Lenie Reedijk questions, “was Malta’s temple culture the precursor civilisation to ancient Egypt?”
Lenie Reedijk, Sirius – the star of the Maltese Temples, is an illustrated book of 224 pp. + 8 pp. in full colour. Published by MaletBooks, January 2018. With a Foreword by Giovanni Bonello.