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The Book of Aker (also known as The Book of the Earth)

PAST ATTEMPTS AT TRANSLATION

Past translations of the Book of Aker have been done. We surmise that the first translations were done using the artistic illustrations together with a very rudimentary understanding of the hieroglyphs. It was a beginning, but created an illogical story.

Understanding that the ancient texts were all talking about the drama going on in the sky has added a new layer of richness to their interpretation. What follows is a re-telling, a re-translation, using that understanding. 




 

THE PIONEERS


We are indebted to two other pioneers, Prussian Egyptologist Alexandre Piankoff, and Natacha Rambova, second wife of Rudolf Valentino. 
They shared in the creation of several books about Egyptian religion for the Bollingen Foundation, one of which was  vital to this new translation of the book of Aker.







We also thank Wallis Budge (1857-1934) for his incredible and indispensible hieroglyphic dictionary.  New evidence supports him as the authoritative resource for the translation of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.  Laird Scranton, who has done a study comparing words of Dogon cosmology with ancient Egyptian words, says this in a 2011 interview:

"I came to realize that the most consistent matches were to the Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary of Wallis Budge, not to the German Worterbuch that is preferred by many modern Egyptologists. The consensus is that Budge's dictionary is outdated and often unreliable — some Egyptologists go so far as to say that Budge could barely read Egyptian hieroglyphs. Nonetheless, I realize that it would be unreasonable to suggest 
that 
Budge could have been grossly wrong about Egyptian words and yet still somehow in predictable agreement with the Dogon. And so I offer the body of interrelated Dogon words as new evidence to show that Budge must have been substantially correct in his understanding of Egyptian words of cosmology."

-- Laird Scranton, interview by Avi Solomon, June 26, 2011.
                    


FREE RESOURCE: Anyone can verify our translations for themselves using Budge's 2-volume Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, now accessible online:


THE ORIGINAL NEW TRANSLATION

Click here to see an exerpt from the Book of Aker.  The finalized translation is now available on Amazon.  
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