Reviews of Gary A. David's Books

•  Midwest Book Review, Volume 6, Number 2 (February 2011)

by Gary A. David
Adventures Unlimited Press
PO Box 74, Kempton, IL 60946

The spiritual nature of the Hopi people have yet to be lost. "The Kivas of Heaven" discusses the metaphysical nature of the Native Americans of the American Southwest, as Gary A. David discusses the tenants of these faiths and rituals and their place in the bigger picture of the world. With an intriguing thought and plenty to fascinate the student of the metaphysical, "The Kivas of Heaven" is a choice read with plenty to ponder.

Nexus, Volume 15, Number 2 (July-August 2008)
by Gary A. David
Adventures Unlimited Press, Kempton, Illinois, 2008

ISBN 978-1-931882-80-4 (304pp tpb)
Available: NEXUS offices;
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 Nexus, Volume 14, Number 2 (March-April 2007)
by Gary A. David
Adventures Unlimited Press, Kempton, Illinois, 2006
ISBN 1-931882-65-7 (343pp tpb)
Available: NEXUS offices;


The ancient Egyptians weren't the only ones to have been inspired by
the stars in constructing their built environments. Arizona
researcher Gary David argues in this "sky-breaking" book that the
Pueblo Indian ancestors of the Hopi constructed their villages in a
pattern that mirrored all the major stars in the Orion constellation.
David is careful to point out that what the Hopi regard as a true
depiction of their past (influenced also by the Navajo who migrated
there around AD 1500-1600) is generally at odds with what white
anthropologists have surmised. Having analysed geodetic alignments
of Pueblo ruins, photographed rock art, noted cultural motifs and
utilised an astronomical computer program to determine ancient star
positions, David has come up with his take on the fundamental
principles and purposes of the Orion constellation as manifested in
the American Southwest.

Orion was associated with the Hopi god Masau'u and has parallels with
other mythological traditions around the world, and even with Western
secret societies such as the Freemasons and Rosicrucians. Throughout
The Orion Zone, David discusses the meaning of these Pueblo
artefacts, including stone tablets and a star map/solstice marker
petroglyph, sites in Arizona associated with the head and arms of
Orion, chakra lines and phenomenal celestial beings, and companion
sites in the Southwest such as the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon and
Death Valley.

The global Orion legacy, David maintains, includes links with not
just the ancient Egyptians but the Meso-Americans and the peoples of
the South Pacific, as evidenced by the vector of a planetary chakra
line. He even suggests that the Hopi, or at least their ancestors,
were once a seafaring people who had escaped a world destroyed by flood.
The prophetic proclamations of the Hopi, as have come to public
prominence in recent years, are also disturbing for their warnings
about future Earth changes. Take note!

• Read Review, Rick M. Gned, October 2006, Issue 6, (PDF format--Adobe Acrobat Reader needed)

 Mysteries Magazine, December 2006
The Orion Zone: Ancient Star Cities of the American Southwest
by Gary A. David

ISBN: 1-931882-65-7
$19.95, Adventures Unlimited Press, 2006

Many archaeologists have claimed that the builders of Stonehenge, the
Egyptian pyramids, and various other ancient structures have advanced
astronomical knowledge. But few scholars have explored the ruins of
pre-Columbian America. Author Gary A. David seeks to rectify this oversight
in The Orion Zone, an extensively researched study of archaeological
evidence, historical accounts, and the oral traditions of the Hopi peoples
of the American Southwest.

When David examined the position of the ruins of 12th-century Hopi
villages on a map, he discovered that their layout bore an uncanny
resemblance to the constellation of Orion, a constellation associated with
one of the most important Hopi deities, Masau'u. He also found evidence that
the Hopi had recorded supernovas and other celestial anomalies in their
petroglyphs and pictographs.

Next, David explores Hopi lore, which is one of the book's strongest
points. He provides insight into Hopi religious and cultural beliefs and
offers a glimpse into the elaborate cosmology which underlies every facet of
their lives. His research on other pre-Columbian cultures, particularly the
Mayans and Aztecs, is equally impressive.

Unfortunately, to save on publishing costs, it looks as if the publisher
tried to fit as much text on a page as possible. The line spacing is narrow,
the margins are thin, and the print is tightly compressed, which makes for a
headache-inducing read. This quibble aside, The Orion Zone has much to
recommend it. Readers interested in astro-archaeology or in pre-Columbian
America will find a great deal of thought-provoking material here, along with
citations for further study.

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