Purportedly, Jos Rogiers, the author of The Lost Civilization of Homo Supersapiens is a credible journalist.  Doubt creeps in, though, when, not even halfway through the book, you realize that no scientific sources have been consulted.  The premise of Supersapiens is that there was a race of gods who inhabited the earth during the “Golden Age” of mankind, before the “Iron Age” that we are currently in. 

He ‘proves’ this theory by examining Indian, Greek, Germanic, Nordic, and even Anglo-Saxon mythologies.  While Rogiers must be given credit for his extensive mythological research and translation, his theory is hard to swallow without hard facts to back it up.  Basically, he’s saying that because similar myths appear in the cultural histories of so many people, there must be some truth to them.  While at first glance not a bad idea, Rogiers’ credibility wanes when he points out inconsistencies in myths and then ignores them or dismisses them because they don’t tie into his theory. 

When the time for the Last Judgment is vastly different between several myths, Rogiers states, “I will not try to disentangle all these problematic details, for merely details they are.”  Fantastic, Mr. Rogiers, but now I’m not going to try and disentangle anymore of this book.  And I suggest that other readers not give it the effort either.  Intensely repetitive, Rogiers could have made the book a solid page saying, “I think there were gods because there are stories that there were gods,” instead of subjecting us to 297 pages of straight text.  If you’re really interested in mythology, or lost cities of advanced races, rent Disney’s Atlantis.  You’ll certainly be more entertained, and just as equally informed.

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