In 2011, husband and wife team, Mark and Lara Atwood embarked upon a project that would potentially have huge implications. It began as a simple look at the meaning the solstices and equinoxes held to ancient peoples. They knew these times of year were incredibly important to ancient cultures, as they had aligned hundreds, if not thousands of pyramids, temples, mounds, and standing stones to the sun on these days with remarkable accuracy, such as the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Egypt, Stonehenge, and the statues of Easter Island.
Although some would argue these times were chosen for their agricultural importance, the ancient sites aligned to them were used for religious purposes, and are the most enigmatic and advanced on the planet. So these dates clearly had a spiritual rather than purely mundane significance.
As Lara researched through hundreds of ancient sites, myths, and texts, she and Mark discovered the beliefs, practices, and artefacts of those who worshiped the sun also shared similarities—so many, and often so alike, as to be statistically out of the question to assign to coincidence. Above all, they had each revered the sun as the highest symbol of divinity.
It became inescapably clear that the great ancient civilizations of history had once shared the same religion, which had spread across the world in prehistory and branched off into many traditions over time. This is how pyramids, dynasties of sacred kings said to descend from the sun, beliefs about the afterlife centered around the stars, and a founding myth of seven sages, among many, many other things, can be found like a repeating pattern across the ancient world.
Thousands of years ago, the oceans had not been barriers, but highways of currents that allowed ancient seafarers to spread the arts of civilization and their religious ideas. After more than a decade of research, using genetic, linguistic, and archaeological studies, a coherent history began to emerge. Wisdom bringers had sent off on religious missions, and a lost civilization of the sun had arisen in their wake.
Since this religion had never formally been identified, it had never been given any name—so Mark and Lara called it the Religion of the Sun. This book describes its origins, rise, fall, legacy, and revival.