Human Origins - The Narratives of Our Creation Conference 2021
The 4th Ancient Origins Conference is happening! Join us on the weekend of November 20-21, 2021 for Human Origins - The Narratives of Our Creation.
A team of leading authors, experts, and researchers will lead you on a journey around the world to investigate the creation beliefs of ancient cultures - and address the controversies surrounding these accounts.
Come and discover:
- What’s the real story behind the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden?
- How is the ancient Egyptian creation narrative unique?
- Why did Sumerian creation stories have such a major impact on later cultures?
- What are the creation stories of the Hopi people?
- Who or what influenced the poets who sang the creation stories of the ancient Greeks?
- What human origin traditions are to be found amongst the indigenous peoples of Melanesia?
- Which archetypes appear in ancient Andean creation stories?
- What’s the truth hidden in the legends of giants who appear in creation myths?
- Why does the Viking creation story have relevance today?
- Is there any truth in ancient creation myths?
And so much more…
Think Deeply and Critically
You may think you know some creation stories, but our experts will give you new perspectives to consider and challenge common perceptions about how creation myths continue to influence our lives and cultures today.
Our conference provides a dynamic space for you to engage with presenters, make new connections, and meet people like yourself, who share similar interests. Here’s a tip to get the most out of the weekend - join us for the panel discussions and you can ask your most pressing questions about creation narratives to the world’s leading experts!
Jim Willis – Out of Eden
Theologian, historian, and musician, Jim has written more than a dozen books on religion, the apocalypse, cross-cultural spirituality, and arcane or buried cultures, and the study of earth energy, dowsing, and out-of-body experience. His current residence in the woods of South Carolina inspired his books Supernatural Gods: Spiritual Mysteries, Psychic Experiences, and Scientific Truths, Ancient Gods: Lost Histories, Hidden Truths and the Conspiracy of Silence, and Censoring God: The History of the Lost Books (and other Excluded Scriptures). In this conference, Jim will provide us with differing interpretations on a foundational myth of at least three great world religions - the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Some read it as history, others view it as a metaphor. What if both interpretations are, in a very real sense, true?
Petros Koutoupis - The Origins of Ancient Greek Creation
Petros is an author and historical researcher focusing on the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age periods of the Eastern Mediterranean and general Near East. Fluent in modern Greek, Petros has additional knowledge in ancient and Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, Ugaritic, Phoenician, and Akkadian. He has always relied on the original sources for interpreting some of our most misunderstood historical and mythological texts. His most recent book is: Biblical Origins: An Adopted Legacy. Petros will explore the likely origins of Greek creation and examine the many similarities found in neighboring nations. Who or what influenced the early poets who sang these mythical stories to the tune of a lyre?
Ted Loukes – Zep Tepi
After publishing his first book, Moses and Akhenaten: Brothers in Alms , Ted’s passion for Egypt led to the creation of GnT Tours, running small private tours to the tombs and temples of the sprawling necropolis on the West Bank, Luxor. His latest book Forty Days in Egypt in the Time of Corona was a result of getting stranded as the world went into lockdown with Covid-19. At the conference, Ted will delve into four different ancient Egyptian creation stories. To see the common elements we must go back to Zep Tepi - the First Time. This is where it all began!
Dr. Willem McLoud - Creation Myths from Ancient Sumer
Willem is a South African scholar with a PhD in Nuclear Physics (Nuclear Fusion), a MSc in Physics, a MA in Philosophy of Science, an Honors degree in Philosophical Hermeneutics and an MBL. He has developed a new ancient Middle Eastern chronological model which has been confirmed by the discovery of a cuneiform text pertaining to the Epic of Gulkišar, which has been published in a peer reviewed journal. Willem’s presentation discusses the oldest stories about creation – two opposing traditions from ancient Sumer. He’ll also tell us how these traditions had a major impact on later Mesopotamian tradition, not only of the Babylonians but even of the Hebrews!
Ashley Cowie – Exploring the Spheres of Andean Creation Mythology
Ashley Cowie is a Scottish historian, filmmaker, and author. During the conference Ashley will discuss the complex creation mythologies of cultures in South America. He’ll explore the themes associated with Viracocha of the Incas, Chimnigagua of the Muiscas, and many other creation deities, and examine the commonalities of the archetypes within indigenous myths, revealing where 16th century Spanish missionaries bent the original stories and heroes to suit their Christian narrative.
Martini Fisher - How to Create the World
Martini Fisher is a mythographer and author. Her first published work is “Wayang: Stories of the Shadow Puppets,” a look at the ancient stories of Javanese creation myths from a traditional performing arts standpoint. With Mathematician Dr. R.K Fisher, Martini wrote another series of books, “Time Maps.” At this conference, Martini will take you on a journey through the creation of the world in various myths – Hawaiian, Mesopotamian, Japanese, and Chinese creation stories will all be explored.
Hugh Newman and Jim Vieira – Giants: A Lost Chapter in the Origins of Humankind
Hugh Newman is a world explorer, megalithomaniac, and author of Earth Grids: The Secret Pattern of Gaia’s Sacred Sites . He has been a regular guest on History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and Search for the Lost Giants and is currently involved in Road 2 Ruins , The Alaska Triangle , The UnXplained , Forbidden History , In Search of Monsters , and Ancient Tomorrow documentary projects / TV Shows. Jim Vieira is a stonemason, author, explorer, and host of the History Channel shows Search for the Lost Giants , Roanoke: Search for the Lost Colony, and Return to Roanoke: Search the Seven . Hugh and Jim have co-written the book Giants On Record: America’s Hidden History, Secrets in the Mounds and the Smithsonian Files . They have teamed up for this conference to present on giants in myths and creation stories - unlocking hidden truths embedded in the stories, the stones, and the landscape.
Dr. Philip Jamieson - Australasian Myths of Human Origin
Dr. Philip Jamieson is a retired former academic and researcher who now pursues his interests in ancient cultures, mythology, animal welfare, spirituality, and the environment. He has been widely published over the past 30 years, contributing to numerous journals and magazines including Ancient Origins. Dr. Jamieson will be covering the creation traditions amongst Australia's Aboriginal peoples, New Zealand's Māori with their Polynesian heritage , and their Melanesian neighbors .
Andreas Kornevall - The Birth of Wisdom: A deep journey into the Viking Creation Myth
Andreas Kornevall is a Swedish storyteller, independent scholar of Norse myth, writer, and ecologist. As an ecologist he directs the Earth Restoration Service Charity and the co-founder of the Life Cairn - the world's first memorial for human caused extinctions. He is currently teaching Norse Seidr (Shamanism) at the College of Psychic Studies, London and in the Wyrd School, Burren, Ireland. Join Andreas to discover the story and rich symbolism of the Norse creation myth . He’ll illuminate the Eddic texts and take us on the lesser known branches of the great World Tree (Yggdrasil), where we will hear about reconciliation as a road to wisdom and the mythical underpinnings of climate change and its central relationship to grief: these subjects will make the presentation truly contemporary with the creation myth as guide. This presentation will be particularly designed for those with an interest in witchcraft, runes, alchemy, symbolism, Norse culture, and Paganism.
Gary A David - Hopi Cosmogenesis, the Four Worlds, and the Orion Zone
Gary A David is an author and independent researcher who has studied Southwestern archaeological ruins and rock art for nearly thirty years. He has written several books about the Hopi and other ancestral Pueblo cultures of Arizona and New Mexico, including Journey of the Serpent People: Hopi Migrations and Star Correlations. Gary will explore who the Hopi are, where they live, and how they conceptualize the Creation. He’ll also describe the way they saw time as being cyclic, and the Four “Worlds” or Epochs the Hopi have experienced. Gary reveals how this originally migratory tribe also recognized an “Orion Correlation” in the American Southwest (similar to the
template of the Giza pyramids), where the belt stars directly correspond to the three primary mesas upon which the Hopi eventually settled.
We’ll see you at the conference!
NOTE: The link to join the conference will be emailed to you 2 days before the start of Conference. You will also get access to the recordings of the conference.