Friday, March 2, 2007

"Sungods In Exile" sadly a hoax - Or not?

Having read about the book (and not actually having read it) since my childhood, I was disappointed to find out in that it was probably all a hoax, as writer David Agamon stated in print and in person, on several different occasions.
The story here:

Pity, since it was a fascinating and magical story, although too good to be true. Or was it?
Since evidence and people having them are easily "misplaced" or intimidated into submission, I can still keep a doubt in the back of my mind, since debunking IS another form of propaganda, and as such, should be treated with the same amount of skepticism as any far-fetched story it targets..


Anonymous said...

I thought people had accepted for years this was a hoax - and a damn good one.

His one error was David Gamon never anticipated believers would try and find the characters mentioned - if he had then he would have named them Dr Smith and Professor Li! Instead he made up exotic names which ended up helping to debunk the story.

This sort of hoax was all the rage in the publishing industry of the 1970's - cf von Daniken, Lobsang Rampa, Castaneda etc etc.

Illuminatus said...

Ye, you are right. I suppose a simple Googling did the trick after years of having it nagging in the back of my mind.
I have to admit it was a pretty good hoax, with the photos and everything..
Another snippet of the Unknown gone..