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  • Cubs Win! Did the Sacred Number 108 Break the Curse?

    January 31, 2017

    Sometimes sports and the esoteric world weave a rather strange tale. Not often, but when they do, it gets interesting. Such is the tale of the Chicago Cubs. To that end, it gives me great pleasure to post my editorial to The Heretic Magazine Volume 12. After all, it’s almost that time once more. 2016 was a remarkable year. Some

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  • The Treasure of Solomon in Istanbul

    December 2, 2016

    In my latest article, I chronicle the plight of history’s most infamous relics from their capture in Jerusalem to Rome, Carthage and finally Constantinople, and explore the possibility that some may remain hidden in plain sight in the Privy Chamber of Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace (among other local sites). I love Istanbul, as you know, and it was a joy to

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  • From Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica…

    August 24, 2016

    I am excited that my latest article for the Heretic Magazine Issue 10 is now available on my website. I hope you like it. What if there were more to the Book of Mormon than the disparaging musical would lead you to believe? What if its peculiar story provided insight into some of the most confounding conundrums in history? You

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  • Talking bollocks on Capricorn TV

    April 21, 2016

    I always enjoy sitting down with Capricorn TV host, James Swager, and on this occasion I found myself speaking about all sorts of things, from the Book of Mormon, to Zecharia Sitchin, Atlantis, and of course bees. I hope you can check it out. Being interviewed for Capricorn Radio

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  • Forbidden History Series 3

    February 26, 2016

    I am very pleased that Series 3 of Bruce Burgess’s ‘Forbidden History’ is finally on air. Like all documentaries, you film your bits and then wait for ages – often 6 months or longer – before the show debuts.   Presenting in Forbidden History Series 3 The fascinating series is of course presented by Jamie Theakston, who along with his

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  • What On Earth Series 2

    January 24, 2016

    I am pleased to announce that Series 2 of the six-part documentary, ‘What on Earth’ starts on Tuesday the 26th of January, at 9PM (EST), on the U.S. Science Channel, and runs for 6 weeks. As with Series 1, I appear in each episode of the fascinating show.   I love the format of the program, which allows me to

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  • The Sacred Salmon

    January 1, 2016

    I am pleased that the ‘Sacred Salmon’, first published in the Heretic Magazine Issue 7, is now available on my website. I have always been fascinated by the Salmon’s ability to return where it was born to breed, and die, but when I started to research the remarkable fish, I discovered that the unassuming creature had emerged through history as

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  • Maya Kings as Bee Gods

    December 1, 2015

    I recently returned from a fascinating trip to Mexico, where I toured many Olmec, Toltec, Mayan and Aztec archaeological sites. While exploring these amazing places is not unusual, I suspect that few have investigated them for evidence of bee veneration. I am pleased to say that what I discovered exceeded my expectations. While the bulk of my findings will be

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  • Original Sin

    October 2, 2015

    In my most recent article, I traveled to the Turkish/Syrian border in search of the truth behind the dogma of Original Sin. What I discovered suggests that the biblical account of the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden may not be what it seems, and that the notion of Original Sin may be a memory of

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  • Capricorn Radio

    September 2, 2015

    I was recently interviewed by Heather Elizabeth Osborn and Edward James Swager for their Capricorn Radio Program, and really enjoyed the range of subjects we discussed, which included the sacred honey bee, Atlantis, and even why Noah was found naked and passed out in his tent after the great flood. Click on the image above, or here, to watch it.

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  • Harlequin Fayre

    August 6, 2015

    I’ve decided to dust off my Hidden Hive of History lecture and do a warm up for the Beeholdium conference in Glastonbury by taking part in some fabulous summer fun at this weekends Harlequin Fayer. I am presenting at 4:45 on Saturday. I hope you can join us. And if you can’t come, then remember Beeholdium is coming in just

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  • Beeholdium

    July 31, 2015

    I am excited to present my updated Hidden Hive of History in Glastonbury – the ancient Beekeepers Island – at the inaugural Beeholdium festival this month. As you may know, the Hidden Hive of History is my body of research around the veneration of the honeybee. In my two-part talk I will examine the lost tradition of the most deified

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  • Oracles of Deception

    November 26, 2014

    Oracles of the dead are peculiar places. We have grown accustomed to believing that they were all sacred domiciles, where otherworldly events took place in the presence of the gods. However, at the risk of sounding sacrilegious, I believe that this was not always the case. I recently travelled to Baia, Italy, and to the famed oracle in Delphi, Greece,

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  • Trumpeting The Queen Bee

    November 10, 2014

    I recently had the pleasure of meeting two fascinating bee experts, Debra Roberts and Filiz Telek. The three of us dined at an unassuming, but superb, little restaurant in Istanbul’s Galata district and, as you might expect, we discussed bees. The Galata restaurant where we dined. © Andrew Gough We took turns enthusiastically sharing our stories, and over dessert Debra,

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  • The Cybele Conundrum

    October 19, 2014

    There is an image of Cybele, the mythological ‘Mother of the Gods’, that has haunted me for years. The early 20th-century postcard shows an eroded rock-statue of the Goddess on Mount Sipylus, Turkey, with an exhausted looking traveller recuperating at its base. The ancient relief is attributed to the Hittites and, according to Pausanias, the 2nd-century Greek traveller, geographer and

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  • The Fleur-de-Lis and the Bee

    September 27, 2014

    Stylised images of bees, many of which are indiscernible to the pedestrian eye, have symbolised goddesses for tens of thousands of years. One quite famous image that many believe symbolises a bee, albeit a more modern image than the famous goddess statues from pre-history, is the fleur-de-lis. As tantalising as this association may be, I’ve always felt that it lacked

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  • Istanbul’s Whirling Dervishes

    September 15, 2014

    The audience looks on as the Whirling Dervishes conduct the preamble for their remarkable ceremony © Andrew Gough Mevlevi Lodge is one of Istanbul’s best-kept secrets. The fascinating complex, located a short walk from the 1,400-year-old Galata Tower, provides the perfect backdrop to the Sema Ritual, a sacred Sufi dance inspired by the legendary mystic, Rumi. The Mawlawi order was

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  • Lana and the 27 Club

    September 7, 2014

    Live in London, 2012 © Andrew Gough   My friend, Star Peimbert, is an amazing astrologer and occasionally she assists me with my research, such as when she provided invaluable insight into the astrological charts of Stalin and Lenin for my article, Russian Mysticism and the Secret of Stalin’s Skyscrapers. So, I have come to respect and rely on her

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  • The Inquisitions: Atrocities in the Name of God

    July 18, 2014

    When director, Bruce Burgess, asked if I would present a television series about the Inquisitions, I complied straight away. Details were not important. I was in. He had me, as they say, at ‘hello’. I have always been passionate about this period of history and had worked with Burgess before, mainly on the UK television documentary series, Forbidden History (I

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  • John Dee And The Enochian Apocalypse

    December 19, 2012

    Doctor John Dee (1527 – 1609), remains one of London’s most intriguing historical figures. He even inspired Damon Albarn, the singer/songwriter of Blur to write and perform an opera about his life in 2012. This should not be surprising, for Dee’s talents are many and his legend seems eternal. Dee was a renaissance man; an occultist, mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and

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  • The Conspiracy Olympics

    June 12, 2012

    From the balcony of my Shoreditch flat I can just about make out London’s Olympic Stadium in the distance. Should any of the 2012 Olympic ‘conspiracy’ rumours come to fruition then I am assured of having a bird’s eye view of the proceedings. Let’s hope the most memorable thing about the Games is the athletes.  The 2012 London Summer Olympics

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  • Everywhere But No Place

    September 20, 2011

    I need to tell you about a great new book, but before I do let me say this: I hate fiction. I mean I loathe it. I really don’t care what colour someone’s eyes are or how soft their voice is. Frankly, most adjectives make me cringe. When I was filming the National Geographic documentary, The Truth Behind King Arthur,

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  • The Stone

    January 6, 2011

    I love horror films. Mind you, not just any scary movie. I’m talking about vintage, genre-defining works, such as Hammer Horror productions and cult classics, like The Wicker Man. In addition to horror, these films offered a sublime blend of drama and sex appeal that has never been equalled. The sexy, but convincingly mystical, Britt Ekland, in 1973’s The Wicker

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  • Was Doctor Dolittle a Shaman?

    March 21, 2010

    I recently attended a weekend workshop led by the writer and shamanic practitioner, Simon Buxton, who I interviewed in 2009 in support of his wonderful book, The Shamanic Way of the Bee. Simon facilitated The Way of the Shaman workshop on behalf of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, who have helped inspire a revival in shamanism, at least in the West, over

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