8/28/10

PILGRIMS OF THE PACIFIC

by F. Edward Butterworth

Pilgrims of the Pacific offers thought-provoking theories about human distribution on the face of the earth. Beginning with an initial movement out of Babylon, the author suggests possible routes overland across Asia and oceanic voyages which may have been taken by early migrants. Maps, photographs, and replicas enhance the presentation, which is based on years of study and personal investigation.

Part II of the book is a study of Polynesian origins in particular. Ancestors are traced back to such places as Jerusalem, Egypt, and ancient America. Mr. Butterworth joins the ranks of Thor Heyerdahl and others as he discusses Pacific crossings and describes the types of vessels which might have made such voyages feasible.

While Pilgrims of the Pacific is not meant to be a scientific treatise, it is nevertheless well documented and carefully researched. Its style is free flowing and descriptive, making it most pleasurable reading. Traditions and legends, languages and cultures are compared with ancient records and sacred writings to draw conclusions which may prove to be a solution to some of the mysteries of the South Sea Islands.