New Dawn Special Issue
Vol 13 No 1 (Feb 2019)
From the very first lines of his letter, Williamson disputes von Däniken being called the father of the 'Ancient Astronaut' theory.
Williamson was upset that von Däniken had failed to acknowledge him as originating the theory that early humans were visited by extraterrestrials.
George Hunt Williamson,
A book by Williamson is listed twice:
Did he wrongly accuse von Däniken?
Not at all because Secret of the Andes was published under his pseudonym 'Brother Philip'!
It is my contention that von Däniken was not aware that the mysterious 'Brother Philip' was in reality the enigmatic 'father' of the 'Ancient Astronaut' theory, George Hunt Williamson.
When Secret of the
Andes appeared in bookstores, the name George Hunt Williamson
no longer legally existed because he had changed his identity to
Michel d'Obrenovic, resuming the surname of his Serbian
As will be understood, Secret of the Andes is an inspired work and certainly the most mystical of Williamson's works.
In my book Mystical Journey, I point out that George Adamski's meeting with an extraterrestrial on 20 November 1952 near Desert Center, California - which Williamson witnessed - opened the way to esotericism in ufology.
Secret of the Andes signifies a particular evolution in Williamson's mystical vision of the world, a conception that from then on is resolutely neo-gnostic.
1961 original English edition of
As a matter of fact, the
voice of Brother Philip, this signature of Williamson, is echoed in
three chapters of his previous book, Road in the Sky, in
which his Peruvian adventure of 1957 had already been touched upon.
The session took place in Oak Park near Detroit at Dorothy Martin's home.
Not included verbatim in the book, a communication from Aramu-Muru on 18 April 1956 sparked the group's departure to Peru:
Having sold all their goods, the group took off on 2 December 1956 from Prescott's airport, first for a stopover in California, then off again for Mexico, and finally for Peru.
In mid-March, the Williamsons and the rest of the group, after many incidents, setbacks and other difficulties, were able to set up a "priory," the Abbey of the Seven Rays.
This established, on the
physical plane, a kind of outpost of the Holy of Holies, the
Monastery of the Brotherhood of the Seven Rays,
which remained invisible to the eyes of the vulgar within the mists
of a mountain north of Lake Titicaca.
The abbey's purpose was to welcome all those who wished to experience life based on the rites of an Essene community and to initiate them,
The sole chronology of
the discoveries or the works he made in 1957 in Peru speaks for
February, an essay of mapping of the Great Wall of Peru.
As we can see, Williamson was quite busy.
All these missions appear in Secret of the Andes, with the exception of the discovery of Pomatana which took place in September (the book's narrative concludes at the end of July 1957).
Having in my ownership
his notebook of exploration, which I call the "black notebook,"
covering the period July to October 1957, I was able to determine
that all the information in Secret of the Andes pertaining to the
missions of exploration comes from the notebook. Williamson did not
add anything, and did not 'fictionalize' in any way.
related to G. H. Williamson's quest.
(Designed by M. Zirger)
Until now we have made mention of the first two stages of the little group and their leader George Hunt Williamson:
The monastery, which would be the third and ultimate stage, still remained in the future.
Secret of the Andes says it is nestled in the mountainous region north of Lake Titicaca. We thus have three completely distinct places, Moyobamba, Pariahuanca and Lake Titicaca, all separated by hundreds of kilometers.
Those who have written about Secret of the Andes - having no access to the personal documents of Williamson now in my ownership - had no knowledge of the exact locations of the first and second stage, respectively in Moyobamba and Pariahuanca.
contain understandable errors but also gross blunders resulting from
an unfamiliarity with the book and an obvious lack of rigor.
But he had no possibility of carrying out his plans as he wished to, life having decided otherwise:
At that moment Williamson was on a lecture tour in Europe.
Shattered by the terrible
news, he flew back to Peru. He had no other choice than to leave the
country for his small son, who now had no mother, and return to
He wished to return there
at the end of the 1970s but his poor health prevented him from doing
so; he delegated some friends to conduct research missions on site,
for instance a well-known Broadway composer whose name is in my
I can reveal that in a
letter dating to 1978 Williamson claims knowing the location of the
Monastery of the Brotherhood of the Seven Rays and supplies a
precise indication which I will keep confidential for the time being
to give me some latitude to evaluate it.
In my opinion, it is necessary to envisage this Mystery School rather as an "Out of Time Place," because in chapter 6 of Secret of the Andes it is clearly stipulated that in 1957,
This meant these places continued to exist only in a superior octave, a parallel world coexisting with ours.
Although only rare chosen ones can hope to approach the access door of this Star Gate of the Andes.
Marcahuasi Plateau, Peru, 1957.
While a marginal classic
of esotericism in the 1970s, the book introduced the spirituality of
Peru to a whole generation of young people, and its influence
developed in other untraceable and subterranean ways.
It's as if the contents
of Secret of the Andes had always been an integral part of
the ancient Peruvian mysteries.
Here is a representative one, found on the home page of a travel website specializing in Peru:
The legendary narratives of Peru derive from the epic of Aramu Muru! No mention of Brother Philip! No crediting Secret of the Andes!
The text has definitively
transmuted itself into unmovable Peruvian mythology.
...all that has been
written these last years on Peruvian mysticism finds its source in
Secret of the Andes.
Michel Zirger's book
Authenticating the George Adamski Case
is available from all good bookstores and online outlets.