In the links and posts below you will find a massive amount of documentation validating the claims concerning religion in part 1 of the first "Zeitgeist" movie (2007), with primary sources and scholar commentary on them; at least with regards to that which cited as its source the work by Acharya S/D.M. Murdock. Acharya had no part in the creation of any of the Zeitgeist movies beyond sharing some images for part 1. Peter Joseph did use a significant amount of her work though, and he asked for a quick consultation at the last minute, (ONLY FOR PART 1 and it dealt mainly with the contributions that came from her own work, not that of others
some of Acharya's requests got changed while others did not - it was Peter Joseph's project) which resulted in the
version of part 1. She had nothing to do with any other parts, other movies or the movement. She cannot be expected to vouch for any material in Zeitgeist that did not originally come from her work.
, is only around 25 minutes long and is merely a basic introduction into the world of comparative religion, mythology and astrotheology. Zeitgeist has been translated into nearly 3 dozen languages and has received over 300 million online views worldwide (as of 2013) - so there's clearly quite a bit of interest in this subject.
Zeitgeist was never created to serve as a 'scholarly' documentary, therefore, one may disagree with specific language in how Peter Joseph said or presented things as he does not pretend to be a scholar, however, the contentions in Zeitgeist part 1 are substantiated by valid evidence and scholar commentary on them. Despite claims to the contrary, Zeitgeist part 1 has not been successfully refuted.
and are currently up to 30 awards. Acharya S appeared on a panel to answer questions about part 1 in front of a packed house at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California.
. The Zeitgeist Movement (TZGM) currently has over 500,000 members.
for Zeitgeist Part 1 with the transcript, images & sources. There are over 150 sources cited, in nearly 350 footnotes and around 80 images just in the ZG1 section alone!
Primary Sources, Publications and Scholars Cited in The ZEITGEIST Sourcebook
Contrary to popular misconception, the information in the religion part of the hit internet movie, the first "Zeitgeist" film comes from numerous primary sources, including the following, as well as the works of highly credentialed authorities in the best academic publications, also listed here. It should be noted that this list does not include the multitude of other artifacts and writings from antiquity that may be found in the other works of D.M. Murdock/Acharya S.Ancient artifacts and archaeological sites
Lascaux, Altamira and Trois Freres cave paintings
Tassili N'Aijer figures
Mohenjo-daro, Indus Valley site
Thirteen Towers, Chankillo, Peru
Nabta Playa, Egypt
Dendera zodiac and other Egyptian artifacts
Greek pottery, paintings, mosaics, temples
Roman mosaics, paintings and statuary
Early Christian artifacts, etc.
Murdock does research in a variety of languages, both modern and ancient, such as: Ancient and modern Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Vedic, Persian, Egyptian, Coptic, French, Italian, Spanish, German and a smattering of other languages as the need arises.Ancient Writings
Egyptian hymns, hieroglyphs, papyri and carvings
Book of the Dead
Julius Firmicus Maternus
Epic of Gilgamesh
Assyrian, Babylonia, Akkadian tablets
Dead Sea Scrolls
The information also comes from the best and most thorough, scholarly and modern sources wherever possible, with the result that many authorities cited possess credentials from respected institutes of higher learning, and their publishers are some of the most scholarly in English (and other languages), such as the following.Academic Publishers
Oxford University/Clarendon Press
Princeton University Press
Cambridge University Press
Cornell University Press
Yale University Press
University of Chicago Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
University of Wisconsin Press
Johns Hopkins Press
Harcourt, Brace & Co.
Macmillan & Co., etc.
Those who really know what academia is will recognize the list above as the best of the most respected institutes of higher learning.Professional Scholars
Dr. Miranda J. Aldhouse-Green, a professor of Archaeology at Cardiff University
Dr. Lee I.A. Levine, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary
Dr. Edwin C. Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory
Dr. Emund S. Meltzer, American Egyptologist
Dr. James P. Allen, curator of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dr. Erik Hornung, professor emeritus of Egyptology at the University of Basel
Dr. Henri Frankfort, Dutch Egyptologist
Dr. Jan Assman, professor of Egyptology at the University of Konstanz
Dr. Badrya Serry, director of the Antiquities Museum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt
Dr. Bojana Mojsov, Egyptologist
Dr. Reginald E. Witt, Egyptologist and professor at the University of London
Dr. G. Johannes Botterweck, professor of Old Testament and Catholic Theology at the University of Bonn
Dr. Alfred Wiedermann, Egyptologist and professor of Oriental Languages at the University of Bonn
Dr. John Gwyn Griffiths, Welsh professor of Classics and Egyptology
Dr. Raymond O. Faulkner, English Egyptologist
Dr. Tryggve N.D. Mettinger, professor of Old Testament Studies at the University of Lund
Rev. Dr. Alfred Bertholet, a theologian and professor at the University of Göttingen
Dr. Herman te Velde, a chairman of the Department of Egyptology at the University of Groningen
Dr. Andrew T. Fear, professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester
Dr. David Adams Leeming, professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at the University of Connecticut
Dr. Patricia A. Johnston, Brandeis University professor of Classical Studies
Dr. David John Tacey, professor at La Trobe University
Dr. Edwin F. Bryant, professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University
Dr. Hugo Rahner, Jesuit theologian, dean and president of Innsbruck University
Sir Dr. Edmund Ronald Leach, Cambridge professor and anthropologist
Dr. Donald White, professor emeritus of Classics at the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Martin Schwartz, professor of Iranian Studies at the University of California
Rev. Dr. Harold R. Willoughby, professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago
Dr. Mary Boyce, professor of Iranian Studies
Dr. Payam Nabarz, Iranian scholar
Dr. Marvin Meyers, a professor of Religious Studies at Chapman College
Dr. Theony Condos, professor at the American University of Armenia
Dr. Aviram Oshri, senior archaeologist with the Israeli Antiquities Authority
Dr. Chris Dolan, American astronomer
Rev. Dunbar T. Heath of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
Dr. John L. Heilbron, professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley
Dr. K.A. Heinrich Kellner, a professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Bonn
Dr. David Ulansey, philosopher professor at California Institute of Integral Studies
Dr. Robert M. Schoch, geologist and professor at Boston University
Dr. Henricus Oort, Dutch theologian and professor of Hebrew Antiquities at the University of Leiden
Rev. Dr. J. Glen Taylor, an associate professor of Old Testament at the University of Toronto
(TRBEM) since it now has nothing to do with the original movie including part 1. Sadly, they were trying to use the fame from the original movie that got so much attention in the first place and turned it into a completely different movement shooting themselves in the foot in the process. It doesn't appear they thought this through very well at all.
We would be interested in creating a fresh new scholarly documentary &/or movie on this subject so, please contact National Geographic, Discovery, Disney and other movie production companies as well as the media and put in a request.