In any discussion of the origins of Ashtanga Yoga there comes a point when the conversation finds its way to the infamous palm leaves of lore, said to have contained the blueprint for the asana poses as we practice them today, but destroyed by ants and the passing of time.

The find story of the Nag Hammadi codices is similarly romantic, involving an illiterate peasant, a search for fertilizer gone awry, and the fortuitous discovery of a mysterious jar deep in the Egyptian wilderness containing ancient secret books.

The author of this article wonders – are all find stories of ancient documents mere folktales? Did this particular story evolve to neatly explain, and conveniently contain nefarious dealings? And what, she wonders, are the consequences? Nicola Denzey Lewis is (Still) Rethinking the Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices.