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One of the greatest mysteries of archaeology is the sudden rise of Egyptian civilization five thousand years ago. At this time the people of the Nile Valley moved from simple agricultural villages that barely changed from millennium to millennium, to the building of the pyramids, in a span of about two centuries. Historic Egypt began with an explosion of growth unmatched in recorded history, save our own era.
It is reasonable, then, to wonder if we have all the information, if perhaps below the deep silt of the Nile Delta or the shifting sands of the Western Desert are the remains of a lost advanced culture, perhaps a missing link to Atlantis.
Modern scientists have found a 300 foot rise in sea level has occurred over the last 18,000 years, as the glaciers from the most recent Ice Age melted. The assumption is that this melting was gradual as the climate warmed. However, some researchers believe a series of comet fragments crashed into the frozen northern hemisphere at this time with enormous heat, causing a tidal wave of meltwater that submerged coastal areas very much as the story has come down to us. A massive Solar storm has also been suggested as the cause of glacial melt and sudden sea level rise. One effect would be that really old archaeological sites from a sea-faring nation, as Atlantis was supposed to be, would now be deep underwater.
Plato and Atlantis
The Ancient Greek philosopher Plato told a tale of a highly evolved culture on a large island in the Atlantic Ocean, that was destroyed or sank about 12,000 years ago. Plato said the story was passed down from Solon, a historical person who learned it during a ten year stay in Egypt.
"There have been, and there will be again, many destructions of mankind arising out of many causes." What the priests told Solon was not comforting.
The Egyptian priests recounted the Greek story of "Phaethon, the son of Helios, having yoked the steeds in his father's chariot, because he was not able to drive them in the path of his father, burnt up all that was upon the earth"
"Now, this has the form of a myth, but really signifies a declination of the bodies moving around the earth and in the heavens, and a great conflagration of things upon the earth recurring at long intervals of time: when this happens, those who live upon the mountains and in dry and lofty places are more liable to destruction than those who dwell by rivers or on the sea-shore; and from this calamity the Nile, who is our never-failing savior, saves and delivers us."
"When, on the other hand, the gods purge the earth with a deluge of water, herdsmen and shepherds on the mountains are the survivors, whereas those of you who live in cities are carried by the rivers into the sea. But in Egypt neither at that time nor at any other does the water come from above on the fields, having always a tendency to come up from below, for which reason the things preserved here are said to be the oldest."
"If any action which is noble or great, or in any other way remarkable has taken place, all that has been written down of old, and is preserved in our temples"
"In those days the Atlantic was navigable; and there was an island situated in front of the straits which you call the Columns of Heracles (the Strait of Gibraltar, known as the Pillars of Hercules): the island was larger than Libya and Asia (Turkey) put together."
"In the island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire, which had rule over the whole island and several others. Besides these, they subjected the parts of Libya within the Columns of Heracles as far as Egypt, and of Europe as far as Tyrrhenia (Italy)."
"Critias" is short and easily understood. It talks about the cycles of time and the war between Athens and Atlantis: Plato's Critias Excerpts. The second portion, from "Timaeus", is a flowery description of the island nation: Timaeus
The postage stamp featuring Atlantis (above right) is from the Faroe Islands.
Caiphas looking towards Mt. Carmel near Haifa
Engraving by David Roberts, 1839.
Gobekli Tepe A recently discovered temple group in south central Turkey has opened another front in the Atlantis debate. This 9000+ year old site, twice as old as the Pyramids, contains hundreds of finely carved stone pillars weighing several tons each. The ancient people of Gobekli Tepe were able to organize and concentrate their labor on a level completely unexpected by archaeology for a stone age culture. Gobekli Tepe.
Atlantis had circular canals allowing
water access to the entire city.
Edgar Cayce, an American psychic who lived from 1877 to 1945, gave thousands of readings concerning people's previous lives and the effects those lives were having on the present. Frequently those lives were in Atlantis and a cohesive picture emerged of this now forgotten part of Human history. The story he gives is fantastic but it fits very well with what has already been presented here.
Edgar Cayce puts the origin of the human race at about 10 million years ago. At this time souls were drawn to material existence and were enveloped by it, forgetting their true (free) nature.
Technological development took place rapidly in a land mass in the North Atlantic Ocean, until a time when great power was concentrated to rid the land of large and dangerous animals that were considered a peril to man's continued existence.
Whether as part of this defense effort or simply to provide material goods and comforts, problems developed with the energy system:
"...there was the creating of the high influence of radial activity from rays of the Sun, that were turned on crystals in the pits, that made connections with internal influences of the Earth." (263-4; July 21, 1934)
(It takes some time to adjust to the strange tone of the Cayce readings, which were given in a trance state. It is said that in a previous life in prehistoric Egypt, Edgar Cayce was a high priest, and perhaps it is helpful to envision this priest consulting the Akashic Records in answer to the questions posed to him. The numbers following the readings refer to the questioner, the sequential number of that reading for the particular questioner, and the date the reading was given.)
The results of this connecting of Solar and Earth energies about 50,000 years ago were enormous volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, destroying much of the continent and setting back the clock of civilization.
Far from being a paradise, Atlantis was deeply divided into two groups, known in the Cayce readings as the Sons of the Law of One (the good guys) and the Sons of Belial (people stuck in selfish materialism). A further complication was the use of slaves, considered "things" by some and worthy humans deserving of every care by the others.
A second rise of technology was followed by war between the two factions. This caused a second destruction about 30,000 years ago, which broke the continent into a series of islands:
"...in turning into destructive channels those influences of infinite power as were being gained from the elements as well as from what is termed spiritual or supernatural powers in the present. Entity (the questioner) wavered between choices and when the destruction came about by the use of those rays as were applied for beneficial forces, Entity misapplied ability -- hence the influence of atomic energies or electrical force of any nature becomes a channel for good or bad today." (1792-2; Feb. 11, 1939)
It is probable that there were great differences in the cultures of the three periods of Atlantian history, and probably each populace believed themselves superior to the last and was certain that they would not make the mistakes the others had. But there was a third rise and a third fall, this last civilization ending about 12 thousand years ago. It was this catastrophe that was reported by Plato and Moses and, this time, there was nothing left to rebuild.
Refugees from Atlantis emigrated to several places, including Egypt. There, on the Nile Delta they established a colony, eventually creating a high culture for a time. (The ruins of buildings ten thousand years old on the Egyptian Delta would be under so much sediment that it will likely be a long time before ground penetrating radar could locate them.)
This chronology from Edgar Cayce fits fairly well with the Egyptian's own stories of Zep Tepi, the times of the Gods (Atlantis), and Companions of Horus (unknown pre-historic civilization on the Delta). The time given for Atlantis also coincides with the time Cro-Magnon Man supplanted Neanderthal in Europe and Asia, Homo Sapiens with a larger brain than we have today.
Cayce places the building of the Pyramid and Sphinx in the first (now lost) Egyptian civilization, beginning 12,000 years ago. Geologist Robert Schoch's analysis of the weathering of the Sphinx and Sphinx Temple gives a minimum of 7000 years old, so the two align fairly well. The Pyramid referred to, perhaps, may be seen in the large (200 ton) stones at the base of Chephren's Pyramid and scattered around the plateau, allowing the currently standing pyramids to be the work (mostly) of historical Egypt, as the archeologists insist.
The most intriguing portions of the Cayce readings regarding Egypt are the several mentions of a great Hall of Records carefully placed near the Sphinx, and awaiting discovery:
"A record of Atlantis from the beginning of those periods when the spirit took form, or began the encasements in that land; and the developments of the peoples throughout their sojourn; together with the record of the first destruction, and the changes that took place in the land ..... that are as copies from the sunken Atlantis. For with the change it must rise again.
...The Sphinx ... was set later as the sentinel or guard and which may not be entered from the connecting chambers from the Sphinx's right paw until the time has been fulfilled ... Then it lies between the Sphinx and the river." (378-16; Oct. 29, 1933)
(Quotes of Cayce readings are from "Edgar Cayce on Atlantis" by his son, Edgar Evans Cayce.)
Nut, the sky goddess from the zodiac at Esne, Egypt
from "la Description de l'Egypte".
Robert Lawlor, in his book "Voices of the First Day" describes Australian Aborigine culture as a dynamic civilization with a continuous oral history spanning forty thousand years. There was communally agreed law, trade and cultural exchange over the entire Australian continent and by sea, and highly developed art and song.
When the English arrived they saw none of that.
Perhaps we define civilization too much in our image, perhaps there were global cultures that have risen and fallen as so many sources say, cultures of mental technology instead of physical ... perhaps what we suppose was their religion could better be termed their physics.
Linguists agree that sometime around 80,000 years ago all the humans in the world began speaking in words. The scientists don't know where it developed, because language spread so quickly - the same language. Every language today is descended from that single language of 80,000 years ago. No exceptions. Is that an indicator that there was something like a global culture at that time?
Sea level was about 120 meters (400 feet) below current sea level 18,000 years ago when glacier ice was at its' greatest extent:
Sea Level over the last 140,000 years,
The time of Modern Humans.
Chart from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin.
The continent of Atlantis was an island
which lay, before the
in the area we now call the Atlantic Ocean.
So great an area of land,
that from her Western shores
those beautiful sailors journeyed
to the South and the North
Americas with ease,
in their ships with painted sails.
To the East, Africa was her neighbor,
across a short strait of sea
The great Egyptian age is but a remnant
of the Atlantian
The antediluvian kings colonized the world
All the Gods who play in the mythological dramas
And all legends from all lands
were from fair Atlantis.
Knowing her fate,
Atlantis sent out ships to the far corners of the
On board were the Twelve:
and the other so-called Gods of our legends.
Though Gods they were.
And as the elders of our time
choose to remain blind
Let us rejoice and let us sing
and dance and ring in the new
Donovan Leitch - "Atlantis"
Plato's Critias Excerpts
Plato's Timaeus Excerpts
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