Turning my face to sunrise, I created a wonder for you. I made
the islands of Punt come here to you, with all their fragrant flowers, to beg
your peace and to breathe your air.
Stele of Amon
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Entering an Egyptian temple is an unforgettable experience,
one that is certainly the most pungent a sensitive person can ever undergo. Even
though all the Egyptian temples are, at present, mostly destroyed and disfigured,
something of the ancient majesty remains to render the experience unique. And
the reason can now be revealed: the Egyptian temple is a replica of Paradise,
and entering one is equivalent to doing a ritual pilgrimage to Paradise, just
as the ancient heroes such as Hercules, Gilgamesh, Ulysses and Alexander once
did, long ago.
what follows we will explain in detail the symbolism of the Egyptian temple, the
symbolic meaning of its several sections and features and, above all, its connection
with the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Moreover, we will explain the secret,
esoteric doctrines concerning Atlantis and its identity with Paradise; as well
as the meaning of Pharaoh as an alias of Osiris, the psychopompos that leads the
souls back to Paradise. This identity, we will see, is so close and so detailed
that it cannot be refuted in any rational way. So, the ineluctable conclusion
is the legend of Atlantis and its connection with Egypt mentioned by Plato is
real and compelling.
feature that strikes the visitor of Egypt is the fact that its temples are widely
different from the ones of other nations.As can be seen in Fig.1, the Egyptian
temple was formed of three separated sections, each widely different from the
others. An outer wall often triple surrounded the whole structure.
The first section consisted of a sacred garden permanently irrigated
and kept green at all times. This garden had sacred pools intended for baptismal
rituals and included trees and palm trees, as well as a great variety of plants
and flowers. Some of these were incense trees imported from Punt, from the Holy
Land that was the Paradise of the Egyptians. As we shall see below, this structure
was followed in just about every Egyptian temple, and had a very specific symbolic
some temples, such as the one of Karnak, an alley of sphinxes guarded the place.
In others, these were substituted by giant statues of divine guardians or of lions
or some other fearful figure. Next came the pylons (or portals), which had a very
characteristic shape. These pylons consist of very massive, tapering, rectangular
jambs resembling a table mountain or lofty altar, on whose top certain rituals
were often celebrated.
These pylons were linked to each other by means of a lower lintel
covering the entrance gateway at the center. They had recesses intended for the
placement of wooden flagpoles, usually two or four. At the front of the pylons
were also placed lofty obelisks, again two or four, depending on the particular
gateway of the pylons admitted to the second section, open in its central region
but covered with colonnades at the three far sides of it. At the far end of this
second court one enters a hypostyle hall by way of a ramp. This hall had a stone
roofing supported by pillars distributed in the whole of its court.
came the holy of holies, the precinct of the god to whom the temple was dedicated.
This small chamber was situated at the center and held, inside, a sacred barque.
This inner sanctuary was surrounded by lateral chapels for subsidiary gods, small
praying rooms, and storage rooms for the divine paraphernalia used in the sacred
the divine barque
The Egyptian temple was accessed by means of barques in which
the gods were processioned from temple to temple at the occasion of their festivals
(see Fig.1(d)). The chapels inside the temple were usually three, as the Egyptians,
like so many other peoples, worshipped triads of gods. In brief, one might say
that the Egyptian temple consisted of an innermost closed sanctuary were the god,
placed inside the processional barque, stood upon an altar; then an intermediate,
semi-open hypostyle hall, and finally an open outer courtyard planted with a walled,
well watered garden.
The king's palace was also constructed according to this
sacred geometry, which was also followed in the residences of the high dignitaries.
The accessibility of the different sections was also rigidly disciplined. The
humbler persons were restricted to the open courtyard; the high officials were
admitted to the hypostyle hall, and only the pharaoh and the high priest were
admitted to the innermost sanctuary.
Accordingly, the temple structure was also rigidly linked with
sunlight. The hypostyle court was in semi-darkness, except for a small skylight
at the top which allowed a ray of light to enter through the opening, falling
directly upon the god's statue. The hypostyle hall had columns which are invariably
very thick and strong, and were obviously intended to carry a great load upon
These columns were made in the likeness of a somber tropical
forest composed of palm-trees, papyrus stems and lotus stalks with elaborate capitals
imitating the tops of these plants. In most cases, the solid roof is made in the
image of the sky, with the constellations explicitly represented in it (see Fig.1
It is clear to any keen observer that the hypostyle hall represents
a heavily forested underground realm with its subterranean "heaven"
(or canopy) forming the ground floor of our own world. We shall see below that
this subterranean world represents, rather literally at that, the subterranean
realm of Atlantis. What else? Moreover, the lotus, palm and papyrus capitals of
such hypostyle halls are closed and budding, as they would be at night or before
they are a button ready to open.
Only in the sections usually exposed to sunlight are the pillars,
in contrast, decorated with open flowers and fronds. Among the constellations
represented in the roof of the hypostyle chamber the Celestial Nile is represented,
with the gods navigating across them in their barques. Clearly, the chamber represents
a dual of Egypt, not indeed Celestial, but sunken underground and infernal, though
extremely beautiful and pleasurable.2
the hypostyle hall portrays a tropical forest
Anyone who ever entered a tropical forest in his lifetime will
readily realize that the hypostyle hall of the Egyptian temples was designed in
order to represent one: the imposing gloom, the trick trunes of the pillars all
around, the luscius colors, the vegetation above forming a thick canopy high overhead,
and so on.
In fact, even the evergreen forests of the temperate or the
cold regions of the world do resemble the hypostyle hall of na Egyptian temple,
except for the lack of the colorful vegetation. Keep this analogy in mind the
next time you are lucky enough to enter na Egyptian temple like the one of Karnak,
and you will readily realize the truth of what we are claiming.
the gorgeous colours are now mainly gone, effaced by the forocious sun of sub-tropical
Egypt. But in the times of David Roberts (1796-1864) - the famous Irish painter
who visited Egypt in 1838-9 drawing its many marvel - they were still alive, as
can be seen in Fig. 1(e) and 1(f) which we owe to the great artist. Space does
not allow a fuller presentation of the many beautiful drawings that Roberts bequeathed
us and which portray the interior of the Egyptian temples. The ones of Fig. 1(e)
and 1(f) show, the interior of the temple of Isis, in the island of Philae.
On the ceiling of the hall is shown the nocturnal sky, spangled
with stars. In it fly the repeated figures of the sacred vulture and the sacred
beetle, symbols of death and resurrection. The freshness and the beauty of the
colors enchanted Roberts, who also extols the beauty of its majestic proportions.
The clearing at the center of the hypostyle hall represents the temenos,
the sacred open space within the enclosure of the temple where the worshippers
gathered for the cult.
The nocturnal sky shown in the figure represents the former
sky, the one of sunken Atlantis which became the new earth when it fell down over
the former land. On that sky sails the sacred ships of the Sun and his attendant
in their nocturnal trip back to the Orient, where the day star will start the
In the colorful foliage that forms the capitals of the pillars
we recognize several sorts of tropical vegetation: lotuses, papyri, palm trees.
Though cultivated in Egypt from remotest epochs, these plants are not originally
Egyptian. As we argue elsewhere in detail, they originated in the Far East and,
more exactly, in the region of Indonesia, the very site of Paradise (Punt) according
to Egyptian traditions.
On the pillars of Isis' temple of Philae can be seen several
christian crosses. These were carved in the VI century, when Bishop Theodorus
transformed the temple into a Coptic church. Very little transformation was indeed
required, the "Christianization" consistingof the carving of the crosses
and the construction of na altar for the celebration of Mass. In fact, one of
the key factors of the instant sucess of Christianism and elsewhere was the sunchretism
of isis with the Virgin Mary and that of Osiris (Serapis) and Horus with the somewhat
equivocal figures of Christ and his mysterious Father.
In fact the Immaculate Conception was taken verbatim from the
identical one of Horus by the dead body os Osiris. After the great god had been
murdered by Seth, his evil brother, Isis sought out his dead remains, which she
gathered and mummified, with the exception of the phallus, which could not be
found. In her temple at Dendera, Isis is shown under the guise of a bird, beating
her wings to insuffate life into Osiris' body, while magically conceiving
her Son Horus in the process.
Though far more explicit than most christian renderings of the
Virgin Birth of Christ renderings of the Virgin Birth of Christ, there can be
no doubt that both motifs represent one and the same primordial concept, whose
true meaning seems to have been utterly forgotten with the passage of time. In
fact, Isis as a bird hovering above dead Osiris closely evokes the figure of the
Holy Ghost doing the same at the occasion of Christ's baptism or, even more
closely, the winged angel "announcing" the Immaculate Conception.3
there will be a new heaven and a new earth
It is precisely this ancient conception that is meant in the
Book of Revelation where it alludes to the fall or descent of the New Jerusalem
from above, and adds that "there will be a new earth and a new heaven".
The temple of Ramses III one of the most beautiful and best preserved
ancient Egyptian temples will serve as the base of our discussion. It
is shown below, in the magnificent reconstruction of Fig.2.
the faces of the pylons can be seen one of the most constant features of Egyptian
temples: the engraved image of the god or the pharaoh impassively smashing the
heads of prisoners. Indeed, the images are dual, and represent the twin gods wielding
their maces with a solemn detachment. These twin gods are the aliases of Hercules
and Atlas, the Primordial Twins of Atlantis. In other words, what the impressive
engraving shows is the destruction of Atlantis by its two patron deities, Hercules
The icon also corresponds to a similar motif which is extremely
popular in the Far East and which shows Yama and Yamantaka (or their many aliases)
killing the Bull or some other enemy that represents Atlantis. It is strange to
see the god who is the patron and founder of a nation to wipe it out so recklessly.
But such is invariably the case, for the hand that creates is the same one that
destroys, when the right time comes. And this great god is Shiva. In the Far East,
Shiva is deemed, like Jahveh, to be both the Creator and the Destroyer of all
things, which are infallibly doomed to die.
the triple wall and the crenelated tower
As can be seen in Fig.2, the Egyptian temple was surrounded
by a triple wall. The admission was from the south side, by means of a pier or
dock on which the sacred barque landed on the occasion of the festivals, bringing
in the pharaoh and the visiting gods from the other temples along the Nile. The
two outermost walls were crenelated. The outer one was lower than the inner one,
which posed a formidable barrier against thieves and invaders.
The main gate was garnished with a lofty crenelated tower well
stocked with soldiers, who had the range of its thick wall, turning the temple
into a virtually inexpugnable fortress. The third, innermost one, was entered
through the first pylon, again an impressive structure that we will discuss further
below. The triple wall is a characteristic Atlantean feature, one that was extensively
discussed by Plato. So is also the crenelated tower which, again, rendered Atlantis
the garden and the sacred pools
The common folks and the profane visitors only had access to
the outer court and the gardens of the temple. In Fig.1 and 2 one can see that
these gardens were decorated with palm trees (date palms), trees (sycamores) and
They were well watered, and had two sacred pools fed automatically
from the underground with water from the Nile by means of a sophisticate hydraulic
device. This can be seen in Fig. 1(c), a reconstruction made by Papus (ABC
Illustré d'Occultisme, Paris, 1892). These two pools serving as
artificial springs closely recall those of Atlantis as described by Plato, and
which were one hot and the other cool, according to him.
The sacred pools (or springs) of the Egyptian temples served
for the baptism of the initiants, a ritual that is intimately connected with the
Flood and the sinking of Atlantis, as we explain elsewhere in detail (See: The
Atlantean Origin of the Seven Sacraments: Baptism). These were also connected,
by means of subterranean waterworks, with the underground crypt, where initiatic
rituals of a more occult nature were performed. The luxuriant, artificially irrigated
garden of the Egyptian temples is another feature that can be traced back directly
to Atlantis and, indeed, to the Garden of Eden and to that of the Hesperides (or
Atlantides), the daughters of Atlas.
Plato describes the beautiful gardens of Atlantis in detail
in his Critias. And the Garden of the Hesperides so often associated
with Atlantis lay not indeed in Morocco or in Libya, as some affirm, but
in Atlantis itself. These gardens are the same as the legendary Gardens of Avalon,
or as the Garden of Eden, the true site of Man's origin that is no other than
Atlantis. It is hardly likely that the jealous Atlas would keep the Hesperides
both his daughters and lovers, according to tradition very far
from his palace in the Orient, confining them in Mauritania (Marocco), on the
other side of the world.
the pylons, banners and obelisks
As illustrated in Fig.1, most Egyptians temples had a pair of
monolithic obelisks planted just in front of the pylons of the inner gateway.
These obelisks were a sort of free standing pillars, and closely correspond to
Jachin and Boaz, their famous counterparts posted in front of Solomon's Temple
by Hiram of Tyre. More exactly, they also corresponded to the Pillars of Hercules
Melkart posted in front of the temples the Phoenicians constructed every where
a strategic strait separated two seas or two different regions.
The best known Pillars of Hercules were those of Gibraltar,
which many experts mistake for the true archetypes that indeed marked the site
of Atlantis, as reported by Plato. Thus, Herodotus (Hist. II:44) mentions
Pillars of Hercules in Tyre, in Thasos, as well as in other places.
Many other authorities mention Pillars of Hercules posted in
strategic straits such as the Bosphorus, the Syrtis, the Bab-el-Mandeb, Gades,
and so on. It is a mistake, then, to believe that the name "Pillars of Hercules"
used by Plato and others unequivocally refer to the Strait of Gibraltar, for there
were many such responding by that name.
These phony pillars were just a trick of the mendacious Phoenicians
intended to divert the attention of their competitors to the wrong side of the
world, thereby preserving their lucrative monopoly of the Indian trade. As we
have abundantly contended elsewhere, the archetypal Pillars of Hercules were the
ones that indeed marked out the entrance into Atlantis. Later, when Atlantis sunk
away, these pillars again marked the entrance into Hades, the half-sunken residue
of paradise. There they flanked the Strait of Sunda, in Indonesia, the true site
of Atlantis and of Hades, which the Hindus call Atala.
It is interesting to recall that Plato often connects Atlantis
to the Pillars of Hercules and apparently implies that this hero was indeed Gadeiros,
the twin brother of Atlas. Plato also speaks of golden pillars kept in Poseidon's
temple, in Atlantis, which its kings inscribed with their royal edits. It is from
these that the pair of pillars that decorated the Egyptian temples, the ones of
the Jews and those of many nations were indeed copied.
Why would the Egyptians who never sailed the Mediterranean
or the Atlantic Ocean, but confined their naval trade to the Indian Ocean
consider Gibraltar important and pay homage to its guardian deities, Atlas and
Hercules (Gadeiros) by posting twin pillars in the forefront of their temples?
Why would the Phoenicians and the Jews, who were originary from beyond the Indian
Ocean, from the region of the East Indies, do the same, commemorating gods, places
and symbols that were not theirs, but indeed belonged t their enemies, the Greeks
and the Romans?
The two enormous pylons that flanked the main gateway of the
Egyptian temples is perhaps the most striking feature of these constructions.
What do they indeed represent? The Egyptians claimed that they represented the
two mountains of Isis and Nephtys, her twin sister. But, indeed, they symbolized
the same thing as the twin obelisks, that is, the Pillars of Hercules.
the gateway of paradise
The "door" flanked by the true Pillars of Hercules
corresponded to the strait that served as the Gateway of Paradise. As can be seen
in Fig.2, there were two pairs of pylons placed at the opposite ends of the inner
court. This is a very important feature, one that tells the true story of the
Pillars of Hercules for those who can indeed read the ancient symbols. The four
feet of the Celestial Cow (Nut or Hathor)correspond to the four members of Isis,
who is also often shown in a strange arched position, with her arms and legs touching
the ground (Fig.3).
allegory is strange, but highly revealing. Here, Nut, the Sky is shown decked
with stars which represent the night sky. The gods navigate along her body, in
Heaven (Paradise), obviously delimited by the two pairs of pillars (her four members)
at each extremity. These are indeed the Pillars of Hercules, one pair in the Occident
(Gibraltar), the other in the opposite extreme of the world (Sunda Strait), in
the Far Orient. Beneath her body is the god Shu ("Atmosphere") holding
her up, as well as the god Geb ("Earth") lying down on his back.
In certain versions of this picture, the allegory is far more
explicit, and shows that what indeed holds Nut up is the huge phallus of Geb,
here apparently missing. As we explain elsewhere, the allegory depicts the separation
of Heaven and Earth which is really of Hindu origin and figures already in the
Rig Veda, where the deed is ascribed to Purusha, the first man.
the pillar of heaven
In reality, the Phallus of Geb is the fifth, Central Pillar,
the one that stretched the skies up, "like a tent", to use an interesting
metaphor from the Bible. This fifth, Central Pillar is indeed Mt. Atlas or Meru,
so often identified with the Cosmic Linga, the Phallus of the Earth. Its absence
here can easily be explained when we recall what we said above concerning "the
fall of the skies". As the very name of Atlas explains (a-tla = "the
one who did not stand"), the Titan was unable to bear the excessive weight
of the former earth (Atlantis), which thus sunk underground, turning into Hell.
At the rear pylons the ones corresponding to the Oriental
Gateway of Paradise are posted the gigantic statues of the Twin Guardians.
These often change into lions, sphinxes or some other terrifying creatures. They
correspond to the Cherubins that guard the Gates of Paradise in just about all
mythologies. In Greece they are Cerberus and Orthrus; in Babylon, the Karibus,
in China the Twin Lions; in Angkor and Indonesia, the Nagas. In India, they are
the Lokapalas or Dvarapalas ("Guardians"). In reality they are the Twins
we encounter everywhere and who are indeed Atlas and Hercules in Greece or Krishna
and Balarama in Indian myths.
The twin flagpoles and their banners were another invariable
feature of Egyptian temples. In Egypt, the banner on a flagpole represented the
deity (neter). The use of banners and standards in temples is common in
the Orient and, particularly, in Tibet. It seems that, originally, banners and
pennants consisted of impaling staffs over which were hung the flayed skins of
the sacrificed prisoners of war in order to scare away the enemy.
Their connection with the Pillars of Hercules and, hence, with
the pylons that symbolized them in Egyptian temples, seems to be akin to that
symbolism. Indeed, it seems the Phoenicians had the habit of posting impaling
poles at the entrance of forbidden straits such as the Pillars of Hercules. These
straits were forbidden to all but their ships, and anyone caught while attempting
to cross the passage was automatically impaled, as a warning to all.
the trident of shiva
In the Egyptian temples, then, the flagstaffs symbolized the
impaling poles that were associated with the Pillars of Hercules, whereas the
loose pennants that hung down from them stood for the flayed skins of the unfortunate
victims caught trespassing the forbidden gateway to Paradise. The same ritual
function was also served by the twin obelisks which, apparently, originally served
as impaling poles, to judge from their name (obeliskos, in Greek, means
The pylons of the Egyptian temples suggest yet another Atlantean
feature of great importance. It concerns Trikuta, the Triple Mountain upon which
Lanka, the true archetype of Atlantis, was originally built. The central peak
of Trikuta was Mt. Atlas or, indeed, the Central Pillar of Heaven that was identified
to Shiva's linga.
When Atlas, the Pillar of Heaven collapsed, it became the huge
submarine caldera of the Krakatoa volcano which nowadays forms the Strait of Sunda,
separating Java from Sumatra. The two remaining peaks are, in Hindu myths, the
Sumeru and the Kumeru, that is, the two Merus, one in the north, the other in
the south. In Egyptian myths, these two peaks are known as the Mountain of Manu
or, yet, the Mountain of the Orient and the one of the Occident. These names are
clearly taken from Hindu traditions, for even their names are the same as in India.
These twin mountains are variously allegorized. But in geographical
reality, they correspond to the two peaks that flank the Strait of Sunda, named
respectively the Kalianda and the Gunnung Karang. This Triple Mountain was precisely
the one the ancients equated with the Trident of Shiva (Trikuta) and, later, with
the one of Poseidon, his Greek counterpart. Indeed, this triple mountain is the
one that the Argonautica and the Odyssey called by the name of
Thrinacia (thrinax = "trident"), and which was later exoterically
identified with Sicily, allegedly because of its triangular shape.
The shape of the pylons of the Egyptian temples roughly recall
the one of certain churches and cathedrals such as Notre Dame and Reims, which
have two blunted towers flanking the central gateway, which is far lower than
the other two side towers. Clearly, the same conception guided the hands that
built those cathedrals and the temples of Egypt.
In other words, the idea of Atlantis and its triple mountain
(Trikuta) and collapsed central peak apparently lay at the root of the ancient
Mystery Religions that eventually became the religions of Egypt and of Christianity,
not to mention others that are not being discussed here.
The pylons of the Egyptian temples are nearly verbatim replicas
of the so-called "Mountain of Sunrise" or its dual, the "Mountain
of Sunset" (or of the West), which are endlessly portrayed in Egyptian iconographies
and in myths as well. This symbolism is indeed metaphoric, and is taken from India,
where Mt. Meru (really the Sumeru and the Kumeru) are called by precisely these
What is in reality allegorized by the rising sun shining between
the two peaks of the Holy Mountain is the explosion of its central peak (Mt. Atlas),
bursting "with the light of a thousand suns" and disappearing under
the seas, where it becomes the Primordial Abyss (Nun), whence the Sun originally
rose, during Creation.
By the way, in Egypt the sun rises and sets in the Sahara desert,
rather than from the sea or even from among the mountains. So, the image of the
sun rising and setting in the waters of the sea (the Nun) or from the hills of
a foreign country can only have originated elsewhere. And where is that? The only
place in the ancient world that fits the description are India and Indonesia,
as can be seen in a map of the region. So, once more we see that both in the geographical
reality as well as in the mythical image which equates the sun rising with a giant
volcanism of an island over the seas can only have come from there, for all other
places are irremediably wrong.
the hypostyle hall
In Fig.4 below we show a drawing of a typical hypostyle hall
being crossed by a procession during a festival of the god. As can be seen from
this figure and the preceding ones, both the amount of pillars and their impressive
thickness are clearly exaggerated for the weight of the superstructure they had
Egyptians were fine engineers, and would never commit such a mistake. Hence, we
may clearly conclude that the purpose of the exaggerated number and thickness
of these pillars was ritual. What ritual was that, though? In the introduction
to the present essay, we mentioned the fact that the hypostyle hall was indeed
a replica of the subterranean realm of Atlantis or, rather, of its tropical forest
with its enormous trees. Indeed, it represents the Lost Continent sunken underground
and rendered dark when the sky collapsed over it. Can we justify such an unusual
assertion? We certainly can.
The semi-obscurity of the hypostyle hall was intended to convey
the idea of a nocturnal, gloomy realm like Hades and Cimmeria. This darkness is
further enhanced by the decoration on the roof, which depicts the starry night
sky. The same symbolism is also encountered in tombs such as the tholoi
of Minoan Crete and the tumuli of Etruscan Rome, or even in the domes and crypts
of certain early Christian churches. If we look again at our discussion of Fig.3,
we see that this gloomy sky represents the belly of Nut, the Celestial goddess
in Egyptian tradition.
This dark abode of the dead corresponds, as we said there, to
the region of Paradise, enclosed between the four Pillars of the World. But the
Egyptian Paradise, their land ancestral, was Punt, the Land of the Gods. Punt
is in reality Atlantis, this Egyptian name being a corruption of the Sanskrit
Bandha, a name that literally corresponds to the Dravidian Punt.
Punt was precisely the local (Dravidian) name of Indonesia in ancient times, when
the Dravidas still inhabited the place, before moving on to India and elsewhere.
This name was translated into Sanskrit as Bhanda ("Bridge")
in the magnificent relation of the Ramayana, one of the first and greatest
epics of all times.
eden and its luxuriant vegetation
Another thing that strikes the visitor of Egyptian temples such
as the one of Fig.2, is the bright coloration of the hypostyle hall and the luxuriant
nature of the vegetation therein depicted. Very clearly, the realm there depicted
is not desertic Egypt, but some tropical forest turned gloomy and nocturnal for
some obscure reason. If we review Plato's extactic discussion of Atlantis
as a tropical paradise full of perfumes, trees and luxuriant vegetation, the analogy
with the region depicted in the hypostyle hall comes naturally to the mind.
The second evidence for this analogy consists in the nature
of the vegetation there represented, and which is clearly intended to represent
a tropical forest of huge trees, something wholly unlike anything we ever had
in Egypt but which, to believe Plato, was commonplace in Atlantis. In hindsight,
we only find, in the ancient world, a parallel to that place in luscious South
India and Southwest Asia, precisely the site of Atlantis, as we have been arguing.
And it was there, in Punt, where the Egyptians fetched their
"wood from Meru", which they indeed never obtained from Lebanon, despite
the contrary affirmations of some Egyptologists. Thirdly, the very nature of the
vegetation represented in the pillars is very characteristic of the distant regions
we just discussed.
Strangely enough, none of the three plants represented in the
pillars of Egyptian temples the lotus, the date palm, and the papyrus
seems to be a native to Egypt, as we discuss elsewhere. The lotus (Nelumbo
speciosum) is a native of Indonesia, and many Egyptian texts explicitly
acknowledge its origin in Punt. Punt was the land of smelly plants such as the
lotus, whose perfum so fascinated the Egyptians. The smelly lotus was the attribute
of Nefertum, the god that came from Punt, certainly bringing along his fragrant
flower for cultivation in Egypt.
The date palm is an Arecacea which thrives in the Indies, from
where it probably came, for there thrive an enormous variety of other members
of the family, including the famous areca palm. The specialists do not really
know the site of origin of the date palm. But they know for sure that it is not
native to Egypt and that it indeed came from farther East than there.
Finally, the papyrus was, like the lotus and the date palm,
a plant that only grew under cultivation in Egypt. Even today the papyrus is rarity
there, in contrast to Indonesia, where it is so abundant as to hamper navigation
in its shallow seas.
All in all, it is plausible to conclude that the luscious region
portrayed in the hypostyle halls of Egyptian temples is indeed Punt, and not at
all the Egyptian delta, its attempted copy. And, as we already said above, Punt
is no other than Indonesia, the true site of Atlantis, the Lost Continent. And
that sunken region of continental dimensions can lie in no other part of the globe
than Indonesia, as we argue elsewhere.
dante's selva selvaggia
A fourth evidence that the thick wood portrayed there is Indonesia
is afforded by many ancient Occult traditions. Dante speaks of the selva
selvaggia where he is lost in the beginning of his poem. So do the initiatic
novels of the Arthurian Cycle. The Argonauts too are, at the crux of their saga,
lost in the "wilderness" before they reach the Garden of the Hesperides
which, as we said further above, was precisely the one of the legendary daughters
and lovers of Atlas. In fact, the Seven Atlantides (or Hesperides) represent the
insular remains of sunken Atlantis, as we show elsewhere in detail.
This mythical "wilderness" also figures in the Bible,
where it is often confused with a desert. But is indeed a desolated, haunted,
gloomy, fearful region like a tropical forest. Hermits everywhere seek this kind
wilderness in order to exile themselves in their quest of Paradise. In this they
follow the aranyakas ("errants in the forest") that we find in
Hindu traditions, and who seek the seclusion of forests for their retirement from
The idea is that what little remained unsunken of Paradise,
became a pestilent, infernal region, and was abandoned by all survivors, becoming
a deserted jungle in the middle of nowhere. But the Indonesian islands
formed out of the mountains of Atlantis that remained unsunken eventually
recovered from the cataclysm, and were again inhabited, this time by headhunting
savages that took a lot of effort to pacify.
the atlantic islands
Among the Seven Atlantic Islands that is, "islands
of Atlantis" and not indeed "islands of the Atlantic" sought by
the explorers and discoverers everywhere there was always one of them
called by names such as "Selvaggia", "Madeira", "Boscosa",
"Isla Verde" and other such names that mean something like "woody",
In reality, this island is no other than Java, whose name derives
from the Sanskrit Yava meaning the same. And Java, like Sumatra and her
other counterparts, indeed deserves the name, as it was the wooded island whence
the nations fetched their wood, in antiquity. Indeed, the Indonesian islands were
the mysterious Meru whence the Egyptians fetched the wood for their temples and
their ships, just as did King Solomon and others.6
Yet an argument that is telltale of the true meaning of the
origin of the pillars of Egyptian temples has to do with the name of Atlantis.
The Hindu name of Atlantis is Atala, (or Patala or Tala-tala), names which are
derived from tala ("palm tree", "pillar").
Atala is the same place we know as Hades. This Abode of the
Dead is often confused with Hell, though the Hindu abode of the dead ancestors
is indeed very pleasant, like the Punt of the Egyptians, the Dilmun of the Babylonians
and the Elysium or Islands of the Blest of the Greeks. Indeed, Atala (or Patala)
is the archetype of all such "Realms of the Dead" of the ancients.
Actually, Atala (or Atalas) is also the name of Shiva as "the
Pillar of World". And this is the very epithet of Atlas, the eponymous hero
of Atlantis. It can hardly be doubted that Shiva Atalas was the archetype of Atlas
in Greece. In India, many legends tell of the "fall" of Shiva who is,
indeed, like Atlas, the Primordial Castrate. And this "fall" or "castration"
indeed refers to the one of Mt. Atlas, the Phallus of the World.
There is, yet, another connection between Atlantis and palm
trees that is even more compelling to Westerners than the one of Atala. The name
of Punt (Puanit in Egyptian) is, as we saw above, precisely the same as
that of Phoenicia, the primordial Phoenicia that was both the "Land of the
Phoenix" and the "Land of the Palm-Trees".
The origin and reason of this name is not hard to discover.
In the Far East, and particularly in the Andaman Islands, the palm-tree is considered
the Tree of Life, due to the many products that are taken from it. Moreover, the
palm tree is there equated with the Pillar of Heaven whose collapse caused the
end of the previous era, the one of Atlantis, as is evident in hindsight.
In other words, this Primordial Phoenicia is the Paradise of
origin not only of the Phoenicians, but of many other races as well. Actually,
the name of Atala, so closely connected with the one of Atlantis, also means "Land
of the Palm Trees", both in Sanskrit and in Dravida, the two sacred tongues
of the region of Indonesia before the cataclysm that forced its people to emigrate
to better, safer regions of the world.7
the sanctuary and the meaning of the holy
the sanctuary (or holy of holies) of the Egyptian temple was kept the holy barque
of the god or goddess, the one in which he/she was processioned along the Nile.
Actually, the statue of the god was kept inside a sort of chest that was indeed
the cabin of the embarkation. This cabin was called naos or pyxis
in Greek, and corresponds to the Ark of Covenant of Judeo-Christian traditions,
to which it served as the model. Its Egyptian name is per, a word which
indeed designated the shrine within which the statue of the god was kept.
Actually, many authorities hold that the Ark of Covenant is
a direct copy of the Egyptian shrine (per), that is, the naos or
cabin of the holy barque. These holy barques correspond to the well-known Solar
Boats in which the gods were deemed to travel to and from Paradise, as illustrated
in Fig. 5 and in innumerous other iconographies.
To make a long story short, we may say that the barque is the
Ark where the gods once came from Punt, crossing the Indian Ocean, driven out
of their homeland by the terrible cataclysm that caused its sinking. Such is the
nocturnal trip illustrated by the voyage of the matet boat. And, in the
end of times the gods, led by Osiris, whose figure the Pharaoh represents, shall
return to Paradise (Punt) the same way, sailing in the sactet boat, the
one of the return.
the pharaoh as the barger of paradise
In Egyptian, the radix per is connected with the idea
of motion and, more precisely, of crossing into Paradise inside the naos
of the Solar Boat. It also forms the name of the aa (or pharaoh), who is
indeed the alias of Osiris as the ferrier of the Solar Barque of Paradise. Moreover,
the word also designated the pylons (or gateway) of the Egyptian temples, which
represented the similar ones of Paradise, as depicted in certain Egyptian iconographies.
In other words, the Pharaoh (per-aa) was indeed "the great one (aa)
in the ship (per)", rather than "the Big House", as some
unwise Egyptologists often interpret his name.
This means that the Pharaoh was the captain of the Ark, the
pilot of the Celestial Ship represented in the skies by the Argonavis constellation.
More exactly, the Celestial Pilot (Per-aa) is represented by the beautiful
star Canopus (alpha Carinae), which is often identified with Osiris or Atlas in
this role of theirs. As we explain elsewhere in detail, the word Canopus, the
name of the pilot of the Argonavis and of the boat of Osiris, the Solar Barque,
indeed derives from the Dravida, and means "Pole Star"(xan-oppu.
By extension, it also means "Pilot", "captain", as the one
who navigated by keeping an eye on the Pole Star.
The word Canopus also applied to the so-called "Magic Calabashes",
a sort of primitive sextant/compass combination used by the ship's pilots
in antiquity to orient themselves by means of the star Canopus. Canopus is the
(talking) figurehead of the Celestial Ship, the Argos (or Argonavis constellation).
It is from these "Magic Calabashes" that derives the idea of the Canopic
jars used by the Egyptians. It is interesting to note that the star Canopus was
the (Southern) Pole Star some 14,000 years ago. Who else but the fabled Atlanteans
could be navigating the outer oceans by means of Celestial Navigation and of advanced
instruments such as the Magic Calabashes and Canopic Jars? How could the Egyptians
and other ancient peoples know that Canopus was once the Pole Star, in times so
far past? Why, if not for this reason, was the star Canopus so closely associated
with Atlas and Osiris, the personifications of the "Pillar (or "Pole")
of the World"?
In Greece, the equivalent of the Egyptian Pylons of Paradise
corresponded to the Pillars of Hercules, the impassable Gates of Paradise. The
title of the Egyptian Book of the Dead indeed called Reu Nut
Pert Em Heru (or "Spells for [Safely] Crossing into the Realm of Light")
also embodies the radix per- (with the addition of the t
that marks the feminine gender in Egyptian).
This mysterious book of the Egyptians is in reality a recipe
for crossing safely into Paradise (Duat or Amenti, the Egyptian Realm of the Dead).
And the trip is done in the Solar Barque, which safely crosses through the mysterious
place after passing the Gateway (or Pylon) that corresponds to the Pillars of
Hercules in Egyptian myth. The soul of the deceased joins the company of the gods
under the figure of Osiris, with whom he becomes identified after death.
vignettes of the Egyptian Book of the Dead show in detail the perils of
the crossing into the Sekhet-Hetepet (or "Fields of Peace"),
the Egyptian equivalent of the Elysian Fields, where the worthy spend their eternal
life hunting, fishing and "banqueting in cakes and beer". One such is
Fig. 6, which shows the deceased in the Solar Boat crossing into the Sequet-hetepet
in the company of two gods, Ra and the Benu bird. The deceased is pushing the
boat with a pole. Here, the deceased explicitly represents the Pharaoh in his
role of Osiris as the Barger of Paradise; as Canopus, the Pilot of the Argos Ship
Fig. 7 is shown the arrival of the deceased in the Sekhet-hetepet, in the manner
of a "comic strip". In the upper strip, the deceased and his wife are
before two gods. Next, they ride the Solar Boat, crossing into the Field of Peace.
In the second strip, they get into the place, characterized by the enormous reeds
that give it its other name of Field of Reeds (Sekhet-aaru). Next, the deceased
ploughs the two sides of a field crossed by a river. The final strip shows the
Solar Boat anchored in a canal.
The region is divided in three sections by two further canals.
In one of these are the gods, crouching. The two pairs of omphaloi represent the
two pylons or gates of Paradise. The four ovals in the extreme right correspond
to four lakes; the two birds are Benus. The boat carries a staircase with seven
stairs. The seven stairs and the seven sections of the region, wholly surrounded
by canals confirms the identity with the seven Islands of the Blest (or Elysium)
of Greek traditions. The boat is the one in which the deceased couple crossed
into the paradisial place.
Fig.8 is shown the first Aat ("Division") of Sekhet-Aaru. In this figure
it is shown isolated, but in others it is shown annexed to the other divisions
of the Egyptian Paradise. We note that the design of this first section exactly
corresponds to the hieroglyph of P'R with which are written the names
of Pharaoh, of the Book of the Dead and of the naos (or per
or shrine) of the Solar Barques of the Egyptian temples.
Said otherwise, the hieroglyph of the name of P'R-AA
variously represents the Solar Boat itself, its shrine or cabin, the Barger and
the Gate of Paradise that is to be crossed by the deceased in his role of Pharaoh,
as an alias of Osiris. All these imply an idea of "crossing", "coming
forth", that is, of "coming forth to Light", into Paradise, the
Realm of Light where the Sun indeed resides and from where he starts his daily
journey. The name of P'R-AA is indeed written in hieroglyphs as two
Aat symbols connected by the Cow's Belly that represents the Sky (the belly
of Nut). The message is crystal clear and unequivocal: "the Gates of Paradise
are linked across the Skies by Pharaoh, the Celestial Barger".
In still other words, the Book of Coming Forth (or Crossing)
to Light is the recipe for successfully crossing into Paradise, that is no
other than Peru or Meru, another name of Punt or Indonesia. And the Egyptian temple
is, again, just a replica of Atlantis as the site of Paradise, with its sacred
pools, its thick forests, its pylons and divisions and, above all its Solar Boat
that garantees the safe crossing into that difficult region, in the company of
the gods, who grant the grace of such safety in crossing the perilous ocean that
leads into the netherword, that of sunken Paradise (Atlantis).
the great virgin mother and her wondrous son
The Sanctuary (or Holy of Holies) that followed the Hypostyle
Hall has a very precise ritual function that has not been properly explained so
far. The Open Court, fully exposed to the light of the sun, represents the present
era. The intermediate, partly exposed Hypostyle Hall represented, as we just saw,
the sunken realm of Atlantis. So, what can the third, holiest but darkest of all
three sections of the temple indeed represent?
As a matter of fact, there were two Atlantises or, more exactly,
what the Occultists call Atlantis and Lemuria. Lemuria (or Mu) is the Great Mother,
"virgin" because it engendered itself without the help of a male, that
is of external insemination by other civilizations such as is the case with all
civilizations we know of. Atlantis itself was engendered by the Great Mother,
of whom it was a colony. So, Atlantis is the Son, the wonderful Son of God who
grew up to be far greater than the Great Mother, herself a formidable, universal
It is from allegories such as this that the myth of the Great
Virgin Mother who engenders the wonderful Son of God, who later becomes her lover
and husband, in an affair as confused as that of Brahma and Ushas; Orion and Dawn;
Atlas and the Atlantides; Oedipus and Jocasta; and many others we could quote
the secret history of mankind embedded in myths of paradise
It is now possible to reconstitute the secret history of Mankind
so masterfully illustrated by the Egyptian temple. Humanity was born in Punt (Indonesia),
where the two original races of Man represented by Adam and Eve first sprung to
life. Adam, the Red, eventually mingled with Eve ("the Great Mother"
= Ava), and engendered the third race.
The race of Adam was that of the Chamites (or "Reds"),
the sons of God. The one of Eve was that of the Aryans (or "Whites"),
the Peoples of the Goddess. The third race was the one of the Semites, the hybrids
of the first two. This is the marriage of the Sons of God and the Daughters of
Men mentioned in Genesis 6 as the actual cause of the Flood and of the
destruction of Atlantis-Paradise. But, not impossibly, the ruddy races of Adam
were the Cro-Magnons, the one of Eve were the Neandertals and the third one were
us, their hybrid sons. Only further ethno-genetic research will be able to tell
with certainty if this ancient tradition is really true, as we believe it is.
Would our wise ancestors go to such a trouble just to tell us, their children,
This mingling the Original Sin resulted in the
uncontrolled breeding and the consequent overpopulation of the earth which can
only lead to famine, war and, finally, the destruction of the earth and the end
of the Atlantean era, just as is apparently happening nowadays. In other words,
the Bible is indeed right. But its correctness works at a far deeper level than
is usually presumed, one so fantastically real that not even the hardiest of zealots
ever dared to dream.
The Egyptians embodied, in their eschatological rituals
the ones sacralized in their wonderful temples and their spells of the Book of
the Dead the very history of Atlantis in every detail. Moreover, they
clearly identified Atlantis with Paradise, and even gave the recipe of the wonderful
news: the one that we can indeed be saved by divine grace and return to our Lost
Paradise in the company of the gods, by being identified with Osiris and Pharaoh.
Indeed a beautiful message, the same one as that of the Gospels, the evangel
we somehow distorted into a purely spiritual alias, the one of the never-never-land
We know that many of our assertions above will seem vaunted
and ill-founded to many of our dear readers. But they are the fruit of many years
of research, and are founded upon strictly scientific arguments that cannot be
given here in full. The reader interested in further details is invited to read
Part II of this essay, below, where the symbolism of
the Egyptian temple is compared to the one of other nations and different religions.
Better yet, he is invited to read our books on Alchemy, on Atlantis, and on related
matters. We recognize the fact that most if not all doctrines herein expounded
are not only difficult to follow, let alone believe. But they are the Truth, and
nothing but the Truth, just as Plato repeatedly affirmed. When the Light
the Light that radiates from the Primordial Cave is too much, it can be
obfuscating. But light can only blind the bats and other such nocturnal vermin.