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In “Searching for Antilia and Hyperborea” (AR #130) Frank Joseph considered the legendary lands of antiquity. As a collector and investigator of old geographical maps, I have found some new arguments for Hyperborean reality.
The first globe “Erdapfel” by Martin Behaim (Nuremberg, 1492) depicts the Hyperborea as a northern continuation of Scandinavia up to the latitudes of Svalbard archipelago. This nonexisting gigantic peninsula between Scandinavia and “Hyperborei” (apparently Svalbard) are shown on the maps by Johann Ruysch (1507) and Oronce Fine (1508). In fact the western coast of the legendary Scandinavia-Svalbard peninsula corresponds to the border of the European shelf approximately between the shallow (222 meters on the average) Barents Sea and the oceanic depth (1600-1750 m.) of the Norwegian Sea. Correspondingly, the climate models reproduce here the west border of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet (Mangerud J. in: Gornitz V. (Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments. Springer 2008, pp. 877-879). Hence, the Scandinavia-Svalbard peninsula in old maps formally reflects the real ice land, which was there more than 10,000 years ago.
Another diagnostic attribute of the Hyperborea is the land bridge in the Behaim’s globe (1492) between the “Wildt Lapland” and Asia at the Taymyr Peninsula region. The late version of this bridge “Terra Jelmer” in the form of land between the Northern island of Novaya Zemlya and Taymyr was mapped since 1616 (Bertij) to 1750s. Geology dates this connection 10,000 to 20,000 years ago (op. cit.).
The third argument is the hyperborean Bargu insule in Mercator G. Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio (Amsterdam, 1595). The same giant island off the northeast coast of Asia is shown in the Behaim’s globe (1492) and maps by Ruysch (1507) and Fine (1508). Not so long ago in this region the traces of large ice sheets from the Pleistocene, on a seamount off the northeastern coast of Russia, were discovered (Niessen F. et al. 2013. Nature Geoscience, 6 (10), p. 842). These finds confirm that within the course of ice ages, ice sheets (i.e., “land”) with thick, more than 1200 m., as large as Scandinavia, repeatedly formed in this region of the Arctic Ocean. However, the authors concluded that it was so, [but] with the exception of the last ice age 21,000 years ago. Hence, the Bargu insule really existed but more than 100,000 years ago.
The above-mentioned finds argue for the reality of Hyperborea in the form of temporary ice lands. How did the medieval mapmakers obtain this information from the practically uninhabited Arctic regions? Apparently, there is a great gap in our knowledge regarding the first genuine Arctic discoverers.
Oleksiy Arkhypov, Ph.D., Graz, Austria
In AR #119 (Sept/Oct 2016), reader Kevin Lund wrote a letter to the editor on the ‘brown peepstone’ and the ‘Urim and Thummim’ [described by Mormon founder] Joseph Smith. The letter referred to a previous issue (article or letter), but I never had time to go back and research. Neither, however, have the full story.
According to Mormon lore, the looking device referred to as the U&T (Urim and Thummim) of the Bible, is the same noted in the Book of Mormon as “Interpreters,” and in one totally separate metaphysical book as the “Magical Glasses.” In fact, the latter describes how they actually operate and confirms a note of warning, or a security measure, as to who may use them.
The ‘Brown Peepstone’ has a unique story of its own. It was acquired by “seeing” it in Sally Chase’s “glass” and eventually by Joseph Smith traveling a far distance to recover it. According to my research, Joseph had the chocolate (brown) peepstone before gaining access to the small portion of plates that [the angel] Moroni had hidden in upstate New York. The U&T was with it. But due to the big stink of Martin Harris losing the 116 pages of the first translation, the small group of plates and the U&T were taken by Moroni. After Joseph was later forgiven, the plates were allowed back in his possession, but not the U&T, and Joseph was directed to use his brown peepstone in lieu of a translation device. Also, the actual ‘Hill Cumorah’ of the Nephites (or Hill Ramah of the Jaredites), is the ‘Hill’ Rabon found in Mexico. The village nearby has an ethnography that speaks of the three men who appear (these are the three Nephites mentioned by the Book of Mormon) every year, during the first week in April, claiming to go check on the “National Treasury.” Many try to follow, to get some piece of a treasure (many are poor), but none have succeeded. Interestingly, in J.J. Hurtak’s “Keys” book (The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch), in KEY 215:41 it tells of the most sacred grid, that includes Cerro (Hill) Rabon, where the “Treasures of Heaven are placed.” A side note: in KEY 105:6 it tells us that the three Giza pyramids are aligned with the three belt stars of Orion—well before Bauval & Gilbert’s book.
- Lynn Herrmann, Bryan, TX
This is regarding a very interesting tidbit found in “Glacial Melting Revelations” (AR #129, May/June, 2018), which reads: “From ‘the heart of the Lion,’ the constellation Leo, near the star Regulus, accompanied by the loud thundering in the sky, a rain of burning stones shattered Egypt in ‘the first minute of Cancer,’ the Great Flood followed immediately.” When I saw this, I knew I had a missing piece of the puzzle staring right at me. And as chance would have it, while doing some research for my next book, I stumbled on what has to be the exact same event that caused a flood spoken of by Zechariah Sitchin.
Many of the ancient legends refer to a ‘great flood’ and we automatically assume they speak of the biblical flood of Noah, and then such stories make us scratch our heads and say this sounds like a local flood. Zechariah Sitchin, as you’ll see, wrote of this exact same widespread event in his book The 12th Planet. (p. 403-404) He notes from the Epic of Gilgamesh, Utnapishtim riding out this flood in an ‘ark’ (Utnapishtim is usually assumed to be the same person as Noah, but we’ll see he is not) speaks of a deluge where an ‘ark’ was used to save people from a flood that came from the south, a flood where the moon disappeared, the sun could not be seen, the rains roared in the clouds, and submerged the mountains, blew six days and nights and then subsided. This storm (caused by a continental shifting) moved up from the Antarctic into the Indian Ocean over hill and plain, to reach Arabia and Mesopotamia. Dams and dykes were torn out. He immediately tries to tie this in further with the biblical Noah flood, but by whitewashing over differences, by suggesting that the biblical terminology, “fountains of the great deep,” equals water coming from the Antarctic or “great deep,” and on up through the Indian Ocean. But legends and scripture clearly indicate the water came shooting out of the ground as an effect from some cause (explained in my book).
So it is clearly not of the same sort of flood as Noah’s and thus not the same flood. The Bible speaks of Abraham coming from the other side of the flood, and on the surface it could be assumed to be talking about the Great Flood, but a root word search shows the word “flood” in the Bible is different sorts of floods. Close analysis shows Abram came from Ur and traversed a distance to get across where a flood had been, and this can only be the exact same flood Sitchin speaks of. Any massive flooding coming from the south that comes up from Antarctica through the Indian Ocean into the Arabian Sea into the Persian Gulf to inundate and overflow Arabia and Mesopotamia is also going to come up through the Red Sea and inundate Egypt and the famous sites of the Pyramids and the Sphinx as well. (Amos 8:8 appears to be referring to this flood, too). Thus this would be the “great flood” mentioned in the article that hit Egypt, quoted above, which was not a ‘raining’ sort of flood, but a massive tsunami sort, and must be the same flood Sitchin notes as the one in the epic of Gilgamesh. This horizontal, monstrous tsunami type of flood would have been the same one that scarred the pyramids and eroded the Sphinx to make it appear older than the usual prescribed date.
Rick Pilotte, Author: Earth, Man, & Devolution, Victoria, BC, CN
What Could the Moon Be Hiding?
I have been reading some of James Rollins’ books in his Sigma Force Series; The Bone Labyrinth. In his books he includes notes of what he used to put together, his fictional story; Just a couple of sentences in the above. It appears he, too, believes there is the possibility of an intelligent species with some very advanced technology here, early on. He mentions the possibility of someone moving what is now our moon to an orbit around what is now the earth, to stabilize it—after Tiamat’s destruction by the passage of Planet X and its moons. My thought is that they may have done some engineering before moving it. It is nice to know I’m not the only one thinking along this line (See AR #129, May/June, 2018, “What Could the Moon be Hiding from Us?”).
It appears Carl Sagan also considered this. Life In The Universe, p. 363-375, speaks of the probability that someone has also moved the moons of Mars into their orbits. Are they still in this solar system? Probably not.
Dianna Bourke Privette, Jacksonville Fl
The Mu Legacy
I have been a fan of Atlantis Rising for many years, mainly because of my research on the Pacific islands and their inhabitants. During the last 40 years I have learned that the existence of Mu and Atlantis, over 12,000 years ago, remains very much alive today in geology, cultural customs and ancient places. In AR #129, May/June 2018, the Publisher’s sad letter about the passing of John Anthony West includes this paragraph: “Civilization, it is clear, may very well date to ‘prediluvian’ times—before the end of the last ice age. A major purpose for Atlantis Rising has been to report on repressed evidence for lost and forgotten advancements of civilization, as in Egypt or Turkey.”
The comment hits the nail precisely on the head as my research shows. My work, however, goes beyond Egypt—“the two lost lands in the West (Mu and Atlantis) are mentioned many times in the Egyptian Book of The Dead.
Using the Mu books [of James Churchward] as a reference, the prefix word “Ra Mu” and its legislative assembly of a “Mother” and “Layman” together with the archpriestess, named “Gana,” is still used in customs today. Also in Mu’s great kingdom (known today as ‘Tonga’) the “Ahau Dynasty” has reigned since the traditional first Mu “King Ahau” (using the very name “Ahau”) and continues to do so. In fact, a stone with Mu-engraved symbolic writings, found in an ancient cannibal village on one of the Pacific islands, depicts the catastrophe that sank Mu beneath the waters and, as with Atlantis, this concentric city was originated by Mu survivors who carried their knowledge to Atlantis, 500 years after Mu’s demise. To this very day the huge concentric fort remains are still visible.
William C. Van Mook, Kidman Park, South Australia
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