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Garden of Eden

Espejo, José Luis

José Luis Espejo (1965- ) is a Catalan researcher and prolific writer(a). His subjects range from Leonardo da Vinci to comparative mythology to Hitler.

In 2009 he published Los hijos del Edén: toda la verdad sobre la Atlántida [1607] (The Children of Eden: The whole truth about Atlantis), described at the time as the definitive Atlantis book. In this 680-page offering he insists on the reality of Atlantis, but not necessarily with that name.

His latest book, Ecos de la Atlántida [1606] (Echoes of Atlantis), reviews the destruction and aftermath of an ancient civilisation, which he contends was destroyed 11,500 years ago. He equates Atlantis with Atalaentre of the Hindus, Aztlan of the Amerindians as well as the Hebrew Garden of Eden.

It would appear that the nature of this 512-page book required an understandable amount of speculation.
(a) https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://www.joseluisespejo.com/&prev=search

New Hebrides

New Hebrides is an archipelago in the Pacific northeast of New Caledonia and west of Fiji. In 1904 it was dragged into the world of Atlantology, when the Cairo News of Illinois published(a) a sermon by the Rev. Frank de Witt Talmage. He was a son of the celebrated ‘fire and brimstone’ preacher Thomas de Witt Talmage. In his sermon he refers to unnamed explorers claiming that the New Hebrides were the mountain peaks of sunken Atlantis. However, he goes further and infers a connection between Atlantis and the Garden of Eden.

I am indebted to Atlantisforschung.de for unearthing this unexpected piece of information(b). I agree that it is regrettable that the identity of the explorers was not given.

(a) https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn93055779/1904-08-21/ed-1/seq-5/

(b) http://atlantisforschung.de/index.php?title=Atlantis,_der_Garten_Eden_und_die_Neuen_Hebriden

Goropius Becanus, Johannes

van GorpJohannes Goropius Becanus (1519-1572) was a Dutch physician and linguist, although he was of the opinion that the Dutch language had been used in the Garden of Eden and was the mother of all other languages(c) ! We hope his knowledge of medicine was better than his linguistics. He was also one of the first to propose the Doñana Marshes of Andalusia as the site of Atlantis(a)(b). This can be found in the Hispanica section of his Opera[1437] published posthumously in 1580.

*Goropius also declared that Tartessos was the biblical Tarshish and was the capital of Plato’s Atlantis.*

 

 

(a) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Location_hypotheses_of_Atlantis#South

(b) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Location_hypotheses_of_Atlantis#South

(c) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Goropius_Becanus

Taprobane (L)

Taprobane is the name of a legendary island in the Indian Ocean, first mentioned by the Greek historical writer Onesicritus (c.360-290 BC). Although it Kilmantan2is generally accepted to be the island of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka(d), there are dissenting voices such as that of Dhani Irwanto, who insists(a) that Taprobane is to be identified with the Indonesian island of Kalimantan (formerly Borneo), where he also locates Atlantis(b) and the Garden of Eden(c). Irwanto argues against Sumatra being Taprobone, an idea supported by some, such as Arysio Santos who also identified Atlantis as Taprobane.

(a) http://atlantisjavasea.com/2015/09/26/taprobana-is-not-sri-lanka-nor-sumatera-but-kalimantan/

(b) https://ahmadsamantho.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/a-new-theory-of-atlantis-disclosed/

(c) http://atlantisjavasea.com/2015/09/07/the-biblical-garden-of-eden-was-in-kalimantan-island/

*(d) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taprobana*

 

Irwanto, Dhani

Dhani Irwanto (1962- ) is an Indonesian hydraulic engineer, who is the latest proponent of the IrwantoSundaland location for Atlantis, in his April 2015 book, Atlantis: The lost city is in Java Sea[1093]. A review of his book online(a), shows quite clearly that the author has made a serious effort to match Plato’s narrative with his chosen location for Atlantis, namely off the southern coast of the island of Kalimantan in the Java Sea. Irwanto also uses his professional expertise to analyse Plato’s many references to the waterways of the Atlantean capital and it extensive plain. The review also includes a number of maps and video clips used to support Irwanto’s views.

Irwanto has also adopted(c) the 32-point checklist of dos Santos and expanded it to 60 points.(d)

Irwanto also claims that the biblical Garden of Eden and the legendary island of Taprobane were situated on the island of Kilimantan. In an extensive online(b) article in November 2015, he identified the Indonesian island of Sumatra as the land of Punt.

*In June 2017, Irwanto published an illustrated paper(e) on Aurea Chersonesus, referred to by Ptolemy in his 2nd century Geographia . Irwanto has matched details in Ptolemy’s description with a place in western Sumatra called Tanjungemas renowned for its gold mines in the ancient times.*

(a) https://ahmadsamantho.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/a-new-theory-of-atlantis-disclosed/

(b) http://atlantisjavasea.com/2015/11/14/land-of-punt-is-sumatera/

(c) https://atlantisjavasea.com/2015/10/28/professor-arysio-nunes-dos-santos-initiator-of-indonesian-atlantis-theory/

(d) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT23A12-tDc&feature=youtu.be

*(e) https://atlantisjavasea.com/2017/06/08/aurea-chersonesus-is-in-sumatera/*

Dodson, Frederick

Frederick Dodson is the author of Atlantis and the Garden of Eden[0989] and has published a number of

Unfinished Aswan Obelisk

Unfinished Aswan Obelisk

excerpts from it on his website(a).  These deal with, the Basques, Berbers, Etruscans, Minoans and Guanches among other subjects. He also includes a commentary on ancient maps(c).

He has devoted much space in his book and his website to the mystery of very large megaliths, such as at Baalbek and the unfinished obelisk at Aswan(d).

What I read seemed fairly standard fare, but then he advanced into ‘ancient astronaut’ territory, at which point I parted company with him.

Dodson is also promoted as a ‘reality creation’ coach(b). Hmm.

(a) http://www.ancient-atlantis.com/ (offline October 2017)

(b) http://www.realitycreation.org/

(c) http://www.ancient-atlantis.com/anomalous-ancient-maps/ (offline Nov. 2016)

(d) http://www.ancient-atlantis.com/largest-mysterious-ancient-megaliths/ (offline 2016)

Asgård

Asgård, according to Norse mythology contained in the Eddur (Eddas), was a city or country which was the home of the gods (Aesir). A number of researchers, such as the controversial Joachim Rittstieg have sought to link Asgard with Atlantis(a)(d)Daniel Fleck also hints at a possible connection between the two(b). Ignatius Donnelly in the first page of his book mentioned Asgard among a list of legendary places which included the Garden of Eden, Olympus and the Elysian Fields,  as “representing a universal memory of a great land, where early mankind dwelt for ages in peace and happiness” in an Antediluvian world. Other writers, such as the late Walter Baucum, Jürgen Spanuth and Felice Vinci, who all locate Atlantis in northwest Europe, understandably associate Asgard with Atlantis.

*Paul A. LaViolette has proposed “that Asgård, like Atlantis, represents the North American ice sheet” and “that the Bifrost bridge most likely signifies the ice sheet bridge that spanned Baffin Bay and the North Sea to connect the North American and Greenland ice sheets with the European ice sheet.” [432.250]*

Since the end of the 19th century there have been regular claims of a link between the Indian Vedas and the Norse Edda(c).

(a) http://www.asgard-atlan.de/index-Dateien/AtlantisGB.htm

*(b) http://www.atlantia.de/atlantis_english/myth/culture/atlantis_atzlan_asgard.htm (Link broken May 2018)*

(c) http://odinicriteofaustralia.wordpress.com/odinist-cosmology-backed-by-science/

(d) http://www.nornirsaett.de/die-bild-schatzsuche-die-maya-wikinger-und-atlantis/ (offline 05/09/15)

Stephany, Timothy J.

Timothy J. Stephany is a keen student of mythology in general and Norse mythology(a) in particular. He has also written a book, The Eden Enigma[840],  which explores the background to the biblical story of the Garden of Eden. He has an extensive website that offers a fascinating and well illustrated paper(b) on the remarkable Göbekli Tepe site which includes a number of carved animal that Stephany suggests may be a representation of constellations when they were carved. His site also includes a review(c) of Jim Allen’s theory,  which places Atlantis in the Andes, but concludes at the end of a lengthy paper that the evidence is not strong enough. His article on paleoastronomy(d) should be read in conjunction with his comments on Göbekli Tepe.

(a) http://timothystephany.com/gods.html (offline Sept.2018) See Archive 3611

(b) http://timothystephany.com/gobekli.html (offline Sept.2018) See: Archive 3610

(c) http://timothystephany.com/atlantis.html (offline Sept. 2018)

(d) http://timothystephany.com/paleoastronomy.html (offline Sept. 2018)

Hassler, Gerd von (L)

Gerd von Hassler (1928-1989) was a German author of radio plays for children, who also had an Gerd von Hasslerinterest in music and ancient history. In 1976 he published Noahs Weg zum Amazonas (Noah’s way to the Amazon), which was translated into English by Martin Ebon and republished as Lost Survivors of the Deluge[0777]. In it he links the biblical deluge with the destruction of Atlantis. He also identifies Sumerian flood of Gilgamesh with that of Noah. In fact he suggests that Gilgamesh voyaged from Lixus to South America . However, overall he seems happy to follow the ideas of Otto Muck who placed Atlantis in the Atlantic and destroyed by an asteroid impact. Von Hassler further identifies Atlantis with the Garden of Eden. His idea that Noah sailed the Atlantic is to say the least wildly speculative, but no doubt broadly welcomed by the Mormons.

Saxer John C.

John C. Saxer Jr. (1950- ) a.k.a. Prince  Johannes Christian von Sax is

John Saxer

a bartender, bicycle mechanic and amateur  archaeologist. In recent years he has insisted that Florida’s Tarpon Springs  was the location of the Garden of Eden and that the  port of Atlantis had been situated along Tampa Bay. He claims to have  discovered large stone anchors which he believes were used in his Atlantis.  After attempting to interest mainstream archaeologists in his discovery he  finally got the attention of William Donato, best  known for his research at Bimini. Donato was impressed by  the size of the ‘anchors’ which he stated were similar to anchors found at  Bimini and elsewhere. However, Donato does not subscribe to Saxer’s Eden or  Atlantis theories(a).

Saxer gets rather upset when he does not  get the publicity he wants (see Document 260711A) and is now promoting his  royal Swiss lineage (see 260711B)!!!

(a) http://cassiopaea.org/forum/index.php?topic=2062.0