Agartha (Agharta) is the name given to the imaginary world believed by some to exist inside the Earth and now incorporated into a number of the Hollow Earth ‘theories’(a).In fact Agartha or as he called it ‘Asgartha’ was invented by Louis Jacolliot (1837-1890).
One site offers video clips to support the Hollow Earth idea(e).
In 2001, a father and son team, Kevin & Matthew Taylor, combined the hollow earth theory with the idea of an expanding earth in their book, The Land of No Horizon. They also have a promotional website(c) as well as a YouTube clip(f).
A number of 20th century writers have suggested that subterranean Agartha has a civilisation related to that of Atlantis. We should not be surprised by the existence of Hollow Earth theories, after all, the Flat Earth Society(b) is alive and well and functional in California. It seems that no matter how daft the idea, followers are always available.
One website(d) describes our hollow earth as the home of the lost tribes of Israel which they defend with flying saucers.
(c) http://www.hollowearththeory.com/ (link broken 19/06/1)
(e) http://thetruthbehindthescenes.wordpress.com/the-hollow-earth-theory/ (offline Oct. 2016)
Louis Jacolliot (1837-1890) was a French barrister, a colonial judge (in southern India and Tahiti) and a writer. He was devoutly anticlerical and saw Christianity as a poor imitation of the more ancient oriental religions. . He was the author of The Bible in India in which he traced the Hindu origins of Hebrew and Christian revelation.
He was obsessed with Indian occultism and collected Sanskrit myths and interpreted some of them as telling of a sunken continent, Rutas, in the Indian Ocean. However, he decided to move this lost land to the Pacific and as a consequence, Jacolliot was quoted as an ‘authority’ by Blavatsky when she sought support for her own invention – Lemuria. Later this was embellished even further by William Scott Elliott. Jacolliot presented his sunken land as being echoed by Plato’s Atlantis.
At least two of Jacolliot’s books, Occult Science in India(a) and The Bible in India(b), are now available online(a) in English.