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I have now published my new book, Joining The Dots, which offers a fresh look at the Atlantis mystery. I have addressed the critical questions of when, where and who, using Plato's own words, tempered with some critical thinking and a modicum of common sense.


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Blumrich, Josef F.

Josef F. Blumrich (1913-2002) was an Austrian space engineer with NASA (1959-1974). He is best known for his 1973 book[692], The Spaceship of Ezekiel, originally published in German. In myJosef_Blumrich opinion this single underated book did more to scientifically underpin the ‘ancient astronaut’ theory than all the rather questionable output of Erich von Däniken.In 1974, Blumrich contributed(c) a synopsis of his ideas to the UNESCO publication, Impact of Science on Society.

Nevertheless, there are aspects of Blumrich’s book that have been criticised(b).

His lesser known volume, Kásskara und die sieben Welten[693] (Kasskara and the Seven Worlds), was written in 1979. This book recounts the history of the Hopi Indians as told to Blumrich by Hopi chief White Bear Fredericks who tells of a war between Kásskara and Talawaitichqua, which White Bear identified as Mu and Atlantis respectively. He also dates the existence of ‘Atlantis’ to at least 80,000 years ago. While this may dismay or delight depending on one’s preconceptions, I would suggest that the introduction of Atlantis and Mu into White Bears narrative was a device to make the story more accessible to outsiders.

*More can be read about White Bear and Hopi beliefs in an extensive article by Shawn Hamilton(d), a committed student of native American culture.*

Martin Freksa has published[691] excerpts from the book, while elsewhere a forum(a) discusses Blumrich’s credibility.

(a) http://www.cosmophobia.artelis.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=60  (offline April 2016)

(b) http://www.spaceshipsofezekiel.com/index.html

(c) http://www.spaceshipsofezekiel.com/other/Blumrich-article-The-spaceships-of-the-prophet-Ezekiel-linked.pdf

*(d) https://www.opednews.com/populum/page.php?f=Kasskara-Sunken-Land-of-t-by-Shawn-Hamilton-Hopi_Other-Cultures_Society-Culture-People-160409-206.html*

India

India, which at first sight might appear an improbable candidate, has not escaped the attention of Atlantis seekers. For the the sake of simplicity I use the term ‘India’ as employed before independence so as to include Pakistan, in order to accommodate the Indus Valley culture, which straddled both those modern states. Awareness of the region was boosted by the investigations of Graham Hancock and recorded in his book Underworld, which prompted a flurry of speculation(a)(c). More recently a wall was discovered just 3 metres below the surface of the sea off the coast of Konkan on the west coast of India. The structure stretches over many kilometres (possibly as much as 25 km) and has been dated to 8000 BC(j).

Further interest was generated by suggestions that the Indus Valley civilisation could also have an Atlantis connection.

In Search of the Cradle of Civilization: New Light on Ancient India[0817] is a ground-breaking book wherein its three authors, Feuerstein, Kak & Frawley, argue that there was no “Aryan invasion” and that India, not Sumer, was the cradle of civilized humanity.

P.N.Oak (1917-2007) the Indian history-revisionist has gone as far as to claim that the British Isles had once been ruled by India(l).

An Indian researcher, P. Karthigayan, had prepared a paper for the 2005 Atlantis Conference on Melos entitled ‘The Origin of the Atlantis Civilisation through Tamil literary evidences’, however circumstances prevented his attendance. Another Indian, anthropologist, Amlan Roychowdhury, an anthropologist, also proposes(b) that the Vedic culture of India is a remnant of Atlantean civilisation. March 17th 2013 saw an article(i) published in the Sunday Observer of Sri Lanka by Neil Kiriella, in which  he proposed that Plato’s Atlantis story was a reworking of the destruction of Lankapura as recorded in the Ramayana.

In an October 2015 article by blogger Abo Rashad, he outlined in some detail similarities between Vedic civilisation and that of ancient Egypt. He concluded with the following comment, There are evidences galore that Vedic civilization was the precursor of all major civilization in the world. Similarities between the Egyptian civilization and the Vedic civilization and the evidence of the later being the progenitor of the earlier is but one example. There are plenty of similarities between Vedic and Celtic civilization, between Vedic and Anatolian civilization, between Vedic and Mayan civilization etc. The question is the similarities between one and many.”

Sergey Teleguin is a Russian professor of Philology and a leading advocate of the idea that the city of Tripura (Triple City) in Vedic tradition was the original inspiration behind Plato’s city of Atlantis. In support of his contention he has outlined a number of parallels between Plato’s account and the sacred texts of India, the Puranas and Mahabharata in an extensive English excerpt(n) from his 2005 Russian book, Anatomy of a Myth[1122].

The Malagabay website published a lengthy article(l) in July 2016, offering evidence along with some conjecture, supporting the radical idea that the Sea Peoples had originated in India and having migrated westward, some of them reached the Aegean and became known as Dorians! The author of the article appears to have followed the ideas of Edward Pococke published in his India in Greece[1231].

Martin Freksa has a totally different view of where India fits into the Atlantis saga by maintaining that Atlantis, while pursuing world domination, was destroyed by atomic weapons aboard missiles launched by India around 3000 BC.

David Hatcher Childress has written Vimana Aircraft of Ancient India and Atlantis[1252] in which he discusses the vimanas, the ancient Indian flying machines and for good measure includes the vailxi aircraft of the Atlanteans, the latter being first mentioned in 1894 by the author of A Dweller on Two Planets[1014].

James Hartman, quoting from the Agastya Samhita offers(m) intriguing evidence that the ancient Indians had the ability to make batteries, the design of which is rather reminiscent of the Baghdad Battery!

Cedric R. Leonard in an article on pre-Platonic references to Atlantis(e) identifies what he believes are relevant in the ancient writings of India.

Ashok Malhotra has proposed that the ancient submerged Indian city of Dwarka provided the inspiration for Plato’s Atlantis story(d).

Qusai Ayman Naser writing in 2013 from Syria also suggested India as holding the location of Atlantis, specifically in the Bay of Bengal(h).

The French historian Philippe Potel-Belner also identifies Bab-el-Mandeb as the Pillars of Heracles(g) beyond which lay Atlantis on a long plain on the west coast of India(f).*He has recently drawn attention to the Farasan Islands, near Bab-el-Mandeb, where a Latin inscription could be interpreted as supporting the locality as the site of the ‘Pillars’ (n).*

Also See: Yashwant Koak, Gene Matlock.

(a) http://lofi.forum.physorg.com/Atlantis-was-situated-in-the-Indian-Ocean_10213.html  (offline Sept.2016 see: Archive 2051)

(b) https://vedicvidyalay.org/content/vedic-civilization-remnants-legendary-atlantis (26 pages)

(c) http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=389

(d) http://ezinearticles.com/?In-Search-of-Atlantis—-Getting-CloserHYPERLINK 

(e) http://www.atlantisquest.com/Writings.html (offline March 2018) See Archive 2055

(f) http://www.academia.edu/3480936/Atlantis_myth_legend_History  (Offline Aug.2016) see Archive 2056

(g) http://www.academia.edu/3339364/PLATO_revisited_what_he_precisely_said_about_Atlantis (Offline Aug.2016) see Archive 2057

(h) www.facebook.com\gtcubicus  (offline August 2016) See: Archive 5135

(i) http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2013/03/17/mon06.asp (offline Nov 2016) see Archive 2058

(j) http://s8int.com/WordPress/2011/06/09/undewater-cities-and-monuments-submerged-8000-year-old-civilization-on-konkan-coast-india/ (offline Dec.2015) see Archive 2059

*(k) http://egy-king.blogspot.ie/2015/10/egypt-and-vedic-civilzation.html (link broken Dec. 2018) See Archive 2723.*

(l) https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/catastrophic-english-india-in-greece/

(m) http://www.sacred-texts.com/ufo/ourpast.htm

*(n) https://www.langue-et-histoire.com/actualites/*