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By Philip Gardiner

The real site of Atlantis, although probably an ancient subtle allusion to Gnostic beliefs, could indeed be based upon and ancient folk memory of Mexico, which is variously called Itlan, Otlan, Atlan, Autlan, Mazatlan, Cacatlan and Tollan – all sounding remarkably similar to Atlan-tis.

Plato places Atlantis beyond the Pillars of Heracles; there are only the Americas beyond the Pillars. He says it is larger than Libya, which was seen as most of Africa to Plato. Any sight of an Atlas will show that the Americas match this description. It was said to be a great empire, stretching for miles, and with each passing year our archaeologists and scientists are further uncovering huge landscapes previously thought to be uninhabited and which now reveal the signs of having been lived-in and cultivated – on a massive scale. Also, we have seen from the Timeline (6,000 BC) that the Harappan culture of India – the pre-Indian civilization – was a “great sea-faring” society. Surely, there has to be more proof that these cultures spread across the seas and traded religious ideas, if not more? Well, there is a lot more . . . The ancient boats used by the Chinese, Japanese and Indians were Sampans (trade boat.) This is interesting because in South America the tribes of the coast call them Mayu Chimpana, Chan-pan, Sam-pan – virtually the same terms for vessels, across the “serpent” world.

This idea of common languages would be easier to discover had not the invading European countries virtually destroyed them. However, there are still plenty of similarities in structure and meaning to make the case. You will notice from the very names of places above such as Atlan and Autlan (atla is a Semitic root word for “to raise”) that the letters tlan are common – and taking into account that the Nagas were said to reside in Patalan (Ptlan) – then we can see this fabled “antipodes” in the very language – and especially when we consider the similarities in the worship of the serpent. In fact certain Venezuelan Indians known as Paria actually lived in the area known as Atlan. (The Parias according to Bragine in The Shadow of Atlantis, were ‘white skinned’ and possessed folklore of a great cataclysm that destroyed their original homeland.)

In Sanskrit, (which is widely thought to be the root of many of the world’s languages,) Tala is “surface” and the “n” refers to the people living there. So Talan is people of the surface. The “A” suffice denotes “below” or “no longer,” so Atalan is “people of below the surface” – just like Atlantis.

Virtually the same meanings apply in the Mexican Nahuatl language.

Amazingly Tala is also an epithet for the Hindu god Siva (See Siva) and therefore Talan means “the people of Siva!”

Vera Cruz in the Americas is said to be derived from Ver la Cruz, which is Spanish for “Seeing the Cross” – not an unusual thought considering this was a symbol of the ‘feathered serpent’ savior, Quetzalcoatl.

However in Sanskrit Vira Kurus means simply ‘Kurus the Hero’ – a title for the tribe which is said to have disappeared from India following the deluge; indicating through language alone, that there must have been contact – especially when we consider the rest of the data. But how did they transport themselves?

Possibly on Sampans, which we have seen are the same. But also, the savior-deity Quetzalcoatl, and the god Vishnu, (Siva) are both said to have traveled to Patala via an eagle and a raft of snakes!

These snakes on the raft were nothing more than the terrifying images of dragons and serpents so often seen on ships – coming directly through time from the Indian/Harappan and Phoenician vessels and seen also in the Norse, Viking, dragon-headed long boats.

Quetzalcoatl disappeared back to Tlapallan, the place of the people of Pala, which is Bihar in India. From this place it was considered that the world’s greatest architects and builders emerged after the flood, and they spread across the globe. In all likelihood they are ultimately responsible for the world’s serpentine related stone megaliths and monoliths such as Avebury and the serpent mounds of North America.

The very word ‘Atala’ – used as an abode of these “serpents” – also means ‘Pillar’ – and Atala was deemed the ‘Pillar of the World’ – which is a reference to the earth’s axis. Could there be some relationship between this “abode” and the axis of the world? This, we found would lead us on to greater secrets which can be found in our other books.

The Hindus mixed, traded with and respected, the Greeks. As we can see in Taxila, there were great cross-cultural mixing pots and hives of religious and philosophical debate, and indeed it is highly likely that the stories of Atlantis evolved from Hindu myths such as the story of the city of ‘Dvaraka’ in the Mahabharat – the capital of Krishna, which sank.

The age of the serpent goes back to and beyond the deluge and was taken across the seas to the Americas. Even the architecture of Atlantis, with its many circular banks and ditches brings to mind the thousands of cup and ring marks, spirals and other serpent shapes seen on “liths” across the world.


Copyright 2005 by Philip Gardiner All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.