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The Berbers


Excerpt from Chapter 4d of the book “Atlantis and the Garden of Eden”. Copyright Frederick Dodson.

4.d      The Berbers

The Berbers, natives of North Africa, call themselves the Imazighen, which means “free, noble people.” Although they are separated into many tribes across several countries, they share a common language. Scholars say they can be traced back at least 12,000 years, as cave paintings of this age have been found in the Hoggar Mountains of Algeria, in Libya and in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. There is an inexplicable genetic link to the Sami people of Scandinavia, dating back 9,000 years, as well as links to the Iberians and Guanche. So writes the Arabian historian Ibn Khaldun in the 14th Century:

“They belong to a powerful, formidable, brave and numerous people; a true people like so many others the world has seen – like the Arabs, the Persians, the Greeks and the Romans. The men who belong to this family of peoples have inhabited the Maghreb since the beginning.”

There are cultural overlaps with that of the ancient Egyptians. Some Berbers mummified the dead, and some of their kings were buried within pyramid structures. An example is the “Pyramid of Madghacen” in Algeria.

Like all other Atlanteans, the Berbers or their predecessors built megalith temples and circles of large stone. Some of these temples are inscribed with the Berber language. A good example is a structure called Mzora in Morocco which, according to legend, is the tomb of the “Giant of Anthe.”

Berber mythology not only speaks of giants, but the Berbers themselves also worshipped a ‘sun god’ and various other deities, some with similarities to deities of Egypt, likely borrowed from them. Swine meat was not eaten because it was associated with the Egyptian god Set. Cow meat was not eaten either as it was linked to Isis. The Berbers knew and worshipped Osiris. They also knew the god Amun who they depicted as a ram. Some of these depictions have been dated by archaeologists as far back as 9,600 BC (11,600 years ago). Some historians have claimed that some of the gods of Greek mythology were inherited from the Libyans (the “Libyans” of old referred to greater North Africa), specifically Poseidon (the god of the seas) and Triton. Some Greeks also believe that the fabled Hesperides were located in Morocco.

One of the more well-known Berber tribes is the Tuareg. Their oral legends say that mountains, caves and the subterranean are inhabited by “the Amazons,” a very ancient race of females. It is said one can enter mountains and there find ancient treasures, cities and lakes. Other legends speak of the Sahara desert being at one time fertile with green land. The Tuareg people are quite tall and their dress, similar to that of the Phoenicians, most often consisted of blue or purple robes. According to the ancient historian Herodotus, the people of Sahara referred to themselves as the “Atarantes.” Herodotus also mentioned an ancient Saharan lake named “Triton,” which has since dried out and is buried under the sands. I suspect that this lake is not the only treasure buried under the Sahara, waiting for our discovery.

The Ahaggar or Hoggar Mountains in southern Algeria are reputedly full of ancient treasures and metals left by an extinct race of people. And indeed, strange and inexplicable cave paintings have been found in the region. The following is a painting of a creature with one eye on his forehead, reminiscent of a “Cyclops”:

The above and other odd cave paintings were found in the region of Tassili n’Ajjer. Archaeologists say these are more than 10,000 years old. Those who believe in ‘ancient aliens’ call this the “Martian god,” but it could just as well be the Cyclopean giant the ancients talk about. Conventional scholars claim it shows a normal human wearing a “ritual mask.” But many legends from cultures all around the world refer to a “one-eyed giant,” and this is a more likely explanation than it being a “Martian” or ‘it’s a mask used in rituals’. And even if it were a ritual mask, what would a mask of a one-eyed giant be based upon? From which legends would it be derived?

According to legendary tales of the Tuareg, the oldest libraries on Earth are hidden away in the Hoggar Mountains and will someday be rediscovered. They contain knowledge of times before a Deluge. Berbers also relate similar stories of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Algeria, according to which there are hidden temples and libraries, treasures and precious metals, and “towers of marble” stored inside the mountains. These places, the legends say, have been deserted for many thousands of years.

The cave-paintings found in the mountains not only show the Cyclops, they show all kinds of wild animals no longer found in the desert. They display a time when the area was not desert but one of greenery and lakes.