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Berlitz, Charles

berlitzCharles Berlitz (1913-2003) was born in New York, as Charles Frambach and was the grandson of Maximilian D. Berlitz, founder of the well-known language school. At his grandfather’s request he changed his name to Frambach-Berlitz, subsequently dropping the Frambach completely. He graduated from Yale and eventually became a vice-president of the family company. He spoke a wide range of languages and wrote extensively on the subject.

He spent 26 years of his life in the US Army, half of that on active duty, serving as an intelligence officer. He served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

He developed an interest in mysteries and published a number of related books[165173] including two about Atlantis that support an Atlantic location for the lost civilisation, with the Canaries and Azores as leading contenders.

Unfortunately, his obsession with the Bermuda Triangle led him into lunatic fringe territory when he suggested a link between the ‘Triangle’ and Atlantis citing the ‘prophecies’ of Edgar Cayce and further extending his appeal to various factions of the aforementioned  lunatic fringe, by hinting at a possible connection between Atlantis and UFO’s.

>More serious is that Berlitz has been accused of perpetrating ‘an elaborate Atlantis pyramid hoax in his 1978 book Without a Trace.’ He claims the discovery of a 470 feet high pyramid with a 4×520 feet base(a). Various suggestions regarding the real source of the story(b). For me, it sounds like a slightly garbled rerun of the Ray Brown hoax.

(a) http://www.parascope.com/en/bermuda3.htm (link broken)

(b) https://www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/story-about-discovery-underwater-pyramid-bermuda-triangle-originates-satirical-publication<

Hopi Indians

The Hopi Indians, currently settled in northeast Arizona, are the descendants of the Anasazi who in turn are believed to have had links to the Aztecs.

Another site associates them with the Maya(b)(c). Several writers have tried to suggest that the Hopi had an early connection with Atlantis employing a highly subjective interpretation of their traditions and flood myths.

Thomas O. Mills, author of The Book Of Truth: A New Perspective on the Hopi Creation Story [1844], offers the intriguing suggestion that there is a link between the Hopi and Egypt’s Valley of the Kings(e). For good measure, Mills has also claimed a Hopi connection with Stonehenge(f). and produced another short book, Stonehenge – If This Was East [1845].

When Robert Bauval & Adrian Gilbert published The Orion Mystery [1707] in 1994, we were happy to follow the ensuing debate on the reality of what became known as the ‘Orion Correlation Theory’ (OCT) and the large pyramids at Giza. Now, the proposed matching of the alignment of the stars in Orion’s ‘belt’ with the pyramids at Giza has been extended to include other structures around the world. Apart from Giza, one site(h) lists the Chinese Xi’an Pyramids, the Teotihuacan Pyramids in Mexico and, unexpectedly three Hopi Mesas!

Gary A. David has endorsed the Hopi alignment, incurring an accusation of dishonesty by Jason Colavito(g).

Others have associated the Hopi with UFOs and the supposed disasters that were due in 2012.

One of the traditional Hopi tales points to a sunken land in the Pacific, Kássara, as their original homeland, which they had to flee as it began to slowly sink(i).

There is now a website(a) dedicated to the Hopi and their petroglyphs as well as a number of other related papers from Gary A. David. In one(j) of which he proposed that the Hopi had their own Orion Correlation tradition displayed over 200 miles on the Colorado Plateau where according to David “either an ancestral Hopi ruin or an inhabited Hopi village directly corresponds to each major star in Orion.” David also returns to Egypt where apart from the Giza OCT, advocated by Bauval and Gilbert, he claims that some of the stones of Nabta Playa also seem to Correlate with Orion citing the work of Thomas Brophy [1510]. Also See: Josef F. Blumrich

(a) https://web.archive.org/web/20180322212308/https://archive.cyark.org/hopi-petroglyph-sites-intro

(b) https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-americas/hopi-prophecy-and-end-fourth-world-part-1-002280

(c) https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-americas/hopi-prophecy-and-end-fourth-world-part-2-002281

(d) https://colorado.academia.edu/GaryADavid

(e) https://www.ancient-origins.net/opinion-guest-authors/valley-kings-and-hopi-constellations-send-ancient-messages-006707

(f) https://www.ancient-origins.net/opinion-guest-authors/stonehenge-and-hopi-hidden-messages-connecting-sacred-sites-006486

(g) https://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/an-orion-correlation-on-the-hopi-reservation

(h) Archive 6472 | (atlantipedia.ie)*

(i) https://www.ancient-origins.net/human-origins-folklore/k-sskara-sunken-land-hopi-ancestors-009331

(j) https://www.academia.edu/36510961/Orions_Global_Legacy_A_Celestial_Plan

Ackerman, John

John Ackerman (Pseudonym; Angiras) was born in Philadelphia and studied at the John Hopkins AckermanUniversity, where he received a degree in physics. After 35 years concerned with satellites and lasers, he retired early to study the work of catastrophist Immanuel Velikovsky and is now a leading exponent of that school of thought.

Ackerman has developed his own particular brand entitled ‘cyclical catastrophism’(b). This particular aspect is developed in his book, Egyptian Astrophysics[1461],  which explores the Egyptian texts relating to the cyclical close encounters of the Earth with Mars and Venus between 3700 and 687 BC, proposed by Velikovsky.

Velikovsky claimed a number close encounters with Mars in the 7th and 8th centuries BC. The idea was taken up by, among others, Donald Patten[277] (1929-2014) and more recently expanded upon by Stuart Harris(c).

He claims to have identified two celestial events that occurred some 11,640 and 10,340 years ago, which had a profound effect on the Earth and its inhabitants. Students of the Atlantis question cannot fail to note that the older date coincides exactly with the date that was apparently given to Solon for the demise of Atlantis.

Excerpts from Ackerman’s books are available on his website(a) where he outlines a bizarre view of Atlantis that closely mirrors that of Alan Alford, marrying it with the more extreme ideas of Velikovsky, placing it on Mars during a close encounter with the earth, with “its location now buried under the northern icecap on Mars”.

>Ackerman has also published, To Catch a Flying Star [1884],  in which he claims to offer a scientific explanation for the propulsion system employed by UFOs(d)!<

Ackerman’s best-known books are Firmament[1417] and Chaos[1418] which gave him the title of his website.

(a) www.firmament-chaos.com/mythology_greek.html#atlantis

(b) https://cycliccatastrophism.org/

(c) https://www.migration-diffusion.info/article.php?year=2017&id=504

(d) http://www.univelt.com/univeltpubs/miscellaneous/ufobook.htm*

Horn, Roland M.

Roland M. Horn was born in 1963 and is the author of several books on a variety of subjects, such as Edgar Cayce, The Bible, Atlantis and latterly 2012. Horn is a keen supporter of the theory of Otto Muck, who postulated the idea of a cometary impact Roland hornin the Atlantic that led to the destruction of Atlantis, which had been located there. He has a new website(a), in  English, outlining his views on the location of Atlantis(c) and promoting his books. He has produced three books, in German, on the subject of Atlantis. In 1997 he published the first [402] of these, Das Erbe von Atlantis, which he revised and republished in 2001. The second [676], which deals with Edgar Cayce’s contribution to the Atlantis question. The third volume endeavours to support the idea that Atlantis was the cradle of civilisation [677].

On October 1st 2010, Horn and his colleague, the late Bernhard Beier, launch an important website, Atlantisforchung.de(b), which has an extensive range of Atlantis related articles.

Horn has written extensively on a range of ‘fringe’ subjects, UFOs, Mars, reincarnation, Freemasonry etc, etc. A flavour of his ideas can be gleaned from an interview he gave in March 2021(d). An English translation is available here.

However, for me, his most outlandish claims relate to Mars, where he has proposed that an ancient human civilisation has already been. This suggestion is explored in his book, Die Rückkehr zum Mars (The  Return to Mars). He is also endeavouring to revive interest in the ‘Mars Face’.

(a) www.roland-m-horn.com.

(b) www.atlantisforschung.de

(chttps://www.roland-m-horn.com/atlantis.php

(d) Interview with Roland M. Horn: “We have been on Mars before in ancient times!” (fischinger-blog.de)