Isis unveiled, vol. I
Chapter XIV – EGYPTIAN WISDOM
Pages 544 - 548
The last blog ended with the statement :
“Subject of the next blog will dwell on other great civilizations of pre-historic Americas, the earliest navigators of the globe, Mexican ruins and myths, question of who built the ancient monuments of the Mayas.’
Ancient advanced civilizations of the two Americas, of Crete and Troad, of Lacustrians, of submerged Atlantis
Great progress and achievements of ancient Egypt some of the highlights of which were discussed in the foregoing, is not to say that Egypt alone shone like a bright star in the pre-historic period. Equally advanced were the great civilizations of the two Americas, of Crete and of the Troad, of the Lacustrians, of the submerged continent of Atlantis. They are now classed under myths, as were the Phoenicians.
It is now pretty well established by historical and other evidences that Phoenicians were the earliest known navigators of the world, founded colonies of the Mediterranean, and voyaged to other uninhabited parts of the globe. They visited the Arctic region and brought home their accounts of eternal days without a night. Homer in his epic poem, Odessey, has preserved the fact for us. They imported tin from British Isles for their colonies in Africa and Spain. Their exploration extended in every direction, including the Indian Ocean and the Norwegian fiords. Different writers have accorded to them settlement of remote localities. Entire Mediterranean coast was dotted with their cities. A large portions of the African territory have been peopled by races expelled by Joshua and the children of Israel. Columns that stood in Mauritiana Tingitana bore the inscriptions, in Phoenician characters, “We are those who fled before the brigand Joshua, the son of Nun or Nave.”
Navigating serpent Votan
Votan is the famous hero of Mexican mythology. He was the greatest among their magicians. Brasseur de Bourbourg gives us much information about the manners, customs, architecture and arts, of magic and magicians of Mexico. Votan is said to have visited Solomon at the time of the construction of the temple while returning from a long voyage. Votan appears to be identical with Quetze Cohutl of the Mexican legends. It is said that Votan furnished to Solomon valuable particulars as to men, animals and plants, gold and precious woods of the Occident, but refused to give him any clue to the route he sailed or of the manner of reaching the mysterious continent. Solomon himself gives an account of his interview in his History of the Wonders of the Universe. The chief Votan figures in it under the allegory of Navigating Serpent.
Descendants of Caciques and Aztecs still survive and preserve their ancient lore
Stephen, in his Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, believes that a key surer than that of Rosetta stone will be discovered by which American Hieroglyphics may be read, and that descendants of Caciques and Aztecs still survive in the fastnesses of Cordilleras and gives an account of the mysterious city he saw from the topmost range of Cordilleras of the unconquered, unvisited and unsought aboriginal inhabitants. Mysterious city has been seen by travellers from great distance by daring travellers but, he says, there is no intrinsic improbability of its existence, as who can tell what became of the primitive people who fled before the rapacious brigands of Cortez and Pizzaro ?
In the mysterious fastnesses of Cordilleras the core of Maya civilization is still preserved
Dr. Tschuddi, in his work on Peru speaks of an Indian legend that a train of 10,000 llamas, laden with gold to complete the unfortunate Inca’s ransom was arrested in the Andes by the tidings of his death, and the enormous treasure was so effectually concealed that not a trace of it has ever been found. He, and other writers inform us that the Indians to this day preserve their ancient traditions and sacerdotal caste, and obey implicitly orders of the rulers chosen among themselves, while at the same time nominally Catholics and actually subject to the Peruvian authorities. Magic ceremonies practiced by their forefathers still prevail among them and magical phenomena occur. So persistent are they in their loyalty to the past that it is impossible that they should not be in relations with some central source of authority which constantly supports and strengthens their faith, keeping it alive. May it not be that the source of this undying faith lie in the mysterious city, mentioned above, with which they are in secret communication ?
The story of the mysterious city of Yucatan
It was told to Stephens by a Spanish Padre in 1838-9. The priest swore to him that he had seen it with his own eyes, and gave Stephens an account of his travels which he firmly believes to be true. He swore to have seen from the summits of the topmost ridge of the sierra of the Cordillera an immense plain extending to Yucatan and the Gulf of Mexico, a large city with turrets of white glittering in the sun. Tradition says that no white man has ever reached this city, and the inhabitants speak Mayan language, know that strangers have conquered their land, and murder any white man who tries to enter their territory. They have no coin, no horses, cattle, mules, or other domestic animals except fowls which they keep underground to prevent their crowing being heard.
Story of subterranean passages leading to the mysterious city
An old native priest whom, says the author, she met, in Peru, scarcely concealed his hatred for the conquerors, whom he called brigands. He said he nominally kept Catholic religion for the sake of his people but that he was truly a sun-worshipper in his heart as ever he was. She said he solemnly affirmed that he had met his people by a subterranean passage leading to the mysterious city. His affirmation, made on his death bed, cannot be false or an idle story. It is corroborated in Stephens’Travels. H.P.B. says she also knows of two other cities unknown to Europeans, and that people from Buddhist countries come occasionally to visit them. Their town are not set down on European or Asiatic maps. Nature has provided strange nooks and hiding places for her favourites, far away from the so-called civilized countries so that man is free to worship the Deity in the way his fathers did.
In the next blog, the origin of the prehistoric Mexicans, similarities between their custom and those of the Hindus, common beliefs and customs among ancient peoples of the East and the West, pointing to their common parentage, will be discussed.