Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Atlantis, Nazis, Brazil and Other Strange Tales

I finished David Gran's interesting tale about British explorer Percy Fawcett's obsession to find the lost city of Z somewhere along the Amazon River in South America back in the years before and after WW I. The book is The Lost City of Z: a tale of deadly obsession in the Amazon. Most everyone believes that he and his son died in 1925 in the jungles, but not everyone. And that's what interested me, especially as this tale has a connection with the Nazi's Third Reich.

I've mentioned elsewhere on this blog the influence Madame Blavatsky had upon early 20th century Europeans. Gran points out that she practiced the arts of a medium, claiming to be a conduit for a brotherhood of reincarnated Tibetan mahatmas. As I also indicated, she claimed that the Tibetans were descendants of the very old Atlanteans and that's where the Nazis come in, especially because they believed themselves to be descended from those wise and very ancient priests, the Aryans, who escaped from Atlantis when it sunk into the sea thousands of years ago.

Percy Fawcett's older brother, Edward, converted to Buddhism and aligned himself with the religious leaders of India and Ceylon to oppose British rule. Edward, who had been a child prodigy, helped Blavatsky to research and write her 1893 magnum opus, The Secret Doctrine.  That work is still read and admired by occultists and new age religionists. And now the plot thickens.

Deep in the Amazon jungles of central Brazil are the Roncador Mountains. There are mystics who believe that Fawcett's lost city of Z was not above, but rather underground. It is a great city built by the Atlanteans even before they escaped into them from the sinking continent off the coast of Brazil. Dr. Raymond Bernard in The Hollow Earth tells us that a resident of Brazil believes there are mysterious tunnels in great number in the Roncador Mountains of northwest Mato Grosso. Colonel Fawcett was last seen heading toward them. And very likely—maybe more than likely—he found the entrance to these tunnels and disappeared into them.

You see an ancient Guatemalan manuscript the Popul Vuh, seems to describe the destruction of Atlantis, that great continent off the eastern coast of Brazil. One of the South American colonies of Atlantis was probably the land called Brazil, a name that land bore thousands of years before the arrival of the Portuguese. In fact, the name Brazil was known to the old Irish Celts as Hy-Brazil. Could this mythical land of Brazil, the Isle of the Living, the land of joy, fair women and apples, be indeed this colony of the sunken continent, as Morris West suggests as he writes about "the blessed stormless isle, where all men are good and all the women pure and where God retreats for a recreation from the rest of us"?

If you follow this line of thinking then the Incas of Peru are the late inheritors of the remains of the civilization of the Atlantean imperial colony of Hy-Brazil. Peru is not a native Peruvian tongue word, it's not found in the Quichua language. The word means the god of the sun. All this speculation comes from books by Lewis Spence, published about the same time that Fawcett disappeared. Read The Problem of Atlantis and the History of Atlantis.

Concluding thoughts: Fawcett found a great subterranean city with Atlanteans still living in it. Some of that great race also escaped to Tibet. Don't go looking for this place yourself, however. It is guarded by fierce, dark-skinned warriors of great physical strength, the Chavantes Indians. But if you do and if you are able to get past them into the ancient city, you just may find Colonel Fawcett and his son Jack, or at least their remains.

I wonder if this might be woven into a novel one day? I wonder . . . Also makes one wonder why so many Nazis ended up in South America and Brazil. We'll have to pursue this another day.

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