TREASURES of Lost Races continued
The Ancient Halls of Record
As a former newsman I have the odd habit of using certain historical years like coat hangers—I hang fond memories upon them. Nineteen fifty-six was one of those memorable years, for it brings back vivid recollections of my first visit to the pyramids of Egypt.
I had just returned to Heidelberg, Germany, where I had done a story about the Red Ball Express, a U.S. Army truck convoy that hauled equipment and supplies over long distance's. I was becoming fed up with the dreary office routine at our European headquarters of the Soldier Illustrated when in November the French, British and Israelis launched their surprise attack on a vastly outnumbered Egyptian force.
Eager to get out of the routine, I dumped the job of running the office into someone else's lap, grabbed my cameras and field gear, hastily cut a set of travel orders, and climbed aboard the next military flight heading for the Middle East to cover the war. Since I was going in on the Allied side and the Egyptians were notoriously poor shots, I thought it a safe territory for correspondents.
The eventual outcome of the 1956 conflict is ancient history now, but the contacts I made that fall—both professionally and socially—still evoke an occasional chuckle. It was there that I met Mohammed Fauzy, and with him as a guide I roamed about the dark corridors of the pyramids and gazed in quiet fascination at the Sphinx. And it was there too that I heard the first whispered rumors about a hidden library and a secret temple supposedly still concealed somewhere underneath the desert sands.
We were lazily slouched down in a stack of soft wool pillows one evening in a corner of the old circus tent known as the Gizereh Nightclub, romantically situated near a cluster of date palms within viewing distance of the Great Pyramid, when Mohammed first mentioned the story to me. Since he was well known as Egypt's most popular singer of romantic ballads, people flocked to him to ask for his financial backing for their wildest schemes, hoping he'd be willing to get involved. Finding a secret underground temple was one scheme that tempted him.
"About two years ago, an old Druzean friend of mine came to me and asked for my help," he confided, trying to make his whisper heard above the sound of the Egyptian band that accompanied the gyrating motions of the belly dancer in front of us. "There is a persistent rumor among the Druzes that somewhere close to the Sphinx there is an underground temple of unknown origin that forms the entrance to a secret library of ancient knowledge. A sort of 'history of the world' of predawn times .
"I'm a singer"—Mohammed smiled—"but I am a businessman above all, and I told him that I'd be glad to see what I could do to help, but that he would have to give me more information than just that!" We talked for another five minutes before he left, promising to return the next day with more details, including specific information about the location of the temple.
"You know what? He never did! Not that day or the next. It was a full three days later that someone told me in passing that the man he had seen me talking to had been killed, run down by a car in downtown Alexandria.
I looked at him questioningly. "Do you see any connection between the story and his death?"
Mohammed held up his hands in a gesture of helplessness. "How do I know? . . . Inshallah . . . inshallah . . . the Lord willing . . . the will of Allah be done," he intoned softly, nervously fingering his yellow worry beads. "Who knows? Here one never knows."
Many years and several wars have passed since I listened to Mohammed's whispered rumor about the hidden temple. Little did I know that the ancient library, later also referred to as the "Hall of Records," would eventually be much sought after by psychic archaeologists.
In writing books on psychics (Jeane Dixon—My Life & Prophecies, You Are Psychic, and The Soul Hustlers), I had sometimes stumbled on vague references to secret libraries that were supposed to contain vast amounts of historical, cultural and occult information. But while the psychics often alluded to their existence, they seldom furnished any additional details as to the location of these depositories. Finding a hidden storehouse of ancient knowledge, however, would be a major scientific discovery, since the rampaging armies of old have destroyed most of the great libraries of the ancient world. Many of history's missing pages were torn out in those calamitous years.
The famous collection of Pisastratus (Pisander) in Athens (sixth century B.C.) was ravaged. The papyri of the library of the Temple of Ptah in Memphis in Egypt were totally destroyed. The same fate befell 200,000 volumes in the library of Pergamus in Asia Minor. The city of Carthage, razed by the Romans in a seventeen-day fire in 146 B.C., is said to have possessed a library of close to half a million volumes. But the greatest blow to history was probably the burning of the Alexandrian library during the Egyptian campaign of Julius Caesar, when 700,000 priceless scrolls were lost. There was even a complete catalogue of authors in 120 volumes, with a brief biography of each author. The library building itself, however, somehow survived the destruction and once again became a center of learning, the most important book depository until Omar, the second Caliph of Islam, used its millions of book rolls to heat the city's bathing facilities in A.D. 640. For six long months the fires roared, fueled by the knowledge of the ancients. The few voices that could be heard in protest were quickly silenced by the caliph. "The contents of the books are in conformity with the Koran or they are not," he ruled. "If they are not the Koran is sufficient without them. If they are not, they are pernicious. Let them therefore be burned."
The fate of the libraries in Asia was no better, for Emperor Ch'in Shi Huang Ti of China caused all historical books to be burned in 212 B.C., while Leo Isaurus sent 300,000 books to the incinerators of Constantinople in the eighth century. There is no way to estimate the number of manuscripts destroyed by the fanatics of the Inquisition during the Middle Ages, and for much of our understanding we have to rely on disconnected fragments, casual passages, and meager accounts. The history of science and of the development of nations would appear totally different were the books of the library of Alexandria still intact today.
Historians are well aware of this mass destruction, yet aside from a few educated guesses, no one really knows the full extent of the knowledge that was so recklessly destroyed. Would it have disclosed advanced technology of ancient nations? Did it contain detailed information about their concepts and developments of medicine, physics, inter stellar communications, biology, and other fields of science in which we believe modern man excels? And how about computerization? Unconfirmed sources keep referring to so-called occult libraries within the Vatican and valuable scroll collections that are reputed to be in the possession of secret organizations such as the Masonic lodges. But men who claim to know, like the mysterious Dr. Trauger, a Southern California physician who had climbed to the highest degree in occult Masonry, don't talk. A wearer of a special ring that had come to him from an occult Mason in India, he was a true master of the occult sciences. His was the realm of darkness. He even conducted his medical practice during the nighttime hours, sleeping the day away. Accompanied by his retinue of black cats, he'd roam through his rambling Los Angeles house at night until he grew desperate in his loneliness. We originally met through a KFI radio program and stayed in touch for many years. I still remember his late-evening and early-morning calls and his frantic need for a "sounding board." His occult knowledge was beginning to spill over, as if his memory had been filled to the brim. Yet he always stopped himself short when he began to allude to his strange dark world.
Before a particular trip, I stored a trunk full of Egyptology books, in his basement. When I returned half a year later and went to "Doc's" house to collect them, I found that his name was no longer on his door—and he was gone.
"He died—quite suddenly," I was informed by one of the neighbors. "It was just as if he disappeared overnight." And with him disappeared his ring and another door to one of the few remaining caches of ancient occult knowledge. Even though he once hinted that he alone could open doors for me that would remain closed to everyone else, he disappeared without opening them so much as a crack.
Because of all this, Mohammed Fauzy's mention of an underground temple and library had a familiar sound to it. But with the death of his Druzean friend this leak of ancient information too was plugged.
Yet psychics have a way of picking up information that seems to escape everyone else; and long before my meetings with "Doc" and Mohammed Fauzy's encounter with the Druze, Edgar Cayce, one of the world's leading psychics, tapped into a source of psychic power that pointed unhesitantly toward the elusive "Hall of Records."
During his lifetime, Cayce gave more than 14,000 "readings" (psychic insights) on a variety of subjects, including medicine and history. Much of his early "historical" work is closely related to the downfall of the imaginary and/or legendary continent of Atlantis, whose history, culture and scientific achievements are allegedly recorded in secret subterranean vaults.
What ties his psychic predictions in with the rumors of the Druze is the approximate location his "spiritual source" gives for the sacred temple: within the immediate vicinity of the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx! It appears now that psychic archaeology had its beginnings way back in the 1930s when Edgar Cayce received his first message about the hidden chambers of antiquity, and not with Stephen Schwartz and his organization's discoveries in the harbor of Alexandria—although Schwartz did put theory and insight into practice.
It comes as no surprise that someone has connected a "prehistoric" temple complex and a library with the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. The Cheops pyramid has been a center of intense controversy ever since it was first seen by Westerners, and even more so since the appearance of the book The Great Pyramid, Its Divine Message, written by D. Davidson and H. Aldersmith and published in 1924. A rare combination of fiction, wishful thinking, folklore, and misinterpreted ancient history, the book was a masterful attempt to find within the pyramid a prophecy of world events, complete with dates. The work was not
original by any means; it was built on earlier works by John Taylor (The Great Pyramid: Why Was It Built? And Who Built It? 1839) and Charles Piazzi Smyth, the astronomer-royal of Scotland whose 1867 three-volume work entitled Life and Work at the Great Pyramid was a formidable classic of ignorance and speculation. But whether based on truth or on fiction, the books contained sufficient double-talk to envelop the pyramid in a cloud of mystery. Add to this the sense of romance inherent in the Middle East—Bedouins, smoky water pipes, loping camels and lush oases—and the massive structure was destined to remain a focal point of historical suspense for years to come. And as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid has long been the object of spurious speculation, and over the years more has been written about it than about any other man-made structure on the face of the earth.
(AND MANY A "BRITISH ISRAEL" PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN ON THE GREAT PYRAMID -- ALL PREDICTIONS AND DATES OF PROPHECY HAVE FAILED BIG-TIME. THE SILLY IDEAS OF MEN GOD HAS CONFOUNDED AND LAUGHED AT THEM. THE BIBLE ONLY CONTAINS THE PROPHETIC TIME TABLE OF EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE END OF THIS AGE AND THE RETURN OF CHRIST TO EARTH - Keith Hunt)
Aside from the baffling occult riddles it may or may not present, its measurements are truly impressive. Located ten miles west of the old and historic city of Cairo, it is thought to have been built as the tomb of the Pharaoh Cheops, albeit his remains were never found there. The huge pyramid covers a little over thirteen acres and measures 760 feet at each baseline and 481 feet in height. The Great Pyramid is constructed entirely of stone—huge blocks of yellow limestone weighing as much as fifty-four tons each. In geometric form, it is a true pyramid. Its base is a perfect square; each of its four sides is a perfect equilateral triangle which slants evenly inward and upward from the base. The bearings of the base with respect to true east, west, north and south show an error of only five seconds—far and away the most accurately oriented building known to engineering science today.
Not far from the Great Pyramid lies the lone figure of the Sphinx, the stone image of a lion's body with a human head, still partially adorned with an Egyptian headdress.
Measuring 189 feet in length, it was cut out of one single block of stone which was obviously not indigenous to the area. It is a representation of the god Horus and is thought to predate the Great Pyramid by many years, although there is no conclusive proof for this position.
The origin and meaning of both the Pyramid and the Sphinx have always been rather cloudy, but that they had a dominant function in the occult practices of the Egyptian or even pre-Egyptian priesthood is a distinct possibility.
In western Europe, where national boundaries have often changed but the basic scenery has remained relatively untouched by the passing of the years, much of what lies underneath the surface can be detected by the use of high-altitude photography with electronic photo enhancement. In the Middle East, specifically in areas where the rains and sandstorms have played their seasonal games uninterruptedly year after year, century after century, for thousands of years, fertile plains have been transformed into deserts, and meadows have been buried under billions of tons of ever-shifting sand. There the remnants of civilizations that once ruled the world have gently been laid to rest under a deep layer of sand. As a result, aerial photography is not always so successful in locating buried tombs and other structures in the Middle East as it is in Europe. That is precisely why Cayce's insight into the history of Egypt may be of such tremendous help.
Today's psychics lean heavily on the insight of two people for their prophetic accuracy quotient: Nostradamus, the sixteenth-century French astrologer and prognosticator, and Edgar Cayce. Without them most psychics would not dare go very far into the future with their predictions on world affairs, even though they hate to admit their utter dependence on these two psychic greats. This may explain why the psychics who have alluded to a secret vault somewhere under the desert sands of Egypt haven't gotten too specific for fear of sounding like Edgar Cayce.
(THE PROPHECIES OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST NOSTRADAMUS ARE UP FOR ALL KINDS OF INTERPRETATIONS. BUT THE END OF THE AGE AND THE TIME OF IT, HAVE COME CRASHING DOWN IN UTTER DISASTER. UP TO THE YEAR 2000 HIS PROPHECIES WERE SPOKEN ABOUT ON TV PROGRAMS. BUT THE DISMAL CRASH OF HIS INSIGHTS SINCE, HAVE PRETTY WELL PUT HIM RIDING OUT INTO THE SUNSET NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN. ONLY THE BIBLE HAS THE PROPHECIES OF THE END TIMES - Keith Hunt)
All of Cayce's information concerning the vault is closely interwoven with references to the Atlantians and their history, which he claims will be brought to light when the Hall of Records is finally opened. He looks upon the hidden library as a sort of time capsule that will reveal to us the "precious" records of Atlantian "originals," including detailed information about their scientific achievements, their literature, history and laws, and their treatises on "the abilities to use the unseen forces."
(WELL DECADES HAVE GONE BY SINCE THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN IN 1982 AND NO SUCH "HALL OF RECORDS" HAS BEEN FOUND - Keith Hunt)
In his writings Cayce makes scores of allusions to a future opening of this Hall of Records, which he says is contained in a small pyramid of its own. In one book on the subject, the seer claims that the people who had gathered and compiled the sacred records were buried alongside their artifacts, which will provide meaningful evidence of their existence. Included in the buried items are such things as harps, lyres, lutes, and violas. He furthermore claims that there will also be found the "hangings, the accoutrements for the altar in the temple of the day," and the "cymbals" for the calling of the people to worship. He also mentions the possibility of finding gold and precious stones used for healing and exchange and surgical instruments, as well as various medications.
If Edgar Cayce is correct—and his millions of followers have no doubt of it—then the Hall of Records is indeed a true treasure house of both knowledge and artifacts. "Caskets of gold, or the golden bands about those whose bodies were put into the burial chambers," will be discovered, according to the seer; but whereas many of his forecasts deal specifically with the Hall of Records, he also makes mention of a "mound not yet uncovered" where a king has been buried surrounded by his personal belongings. Whether this "mound" or pyramid is part of the "temple city" that is supposed to be just beyond the Great Pyramid he did not say. But he did point out that when it is uncovered, many of the shrines will be found to display inscriptions to the goddess Isssi.
(NO SUCH THINGS HAVE BEEN FOUND. CAYCE LIKE OTHERS WERE DEMON INFLUENCED -- THE OCCULT BEING PART OF THE DEMONIC WORLD - PSYCHIC WORLD IS NOT FROM GOD, BUT FROM SATAN. AND SATAN IS ALLOWED TO KNOW SOME THINGS, BUT ONLY SO MUCH, WHICH THEN LEADS THOUSANDS INTO DECEPTIONS. ONLY THE BIBLE HAS THE CORRECT PROPHETIC EVENTS FOR THE END OF THIS AGE - Keith Hunt)
Cayce was not only a psychic but also a deeply religious man, and his views about the origin of man often found a place in his readings. Talking about the sacred Hall, he once commented:
"[In this chamber] . . . is a record of Atlantis from the beginnings of those periods when the Spirit took form or began the encasements in that land, and the developments of the peoples throughout their sojourn, with the record of the first destruction and the changes that took place in the land, with the record of the sojourning of the peoples to the varied activities in other lands, and a record of the meetings of all the nations or lands for the activities in the destruction that became necessary, with the final destruction of Atlantis and the building of the pyramid of initiation, with who, what, where, would come the opening of the records that are as copies from the sunken Atlantis; for with the change it must rise again ..."
(HIS SO-CALLED "DEEP-RELIGION" WAS NOT THE RELIGION OF THE TRUE GOD AND HIS WORD CONTAINED IN THE BIBLE. HE WAS INTO THE FALSE RELIGION OF THE FALSE CHRISTIANITY OF THIS WORLD - Keith Hunt)
A lengthy and rambling comment indeed, but the psychic master could also be very specific, and this ability was displayed when he later wrote out the location of the ancient Hall of Records. He described the site of this spectacular structure as follows:
"This in position lies, as the sun rises from the waters, the line of the shadow falls between the paws of the Sphinx, that was later set as the sentinel or guard, and which may not be entered from the connecting chambers from the Sphinx's paw until the time has been fulfilled when the changes must be active in the sphere of man's experience. Between, then, the Sphinx and the river."
And ever since that time, adventurers and the more serious-minded researchers have often thought of putting Cayce's prophecy to the test by attempting an on-site investigation. Atlantis has always been regarded either as a figment of someone's fruitful imagination or as a product of mythology; and because the stories about it rested on no foundation whatsoever, science has never accepted even the possibility of its existence. Thus the task of proving anything at all about the Atlantians is left to the amateurs.
(NOTHING HAS BEEN FOUND BURIED AROUND THE SPHINX OR GREAT PYRAMID SINCE THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN IN 1982 - Keith Hunt)
One man who took Edgar Cayce's words about Atlantis seriously was his son Hugh Lynn, who in 1972 began to move in the direction of finding support for his father's readings. He knew that if they could be proved to be true, and the Hall of Records and the temple city could indeed be found, it would become necessary to rewrite the history of the world.
After various tests, Hugh Lynn Cayce and a Canadian "sensitive," George McMullen, accompanied by a group of friends, headed for Egypt in October 1975 to check out some of the elder Cayce's observations. Stephen A. Schwartz refers to this trip in The Secret Vaults of Time.
"Of great significance were his perceptions regarding the Sphinx and the Giza Plain," he writes. "There he outlined underground and as yet undiscovered water systems, pointing out the locations of channels, pools, fountains in an area that had (been largely overlooked by Egyptologists—although drilling in front of the Sphinx earlier had hit water."
While scouting the area around the Sphinx, McMullen made another significant observation. Ever since the early 1700s, when the Englishman Thomas Shaw had climbed his way to the top of the Sphinx and found a hole in its head, European scholars had wondered whether the hole might not indicate the absence of something that had once occupied that space. Eventually the consensus was reached that that "something" must have been a crown, but since there are no pictures available anywhere of a Sphinx-with-a-crown, its shape and size have remained the subject of speculation.
According to the psychics, the Hall of Records will be found at the spot where the shadows of the Great Pyramid and the Head of the Sphinx meet "on a day late in October as the sun sets."
(WELL ALL THESE DECADES LATER NOTHING CLOSE TO THE PSYCHICS RAMBLINGS HAS BEEN FOUND - Keith Hunt)
McMullen, however, not only averred that there had been a crown, but also described its shape and gave its specific dimensions to his fellow travelers.
Further, the Great Pyramid originally had a capstone, according to McMullen, and before any questions could be asked, he gave its dimensions as seen from his psychic viewpoint. He furnished just enough information to complete the partial instructions originally supplied by Edgar Cayce. With his vision as a guide, the Hall could be located "on a day late in October as the sun sets, [when] the shadow cast by the Cheops Pyramid and by the head of the Sphinx—allowing for the crown and the capstone— will overlap, merge, and coincide at a single point on the flat pavement-like plaza area in the direction of the Nile.'"
Fascinating information indeed, and undoubtedly of great value for anyone planning to throw all doubt to the wind, dig for the vault, and come up with the greatest discovery of the century.
(AND DECADES NOW GONE, NOTHING HAS BEEN FOUND - Keith Hunt)
But can it really be all that simple? Even though George McMullen was on the site in 1975, does that mean that he "saw" a shadow being cast in that same year, or was it a shadow cast thousands of years earlier, at the time when both the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid stood there in all their glory? Also, does his psychic view take into consideration the shifts in the earth's axis, differences in terrain elevation, other buildings whose shadows might interfere, or any of a hundred other variables? And even though the crown and the capstone respectively seem to complete the two structures, Cayce did not specify whether their addition should be considered in the calculations. Without the missing objects, the shadows cast will be much shorter and less well defined, for they will certainly not converge in a single point.
(SO THE PSYCHICS AS USUAL ARE IN THE END "ALL WET" AND "OUT TO LUNCH" AND FROM PLANET PLUTO [WHICH AIN'T NO PLANET THEY NOW SAY]. AND THE PSYCHICS AIN'T NO MORE EITHER - Keith Hunt)
Perhaps the time has come for science to take over, the psychics having shown their limitations. Astronomers can help in determining the shifts in the earth's axis during the last, let's say, seven thousand years. They can also work out the lengths and the exact placement of the two shadows and their point of overlapping and merging, both with and without crown and capstone, since in both cases we know the height of the objects. In narrowing the target area down to a certain number of square miles (remember that the distance between the Great Pyramid and the Nile is less than ten miles), high-resolution aerial photography with electronic enhancement might be of some help. Electrical resistivity soundings will also have to be employed in this locating process, as well as conventional probing.
(STILL DECADES LATER NOTHING HAS BEEN FOUND - Keith Hunt)
But while the search for the Egyptian Hall of Records is still in the psychic stage, with sensitives attempting to gather more information, other psychics are now beginning to focus their attention on Latin America, where other civilizations have left their remains.
South America once was a cultural paradise—at least until the Spanish began to take possession of it. From the moment the conquistador Francisco Pizarro led his 177 men into the Peruvian highlands from San Miguel in September 1532, the bells began to toll for the demise of the Inca empire. A short two months after their invasion, the armed band reached Caajamarca and encountered the Inca ruler Atahualpa, who had just defeated Huascar in a civil war. Taking him prisoner in a daring ambush, they held him hostage until he had paid his ransom—enough gold and silver to fill a room in the palace to the height of a man's reach—after which the Spaniards garroted him anyway. Various uprisings by the Incas sought to break the increasing hold of the Spanish on their land, but their resistance as a nation finally ended in 1572, when Tupa Amaru, the last Inca, was beheaded in Cuzco, and the remnants of the proud nation withdrew into the inaccessible mountains.
What had started as a small kingdom around Cuzco around A.D. 1200 had grown into a magnificent empire that ranged all the way from Quito, Ecuador, in the north to Chile in the south. At the pinnacle of its glory it stretched more than 2,500 miles from north to south and included half of present-day Bolivia and part of northwestern Argentina. Yet 177 Spaniards and the unquenchable thirst for gold of the conquistadores destroyed it all.
Ever since the Incan empire's golden shine faded away into the darkness of time, the tales about its riches have grown, and the great museums in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile house more gold and silver artifacts of the Inca empire than they do of anything else. But judging from the numbers of ancient gold objects the Indians keep bringing in, there is more, much more, to be had.
But where is it? By now it is obvious that the conquistadores did not succeed in stripping the Inca empire of all its gold, and much of it disappeared into the mountain strongholds. But Francisco Pizarro cannot be blamed for that—nor can his brother Hernando, who often resorted to torture when he did not find what he expected.
Not being able to amass treasure as fast as he had hoped, Hernando began to send his men out on specific missions with specific goals. On one of these "search and destroy" missions he sent one man to plunder Jauja and others to rob Cuzco's Temple of the Sun. Both raids were highly successful.
The Negro who had been sent to Jauja returned with 107 loads of gold and seven of silver; while Cuzco's Temple of the Sun enriched the Spaniards with 285 loads of precious metal for a total of more than twenty-four tons by mid-1533. The stolen treasure consisted of idols, chalices, necklaces, nuggets, fountains, golden vessels, drinking cups, dismantled altars, and ceremonial plaques. In the annals of those raids it is recorded that nine blazing fires were required to reduce the priceless creations to lumps of gleaming metal. As a result of these theft excursions, each soldier who took part received forty-five pounds of gold and ninety pounds of silver. Cavalrymen received two shares each, De Soto four shares, and Hernando Pizarro seven, while the governor was rewarded with thirteen shares as well as Atahualpa's 200-pound golden litter.
But even today, the question remains: Is there still more? And if so, where is it?
For years historians and archaeologists have been telling us that even though the Incas had a highly developed society, the art of writing was unknown to them and that they had no written history. Accounts of the area are based mainly on information compiled by chroniclers of the conquistadores. Is it perhaps possible that somewhere in the Andes mountains there are vaults of Incan treasure secreted away before the Spaniards could lay their hands on it—and that along with this treasure some form of history of the South American continent may still be found?
(WELL SINCE THIS BOOK WAS PUBLISHED IN 1982 NOTHING, NO TREASURES HAVE BEEN FOUND - Keith Hunt)
The terror that engulfed the hearts of the Incas when they were confronted with the unmitigated cruelty of the Spanish conquistadores and the fear that gripped them when they saw their emperor garroted must have made them realize that their traditional way of living was coming to an end. The Spaniards' obvious thirst for gold and their quest for the golden Inca gods must have impelled the natives to start hiding their precious objects right from the very outset of the conflict. If there existed any written records, historical material or inscriptions testifying to the origin of their civilization, they may well have secreted them along with their gold. If so, the old Inca region may yet produce some surprises.
That we need a new find of South American chronicles no historian will deny, for most of what had been found in South America in years past has since been destroyed. In 1549 when Diego de Landa, an overzealous young monk, discovered a large library of Mayan codices in Mexico, his religious fanaticism got the upper hand. "We burned them all because they contained nothing except superstition and the machinations of the devil!" he wrote proudly, recalling his dastardly destructive act. How could he possibly have known what the books contained, since he was totally unable to read them? When de Landa had grown older and wiser and had finally received the title of bishop, he realized what he had done, and he made a frantic search for additional Mayan inscriptions— but to no avail.
There is, however, a tradition that fifty-two golden tablets containing the history of Central America are still preserved somewhere in a temple, carefully concealed there by the Aztec priests before the greedy conquistadores reached Tenochtitldn.
If one had gone to the Madrid Library a hundred years ago and requested a copy of the First New Chronicle and Good Government by Felipe Huaman Poman de Ayala, dated 1565, the librarian would have shrugged her shoulders and sent him on, for at that time no one had ever heard of a book by that name. The manuscript for that history of the Incas lay in total obscurity for centuries, until it eventually turned up in the Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1908. It was published for the first time in 1927 and is now considered as good a source of Inca history as is Carcilaso de la Vega's or the one written by Cieza de Leon. Yet this is only one of many chronicles that have turned up. Is it possible that more written manuscripts about the ancient races are yet to be found? We still know too little about our past to be able to assess it accurately. New finds may solve some unexplained mysteries, and the reading of ancient narratives, if found, might turn much of our accepted history of certain areas of the world upside down.
(AGAIN DECADES LATER FROM THE PUBLISHING OF THIS BOOK NOTHING HAS BEEN FOUND - Keith Hunt)
There is no denying that more wisdom has been lost than preserved during our earth's catastrophic history. For example, there is supposed to have existed a series of books in South America that contained all the basic wisdom of antiquity; but it was destroyed by Pachacuti IV, one of the Inca rulers, because it contradicted his own beliefs. In this case, we will probably never know whether we are dealing with fact or fiction or some of both, for history has its own odd way of so masquerading and distorting facts that in the course of years they often lose all association with reality.
We do know that with man's unquenchable thirst for adventure and for discovery of new frontiers, the boundaries of our knowledge are continually being pushed back. The Spaniards—even though they collected hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of gold and silver in Peru— never accepted for one moment that the gold and silver objects surrendered to them were all the conquered Incas possessed. When Francisco Pizarro carried his search into the mountains, he discovered cave entrances closed with heavy slabs of rock on Huascaran, the "Mountain of the Incas." Finding it impossible to remove the slabs, the angry Spaniard engaged in all sorts of speculation as to what might be hidden behind them; but in the end he had to retreat, empty-handed and frustrated, for the rocks would not yield their secrets to the Spanish.
It was not until 1971 that the slabs were finally forced out of the way to allow entry to an expedition that went down into the dark void behind the gaping opening. Using modern equipment such as winches, lamps, oxygen tanks, etc., they descended to a depth of two hundred feet, where they discovered a series of connecting caves. A short distance into the caves, the men found their progress blocked by what appeared to be watertight doors made of huge slabs of rock. Examining them closely, they realized that the "primitive" engineers who had been responsible for installing doors had placed their edges on stone balls lying in a shallow pool formed by dripping water. It took one good push—and the doors opened!
Reports the German scientific quarterly, Bild der Wissenschaft, published in Stuttgart:
"Long tunnels which would be the envy of modern subterranean construction engineers began right behind the six doors. The tunnels headed straight for the coast, sometimes at an angle of 14 percent. The tunnel floor was covered with slabs of stone that had been made slip proof by pitting and grooving them. Even today it is a real adventure to follow these 55-65-mile-long tunnels and end up 80 feet below sea level; and imagine the problems that must have been encountered during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries when they were used to transport goods deep under the Andes in order to save them from the grasp of Pizarro and the Spanish-Viceroy.
"After the tunnels have gone uphill and downhill several times in deep darkness, the murmur and strangely hollow sounding noise of surf is heard. In the searchlight the next downhill slip ends on the edge of a pitch black flood which is identified as sea water. The present-day coast also begins here underground. Was this perhaps not the case in former times?"
It is speculated that these passages once led to Guanape, an island that lies off the coast of Peru.
No one really knows for sure whether the tunnels did lead to Guanape, but tradition has it that after the murder of Atahualpa his successor let it quietly be known that all the empire's treasures were to be collected and hidden in the subterranean tunnel system, there to await better times. But the successor too died, and the secret died with him—and the priests who were in on the plan never talked.
Yet the hiding of their treasures presents us with more mysteries than just the disappearance of what may well have been vast quantities of gold and silver. The expedition as described in Bild der Wissenschaft discovered an ancient tunnel system that was so precisely cut and had walls so smooth and so well engineered that they testified to a very sophisticated technology and a people with capabilities that far surpassed the known development of the Incas. It was an underground "road" system, a communications network the Incas inherited from the race that preceded them.
(CERTAINLY THEN WE DO SEE ENGINEERING SKILLS FROM PAST RACES THAT ASTONISH US. ANCIENT HISTORY IS NOT WHAT IS POPULARLY TAUGHT IN OUR SCHOOLS; IT FLIES IN THE FACE OF EVOLUTION - Keith Hunt)
In many places in Peru, other examples of engineering that may well have been left by the same race still baffle us today.
High in the Andes, on the picturesque shores of Lake Titicaca, stand the remains of a city of startling dimensions—and no one knows its origin. Not even the oldest living Indian would tell of its history when questioned by the Spanish conquistadores in their bloody assault on the area in 1549. Whoever its engineers were, they certainly were not related to the Indians in any way, as the foreign element is quite apparent both from the style of the structures and from the fact that the statues of Tiahuanaco depict strange-looking men with beards—-not the usual Indian faces, which tend to be devoid of beard growth.
The society that developed the entire Tiahuanaco area had technical abilities that astounded the conquistadores. Archaeologists who have studied the site since its discovery by the Spaniards have uncovered features thought to be unknown to the ancients. The Akapana, or "Hill of Sacrifices," one of the three important temple sites, was a huge truncated pyramid, 167 feet high, with a base 496 by 650 feet. The now-crumbling sides of the impressive structure were perfectly squared with the cardinal points of the compass, a feature common with other great edifices found around the world, including the Great Pyramid of Gizeh. The destructive plundering of the Spanish conquerors erased some of the clues that might have served as keys to unlock the secrets of the ancient inhabitants, and the ravages of time have deteriorated the rest. Today the side surfaces of the Akapana are rough and torn; the stone slabs that provided a protective cover for the
[Archaeologists have discovered many gold ornaments and masks in tombs of ancient peoples such as the Mochicas, who lived in Peru hundreds of years before the Incas ever came on the scene. Pictured here is a gold death mask found on the skull of one of the buried Mochicas. (Museo del Oro, Lima, Peru)]
mound have been hauled away to be used in construction projects. The enormous stone stairway that once flanked the hill has also become a victim of gross vandalism. Today, only a few steps remain. The Jesuit historian Bernabe Cobo noted in 1653 that:
"The rumor that great abundance of riches was buried in these buildings has induced some Spaniards to excavate them in search of it and they have found at various times many pieces of gold and silver, though not as much as was thought to be there .... They have also despoiled it in order to make use of the stones. For the Church of Tiahuanaco was built from them and the inhabitants of the town of Chuquiago [La Paz] carried off many to build their houses, and even the Indians in the village of Tiahuanaco make their tombs from beautiful stone tiles which they obtain from the ruins ..."
The reservoir system that once topped the Akapana is also indicative of the high degree of technical development of the builders. The hill still reveals evidence of precision-designed, intricately cut stone conduits and overflow pipes, especially graded to ensure proper flow of water. Similar pipes are scattered throughout the Tiahuanaco complex, suggesting that the city had a complete drainage, water supply, or sewage system.
But even the famed Temple of the Sun from which Hernando Pizarro's men took a fortune is definitely not of Inca origin—-even though the Incas used it. The temple rests on a stone platform 10 feet high and 440 by 390 feet on a side, composed of blocks weighing one to two hundred tons each! The walls of the temple complex itself are constructed of blocks weighing sixty tons each, while the steps of the stone stairway weigh an impressive fifty tons apiece. Other structural units composed of two-hundred-ton blocks lie haphazardly just where they fell. Tiahuanaco is a place where contradictions and impossibilities reign supreme. Things that can't happen have happened here. It is amazing that the city exists at all; the entire metropolis was built 13,000 feet above sea level, where the air pressure is only eight pounds per square inch, as compared to fifteen pounds per square inch at sea level. The thin, oxygen-poor air sears the nose and throat, and even the slightest exertion may cause nausea, headaches, and sometimes even heart attacks. In addition, no seeds will grow or even sprout at that elevation, which means that there was no local food supply to support a large working crew. Yet somehow, under extremely hostile conditions that threatened life itself, the builders managed to maneuver hundreds of stone slabs weighing up to two hundred tons each into their predetermined places. The quarries from which the stones were taken have been discovered on an island in Lake Titicaca, but near the shore opposite Curicancha. It was therefore necessary to transport the stones over distances ranging from thirty to ninety miles. In such rarefied air the movement of massive objects over such great distances is not possible by muscular strength alone.
Tiahuanaco is by no means unique, for scattered throughout the Andes are several fortresses of very similar design, all predating the ancient Incas by an unknown span of time—and all probably built by the same race of men who dug the tunnels that honeycomb the western coastline of South America.
In Chile, high on the plateau of El Enladrillado and well within the borders of the ancient Inca empire, are 233 stone blocks that have been placed geometrically in an amphitheater-like arrangement. The blocks are roughly rectangular, some as large as twelve to sixteen feet high, twenty to thirty feet long, and weighing several hundred tons. As at Tiahuanaco, huge chairs of stone have also been found in disarray among the ruins, each weighing a massive ten tons. But perhaps the most important find at El Enladrillado was the discovery of three standing stones at the center of the plateau. Each is three to four feet in diameter. Measurements reveal that two of the stones are perfectly aligned with magnetic north, while a line through one of these and the third stone points to the midsummer sunrise.
To the north, at Ollantaytambo, Peru, is another pre-Inca fortress, with rock walls of tightly fitted blocks weighing between 150 and 250 tons each. Most of the blocks consist of very hard andesite, the quarries for which are situated on a mountaintop seven miles away! Somehow, at an altitude of 10,000 feet, the unknown builders of Ollantaytambo carved and dressed the stone (using tools the nature of which we can only guess to penetrate such hard rock), lowered the two-hundred-ton blocks down the mountainside, crossed a river canyon with 1,000-foot sheer rock walls, then raised the blocks up another mountainside and placed them in the fortress complex. As South American antiquarian Hyatt Verrill notes, mere men, no matter how many—Indian or otherwise—could not duplicate this feat using only their muscle power and the stone implements or crude metal tools, ropes and rollers that we know about. "It is not a question of skill, patience and time," Verrill explains. "It is a human impossibility." Is it possible that a higher form of prehistoric technology was employed of which we know absolutely nothing?
(HOW MUCH OF THIS HISTORY AND FACTS ARE TAUGHT IN OUR SCHOOLS TODAY? NONE! EVOLUTIONIST HISTORIANS DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THE POWER AND SKILLS OF LOST RACES - Keith Hunt)
Let's look at one more example of the "primitive" engineers' capabilities. One of the most impressive "mystery fortresses" of the Andes, Sacsahuaman, is located on the outskirts of the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco. It rests on an artificially leveled mountaintop at an altitude of 12,000 feet and consists of three outer lines of gargantuan walls, 1,500 feet long; and 54 feet wide, surrounding a paved area containing a circular stone structure believed to be a solar calendar. The ruins also include a 50,000-gallon water reservoir, storage cisterns, ramps, citadels and underground chambers.
What is truly remarkable, however, about Sacsahuaman is the stonework. Here extremely skilled stonemasons fitted blocks weighing from fifty to three hundred tons into intricate patterns. A block in one of the outer walls, for example, has faces cut to fit perfectly with twelve other blocks. Other blocks were cut with as many as ten, twelve, and even thirty-six sides. Yet all the blocks were fitted together so precisely that a mechanic's thickness gauge could not be inserted between them. And even more extraordinary is the fact that the entire Sacsahuaman complex was built without cement! As with the other mystery fortresses, the question of how the stones of Sacsahuaman were transported remains unanswered. The quarries from which they were mined are located twenty miles away, on the other side of a mountain range and across a deep river gorge. How the massive stones were moved across such rugged terrain is anyone's guess.
Sacsahuaman poses many mysteries, but there is one in particular which few orthodox historians are willing to recognize or study because of its "impossibility." Within a few hundred yards of the Sacsahuaman complex is a single stone block that was carved from the mountainside and moved some distance before it was abandoned. An earthquake apparently interrupted the progress of the movers, for the stone was turned upside down and damaged in several places. It contains steps, platforms, holes and other depressions—a masterpiece of precision cutting and dressing, clearly intended to become a part of the fortification. What is truly impossible about the block is that it is the size of a five-story house and weighs an estimated 20,000 tons! We have no combination of machinery today that could dislodge such a weight, let alone move it any distance. The fact that the builders of Sacsahuaman could and did move this block shows their mastery of a technology to which we as yet have not attained.
The engineers who were responsible for these nigh-unbelievable structural accomplishments were probably the very same men who carved out the huge systems of interconnected tunnels that extends for hundreds, perhaps thousands of miles under Peru's mountainous terrain, probably linking all its important temples and fortresses into one gigantic civil/religious network. It seems somehow as though they constructed the facilities for an entire underground civilization without those who lived on the surface ever knowing about its existence—except perhaps for the rulers and the priests. Why they built their cities in such impossible places and dug their tunnels at such tremendous depths is still a mystery. But there are indications that all this may soon change. In a notarial deed issued on July 21, 1969, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Juan Moricz, an Argentine, is listed as the owner of a number of underground caves he reportedly discovered in Ecuador in 1965. The deed also lists what he claims the caves contain.
According to his report, he has discovered a vast network of caves that begin 750 feet underground at the end of a long vertical shaft divided into three floors of 250 feet each. The caves, whose walls reportedly have an almost polished appearance, run for hundreds of miles and end at one point in a large hall. The hall has been described as a huge room furnished with a large table and a number of gigantic chairs made of an unfamiliar stonelike material. Against one of the walls of the room is claimed to be a rack filled with a vast collection of metal plaques inscribed with what he feels may be a condensation of the history. Of a long-lost civilization, engraved with hieroglyphics - a language unknown to us. He also makes mention of a great number of stone and metal objects and other artifacts which, according to him, constitute a find of great historical and cultural value to mankind.
Truth or fiction—or, again, some of each? It is hard to determine, since a scientific exploration has not yet examined the actual site; yet if there is indeed a prehistoric library of some kind in the subterranean tunnels that were made by the Incas' ancestors, then it certainly deserves a serious investigation. The idea itself is not so fantastic as it might seem, for no nation can really totally vanish without leaving at least a trace of its existence. If the Incas felt the need to create a sophisticated tunnel system to help guarantee their survival, it is not unreasonable to assume that they may have left a "time capsule," a historical record of their accomplishments, their culture, and their political history for their survivors or descendants or for any who would eventually follow in their footsteps.
It is entirely possible that the race of engineers died out thousands of years before the Incas came on the scene, that the Incas' penetration into the tunnel system came too late to be of any help to the survivors of the ancient race. Perhaps they intended to be gone totally before another race moved in to occupy their cities and their tunnels, and left Halls of Records to tell the world of their wealth, their accomplishments, their tragedies and their ultimate destruction. They are gone—of that there is no doubt. It is only through their hidden records that they may come back to life, and perhaps issue a warning.
AND SO WE ASTONISHINGLY SEE FROM THE TWO BOOKS "SECRETS OF LOST RACES" AND "TREASURES OF LOST RACES" BY NOORBERGEN, THAT ANCIENT HISTORY WAS FAR DIFFERENT AND MORE GREATLY ADVANCED, THAN WHAT SECULAR EVOLUTIONISTS WANT YOU TO KNOW - Keith Hunt
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