The Palace of Night.
Musa: “A serpent woman?”
Varus: “Come and see.”
This is the title of a chapter in the novel
, written by Mrs. J. G. Smith published in 1886. This novel was published
four years after Ignatius Donnelly released his book
Atlantis: The Antediluvian World
The subject of this chapter relates to the thread at hand. The novel takes place in the land of Atlan and the chapter describes the sacred place to
which no common Atlantean tread. At the base of a volcanic mountain there dwells a Sorceress named Kirtyah who lives in solitude in a cave under a
mountain. The cave proves to be a great palace hewn from the bedrock. The palace is also home to another living being. This creature is a yellow asp
of great size and age, whose name is Lucksor. At the center of this chamber there is a revolving wheel glowing with phosphorescent light.
A wheel image on the spine of Ignatius Donnelly’s book.
The pre-Christian mythology of the Basque people
of Northern Spain mentions a sacred woman by
the name of Mari
. This woman would enter into a cave somewhere on a high mountain. There she
would meet with her consort named Sugaar
. When they were together they would produce storms and when
they traveled together the storms would produce hail. Basque legends describe Sugaar as either a fire-sickle, a fire ball or even a two horned
Modern rendering of Mari by Josu Goni.
Modern rendering of Sugaar as a serpent in the lauburu by Josu Goni.
Biscay, Spain. The supposed location of Mari’s cave.
This Basque legend is of great interest because it is similar to one of the primary bas-reliefs of
, a pre-classic Olmec site. The Olmecs
are believed to have had their start around 1500 B.C. and then reached their apogee between 700 and 500 B.C. This site is located at the foot of three
1,000-foot volcanic cones and is considered sacred by the Aztecs
as well as other ancient peoples.
Monument 1, El Ray
, depicts a man or woman sitting in a
cave. Above the image of the cave are three clouds which are releasing rain. Sitting on top of the cave dwells a ball of fire with a
St. Andrew's Cross
at its center. The most prominent feature of this bas-relief is the energy
explosion coming out of the mouth of the cave. Monument 5
is of interest
as well because it is a bas-relief of a large two horned serpent devouring a man. This image is also shown with the St. Andrew’s Cross.
Chalcatzingo. The location of the Pre-Classic
Sketching of Monument 1, El Ray, at Chalcatzingo.
Actual photo of Monument 1 showing El Ray seated on a throne.
The current understanding of the Olmec “!” is thought to be rain. However, if the Basque mythology is a true comparison then the “!” symbol is
really hail. When Mari and Sugaar travel together the clouds produce hail. The explosive emitting energy coming out of the cave could also denote
movement. Then we see Sugaar sitting on top of the cave in the form of a fire ball. Sugaar is taking a ride with the moving cave. With monument 5
Sugaar is in the form of a two horned serpent. I believe the St. Andrew’s Cross is identified with Sugaar and sometimes denotes death.
Monument 5, Horned serpent devouring man at Chalcatzingo.
I propose the new theory that the Olmecs and ancient Basque peoples were in contact with each other around 1500 B.C. Then somehow, mysteriously, they
were disconnected and both cultures evolved separately across the vast Atlantic ocean.
Many thanks to Skyfloating for creating the amazing thread Native Americans, Celts and
Ancient Transatlantic Travel
. The content in that thread influenced my research into the ancient myths of the Basque peoples.
[edit on 14-11-2008 by lostinspace]
[edit on 14-11-2008 by lostinspace]