reply posted on 25-5-2004 @ 09:27 AM by The Vagabond
The Divine beings thing ties in very nicely with the Atlantis story actually. Atlanteans were the mortal children of a Greek God- Poseidon, according
to Plato's dialogue Critias, which is one of only 2 historical sources of information on Atlantis. Plato also says that Atlantis sank in the 3rd big
earthquake before the great deluge, and in Judeo-Christian tradition, the great flood wiped out a race of half-angels called Ephilim.
I'm inclined to believe the alien explanation first, but there is a catch to that. Plato is pretty clear that Atlantis was NOT a sci-fi type place.
His description of their army includes chariots. What sort of assenine aliens would found a civilization and make them use Chariots in battle? So in
that sense, the devine answer seems worthy of consideration. At any rate, the place Plato described corresponds to the mid atlantic ridge, and he says
it was destroyed. Since he is the ONLY source on this matter (if you dont count "channeled" works from recent times) we are somewhat bound to take
his word for it. Not that there can't be existing civiilizations beneath the earth, beneath the sea, in antarctica, deep in the rain forest, or
elsewhere... just that Atlantis itself is all but certainly underwater, and not under a protective bubble like in cartoons.
Speaking of undiscovered cultures though, it bears mentioning that to this day, there are unknown plants and animals in the rain forests. In the Mato
Grosso (spelling?) of South America, for example, as yet unknown species os carnivorous plants have been described by past adventurers. Ape pelts have
been found for sale in South American markets, although officially there are no apes in South America. In Kenya, natives are afraid of a creature
called a nandi bear, which is an unmistakable sabertooth tiger. I could go on for quite a while, but my point is this: in the places we can not see,
or do not bother to look closely, there could be civilization. For all we know, an alternate path in human evolution may be in progress still in some
unreachable jungle or mountain range, or maybe the last one of them was eaten by a raptor yesterday. How could we know for sure... we've never been