Punt is in reality Atlantis, this Egyptian
name being a corruption of the Sanskrit
, a name that literally
corresponds to the Dravidian
Punt was precisely the local
(Dravidian) name of Indonesia in ancient times, when the Dravidas still
inhabited the place, before moving on to India and elsewhere. This name
was translated into Sanskrit as
("Bridge") in the magnificent relation
, one of the first and greatest epics of all times.
Eden and Its Luxuriant Vegetation
Another thing that strikes the visitor
of Egyptian temples such as the one of Fig.2, is the bright coloration
of the hypostyle hall and the luxuriant nature of the vegetation therein
depicted. Very clearly, the realm there depicted is not desertic Egypt,
but some tropical forest turned gloomy and nocturnal for some obscure reason.
If we review Plato's extactic discussion of Atlantis as a tropical paradise
full of perfumes, trees and luxuriant vegetation, the analogy with the
region depicted in the hypostyle hall comes naturally to the mind.
The second evidence for this analogy consists
in the nature of the vegetation there represented, and which is clearly
intended to represent a tropical forest of huge trees, something wholly
unlike anything we ever had in Egypt but which, to believe Plato, was commonplace
in Atlantis. In hindsight, we only find, in the ancient world, a parallel
to that place in luscious South India and Southwest Asia, precisely the
site of Atlantis, as we have been arguing.
And it was there, in Punt, where the Egyptians
fetched their "wood from Meru", which they indeed never obtained from Lebanon,
despite the contrary affirmations of some Egyptologists. Thirdly, the very
nature of the vegetation represented in the pillars is very characteristic
of the distant regions we just discussed.
Strangely enough, none of the three plants
represented in the pillars of Egyptian temples the lotus, the date palm,
and the papyrus seems to be a native to Egypt, as we discuss elsewhere.
The lotus (Nelumbo
speciosum) is a native of Indonesia, and
many Egyptian texts explicitly acknowledge its origin in Punt. Punt was
the land of smelly plants such as the lotus, whose perfum so fascinated
the Egyptians. The smelly lotus was the attribute of Nefertum, the god
that came from Punt, certainly bringing along his fragrant flower for cultivation
The date palm is an Arecacea which thrives
in the Indies, from where it probably came, for there thrive an enormous
variety of other members of the family, including the famous areca palm.
The specialists do not really know the site of origin of the date palm.
But they know for sure that it is not native to Egypt and that it indeed
came from farther East than there.
Finally, the papyrus was, like the lotus
and the date palm, a plant that only grew under cultivation in Egypt. Even
today the papyrus is rarity there, in contrast to Indonesia, where it is
so abundant as to hamper navigation in its shallow seas.
All in all, it is plausible to conclude
that the luscious region portrayed in the hypostyle halls of Egyptian temples
is indeed Punt, and not at all the Egyptian delta, its attempted copy.
And, as we already said above, Punt is no other than Indonesia, the true
site of Atlantis, the Lost Continent. And that sunken region of continental
dimensions can lie in no other part of the globe than Indonesia, as we