The saga of the destruction of Lanka by Rama and Hanumant was the original on which Homer’s Illiad was based. Just as the Ramayana tells the story of Lanka and the rescue of Shita, the spouse of Rama kidnapped by the evil Ravana, the Illiad recounts the destruction of Troy and the rescue of the fickle Helen, kidnapped by Paris. Troy, with its bronzy walls and golden palaces was just one of the many allegories of Atlantis. In contrast to the small village discovered by Schliemann in Turkey, the true Troy lay in the Outer Ocean. It was a magnificent capital and sank into the ocean after its destruction and incending in the great war with the “Greeks” of an earlier age. The parallels between Troy and Atlantis are too many to be discarded. And those between Plato’s Atlantis and the Lanka of the Hindus show, in an unequivocal manner, that it is in the Far Orient and the underseas, and not in the Mediterranean region, that we must quest for the real Troy and the real Atlantis.
- The Mahabharata, the other great Hindu classical saga that completes the Ramayana, tells of the mighty empire of Krishna and its destruction in the great war between the Lunars and the Solars (the Kurus and Pandus). This great war is, like the one of Lanka or that of Troy, the true archetype on which Plato based his history of Atlantis. Hastinapura, the capital of the Pandu empire, was the “City of the Pillars” (Hastina-pura) or, yet, the “City of the Nagas”. These two are epithets associated with the Atlanteans and with the Pillar of Heaven in the Far East. The Mahabharata also tells of Dvaraka, the capital of Krishna, located in an island in the middle of the seas. Krishna’s capital, Dvaraka, sunk underseas when the divine hero died in the great war, more or less in the way Atlantis went under, according to Plato.
- Dravidian traditions speak of a vast sunken continent towards the south-east of India called Rutas. The Dravidas claim to have moved to India from that continent when it sunk away underseas, in a great cataclysm. The name of Rutas apparently relates to the Sanskrit radix rudh (“red”), and the Dravidian ruta (“to be red”, “to burn”). These etyms evoke the “Island of Fire” and may be an allusion to the fabulous “Land of the Reds” that was one of the many mystic names of Atlantis in the ancient traditions. Indeed, the Dravidas claimed to have been Kshatryias (“Warriors”), an Indian caste whose heraldic colour is the red one.
- The Phoenicians – whose name also means “reds” in Greek – claimed, like the Dravidas, to have come from an “Island of Fire” located beyond the Indian Ocean (or Erythraean) overseas. That means the Indies, indeed located in this “Ocean of the Reds” (Erythraean). Hence, the Phoenician homeland seems to be originally the same as the Rutas (or “Island of Fire”) of the Dravidas. The Egyptians too called themselves “Reds” (Rot or Khem, in their tongue). And they also claimed to have come from this “Island of Fire” in the Indian (or Erythraean) overseas. Would all the traditions of these virtuous nations be lying? Or is it that we interpret their myths erroneously?
- The Celts, like so many nations, claimed to have come from a land in the overseas which foundered in the seas by virtue of a terrible cataclysm. This Paradise they called by many names such as “Isle of Glass” (Ynis Wydr), “Island of the Women”, “Avalon”, Emhain, Ys, etc. The legend of the sinking of Ys, in particular, is closely reminescent of the sinking of Atlantis in the volcanic conflagration reported by Plato. The Celts also called their sunken land by the name of Cantref Gwaelod meaning “Country of the Bottom” according to Jean Markale, the eminent Celtist. Now, this is precisely the meaning of the name of Atala, the sunken Paradise of the Hindus that we commented above. Atala was the archetype of Plato’s Atlantis, whose name (a-tla) also embodies the same signification in Greek.
- In the Mabinogion, the Celtic book of origins, it is stated that the Celts originally came from “the island of Defrobani, the Country of Summer and land of the Cimmerians”. Now, “Defrobani” can only be the island of Taprobane, as many experts concluded. Taprobane – that the ancient authors equated with the site of the Terrestrial Paradise and of the fall of Adam – is no other than the island of Sumatra which is indeed the site of Atlantis.
- The Cimmerians, who are deemed to have been the ancestors of the Celts, are the “peoples of the haze” that Homer equates to the somber region of Hell.