The Aryan Colonies From Atlantis
WE come now to another question: "Did the Aryan or Japhetic
race come from Atlantis?"
If the Aryans are the Japhetic race, and if Japheth was one
of the sons of the patriarch who escaped from the Deluge, then
assuredly, if the tradition of Genesis be true, the Aryans came
from the drowned land, to wit, Atlantis. According to Genesis,
the descendants of the Japheth who escaped out of the Flood
with Noah are the Ionians, the inhabitants of the Morea, the
dwellers on the Cilician coast of Asia Minor, the Cyprians,
the Dodoneans of Macedonia, the Iberians, and the Thracians.
These are all now recognized as Aryans, except the Iberians.
"From non-Biblical sources," says Winchell, "we
obtain further information respecting the early dispersion of
the Japhethites or Indo-Europeans--called also Aryans. All determinations
confirm the Biblical account of their primitive residence in
the same country with the Hamites and Semites. Rawlinson informs
us that even Aryan roots are mingled with Presemitic in some
of the old inscriptions of Assyria. The precise region where
these three families dwelt in a common home has not been pointed
out." ("Preadamites," p. 43.)
I have shown in the chapter in relation to Peru that all
the languages of the Hamites, Semites, and Japhethites are varieties
of one aboriginal speech.
The centre of the Aryan migrations (according to popular
opinion) within the Historical Period was Armenia. Here too
is Mount Ararat, where it is said the ark rested--another identification
with the Flood regions, as it represents the usual transfer
of the Atlantis legend by an Atlantean people to a high mountain
in their new home.
Now turn to a map: Suppose the ships of Atlantis to have
reached the shores of Syria, at the eastern end of the Mediterranean,
where dwelt a people who, as we have seen, used the Central
American Maya alphabet; the Atlantis ships are then but two
hundred miles distant from Armenia. But these ships need not
stop at Syria, they can go by the Dardanelles and the Black
Sea, by uninterrupted water communication, to the shores of
Armenia itself. If we admit, then, that it was from Armenia
the Aryans stocked Europe and India, there is no reason why
the original population of Armenia should not have been themselves
colonists from Atlantis.
But we have seen that in the earliest ages, before the first
Armenian migration of the historical Aryans, a people went from
Iberian Spain and settled in Ireland, and the language of this
people, it is now admitted, is Aryan. And these Iberians were
originally, according to tradition, from the West.
The Mediterranean Aryans are known to have been in Southeastern
Europe, along the shores of the Mediterranean, 2000 B.C. They
at that early date possessed the plough; also wheat, rye, barley,
gold, silver, and bronze. Aryan faces are found depicted upon
the monuments of Egypt, painted four thousand years before the
time of Christ. "The conflicts between the Kelts (an Aryan
race) and the Iberians were far anterior in date to the settlements
of the PhÅ“nicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, and Noachites on the
coasts of the Mediterranean Sea." ("American CyclopÃ¦dia,"
art. Basques.) There is reason to believe that these Kelts were
originally part of the population and Empire of Atlantis. We
are told (Rees's "British EncyclopÃ¦dia," art. Titans)
that "Mercury, one of the Atlantean gods, was placed as
ruler over the CeltÃ¦, and became their great divinity."
F. Pezron, in his "Antiquity of the CeltÃ¦," makes
that the CeltÃ¦ were the same as the Titans, the giant race who
rebelled in Atlantis, and "that their princes were the
same with the giants of Scripture." He adds that the word
Titan "is perfect Celtic, and comes from tit, the earth,
and ten or den, man, and hence the Greeks very properly also
called them terriginÃ¦, or earth-born." And it will be remembered
that Plato uses the same phrase when he speaks of the race into
which Poseidon intermarried as "the earth-born primeval
men of that country."
The Greeks, who are Aryans, traced their descent from the
people who were destroyed by the Flood, as did other races clearly
"The nations who are comprehended under the common appellation
of Indo-European," says Max MÃ¼ller--"the Hindoos,
the Persians, the Celts, Germans, Romans, Greeks, and Slavs--do
not only share the same words and the same grammar, slightly
modified in each country, but they seem to have likewise preserved
a mass of popular traditions which had grown up before they
left their common home."
"Bonfey, L. Geiger, and other students of the ancient
Indo-European languages, have recently advanced the opinion
that the original home of the Indo-European races must be sought
in Europe, because their stock of words is rich in the names
of plants and animals, and contains names of seasons that are
not found in tropical countries or anywhere in Asia." ("American
CyclopÃ¦dia," art. Ethnology.)
By the study of comparative philology, or the seeking out
of the words common to the various branches of the Aryan race
before they separated, we are able to reconstruct an outline
of the civilization of that ancient people. Max MÃ¼ller has given
this subject great study, and availing ourselves of his researches
we can determine the following facts as to the progenitors of
the Aryan stock: They were a civilized race; they possessed
the institution of marriage; they recognized the relationship
of father, mother, son, daughter, grandson, brother, sister,
mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law,
and sister-in-law, and had separate words for each of these
relationships, which we are only able to express by adding the
words "in-law." They recognized also the condition
of widows, or "the husbandless." They lived in an
organized society, governed by a king. They possessed houses
with doors and solid walls. They had wagons and carriages. They
possessed family names. They dwelt in towns and cities, on highways.
They were not hunters or nomads. They were a peaceful people;
the warlike words in the different Aryan languages cannot be
traced back to this original race. They lived in a country having
few wild beasts; the only wild animals whose names can be assigned
to this parent stock being the bear, the wolf, and the serpent.
The name of the elephant, "the beast with a hand,"
occurs only twice in the "Rig-Veda;" a singular omission
if the Aryans were from time immemorial an Asiatic race; and "when
it does occur, it is in such a way as to show that he was still
an object of wonder and terror to them." (Whitney's "Oriental
and Linguistic Studies," p. 26.) They possessed nearly
all the domestic animals we now have--the ox and the cow, the
horse, the dog, the sheep, the goat, the hog, the donkey, and
the goose. They divided the year into twelve months. They were
farmers; they used the plough; their name as a race (Aryan)
was derived from it; they were, par excellence, ploughmen; they
raised various kinds of grain, including flax, barley, hemp,
and wheat; they had mills and millers, and ground their corn.
The presence of millers shows that they had proceeded beyond
the primitive condition where each family ground its corn in
its own mill. They used fire, and cooked and baked their food;
they wove cloth and wore clothing; they spun wool; they possessed
the different metals, even iron: they had gold. The word for "water"
also meant "salt made from water," from which it might
be inferred that the water with which they were familiar was
saltwater. It is evident they manufactured salt by evaporating
They possessed boats and ships. They had progressed so far
as to perfect "a decimal system of enumeration, in itself,"
says Max MÃ¼ller, "one of the most marvellous achievements
of the human mind, based on an abstract conception of quantity,
regulated by a philosophical classification, and yet conceived,
nurtured, and finished before the soil of Europe was trodden
by Greek, Roman, Slav, or Teuton."
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN PLOUGH.
And herein we find another evidence of relationship between
the Aryans and the people of Atlantis. Although Plato does not
tell us that the Atlanteans possessed the decimal system of
numeration, nevertheless there are many things in his narrative
which point to that conclusion "There were ten kings ruling
over ten provinces; the whole country was divided into military
districts or squares ten stadia each way; the total force of
chariots was ten thousand; the great ditch or canal was one
hundred feet deep and ten thousand stadia long; there were one
hundred Nereids," etc. In the Peruvian colony the decimal
system clearly obtained: "The army had heads of ten, fifty,
a hundred, five hundred, a thousand, ten thousand. . . . The
community at large was registered in groups, under the control
of officers over tens, fifties, hundreds, and so on." (Herbert
Spencer, "Development of Political Institutions,"
chap. x.) The same division into tens and hundreds obtained
among the Anglo-Saxons.
Where, we ask, could this ancient nation, which existed before
Greek was Greek, Celt was Celt, Hindoo was Hindoo, or Goth was
Goth, have been located! The common opinion says, in Armenia
or Bactria, in Asia. But where in Asia could they have found
a country so peaceful as to know no terms for war or bloodshed;--a
country so civilized as to possess no wild beasts save the bear,
wolf, and serpent? No people could have been developed in Asia
without bearing in its language traces of century-long battles
for life with the rude and barbarous races around them; no nation
could have fought for ages for existence against "man-eating"
tigers, lions, elephants, and hyenas, without bearing the memory
of these things in their tongue. A tiger, identical with that
of Bengal, still exists around Lake Aral, in Asia; from time
to time it is seen in Siberia. "The last tiger killed in
1828 was on the Lena, in latitude fifty-two degrees thirty minutes,
in a climate colder than that of St. Petersburg and Stockholm."
The fathers of the Aryan race must have dwelt for many thousand
years so completely protected from barbarians and wild beasts
that they at last lost all memory of them, and all words descriptive
of them; and where could this have been possible save in some
great, long-civilized land, surrounded by the sea, and isolated
from the attack of the savage tribes that occupied the rest
of the world? And if such a great civilized nation had dwelt
for centuries in Asia, Europe, or Africa, why have not their
monuments long ago been discovered and identified? Where is
the race who are their natural successors, and who must have
continued to live after them in that sheltered and happy land,
where they knew no human and scarcely any animal enemies? Why
would any people have altogether left such a home? Why, when
their civilization had spread to the ends of the earth, did
it cease to exist in the peaceful region where it originated?
Savage nations cannot usually count beyond five. This people
had names for the numerals up to one hundred, and the power,
doubtless, of combining these to still higher powers, as three
hundred, five hundred, ten hundred, etc. Says a high authority, "If
any more proof were wanted as to the reality of that period
which must have preceded the dispersion of the Aryan race, we
might appeal to the Aryan numerals as irrefragable evidence
of that long-continued intellectual life which characterizes
that period." Such a degree of progress implies necessarily
an alphabet, writing, commerce, and trade, even as the existence
of words for boats and ships has already implied navigation.
In what have we added to the civilization of this ancient
people? Their domestic animals were the same as our own, except
one fowl adopted from America. In the past ten thousand years
we have added one bird to their list of domesticated animals!
They raised wheat and wool, and spun and wove as we do, except
that we have added some mechanical contrivances to produce the
same results. Their metals are ours. Even iron, the triumph,
as we had supposed, of more modern times, they had already discovered.
And it must not be forgotten that Greek mythology tells us that
the god-like race who dwelt on Olympus, that great island "in
the midst of the Atlantic," in the remote west, wrought
in iron; and we find the remains of an iron sword and meteoric
iron weapons in the mounds of the Mississippi Valley, while
the name of the metal is found in the ancient languages of Peru
and Chili, and the Incas worked in iron on the shores of Lake
A still further evidence of the civilization of this ancient
race is found in the fact that, before the dispersion from their
original home, the Aryans had reached such a degree of development
that they possessed a regularly organized religion: they worshipped
God, they believed in an evil spirit, they believed in a heaven
for the just. All this presupposes temples, priests, sacrifices,
and an orderly state of society.
We have seen that Greek mythology is really a history of
the kings and queens of Atlantis.
When we turn to that other branch of the great Aryan family,
the Hindoos, we find that their gods are also the kings of Atlantis.
The Hindoo god Varuna is conceded to be the Greek god Uranos,
who was the founder of the royal family of Atlantis.
In the Veda we find a hymn to "King Varuna," in
which occurs this passage:
"This earth, too, belongs to Varuna, the king, and this
wide sky, with its ends far apart. The two seas are Varuna's
loins; he is contained also in this drop of water."
Again in the Veda we find another hymn to King Varuna:
"He who knows the place of the birds that fly through
the sky; who on the waters knows the ships. He, the upholder
of order, who knows the twelve months with the offspring of
each, and knows the month that is engendered afterward."
This verse would seem to furnish additional proof that the
Vedas were written by a maritime people; and in the allusion
to the twelve months we are reminded of the Peruvians, who also
divided the year into twelve parts of thirty days each, and
afterward added six days to complete the year. The Egyptians
and Mexicans also had intercalary days for the same purpose.
But, above all, it must be remembered that the Greeks, an
Aryan race, in their mythological traditions, show the closest
relationship to Atlantis. At-tika and At-hens are reminiscences
of Ad, and we are told that Poseidon, god and founder of Atlantis,
founded Athens. We find in the "Eleusinian mysteries"
an Atlantean institution; their influence during the whole period
of Greek history down to the coming of Christianity was extraordinary;
and even then this masonry of Pre-Christian days, in which kings
and emperors begged to be initiated, was, it is claimed, continued
to our own times in our own Freemasons, who trace their descent
back to "a Dionysiac fraternity which originated in Attika."
And just as we have seen the Saturnalian festivities of Italy
descending from Atlantean harvest-feasts, so these Eleusinian
mysteries can be traced back to Plato's island. Poseidon was
at the base of them; the first hierophant, Eumolpus, was "a
son of Poseidon," and all the ceremonies were associated
with seed-time and harvest, and with Demeter or Ceres, an Atlantean
goddess, daughter of Chronos, who first taught the Greeks to
use the plough and to plant barley. And, as the "Carnival"
is a survival of the "Saturnalia," so Masonry is a
survival of the Eleusinian mysteries. The roots of the institutions
of to-day reach back to the Miocene Age.
We have seen that Zeus, the king of Atlantis, whose tomb
was shown at Crete, was transformed into the Greek god Zeus;
and in like manner we find him reappearing among the Hindoos
as Dyaus. He is called "Dyaus-pitar," or God the Father,
as among the Greeks we have Zeus-pater," which became among
the Romans "Jupiter."
The strongest connection, however, with the Atlantean system
is shown in the case of the Hindoo god Deva-Nahusha.
We have seen in the chapter on Greek mythology that Dionysos
was a son of Zeus and grandson of Poseidon, being thus identified
with Atlantis. "When he arrived at manhood," said
the Greeks, "he set out on a journey through all known
countries, even into the remotest parts of India, instructing
the people, as be proceeded, how to tend the vine, and how to
practise many other arts of peace, besides teaching them the
value of just and honorable dealings. He was praised everywhere
as the greatest benefactor of mankind." (Murray's "Mythology,"
In other words, be represented the great Atlantean civilization,
reaching into "the remotest parts of India," and "to
all parts of the known world," from America to Asia. In
consequence of the connection of this king with the vine, he
was converted in later times into the dissolute god Bacchus.
But everywhere the traditions concerning him refer us back to
Atlantis. "All the legends of Egypt, India, Asia Minor,
and the older Greeks describe him as a king very great during
his life, and deified after death. . . . Amon, king of Arabia
or Ethiopia, married Rhea, sister of Chronos, who reigned over
Italy, Sicily, and certain countries of Northern Africa."
Dionysos, according to the Egyptians, was the son of Amon by
the beautiful Amalthea. Chronos and Amon had a prolonged war;
Dionysos defeated Chronos and captured his capital, dethroned
him, and put his son Zeus in his place; Zeus reigned nobly,
and won a great fame. Dionysos succeeded his father Amon, and "became
the greatest of sovereigns. He extended his sway in all the
neighboring countries, and completed the conquest of India.
. . . He gave much attention to the Cushite colonies in Egypt,
greatly increasing their strength, intelligence, and prosperity."
(Baldwin's "Prehistoric Nations," p. 283.)
When we turn to the Hindoo we still find this Atlantean
In the Sanscrit books we find reference to a god called Deva-Nahusha,
who has been identified by scholars with Dionysos. He is connected "with
the oldest history and mythology in the world." He is said
to have been a contemporary with Indra, king of Meru, who was
also deified, and who appears in the Veda as a principal form
of representation of the Supreme Being.
"The warmest colors of imagination are used in portraying
the greatness of Deva-Nahusha. For a time he had sovereign control
of affairs in Meru; he conquered the seven dwipas, and led his
armies through all the known countries of the world; by means
of matchless wisdom and miraculous heroism he made his empire
universal." (Ibid., p. 287.)
Here we see that the great god Indra, chief god of the Hindoos,
was formerly king of Meru, and that Deva-Nahusha (De(va)nushas--De-onyshas)
had also been king of Meru; and we must remember that Theopompus
tell us that the island of Atlantis was inhabited by the "Meropes;"
and Lenormant has reached the conclusion that the first people
of the ancient world were "the men of Mero."
We can well believe, when we see traces of the same civilization
extending from Peru and Lake Superior to Armenia and the frontiers
of China, that this Atlantean kingdom was indeed "universal,"
and extended through all the "known countries of the world."
"We can see in the legends that Pururavas, Nahusha,
and others had no connection with Sanscrit history. They are
referred to ages very long anterior to the Sanscrit immigration,
and must have been great personages celebrated in the traditions
of the natives or Dasyus. . . . Pururavas was a king of great
renown, who ruled over thirteen islands of the ocean, altogether
surrounded by inhuman (or superhuman) personages; he engaged
in a contest with Brahmans, and perished. Nahusha, mentioned
by Maull, and in many legends, as famous for hostility to the
Brahmans, lived at the time when Indra ruled on earth. He was
a very great king, who ruled with justice a mighty empire, and
attained the sovereignty of three worlds." (Europe, Africa,
and America?) "Being intoxicated with pride, he was arrogant
to Brahmans, compelled them to bear his palanquin, and even
dared to touch one of them with his foot" (kicked him?), "whereupon
be was transformed into a serpent." (Baldwin's "Prehistoric
Nations," p. 291.)
The Egyptians placed Dionysos (Osiris) at the close of the
period of their history which was assigned to the gods, that
is, toward the close of the great empire of Atlantis.
When we remember that the hymns of the "Rig-Veda"
are admitted to date back to a vast antiquity, and are written
in a language that had ceased to be a living tongue thousands
of years ago, we can almost fancy those hymns preserve some
part of the songs of praise uttered of old upon the island of
Atlantis. Many of them seem to belong to sun-worship, and might
have been sung with propriety upon the high places of Peru:
"In the beginning there arose the golden child. He was
the one born Lord of all that is. He established the earth and
the sky. Who is the god to whom we shall offer sacrifice?
"He who gives life; He who gives strength; whose command
all the bright gods" (the stars?) "revere; whose light
is immortality; whose shadow is death. . . . He who through
his power is the one God of the breathing and awakening world.
He who governs all, man and beast. He whose greatness these
snowy mountains, whose greatness the sea proclaims, with the
distant river. He through whom the sky is bright and the earth
firm. . . . He who measured out the light in the air... Wherever
the mighty water-clouds went, where they placed the seed and
lit the fire, thence arose He who is the sole life of the bright
gods. . . . He to whom heaven and earth, standing firm by His
will, look up, trembling inwardly. . . . May he not destroy
us; He, the creator of the earth; He, the righteous, who created
heaven. He also created the bright and mighty waters."
This is plainly a hymn to the sun, or to a god whose most
glorious representative was the sun. It is the hymn of a people
near the sea; it was not written by a people living in the heart
of Asia. It was the hymn of a people living in a volcanic country,
who call upon their god to keep the earth "firm" and
not to destroy them. It was sung at daybreak, as the sun rolled
up the sky over an "awakening world."
The fire (Agni) upon the altar was regarded as a messenger
rising from the earth to the sun:
"Youngest of the gods, their messenger, their invoker.
. . . For thou, O sage, goest wisely between these two creations
(heaven and earth, God and man) like a friendly messenger between
The dawn of the day (Ushas), part of the sun-worship, became
also a god:
"She shines upon us like a young wife, rousing every
living being to go to his work. When the fire had to be kindled
by man, she made the light by striking down the darkness."
As the Egyptians and the Greeks looked to a happy abode (an
under-world) in the west, beyond the waters, so the Aryan's
paradise was the other side of some body of water. In the Veda
(vii. 56, 24) we find a prayer to the Maruts, the storm-gods: "O,
Maruts, may there be to us a strong son, who is a living ruler
of men; through whom we may cross the waters on our way to the
happy abode." This happy abode is described as "where
King Vaivasvata reigns; where the secret place of heaven is;
where the mighty waters are . . . where there is food and rejoicing
. . . where there is happiness and delight; where joy and pleasure
reside." (Rig-Veda ix. 113, 7.) This is the paradise beyond
the seas; the Elysion; the Elysian Fields of the Greek and the
Egyptian, located upon an island in the Atlantic which was destroyed
by water. One great chain of tradition binds together these
widely separated races.
"The religion of the Veda knows no idols," says
Max MÃ¼ller; "the worship of idols in India is a secondary
formation, a degradation of the more primitive worship of ideal
It was pure sun-worship, such as prevailed in Peru on the
arrival of the Spaniards. It accords with Plato's description
of the religion of Atlantis.
"The Dolphin's Ridge," at the bottom of the Atlantic,
or the high land revealed by the soundings taken by the ship
Challenger, is, as will be seen, of a three-pronged form--one
prong pointing toward the west coast of Ireland, another connecting
with the north-east coast of South America, and a third near
or on the west coast of Africa. It does not follow that the
island of Atlantis, at any time while inhabited by civilized
people, actually reached these coasts; there is a strong probability
that races of men may have found their way there from the three
continents of Europe, America, and Africa; or the great continent
which once filled the whole bed of the present Atlantic Ocean,
and from whose dÃ©bris geology tells us the Old and New Worlds
were constructed, may have been the scene of the development,
during immense periods of time, of diverse races of men, occupying
different zones of climate.
There are many indications that there were three races of
men dwelling on Atlantis. Noah, according to Genesis, had three
sons--Shem, Ham, and Japheth--who represented three different
races of men of different colors. The Greek legends tell us
of the rebellions inaugurated at different times in Olympus.
One of these was a rebellion of the Giants, "a race of
beings sprung from the blood of Uranos," the great original
progenitor of the stock. "Their king or leader was Porphyrion,
their most powerful champion Alkyoneus." Their mother was
the earth: this probably meant that they represented the common
people of a darker line. They made a desperate struggle for
supremacy, but were conquered by Zeus. There were also two rebellions
of the Titans. The Titans seem to have had a government of their
own, and the names of twelve of their kings are given in the
Greek mythology (see Murray, p. 27). They also were of "the
blood of Uranos," the Adam of the people. We read, in fact,
that Uranos married GÃ¦a (the earth), and had three families:
1, the Titans; 2, the Hekatoncheires; and 3, the Kyklopes. We
should conclude that the last two were maritime peoples, and
I have shown that their mythical characteristics were probably
derived from the appearance of their ships. Here we have, I
think, a reference to the three races: 1, the red or sunburnt
men, like the Egyptians, the PhÅ“nicians, the Basques, and the
Berber and Cushite stocks; 2, the sons of Shem, possibly the
yellow or Turanian race; and 3, the whiter men, the Aryans,
the Greeks, Kelts, Goths, Slavs, etc. If this view is correct,
then we may suppose that colonies of the pale-faced stock may
have been sent out from Atlantis to the northern coasts of Europe
at different and perhaps widely separated periods of time, from
some of which the Aryan families of Europe proceeded; hence
the legend, which is found among them, that they were once forced
to dwell in a country where the summers were only two months
From the earliest times two grand divisions are recognized
in the Aryan family: "to the east those who specially called
themselves Arians, whose descendants inhabited Persia, India,
etc.; to the west, the Yavana, or the Young Ones, who first
emigrated westward, and from whom have descended the various
nations that have populated Europe. This is the name (Javan)
found in the tenth chapter of Genesis." (Lenormant and
Chevallier, "Ancient History of the East," vol. ii.,
p. 2.) But surely those who "first emigrated westward,"
the earliest to leave the parent stock, could not be the "Young
Ones;" they would be rather the elder brothers. But if
we can suppose the Bactrian population to have left Atlantis
at an early date, and the Greeks, Latins, and Celts to have
left it at a later period, then they would indeed be the "Young
Ones" of the family, following on the heels of the earlier
migrations, and herein we would find the explanation of the
resemblance between the Latin and Celtic tongues. Lenormant
says the name of Erin (Ireland) is derived from Aryan; and yet
we have seen this island populated and named Erin by races distinctly.
connected with Spain, Iberia, Africa, and Atlantis.
There is another reason for supposing that the Aryan nations
came from Atlantis.
We find all Europe, except a small corner of Spain and a
strip along the Arctic Circle, occupied by nations recognized
as Aryan; but when we turn to Asia, there is but a corner of
it, and that corner in the part nearest Europe, occupied by
the Aryans. All the rest of that great continent has been filled
from immemorial ages by non-Aryan races. There are seven branches
of the Aryan family: 1. Germanic or Teutonic; 2. Slavo-Lithuanic;
3. Celtic; 4. Italic; 5. Greek; 6. Iranian or Persian; 7. Sanscritic
or Indian; and of these seven branches five dwell on the soil
of Europe, and the other two are intrusive races in Asia from
the direction of Europe. The Aryans in Europe have dwelt there
apparently since the close of the Stone Age, if not before it,
while the movements of the Aryans in Asia are within the Historical
Period, and they appear as intrusive stocks, forming a high
caste amid a vast population of a different race. The Vedas
are supposed to date back to 2000 B.C., while there is every
reason to believe that the Celt inhabited Western Europe 5000
B.C. If the Aryan race had originated in the heart of Asia,
why would not its ramifications have extended into Siberia,
China, and Japan, and all over Asia? And if the Aryans moved
at a comparatively recent date into Europe from Bactria, where
are the populations that then inhabited Europe--the men of the
ages of stone and bronze? We should expect to find the western
coasts of Europe filled with them, just as the eastern coasts
of Asia and India are filled with Turanian populations. On the
contrary, we know that the Aryans descended upon India from
the Punjab, which lies to the north-west of that region; and
that their traditions represent that they came there from the
west, to wit, from the direction of Europe and Atlantis.
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