Eden is the famous "Island of Fire"
of so many ancient myths. This Island of Fire is quite often identified
with Atlantis and, obscurely, with Eden itself, as in the famous text of
Ezekiel mentioned further above. It was also identified with the
"Atlantic Islands" which, as we already said, are indeed the "Seven Islands
of the Atlanteans". This Island of Fire was also often called "Brazil"
or "Ys Brazil" by the Celts and other nations. The name was later applied
by mistake to the country of Brazil, after the Americas were discovered.
But this legendary Atlantic island appeared in all Medieval maps of the
Atlantic region far before the discovery of the Americas by Columbus. The
name of Brazil derives from an ancient root,
, meaning "fire",
"firebrand", "ember", being the legendary "Island of Fire" of the ancient traditions.
The river Phison that, in the Biblical account of Paradise, encompassed Hevilat, closely
recalls the River Oceanus that encircled Hades, according to Homer and
Hesiod. It also recalls the circular canal which, according to Plato, also
encircled the whole of Atlantis. In fact, some authorities identify the
River Oceanus with the triple circular canals surrounding Atlantis. This
idea is literally taken from the Hindu
which are similarly enclosed. Moreover, the idea of a river that surrounded
Paradise - which, later, after its destruction, became the Realm of the Dead - is
also of Indian origin, and dates from Vedic times. The
and other Hindu traditions of high antiquity tell of the Vaitarani ("Encloser"),
the river that surrounded the destroyed Paradise of the Asuras. As in the
traditions of Atlantis reported by Plato, or in those of Paradise reported
by other authorities, the Vaitarani formed an impassable barrier around
In the Bible, a legend related to the one
of Avalon (see above) tells of Kadesh, also called Kadesh, the Holy (Kadesh
Barnea). In Kadesh Barnea there was a lake or fountain that overflowed
and flooded the whole region, destroying Paradise. Kadesh is no other than
the Cades or Gades that, in Phoenician traditions is the alias of Atlantis.
Kadesh (or Gades or Gadeiros) is also the name of Hercules, here identified
with the twin brother of Hercules, and co-ruler of Atlantis. The name of
Gadeiros is an epithet of Hercules that means, just as the name of the
hero, "Cow-herder". This is a Phoenician translation of the name of Govinda
(Krishna), the great god of the Hindus. The epithet commemorates the role
of Hercules as the "cow-herder" that led the Greek people away from Atlantis,
as we mentioned further above.
Agastya is one of the most celebrated of Hindu
rishis ("sages"). He was the son of Varuna, just as Atlas was the
one of Poseidon. Poseidon, the oceanic God of the Greeks and the founder
of Atlantis, is the counterpart of Varuna, the marine god of the Hindus.
Agastya is the great Civilizing Hero of the Dravidas of South India, just
as Atlas was the one of the Greeks. A celebrated Hindu myth tells how Agastya
once humbled a lofty mountain that rose too high, disturbing the gods in
heaven. Another Hindu myth tells how Agastya jumped into the Southern Sea and drowned,
becoming a marine deity. The name of Agastya, in Sanskrit, means "the mountain
that sunk (underseas)", precisely the idea conveyed by the myth of Atlantis.
In other words, Agastya is a Hindu alias and predecessor of Atlas, the
mountain that collapsed and sunk underseas, taking the realm of Atlantis
Agastya is also as a personification of the
star Canopus, the main one of the constellation Argonavis. The Argonavis
is one of the most important constellations in the southern hemisphere.
Its main star, Canopus, is second only to Sirius, its twin, which is the largest star
in the whole sky. And the Southern Sea where Agastya-Canopus-Atlas drowned
is the Indian Ocean, the eastern extension of the Atlantic Ocean of the
ancients. Canopus was deemed an alias of either Hercules or Atlas, the
twin kings of Atlantis represented by Sirius and Canopus, the two Celestial
"dogs". So, as we see, the myth of the Argonavis, the one of Sirius and
Canopus, and that of the quest of Paradise are indeed allegories of Atlantis-Paradise,
and of its foundering in the dawn of times, when our sacred myths were
Moreover, Canopus was the (Southern) Pole
Star of the epoch of Atlantis, some 12,000 years ago.