Renato Longato

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The Quest of Lost Civilizations

Every culture has a story about a Golden Age when men were as powerful as gods, an age that unfortunately ends with a disaster of Biblical proportions. But, is this only a legend with a moral lesson? Or is there a possibility that thousands of years ago a sophisticated society ruled the world on its own and developed a different technology and knowledge?

According to worldwide myths and legends, an ancient race was practically wiped off the surface of the planet. One of the most well-known stories is found in the Bible in the book of Genesis. There is a story of how all humanity was affected by a deluge during the time of Noah. Many authors believe the story of the deluge was a local natural disaster that affected the planet thousands of years ago during a Golden Age, during the same time that civilizations like Atlantis and Mu flourished. According to several alternative researches, this period of time could well have been during the last Ice Age, approximately between 12,000 and 9,000 B.C. In other words, there was a gradual change of weather worldwide that directly affected some areas, forcing these ancient civilizations to move and to face the challenges of a new way of life.

For centuries, this theory has been a subject of discussions and study, mainly within the inner circles of esoteric groups in the XIX century. Some of them likeThe Rosacrusicians, the Theosophical Society, and the Golden Dawngathered information about the wisdom achieved by the ancient ones that was passed down by secret initiations through the centuries to chosen students under careful observations from elder members.The so-called hermetic science, that had to deal with knowledge and techniques to develop inner wisdom, was reduced to only a few selected members of esoteric groups. Therefore, to mention the words “lost civilization” became related to modern esoteric folklore where Mu and Atlantis were elevated to the level of fantastic societies.The survivors of this great upheaval decided to migrate to better places around the world and to start all over again. So far, this is the central story in the subject of ancient civilizations. However, an important question remains unanswered, “Where is the proof?” First, we have to be aware that after thousands of years, any object, whether metallic or ceramic, could already be turned into dust. The only remains are the monumental ruins of some ancient civilizations located in several different areas, unless wise men, looking ahead, left some well-protected, yet-to-be-discovered artifacts hidden in different parts of the globe. Secondly, we have been educated, according to the achievements of historians and archaeologists, that it is impossible that sophisticated societies existed before the rise of the Caldeo-Assirian civilization. It simply could not be.

However proof is coming from unexpected sources, proof that threatens the foundations of history and Egyptology. In recent years, Geologist Robert Schoch has proven that rain caused erosion marks around the Sphinx located in the Giza Plateau. The clue was given to him by Egyptologist and researcher John Anthony West who is a student of the late Schwaller De Lubiczs a French Egyptologist and hermetic maestro. De Lubiczs a man with a brilliant intellect was well known and respected by the mystics and esoteric circles in his lifetime.

Schoch was cautious enough to explore the surrounding archaeological sites and to verify that only the Sphinx suffered from this severe pluvial discharge, in comparison with other archaeological remains that shown erosion produced by wind and sand even though they were considered older than the Sphinx. There are a few other facts that also need to be mentioned in order to truly understand the validity of Mr. Schoch’s discovery. This rain damage could only have taken place between 5,000 and 7,000 B.C., when according to Paleo-climate experts, the actual Giza Plateau had a forest-like environment. It also must be taken into consideration that data proves the Sphinx, which was carved from a single rock andwas built, according to Egyptologist, during the reign of Pharaoh Chephren around 2,700 B.C. In the end, this change could only be as a result of a natural disaster that caused an impact on the weather.

In 1992, after careful observation and comparative studies with the rest of the sites near the Giza plateau, a convinced Schoch presented his unorthodox findings to the Geological Society of America in San Diego, where he was given approval from his colleagues. This means that there is indeed scientific validation for the antiquity of the Sphinx. Of course, the mainstream Egyptologists considered Dr. Schoch’s research out of the field,

mostly because he belongs to a different area of expertise. However, if Schoch findings were truly nonsense, the experts would not have wasted their time attacking Schoch’s research. (In other words, it is considered and unacceptable intromission that can rewrite history as we know with economical consequences to attract future funds in the area. Most of all if it comes from a Geologist with such different academic background and credentials.

Years later, in May 2001, the Russian-born ocean engineer Paulina Zelitsky, President of Advanced Digital Communications of Canada, detected a group of sunken structures off the west coast of Cuba. According to Zelitsky, the structures resemble pyramids, roads, and buildings similar to the pre-classical period of Teotihuacán.

This amazing discovery was actually made accidentally by Paulina Zelitsky’s company while she was working for the Cuban government. Their real agenda was not unearthing underwater structures, but encountering Spanish shipwrecks full of gold and precious metals from Mexico. The reason these ships sank so long ago is still a mystery. Probably some of the ships were attacked by pirates; others may have been victims of powerfully destructive hurricanes. Currently, National Geographic is in the area, carrying out extensive research. However, this research has not been shared with the public, and a veil of secrecy still surrounds the findings of Pauline Zelitsky.

It seems inevitable that, in time, we will learn about other spectacular findings that will rock the whole foundation of history and archaeology as we know it. Many people are expectantly waiting to find the remains of Atlantis and Lemuria because they believe these places will confirm some fantastic stories about super-societies which contained unfathomable powers. I personally believe that if these places are indeed found, we will see the inhabitants were humans, with the same achievements and vices that all societies have. When these new discoveries come to the surface, we will need to reexamine our role as humans in relation to our past and future. And, we will find out that we were not the first civilization to be around on the planet and that we are not alone in the universe.