I admit it…I like to loosely follow Atlantean lore. I also like stories of buried or lost treasure, such as Atlantis Rising’s recent article on Oak Island. Fairly recently, which means in the last several months, I was given a book called “Tayos Gold,” written by Stan Hall. The book was a quick read, and reads a lot like a personal biographical journal. Here is an Amazon.com product description:
In 1976, Scottish engineer Stan Hall organized a landmark expedition to the caves of the Tayos Indians in Ecuador, involving a dozen institutions, joint Special Forces, and astronaut professor Neil Armstrong as Honorary President and participant. Hall was driven by curiosity about Erich von Däniken’s report of a Metal Library allegedly found in the caves by investigator Juan Moricz in the mid-1960s (published in von Däniken’s 1972 blockbuster Gold of the Gods). This idea was considered unorthodox in the absence of any ancient written script in South America. In Hall’s odyssey into the heart of global enigmas he researches • The origins of mankind • Atlantis • Ptolemy’s lost city of Cattigara • The sudden rise and fall of wonder civilizations This journey ended with his identification of Atlantis and Cattigara, and the entrance to the Metal Library along the Pastaza River in Ecuador. Imagination, action and danger combine explosively in the story of this spectacular British-Ecuadorian expedition to the Tayos Caves of Ecuador.
In a nutshell, Hall seeks out the Tayos Caves, of which one in particular contains a vast treasure and a potentially alternate history of human development and achievement. Along the way, he encounters a lot of red tape and bureaucracy, as well as the typical dangers one might find in a hostile jungle environment. Documentation proves that he really did go on this journey, and one is left frustrated and curious as to why he was so darned official about everything, as well as if this vast treasure could shake the foundations of history as we know it.
Enough clues, landmarks and coordinates are given to allow pretty much any adventurous reader a detailed account of where and how to find the fabled cave(s). I loaned the book to my wife, who is Ecuadorian, and she too was able to confirm many of the locations, cultures and traditions that were mentioned in the book. Clearly, the location based information is not fabricated. So why hasn’t the loot been found? Or has it? Would we know if it was found? Or would academia/government suppress the knowledge?
I got another book, entitled “Atlantis: Inspiration for Greatness,” written by Walter F. Laredo. This book is more a flight of fantasy—part fiction and part non-fiction, though one wonders which parts are supposed to be non-fiction. Here is the official summary:
Atlantis Inspiration for the Future is a part fiction and part fact book. It starts with a hiking adventure, which was inspired by a real exploration trip the author had taken long ago as a teenager. He hiked on uncharted territory and walked on barren mountains, valleys, and rain forests. At night while sleeping in mountain caves, he encountered dreams of great personalities from the past including prophets and God.
During his return trip, while climbing through a barren mountain he got tired and sat on a rock for a short nap. It seemed that rock was an ancient concealed time machine which stimulated dreams to the past—including splendid Atlantis. The dreams started when he migrated as a child to Atlantis, where he grew in luxury, enjoying parties, trips, romance— experiencing all aspects of the Atlantis life. He later became an Engineer. Living in times that coincided with an extra-terrestrial’s visit to Atlantis, the natives asked the aliens to teach them their advanced sciences—and they did.
He awakened from his nap to find two monks who introduced themselves as members of a secret society — keepers of the ancient chamber of Atlantis. They invited him to walk with them to their headquarters. It was there they showed him the many wonders of the ancient civilization through video tapes that were used to teach advanced courses to the children of Atlantis. It seemed to him that he had learned more in one day with the monks than he had in his entire lifetime.
The monks continued to educate him on the city before taking him through a long tunnel that leads to the secret treasure chamber of Atlantis. As they arrived, the vault appeared as a huge cathedral surrounded by several floors of balconies. These balconies seemed to be a library, but they were holding places for the wonders of Atlantis, seven of them were prepared around the world by the people of Atlantis just days before the comet fell in the Atlantic Ocean sinking all islands of Atlantis. Buried chambers left as evidence of their past real existence.
After absorbing so much in one day, he was exhausted. The monks walked with him back to the place where they found him where he later awakened to reality. He then proceeded with his trip back to civilization.
I can’t really expand on that summary, but will say that this is another interesting read, and another book that alludes to a hidden Atlantean library in South America. One wonders of the Tayos Cave library is another of the 7 Atlantis libraries (mentioned by Stan Hall in Tayos Gold) that were emplaced around the world by the Atlanteans before their demise.
Moving on, I have also been following the Association for Research and Enlightenment’s research on the Hall of Records, another Atlantean library identified by Cayce’s prophetic reading to be near (under) the Sphinx in Egypt. Of course, excavations in this area are no longer permitted. Cayce, and by proxy the A.R.E., contend that there is yet another lost library somewhere in the Yucatan; perhaps in Mexico or Guatemala. Seems interesting, doesn’t it? By that, I mean geographically. The proximity of Ecuador, Bolivia and Guatemala is not all that distant, and more or less follow a straight line path. One could even trace the migratory path the Atlanteans made as their hid their knowledge in these libraries. Adding in North America, we have the turn of the century newspaper accounts of an “Egyptian themed” lost city cave complex in the Grand Canyon! Again, think Northward migratory path, or escape route. And also consider that many believe the Bahamas or Cuba to be the location of the fabled lost continent of Mu…this pretty much fences in a circular region inclusive of Latin America as a a potential Atlantis location. Quite interesting that there is an Atlantis hotel complex smack dab in the middle of the Bahamas too…replate with a fake lost city theme.
Back to the Hall of Records at the Sphinx. That one is well documented, and anyone can Google it to learn more. But a much, much lower percentage of readers will know about Ted Phillip’s recent (re)discovery and investigation of the “Mysterious Moonshaft” in Czechoslovakia. Interesting read…but what does it have to do with Atlantis? Perhaps everything! What if this Moonshaft complex is another Atlantean library complex? That would make it a 6th possible library site. (Bolivia, Ecuador, Yucatan, Moonshaft, Grand Canyon) Where is the 7th?
The big question is…why haven’t these libraries been found? And again, I must ask…have they already been found? Are they all independent libraries, or are they segments of a larger puzzle? Perhaps we are not meant to discover them in our current state of awareness. Can anyone conjecture on another possible site for an Atlantean library?