isis unveiled: chapter xiv (ancient mysteries)

“Professor Jowett discredits the story of Atlantis, in the Timaeus; and the records of 8,000 and 9,000 years appear to him an ancient swindle. But Bunsen remarks: “There is nothing improbable in itself in reminiscences and records of great events in Egypt 9,000 years B.C., for…the Origines of Egypt go back to the ninth millennium before Christ.”

Then how about the primitive Cyclopean fortresses of ancient Greece? Can the walls of Tiryns, about which, according to archeological accounts, “even among the ancients it was reported to have been the work of the Cyclops”, be deemed posterior to the pyramids? Masses of rock, some equal to a cube of six feet, and the smallest of which, Pausanias says, could never be moved by a yoke of oxen, laid up in walls of solid masonry twenty-five feet thick and over forty feet high, still believed to be the work of men of the races known to our history!

Wilkinson’s researches have brought to light the fact that many inventions of what we term modern, and upon which we plume ourselves, were perfected by the ancient Egyptians. The newly-discovered papyrus of Ebers, the German archeologist, proves that neither our modern chignons, skin-beautifying pearl powders, nor eaux dentrifices were secrets to them.

More than one modern physician, even among those who advertise themselves as having “made a specialty of nervous disorders”, may find his advantage in consulting the medical Books of Hermes, which contain prescriptions of real therapeutic value.

The Egyptians, as we have seen, excelled in all arts. They made paper so excellent in quality as to be time-proof. “They took out the pith of the papyrus”, says our anonymous writer, previously mentioned, “dissected and opened the fibre, and flattening it by a process known to them, made it as thin as our foolscap paper, but far more durable. They sometimes cut it into strips and glued it together; many of such written documents are yet in existence.” The papyrus found in the tomb of the queen’s mummy, and another one found in the sarcophagus of the “Chambre de la Reine”, at Ghizeh, present the appearance of the finest glossy white muslin, while it possesses the durability of the best calf-parchment.

“For a long time the savants believed the papyrus to have been introduced by Alexander the Great, as they erroneously imagined a good many more things, but Lepsius found rolls of papyri in tombs and monuments of the twelfth dynasty; sculptured pictures of papyri were found later, on monuments of the fourth dynasty, and now it is proved that the art of writing was known and used as early as the days of Menes, the protomonarch”; and thus it was finally discovered that the art and their system of writing were perfect and complete from the very first.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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