isis unveiled: chapter xiv (ancient mysteries)

“Upon the testimony of the ancients, corroborated by modern discoveries, we know that there were numerous catacombs in Egypt and Chaldea, some of them of a very vast extent. The most renowned of them were the subterranean crypts of Thebes and Memphis. The former, beginning on the western side of the Nile, extended toward the Libyan desert, and were known as the Serpent’s catacombs, or passages. It was there that were performed the sacred mysteries of the kuklos anagkes, the “unavoidable Cycle”, more generally known as the “circle of necessity”; the inexorable doom imposed upon every soul after the bodily death, and when it had been judged in the Amenthian region.

In de Bourbourg’s book, Votan, the Mexican demi-god, in narrating his expedition, describes a subterranean passage, which ran underground, and terminated at the root of the heavens, adding that this passage was a snake’s hole, “un agujero de culebra”; and that he was admitted to it because he was himself “a son of the snakes”, or a serpent. This is, indeed, very suggestive; for his description of the snake’s hole is that of the ancient Egyptian crypt, as above mentioned.

The hierophants, moreover, of Egypt, as of Babylon, generally styled themselves the “Sons of the Serpent-god”, or “Sons of the Dragon”; not because – as des Mousseaux would have his readers believe – they were the progeny of Satan-incubus, the old serpent of Eden, but because, in the Mysteries, the serpent was the symbol of WISDOM and immortality.

“The Assyrian priest bore always the name of his god”, says Movers. The Druids of the Celto-Britannic regions also called themselves snakes. “I am a Serpent, I am a Druid!”, they exclaimed. The Egyptian Karnak is twin brother to the Carnac of Bretagne, the latter Carnac meaning the serpent’s mount. The Dracontia once covered the surface of the globe, and these temples were sacred to the dragon, only because it was the symbol of the sun, which, in its turn, was the symbol of the highest god – the Phoenician Elon or Elion, whom Abraham recognized as El Elion.

Besides the surname of serpents, they were called the “builders”, the “architects”; for the immense grandeur of their temples and monuments was such, that even now the pulverized remains of them “frighten the mathematical calculations of our modern engineers”, says Taliesin.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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