isis unveiled: chapter xiv (ancient mysteries)

“The Teraphim of Abram’s father, Terah, the “maker of images”, were the Kabeiri gods, and we see them worshipped by Micah, by the Danites, and others. Teraphim were identical with the seraphim, and these were serpent-images, the origin of which is in the Sanscrit sarpa (the serpent), a symbol sacred to all the deities as a symbol of immortality. Kiyun, or the god Kivan, worshipped by the Hebrews in the wilderness, is Siva, the Hindu, as well as Saturn.

The Greek story shows that Dardanus, the Arcadian, having received them as a dowry, carried then to Samothrace, and from thence to Troy; and they were worshipped far before the days of glory of Tyre of Sidon, though the former had been built 2760 B.C. From where did Dardanus derive them?

It is an easy matter to assign an age to ruins on merely the external evidence of probabilities; it is more difficult to prove it. Meanwhile the rock-works of Ruad, Perytus, Marathos, resemble those of Petra, Baalbek, and other AEthiopian works, even externally. On the other hand, the assertions of certain archeologists who find no resemblance between the temples of Central America and those of Egypt and Siam, leave the symbologists, acquainted with the secret language of picture-writing, perfectly unconcerned. He sees the landmarks of one and the same doctrine on all these monuments and reads their history and affiliation in signs imperceptible to the uninitiated scientist.

There are traditions also; and one of these speaks of the last of the king-initiates – who were but rarely admitted to the higher orders of the Eastern Brotherhoods, who reigned in 1670. This king of Siam was the one so ridiculed by the French ambassador, de la Loubere, as a lunatic who had been searching all his life for the philosopher’s stone.

One of such mysterious landmarks is found in the peculiar structure of certain arches in the temples. The author of the Land of the White Elephant remarks as curious, “the absence of the keystone in the arches of the building, and the undecipherable inscriptions.” In the ruins of Santa Cruz del Quiche and arched corridor was found by Stephens, equally without a keystone.

Describing the desolate ruins of Palenque and remarking that the arches of the corridors were all built on this model, and the ceilings in this form, he supposes that “the builders were evidently ignorant of the principles of the arch, and the support was made by stones lapping over as they rose; as at Ocosingo, and among Cyclopean remains in Greece and Italy.”

In other buildings, though they belong to the same group, the traveler found the missing keystone, which is a sufficient proof that its omission elsewhere was premeditated.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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