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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Augustus Le Plongeon: part two of Chapter 13.

Augustus Le Plongeon in Masonic Regalia
(Original in the Philosophical Research Society in LA.)

Le Plongeon was a Frenchman, of noble descent, turned amateur archaeologist.  With his wife, they lived and worked in the Yucatan, excavating complexes and learning the still living native Mayan tongue.  Le Plongeon is a controversial character because, if he is right, then everything we know about human history is incomplete.  I have had the chance to read three of his books from the vault at the Newberry Library in Chicago.  It was also there that I was able to read a magnum opus of a German archaeologist named Arthur Posnansky, who had spent decades in the altiplano of Bolivia exploring the remains around Lake Titicaca.

Personally, I believe that Posnansky is correct in that the Central American was the descendant to the South American; however, Posnansky came later than Le Plongeon.  Le Plongeon thought he had found the cradle of civilization.  He thought he found the origin of the mysteries of Egypt.  He was a Freemason, and thought he had found the origins of Freemasonry, as well.  He speaks volumes about studying Masonic authors because A. E. Waite states in his New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry that Le Plongeon was not a Mason.  However, I have seen first editions showing photos of Le Plongeon in full Masonic regalia, plus Le Plongeon thought he was a Mason.  Maybe his ideas were too threatening to English Masons due to a schism between the French and English Masonic lodges?
Before examining these works a word must be said about their origin.  These belonged to the personal library of the first president of the Field Museum in Chicago: a Mr Ayer.  The manuscript copy of the Popol Vuh cited was his as well.  I would love to know what Mr Ayer’s opinion of these two authors would be because the conclusions came to by these two men who spent years in-country actively working is heresy to today’s orthodoxy.  The ideas expressed in these volumes is directly in contradiction to how the Field Museum depicts the history of man on this planet.  
In the Field Museum, stand both toxodon and mastadon skeletons, but no where in the exhibits on Central or South America can one find that both of these, long extinct, animals were depicted in stone upon ancient ruins.  How would the first president of the Field Museum feel about four books that were in his private library?  If he believed them, then his influence over the museum is as dead as he.  But, I am glad to have gotten to read some of his private library that makes me ask the above question!  However, if we place these two, non-academic, archaeologists in perspective with the myths of Atlantis, Lemuria and Mu, we might have a clue to unlock the amnesia of our past.  I will start by examining Le Plongeon, since his work came first (1881-1896) then we will explore with Posnansky (1946).
Le Plongeon was a white man with a long, flowing beard.  He writes about tribal chiefs who traveled far to see him because that was what Quetzlcoatl looked like.  In 1881 he wrote Vestiges of the Maya.  

Page 14/5
“... it seems to me that we stand in exactly the same position concerning the civilization of those that preceded us five or ten thou- (15) sand years ago on this continent, as these future archaeologists may stand regarding our civilization five or ten thousand years hence.”

Page 22
“... that of CAN (serpent) whose name is written on all the monuments in both places.  CAN and the members of his family worshipped Deity under the symbol of the mastadon’s head... They also worshipped the sun and fire, which they represented by the same hieroglyph used by the Egyptians for the sun ๏.”
Thirty years later, the 1910/11 11th Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica states that the mastadon americanus lived in the Pleistocene era.  The same source states this era as being the era of our ‘last’ ice age (glaciation in N. America and Europe) approximately 15,000 years ago.  (Volumes 17 and 21 under “Mastadon” and “Pleistocene”, respectively.)

Page 24
“CAN and his family were probably monotheists.  The masses of the people, however, may have placed the different natural phenomena under the direct supervision of special imaginary beings, prescribing to them the same duties that among the Catholics are prescribed, or rather attributed, to some of the saints; ... They worshipped the divine essence and called it Ku.”

Page 25
“The Maya language seems to be one of the oldest tongues spoken by man, since it contains words and expressions of all, or nearly all, the known polished languages on earth.”

Page 27
“If we start from the the American continent and travel towards the setting sun we may be able to trace the route followed by the mound builders to the plains of Asia and the valley of the Nile.”

Page 31
The dipping of the hand in red liquid, a common ancient custom, and placing the handprint on the wall to “remind the gods of the vow and prayer.”

Page 33
“Many of the names of places and towns in Afghanistan have not only a meaning in the American-Maya language, but are actually the same as those of places and villages in the Yucatan to-day, for example.”

Page 34
“It is useless to quote more for the present: enough to say that if you read the names of the cities, valleys, clans, roads even of Afghanistan to any of the aborigines of Yucatan, they will immediately give you their meaning in their own language.”
Interesting to note this connection to our modern wars.  And if that weren’t enough, let’s take it to the other of our global fronts.

Page 37
“In Babylon, the supposed tower of Babel... the temple of the seven lights, was made of seven stages or platforms.”

Page 39
Le Plongeon quotes Canon Rawlinson’s Five Great Monarchies, paraphrasing exoteric pantheism for the masses, esoteric monotheism for the priests, in particular for the Chaldeans which Le Plongeon then translates the Chaldean to its Mayan precursor.

Page 43
In a Mayan etymological breakdown of Ishtar and Nana
Ixtal = “she who desires to satisfy a corporal want or inclination”
Nana = “great or very mother”

Page 46/7
Le Plongeon concurs with the Gospel of John’s “It is finished”, the words attributed to Jesus after the “sponge of vinegar” by using Mayan meanings: “Now that I am sinking, darkness covers my face.”
Remember what Mr Bushby claims about that “sponge of vinegar” transmitting certain neuro-transmitters through a tincture to the candidate being initiated.

Page 47
“If in Hindoostan, Afghanistan, Chaldee, Asia Minor, we have met with the vestiges of the Mayas, in Egypt we will find there traces everywhere.”

Page 56
“Circumcision was a rite in usage among the Egyptians since very remote times.  The Maya also practice it, ... “

Page 78
“It is also well known that the priests of Isis wore a leopard skin as their ceremonial dress.”

Page 85
“There are other methods for determining the approximate age of the monuments of Mayab... By determining the epoch when the mastadon became extinct.”

If the mastadon were to have gone extinct at the end of the Pleistocene, as reported in 1910/1 by the 11th Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, this does not fit into the orthodoxy of modern anthropology.  Hence there is no mention in the Field Museum today of there being any inscriptions in the Yucatan of mastadons.  We will see an even older extinction in reference to the toxodon in Posnansky’s work.  Maybe just through the suggestion of reading what he had found in the glyphs, I saw the same in the photos and drawings in his books.  It could have been a subliminal, or it could actually be mastadons on stone monuments depicted in the Yucatan.  
Le Plongeon’s next book was in 1886, approximately two years before Jesus changed his mind about what he wanted to say in both Matthew 6:22 and Luke 11:34, and it was published by Robert Macoy’s Masonic Publication Company.

Page 20
“All the faint hearted were invariably rejected and refused admission to the next degree, the Epopteia, or Inspection.  Powerful narcotic drugs were administered to the timorous that plunged them into a death-like sleep...” 

Then Le Plongeon describes a bad trip.

Page 21
“Those who resisted to the last, the trials of the Autopsia, as the initiation was called, were then dismissed with three words: Kon-x om Pan-x ...”

Page 22
“I will endeavor to show you that the ancient sacred mysteries, the origins of Free Masonry consequently, date back from a period far more remote than most sanguine students of its histories ever imagined ... - to America.”

Page 28
“A theology purely astronomical was taught in these mysteries, in which they used the purification by water in honor of the goddess... ‘She of the Celestial Waters,’ the confession of sins; and a sort of eucharist, or offering of bread, still observed by the Parsis or fire worshippers in India.”

Page 29
“If we go to Hindoostan, there we will learn of a secret society of wise and learned men, whose object is the study of philosophy in all its branches, but particularly the spiritual development of man.  The leading fraternity is established in Thibet.”

Page 31
“I have endeavored in a cursory manner to show that the ancient sacred mysteries were established for the same purpose in every civilized nation of antiquity, that is for the cultivation of science; the acquirement of knowledge; the bettering of man’s moral and physical nature; the development of his intellectual and mental faculties; the understanding and study of the laws that govern the material and spiritual world, thus bringing him into closer contact with Deity.  They kept their learning and discoveries a profound secret, surrounding them with mysterious allegories, and enigmatical symbols...”

Page 32/3
“It is well known that the Brahmins, in many of their religious ceremonies, make use of the words that are not Sanskrit, but are said to belong to a very ancient form of speech - now dead - the Akkadian... (33) Strange as it may appear, this language presents many affinities with the Maya, which is still the vernacular of the aborigines of Yucatan and other countries south of the Peninsula.”

Page 41
Solon was told in Egypt:
“... all communications between the people (the Egyptians) and the inhabitants of the ‘Lands of the West’ had been interrupted for 9000 years, in consequence of the great cataclysms, during which, in one night, the large island of Atlantis disappeared... Are we not then right if we surmise that the monuments of Mayax existed 11,500 years ago, and that the mysteries, similar to those of Egypt, (42) were celebrated in them?”

Page 46
“Will it be said that the mysteries were imported from Egypt or Chaldae or India or Phoenicia to America?  Then I will ask when?  By whom?  What fact can be adduced to sustain such assertion?  Why should the words with which the priest at the conclusion of the ceremonies in the Elusinian Mysteries, and the Brahmins at the end of their religious ceremonies, dismiss the assistants be Maya instead of Greek or Sanskrit words?  Is it not probable that the dismissal continued to be uttered in the language of those who first instituted and taught the ceremonies and the rites of the mysteries to the others?  That sacred mysteries have existed in America from times immemorial, there can be no doubt.”

Page 47
“The name Quichua, of the general language of Peru, points directly to the Quiches as the branch of the Maya nation that carried civilization to that country.”  
We will see Arthur Posnansky’s Tihuanacu to see how, on this point Le Plongeon probably has it backwards.  The survivors of Peru made their way to fresh, flat land in the Yucatan after one of the upheavals in the birthing of the great Andes.

Page 49
Concerning the “Lands of the West” where the Egyptians believe was the home of the good and blessed souls:
“It is, therefore, in that country, where Osiris was said to reign supreme, that we may expect to find the true signification of the symbols held sacred by the initiates in all countries, in all times, and which have reached us, through the long vista of ages, still surrounded by the veil, well nigh impenetrable, of mystery woven round them by their inventors.”

Page 49/50
“Whoever has read history knows that in all nations, civilized as well as uncivilized, from the remotest antiquity, the priests have claimed learning as the privilege of their caste, bestowed upon them (50) by special favor of the Ruling Spirit of the universe.  For this reason they have zealously kept from the gaze of other men their intellectual treasures, and surrounded them with the veil of mystery.  They have carefully hid all their discoveries, scientific or artistic, under the cover of symbols, reserving their esoteric or secret meaning for the initiated; giving to the people only such exoteric or public explanation of them as best suited their purpose.”

Page 59
“So far as explaining the nature of the Deity all philosophers agree in admitting that it transcends the intelligence of man since man is finite; and what is finite will never be able to comprehend that which is infinite.”

Page 64
“... in their inward or esoteric construction places before the eyes of the masses yet hidden from them, the architect wished to represent the figure of a mastadon, which was venerated by the people as image of Deity on Earth - probably because this pachyderm was the largest and most powerful creature that lived in the land.”  
When?  The 11th Edition Encyclopedia Britannica places their existence in the Pleistocene which was ended as the sheets of ice retreated and the pole moved approximately 13,000 years ago.  Global Warming appears to be a “summer” season of the Platonic Year whilst the “last” ice age occurred during the “winter” of this 26,000 year cycle.  On a more macro point: could precession be due to the fact that our solar system is binary instead of singular?

Page 67
“All we can assert positively is that number 7 was the particular appendage of the third degree of the mysteries.  It was considered as endowed with great potentiality; was as Pythagoras says, the vehicle of life containing soul and body.”
And seven is the number of dimensions that must be accounted for in M-theory, and these seven dimensions are the keys to my cosmology.  As above, so below.

Page 72
“Effectively, in the tableau we see represented a luminous egg, emitting rays, and floating in the midst of waters where it had been deposited by the Supreme Intelligence.”

Page 74
“No doubt the writer of the book simply repeated the story he had learned from the Egyptian priest, concerning the murder of Osiris (in whose honor the mysteries were instituted), by his brother Set, through jealousy; making such alterations in his narration as not to divulge the secrets he had sworn to keep.”

Page 86
“The skin of a leopard was worn as a mantle over the ceremonial dress of his (Osiris) priests.”
Concerning the Soma mysteries:
“When the neophyte is to be born again he is covered with a ‘leopard skin’ out of which he emerges as from his mother’s womb.”

Page 87
“Osiris in Egypt, Abel in Chaldea, Bali in India, are myths.  Coh, in Mayax, is a reality - a warrior whose mausoleum I have opened...”

Page 90
“So in Mayax as in Egypt, the Sun and the Serpent were inimical.  In Egypt this enmity was a myth, in Mayax a dire reality.”
I had the thought here about relating the mastadon worship to Ganesh in India and how there were definitely no pachyderm deaths during the tsunami several years ago.  Intelligent, strong creatures, especially if man had a relationship with the mastadon that exists with the Indian, or Asian, elephant.  But again, it comes down to when were pachyderms roaming the American hemisphere?  Toxodons in Tihuanacu (see Posnansky) and mastadons in Mexico: but when?  The Pleistocene or earlier, in the case of the toxodon.

Page 113
“In my work The Monuments of the Mayax, I have shown how the legends accompanying the images of several of the Egyptian deities, when interpreted by means of the Maya language, point directly to Mayax as the birthplace of the Egyptian civilization.”

Page 115
Le Plongeon claims serpent worship comes from the Maya name for the sea being a powerful serpent, and these creative waters are representative as a serpent inside the egg of creation.

Page 120
Le Plongeon published a drawing depicting a reared snake over Central America with its head being the Yucatan and its body stretching to the Darien isthmus.

Page 122
“One of the names for rattlesnake, in Maya, is Ahua-Can, the royal serpent.”
Le Plongeon equates the “Southern Cross” constellation as the association of the coming of the water much like the heliacal rising of Sirius brings the inundation of the Nile Valley.  At the time the “Southern Cross” becomes visible signifies the coming of the rains.  And being a good Free Mason, must antedate the relationship between the cross and rebirth, or salvation, long before the time of Christ.

Page 133
TAU “is a Maya word composed of the three primitives ti, here, a for ha, water, and u month, which translated freely means ‘This is the month for water;’ hence for the resurrection of nature - for the new life to come.”

Page 143
“Seven seems to have been the sacred number par excellence among the civilized nations of antiquity.  Why?  This query has never been satisfactorily answered... Pythagoras, who has borrowed his ideas on numbers from the Egyptians, calls it the ‘Vehicle of Life,’ containing body and soul,...”

Page 151
“Will nothing be done in this country to preserve what remains of the ancient American civilization?  of that civilization which seems to have been the fountain-head at which the philosophers of all nations, in the remotest of antiquity, have come to acquire knowledge and drink inspiration from the learning and wisdom of the Maya sages.”
This is followed in 1896 with the self-published: Queen Moo and the Egyptian Sphinx.

Page xvii
“The reading of the Maya inscriptions and books, among other very interesting subjects, reveals the origin of many narratives that have come down to us, as traditions, in the sacred books of various nations, and which are regarded by many as inexplicable myths.”

Page xxxviii
“Yes, indeed, up to the present (1896) time, they kept whatever knowledge of their traditions they may still possess carefully concealed in their bosoms; their lips are hermetically sealed on that subject.”
The Oaxoa Indians had a strong aversion to discussing their religious use of psilocybin mushrooms with R. Gordon Wasson.

Page lii
“What right, then, have men in our age, innocent of all knowledge of Maya language, even as spoken to-day however great may be their attainments in any other branch of learning, to pass judgement on, worse still, to condemn, a learned teacher of that language, charging him with ignorance and incompetency simply because he assigns various meanings to characters?”

Page lv
“In the course of these pages we shall meet with so many concurrent facts, as having existed both in Mayach and Egypt, that it will become difficult to reconcile the mind to the belief that they are, altogether, the identical working of the human intelligence groping its way out of barbarism to civilization, as some have more than once hinted as a last resort, in their inability to deny the striking coincidence of these facts.”

Page 6
“It is from these sculptured and written memoirs graven on their places at Uxmal and Chichen in the peninsula of Yucatan, the head of the imperial serpent and the seat of government of the Maya Empire, that the author has learned the history of Queen Moo and her family.”

Page 14
“Yes, ancient America, brought back to light after slumbering many ages in the lap of Time, to show the people of the nineteenth century that, long ago, intimate communications existed between the inhabitants of the Western Continent and those of Asia, Africa, and Europe, just as they exist to-day; and that ancient American civilization, if not the mother of that historical nations of antiquity, was at least an important factor in the family of the cosmogonic notions and primitive traditions.”

Page 23
A-U-M, the Hindu mantra yields father-mother-son trinity in Mayan tongue, according to Le Plongeon.

Page 34
“Babel is a word whose etymon has been of contention for Orientalists and philologists.  They are not yet agreed as to its meaning, simply because they do not know to what language it belongs or whence came the people who raised the monument.  We are told they were strangers in the plains of Shinar.  Did they come originally from Mayach?  They spoke the vernacular of that country far off beyond the sea towards the rising sun, and Genesis asserts that they had journeyed from the east.”  Gen. 11:2
“Ba in Maya, has various meanings; the principal, however, is ‘father,’ ‘ancestor.’
“Bel has also several significations.  Among these it stands for ‘way,’ ‘custom.’
“Ba-bel would therefore indicate the sacred edifice was constructed according to the way, the custom, of the builders’ ancestors.”

Page 35
Le Plongeon states that no natives would have known him by his Christian name, but they knew him, instead, as
“... the Ahmeexnal, ‘he of the long beard,’...”

Page 37
“... paaxal, ‘to break in two’...” Paxil, the modern psychiatric drug?

Page 38
“Is this a mere coincidence?  By no means.  There can be no doubt that the Akkadian or Chaldean tongue contained many Maya words.  The limits of this work do not allow me to adduce all the proofs I could bring forward to fully establish their intimate relationship.”
Le Plongeon equates Christ’s dying words with John and not Matthew and Mark by the Mayan translations.
“Eli, Eli, lamah sabachthan.”
“Hele, Hele, lamah zabactani;’ that is ‘Now, Now, I am fainting; darkness covers my face;’ or in John’s words, ‘It is finished.’”

Page 41
“The action of music on the nervous system of animals, of man particularly, was well known of the ancients... We are aware that music can excite all passions in man or appease them when aroused.”

Page 44/5
In discussing Maya migration from the Euphrates and making their way to the Nile: “What more natural than to call it the ‘country of boats’ - Chem, this being the Maya for ‘boat’?”  Boats here signifying the means of communication between native settlements along the rivers.

Page 50
“In the Maya sculptures, particularly on the trunk of the mastadon heads that adorn the most ancient buildings...”
How did those primitive savages know how to depict a long extinct pachyderm on stone?  I can somewhat comprehend ancestor worship, but worshipping extinct species that, maybe, your most remote ancestors saw before the cataclysm that saw the extinction of pachyderms in this hemisphere?  There have been found, in a state of flash-freeze, another extinct pachyderm in the high Arctic.  There have been more than one pristine example of wooly-mammoths found under the tundra.  In their stomachs have been found plants that are definitely not capable of growing, today, in the Arctic.
It would seem that there can be a couple of conclusions based from the above fact.  We can accept a catastrophic event like a meteor strike causing the storm that flash froze the mammoths (and caused the extinction of the mastodon further south).  Professor Charles Hapgood postulated that, since there is evidence from different ages of magnetic rocks pointing to a different magnetic north, the earth has a ‘Wandering Pole’.  He also put forth the theory called ‘earth-crust displacement’ which calls for periodic shifts (or sliding) of the earth’s crust over the the molten core.  Such a shift could place a temperate zone past the polar circles thus resulting in the flash-freezing of extinct species.
We could also put forth a postulant that could help define the non-human aspect of global warming: seasons of the great Platonic Year.  Ice-ages would be the winters and when the mammoth lived in the high Arctic, it was during a summer period.  It would have to have been a hell of a winter storm to flash-freeze the mammoths, but it might have been a combination of events while entering the winter of the precessional year.  A big volcanic eruption would help trigger enough cloud cover to aid in the formation of a titanic storm.
(To spend a moment stating my position on a hotly contested point: is global warming man-made?  Maybe not in its entirety, but it is undeniable, to me at least, that man, since the industrial revolution, has been ignorant of trying to maintain a balance in the photosynthetic equation.  Especially since the ending of WWII with the supremacy of the automobile, we have been paving over what used to take carbon dioxide out of the air and replenished it with the oxygen we breathe.  We continue to cut down and pave over these ‘oxygen farms’ (whatever green was growing: tree, weed, flower, corn) so that we can produce more carbon dioxide, and the poisonous carbon monoxide, too.  We are adjusting each side of the photosynthesis equation in OPPOSITE ways.  That is BAD MATH!!!  What you do to one side of the equation, you MUST do to the other side to keep them EQUAL.  We are treating this equation as though they are inversely related: we decrease one side while we increase the other!  If we do not wise up about keeping that equation equal, we may cause our own extinction event.)

Page 54
“In another work (Sacred Mysteries ...) it has been shown that the Maya alphabet, discovered by the author, and the Egyptian hieratic alphabet were identical.”

Page 66
“I shall therefore content myself with mentioning that the ten provinces which formed the country, that Plato says Kronos divided among his ten sons, were thickly populated, and that the black race seems to have predominated.”  
It is my belief that this is one of the statements that caused the Armchair Academic Archaeologists to revile all of Le Plongeon’s work.  How dare he, within 30 years of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, proclaim that the black race used to dominate the ancient world?  Even the Northeast abolitionist liberals would not have pushed that far.  

Page 72/3
Le Plongeon gives etymons in Maya for both Tiamat and Bel-Marduck from the cuneiform library of Nineveh.  So should we believe Le Plongeon who traces it back to a black race dominate society, global in scope, or Sitchen’s extra-terrestrial Annunaki?

Page 80
“... and we ask ourselves: Did the Mayas receive all these teachings from the Egyptians, or the Chaldeans, or the Hindoos, as some want us to believe?  If so, when and how?  Or did Maya missionaries, abandoning their country as apostles of religion, civilization and science, carry their knowledge among these various nations and impart it to them”

Page 86
“From the Maya Canob the Egyptians no doubt called canopi the four vases in which were deposited in the tombs of the dead.”

Page 87
“If the name given to these vases by the Egyptians is not of Maya origin, it must be admitted that it is a most remarkable coincidence.”

Page 100
“This may possibly account for the custom, prevalent in Mayach, Polynesia, and India of devotees stamping the impression of their hands, dipped in red liquid, on the walls of the temples, of the sacred caves, and other hallowed places, when imploring some benefaction from the Deity.”

Page 128
“The study of the tableaux proves that the history they are meant to record must be read from right to left; and in this instance, from below upward.”

Page 133
“But if they are not (coincidences) what then?  the Egyptians invariably following the habits of their ancestors, must we infer that they and the Mayas had a common ancestry?”

Page 137
“Did, then, the wise men of Egypt select as a symbol of their country the serpent with wings and an inflated breast, in remembrance of the birthplace of their ancestors; did they place it erect on a sieve to signify that the first settlers coming from Mayab (the sieve) conquered and dominated the former dwellers in the valley of the Nile?”

Page 146
“Not only did the Maya historians record the submergence of Mu in such a lasting manner (in stone carvings on temples) but the date of its occurrence became a new starting point for the chronological calculations.”

Page 152/3
Le Plongeon translates the Greek alphabet to record Mu’s destruction over several pages using the Mayan tongue he learned in situ.
Alpha = heavily break the waters
Beta = extending over the plains, etc...

Page 158
“The mausoleum was crowned by a most interesting statue.  It was that of a dying leopard with a human head, a veritable sphinx; the prototype, may be, of the mysterious Egyptian Sphinx, the most ancient monument in the valley of the Nile.”

Page 159
“Osiris, in Egyptian history, comes to us as a myth.  Prince Coh, or the well-beloved Ozil, is a tangible reality; the author having in his possession his charred heart,...”

Page 163
“It is well to remember that the Maya inscriptions and other writings were read, as generally were the Egyptian and many other languages, from right to left.”

Page 165
“Was, then, the serpent in Egypt one of the totems of Set, Osiris’s murderer, as it was in Mayach of Aac, Prince Coh’s slayer?”
“Queen Moo, not finding vestiges of the land of Mu, went to Egypt, where we meet with traditions of her family troubles.  There she became the goddess ISIS, was worshipped throughout the land, her cult being superior even to that of Osiris.”
Pure heresy.  What better way to dismiss these findings but to ignore them?  Attack the character of the man and ignore what his research says.  If he is on the right path, though, the world suddenly has a far different history than what we’ve been taught!  I am not saying I believe everything he wrote, but when one studies the writings of those who spend years of intense study AT ancient sites, the stories they tell are offensive to the orthodoxy of university professors.  Professors that may only visit a site for a week or two in their life, or maybe spend a season or two working the site, but that don’t dedicate a decade, or more, of their life to intense, in situ study.

Thus concludes this excerpt from Chapter 13 of "My First 100 Days".

Augusuts Le Plongeon with the Chaac-Mool statute he unearthed.

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