Were it not for Atlantis Rising - a bimonthly magazine - and
associated projects, this book would not have been possible.
the resources that for the last ten years have gone into the making
of that periodical have also served to create this book. The people
who helped to actualize Atlantis Rising are the same ones who made
Forbidden History a reality. And while it is true that this book
represents only a small sampling of Atlantis Rising's material it is
nevertheless representative of the very best that the magazine has
We are, of course, indebted, not only to the many
thoughtful authors who contributed to the content of the current
pages of the book, but to the magazine's many other fine writers as
well, who though they could not be included here, may yet find their
efforts incorporated into future works.
In thanking those who have made this collective endeavor possible
(which includes this book, the magazine, the educational videos, and
our Web site: AtlantisRising.com), I must first acknowledge my
lovely wife, Patricia. Without her loyal support and selfless
cooperation, I probably would have spent the last decade in much
less productive pursuits.
High on the list are also my parents - my
late father, John B. Kenyon, D.D., whose own questioning of
conventional wisdom catalyzed my thinking at a very early age, and
my mother, Bessie, who always backed me in everything I did, in
every way she could, with every resource at her command.
Among the stalwart supporters who deserve special thanks are my
original financial backers, John Fanuzzi, Gregory Mascari, and
Michael Stern, as well as Bob and Judy Colee. A few years later Greg
Hedgecock (since deceased), his wife, Dianne, and their son, Cooper,
put their shoulders to the wheel and helped to stabilize what was
then a somewhat shaky operation. Without the generous help of these
extraordinary people, this book would certainly have never come
Deserving of special credit here is my partner of many years, Tom
Miller, whose brilliant artistic contributions to our early covers
helped to set us apart from the competition. Without his
participation in so much of the thinking that went into our
projects, it is difficult to imagine how things could have unfolded
as wonderfully as they did.
Certainly no list of crucial helpers would be complete without Darsi
Vanatta, whose diligent and tireless efforts in managing the
Atlantis Rising office for some years now have kept everything
working smoothly and growing at a very healthy pace.
There are many others whom I could also thank, but space here is
limited, so I will simply say: You know who you are and you know
what your contributions have been. Rest assured that you are not
forgotten, nor are your efforts unappreciated.
You know how much
they mean to me, and how much I thank you for them.
J. DOUGLAS KENYON
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Just a few centuries after what the experts say was the first great
laborsaving invention of the ancient world - the wheel - society
crossed a major threshold and headed irreversibly toward the modern
More than anything else. it was the wheel. we are told. that
revolutionized primitive society and set the stage for the great
achievements that were to follow. The prevailing assumption is that
the rise of highly organized society was unprecedented; such is the
conventional scenario for the dawn of civilization on Earth.
After all. it is argued. if there had been an earlier. advanced
civilization we would have discovered unmistakable evidence of its
existence. Presumably. we would have seen the remains of its
highways. and bridges. and electrical wiring. We would have found
its plastic bottles. its city dumps. and its CD-ROMs. Those are.
after all. the things we will leave behind for future archeologists
to puzzle over.
But could an ancient civilization have risen to heights similar to
our own. yet have traveled a different road? What would we
understand of a world that might have employed fundamentally
different - though no less effective - techniques to harness
the forces of nature?
Would we - or could we - comprehend a world
capable of. for example. creating and transmitting energy by means
other than a power grid. traveling great distances without internal
combustion engines, or making highly complex calculations involving
earth science and astronomy without electronic computers?
Do we have the grace to recognize and respect achievements other
than our own. or must we take the easy way out and resort to crude
stereotyping of our mysterious primitive ancestors. dismissing out
of hand anything we don't immediately understand? Indeed there are
some. including many contributors to this book. who would argue that
the evidence of a great but forgotten fountainhead of civilization
is overwhelming and needs. at last. to be given its proper due.
Forbidden History. a compilation of essays gathered over time from
the magazine Atlantis Rising. aims to put forward such evidence. and
to propose ideas and theories with regard to the origins of life and
the human race itself that may very well be more in accordance with
reality than currently prevailing orthodoxy. In proposing these
ideas. we hope to pose some interesting and provocative questions.
For example. could today's reigning conception of the limits of
prehistoric society be but another in the long line of self-serving
conceits to which our ruling elite. if not our flesh. is heir? Take,
for instance, the Darwinian/Uniformitarian view of history. which
argues that our world is a very slowly changing place; wherein
everything has developed spontaneously, albeit quite gradually. over
millions of years. without the help of any external forces - no. God
forbid. God! - to interfere in the process. According to this
predominant school of thought. the way the world works now is the
way it has always worked.
On the other side. some have tried to argue (without the benefit of
much public exposure) that our world today is the product of a
series of catastrophes. These "catastrophists" tell us that the
mankind is one of a never-ending cycle of ascents followed by
cataclysmic falls. For more than a century. the uniformitarians have
dominated the debate. but this is a circumstance that may be
Probably no one in the past half-century is more directly linked. in
the public mind. with the concept of catastrophism than the late
Immanuel Velikovsky. When Velikovsky's
book Worlds in Collision was published in 1950, it caused a
His subsequent works, Earth in Upheaval and Ages in
Chaos, further elaborated his theories and expanded the ongoing
Here was a scientist of considerable authority
suggesting. among other things. that Earth and Venus might once have
collided. leaving behind a vast and puzzling chaotic aftermath that.
if we could just decipher its resultant clues correctly. could do
much to explain our peculiar history.
For such arguments, Velikovsky was roundly and routinely ridiculed.
Nonetheless. many of his predictions have now been verified. and
many who initially disagreed with him on many subjects. including
the late Carl Sagan. have been forced to concede that. after all and
in some ways. Velikovsky may have been on to something.
Very few realize that Velikovsky was a psychoanalyst by profession,
an associate of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.
His insights into the
psycho/sociological impacts of cataclysmic events. in my view. were
his greatest contribution to a proper understanding of our ancient
experience. Sometime in the mid-1980s. I ran across his book Mankind
in Amnesia, and my own thinking about the condition of humanity on
Earth has never been the same.
According to Velikovsky. the
psychological condition and case history of planet Earth is one of
amnesia: We find the planet today in a near-psychotic state. left so
by traumatic events of an almost unimaginable magnitude that. thanks
to a collective psychological defense mechanism. we cannot bear to
Today. psychiatrists have applied the term post-traumatic stress
syndrome to a group of mental disorders that have been known to
follow the witnessing of life-threatening events (e.g.. military
combat. natural disasters. terrorist incidents. serious accidents,
and violent personal assaults such as rape). Symptoms of the
disorder include depression, anxiety, nightmares, and amnesia.
The question that must be asked is whether or not such a diagnosis
could be applied to the culture of an entire planet? And could a
collective unwillingness to explore and define our mysterious past -
unconsciously dreading that to do so would open ancient wounds -
eventually harden into a systematic repression of the truth? Could
it become tyranny? Certainly our reluctance to honestly explore the
past has led to many such evils.
Over time. this reluctance to
consider the truth of our origins has often become codified and
institutionalized. culminating in nightmares like the inquisitions
of the Middle Ages and the book burnings of Nazi Germany. How often
we have watched as a brutal elite. supposedly acting in our name.
enforced the collective subconscious wish to keep such threatening -
and thus forbidden - knowledge safely out of sight?
answer: Velikovsky believed, was 'all too frequently.'
In many ways. his views were supported by Carl Jung's notion of an
innate collective unconscious undergirding all of human awareness.
From this vast and mysterious well of shared experience. Jung
argued. emerge many of our greatest aspirations and many of our
deepest fears. Its influence is recorded in our dreams and in our
myths. In the subtext of such narratives.
Velikovsky read the tale
of a monumental. albeit forgotten. ancient tragedy.
As I reflected on Velikovsky's theories. my own thinking came into
sharper focus. for it seemed apparent to me that collectively we
have indeed been persuaded to close our eyes to certain realities -
to dissociate from them - and that. perversely. compounding the
error. we have justified this willful blindness and endowed it with
a certain authority. even nobility. The strange effect of this has
been to turn many moral issues upside down - to make right wrong and
wrong right. if you will.
Recall the Church fathers of the Middle Ages and their refusal.
because of what they considered to be Galileo's incorrect
conclusions. to look through his telescope for themselves.
notion that the Sun, not Earth, was the center of the solar system
was deemed heresy, no matter what the evidence might show to the
contrary. In other words, the minds of the authorities had already
been made up, and they had no intention of being confused by such
minor annoyances as facts.
Does such blindness persist today? Some of us think so.
elite of today may subscribe to a similarly intolerant "religion" -
what John Anthony West has sardonically called "the Church of
As Graham Hancock affirmed to Atlantis Rising in a recent
"The reason we are so screwed up at the beginning of a
new century is that we are victims of a planetary amnesia. We have
forgotten who we are."
Sadly, the establishments of government and industry and the
academic world - along with those who categorically and
systematically debunk any and all alternate theories which might
undermine the ruling paradigm - today remain determined to thwart
any reawakening from the ongoing amnesia.
Often. when it proves difficult to find an adequate rationale to
support the misguided choices of our leaders. it is tempting to
think in terms of dark conspiracy theories and treacherous hidden
agendas. For Velikovsky, though, the explanation for behavior that
some might describe as evil and others would view as. at the very
least. self-destructive and unenlightened. lies in the classic
mechanism of a mind seeking to regain its equilibrium in the
aftermath of a near mortal blow.
In the case of amnesia. it's not enough to simply say that a hole
has been blown in our memory. The victim of a near fatal trauma is
driven. it would appear. by fear - both conscious and unconscious -
to exorcise. by whatever means possible. the demons of such a
dreadful experience lest he or she be overwhelmed.
How else can we
get on with our lives. put the past behind us, think about the
To rid ourselves entirely of the memory of such an episode.
however. is not such an easy task. Much more than the record of the
trauma itself may be lost in the process. The human identity - what
some would call the very soul itself - is often the first casualty.
Moreover. what is true on an individual level Velikovsky felt was
also true on the collective level.
This process might move more slowly and allow for personal
exceptions. but the institutions of society would in time come to
reflect and then enforce a deep collective subconscious wish that.
for the good of all. certain doors stay closed and certain
inconvenient facts stay forgotten - that such history remain a
And in the meantime, the risk of reenacting the
ancient drama grows, as does our need for reliable guidance.
It is a premise of this book that the map we must follow in order to
find our way out of the current dilemma is one that may be drawn
from our myths. our legends. and our dreams - from the universal.
collective unconscious that Jung talked about. The real story of our
planet's tragic history. we suspect.
can be deduced from these mysterious records.
Read between the lines and Plato's
account of Atlantis in the Timaeus and the Critias is corroborated by the Bible, by the Indian
legends of Central America, and by a thousand other ancient myths
from every part of the world.
Giorgio de Santillana, a professor at
M.I.T. and an authority on the history of science, and his
co-author, professor of science Hertha von Dechend, hypothesized in
their monumental work,
Hamlet's Mill - An Essay Investigating the
Origins of Human Knowledge and Its Transmission through Myth, that
an advanced scientific knowledge had been encoded into ancient myth
and star lore.
Indeed, the mythology of many ancient societies is filled with
stories of cataclysmic destruction of Earth and its inhabitants. We
agree with Graham Hancock when he says,
"Once one accepts that
mythology may have originated in the waking minds of highly advanced
people, then one must start listening to what the myths are saying."
What they are saying, we believe, is that great catastrophes have
struck Earth and destroyed advanced civilizations (not unlike our
own) and, moreover, that such cataclysmic destruction is a recurrent
feature in the life of Earth and may very well happen again.
ancient sources (again, including the Bible), warn of possible
cataclysm in a future end time - perhaps in our lifetime. If it's
true that those who cannot learn from the mistakes of history are
doomed to repeat them, these enigmatic messages from our past could
very well prove to be something that we can ignore only at our
As Hancock points out, we've received a legacy of extraordinary
knowledge from our ancestors, and the time has come for us to stop
Rather, we must recapture that heritage and learn
from it what we can, because it contains vitally important guidance.
To prevail in the challenges before us now, we must recover our lost
identity. We must remember who we are and where we came from.
We must, at last, be awake.
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