The Etruscans

Excerpt from Chapter 4b of the book “Atlantis and the Garden of Eden”. Copyright Frederick Dodson.

4.b      The Etruscans

 

The Etruscans are also considered a ‘mysterious’ people because not much is known about their culture. They are the predecessors of the ancient Romans. The Romans did not simply erect a civilized society out of nothing; they built it on top of an already existing society, ‘borrowing’ much of their knowledge and skills from the Etruscans. It is not known where the Etruscans or their language came from.

The following image shows an Etruscan wearing a pointed cap. Similar can be found with the Hittites of ancient Turkey and among those great seafarers, the Phoenicians. Certainly not coincidentally, genetic links to people of Anatolia have been established.

 atlantis etruscans

Another unlikely place where pointed hats were used are with the Mi’kmac natives of Atlantic Canada. As we will later see, Northeast Canada was a hotspot of Atlanteans. It is therefore not too surprising that the Mi’kmac, in their oral traditions, consider themselves descendants of the survivors of a great Deluge. “Wickedness among men causes great sorrow to the sun-god, who wept tears that caused rain enough to make a deluge. The people tried to survive by building bark canoes, but only one man and one woman survived to repopulate the land” recounts their origins myth. Sound familiar? Atlantis is not the real mystery; the real mystery is why modern academia does not appear to notice the connections. Why do people on the other side of the ocean also refer to the Deluge and sun-gods? The only reasonable answer is because these things are retained in their common memories passed down from generation to generation.

In comparing the dress style, customs, culture and beliefs across the ocean, it does appear that the European side was more able to retain their customs while their American relatives lost much of it. The reason for this may be that the Americas were ‘hit harder’ by the flood, or that Atlantis had more colonies in Europe. A mythological link between Native Americans and Europeans is clearly visible, but it was the Europeans who had the buildings, tools and symbols said to have originated in Atlantis.

The following picture shows an Etruscan Bronze displaying the swastika, a symbol normally associated with the Far East (until Nazis brought the symbol into disrepute). It also contains the concentric circles that may be associated with Atlantis.

altantis etrsucans jain swastika

However, the Etruscans also invented the “fasces” symbol, which later become the symbol of Fascism. One therefore might conclude that the Nazis, who were eager enthusiasts of Atlantis-research, derived their symbols from the Etruscans. In this context it is also noteworthy that Atlantis-research itself is linked to the Nazis, to racist and racialist theory by many academics, and has therefore also fallen into disrepute. It is ironic that more than a hundred years ago, racism was used to discredit the mythology of so-called primitive tribes, and yet today anti-racism is used to discredit it.

However, neither Atlantis nor Atlantis-research has anything to do with racialism, even though many previous authors attempted to use it for their own racial ideology. What the mythical accounts teach us is that the real conflict is not between races, but rather between various gods of differing philosophy and between ‘earthly consciousness’ and ‘spiritual consciousness’. The gods of Hinduism, for instance, were white-skinned, black-skinned and even blue-skinned on both sides of the wars.

Etruscans built most of their settlements on high hills using very thick walls in Atlantean “Cyclopean-building” style. This was to shield their settlements from the flooding of which their legends warned. Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus in accordance with Etruscan custom. The Romans said that golden crowns, pointed crowns and scepters were of ‘Etruscan origin’, even though we can find similar among the Egyptians.

Spirituality played an important role in Etruscan life. Scholars say that the intensity with which Etruscans practiced their religion is only comparable to that of the Hindus. It is also said that they share a number of beliefs with Hinduism.

Etruscans used the symbol of the Gorgon in many of their decorations. The Gorgon is mentioned in Greek mythology, derived from the Greek word gorgos, which does not mean “gorgeous” but “dreadful.” Gorgons were women with hair of live and poisonous snakes. They also had hideous faces that petrified those who looked at them (some accounts, such as that of Medusa, say people who saw their faces turned to stone).

I view the Gorgon as a pre-flood Atlantean figure because she appears in numerous other cultures of Atlantean descent. The Minoans of the Island of Crete depict Gorgons and snake-handling women, as do the Celts. Gorgons are also depicted in the oldest Hindu temples, again revealing a vague relationship between ancient India and Europe. This relationship may come from the fact that there was trade between India and Europe and perhaps even more so in pre-flood times. As mentioned, India may not have been flooded 12,000 years ago, or perhaps not flooded quite as intensely, because many of their structures and stories of what happened remain intact, whereas in Europe one has to search more thoroughly to find the evidence. If India’s big flood was at an earlier date, then they had a few thousand years to recover. In Europe, it appears that around 2,000 years were required to recover and start rebuilding their civilization again, if we follow archaeological indicators.

The following is an image of a Celtic Gorgon called “The Lady of Vix.”

celtic gorgon antediluvian

Another typically Atlantean style is the use of pillars. They were used primarily by the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Phoenicians, and the Etruscans. The Etruscans also built underground caverns or “Hypogea” of unknown purpose. The same were built by the Atlantean cultures of the Minoans and the Maltese.

Linguists have found a few overlaps of the Atlantean language with the Minoans, Anatolians and even Hungarians. In the context of At words, their word Ati means “mother,” which gives us the link to the matriarchal Atlantean society.

The following image is of an Etruscan chariot. It is mentioned here because Plato says that chariots were an invention of Atlantis. The Hittites of Turkey, another Atlantean tribe, built similar chariots.

atlantean etruscan hittite chariots

It was only recently that the first Etruscan pyramid was found buried underground in Italy. What was a big surprise to the archaeological world was no surprise to me as I expect every Atlantean society to have built pyramids. It is the “Pyramid at Bomarzo”. The pyramid is so old that it had to be dug out of the Earth.

etruscan_pyramid

Like all other Atlanteans, the Etruscans used the bull motif frequently, especially so in the aptly named “Tomb of the Bulls” discovered near Tarquinia, Italy and said to be 2,500 years old.

One of the main themes of this book is that some of the inhabitants of Atlantis were the giants. These giants had a building style that is known as “Cyclopean,” involving the working, quarrying and erection of huge stone structures all over the world. Etruscan stone structures are scattered all over Italy. Their stones are significantly larger and heavier than those used by the Romans. A good example is the so-called “Saracena Gate” which Italian scholars now say predates the Etruscan structures. And those who predate Etruscans, to me, are the direct descendants of Atlantis themselves. My reasoning follows that there were small pockets of Atlantis survivors scattered throughout Europe and that each of these pockets later became one of the cultures featured in this chapter. Hence, many of the ‘Etruscan megaliths’ may very well be pre-Etruscan.

Some of the most famous ancient sites of Italy can be found on the island of Sardinia. A megalithic temple complex named “Giants Grave” and the 6,000 year old remains of a step-pyramid called “Monte de Accodi” are among them. The ancients of Sardinia, who lived there in and around 1,800 B.C. are called the “Nuragic Civilization.” They, as well as the Etruscans, are said to be descendant of the “Shardana” or “Sherden” which were “a tribe of sea peoples.” The Shardana are mentioned in ancient Egyptian texts when referring to “Mediterranean Sea People.” Some scientists have found genetic links of the Shardana to Anatolia.

Like other Atlanteans, the Etruscans believed in an afterlife and treated their dead very seriously. They used embalming and mummification as did the Egyptians and the Guanche. They also used the labrys (double-headed axe) as did the Minoans and the builders of Stonehenge (the double-axe is engraved into its stones there). Many Etruscan statues were found to show a ‘third-eye’ mark on the forehead, between and right above the eyes. This ancient practice is still common among the Hindus of India.

The Romans learned most of their war skills and maritime routes from the Etruscans. Roman historians reported that the Etruscan civilization declined because they became complacent, increasingly basking in large buffets, sexual pleasures and religious superstition thereby letting their guards down. In time, they were invaded and conquered by various tribes. In other words, rather than progressing, they regressed over time. Interestingly, complacency was also the reason the Roman civilization fell and it also appears to be the reason Atlantis fell. History repeats itself.