So that's pretty exciting. There are so many myths about the hollow earth, aka Arktos. Here's one of the many, in this case brought to you by the... person who wrote The Celestine Prophecy, so you know it's got to be good...
"...the narrator makes an imaginary journey to Tibet
in search of Shambhala (also known as Shangri-La)"
~ Publishers Weekly
But as usual, it wasn't all wonderfulness in the underground. Bulwer-Lytton (don't laugh; he was more popular than Dickens) introduced some disturbing elements in The Coming Race. Like race. Not to mention (but what the hell, let's) VRIL...
These subterranean philosophers assert that by one operation of vril, which Faraday would perhaps call 'atmospheric magnetism,' they can influence the variations of temperature -- in plain words, the weather; that by operations, akin to those ascribed to mesmerism, electro-biology, odic force, &c., but applied scientifically, through vril conductors, they can exercise influence over minds, and bodies animal and vegetable, to an extent not surpassed in the romances of our mystics.
Madame Blavatsky, noted mystic & romantic plagiarist herself, was a big fan of Bulwer-Lytton. She ripped off a whole raft of this stuff.
Well, no, as it turns out. We are devo.
Now, as mentioned last week (if you've been following our little matinee serial) the keyword for this fear of devolution is degeneration, as in: theory of. And while looking for something else tonight (god only knows), what should I stumble across but the following abstract on PubMed...
Mental Retardation 1995 Feb;33(1):1-9.Something atavistic, dark and dangerous, lurks in the mind, in the recurrent nightmares of the imagined collective unconscious. Through the murk and the mystification, a picture begins to emerge. It is not pretty. And it is not yet "history" . . .
lost continents & the hollow earth
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