Double headed androgynous Herm statue, Athens.

Edgar Cayce, Six-fingered Giants and the Supernatural Creation Gods of Atlantis: Part 2

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In Plato’s Symposium (189–190 AD), Aristophanes displays knowledge of an ancient myth of the androgyne, according to which our original nature was by no means the same as it is now.

When the androgyne was split into two halves, the distinct male and female sexes were created. Plato is well known for his detailed description of Atlantis in the Timaeus and the Critias and the great flood that destroyed it but is lesser known for his knowledge of ancient androgynous beings. Alfred North Whitehead famously said, “Western philosophy is a series of footnotes to Plato”.  Do we accept this reality but ignore him when he talks of subjects that are strange to science?

Plato and Aristotle on School of Athens, fresco, Raphael 1509-1511

Plato and Aristotle on School of Athens, fresco, Raphael 1509-1511 ( CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 )

Philo of Alexandria (the first century AD) took up Plato’s dualistic conception of the creation as well. Add Berossus, the Midrash, the Gnostics and a host of other sources including previously mentioned ones to the long list who also have. Joannes Richter in his book The Sky God Dyaeus makes the remarkable claim that a common global religion which worshipped an androgynous deity existed in deep antiquity. He states, “it is hard to believe that people have already been devoted to a singular androgynous deity 20,000 years ago but the paleolithic sculptures are quite explicit. Many multi-headed sculptures have been found and one of the oldest identifiable sculptures, made of ivory of mammoth and found at Gargarion, Ukraine is claimed to be 22,000 years old.” (5)

22,000-year-old double headed Androgynous sculpture Gargarion, Ukraine. Source, Joannes Richter, The Sky God Dyaeus.

22,000-year-old double headed Androgynous sculpture Gargarion, Ukraine. Source, Joannes Richter, The Sky God Dyaeus. (Author provided)

Some of the vast amount of androgynous deities found in cultures around the world are Adam Kadmon (Jewish), Agdistis / Agditis (Phrygian, Near Eastern), Agni (Hindu), Angamunggi (Australian Aborigine), Ardhanari / Ardhanarishvara (Hindu), Armaiti (Iranian), Asgaya Gigagei (Cherokee), Aten (Egyptian), Awonawilona (Zuni), Da (Dahomey), Deva (Indonesian), Eros (Greek), Fro Ing / Ingwaz (Norse), Galaturra / Kurgarra (Sumeria), Gran' Silibo / Silibo-Gweto (Vodoun), Gwydion (Celtic), Inari (Shintoism), In P'en (Guatemalan), Kahukura (New Zealand Maori), Lan Zai Gui (Taoist), Labarindja (Australian Aboriginal), Mahatala–Jata (Borneo), Malimeihevao (Polynesian), Mwari (Zimbadwe, Rhodesian), Nenechen (Chilean), Nous (Gnosticism), Wiracocha / Viracocha (Inka).

Plato’s original androgynous human. Androgyne, detail on ancient Greek amphora. (Author provided)

Plato’s original androgynous human. Androgyne, detail on ancient Greek amphora. (Author provided)

 Are we supposed to accept this is all a vast coincidence, that all these unconnected cultures, sometimes on remotely isolated islands, conjured up the same traditions of ancient androgynous deities the way they did with traditions of a lost continent, a great flood, giants, little people and six fingers and toes?

What’s Passed on in the Man-bags?

Another compelling aspect of this mystery is that many of these androgynous creator gods are depicted worldwide carrying strange "man-bags". Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of The Gods, has enlightened us on a possible transfer of technology from survivors of an ancient cataclysm and highlighted that these bringers of the arts and sciences of civilization are often carrying man-bags. Theories abound attempting to explain what they are but what is known is that they are found over a vast geographic area, associated with Androgynous, supernatural flood survivors from a drowned continent. So, who were these beings and where did they come from?

Androgynous Babylonian man-fish deity Oannes carrying the mysterious “man bag”. (Author provided)

Androgynous Babylonian man-fish deity Oannes carrying the mysterious “man bag”. (Author provided)

Let's look at some of these God-like deities who showed up after the great flood. Oannes was an androgynous Babylonian man-fish deity who carries the man-bag, in fact in ‘The Babylonian Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania, Series A: Cuneiform Texts’, H. V. Hilprecht makes an eye-opening claim. “This androgynous nature, this ability to beget out of himself, his own ego, this self-existence is inherent in each and every god of the Sumerians. All Sumerian gods are androgynous.” (6)

Androgynous demi-god Quetzalcoatl, offspring of the Androgynous Ometeotl carries man bag at the Olmec site of La Venta 1800 BC. (Author provided)

Androgynous demi-god Quetzalcoatl, offspring of the Androgynous Ometeotl carries man bag at the Olmec site of La Venta 1800 BC. (Author provided)

Across the ocean in Mexico, Quetzalcoatl, the demi-god offspring of the androgynous being Ometeotl is depicted at the Olmec site of La Venta (1800 BC) carrying a man bag.

The legendary Viracocha, another androgynous god is renowned for his post-flood activities in South America. Often depicted as a bearded giant, he arrived from a lost continent in the Atlantic and spread advanced and unprecedented wisdom.  Oddly, he is called “the foam of the sea” just as the legendary Cucullain was in Ireland. Cucullain was claimed to have seven fingers and toes (you don’t have to venture further than Wikipedia to uncover that fact) and arrived from a lost advanced civilization in the middle of the Atlantic. Where both these supernatural beings called foam of the sea because they had advanced metal sea craft that created a turning of the waves and inspired awe in the indigenous peoples? In the wake of these beings, sprang up wonderfully complex civilizations and stonework. In South America, Sumeria and after androgynous Thoth came to Egypt, some of the world's most incredible and sophisticated civilizations soon appeared. The Androgynous Thoth is widely reported to have been from Atlantis in esoteric circles, he was also known as Hermes Trismegistus, Hermaphrodite is Hermes + Aphrodite.

Comments

"...leaves us in the dark with the misperception that our ancestors were superstitious, illogical and insane"
This statement stuck with me. Even though I think the information is interesting and compelling. It's amazing how prevalent six fingers are in history.

But it's too tempting to compare that to people now and laugh. Not to be flippant, but I can't think anything else but how foolish people can be. Wars over religion could make future people's believe we were ALL devout, and our gods were real. There are SO many churches, and religion is sprinkled over much of our public lives. Swearing oaths on a bible comes to mind. From the outside looking in, we in the USA could be seen as true believers. So, do we have secret knowledge? Or pervasive delusions?

Ancient people might not have been any different than people now, and honestly, religion always seems to seek control over people. Theocracy doesn't have a good reputation, but not because it hasn't been tried enough times and religious extremists always seem to want to harm others. Much of Europe was ruled by monarchy that claimed religious authority.

Nope. Believing the ancients weren't stupid only works if you don't believe people are stupid now. And...well I'm from the Bible belt Midwest that's so red and the people so white...I can't believe people can't be stupid in large groups. Honestly, there's KKK groups in my county, they argue about transgender bathrooms in my school system, and don't get me started about incidents like Ferguson. Because that's just up the highway, and that kid was walking to his grandma's house, starting college in two days, and should not be dead. Sorry, I just had to say that.

Nope. People can believe wildly stupid things. And I don't think you have to believe ancient people were illogical, insane or superstitious to believe their authorities and anyone seeking to achieve power acted that way.

Very interesting article, and not giving ancient people any credit for acting more knowledgeable doesn't detract from how amazing all the artifacts and stories are from all over the world. Wow. Six fingered people, who'd have thought.

Unfortunately, for me, the article made little sense. There were too many connections trying to be made without enough background. The article does have many good points, such as the number of mysterious ancient mysteries which deserve serious investigation, but the way that the facts were presented makes it diffuicult to follow.

There is simply not enough continuity to make the presentation either interesting or plausible. I believe that the author has a lot of valid points to make, but the article did not do him or his ideas justice.

R. Lee Bowers

Unfortunately, for me, the article made little sense. There were too many connections trying to be made without enough background. The article does have many good points, such as the number of mysterious ancient mysteries which deserve serious investigation, but the way that the facts were presented makes it diffuicult to follow.

There is simply not enough continuity to make the presentation either interesting or plausible. I believe that the author has a lot of valid points to make, but the article did not do him or his ideas justice.

R. Lee Bowers

I will admit that the various similarities between different civilizations is striking and is hard to file away as 'coincidence'. More and more evidence is coming to light that there were in fact advanced civilizations before the Ancient Egyptians, Olmces, Sumerians, etc.

The only problem I have with this article is that the members of these older civilizations are called 'deities'. That takes away so much of the implications the article is trying to make. They weren't gods, or holy men or whatever. They weren't Aliens either, though!
I think they were 'simply' an indigenous species of the planet Earth which have evolved diffrently over the course of time. I mean: if neanderthals are real, why wouldn't those, six-toed, six-fingered forms of Man be real? Like you said, there has been found many instances where these 'men' are mentioned, imaged and tangible items have been found. We can't even classifiy all the elongated skulls we've found! (Some are found to be natural, instead of disformed during infancy).

So, imho, if you take away the whole fantastical 'deities' stuff the article would have a lot more impact than it does now. And it will sound a lot more plausible.

I agree with you and it is in the best interests of mankind to follow your hunches and reseach and keep digging until the truth/s are discovered and aired out.

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