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Battle of Heliopolis during Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1800 by Léon Cogniet. Collections du château de Versailles. (Public Domain)

IWNW The Egyptian Atlantis, City of Yah Weh and Ra

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The name given by Egyptologists for the sacred City of the Sun God, Ra, in ancient Egypt was IWNW or IUNU.  It is also affirmed not only by those who have studied the country of the Nile for many generations, as well as the Bible that this was the city that became known to ancient Greeks as Heliopolis and to the Hebrew people who once ruled the Lands of Egypt as Bethshemesh. The various Bible verses in Jeremiah confirm that Heliopolis was another name for Bethshemesh.  IWNW or IUNU was the City of the Pillars located at Ayn Shams, a north-eastern suburb of modern-day Cairo.

(©Malcolm Hutton)

These hieroglyphs begin with a pillar which in Egyptology is IWNW or IUNU.  To the top right there is a pot, which represents the two-consonant letters ‘NW’.  It was not spoken and only placed after the main word, ‘IWNW’ to emphasize the final letters ‘NW’ of ‘IWNW’.    Beneath it the disc enclosing a cross shape is another unspoken hieroglyph that is classed as an ideogram or determinative.   It tells that the word ‘IWNW’ is a city or a town. 

Map of ancient Lower Egypt showing Heliopolis ( MinisterForBadTimes/ CC BY-SA 3.0)

Map of ancient Lower Egypt showing Heliopolis ( MinisterForBadTimes/ CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Pillars of Atlantis

This is a very important point which one should take notice of when considering the story of Atlantis.   The ‘Pillars of Hercules’ was the phrase that was applied in antiquity to the promontories that flank the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. The Greek gods, including Heracles (Hercules), came on the scene thousands of years after the Egyptian concept of a heavenly deity had already been established.   In the Egyptian mind it would never have occurred to them that such pillars straddled the western North African coast and the tip of Europe.   For Egyptian priests it had to refer to the columns and obelisks of IWNW, or possibly the Giza Pyramids.

The only ancient source for the story of Atlantis came from Plato captured in a dialogue of exchanging ideas.  He got it all from another Greek called Solon, who in turn claimed that he was told about Atlantis by priests when he had visited the town of Sais in Egypt many years earlier.  This sounds very much like the tales that go around and are invariably attributed to a friend who heard it from a friend who knew somebody that saw it.


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 Malcolm Hutton is a retired travel agent and author of The Tutankhamen Code. He deciphers and interprets ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and unravels mysteries of Lost Civilizations.

Top Image: Battle of Heliopolis during Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1800 by Léon Cogniet. Collections du château de Versailles. (Public Domain)

By Malcolm Hutton

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I am a retired Travel Agent who has studied many languages, history and sciences.    I wrote my novel The Tutankhamen Code to use fiction as a way to attract readers to the true facts of Egyptian and Biblical History.   It... Read More

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