BEASTS, MEN, AND GODS
The old people on the shore of the River Amyl related to
me an ancient legend to the effect that a certain
Mongolian tribe in their escape from the demands of
Jenghiz Khan hid themselves in a subterranean country.
Afterwards a Soyot from near the Lake of Nogan Kul
showed me the smoking gate that serves as the entrance
to the "Kingdom of Agharti."
Ossendowski fled the danger and disorder of the Russian
revolution into the wild and vast heart of Asia the true
extent of which Westerners seldom realize.
This remarkable tale of survival grows stranger the
deeper he goes, until we hear of the THE KING OF THE
WORLD and THE SUBTERRANEAN KINGDOM OF AGHARTI
a widely and solemnly recounted Buddhist legend.
But this greatest Mystery of Mysteries keeps its own
deep silence. . .