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THE RIDDLE OF PREHISTORIC BRITAIN

Foreword

As this philosophical study envisages an entirely new outlook on the past history of the world in which the British Isles emerge as the predominant influence, I owe it to
the reader to afford some explanation of how I came to venture so ambitious an effort.

Over thirty years ago I must confess that I stumbled rather than deliberately walked into a recognition that the history of remote days as passed down was based on
false premises in regard to the most famous ancient peoples, both in regard to geography and chronology. I was brought to the conviction  that the Atlantic and not the
Mediterranean was the focus of world civilization, and as I pursued my researches I found to my own astonishment that this path led me ultimately to the direction of the
British Isles, and that they, with the Scandinavian Peninsula - originally an island - emerged from obscurity as the true motherland of the Aryan or Nordic race, the biblical
Adamites, and dominated the ancient world long before the Flood of Noah.

My investigations started with the puzzle of the drowning of the supposedly lost island of Atlantis, but as the search continued with an open mind gradually the
quest,narrowed to one infinitely nearer home, and eventually assumed the proportions which Plato ascribed to it as an island-continent from whence the "continent
opposite" -namely America - was approached by the way of islands. "Atlantis", in a word, stood revealed as the British Islands, then of considerably greater size apart
from Scandinavia with her attendant isles enjoying a delicious temperate clime, from whence was evolved the first of mankind, signifying the white blond race, the Aryan
peoples, from whom the Greeks and other Celts - who migrated in part to the Mediterranean later - first arose.

Atlantis was drawn in one way or another into the vortex of the earliest Graeco-Phoenician myths of Oceanus, of the "earth-shaker" Poseidon, the Gorgons, the Cyclops
and others, all for definite reasons pointing to the North Atlantic Ocean. This, if correct, rules out the Canaries or Azores (as some have identified with Atlantis), or the
regions of Morocco where the so-called Atlas Mountains are a misnomer altogether, but advances the British lsles and the Scandinavian mass, formerly at one with
Northern Britain or separated only by a wide river and strait. In short, for a variety of reasons I was impelled to identify Atlantis with the British lsles.

lt transpired that the prehistory of the Atlanteans and the race of Adam possessed peculiar similarities. The supermen of Plato's island were drowned in a flood like the
Adamites, the Giants of old time, men of renown, the men whose thoughts became wholly evil, destroyed in what is called the Flood or universal Deluge. The cause
advanced for their destruction was in effect the same in both cases, they being accused of having mastered too many of the divine secrets of, as we should say, science,
or, as the ancients termed it, the gods.

Their attainments, identifiable at least in part from various sources, gradually revealed a remarkable civilization, one in which flourished many and great walled cities, towns
and villages, these often adorned with majestic temples and palaces; with main highways supported by multitudinous navigable canals and rivers; with a highly developed
agriculture producing the fruits of the earth, while other tracts were used to rear horses, cattle, and sheep; with many ports and a mercantile marine which sailed the
main to the most distant lands and brought home cargoes of wealth.

It was divided into ten states like the ten tribes of Israel (of whom we really know so little), although one, the direct descendants of Atlas, hence Atlanteans, dominated
the rest, and whose king or chief ruler was,
primus inter pares, an ecclesiastical monarch, a superman, in fact a divinity, regarded by all as a living God, the sole
intermediary between the celestial deities and all human flesh. In his hands was all ecclesiastical and temporal power, and this theocrat, Arch-magus, or, as described, "He
is Anointed", was the most absolute despot the world has ever known, for he controlled not only the bodies but the minds of all from the highest to the lowest. All
knowledge lay in his hands, delegated to those priests who were initiated into the sublime mysteries, whereby scientific knowledge was completely confined to the few of
the highest caste and was made a profound mystery of mysteries.

The day arrived when this civilization collapsed. To a considerable extent it was prefaced by signs of internal deterioration, the growth of tyranny, ambition, greed, and a
slackening of moral principles. The ruling caste learned too much of nature's secrets and developed them for the purposes of selfish aims. They had mastered appliances
of science to a degree which in several respects owed little to modern science, or, to avoid exaggeration, of a few decades ago, with the main difference that today the
pursuit of science is open to all, whereas in the distant day an immense gulf lay between the knowledge of the priestly initiates, which was pronounced divine, and that of
their subjects and slaves. The day arrived when the closely guarded secrets of their magic arts in the use of fire and even of the air were betrayed to kings afar off and
led to savage wars of invasion, where rival creeds and ambitions fought one another with bitter hatred.

Meanwhile, threatened for sometime by untoward meteorological happenings, such as strange plagues of insects, earthquakes, and volcanoes going into eruption, of a
sudden the most terrible catastrophe afflicted this erstwhile happy land, struggling desperately against its invaders from the east. It was what we call the Flood of Noah,
to the Hellenes the Deluge of Deucalion or Ogyges, and had other names besides. This prodigious event was by no means local and inundation was only one of its
tremendous legacies to future generations.

It approached earth from the celestial north-east and flung itself upon an unhappy world, shattering civilization at its very core. It mainly afflicted directly the northern
regions of Europe, but with prodigious speed flung outliers in scattered portions of America. Its epicentre lay in Scandinavia and the British Isles, commemorated since by
many an epic and legend placed geographically altogether wrongly by historians and theologists, and it established among other effects the region of the Greek and Celtic
Hades, the Place of Burning, which can be identified. It caused directly the greatest havoc over an immense area such as mankind had never experienced before and has
been spared since.

It obliterated many landmarks and elevated others. It permanently affected the world's climate towards greater extremes of cold and damp, lengthened the solar year by
enlarging the world's orbit. It shaped world history by compelling the flight of survivors to other less inhospitable climes and led in considerable degree to the dispersion
of the Aryans. It inundated the British Isles for a period to a great extent except the higher lands. It was the drowning of Atlantis.

THE FLOOD IMMORTALISES THE COLLISION OF A FALLEN PLANET, LATER TERMED SATAN, ACTUALLY A COMETARY BODY, WITH OUR EARTH.

It is a subject of drama such as metaphysicians have rarely dreamed of in their philosophy. Historians write of the dispersion of the Aryans without the faintest idea of
the cause which drove them in great hordes from their primordial homes to distant regions. Much of the classic and scripture history as it is interpreted, based on
altogether false assumptions and a totally mistaken conception of the arena of this event, is necessarily at variance with fact.

Even today our astronomers, with a few exceptions, ridicule the possibility that a celestial body, and certainly a comet, would be able to effect a disaster such as I have
outlined, although the evidence of such potentiality is abundant. I have myself written two books on the subject which were more or less boycotted by the professional
scientists to whom any theory opposed to their own dogma is apparently anathema. I made a lengthy study of the meteorology of the ancients, namely that of the
Chaldeans, Phoenicians, Egyptians, and Druids, who devoted much attention to this subject, as is not surprising, and it was full recognition of this vital aspect of celestial
science which led me perforce to the study in detail of prehistory.

With such a subject I have naturally employed a variety of classical and sacred records. The history of pagan religions, based mainly on this credo of their seers, has
proved of considerable value, for the discarded deities  such as Cronus-Saturn, the Tyrian Hercules, and Bacchus-Dionysus, in their various ways, offer a gold-mine of
information related to the religious motives which guided their wise men in their aims. Other ancient gods of great account were, especially, Hermes, in a category all his
own, Osiris and Apollo, and with these are wrapped up folk-lore, legends, customs, myths, and not least, perhaps, place-names.

The reader will have recognised from these introductory words that if the earliest Aryan civilization as reflected in the Old Testament, the Greek, and other sources were
centred in the north of Europe, and especially in the Scandinavian and British lands, it follows conversely that represent regions from whence our forefathers are believed
to have derived their origin, that is to say in the Middle and Near East, Egypt and the Mediterranean countries, are credited with a civilization to which they are in no sense
entitled, and which they only inherited by migrations from the north. As a matter of fact, anthropology has proved the correctness of this view again and again, showing
that the white race never originally entered Europe from Asia. In such circumstances we should open our minds to the facts and realize that the ancient civilization of Ur
of the Chaldeans, of the Egyptians, the Phoenicians and the Greeks in its origins must have emanated from the north, where they can and should be traced to their true
habitats. This is my endeavour, and to throw a new light on the great achievements our remote ancestors, and thus to restore Britain to the proud position she may
claim as the real motherland of world civilisation, the heart of a once great Celtic Empire which taught the world.

Comyns Beaumont.

Copyright RESONANCE BookWorks with The Estate of Comyns Beaumont 2012

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