The below article and gallery is a compilation of images and information gathered that is an addition to my Makara research (That paper can be read by clicking here or by quickly glancing at this blogpost) which illustrates there are cultural links between India and the Americas. It elaborates further by looking at the Makara and Figure symbolism.
The man disgorged by a snake
By crusader knights the symbol came to the west via the Visconti Family of Milan, 200 years before the Americas where supposedly “discovered” by Columbus
The symbol of the snake/dragon/Makara devouring man was also known in India and by those channels might have gone to the Saracen knight the Visconti family got their crest from.
But how did this image also ended up in the Americas, so interwoven into their culture? “knowing the myth of Quetzalcoatl” is not what this is. It is a deep rooted cultural image that was know all over the old world and shows relations between these cultures.
Quote Joao Trefego: “The story below is a strong example of this and illustrates how already in the thirteenth century, two hundred years before the discovery of the Americas the Vatican and some “friends of the king / pope” already knew the myth of Quetzalcoatl.
The coat of arms of Visconti House (biscione), housed in the Archbishop’s Palace in Piazza del Duomo in the city of Milan, was created by Ottone Visconti, (1207 – 8.8.1295).
Ottone Visconti was elected archbishop of Milan by Pope Gregory IX, whose name was Tedaldo Visconti (1210-1276).
Gregory IX, before being elected Pope (1271-1276), participated in the Ninth Crusade (1271-1272) to Saint John of Acre in the Holy Land with the future prince King Edward I of England.”
Through my Makara research I made a connection between the Makara and Jonah in my Makara paper. When I then saw the post of the Visconti family crest linking it to quetzalcoatl and american art, I immediately recognized that the man devouring Makara image is also seen in Indian art.
That made me look further in American art and found this particular symbol all over the americas prominently displayed in their culture, buildings and codices.
So if the Makara image alone was not enough to convince people, the combination of the Makara/Snake and the human figure inside further strengthens the case for pacific cultural contact and exchange and furthermore to the sheer importance of this particular symbolism. I hereby extend Joseph Campbells initial observations I also made myself in my Makara paper to Jonah and the fish and link these to India , Sumeria and the Americas.
Quote Joao Trefego: “Joseph Campbell suggested a parallel between the story of Jonah and the epic of Gilgamesh, in which Gilgamesh obtains a plant from the bottom of the sea. In the Book of Jonah a worm (in Hebrew tola’ath, “maggot”) bites the shade-giving plant’s root causing it to wither, while in the epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh plucks his plant from the floor of the sea which he reached by tying stones to his feet. Once he makes it back to the shore, the rejuvenating plant is eaten by a serpent.
Campbell also noted several similarities between the story of Jonah and that of Jason in Greek mythology. The Greek rendering of the name Jonah was Jonas, which differs from Jason only in the order of sounds both os are omegas suggesting that Jason may have been confused with Jonah. Gildas Hamel, drawing on the Book of Jonah and Greco-Romansources — including Greek vases and the accounts of Apollonius of Rhodes, Gaius Valerius Flaccus and Orphic Argonautica identifies a number of shared motifs, including the names of the heroes, the presence of a dove, the idea of “fleeing” like the wind and causing a storm, the attitude of the sailors, the presence of a sea-monster or dragon threatening the hero or swallowing him, and the form and the word used for the “gourd” (kikayon). Hamel takes the view that it was the Hebrew author who reacted to and adapted this mythological material to communicate his own, quite different message. “
The story of the saints teaching the remainder of mankind civilization after a deluge
What is of interest is that the 7 Sapta rishis in India where saved by “a big fish” They where also said to propagate knowledge to man after a deluge.
The exact same story of wise men who thought mankind we find in Sumeria with the 7 apkalpu
in the form of Oannes. Johannes, Jonah, Noah and Jason are close derivatives. Cladded inside “a fish”
These are the wise man that thought sumeria civilization. Yes correct, Sumeria was thought civilization, it did not originate there as modern academics claim.
Other Tree of life symbolism parallels between sumeria and the Mayan world
The Paralels in composition of the above Sumerian image to the Mayan temple of the foliated cross (another name for tree of life or milkyway) are quite striking, including the bird on the top of the tree of life (polestar)
We see the Makaras on the Maya tree of life on the cross bar.
The Makara in the Americas
As earlier pointed in my published researchpaper the relations of the Makara, where the Makara as such was cleared identified across the Americas in many different cultures and the aztec calender. Its upward snout the give away if you know where to look for. More of this in my Makara paper.
Moche Culture Makara
The upward pointed snout of the makara symbolism as seen in this indian depiction.
The “makara” in sumerian art, particularly note the two front legs and the horn like head piece, like a makara.
Xiuhcoatl. Note the Makara upward snout and also the presence of only two front legs, identical to the sumerian image, stele 25 of Izapa and the Aztec calender (Xiuhcoatl, fire serpent or year serpent.)
It is noteworth that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huitzilopochtli carried an atlatl in the form of the XiuhCoatl
Also that in india, the makara was added to warclubs.
The figure emerging or being eaten by the Makara
Image from Codex Borbonicus, (Aztec Codex)
Image from Codex Telleriano-Remensis (Aztec Codex)
We add to this initial observationof the Makara and its relation to American art, the figure emerging, (or being disgorged) by the Makara/Snake/Dragon as such, as it swops, by being head first or coming out of the snake.
With my current knowledge that the Makara is the milkyway, the 7 rishis sometimes seen as the stars of the big dipper in the middle of the big fish, a story starts to emerge which I will sumarize here below.
- The americas speak over the periodical destruction of mankind.
- The dragon or makara was sometimes seen as fire spitting. (meteorites or volcanoes)
- The 7 rishi or sages story was linked to the stars and milkyway.
- They were saved by ” a big fish” or spared destruction so they could propagate mankind again.
- They thought Sumeria in the form of the apkallu. Known there also imagery of Oannes. The fish cloaked, or emerging from the fish. The fish could be the Makara boats they came in after the deluge.
- The same knowledge reached the americas and the makara big fish image of the milkyway with the figure emerging
- The alfa romeo logo took this image, from the visconti family and added the cross, another symbol for the milkyway
- That is why the christian cross was so familiar to the american civilizations, when thet were invaded. They also reverred the cross. The cross is the ecleptic and a synomym for the skies.
- Varuna, riding the Makara and Chaac the rainwater god are identical. Chaac is a human figure “god” wearing a makara mask. There is a composite image of chaac, showing its build from makaras as pointed out in this article. http://www.stijnvandenhoven.com/ancient-civilizations/chaac-as-makara/
- Makara boats where used in the Indus valley and Khmer civilisation. Because the milkyway big crocodile/fish was so revered, it obviously had big impact om their boats and temples, where we see Chaac, based of the makaras snout. That snout was initialy of an elephant, not present in the Americas. Reed boats from the indus civilization are still seen on Lake Titicaca
- Numerous names in Tiuhanacu are of indian/sanskrit descent. Like Kala for time.
- Indra the Storm god and Varuna god of waters became the later Zeus and Poseidon of the greeks.
- Phoenician boats like the Khmer boats and Greek galleys boasted a Makara design, like the Khmer civilisation, complete with curled up nose. One would only recognise this if one knew the link with the Makara and how this animal looked. This relation, has never been published anywhere before as one need to have made this specific correlations.
- We see the Makara throughout the civilisations of the Americas, The Olmec, the Aztec, The Maya etc etc. This was clear part of ALL their cultures showing their descending relations.
- The snake/crocodile could be simply related to the river, the river could flood, the crocodile a fearsome river animal or its related to the milkyway itself devouring man periodically, like the Sisumara from the Purana clearly identifies the milkyway with the celestial crocodile. also known as the big fish or the dolphin to sages. Its shape can clearly be identified as, a makara or as a dolphin. Early boats where in Makara or dolphin shape.
- The feathered serpent is identical to the Sisumara or Milkway and the peacock composite animal found in india known as Makara. It is also sometimes seen as a tree as in Izapa stele 25 with a crocodile with a foliated tale, symbolizing the tree of life. Stele 25, also has, if you look carefully a figure related to the Makara. His staff with 3 bars is the mastery over the 3 worlds.
That same staff AND the fish symbolism of the sages/oannes is still used today in the form of the fish head mitre of the pope and the 3 bar staff. Therefore Pope Gregory IX, whose name was Tedaldo Visconti (1210-1276) and its relations to this particular story starts to strengthen as well.
Also the double snake staff is of importance with the jewel inside
As that is also nothing new as the opposing snakes or dragons can be seen in the Makara symbolism of indian makara bracelets common in older india.
Let us continue to “the man in the snake symbolism” as also seen above here on the aztec calender, again, with the typical upward coiling elephant Makara snout. Elephants where not present in the Americas.
Could the man in the snake symbol be a symbol that represents the periodical destruction of mankind symbolized as Makara, Chaos devouring man in relation to the Milkyway , The evil serpent in the tree (of life) that chased man out of the “garden of eden” the ideal civilisation at the time, or is it the opposite symbolizing we actualy are born from the milkyway, coming out of the dragon.
Note again the upward makara snout.
We continue to below gallery of images where you can see these similarites between the western Visconti symbolism, stolen form a saracen knight and the relations between India and the Americas for yourself.
The story of the Makara (big fish crocodile) is global. It was used extensively in ship design by the Khmer and Phoenicians and also in the Indus civilziation and the dragon ships of the Vikings. By default related to the milky way, riding the celestial ocean.
Hidden in the Puranas as Sisumara a representation of the milky way and the 7 sages as the big dipper.. That in itself also hides a second story, the story of the 7 sages riding in or saved by the big fish.
The 7 sages that brought civilisation after a deluge, where saved by a great fish. The fish like sages that (re)started the Sumerian civilization. The milky way is a like a river, the river harbours the man eating crocodiles. The river can flood. Are these metaphor’s for a real river flooding or the milky way ending mankind periodically. The devouring of mankind by the celestial crocodile.
There is a deep underlying message to all of this shared by the cultures across the world. History that is now almost lost or not completely known to man how these cultures related and why they share such unique symbolism worldwide and what the symbolism actually ment.
It proves the diffusionist theory by showing deeply rooted similarities in culture across the pacific. and goes against the assumption that civilisations developed independently with similarities, as the Makara is a composite animal not known in nature and these are deep underlying astronomical concepts. To add a figure to the Makara finishes the argument with the isolationist.
There are also clear links to the catholic church, the fish symbolism in the Mitrs, the saints/sages.
The snake (milkyway) in the tree of life (sky) indeed expelled adam and eve out of the garden of eden after they ate from the tree (perhaps the polestar and precession), yet it seems a the story of a lost civilisation and the periodical destruction of civilisation or of the nature of things that time devours all. Is it perhaps the story of the Yuga cycles, that is to vague to answer, but the current catholic church seems to be “the sages of this time” and keepers of the milkyway cross knowledge, as every destruction 7 new sages arrise to teach mankind civilization so this cycle might happen again.
We should investigate these cultural links further and see what the exact message was conveyed to us by indian and american civilizations and take their stories of Yuga cycles and new suns more serious as who are we to think our civilisation will last forever.
This article is only the tip of a very large iceberg of lost world history and lost symbolism carved on Indian and american temples but a very important one to figure out.
Stijn van den Hoven — 26/7/2018
Aditional comments on photos
An extension of my ongoing Makara research, showing its appearance in american cultures. The paper can be read and downloaded here.
This below is an extension that will be added later.
I discovered that the Chaac face is infact also a Makara. It uses 3 Makaras to create a similar 2d and 3d image. Beautifully constructed as such into 1 “face” that adorns the Aztec temples showing again the extreme importance of the Makara in the Aztec culture.
To be continued.
Besides the genius composition of the above artwork, there is a second point of interest. In indian makara bracelets there is a jewel in between the two makaras. If you look closely at the chaac image above, its forward pointing nose can actually be perceived as the jewel between the two Makaras.
I have pointed out before the similarities between indian Makara bracelets and the Aztec calender. The makara as such played a crucial role in meso american civilization.
Another depiction of two makaras facing each other. This time at the site of Quirigua.
Moche Makara Note the curled snout
Due to its composite image of the curled snout this specific images can not be brushed of as jungian archetypes since its not an existing animal but a composite creature.
The Makara is related to the milkyway, which will be explained further in an upcoming book on this very subject.
Other related images for future reference.
ARTIFICIAL DEFORMATION OF THE SKULL.
AN examination of the American monuments shows (see figure on page 269) that the people represented were in the habit of flattening the skull by artificial means. The Greek and Roman writers had mentioned this practice, but it was long totally forgotten by the civilized world, until it was discovered, as an unheard-of wonder, to be the usage among the Carib Islanders, and several Indian tribes in North America. It was afterward found that the ancient Peruvians and Mexicans practised this art: several flattened Peruvian skulls are depicted in Morton’s “Crania Americana.” It is still in use among the Flat-head Indians of the north-western part of the United States.
In 1849 a remarkable memoir appeared from the pen of M. Rathke, showing that similar skulls had been found near Kertsch, in the Crimea, and calling attention to the book of Hippocrates, “De Aeris, Aquis et Locu,” lib. iv., and a passage of Strabo, which speaks of the practice among the Scythians. In 1854 Dr. Fitzinger published a learned memoir on the skulls of the Avars, a branch of the Uralian race of Turks. He shows that the practice of flattening the head had existed from an early date throughout the East, and described an ancient skull, greatly distorted by artificial means, which had lately been found in Lower Austria. Skulls similarly flattened have been found in Switzerland and Savoy. The Huns under Attila had the same practice of flattening the heads. Professor Anders Retzius proved (see “Smithsonian Report,” 1859) that the custom still exists in the south of France, and in parts of Turkey.
[paragraph continues]“Not long since a French physician surprised the world by the fact that nurses in Normandy were still giving the children’s heads a sugar-loaf shape by bandages and a tight cap,
while in Brittany they preferred to press it round. No doubt they are doing so to this day.” (Tylor’s “Anthropology,” p. 241.)
Professor Wilson remarks:
“Trifling as it may appear, it is not without interest to have the fact brought under our notice, by the disclosures of ancient
barrows and cysts, that the same practice of nursing the child and carrying it about, bound to a flat cradle-board, prevailed in Britain and the north of Europe long before the first notices of written history reveal the presence of man beyond the Baltic or the English Channel, and that in all probability the same custom prevailed continuously from the shores of the German Ocean to Behring’s Strait.” (“Smithsonian Report,” 1862, p. 286.)
Dr. L. A. Gosse testifies to the prevalence of the same custom among the Caledonians and Scandinavians in the earliest times; and Dr. Thurman has treated of the same peculiarity among the Anglo-Saxons. Crania Britannica,” chap. iv., p. 38.)
ANCIENT SWISS SKULL.
Here, then, is an extraordinary and unnatural practice which has existed from the highest antiquity, over vast regions of country, on both sides of the Atlantic, and which is perpetuated unto this day in races as widely separated as the Turks, the French, and the Flat-head Indians. Is it possible to explain this except by supposing that it originated from some common centre?
The annexed out represents an ancient Swiss skull, from a cemetery near Lausanne, from a drawing of Frederick Troyon. Compare this with the illustration given on page 271, which represents a Peruvian flat-head, copied from Morton’s “Ethnography and Archæology of the American Aborigines,” 1846. This skull is shockingly distorted. The dotted lines indicate the course of the bandages by which the skull was deformed.
The following heads are from Del Rio’s “Account of Palenque,” copied into Nott and Gliddon’s “Types of Mankind,” p. 440. They show that the receding forehead was a natural characteristic of the ancient people of Central America. The same form of head has been found even in fossil skulls. We may therefore conclude that the skull-flattening, which we find to have been practised in both the Old and New Worlds, was
an attempt of other races to imitate the form of skull of a people whose likenesses are found on the monuments of Egypt and of America. It has been shown that this peculiar form of the head was present even in the fœtus of the Peruvian mummies.
Hippocrates tells us that the practice among the Scythians was for the purpose of giving a certain aristocratic distinction.
Amedée Thierry, in his “History of Attila,” says the Huns used it for the same reason; and the same purpose influences the Indians of Oregon.
Dr. Lund, a Swedish naturalist, found in the bone caves of Minas-Geraes, Brazil, ancient human bones associated with the remains of extinct quadrupeds. “These skulls,” says Lund, “show not only the peculiarity of the American race but in an excessive degree, even to the entire disappearance of the forehead.” Sir Robert Schomburgh found on some of the affluents of the Orinoco a tribe known as Frog Indians, whose heads were flattened by Nature, as shown in newly-born children.
OUTLINES OF SKULLS OF DIFFERENT RACES.
in various races. The upper dotted line, A, represents the shape of the European forehead; the next line, B, that of the Australian; the next, C, that of the Mound Builder of the United States; the next, D, that of the Guanche of the Canary Islands; and the next, E, that of a skull from the Inca cemetery of Peru. We have but to compare these lines with the skulls of the Egyptians, Kurds, and the heroic type of heads in the statues of the gods of Greece, to see that there was formerly an ancient race marked by a receding forehead; and that the practice of flattening the skull was probably an attempt to approximate the shape of the head to this standard of an early civilized and dominant people.
Not only do we find the same receding forehead in the skulls of the ancient races of Europe and America, and the same attempt to imitate this natural and peculiar conformation by artificial flattening of the head, but it has been found (see Henry Gillman’s “Ancient Man in Michigan,” “Smithsonian Report,” 1875, p. 242) that the Mound Builders and Peruvians of America, and the Neolithic people of France and the Canary Islands, had alike an extraordinary custom of boring a circular bole in the top of the skulls of their dead, so that the soul might readily pass in and out. More than this, it has been found that in all these ancient populations the skeletons exhibit a remarkable degree of platicnemism, or flattening of the tibiæ or leg bones. (lbid., 1873, p.367.) In this respect the Mound Builders of Michigan were identical with the man of Cro Magnon and the ancient inhabitants of Wales.
The annexed ancient Egyptian heads, copied from the monuments, indicate either that the people of the Nile deformed their heads by pressure upon the front of the skull, or that
there was some race characteristic which gave this appearance to their heads. These heads are all the heads of priests, and therefore represented the aristocratic class.
CENTRAL AMERICAN HEAD.
found in a temple at Palenque, Central America. The second is from an Egyptian monument of the time of Rameses IV.
The outline drawing on the following page shows the form of the skull
of the royal Inca line: the receding forehead here seems to be natural, and not the result of artificial compression.
PERUVIAN INCA SKULL, FROM THE ANCIENT CEMETARY OF PAHACAMAC.
to a common race characteristic.
We must add the fact that the extraordinary practice of deforming the skull was found all over Europe and America to the catalogue of other proofs that the people of both continents were originally united in blood and race. With the couvade, the practice of circumcision, unity of religious beliefs and customs, folk-lore, and alphabetical signs, language and flood legends, we array together a mass of unanswerable proofs of prehistoric identity of race.
In Irish mythology, Cichol or Cíocal Gricenchos is the earliest-mentioned leader of the Fomorians. His epithet, Gricenchos or Grigenchosach, is obscure. Macalister translates it as “clapperleg”; Comyn as “of withered feet”.O’Donovan leaves it untranslated.
According to the Lebor Gabála Érenn, he arrived in Ireland with 200 men and 600 women, who subsisted by fishing and fowling for 200 years until the arrival of Partholón, 311 years after the Flood, whose followers were the first to bring animal husbandry, the plough, houses and brewing to Ireland. Ten years later, Partholón defeated Cichol and the Fomorians in the Battle of Mag Itha.
Nemed defeated them in several battles, killing their kings Gann and Sengann, but two new Fomorian leaders arose: Conand son of Faebar, who lived in Conand’s Tower on Tory Island, County Donegal, and Morc son of Dela (note that the first generation of the Fir Bolg were also said to be sons of Dela). It is suggested by John Rhys and R. A. Stewart Macalister that the Fir Bolg are the Fomorians (Fomoire) under another guise.
Lugh has several magical possessions. He wields an unstoppable fiery spear, a sling stone, and a sword named Fragarach (“the answerer”). He also owns a self-sailing boat named Scuabtuinne (“wave sweeper”), a horse named Enbarr, and a hound named Failinis.
part of a series on Celtic mythology
Breast of Anu
Breast shaped hills
Author: Sathiyamurthy K., Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Location: Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu
Camera: Fuji 2000 HD
This is the last of the surviving photos where you can see the dilapidated and without the top of the pyramid. Good view of the road which took out the building material from the dismantled pyramids.
Today, crowds of French tourists who go to see the pyramids in Egypt, but recently similar structures they might consider at home.
The ancient European constructions
The attention of the public and of many researchers, those who are not subject to the constraint of the social systems of their countries, has turned to the search for the archaeological remains that still remain of the ancient European civilization, like many cairns present sporting also a stepped architecture.
Guimar in tenmerife at the Canary Islands
and Monte D’Accoddi in Sardinia.
The pyramid of Barnenez, in the north of Brittany, was rediscovered in 1850. A pyramid with steps, about 35 meters high and dating back to 4500-3900 BC. JC, which had been used for some time as a stone quarry until the popular protest stopped the destruction
In Italy, for example, they have been found in Lombardy, Campania, Friuli, Sardinia and many others in Sicily.
The large number of discoveries and their architectural complexity place us in front of a very important archaeological case which creates an ideological problem.
There are indeed many cases of archaeological pieces, even large ones that have been destroyed or obscured by the current chronicle, like the ancient “pagan” temples and many menhirs and dolmens, but also as the great megalithic city of Rama , whose gigantic ruins defy time in the Susa Valley, in northern Piedmont.
We can take as an example the inexplicable behavior of the authorities vis-à-vis the safeguarding of these archaeological pieces, citing the case of the Barnenez pyramid, in the north of Brittany. A step pyramid, which is about 35 meters high, dating back to 4500-3900 BC. JC, built with dry stone laying, which includes doors on the sides and rooms and interior corridors. And that is almost similar to those of Güímar, which still exist on the island of Tenerife in the Canaries archipelago in Spain. Just like the pyramid of Monte D’Accoddi in Sardinia, or those of Sicily. All to degrees and built with the laying of dry stones.
Forgotten for a time, the Barnenez pyramid was rediscovered in 1850 following the cleansing of the vegetation that had invaded it and which had revealed the valuable work of a European culture that was able to know the mathematical and astronomical principles .
For the record, the Pyramids Güímar too, which originally were nine, are now only six because the others, considered in 1800 as piles of stones worthless, were destroyed more to the use of the stony material with which they had been built.
One of the pyramids of Güímar, on the island of Tenerife in the Canaries Archipelago in Spain. Originally the pyramids were nine, but today there are only six left since the others were destroyed following the use of the stony material with which they were built
The idea that, on the European continent, only ignorant barbarians and plunderers, incapable of developing a true civilization, will be perpetuated once more.
The pyramid of Monte D’Accoddi in Sardinia. Today it is abandoned like all the other Italian pyramids.
A detailed description of the structure of the “pyramid” of Nice
1800 such as Christian Bouquet
1900, such as Bonaventure Salvetti
The ancestors of Europeans
But who were the European natives of whom we speak and who today represent, beyond any ideological censorship, the cultural and biological roots of the whole population of Europe?
Modern paleontology suggests that Europe several thousand years ago was the object of migrations of peoples from the African continent. At first, 300 000-400 000 thousand years ago, Neanderthal populations arrived and settled on the territory. Since they were skilful builders, they seem to have built forts and megalithic monuments of different kinds that can still be seen today. Subsequently, about 40,000-50,000 years ago, there were other migrations from Africa, the Cro-Magnon populations, the variant of Homo Sapiens Sapiens.
About 35,000 years ago the forests of North Africa began to give way to the desert. The Cro-Magnon populations that had established themselves in this territory and who would later be identified as the Berber people of today, migrated again to Europe. They thus reached, through the Strait of Gibraltar, the South of the Iberian Peninsula, in the zone corresponding at the moment to Andalusia, where they gave birth to new colonies by merging with the culture of Neanderthal which had preceded. In the same period the other populations of Cro-Magnons, who were heading towards the Middle East and the Balkans, reached the coast of Liguria in Italy thus giving life to the Ligurian community.
It seems obvious that all these populations have had the necessary time, over millennia, to create and develop a specific civilization on the European continent. A civilization that, in order to remain stable over time, had to organize and develop the technologies needed to build cities and religious monuments. A civilization that has nothing to envy to that of Egypt and that of the Roman Empire.
A great civilization to which we can attribute all the imposing megalithic monuments that still exist and the great pyramids, obtained by modeling the natural elevations of the land, which can still be admired today. Not to mention the masterpieces of technology she possessed in the field of scientific knowledge, literature, music and art.
A pyramid also in nice, built over the entrance to the grotto Ratapignata was discovered Domenico Rossetti in 1803 (and for some said build at that time)
A strange pyramid is located on the hillside north of Nice and northwest of Falicon. The pyramid is fairly small and now showing the signs of age (the top has been truncated at about 3 m), but the lower part is in good condition. It was discovered in 1804, and was calculated to have been 9 m tall. Its uniqueness and mystery make it worth visiting.
The stone pyramid is built over the opening of the Grotto (Aven) of Ratapignata, on the eastern flank of the ridge. The grotto beneath the pyramid is a karstic cave, called Bauma des Ratapignata in Occitan, or “Cave of the Bats”.
This is one of the very rare pyramids to be found in Europe, and no clear explanation has ever been given for its existence. Among the various theories of its origin, the grandson of the famous archeologist John Ward-Perkins (shown here at the pyramid in 1996) thinks it might have marked the tomb of an ancient chieftain, possibly an exiled Egyptian.
The tale we heard in Falicon some ten years ago (1996) was that the pyramid was built by Roman legionaires, and the 50-meter deep grotto was a temple to the Persian goddess Mithra.
The on-line en.wikipedia.org expands on that, suggesting: “The number of stairs leading into the cave below the pyramid also supposedly corresponds to the 7-level initiation rituals of the cult of Mithras – an eastern religion that was popular with members of the Roman Army during the later Empire.” We met a man on the trail doing a film about the pyramid, who said it had connections with the Templars, also told us it’s one of only two pyramids in France; the other being in the Massif Central. There is said to be a similar pyramid that exists near the middle of Southern France in the Massif Central, a mountainous elevated region which also contains the Auvergne Volcanoes National Park, which contains the Puy de Dôme, the highest volcano in what is called the Chaine des Puys. However, due to the geology of the region, it may be possible that there is a natural feature existing in the latter location (as pictured below) which could resemble a pyramid.
A trio of visitors from California, Willow, Beckey and Bill, had read about the pyramid in connection with the templars, and they thought there were symbols and signs marking the interior. None of us descended down inside to investigate.
A book with information on the pyramid is Sacred Sites of the Knights Templar by John K. Young, Phd.
The pyramid and grotto were discovered (at least for our modern era) in 1803 by one Domenico Rossetti. The Ratapignata Grotto was listed in all the regional tourist guides from the 19th century. In that earlier time, locals rented out ladders to visitors intent on descending into the interior. Now, in October 2007, just over two centuries later, the Ratapignata Grotto has been listed as an official Historical Monument (Monument historique).
Locating the Pyramid
Step 1 is to get to La Vallièra wilderness park, near the Aire de St Michel north of Nice. The Aire de St Michel is at the road junction of the D114 and D214, north of Nice’s Gairaut area and 2 km southwest of Falicon. There’s a bus stop at the Aire de St Michel:
Bus #70, connects with Place Fontaine du Temple at the north of Nice, at Ave du Ray and Bvd de Gorbella / Bvd Comte de Falicon.
Bus #25 connects with Falicon, station J C Bermond.
From the Aire de St Michel the small Chemin de Chateaurenard (also marked with the red-and-white Grande Randonnée signs) goes up the hill about a km to the entrance of the park area. It’s a 15-minute walk, or you can drive up and park along the road. On weekends, the parking places are probably full.
Step 2, from La Vallièra park entrance. The GR5, marked with red and white signs, goes north through the park area, then up onto the Crete de Graus where it heads north to the village of Aspremont.
About 15-20 minutes up the trail, you pass a power pylon, and just after, there’s a ruin of a stone house in the trees. At the far side of the ruin, go right onto a small path (marked with the red-white “X” for Not GR) that angles northeast through the trees. This path comes out on the hillside, and goes north along the flanc of the hill, about 5-10 minutes to the pyramid.
An alternate route is to continue on the GR5 when you pass the stone-house ruin. About 5-10 minutes up the GR, where is passes directly beneath very high power lines, take the tiny path off to the right, over the ridge. This little path angles back down the hillside (southeast) to the pyramid.
Since not extinguished disputes about the date of construction and its purpose. The basic version of temple of the Gallo-Roman period (near nice was the Roman colony of Cemenelum) and the sanctuary of the knights Templar. Now the pyramid is almost completely destroyed.
This is kind of curious since it is extremely close to the big destroyed pyramid of St. Andre. For reference, you clearly see the large intersection at the bottom right that was the site of the large st. Andre pyramid. That large pyramid was accessible via the river from the sea and is close to malta and corsica.
Now the pyramid is being eroded and is in very poor condition. No scientists, no historians or the French government don’t want it.
Several ancient pyramids were destroyed, and the remaining useless and almost completely destroyed, even more surprisingly, what was built a modern pyramid La Pertus allegedly built by Ricardo Bofille in 1974-1976.
Perhaps the architect had a hand in the pyramid only decorate the stairs, covered the verge of a stone building on the existing pyramid of awkward construction.
In 70 years the French authorities demolished one of the ancient pyramids in Europe – Saint-andré to make room for the highway!
and in another place, at the same time at the junction of the A9 motorway AP7 erect remake.
There are in France and other pyramids, of course less impressive in size, but they are forgotten, abandoned and almost destroyed.
This above picture is worth gold. It clearly shows a large megalithic base of big stone blocks, which in my opinion are burried in the hill side today.
Pyramid 33 metres tall built on the assurances of historians in the 1st century during the reign of Emperor Vespasian.
It is in the area of the ancient necropolis of urns Box, which is located in Autun. https://www.pyramidseverywhere.org/autun-pyramid-france/
According to scientists, the pyramid served as a funerary monument for the Romans however, buried in its walls are ancient symbols of the druids making a pyramid at least 200 years older.
Antoine Gigal has an article (in french)
and mentions the nearby captial of the gauls capital archeological site, Bibracte,worth a visit when in the area.
The twelve wind system:
The Piri-ries map was composed using an ancient system of cartography that involved the division of a circle from an original multiple of 360 degrees. This fact relates the system to Babylonian science in which the Babylonians had a numbering system based on sixty and on decimals. The Babylonians also had the zodiac, with twelve signs of 30 degrees separation between each. (The twelve-wind system produces a 6×6 grid from divisions of 24 arcs of 15 degrees each – The eight-wind system produces a 4×4 grid from 8 arcs of 22.5 degrees each – The Piri-reis map has 30 arcs of 12 degrees each).
(Extracts from ‘Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings’, By C. Hapgood) – Various writers refer to the use of the twelve-wind system among the ancients. The Greek geographer Timosthenes, an immediate predecessor to Eratosthenes employed it. The later was said to have abandoned it in favour of the eight-wind system, because it was too difficult for mariners.
It is interesting to note that the 8×8 grid (made of the first 64 numbers), in its ‘Magic square’ form, represents Mercury (Hermes, Thoth), which is also the planet ascribed the Pyramids by J. Michell. Each planet associated to a different ‘Ancient wonder of the world’. He quotes the cabbalist Levi who said the following ‘the whole secret of prehistoric science is expressed in the following equation’ referring to the idea that all life is created by the fusion (alchemy) of Mercury (1080) and Sulphur (666) = 1746. This number, used as a circumference, will create a pyramid with exactly the same dimensions of the Great pyramid.
In conclusion, the 8×8 grid that is used in the design of Giza is the same as that used in the construction of ancient navigational charts.
The same grid produces the 12 x 30 degree arcs of the Sumerians, and the oldest maps using this system appear to have centred on Cairo and been made between 13,000 and 4,000 BC. During this time period, Earth was subjected to a 120 metre sea level rise, consisting of three flood phases as explored below. The Sumerians disappeared (along with other cultures), at the end of this time frame.
Definitely on the “go back there” wishlist is Argos with its Mycenean ruins, next to the Latium province of Italy as I didnt have time for the “greek pyramids”. I explored the greek pyramid with google maps, checking if it had a north south alignment (which it didn’t) and the angles and overall shape of it.
It seemingly has a rectangular base and might not yield a true pyramid but that needs further investigation. Its position on a hill and the fact that it could be seen from the see as seen in the attached pictures might definitely be or interest to its intended usage. Apparently one of the passages lined up with orion rising, An astronomical orientation of the long entrance corridor was found related to the rise of Orion’s belt occurring in c. 2000-2400 BC. What also was interesting is, that again, a church was build straight next to it on these premisses, perhaps hiding some other ruins in exact same orientation, which, is weird since a church usually aligns perfectly to cardinal points. Instead, it does align to Mycenean citadel as a way marker when drawn as a line.
Drone Footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwUn97zFjy0
Youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbIChSwYzfY