Edgar Cayce and Atlantis
Anthropologists once believed North and South America had initially been populated by Asians crossing a land bridge connecting Asia and Alaska during the last Ice Age, some 20,000 years ago. However, recent genetic DNA analysis of Native Americans now places the initial wave of migration between 38,000 and 50,000 years ago.
Genetic DNA analysis can trace the ethnic tribal lineage, and thereby land of the origin, of a human being.
Native American tribes contain four distinct DNA groupings, designated A, B, C and D. These groupings are found in Asia but not in Europe or Africa. While 96 percent of all indigenous natives in North and South America fall within A, B, C and D, a mysterious 4 percent, dubbed Group X, couldn't be explained.
Type X subjects were not found in the vast majority of tribes, including none in South America. It was also determined Type X subjects arrived in North America 10,000 to 38,000 years ago, later than the other groups.
By far the highest concentration of Type X in Europe was found in the Basques, a race of Caucasians who live in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. And the highest frequency of Type X in the entire world was found in the Berbers, a race of Caucasians who live in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco in North Africa.
The Basques and Berbers have long puzzled anthropologists, linguists and historians because they don't seem to fit into their continental surroundings. However, independent researchers of the Association of Research and Enlightenment (ARE), followers of Edgar Cayce, came forward and made a few observations of their own.
Known as the Sleeping Prophet, Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) is considered by many to have been America's foremost psychic. Throughout his lifetime he performed over 14,000 readings while in a self-induced trance. Although delving into many subjects, 8,976 of his readings, transcribed onto 900,000 pages of notes, were devoted to medical problems, a majority of which were resolved, often advancing current medical technology.
Ironically, the genetic DNA analysis findings may actually lend credence to Edgar Cayce's psychic readings.
Many of Edgar Cayce's readings concerned the island continent of Atlantis, the fabled empire located beyond the Pillars of Hercules (presumably the Rocks of Gibraltar in the western Mediterranean), as thoroughly detailed in Plato's Timaeus, that fell into the sea. The readings described three separate disasters that befell Atlantis.
The first catastrophe happened in 50,700 B.C., caused by an explosion of gas pockets within the earth that triggered volcanoes and earthquakes, generated a magnet pole shift on the planet and produced a great Ice Age.
The second catastrophe occurred in 28,000 B.C., coinciding with the Biblical account of Noah and the Great Flood. After the deluge, the continent had been broken into three main islands: Aryaz in the east (present day Azores Island group), Poseidia in the north (West Indies area), and Og in the south (near South America).
The final catastrophe took place in 10,600 B.C. There were gigantic land upheavals upon the earth and the remaining land mass of Poseidia and Aryaz (except for the mountain peaks) disappeared into the seas.
The Cayce readings indicated the Atlanteans had been forced to relocate to various distant lands during the catastrophes, specifically to the Pyrenees Mountains (between Spain and France), Morocco (Atlas Mountains), Egypt (where they built the pyramids) and North America (where they formed the Iroquois nation).
In North America, the highest concentration of Type X lineage was found within the Iroquois nation (Ojibway, Oneota and Nuu-Chah-Nulth tribes). Cayce also reported some Atlanteans went on to the American Southwest and Midwest. The Navajo (Southwest) and mound builder region (Midwest) also contain some Type X subjects.
The bottom line is that everywhere Edgar Cayce (psychic readings) claimed the Atlanteans settled after their land disappeared has a high unaccountable occurrence of a specific DNA type found nowhere else on this planet.
This isn't exactly scientific proof of the prior existence of Atlantis, but we live in a very strange universe.
Edgar Cayce may have been a brilliant talent or merely a crackpot. Either way, it's an awesome coincidence.
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Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four novels, which are available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at email@example.com.