Atlantis and the Gods of Antiquity – Manly P. Hall – 33rd Degree Mason
The Masonic Order is often an easy target due to its vows of secrecy and demonstrably incredible worldwide power in our modern civilization.
Only those who had penetrated through the highest “degrees” of Freemasonry had any idea about what the Mysteries really were. The lower degrees were designed to foster a large body of loyal and unified members for the group, thus enhancing Masonic power and influence without compromising any real knowledge or secrets.
According to many sources from diversified fields, the Atlantean knowledge was preserved by its survivors. According to Plato’s account, Atlantis disappeared in a sudden cataclysm that caused it to sink beneath the sea.
There were a precious few who became aware that this was going to happen before it actually did, and they were able to evacuate the island continent before the event itself occurred. They migrated to different areas throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, most notably within the Mesoamerican region of the Yucatan.
The majority of the entire world was not civilized during the time of Atlantis. The secluded island of Atlantis itself, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on all sides, was far more advanced than many of the indigenous cultures that were already in existence in other parts of the world. At that time, not everyone was at the same level of development by any means, and the legends say that Atlantis had just begun a large-scale colonization / civilization program for the outside world when they collapsed.
The Atlantean cataclysm completely submerged all the remnants of their once great island, and in many cases the survivors of this disaster found themselves thrust into situations with primitive peoples who could barely even begin to fathom the civilization that they had come from.