“Of the estimated 2,500 books and magazine articles published about the lost civilization, The Atlantis Encyclopedia is the only one of its kind. It is an attempt to bring together all the known details of this immense, continually fascinating subject, as well as provide succinct definitions and clear explanations.” – From the Atlantis Encyclopedia
Most books about the lost continent of Atlantis are largely theoretical. However, The Atlantis Encyclopedia is more fact oriented, focusing on areas such as geology, oceanography, and astronomy, as well as the numerous folk traditions around the world which preserve memories of a great flood. The exhaustive information presented in this book is the result of more than two decades of continuous study and international travel by the author. From Morocco’s underground shrine to Britain’s Stonehenge, seldom seen solar monuments in Japan’s remote forests to a cannibal temple in Polynesia, Frank Joseph takes novice readers, specialists, and skeptics alike on an intensive journey through Atlantean civilization.
The Atlantis Encyclopedia—written in an alphabetic, encyclopedic format—also offers comprehensive information about the Pacific counterpart to Atlantis: the lost kingdom of Mu, also known as Lemuria. A few of the topics covered in this book:
•Viracocha, the early Inca culture-hero who “rose” from the depths of Lake Titicaca
•Balor, the king of the giant Sea People in Irish folklore
•Island of Jewels, the paradisiacal realm in Hindu myth. At the center of this island hidden by misty akasha, was a magnificent palace where all wishes were granted.
•Enki, the sea-god of Sumerian myth who was a pre-flood culture-bearer from Atlantis
•Numinor, J.R.R. Tolkien’s version of Atlantis in Lord of the Rings. Tolkien claimed to have been plagued since childhood by nightmares he believed were past-life memories of the Atlantean catastrophe—nightmares also shared by his son. (Numinor was also known as Ele’na and Westernesse).
•Ragnarok, the Norse “Twilight of the Gods”
•Pleiades, also known as Atlantides, means “Daughter of Atlas”. Greek scholar Diodoras Siculus wrote that the Pleiades were not originally mythic figures, but real women who married Atlantean culture bearers. Long after their deaths, they were regarded as divine, and commemorated as a star cluster.
•Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote about Atlantis in a 1928 serialization by The Saturday Evening Post titled The Maracot Deep.
At 312-pages, this reference book also features 16 full-color photographs and images, as well as black-and-white photos interspersed throughout the text. Questions addressed in this book include:
•What was Atlantis?
•Where was it located?
•How long ago did it flourish?
•How was it destroyed?
•What became of its survivors?
•Have any remains of Atlantis ever been found?
•Will Atlantis ever be found?
•Did Atlantis have any impact on America?
The Atlantis Encyclopedia is a unique and valuable resource that doesn’t aim to prove that the sunken capital actually existed. Yet, with all the evidence mustered on its behalf, even skeptics may conclude that there is something factual behind this enduring, global legend.