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Starting with an overview of various 'rationalist' theories aimed at locating the submerged continent/island somewhere on the globe (ch. 1), the author goes on to present multifarious threads of Western esotericism, dating from the second half of the 18th century to the late 1900s. Their advocates make an exhaustive laundry list of names and ideas: French thinkers (d'Olivet, d'Alveydre, Schuré, Papus, Le Cour, Phaure); Theosophists (Blavatsky, Sinnet, Scott-Elliot, Leadbeater, Steiner's 'Anthroposophy', Bailey, Besant); Germans - Ariosophists (Lanz-Liebenfels, von List, Wieland, Wirth, Wiligut, Peryt Shou); 'traditionalists' Guénon and Evola; Britons (D. Fortune, Margaret Brown, Col. Fawcett, Randall-Stevens, Foster Forbes, Lewis Spence, le Poer Trench); 'independents' like de Bourbourg, le Plongeon, Sidney Raleigh, the Churchward bros., certain Rosicrucians, Gurdjieff.
Recurring themes include: variations on root races; human devolution from a supposed Golden Age (for instance, those "sodomite hobgoblins" in Lanz-Liebenfels's 'Theozoology', p. 120); Hyperborea; Shambhala - Agartha; Lemuria/Mu; axial tilt or polar wanderings; floods/cataclysms; higher/light beings projecting themselves to the material realm; utopias; channeling; reincarnation; ESP; unfathomable time spans; Akashic records; gods/angels; so on and so forth -- the usual staple for the New Age crowd. It's left to the reader to decide whether these ideas are to be interpreted literally, or viewed rather as allegories/fantasies about 'ideal worlds' that reveal more about the particular time they were conceived in by overactive imagination, perhaps in several cases driven by an agenda, than actual pre-history. Another issue to contemplate may be the extent cryptocracy has been responsible for the proliferation of the memes under consideration (cf. Michael Tsarion's output). At any rate, you can bet Golden Age is not around the corner.
The last two chapters (pp. 298-356) on the cycle of four ages/yugas (Guénon, Georgel, Daniélou) and the precession of the equinoxes may lack "the entertainment value of lost lands and bizarre visions" (p. 357). The extensive endnote section amounts merely to bibliographical references. For those unfamiliar with the controversial characters, their manipulative antics and background to outlandish claims associated with Theosophy and its offshoots, Peter Washington's Madame Blavatsky's Baboon: A History of the Mystics, Mediums, and Misfits Who Brought Spiritualism to Ameri ca (1993) provides a fascinating read. For some mysterious reason, this title has not found its way to Godwin's bibliography (pp. 404-22).