A persistent myth of modern occultism concerns the existence
of societies residing underground. The myth takes many
forms, including stories of underground caverns inhabited by
malevolent deros (dwarfs) and subterranean cities inhabited by
the survivors of Atlantis or Lemuria, or flying saucer pilots.
Much of this new mythology stems from the publications of
the enterprising Raymond A. Palmer in Amazing Stories, Flying
Saucers, and Search magazines. In 1945 Palmer introduced the
readers of Amazing Stories to the fantasies of Richard S. Shaver,
with whom Palmer collaborated in producing what were stoutly
claimed to be factual racial memories of survivors from Atlantis
and Lemuria, originally giants but now degenerated into
malevolent dwarfs, influencing mankind by secret rays.
Palmer, who helped focus the first excitement about flying
saucers in his magazine Fate in the spring 1948 issue, later went
on to publish articles suggesting that saucers came from an underground
world entered through the polar ice caps.
Other sources for subterranean mythology include the writings
of Robert Ernest Dickhoff and Milinko S. Stevic. In Dickhoffs
book Agharta, he describes a vast network of underground
tunnels radiating from Antarctica with openings in the United
States, Brazil, Tibet, and Pacific islands. These underground
strongholds are inhabited by descendants of Martians, who colonized
the Earth in prehistory.
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Stevic, a Yugoslav-born engineer, lectures about the extensive
subterranean cities beneath New York, Tokyo, Leningrad,
Sao Paulo, and large areas of the Atlantic Ocean. Survivors of
Atlantis reside in this subterranean world, where they have
built huge domes of fiberglass. There are millions of inhabitants,
who also contribute illegal immigrants to the United
States. There are, apparently, secret entrances to the underground
world through a number of churches, including, specifically,
St. John the Divine at 103rd Street and Amsterdam in
New York. Stevic also claims that Adolf Hitler did not die but
reached the United States through a secret tunnel and now
lives quietly in New Jersey.
In Livingston, Montana, W. C. and Gladys Hefferlin also
publicized a Rainbow City in the Antarctic, founded two million
years ago as the focal point of a network of underground tunnels.
Heading the large population in Rainbow City are the Ancient
Three, descendants of Martians who exercise a favorable
influence on world affairs, in contrast to Shavers malevolent
deros. These powerful mystics of Rainbow City won World
War II for the Allies by stopping Rommel in Egypt and halting
the Japanese in the Pacific.
Early in this century, Frederick Spencer Oliver (writing as
the channel for Phylos the Tibetan) began to speak of people
living inside a hollow Mt. Shasta, in northern California. His
initial revelations were later strengthened by the revelations of
Guy W. Ballard, founder of the I Am Movement. In 1934, writing
as Godfré Ray King, Ballard published Unveiled Mysteries,
in which he detailed his encounters with a godlike figure
named Master Saint-Germain.
Although based somewhat on traditional fairy lore, notions
of demonic realms beneath the Earth, and Asian folklore, accounts
of underground worlds have emerged as an integral
part of modern occult lore. (See also Subterranean Crypts and
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Dickhoff, Robert Ernest. Agharta. Boston Bruce Humphries,
Hefferlin, W. C., and Gladys Hefferlin. A Description of the
Rainbow City from the Hefferlin Manuscript. Vista, Calif. Borderland
Sciences Research Foundation, n.d.
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Tiruvannamalai, India Sri Ramanasramam, 1957.