On earth there were are certain animal species before which are now extinct but on the other hand there are also existing new ones. (Every year there are discovered new ones). This has often to do with the natural capicity of the organism to adapt itself to the ever changing environment. We normally would call this "evolution", but this word is however nowadays understood like: "the grow to a higher grade of development", although it is actually about adaptation and not growth.
In certain ancient texts there are described creatures which we don't know of today and because we can not find any physical evidence for these it is often thought that therefore they must be made up. While some creatures - including dragons and serpents - were sometimes used for merely symbollic reasons, this of course doesn't mean by default that they were merely originally made up as a symbol. Besides the old mythologies from around the world we also find these kind of creatures in the old Jewish and Hebrew texts. It is possible that the Jewish legends are the oldest writings known so far about creatures which nowadays don't exist (anymore), like the phoenix; a bird which at the end of her life cycle lighted her own nest including herself into flames, from where a new baby bird came from the ashes where her soul could enter back in for another 500 years.
It is little known that the wild horned version of the horse; the "unicorn", is also mentioned in several books of the Bible: See Job 39:9-10, Numbers 23:22 and 24:8, Deuteronomy 33:17, Psalm 22:21, 29:6, 92:10 and Isaiah 34:7. In fact, unicorns were still depicted on 15th and 16th century European tapestries and renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci wrote about the unicorn in one of his notebooks, making it plausible that this animal wasn't a fantasy animal but did probably exist in the past. (See Wikipedia for more information.)
Dependant on the Bible translation, in the Biblical book Isaiah the "basilisk" and the "fiery flying serpent (or dragon)" had been mentioned in a literary sense as if they really would have existed in the past. (See these different translations.) From Isaiah 30:6 (King James Version):
"The burden against the beasts of the South. Through a land of trouble and anguish, from which came the lioness and the lion, the viper and the fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys, and their treasures on the humps of camels, to a people who shall not profit;"
These flying serpents are perhaps related to the so-called "lindworms" from European mythology and folklore, where they were described here as serpent-like half-dragons that could be either winged or wingless, plus quadrupedal, bipedal or limbless and with a poisonous bite. From stories like the "Lambton Worm" it is evident that the word "worm" was an old word for a serpent-like and dragon-like creature, essentially a kind of sea serpent but that also could live on dry land.
Many ancient Mesopotamian wall reliefs are depicting mixed creatures including humans with animal-like features. The image above-left is a piece from the walls of the Babylonian "Ishtar Gate". The walls of the Ishtar Gate have been reconstructed to a hight of 14 km and are now currently in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.
Among the known depictions of numerous creatures such as: lions, bulls, horses and the now extinct aurochs, there are also numerous depictions of a creature that is known today as the "mushhushshu", which can be loosely translated as "splendor serpent" in Akkadian. Depictions of this creature had been mostly unchanged in ancient Babylonian art for centuries (see a probably much older version in the image above-right), which did lead German archeologist and architect Robert Koldewey (the discoverer of the Ishtar Gate between 1899 and 1914) to the belief that this creature really could have existed in the past.
This creature is actually very similar the so-called "questing beast" ("questing" as the old word for "barking") or "beast glatisant" (French) from the King Arthur legends, in which it is described having the head of a serpent, the body of a leopard, the backside of a lion and the front paws of a reindeer or a rabbit. From his belly would have sounded a sound like thirty yelping dogs. Popular interpretations view the mushhushshu as a dragon or dragon-like creature.
As already been mentioned in the chapter: "The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men"; Among the readings of Edgar Cayce there is also the mention of half-human beasts that were on earth before 9.000 BC. Because they were not really human and usually had low animal-like intelligence, these beings were called the "things" and they eventually would have become the basis for the legendary creatures of Greco-Roman mythology; like the satyr, mermaid and the like (birdman, centaur, cyclops, minotaur). (See Edgar Cayce Reading 364.10-11.)
Many of them were being used as work slaves to do the work that didn't require much intelligence, like in agriculture. At a later time, this caused a great ethic problem between those of the factions of the sons of Belial - who wanted to keep exploitating them - and those of the Law of One - who proposed more rights, freedom and room for spiritual development for those beings.
Lytle Robinson also mentioned these mixtures based on the Edgar Cayce readings in his book "Edgar Cayce's Story of the Origin and Destiny of Man (1972)":
"Overcoming the monstrosities, the mixtures and the animal influences was accomplished through rebirth, surgery and evolution towards a more divine purpose. The animal influences finally disappeared about 9000 B.C. Remnants of these creatures, with their appendages of wings, tails, feathers, claws and hooves were later depicted accurately in Assyrian and Egyptian art. The sphinx is a notable example of one of the earlier monostrosities."
In his readings, Edgar Cayce mentioned the so-called "Temple of Sacrifice", which was a spiritually based hospital or health center, and the "Temple Beautiful", which was a school of higher learning and vocational traininig. According to Edgar Cayce's material, these temples had nothing to do with human or animal sacrifices but instead the sacrifice of the ego and selfishness was meant, to develop oneself in the way to a more divine purpose. Edgar Cayce mentioned that there were such temples in both Altantis and in (early) Egypt around 10.000 BC. These centers gave hope to these "things" that their bodies could be transformed, to heal the body and soul and also to get rid of the animalistic influences which had perverted those beings on a large scale. These reliefs seen above may have to do with the rituals performed in those centers.
"...for, in the period, there was the Temple of Sacrifice; or that wherein the body was shed of the animal representations through the sacrificing of the desires of the appetite, through the changing of self in the temple service."
(Source: Reading 275-33)
Treatments for correction of bodily and mental deformities were accomplished not only through the use of surgery, medicines, electrical therapy, massage, spinal adjustments and the like; but by diet, the vibrations of music, colours, dancing, song, chanting, and most important ones; by keeping a state of profound relaxation and meditation, both for the raising of the spiritual vibration and vitality within the body so that the body will recover better and thus sooner. (Hurt, fear, worry and stress actually lowers one's vibration and should be resolved or avoided as much as possible). There is actually a tight relation between mind and matter where scientists are in present time are just scratching the surface with their theories about quantum mechanics.
"The passage of individuals through the experiences in the Temple of Sacrifice was much as would be in the hospitalization, or a hospital of the present day, when there have become antagonistic conditions within the physical body, such as to produce tumors, wens[cysts], warts or such.
Magnify this into the disturbances which were indicated, or illustrated in conditions where there was the body or figure of the horse, or the head of the horse with the body of man; or where there were the various conditions indicated in the expressions by the pushing of spirit into physical matter until it became influenced by or subject to same. Such influences we see in the present manifested as habits, or the habit-forming conditions.
Then there are, or were the needs for the attempts to operate, as well as to adhere to diets and activities to change the natures of the individuals; that their offspring, as well as themselves, might bring forth that which was in keeping with--or a pattern of--those influences in which there were souls or spirits with the idea, or ideal, of seeking light."
(Source: Reading 281-44)
(For more information about Edgar Cayce's reading about "Egypt at the time of Ra-Ta" - by Ann Lee Clapp - see the website: www.huttoncommentaries.com, or see the book: "Edgar Cayce's Egypt" - by A.R.E Press - for the complete history of this period.)
According to Edgar Cayce, the "animal influences" such as wings, tails, feathers and hooves would have been fully disappeared from the body in the year 9,000 BC, with the exception of some who were accurately depicted accurately in Assyrian and Egyptian art. There also exist ancient myths and depictions of "bird-like men" from Easter Island, Meso-America and Japan.
The Mesopotamian texts also describe and depict seven sages who were known as Apkallu (Akkadian) or Abgal (Sumerian) and were said to have been created by the god Enki to establish culture and give civilization to mankind. They served as priests of Enki and as advisors or sages to the earliest kings of Sumer before the great flood. They would have given moral code (Me), crafts and arts to mankind. They are depicted as humanoids with wings and the head of a man or bird (see images above), and sometimes the lower body is depicted like the tail of a fish. Many researchers called them: Djinni (Genie or Genius), which are a certain type of supernatural creatures. The symbol on the wristbands probably represents a Chamomile flower. This flower is a much reoccuring decoration on the walls of the Ishtar Gate and therefore it is generally assumed to be symbol of the goddess Inanna/Ishtar, although this symbol is occuring much more often in other Assyrian and Babylonian art.
During one of his readings, trance clairvoyant Dr. Douglas James Cottrell described the temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia as a health center that was similar to the "Temple Beautiful" and the "Temple Sacrifice", which had been built by those that had migrated from Atlantis (Poseida) and settled in this region. It would originally have been constructed some 10,000 years ago. At these temple complexes there are also depictions of humans with animalistic features, like people who are seen with the tail of a snake in place of human legs. (Source: "Douglas James Cottrell PhD: Secrets of Angkor Wat", by Rammsteinregeln.)
According to his e-book: "Atlantis Revisited", human cloning was already achieved by the ancient Atlanteans and they also experimented with genetic engineering where they combined elements from both human and beast. This would explain the appearance of those beings that had animalistic features. The Temple Beautiful was a regeneration place for those that were the victims of these experimentations and suffered from it. It would appear that these monsterous creatures from Greek mythology - like the Chimera (a creature with the body of a lion (or goat) and the heads of a lion, a goat and a snake as tail) and the three-headed head Cerberus - also were the results of genetic experiments from those times.
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