The Occult Atlantis is a curious work. Is it indeed a legominism?
To quote from the book itself: “The term ... legominism means a structure of ideas by which ancient wisdom is passed on in a form apparently intended for some entirely different purpose.”
The reason I ask the question is that Greer does a very good job investigating the roots of the Atlantis mythology, but does not lead the reader to a satisfactory conclusion, as to its reality or otherwise. He leaves us treading water, as it were, in the aftermath of a flood of ideas.
A pertinent factoid about Tolkien that is not in the book, is that the good professor had dreams throughout his life about a huge wave that crashed over the land, destroying everything. The dreams stopped when he began to write the Lord of the Rings, which is of course a vast mythology based on the concept of an ancient civilization that had somehow been destroyed.
Perhaps Greer’s intention was to lead the reader to the appendix where he outlines some time traveling meditation techniques of the Western Mystery Tradition to encourage readers who have been called by the story of Atlantis, to explore it for themselves.
In any case, this is a book worth reading. It’s like looking at a very famous painting (say the Mona Lisa) through the eyes of someone who has their head tilted to one side and is standing at an unusual angle to the picture. Is she really smiling, and if so, can I ask her what she means?