Agartha (sometimes Agartta, Agharti, Agarta or Agarttha) is a legendary city that is said to reside in the earth's core. It is related to the belief in a hollow earth and is a popular subject in esotericism.
Alexandre Saint-Yves d'Alveydre published the first "reliable" account of Agartha in Europe. According to him, the secret world of "Agartha" and all of its wisdom and wealth "will be accessible for all mankind, when Christianity lives up to the commandments which were once drafted by Moses and Jesus," meaning "When the Anarchy which exists in our world is replaced by the Synarchy." Saint-Yves gives a "lively" description of "Agartha" in this book as if it were a place which really exists, situated in the Himalayas in Tibet. Saint-Yves' version of the history of "Agartha" is based upon "revealed" information, meaning received by Saint-Yves himself through "attunement."
The explorer Ferdynand Ossendowski wrote a book in 1922 titled Beasts, Men and Gods. In the book, Ossendowski tells of a story which was imparted to him concerning a subterranean kingdom which exists inside the earth. This kingdom was known to the Buddhists as Agharti.
Connections to mythology
Agartha is frequently associated or confused with Shambhala, which figures prominently in Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan Kalachakra teachings and revived in the West by Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society. Theosophists in particular regard Agarthi as a vast complex of caves underneath Tibet inhabited by evil demons called asuras. The Roerichs, whose teachings closely parallel Theosophy, see Shamballah's existence as both spiritual and physical.
In modern media
- In 1975, the Jazz musician and composer Miles Davis released a live album entitled 'Agharta', based on a performance at the Osaka Festival Hall in Japan in February of that year, on the Columbia Jazz imprint. Allmusic describes it as 'the greatest electric funk-rock jazz album ever made - period'
- Experimental Doom metal band Sunn O))) recorded a track titled "Aghartha" on their 2009 record Monoliths & Dimensions. They also have a live album called Agharti Live 09-10.
- Head of Wantastiquet, the solo project of Paul LaBrecque, included a track entitled "Return To Agharti" on the album in 2010.
- ZUN released "Wind of Agartha" as part of his album Neo-traditionalism of Japan, on August 11, 2012.[unreliable source?]
- In 2012, Italian DJ Congorock released a song called "Agarta" along with "Monolith" on Ultra Records. The songs were both featured on the compilation album "Cavo Paradiso" which was mixed by fellow Italian DJ, Benny Benassi.
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- The 2012 Funcom game The Secret World features Agartha as the open region of the hollow Earth and home to the giant World tree, maintained in a warmer environment by the bees which nest in it, whose many branches reach off in different directions providing portals to different locations (and times) across the surface world.
- The video game Final Fantasy IV features an above-ground city, Agart (a reference to Agartha), which leads to a subterranean world.
- The game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow includes Agharta as an advanced but now dead civilization; their surviving technology plays an important role in the game.
- The video game Dominions 3: The Awakening includes Agartha as one of the playable civilizations, a group on giants who dwell underground.
- The video game Call of Duty: Black Ops includes Agartha as in the main Easter Egg in the map Shangri-La, where the two explorers get lost looking for it and stuck in Dr. Richtofen's tomb.
- The video game Uncharted 2 includes Agartha, when the main character goes to an underground city called Shangri-La. The 6-part Uncharted comic mini-series includes a trip to Agartha, as well.
- The video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II includes a reference to Agartha as an Easter egg within the fourth zombies map, "Buried" and in the fifth map "Origins" where it is referenced that Samantha is trapped in Agartha (Not to be confused with 'The Crazy Place').
- The 2011 anime film Children Who Chase Lost Voices takes place in Agartha, which is depicted as a land where various tribes of semi-advanced humans live alongside Gods who have retreated from the surface world.
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- Greer, John Michael (2003), The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, Llewellyn Publications, ISBN 1-56718-336-0
- Chambers, Jack (1998). Milestones: The Life and Times of Miles Davis. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80849-8.
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- Dead Seas
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- On Edward Bulwer-Lytton: Agharta, Shambhala, Vril and the Occult Roots of Nazi Power, by Joseph George Caldwell.
- Map/diagram of Agharta and the Hollow Earth, based on writings of Raymond W. Bernard
- Saint-Yves d’Alveydre and the Agartthian Connection, by Joscelyn Godwin