Adams, Walter M.
The house of the hidden places: a clue to the creed of early Egypt from Egyptian sources — London, 1895

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II.] Note on the Sacred Angle. 75

somewhat difficult to perceive upon what principle it was
effected. Russia can even now be scarcely considered as
forming, either by race or by conformation, a portion of
Europe proper ; while, as Scythia, it seems to have been
regarded as entirely separate. Asia Minor, on the other
hand, possesses a shore line almost continuous with that
of Greece ; and her population, at least upon the coasts,
seem to have been derived in great measure from kindred
sources. Nor is it easy to find the central point from
Which the three dividing lines branch out. It cannot,
for instance, be situated in Babylonia, where some might
be inclined to place it, because Syria lies to the west;
neither again can it be in Armenia, where others might
look for it, since a considerable space divides that
country from Africa. If, however, we take up our stand
m front of the Great House at Memphis, the masonic
record of primaeval science, the entrance to which indi-
cates the principal division of the universal sphere,
and look abroad upon the great river which we have
seen represented within, we shall find that the form
which that river assumes at the spot suggests three divi-
sions of the entire hemisphere. Behind us, towards the
South, stretches the long valley leading up to the hidden
sources of the far-distant primeval land ; indicating the
huge peninsula of Africa enclosed between the seas, and
constituting also the southern boundary of the vast
Mediterranean basin. And right along that valley, above
the Great House, through the whole kingdom of Upper
Egypt, stretches the Grand Meridian, tracing out upon
the earth the Grand Arch of the Universe,and traversing
their ancient home beneath the supreme dome of highest
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