A Brief Overview

Votan/Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl, the famous fair-skinned wisdom bringer of Central and South America, who was said to have been a real person in the local indigenous histories, that came from across the sea to teach the Religion of the Sun.

The Religion of the Sun was the religion taken around the world by the legendary wisdom bringers who helped re-initiate civilization in disparate parts of the world following the great flood recorded in hundreds of ancient myths. This flood likely occurred around 9,700 BC, which is the date that coincides with that given for the destruction of the lost civilization of Atlantis by Plato, and the massive rise in temperatures and sea levels that occurred at the end of the last ice age.

These wisdom bringers are likely to have been survivors of a lost civilization (popularly known as Atlantis) who set out with the mission to reseed spiritual knowledge across the globe. They have been known by many different names in different cultures – such as Osiris in Egypt, Manu and the seven sages in India, Quetzalcoatl in Mexico, Viracocha in Peru, and the Apkallu in Mesopotamia. The knowledge they gave was the Religion of the Sun, as well as all the knowledge of civilization needed to create stable societies to thus support its practice.

Following this, a global culture and civilization arose which had adopted the Religion of the Sun, and further spread it across the earth – both by land and sea. This culture appears to have originated from around the region of the Black Sea (the Caucasus and Anatolian region), where the megaliths of Gobekli Tepe have now been discovered. My husband and I call this culture The Lost Civilization of the Sun.

The Religion of the Sun is an ancient spiritual practice. In it the sun and stars are seen as the highest source of light, having higher dimensional aspects where they are connected to the light of consciousness each one carries within, and to the greater light of each one’s higher/inner Being. The path of the sun throughout the year illustrates the inward path someone can take to reunite with their higher Being (their own sacred sun), which is why many ancient peoples ritualistically celebrated the solstices and equinoxes, aligned their sacred sites to the sun, and why their great teachers and major deities experienced their main life events at these times of year and were deified as “sun gods.” This is something my husband discovered, and calls the “Sun Path Correlation Theory.”

While the evidence for the existence of the Religion of the Sun has remained in scattered remnants left behind in various ancient texts, codices, megalithic sites, and symbols, the actual information of how to practice the religion itself in any coherent and meaningful form had become lost over thousands of years of suppression and persecution.

However, we are working to bring this religion back.

I provide a detailed overview of the ancient Religion of the Sun and its history in my book The Ancient Religion of the Sun. My husband, Mark Atwood, provides an overview of its principles, practices, and cosmology in his book The Ancient Path of the Sun, which I helped co-author.

14 to 19 thousand people gathered to watch the summer solstice sunrise at Stonehenge in England in 2005. There is a large and growing return to the ancient remnants of the Religion of the Sun. Photo by Andrew Dunn reproduced under CC BY-SA 2.0

Modern Founding and Revival

My husband, Mark Atwood

In 2011, my husband Mark and I began researching the ancient traditions connected with the celebration of the solstices and equinoxes, and began releasing web articles explaining the meaning of each solstice and equinox in which we would combine my research into ancient sites, texts, and traditions from around the world, with my husband’s firsthand metaphysical experience and knowledge. Like this, we began reconstructing the actual meaning of these events, until realizing that the path of the sun throughout the year actually correlates with the path to awakening/liberation/self-realization/enlightenment/salvation/immortality etc., alluded to in many ancient wisdom traditions, and which my husband had been on since 1990. Based on the symbolic meaning of these times of year, Mark created ceremonies for each of them.

In 2013 we revised and compiled these web articles and released them as a free eBook, explaining within it that there had once been a solar religion practiced across many parts of the world in ancient times, which had given rise to the building of many of the world’s most enigmatic sacred sites, like the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the statues of Easter Island, Stonehenge in England, and countless others.

We began referring to this religion as “the Religion of the Sun”—a term we coined ourselves, but later discovered had been used in a handful of instances over the last few centuries, most notably by Thomas Paine, who was one of the founding fathers of the United States and likely a Freemason. Thomas Paine was the only one to employ it as any kind of formal title—using it to describe the religion that had been practiced from the remotest antiquity before spreading over large parts of the ancient world, and later being preserved in Freemasonry. All other uses (of which I have only found a number that can be counted on one hand) were merely passing and one-off, using it as a descriptive phrase for ancient forms of solar religion—mostly in books dating from over seventy years ago.

By this time I had done a massive amount of research by reading scores of ancient texts from numerous traditions (at least over one hundred from cover to cover) and researching the alignments of large numbers of ancient sites from around the world. Out of this, we included hundreds of excerpts from ancient texts as well as images of ancient sites and symbols in our book as supporting evidence.

Initially I had thought that the many different cultures evidenced as practicing the Religion of the Sun in some form had done so independently of one another. In my research, I had come across many similarities between the symbols of ancient cultures (even though they were never meant to have had any contact with one another), and had put this down to people within these ancient cultures coming upon the same spiritual knowledge through mystical experience and encoding it using the same symbols.

The penny dropped only later, in March 2016, when researching ancient sites on the Internet, I stumbled across the website of Martin Doutre of http://celticnz.co.nz/. In his work, Doutré painstakingly analyzes the measurements used in the building and layout of many ancient sites in different parts of the world, and demonstrates that their builders used the same standard measurement system, and thus were part of or influenced by the same global civilization. Although Doutré does not discuss the Religion of the Sun, he does recognize that the builders of these sites venerated the sun. After reading some of his articles, Mark and I realized that the traces of the ancient Religion of the Sun that we had been researching and studying had originated from the same source in remote times, and had once been the religion of a post ice-age global culture and civilization now lost. Mark and I named this civilization “the Lost Civilization of the Sun.”

Months later, Mark and I released an updated edition of our eBook, which was now in paperback, to include a chapter titled ‘The Lost Civilization of the Sun’ in which we shared our findings on this lost civilization – tracing it as much as we could throughout the world, and sourcing its origin in a group of wisdom bringers who are likely to have been survivors of Atlantis. Since then, I’ve read the works of authors such as Thor Heyerdahl, Graham Hancock, Dr David Frawley, and Gordon Kennedy, whose research has confirmed and added detail to what we had first realized in 2016 about the existence a lost civilization.

What I present in my videos is based on our findings and supported by my own ongoing research. I also draw upon the research of other authors who have presented their own findings on lost civilizations, and whose work I admire and acknowledge. I have done so under the title “Sakro Sawel.” This is another term Mark and I put together, this time by looking through online dictionaries of reconstructed Proto-Indo-European words. “Sakro” means sacred, and “Sawel” means sun in the ancient Proto-Indo-European language—we joined these words together to create Sakro Sawel (meaning “sacred sun”), the name for the YouTube Channel and website I use.

It’s important to mention that our research was a journey—we in no way set out with a destination in mind when we first began writing about the solstice back in June of 2011. We had absolutely no idea what we were in for—we instead simply followed the evidence as it led us from one thing to another over the last seven years. We had no idea that a Religion of the Sun, wisdom bringers, or a Lost Civilization of the Sun had ever existed.

Both of us had been schooled in the mainstream, isolationist view of ancient history, and had never had any reason to question it. That’s why our own discoveries each came as major shocks to us. For me, finding out about the Lost Civilization of the Sun particularly was what I call “a Truman Show moment”—as like in the film, when the character that Jim Carrey plays steps out of the false life he had been born into, I felt everything I had ever been taught and believed about ancient history was essentially a façade that had been constructed over reality, much like a Hollywood movie set. I felt betrayed, lied to, and awe-inspired all at the same time!, and incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to step out into a new world that made so much more sense, and which revealed the greatest religion in the world, and one of the most courageous and inspiring spiritual missions of all time.

As far as I’m aware, no one else has come to the same conclusions we have, in the way that we have. Although some researchers who I greatly admire have pieced together the traces of a lost ice age civilization, and brought together a lot of information on the wisdom bringers and the influence they had on various cultures, as well as recognized the solar nature of Indo-European religions, and some of the similarities between sun worship in different cultures, I haven’t seen anyone bring it all together to construct a coherent narrative that traces the origin of this religion as far back as possible, tying it in with the wisdom bringers, “Atlantis,” and numerous megalithic sites worldwide, as well as revealing the deeper meaning of its symbols and how to practice it. Essentially, we’ve tried to put together the whole package and tell the whole story of the Religion of the Sun, often spending more than six days a week writing and researching for many months at a time, without charging anything, as we deeply care about this message and realize how important it is for people to know.

However, there is a difference between our methods of study, and those of purely academic researchers. We not only write about the Religion of the Sun, and research its evidence throughout history, but we also practice it. Many people think you find out about things just by reading, but there is a limit to how much you can find out by reading alone. Ancient mystics discovered their knowledge through experience – one which is inner/metaphysical. The Religion of the Sun is a metaphysical practice, and thus someone can only truly uncover and understand its practice through practicing it themselves.

My husband was able to recreate its practice and explain the deeper meaning of its texts and symbols, not just from studying and researching its ancient remnants, but from his actual practice of it. These ancient practices include those such as alchemy, self-knowledge, and out-of-body experiences. Having this esoteric or inner knowledge means that someone can essentially experience the same metaphysical experiences the ancient practitioners of the Religion of the Sun did, and thus can penetrate into the true meaning of the symbols and writings they left behind, even when they are currently obscured or misunderstood. One can see and experience things such as hell – called Xibalbá, Narakam, Diyu, and Helheim/Nifel-heim etc. in different ancient traditions, meet the beings now called gods who founded the Religion of the Sun in ancient times, and see some of these beings in higher dimensions still using the ancient sites they created while alive on earth to initiate those worthy into deeper knowledge.

Since releasing videos, I’ve had a number of different people come to the Sakro Sawel YouTube channel because they’ve had an experience with the being who in Norse tradition became known as Odin – to some he appeared in a dream; another he led out of a coma. I’ve also had the great fortune of meeting the Being known as Odin in an out-of-body experience. This is the Religion of the Sun at work – it’s a living practice, where the traditions of old are not locked in the past, but are alive as they once were, when the wisest of our ancestors were in touch with the other worlds, and through it’s practice, we can be too.


The following videos I’ve done give an overview of some of the key background information to the Religion of the Sun.

An overview of the ancient Religion of the Sun.

About who the wisdom bringers were.

About the Lost Civilization of the Sun.

~ Lara Atwood