Then this 1941 book follows up that Pythagoras said Earth was a square with four.
David A. Palmer gave a talk on youtube stating that the Turtle in China is based on the shell as a circular heaven while the base of the turtle shell is square as Earth.
So then the stupas also have Earth as a square - or rectangle - a cube in 3 dimensions, as the base.
The "jewel in the lotus" of Buddhist tantra padmasana tummo meditation is then modeled in the stupas with the lotus being the Lunar crescent air and the jewel is the ether as the fifth element.
I had never heard of this connection before between the stupas as based on the same elements of Vedic-Persian cosmology...and just as Pythagoras was a blacksmith alchemy initiate - so too is this alchemy of the elements based on the blacksmith training that also went on in Africa.
And so in Egypt, as I have mentioned from Morris Berman, the power of Set, the Crocodile as the water element has to be "absorbed" for the alchemy power to be achieved - and this Set Crocodile is then the alchemical N/om Snake energy that original came from Ethiopian alchemy which originally came from the Bushmen culture.
So Pythagoras means "snake-master" and as I documented - the ancient greeks knew this was the life force energy - the semen-spinal fluid connection that "feeds the brain." I had posted it online in the Conspirachi book that I removed - but then another researcher posted this info also - James L. Kelley
In Homer the presence of the aion or life-fluid in the body (but especially in the sacred sheath or spinal column) kept the flesh from rotting, and the crushing of the spine led inevitably to the body’s decomposition. Other ancient Greek texts refer to the aion leaving the body in the shape of a snake, which may have influenced the Orphics and the Ophites in later times.
 That “sweat…and the fluid of the joints, are one and are the stuff of strength, vigour, appears…to have been part of the earliest Greek physiology, which also assimilated with these the cerebro-spinal fluid and the seed” (Onians, Origins of European Thought, 191).So through the stupas we can document a Bronze Age alchemy connection from Egypt, Western Asia and into Greece via Pythagorean Philosophy and then from India into China via Buddhism but even a more ancient Taoist connection via the five elements.
As I referenced in detail - the Actual Matrix Plan expose was based on math professor Abraham Seidenberg studying the ritual origins of geometry in Vedic culture as mass sacrifice by insisting the circle be squared - so that the female lunar energy be conformed to solar male energy. So this was around 3000 BCE but then became the basis for centering the wheels of chariots for chariot warfare. This chariot Bronze alchemy culture spread into China via the Shang Dynasty. So then Professor Seidenberg published a series of articles in the journal Folklore with a Lord - I quoted them extensively - promoting the "separation of heaven and earth" as the squaring of the circle via mass sacrifice as "illumination." It was clearly Freemason propaganda.
Professor John C. Didier now gives us the details in a series of research articles - or books - On this Bronze Age connection from Indo-European culture to China pdf link Vol. 1
Didier details how indeed at first the rectangle square was the sacred Polar region aligned with the sacred ruler of the land. And we can infer this is through the alchemical kundalini energy just as in Egypt the Djed column is the spine of Osiris - and in ancient China the Emperor spine is the pole that reflects the heavens with the skull having the Pole Star point - as the Bindu Chakra as I revealed. Professor David Pankeinier has strong commentary on Didier's research here
So much for Didier’s utterly bogus claim of priority in being the first to visualize a square in the Chinese sky....To date (10/2016), neither Professor John Didier nor Professor Victor Mair, though proven wrong, has had the common decency either to apologize or to repudiate their published falsehoods.So Didier details how this changed so that the square rectangle moved from this heavenly Pole region signification and instead Earth became the square - just as David A. Palmer points out about the Turtle.
Review of Pankenier's book
For example, an intriguing tentative hypothesis about the astral significance of the graph di (the 'Supernal Lord' associated with the north celestial pole) involving polar alignment methods evokes correspondences with Seshat's eight-rayed emblem for the Egyptian 'stretching the cord' ceremony and the Roman surveyors' groma (pp. 109-111).This switch occurred around the same time as the Greek Miracle of irrational number development. So around 400 BCE - now the Earth is the square and the ancient pole star alignment with the alchemical ruler was lost as the secret of alchemy training. Or at least kept more hidden, again as the secret of the alchemy training. No longer the exoteric principle of rule.
By the 5th century B.C.... the old polar rectangle simply no longer mattered ....
The trouble with projecting this paradigm of earth-square and heaven-circle back to the time of Confucius and Zhuangzi is that, despite an interpretive tradition lasting some 1400 to 1800 years that has dominant thinking about ancient Chinese cosmological constructs through the present, in their time the square did not represent earth; it still vestigially symbolized heaven and the magic derived therefrom (or inherent therein)...the old celestial pole star....
So then in Volume II he argues that the 5400 BCE Dragon and Tiger clam shell burial of a leader - was really based on this Polar Region rectangle-square alchemy secret.
I have not read all the details of his analysis but it's definitely fascinating!
Then Volume 3 goes into the transition to the Square now meaning Earth instead of Heaven.
Now if you recall - I discovered recently that the Heart originally was the Earth point - and so in alchemy - we know when the lower tan tien is filled up as the foundation fire - then the Yuan Qi manifests but in reality this is a spacetime vortex energy as negative entropy. So just as the Cosmic Tree is reversed with the brain as the roots of the tree and the legs as the branches and the Soma Amrita is the kundalini water energy that "feeds" the roots - in the Harmony of Heaven and Earth there is a reversal of spacetime entropy since water is now above fire, and so the Sun as the Jewel is below the Lotus as the Moon. Professor David Pankenier comments on Didier's research in Pankenier's Astrology and Cosmology of Early China book
So in reality - the reason the Mystic Valley can not be said to be in any physical location is because it is in the 5th dimension as the noncommutative phase-shift of negative entropy phonons that are superluminal - retrocasuality. So the Shen goes under the Jing to create Qi - the fire under the water in the Bronze Age triple cauldrons - and the steam is the qi.
the three "tan tiens" then merge into a unity of jing-qi-shen as the alchemical pill - that is the ionized lecithin resonating with the bone-collagen-water creating qi and shen.
As I recently posted it is only when the shen is "turned around" as the point of light - called the point of origination in Mahayana Buddhism - that there is this phase-shift into the 5th dimension. So that light is at rest mass - as infinite frequency energy and zero time - but really as the inherent complementary opposites of shen and jing to create the Yuan Qi. This Yuan Qi can not be seen but can be listened to.
So we can see how this Bronze Age alchemy secret was spread from IndoEuropean culture in Europe in Norse mythology, as James L. Kelley notes - and so too does Barbara Walker in her encyclopedia. So notice this is the secret origin of the "Womb-Tomb" term that Camille Paglia uses as the basis of the 4th Eye. So then the 4th Eye really is this Bindu Chakra secret of the Pole Star from the Eco-Feminist tantric alchemy of the Bronze Age:
The symbol commonly opposed to the cross, as the witches' object of worship; in pagan tradition, the Great Mother's cosmic womb. As the "pot of blood in the hand of Kali," the cauldron signified cyclic recurrence, as opposed to the patriarchal view of linear time.
Shakespeare followed the traditional pattern in associating the cauldron with three witches, since, from its earliest appearances in Bronze Age and Iron Age cultures, the cauldron stood for the Triple Goddess of fate, or wyrd in Old English: the three Weird Sisters.1 The Egyptian hieroglyphic sign of the threefold Creatress, mother of the sun, the universe, and all the gods, was a design of three cauldrons.2 The Norse god Odin stole his divine power from three cauldrons of Wise Blood in the cave-womb of the earth, where he entered in the shape of a phallic serpent and beguiled the earth-giantess by making love to her. 3 Then he drank the magic blood from the cauldrons and became a shape-shifter, turning himself into a bird to carry the precious blood back to other gods. This myth was based on that of the Aryan sky-god Indra, who also drank the Goddess's ambrosia from three cauldrons, the three wombs of Kali's trinity.4 Indra stole the elixir by allowing himself to be swallowed by a vast serpent representing female sexuality (Kundalini). He too turned into a bird to carry the elixir to other gods. In nearly all mythologies there is a miraculous vessel. Sometimes it dispenses youth and life, at other times it possesses the power of healing, and occasionally, as with the mead cauldron of the Nordic Ymir, inspiring strength and wisdom are to be found in it. Often ... it effects transformations.
The cauldron that effected transformations was the same as the womb that churned out rebirths, changing shapes each time. In Babylon it was under the control of the Fate-goddess Siris, mother of stars. Her cauldron was the blue heaven, where she stirred the mead of regeneration. "Siris, the wise woman, the mother, who had done what was necessary. Her cauldron is of shining lapis lazuli. Her tub is of pure silver and gold. In mead stands jubilation, in mead sits rejoicing." 6 Lapis lazuli was the blue heaven stone prized for its power to cause rebirth. The Papyrus ofNekhtu-Amen said an amulet of lapis lazuli stood for the heart (ab), source of mother-blood; therefore the amulet was inserted into a mummy to generate a new heart for theBarbara Walker
And so then this same alchemy tradition spread into Burma even via Buddhism from the IndoEuropean Bronze age culture:
The king had inherited supernatural powers from his father Zawgyi, (a proficient alchemist), and his mother, a naga serpent dragon princess. They found the rock at the bottom of the sea. With the help of the Thagyamin, the king of Tawadeintha Heaven in Buddhist cosmology, found the perfect place at Kyaiktiyo for locating the golden rock and built a pagoda, where the strand was enshrined. It is this strand of hair that, according to the legend, prevents the rock from tumbling down the hill.And what do we realize - that the secret of the Burmese pagodas is really the five elements of alchemy from Bronze Age culture.
In Japan this Five-Element Pagoda alchemy is more explicit
William Clarke Hudson II provides us more details on the actual Neidan alchemy training
He investigates the claim that Dragon-Tiger alchemy is ancient sex tantra.
So as Hudson points out the heart is the furnace and the lungs the bellows, the kidneys the cauldron. So to visualize the shen below the jing, the fire below the water, is to put the gem in the lotus - the heart below the kidneys to activate the alchemical process. pdf John C. Dider "Systems of Thought and Belief" in "Facts About China" book - good overview