"William James if not Freud would certainly agree with me when I say that the agonies of the drunkard find their most accurate poetic analogue in the agonies of the mystic who has abused his powers." Malcom Lowry, Letter to Jonathan Cape.
Lowry's fascination with the literary possibilities of mysticism is easily seen in Under the Volcano. For example, the Consul's great work, a yet-unpublished (and unfinished) mélange of "sensational new data on Atlantis", "chapters on the alchemists", and "something about Coxcox and Noah", seems to be a conglomeration of mysticism, myth and similarities between biblical and Central American, after Ignatius Donnelly, author of Atlantis: The Antediluvian World.
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the elongated neck and head and open beak of the sacred ibis. – UTV, 34.
The African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) breeds in sub-Saharan Africa, and formerly in Egypt, where it was considered a symbol of the god Thoth. Thoth was associated in the later history of ancient Egypt with the practice of magical arts, writing and the judgment of the dead.