The magic carpet or flying carpet is mainly a Persian myth. It is a legendary carpet capable of flight and it transported passengers instantaneously or quickly to their destination. What is this carpet? Can it really fly and is it really magical? When I found out the truth of this myth, I found it to be very magical.
The legends of the Magic Carpet are always of a carpet flying people to places very quickly. The show Ancient Aliens mentioned the magic carpet in an episode about alien technology. They said it was a type of ancient alien technology that they could fly around on. As much as I love this show, they are way off. I have no doubt that the ancient aliens could fly, but they myths about the flying carpet are late in the game. They even talk about King Solomon giving one to Queen of Sheba and Solomon using one himself. Solomon was about 900 BCE. The advance civilizations were about 11,000 BCE and earlier. King Solomon and Queen of Sheba were not flying around on carpets, but they were using something just as magical.
In the book One Thousand and One Nights, which are myths and folk tales that began in the about the sixth century, says this about the flying carpet:
“Whoever sitteth on this carpet and willeth in thought to be taken up and set down upon other site will, in the twinkling of an eye, be borne thither, be that place nearhand or distant many a day’s journey and difficult to reach”.
So we are talking about using our mind here and it will take a person anywhere near or far, in the twinkling of an eye. In some myths I have seen it take people to the future or the distant past. Most of the myths come from India or Persia, but not all because even Mark Twain got in on the action. What are these witty scribes trying to describe here?
I can hear the reader now “Just tell us what it is”! To do that I have to tell you how it became the flying carpet. If you know my work, you know all civilizations came from Egypt. In Egypt you have Ra the flying sun disk. Ralph Ellis has shown that with changing religions the flying sun disk became the flying scroll. If you look at the scroll from the side and put wings on it, it still looks like flying sun disk. The Persian scribes took it a step further and said if you unravel that scroll it looks like a flying carpet and the magic carpet was born. The magic carpet is Ra, the flying sun disk of Egypt, but that is not the best part. What is a scroll? It is an ancient book. All of the myths of the magic carpet are telling the reader to read a book. Does a book take you to far off places or near places in an instant? Can it take into the past or future? Does it force you to use your mind and imagination? This is why I always tell my readers to turn off the television, pick up a book and read. Books are magic! Even the ancient scribes knew this and the most witty ones made the scroll(book) as magical as they could.