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The Tlavatli peoples, according to Rudolf Steiner, formed the second sub-race[1] on ancient Atlantis:

„The people of this race began to feel their personal worth. Ambition, which was a quality unknown to the Rmoahals, made itself felt in them. In a certain sense, memory transferred to the concept of living together. Those who could look back on certain deeds demanded recognition for them from their fellow men. He demanded that his deeds be remembered. And it was also based on this memory of deeds that a group of people belonging together chose one as their leader. A kind of kingship developed. Yes, this recognition was preserved even after death. The memory, the remembrance of the ancestors or of those who had earned merit in life, developed. And from this, a kind of religious veneration of the deceased, an ancestor cult, developed among individual tribes. This has continued into much later times and has taken on the most diverse forms. Even among the Rmoahals, a person was only valid to the extent that he was able to assert himself at a given moment through his power. If someone wanted recognition for what he had done in earlier days, he had to show - through new deeds - that the old power was still his. He had to recall the old ones, so to speak, through new deeds. What had been done as such did not yet count for anything. Only the second sub-race reckoned so far with the personal character of a man that they took his past life into account in estimating this character.

Another consequence of the power of memory for human coexistence was the fact that groups of people formed which were held together by the memory of common deeds. Before, such group formation was entirely conditioned by the forces of nature, by common descent. Man, through his own spirit, did not yet add anything to what nature had made of him. Now a powerful personality recruited a number of people to a common enterprise, and the memory of this common work formed a social group.“ (Lit.:GA 11, p. 35f)



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  1. The term subrace originates from the terminology used by the Theosophical Society at that time and was later no longer used by Rudolf Steiner, just like the term "root race". Steiner repeatedly pointed out that the term "race" is actually no longer justified in the post-Atlantean period, since now it is no longer the physical but the soul-spiritual development that comes to the fore. The division of humanity into races will gradually be completely overcome and is already meaningless for the spiritual development of humanity.