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Tonight the media storm for "Exodus: Gods and Kings" (in theaters starting Friday, Dec. 12) was in full force. A teaser documentary called "Surviving Exodus" aired on at least five channels at the same time!!
For some strange reason, rising NatGeo star and Astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi (featured in the new series Strip the Cosmos) was asked to step into a glass booth filled with locusts rather than comment on any cosmological basis for the biblical Exodus account. Yes, really!
The Enuma Elish tells us that the archetypal Great Flood of our solar system was associated with the tempestuous, noxious approach of Marduk and then the parting of the seas of Tiamat (by him), which not only resulted in the creation of twin planets (Venus and Earth) from her severed body, but also the liberation or "exodus" of a vast army of asteroids. Tiamat is variously depicted as an unstable goddess or as a vain and haughty "firstborn son" that was sacrificed (ala Osiris) on the eve of the Exodus itself.
While planets are spoken of in myth as gods and kings, asteroids are referred to as people (or unruly beasts, see below). They are the commoners that must be kept in check by the lofty gods and kings. In cosmological terms, the asteroids are shepherded by the giant planet Jupiter on one side and the small planet Mars on the other.
In the Book of Genesis (37:9), Joseph (representing Jupiter) has a dream in which he foresees that "the sun and moon and eleven stars [i.e., the wandering stars or planets] were bowing down to me." Later in Genesis (49:10) we are told, “unto him [Joseph] shall the obedience of the people be.” We now know the role that massive Jupiter plays in regulating the Asteroid Belt from its vantage point. Jupiter also seems to play this role almost effortlessly due to its enormous size.
On the opposite side, Mars had a perhaps more difficult job and a lot less clout to do it with. Although Marduk (represented by Moses) led the asteroids out of cosmological Egypt, it was left to Mars (as Joshua) to bring them into their "promised land" of the Asteroid Belt and "drive out" the former occupants. However, like Joshua, Mars died before his mission could be totally finished. Further conflict for the surviving people ("Israelites") and their gods and kings would be inevitable.
In a famous tale about the late Hyksos Period in Egypt called “The Quarrel of Apophis and Seqenenre,” Apophis writes to Seqenenre and commands him to “do away with the pool of hippopotamus, which is to the east of the city, for they prevent me from sleeping day and night.” Apophis in the role of Marduk was directing Seqenenre in the role of Mars to deal with a commotion of dangerous "hippos" to his east (cosmologically, toward the Asteroid Belt). Seqenenre, rather than being excited about this challenge, sits down and weeps. It was a battle he could win but not survive. His mummy bears the marks of brutal impacts from battle axes and other weapons.
(By the way, it seems that a shift is now occurring from viewing asteroids solely as threats to one of potential resources. Perhaps that is of some comfort to "we the peons" of the world!)
The main idea is not that biblical or even Egyptian stories are pure allegory. They are a reflection of royal culture that orchestrated courtly relationships and historical events in accordance with their beliefs about cosmology. Exodus events literally occurred throughout ancient times and on a regular/cyclical basis, and the various princes of the royal family were expected to play the traditional roles. These roles were called by different names by different groups (Egyptian, Hebrew, etc.), but the script was always a variation on the original cosmological theme.
The biggest Exodus event was associated with the Great Flood that brought an end to the Ice Age. Smaller renditions were associated with the end of every major epoch, (Egyptian Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, Hyksos Period, and 18th Dynasty). There is even a Moses figure of the 19th Dynasty known as Bocchoris. The invasion of Greece by Xerxes was portrayed as an Exodus event, as was the later invasion of Persia by Alexander.
It is astonishing that the ancients considered cosmology (perhaps even a flawed cosmology) to be of sufficient importance to be preserved through perpetual dramatization. "As Above, so Below" was obviously much more than a slogan.
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This episode didn't disappoint.
The picture of primordial Mars that has emerged is one of spectacular beauty. It had a molten core and a magnetic field capable of protecting its atmosphere. It had vast oceans and lakes, as well as mountains and towering volcanoes. The tilt of its axis also created seasons.
However, even after the "Heavy Bombardment" period it suffered a devastating blow from an impact the size of half our moon. This melted nearly one half of the surface of Mars and created a flat, almost featureless, plain. Mars was effectively finished as a living planet.
(One glaring omission of this episode was any mention of how the giant canyon on Mars was formed. This is of course a contentious topic.)
It appears that the biblical characterization of Mars (as fourth prince/planet) is quite accurate. Mars was a planet with great promise. It had sufficient heat from its core and was perhaps even in the goldielocks zone of the early solar system. But, it fell to Mars to "do battle" with the Asteroid Belt. Although "heroic" Mars must have helped to create a more habitable Earth, the damage it incurred from a massive impact and also from whatever caused the huge gash across its equator, was apparently fatal. Whereas Jupiter could sustain such punishment, Mars could not. Moreover, Mars was probably too small and too far away from the Sun to sustain life indefinitely. Nonetheless, its premature death could still be viewed as both "heroic" and "sacrificial" from the perspective of Earth.
So, it's looking like the "cosmopomorphic" interpretation of the Book of Genesis does in fact have much to offer. The story of Jacob and his 12 sons must encode one model/theory of how the solar system formed.
The Book of Exodus is also not without significant cosmopomorphic implications. For example, the "Parting of the Sea" by Moses is patently inspired by Marduk's splitting in two of Tiamat's waters as told in the Enuma Elish.
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The hindu symbol for "OM" or "aum" does project a "sodomic character"
And now you know why Jedis avoided marriage ;)
STAR WARS VII : The Farce Awakenings FULL MOVIE in HD with TAMPAX Screen Size Compatibility!
YES! This is it! The movie we've all been waiting for! Pre-Released right in time for The Freezing Cold Month of Dismember! Ho-ho-ho!
The next episode will be Dec. 3, 2014 and is about the planet Mars!
A previous episode ("Cosmic Pinball") already discussed the latest theory of solar system formation in which Jupiter formed about 33% closer to the sun. Computer simulations indicate that the planet Mars should be at least 10 times larger than it is. The explanation provided by this new model is that Jupiter swept up the extra material (that would have been aggregated by Mars) before migrating to its current orbit. See also the recent episode on Jupiter in the How the Universe Works: Expanded Edition series.
What the scientists don't mention is that Earth's myths and religions preserve a much different explanation for how our solar system formed. These myths are actually quite detailed and take into account the entire solar system of 12 or 13 original planets, that is, not only the visible planets but also the outer planets and dwarf planets!
The Biblical pattern of "Jacob and his 12 sons" was actually derived from an original Egyptian model. Re, the Sun, was archetypal "troubled Jacob" and his "12 sons" were the other leading members of the Egyptian pantheon corresponding to the wayward planets orbiting the Sun:
1) Geb the Heir and "Intemperate Eldest Son" of Jacob (Reuben)
2) Thoth the "Know-It-All" second son of Jacob (Simeon)
3) Set the "Rehabilitated Hit Man" (Levi/Seth)
4) Horus the Elder and "Great Warrior" (Judah)
5) Osiris (Sekhem/Sokar) the "Sacrificed God" (Issachar/Shechem)
6) Isis/Yzebel (Zebulun)
7) On/Anu (Gad)
8) Shu (Asher)
9) Atum/Tem (Dan)
10) Hathor (Naphtali)
11) Ptah (Joseph)
12) Horus the Younger (Benjamin)
1) Mercury = Reuben ("hot-blooded" and impetuous)
2) Venus = Simeon ("wise")
3) Earth = Levi, the "twin" of Simeon
4) Mars = Judah ("praised")
5) Asteroid Belt = Issachar/Shechem (the "slain god")
6) Jupiter = Zebulun ("by the waters/sea")
7) Saturn = Dan ("judge")
8) Uranus = Gad ("fortunate")
9) Neptune and half-pint Pluto = Joseph and ("half-tribe") Manasseh
10) Quaoar = Asher ("happy"). It now has a highly circular orbit, but is not its former self in magnitude, due to receiving an inter-
planetary attack (by Anu/Uranus) according to one theory.
11) Eris = Naphtali ("wrestler", "Mother of the Gods") Eris/Xenia is a "planet of crossing", but probably not the home wrecker of the inner planets that it once had been.
12) Sedna = Benjamin ("son of the right hand")
Other major bodies may yet to be found in the outer solar system, so this is probably still a premature model, especially for the outer planets.
Nevertheless, it is clear that 12 (sometimes 13) planetary "gods and goddesses" are represented by the pantheons of many geographical regions. For example, the Egyptian god Horus (the Elder) was called Hadad/Adad and Osiris was called Tammuz/Dumuzi.
Note: There is also a strong Joseph aspect associated with the planet Jupiter. Perhaps this reflects that Jupiter was much closer to the sun during the early solar system formation. (See discussion in the below link.) In the simplified "pantheon," Joseph takes the sixth place and Benjamin the seventh (with the other princes omitted).
(See Comment #1)
Some scientists think that Neptune and Uranus also switched positions at some point in the remote past.
There were also two major (somewhat competing) cosmologies regarding the formation of the twin planets Venus and Earth and the Asteroid Belt. In one, Venus and Earth are formed from the remains of Tiamat after it was smashed by Marduk. In the Egyptian version (also reflected in the Bible), Venus (Thoth/Simeon) and Earth (Set/Levi) are themselves considered the killers of the fifth planet, who is male (Osiris/Issachar-Shechem) rather than female (Tiamat) in characterization. What is not so clear is whether the remains of "wounded" Marduk should be associated with the newly discovered dwarf planet Sedna or some other body that is yet to be discovered.
The Enuma Elish contains poetic and penetrating descriptions of the ignition of our sun and the reaction of a second/twin (failed) sun, subsequent planetary "conflict/collision" and "migration" and many other astonishing details. Much of this theorizing actually sounds more reasonable than current "scientific" models, which are in fact starting to adopt concepts that are already found in the myths!
Will science prove the myths to be the musings of ancient primitive man, or will the knowledge possessed by ancient man make fools of modern scientists?
More detailed discussion (including links to related discussion here at TDG) is found here:
It will be interesting to see what the Strip the Cosmos episode on Mars has to say about that planet's violent past, especially in light of the recent sensation over the theory of Dr. John Brandenburg:
Brandenburg's phrasing that "aliens are hostile to young 'noisy' civilizations" is particularly provocative. It even sounds like something straight out of the Enuma Elish:
"I will destroy, I will wreck their ways,
That quiet may be restored. Let us have rest!"
In the Egyptian version, this same sentiment is expressed by an allegory involving a "pool of (boisterous) hippos" that must be done away with.
Ironically, in both stories it is the god/king that brings about his own demise by trying to eliminate the noise makers.
Incidentally, the Hittite "Song of Ullikummis" and related "Myth of Illyankas" describe how the Storm God (Adad/Mars) was attacked by Ullikummis/Illyankas (Tammuz/Asteroid Belt). The assailant (Tammuz/Egyptian Osiris) was killed and broken into pieces. The Storm God ultimately prevailed but was itself devastated (with eyes and heart ripped out).
All of the myths associate the planet Mars with heroic but tragic battle. These ancient cosmologies suggest that Mars was battle-scarred by violent (physical, electro-magnetic, etc.) interactions with other bodies of the solar system, and not by aliens per se. Recall that the god Adad was associated with the lightning bolt.
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"Violent 'protests' may have started out as legitimate non-violent protests, but once they are sabotaged and hijacked by violent infiltrator instigators then they are no longer really protests, but actually end up being counter-productive riots! And rioting is not legitimate under any circumstances. Rioting does more harm to the very communities that otherwise have reason to peacefully protest. So; there should be no doubt that even as significant levels of corruption are a significant cause of these protests; it is no excuse to for anyone to resort to violence or to remain as part of any infiltrated and wrecked protest. And that is why protest organizers have to use very specific preventive methods; such as limiting the protest to silent marching with candles or flashlights and banners and signs, and having protest organizers quickly help authorities remove any persons who do things that break the silence and peace! No doubt infiltration from persons and groups with disruptive agendas is always a risk, but that risk can be reduced. The question then arises: what if such silent protests are ignored by the mass media and fail to get the corrupt to understand the serious harm, stealth-violence and death that they are causing? What then? And that is why ultimately even non-violent protests are ineffective IF not accompanied by efforts to arrange constant dialogue and negotiations between the injured and harmed parties and the injurers and harmers. But let's be real: most of those who injure and harm people are not interested in change and will tend to avoid sincere negotiating. And so here is where the deliberate degradation of worker's unions and public interest groups is meant to weaken citizen's rights and silence people. But what about corruption of the unions and NGOs themselves?? These are the socio-economic injustices of our times and World. And with the inevitable lack of sufficient transparency that has been made much worse by the Digital Era our Global Human Civilization is now at greater risk of collapse than ever! We need far more sophisticated solutions and those sufficiently intelligent and wise to be able to devise those solutions. And that is where I can be of help, but only if sufficiently supported. Otherwise we're doomed! Corruption and injustice and instability will only continue to increase without an awareness on the part of those with the means to support tjhose with the right solutions. G-D Save Us All" JP Fenyo, Philosopher of Ethics, etc.
This is the most compelling thing I have seen on Bigfoot in awhile - Les Stroud of "Survivor Man" goes on expedition with Todd Standling who has practically lived in the Radium Springs, BC wilderness and had many bigfoot encounters. There is a piece of video footage that must be seen too. Could be fake, but you get the distinct impression after watching the show that there is no fakery going on. Stroud remains agnostic, but that is wearing away by degrees as he has more and more odd interactions that violate his deep knowledge of the outdoors and its known denizens. Standling has arguably located the most active bigfoot areas on the planet and has drawn master outdoorsman Stroud into his world. This could be very fruitful in coming years.
Image: Hades carries Persephone to the Underworld, from the tomb at Amphipolis.
The article linked immediately above proposes that the tomb belonged to a Greek General named Laomedon. This is very compelling in that Laomedon spoke Persian, was the fifth member of the Pella Five, and also owned a prominent estate in Amphipolis. (See Peter Green, "Alexander the Great", pp 39, 101) The estate was forfeited when the Pella Five were exiled over the Pixodarus Affair, but later restored to Laomedon.
My recently published research (see links below) concluded that Laomedon of Mytilene was a local epithet/alias of Cassander, who was the very one that ordered the execution of Olympias. He also later ordered the executions of Roxane and Alexander's son Alexander IV. Within this context, the tomb mosaic symbolizes Cassander's role perfectly!
According the Greek myth of Persephone (depicted in the stunning tomb mosaic, above), this goddess did not die but was saved by order of the higher power Zeus. Consistent with this, Olympias did not literally die at the hands of Cassander either. Olympias eclipsed her older sister Troas of Epirus (Atossa of Persia) as the dominant queen. Her representation as a female-headed Sphinx (as well as Medusa) was a highly appropriate considering her status. Her daughter Barsine/Roxane was also poised to succeed her as Great Queen by virtue of having produced all of the royal males of the new generation.
It was NOT the decision of Cassander/Laomedon, but that of Olympias and Roxane to abandon their primary identities in Macedon in pursuit of global priorities. Cassander was only cooperating with what these royal superiors were directing, and the tomb mosaic captures his faithfulness beautifully.
Therefore, the figures in the mosaic on either side of the "ghost of Philip" would have represented Olympias and the "forever young" Alexander the Great. They would have similarly mirrored that of Roxane and the teenaged prince Alexander IV. Olympias and Roxane are being exalted in this tomb even though it is evidently not the tomb or cenotaph of either woman. Olympias, like Persephone, was symbolically dead (half in the Underworld) and also genuinely still living and ruling! Her son Alexander the Great was himself both figuratively dead and literally alive, as well! Alexander, like Hermes, was now considered a "spirit" and had swiftly gone before Olympias in his symbolic death.
The role of Zeus would have been played by another ghostly specter, that of the lion-king Artaxerxes III "Ochus" (the former Macedonian King Perdiccas and predecessor of Philip II). By the time this tomb was built, Seleucus had become Great King (at least in name) in the West. However, the sphinx and other goddess iconography in the tomb indicates that Olympias was the real power behind the throne.
Image: Broken head of a sphinx from the Tomb of Amphipolis.
A press release for the new Alexander book is posted here:
A summary of the new Alexander book is posted here: