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:
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The shifts in roles do indicate that the Apocryphal "Joseph and Asenath" was being reworked for a different time period. In the Genesis account, the Pharaoh himself is the Judah figure whereas in the Apocryphal version he is the Pharaoh's son. There is also no hint in the Genesis story of animosity between the "Pharaoh" (Judah) and Joseph. Yet, in the Apocryphal version the Judah figure becomes an outright murderous villain. Also, there is no rehabilitation of Simeon and Levi in the Genesis story, but they become heroes in the Apocryphal version. Here's a quote from a previous study I did on the Genesis narrative:
"The New Kingdom Judah, that being Thutmose IV, also died young and as the result of an assassination attempt. In Genesis 40, the cupbearer and baker of Pharaoh (Thutmose IV) were both imprisoned. The cupbearer was later exonerated. However, the baker was impaled, which suggests that he was found guilty of trying to kill the king. Thutmose IV did not die immediately, however poisoning is the probable cause of his debilitating illness and premature death. The mummy of Thutmose IV is most notably characterized by its emaciation.
"We do not know what role Simeon and Levi played in the assassination attempt of Judah. However, they were later disgraced by Jacob for the murder of another prince, Hamor, and for killing the nobility of Shechem."
The cupbearer is a role associated with Benjamin, which again is modified in the Apocryphal version. In Genesis, the cupbearer is accused but eventually exonerated. In the Apocryphal version, Benjamin actually wounds (with a stone rather than with poison) the Crown Prince ("Pharoah's Son"), who lingers for three days and then dies. It is the baker in the Genesis account who is found guilty of the assassination. However, the tribal name Asher is more closely associated with Asher and not Gad. Of Asher it is written (in Genesis), that "his bread is abundant, he produces royal delicacies." So, this appears to be a significant deviation from the original pattern as well.
Unfortunately, the variations from the Genesis account found in the Apocryphal story aren't an exact fit for the time of Jesus either. In the Acts of Thomas, Gad is actually a representation of Christ, because he dies but miraculously comes back to life, which causes the Indian king to be "saved." Gad is not a bad guy as he is in the "Joseph and Asenath" story.
So, what's going on here? It appears that the remake of "Joseph and Asenath" may actually apply to the Roman court of the 2nd Century AD or later. The Christian themes are all there (Asenath "of the tower" washes the feet of Joseph, Asenath and her seven virgin attendants keep nighty vigils in wait for Joseph's return, the message of not repaying evil for evil is repeated over and over, etc.), but the pattern doesn't match that of Jesus' time. We should be looking for another time when there was a super-abundance of royal princes, and as many as twelve! That was actually quite rare. The time of Constantine the Great (with the princely Joseph-figure Crispus) may be a candidate, but it perhaps could have been inspired by one of the so-called Good Emperors, such as Nerva (a known Joseph figure) or Marcus Aurelius (whose wife Faustina had 14 children). If "Joseph and Asenath" is truly a 6th Century AD creation, then we might suspect that the atypical rise of Justinian and the "penitent" Theodora is the inspiration. It deserves more study!
This blog is a spin-off of a TDG featured news story. See comments 2 thru 4 on the following page:
On-line translation of "Joseph and Asenath":
Keep in mind when your are reading this story that the royal family was "all things to all people." To Egyptians they were Egyptian, to Hebrews/Jews they were Hebrews/Jews, etc. Along these lines, at the beginning of the story, we are told that Asenath looked more like a Hebrew than an Egyptian!
Also keep in mind that birth order was extremely important within the royal family and the typecasting associated with each birth position was recycled with every successive royal generation. This practice did not change from the time of the pharaohs right through the time of Jesus! The fourth royal prince ("Judah") could be appointed pharaoh of Egypt while the twelfth prince ("Joseph") made champion of the Hebrews. In Julio-Claudian times, a fourth prince named Tiberius was made Emperor of Rome while his brothers were given kingly appointments elsewhere, including in Israel. That's the way it was and always had been.
Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli and writer/director of Spirited Away, said in a recent interview he plans to "to continue making anime until I die."
Last night he received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards.
It's something I wanted to do when I was a student. It's about samurai in the 16th century, wearing full armor, battling it out with each other. I was very dissatisfied with the way that era was depicted in fiction and film, so I wanted to draw something that would reflect the way I thought that era should look. ... The great director Akira Kurosawa filmed his films in large, open spaces like golf courses, and there weren't those large, open spaces in Japan.
In my [humble] opinion...it's about god damned time.
A new season (Number 7) has started with two excellent episodes. They can be viewed on-line here:
The second episode is on the Sphinx, and on the age of the Sphinx (and Great Pyramid) in particular.
Robert Bauval is featured in the episode, as well as his new book, "The Secret Chamber, Revisited" (We have been discussing the original edition of this book lately.)
Bauval states that the Giza Pyramids are time-stamped to 10,500 BC based on retro-calculation of how the Belt of Orion appeared from Earth at that time (presumably using astronomical software). In this episode, Robert Schoch also suggests that the Sphinx may very well be of that vintage, as well.
We are taken on a fascinating journey to the depths of the "Tomb of Osiris" as a further demonstration of the very great age of the Giza complex. This is led by award-winning native Egyptian "Fixer" Ramy Romany:
(In this hilarious video Ramy explains that the car horn is used for sending "Morse Code" messages in Cairo traffic!)
The Sphinx Stela of Thutmose IV is then revisited, and Bauval strengthens the argument for an early date of the complex by mentioning the reference on the stela to the Sphinx's origins in the Zep Tepi. There follows a discussion on the possibility that a second/twin Sphinx once stood on the opposite side of the Great Pyramid facing West. This is suggested by the two sphinxes depicted on the Sphinx Stela. However, there is another explanation for this "doubleness" of the Sphinx. That is, the Sphinx was it's own double and symbolized the royal family's practice of effectively cloning themselves and achieving a type of immortality through inbreeding. (Picture Ramy honking a message out right now!) The Sphinx was also an embodiment of the female ruler/pharaoh, and as such she was capable of producing a male version of herself as heir. This is the hidden aspect of her office as "God's Wife of Amun."
"The 2nd [Chephron/"Judah"] Pyramid is directly behind the Sphinx and therefore in the "mating position." The duty of a prince in the role of Horus the Elder was to "uncover the nakedness" of the family Hathor [Ninhursag, "Lady of the Sacred Mountain/Pyramid"] figure. Exposing the body of the Sphinx by clearing it of sand was a symbolic part of that role. It could be compared to Ham exposing the nakedness of his "father" Noah. It was a family tradition (which was sooner or later) considered shameful and embarrassing. Unlike a shamed Godfather, the shame of a Godmother was apparently borne with great pride, at least privately. The royal Hathor figure was something of a female Messiah, a woman willing to sacrifice herself (and be reckoned accursed) for the salvation of her family/people."
The role of the Great Queen as personification of the Sphinx is clearly demonstrated in early dynastic Egypt through women such as Khentkawes ("Candace") who assumed traditional male pharaonic appearance (and were forerunners of later queens such as Hatshepsut). This is the subject of a series of short essays:
Sphinx II (Queen Khentkawes, Cont.)
Sphinx III (Queen Hetepheres)
Sphinx IV (Oedipus Rex)
Sphinx V (Word Studies)
Surprisingly, this episode of Ancient Aliens spends a large amount of time at the beginning of the show covering Robert Temple's theory that the Sphinx was originally a representation of Anubis. I have great respect for Temple's research, but this is not a theory that I can endorse, at least in terms of how the Sphinx was interpreted during pharaonic times. (If the Sphinx was a dog, this representation must have even pre-dated the Zep Tepi!) Here are links to an extensive commentary on this theory.
One other segment of the episode of note was a discussion of the Mars photos that suggest a parallel Giza Plateau on the Red Planet. There wasn't sufficient detail for this to be at all convincing, but I suppose there was no harm in mentioning a possible double-ganger in the solar system.
The current (Nov/Dec 2014) issue of Atlantis has an interesting article by Freddy Silva on ancient beliefs about the Afterlife:
It's based on his new book (published August 2014) by the same title:
(read sample chapters of the book here)
Robert Schoch also has an article in Atlantis Rising on the Orphic Mysteries. Other good stuff in there as well. Great issue.