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You may have already put me into the cubbyhole with the female goddess
worshippers or the historians who think there were matriarchies that
predominated before the current misogynistic macho malevolence. I am not
convinced there were matriarchies predominantly but I am sure there were
some who moved in that direction when men started to act superior based on
their insecurities. The Amazon Kelts of Scythia are testimony to this,
across 1100 miles of kurgans recently excavated in southern to central Asia.
My feeling is there was egalitarianism and spiritual "brotherhood". I like
the work of Joseph Campbell in showing the pre-Abrahamic times (with his
baby-factory relationships I cannot call wives) that also glimpse past
Gardner's Anunnaki like Enlil and Enki, whether or not Campbell ever even
heard such a concept as reptoid aliens being the great culturalizing force
for Sumeria. After dealing with the earlier whale myth's that preceded Jonah
and cover covering all religions and ethnic peoples of the world: he
proceeds from the Raven of the Eskimo where his favourite spirit 'Sila'
spoke so softly past the resurrection of Isis to the Shinto female goddess
of the sun Amaterasu, as we briefly visit this great man's work.
"Amaterasu, terrified at the sight, retired into a heavenly cave, {Her
brother Susanowo having jealously misbehaved and had abused a horse and
caused the death of many women.} closed the door behind her, and made it
fast. This was a terrible thing for her to do; for the permanent
disappearance of the sun would have meant as much as the end of the universe
- the end, before it had even properly begun. With her disappearance the
whole plain of high heaven and all the central land of reed plains became
dark. Evil spirits ran riot through the world; numerous portents of woe
arose; and the voices of the myriad of deities were like unto the flies in
the fifth moon as they swarmed.
Therefore the eight millions of gods assembled in a divine assembly in
the bed of the tranquil river of heaven and bid one of their number, the
deity named Thought-Includer, to devise a plan The motif of the sun as a
goddess, instead of as a god, is a rare and precious survival from an
archaic, apparently once widely diffused, mythological context. The great
maternal divinity of South Arabia is the feminine sun, Ilat. The word in
German for the sun (die Sonne) is feminine. Throughout Siberia, as well as
in North America, scattered stories of a female sun survive. And in the
fairy tale of Red Ridinghood, who was eaten by the wolf but rescued from its
belly by the hunter, we may have a remote echo of the same adventure as that
of Amaterasu. Traces remain in many lands; but only in Japan do we find the
once great mythology still effective in civilization; for the Mikado is a
direct descendant of the grandson of Amaterasu, and as ancestress of the
royal house she is honoured as one of the supreme divinities of the national
tradition of Shinto.
Amaterasu is an Oriental sister of the great Inanna, the supreme
goddess of the ancient Sumerian cuneiform temple tablets, whose descent we
have already followed into the lower world. Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte,
Aphrodite, Venus: those were the names she bore in the successive culture
periods of the Occidental development - associated, not with the sun, but
with the planet that carries her name, and at the same time with the moon,
the heavens, and the fruitful earth. In Egypt she became the goddess of the
Dog Star, Sirius, whose annual reappearance in the sky announced the
earth-fructifying flood season of the river Nile.
Inanna, it will be remembered, descended from the heavens into the hell
region of her sister-opposite, the Queen of Death, Ereshkigal. And she left
behind Ninshubur, her messenger, with instructions to rescue her should she
not return. She arrived naked before the seven judges; they fastened their
eyes upon her, she was turned into a corpse, and the corpse - as we have
seen - was hung upon a stake. 'After three days and three nights had passed,
(Biblio: Compare the Christian Credo: "He descended into Hell, the third day
He rose again from the dead...") To the Ekur, the house of Enlil, all alone
he directed his step...
(From notes: Enlil was the Sumerian air-god, Nanna the moon-god, Enki
the water-god and god of wisdom. At the time of the composition of our
document (third millennium B.C) Enlil was the chief divinity of the Sumerian
pantheon. He was quick to anger. He was the sender of the Flood. Nanna was
one of his sons. In the myths the benign god Enki appears typically in the
role of the helper. He is the patron and adviser both of Gi1gamesh and of
the flood hero, Atarhasis-Utnapishtim-Noah. The motif of Enki vs. Enlil is
carried on by Classical mythology in the counterp1ay of Poseidon vs. Zeus
(Neptune vs. Jove)..
This brings us to the final crisis of the round, to which the whole
miraculous excursion has been but a prelude - that namely, of the
paradoxical, supremely difficult threshold-crossing of the hero's return
from the mystic realm into the land of common day. Whether rescued from
without, driven from within, or gently carried along by the guiding
divinities, he has yet to re-enter with his boon the long- forgotten
atmosphere where men who are fractions imagine themselves to be complete. He
has yet to confront society with his ego-shattering, life-redeeming elixir,
and take the return blow of reasonable queries, hard resentment, and good
people at a loss to comprehend." (1)
I hope the reader sees some connection between the legends of Shinto,
Sumer, and all the others mentioned by Campbell, to the shamanistic study of
the things my father and I spoke about as I grew up. Perhaps I am just a
poor wordsmith and you will have to bear with me. This connection is very
real even if confusing because of all the names and histories or myths made
over the millennia to get people to think in terms of us against them.
Aldous Huxley was excited when he heard Campbell had been taken by
Shinto dignitaries to meet and experience the Yamabushi shaman firewalker's
healing fire. This is one of the kinds of experiences that excite my soul
too. Why is it not taught and encouraged? Someone has a different desire for
the bulk of souls in humanity. In their search to empower only themselves
they limit even that which they would benefit from. All people could be as
rich as the richest man and many would have far more knowledge than any man
if we would only seek to fulfill our potential.
The corbelled roofs, vaults and archways of Hal Safleini, Malta and
Santa Maria, Colombia or Mystery Hill, New Hampshire with its terraced stone
walled farms near Lake Memphremagog deserve much more study. I think they
should be compared with the Etruscan and earlier Cretan technologies in
order to show the '' were everywhere, but not too many funds are going in
that direction as we know. The real money and acclaim goes to those who will
'toe the line'. I feel a real sense of shame when I think of how Inyo, near
Bishop in California is guarded from the academics and farmer's intrigue or
greed. There are just a few people I would hope I can call friends or fellow
researchers. Most of us never got credentialized and don't stand to lose our
jobs and tenure like Dr. Lee and his boss at the National Museum of Canada
when they sought to expose a quartz mine on Manitoulin Island that was
reliably dated by 4 of 5 geologists to upwards of 100,000 years ago. There
are many stories of outright crucifixion awaiting the truth teller in
history. I remember my father telling me a little about the Manitoulin
situation as I was a child.


CHAPTER ONE: Before the Deluge(s):

1) The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell, 1949, Bollingen
(Mellon money) 2nd Ed., 1968, 3rd Printing, 1973, Chapter Heading,
'Emanations', pgs.210-216


The Rising Roman Empire

by Robert Baird



(an excerpt from the The Rising Roman Empire)

It is my opinion that Napoleon's Tuscan heritage was in his family legends
and though not provable to the College of Brienne it was enough for General
Marboeuf to get him into this school for the nobility. I think the Etruscans
were a lot like their Sybarite allies and before the Battle of Alalia they
were working the drug trade in league with Carthage. The falling out between
Carthage and these truly Sybaritic and corrupt people is important. There
are reasons why these same families do what they do in the present day that
we are not told about, I suspect. This quote from another of my books will
not do the detailed work to show the Etruscan origins in Lydia or Smyrna
nearby; it will be left to you to read books like Etruscan Life and
Afterlife to see the debate and how stupid it really is.

'The fiction of Romulus and Remus who were descendants of Aeneas was helpful
to certain priestly activities and is still spoken of in terms that imply
there is some basis in fact behind the legend other than a statue placed
many centuries later, by two Roman magistrates (296 BC.). When I lived in
Rome's sister city of Cincinnati I used to go to a park overlooking their
seven hills and the Ohio River where a replica of this statue maintains this
fiction or symbol of stupidity. That is not to suggest wolves weren't caring
creatures and that they might not have helped two babies through a rough
time. The wolves became dogs and were often with early humans and used in
the hunt as well as war. The drawings from the Sahara dated to 7,000 BC show
them with their men friends, who I think were Berbers and half breed
Phoenicians that chose to leave the 'hoity-toity' aristocratic evolving land
of Egypt.

It doesn't matter a great deal if history and archaeology don't have a clear
idea of what exact date Troy of the Aeneid actually fell. It would be nice
if they actually could prove a point, but we can proceed to explore the
important aspects of what happened even if it was the Hyksos time frame of
'Sea People's' some six centuries earlier. The story may have been fudged to
fit some verbal history as far as dates go; and even a number of different
events may have been jumbled into one. It is very likely that that is the
case. As a result other historians have also seemed to make things fit
together, which is the normal outcome, of this supposed history we are often
taught is fact. Recent archaeological discoveries are a great deal more
exact and they seem to fit a truer picture of what our long term history is
really all about. It is a welcome fact for example that we hear about the
'Beaker people' coming to the British Isles in the 3rd millennium BC from an
area such as Hallstatt and that we see the Old European civilization
predated them in the Danube.

The fact that the Danubians of Gimbutas had a language though may not have
had (though it appears to us and the experts at Helsinki's University) a
refined alphabet is an interesting academic study in denial. It was 2,000
years before cuneiform, and that is a fact that must be integrated into any
picture of what we are. It fits the time frame Strabo said the other
Iberians in Tartessus had a 7000 year written history.

The facts relating to the founding of Etruria make a lot more sense when we
consider these movements of advanced people, than earlier historians were
willing to allow (like Donald Strong). We saw the issue of the Phoenicians
of Tyre and that Royal family that produced the Biblical Jezebel resulting
in the last great woman to found a civilization (who historians have tried
to discredit) in the person of Dido. Around this same century Etruria is
acknowledged to have been created. This doesn't seem to us to be unrelated
and it shows a powerful group of Phoenicians may have been planning and
doing other things. The Carthaginians of Tyre and their Sybarite and
Etruscan allies fought at the Battle of Alalia in 520 BC but shortly
thereafter the Bruttii and Veneti who were their egalitarian brothers that
had moved north came to set things straight. But first let us look into the
fiction that the Romans wanted to make into their history a little more.

This story might seem overly childish and easy to see as a farce but it is
the kind of thing that has been sold to people who would believe almost
anything because it is written or mouthed by respected people. The idea of
mummification leading to immortality still seems to be something some people
think was the actual process, just because they know the Pharaohs were
seeking after immortality and because they found them in mummified
condition. There is a spiritual growth of soul reason and there are other
factors which often go unreported, as I hope you might tell your children
searching for Easter eggs. That story includes a thousand years of war and
persecution against the people of Ireland because they wouldn't deify Jesus
and sell that Resurrection fiction.

We know that caves are special for early man for reasons other than what we
were taught in school after the Lascaux caves were found. The grottos and
cenotes of the world are the best places to feel the energy at the root
(literally often) of nature. When they have springs and rivers to luxuriate
in or rest by an open fire they are wondrous places to hear the chanting of
spiritual things. One of these caves was the site of priestly efforts at the
foot of the Palatine Hill that became the annual site of the 'Fabiani' and
'Quintiales' purification and rebirth rituals. The Phoenician oracles had
prophesized the founding of a great culture and empire by two brothers who
would be raised by a wolf. In 296 B.C. two Roman magistrates gained a lot of
kudos for erecting the statue at the Lupercal in honour of Romulus and
Remus, the founders of Rome. (16) The Latin word 'lupa' may also be a factor
in the foundation of this story. 'Lupus' is Latin for wolf and 'Lupa' is
their word for 'whore'. The farmer who worked the area probably had a wife
who cared for these two brothers from an aristocratic family. I find this
derivation of the founding of the worst Empire with a continuing effect on
man (through their excellent rebirth as a Holy Empire of Catholicism) quite
to my liking.

Still the legend of Aeneas has the ring of some factual basis and the timing
of other things that few even comment about are tied in with this legend.
Livy comments on something that many others agree about when he said
something that mirrors the Phoenician attitudes toward spirituality.

"The Etruscans are a nation more than any other dedicated to religion, the
more so as they excelled in practising it."

Doing matters much more than lip service to be sure and I believe they were
more inclined to egalitarianism as were their aristocrats, than the Greek or
other remnants they left behind in Peloponnesian (Achaea or Greece). The
theory that the Etruscans came from Lydia is close to the truth as I see it
as well.

In the interest of brevity and because there is so little definitive proof I
hope the reader can allow us some leeway as we try to tie the bigger picture
together. This bigger picture has to do with a growing and changing
commercial empire that cared little for the actual control of all people,
once they saw it was impossible to achieve directly. They worked behind the
scenes in some cases and in other cases they even fought amongst their
former brothers or corporate partners. The Phoenicians can be said to be the
forerunners of the 'octopus' that we see as the Masons and Bilderbergs or
Merovingians of today. To what extent we can name specific individuals who
were early organizers of these behind the scenes deals will be a great deal
of guesswork except in the case of Tuthmosis and Pythagoras.

Alexander the Great who did a lot of interesting things including taking a
glass submersible to the bottom of the Sea, and his effort to find the
Emerald Tablet of Hermes and create one picture of culture (as an innovator
of propaganda) is definitely here too. Polybius was an historian who also
explored and may have gone to the Americas after his life as an adopted son
of the Scipio scions of Rome. There are lots of individuals but our history
will have little to offer in the way of intimate histories. The lesbians of
Lesbos will seem quite justified in their regard for women rather than the
men who abused women; and the Spartan or Cretan homosexuals aren't nearly as
bad as other slavers we think.

Mr. Grant brings us a great deal of information to try to digest in his
excellent scholarship that includes an ability to see through legend and
incorporate archaeological and artistic developments. The racial and
political ties are often unimportant in the Phoenician Brotherhood because
they attracted free-thinking and hard-working individuals. With the increase
in war and slavery their populous city-states were often over-run with
people and pirates alike.

"...this Milesian territory, limited by its mountainous boundary, and
restricted and endangered by the appearance of the Cimmerians and the rise
of the Lydian state, became a source of internal social strife, because its
concentration in the hands of only a few landowners angered those members of
the rising mercantile class who did not possess land of their own. The
outcome of this problem was an outstanding phenomena in the history of
Miletus, namely the dominant part the city played in the foundation of Greek
colonies in distant lands.

The region upon which its adventurous seamen and businessmen concentrated,
with contributions from other states (since additional settlers and
investments must have been needed), were those adjoining the Propontis (Sea
of Marmara) and Black Sea, in order to acquire the unlimited supplies of
grain that lay beyond, in southern Russia, as well as to catch the
tunny-fish moving down into the Mediterranean every year. For these
enterprises the two north-east passages, the Hellespont (Dardanelles) and
the Thracian Bosphorus, had to be traversed. From a nautical point of view,
these were perilous operations. But Milesian sailors soon found out that
helpful south-westerly breezes, and favourable eddies among the currents,
could be picked up along the shores, and that even in summer, when northerly
winds instead prevailed, a ship could pass through on the night breeze that
blew up the two straits; and then when the time came to return, the
northerly winds brought it safely back home again.

In these areas, the Hellespont, Propontis and Black Sea, the Milesians
founded a number of colonies, estimated at a total variously reckoned at
thirty and a hundred, and perhaps not too far from the latter total, once
foundations by satellites of Miletus are included in the list (Herodotus is
his source). For a considerable period, that is to say, the Black Sea and
its approaches became virtually a preserve of the Milesians. At Black Sea
centres such as Olbia, for example, it was probably a series of goldsmiths
sent from Miletus who provided the Scythians with their lavish gold-work."

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