Religion Is A Long Standing Hoax
It seems that some of us are starting to realize that religion is a lot more crafted than we have long been sold. I am beginning to think that the religions of the mass public are watered down versions of medieval style freemasonry ritual and myth. I am starting to think that the religions of Judaism and Christianity derive from trickled down versions of masonic myth that the families of the traveling mason types could embrace as cultural and collective paradigm. There seems to be an awful lot of obvious overlap. In light of the historical record of Napoleon's artistic army of freemasons traipsing all over Egypt, showing that there seems to be evidence that ancient history is made up, there would seem to be good reason to believe that history and the religions that go with it, are not as presented to us. History seems to be not what we are told it is, not exactly, at least. History and the artificial world itself come across as older forms of Disneyland. Many seem to still seek to lay blame at the feet of Freemasons and Jesuits priests and the rest of the conspiracy cast. What was true during centuries past is not as true today. Secret enlightenment age brotherhoods evolved into the Anglo American Rhodes round table groups, Council on Foreign Relations, corporations and all sorts of foundations.
"One of them showed him a Roman coin, and he asked them whose head and inscription were on it. They answered, "Caesar's," and he responded: "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's".
I am also starting to think that the religion of Christianity is allegorically a religion of slaves. Jesus tells us to pay our fees, fines and taxes. It looks like the money lending table turning Jesus sold out too. Render means rent. Jesus wants us to pay our taxes to government. I guess this is the proverbial stairway to heaven.
Christianity seems to be the faith of the force, work-force, that is; or perhaps workhorse is a more apt term. The faith of judaism, if history is correct, magically rides along with masonic orders. Seems to me this is an old European divide and conquer the allegorical twelve tribes of humanity, con. What was true centuries ago is foundation of the world today. Religion is a great way to keep humanity divided into separate more easily controlled groups. The obvious absurdity of the usury fee loophole is an example of some very childish thinking on the part of all of those involved, to this day. As we all know, the Templar and Mason banking schtick becomes global Anglo American Rhodes round tabled foundation run fun. The modern world of digital commerce started with pilgrims and mining companies.
Oh and by the way to all those christians out there hunting for Hollywood banking "jews", you might want to look to your Good Book for guidance. The first half was written by Jews. And if memory serves, Jesus and friends and his mommy and poppie celebrated passover too, and this kind of makes you, half jewish, culturally, too.
I also am starting to think that Judaism itself, allegorically, is the religion of the families of free-masonic kind of people. Traditionally Jewish heritage is passed down on the mother's side, is it not? This religion by its own definition, is a faith of freed people, or so the story goes, of course we know better than to believe in promises of freedom. I also am of the opinion that Israel is as fake as Disneyland. European medieval pilgrimages originated in Europe. I have a feeling that between the Crusades and pilgrimages, there was more than enough time to shuffle people around the old world many times over, redefining cultural paradigm with immigration shifts over and over again, for centuries, continuing to this day, with time without end. Just an idea.
(please note: My opinion is that there is a difference between organized religion and spirituality, I tend to think that organized religion filters out one's own relationship with the divine source of all creation, whatever that source may be. Words like God, Nature and the rest are symbols that refer to an idea about the ultimate mystery of the ground of all being and of all existence, but the word and even idea are not God or the source of all itself. The source of all would seem to have to be a transcendent power that is more than likely forever beyond all human conception. I admire the works of myth and religion as art and in that context I do think these artifices have personal and perhaps powerful transcendent value that is separate from any social conditioning.
By the way, if going to church or temple every week works for you, keep at it! I don't believe in a one size fits all world.)
render etymology: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=render
HOMER W. SMITH: MAN AND HIS GODS
MAN AND HIS GODS
"WHEN in 1863 Thomas Huxley coined the phrase 'Man's Place in Nature,' it was to name a short collection of his essays applying to man Darwin's theory of evolution. The Origin of Species had been published only four years before, and the thesis that man was literally a part of nature, rather than an earthy vessel charged with some sublimer stuff, was so novel and so offensive to current metaphysics that it needed the most vigorous defense. Half the civilized world was rudely shocked, the other half skeptically amused.
Nearly a century has passed since the Origin shattered the complacency of the Victorian world and initiated what may be called the Darwinian revolution, an upheaval of man's ideas comparable to and probably exceeding in significance the revolution that issued from Copernicus's demonstration that the earth moves around the sun. The theory of evolution was but one of many factors contributing to the destruction of the ancient beliefs; it only toppled over what had already been weakened by centuries of decay, rendered suspect by the assaults of many intellectual disciplines; but it marked the beginning of the end of the era of faith.
It was said by one horrified reviewer of Darwin's book that if his views held, then humanity 'would suffer a damage that might brutalize it, and sink the human race into a lower grade of degradation than any into which it has fallen since its written records tell us of its history!' (Like many of his Victorian contemporaries, the writer knew little of human history.) No one can deny that since the Origin was published man has given a good exhibition of his lowly nature. Darwin's book can explain man's bestial propensities, but it is scarcely responsible for them. Yet in truth much that hitherto served to hold civilization together, to give life meaning and direction, to keep courage in men's hearts, has fallen away because of it. It was inevitable that men should live differently because the book had been written.
Now that the Origin has begun to do its work man stands among the ruins left from some five millenniums of civilization, surrounded by shattered hopes and burned-out creeds where once were impregnable faith and assured belief, asking himself again, What is his place in nature? Why should he live? And how? This question has from time immemorial played a dominant role in his thoughts. Repeatedly he has reshaped the answer, and always the answer has reshaped the pattern of his life, socially, economically and politically, and frequently set the limits to his physical and intellectual freedom.
All students of history must at times have felt despairingly that this history has been inevitable, that it could not have happened otherwise. If this be true, then of course the history that is to come cannot be modified. Historians may debate the relative importance of ideas as against other factors in the shaping of this history: but any application, of the principle of determinism implies that history would have been different had the determinants been different -- among other things had man's ideas been different. The Scholastics condemned reason and examination as fallible and feeble tools, and fallible and feeble they seem to be as opposed to the dead weight of vulgar belief that stands against them as a mountain stands against the wind and rain: yet perspective reveals that mountains do wear away, and the student who scans the past in its entirety takes heart in the conviction that man's future history will be changed by ideas more even than has the past.
This volume closes with the end of the nineteenth century. It is difficult to appraise one's contemporaries; they are too much a beam in the eye. If an appraisal were rashly to be ventured, it might incline towards an unwarranted pessimism: despite a clearer vision in some quarters of the meaning of liberty and responsibility, and despite some notable progress in natural philosophy, the first half of our century seems, with respect to ideas, to have regressed a little into the penumbra of intellectual eclipse. Historians of the future may look back upon the nineteenth century as we look back upon the early days of Greece, seeing it as a brilliant period for the human intellect but with promises unfulfilled, aborted because that intellect was too immature for its promises to complete gestation. Perhaps this pessimism is also a beam in the eye, so this book closes with the end of the century in which Darwin lived. It begins, fragmentally and imperfectly, at the beginning, in so far as the beginning can be perceived. "
source and free .pdf book link: https://tzmvirginia.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/smith-man-and-his-gods1.pdf
Yahweh's Phallic Stone
"From this and other evidence, many students have identified Yahweh as a phallic stone such as was revered by neolithic man and by more recent peoples. It is not to be denied that phallic symbolism has been attributed to megalithic monuments, amulets, signs, incantations and literary allusions, in which the suggestio concupiscentiae is purely fortuitous."
Capitol Domes Are For Men With Little Heads
The word capital means: "...head of a column or pillar," late 13c., from Anglo-French capitel, Old French chapitel, or directly from Latin capitellum "little head," diminutive of kaput (see capitulum)."
source: capital (n.2)
"The obelisk symbolized the sun god Ra, and during the brief religious reformation of Akhenaten was said to be a petrified ray of the Aten, the sundisk. It was also thought that the god existed within the structure."
"Obelisks were prominent in the architecture of the ancient Egyptians, who placed them in pairs at the entrance of temples. The word "obelisk" as used in English today is of Greek rather than Egyptian origin because Herodotus, the Greek traveller, was one of the first classical writers to describe the objects. A number of ancient Egyptian obelisks are known to have survived, plus the "Unfinished Obelisk" found partly hewn from its quarry at Aswan. These obelisks are now dispersed around the world, and fewer than half of them remain in Egypt."
"These were originally called "tekhenu" by their builders, the Ancient Egyptians. The Greeks who saw them used the Greek 'obeliskos' to describe them, and this word passed into Latin and ultimately English. Ancient obelisks are monolithic; that is, they consist of a single stone. Apart from its shape, this is the major identifying characteristic of an obelisk, as it necessitates the technological ingenuity required to elevate into vertical position a massive rock weighing hundreds of tonnes."
"The earliest Obelisks were known as ‘benben’ stones. They were rough hewn and truncated, but they were tipped off by the pyramid ion shape which distinguishes obelisks from other monumental columns. The spirit of the sun god was supposed to enter the stones at certain periods, and on these occasions human sacrifices were offered to it. The victims were probably prisoners of war who had been captured alive, and foreigners, and when these failed the priests must have drawn upon the native population. At On, king after king erected benbens in Re’s honour, so that by 1300BC the city was full of obelisks. The Roman author Pliny wrote about this city of On where kings ‘entered into a kind of rivalry in forming elongated blocks of stone, known as obelisks, and consecrated them to the divinity of the Sun’.
In 'Our Phallic Heritage' we are told that 'All pillars or columns originally had a phallic significance, and were therefore considered sacred. Pan, the goat god and god of sensuality, was often represented as an obelisk. A former witch writes 'The obelisk is a long pointed four sided shaft, the uppermost portion of which forms a pyramid. The word 'obelisk' literally means 'Baal's shaft' or Baal's organ of reproduction' (Page 341 Masonic and occult symbols illustrated. Dr. Cathy Burns)
To understand why the obelisk is so important to masons one has to understand the Masonic version of Egyptian mythology behind their rituals.
Osiris was a king of Egypt who married his sister Isis. His brother ‘Set’ wished to usurp the throne and so plotted his death. He tricked Osiris into climbing into a golden chest. As soon as he was inside, Set nailed down the lid and flung the chest into the Nile. It was carried off to Byblos in Syria where it came to rest against a small Tamarisk tree or Acasia tree, with the dead Osiris still inside. Isis found out what Set had done to Osiris, so she set off to find her husband. A vision led her to Byblos, where she recovered his body and took it back to Egypt. Alas! Set stole it and tore it into fourteen pieces, which he scattered throughout Egypt to prevent Osiris coming to life again. Isis recovered all but one of the pieces - the penis - and gave Osiris a fit burial. Their son, Horus, avenged him by slaying Set."
Some interesting excerpts:
MAN AND HIS GODS: Chapter III The Heaven Is My Throne and the Earth My Footstool
"In the preparation of the standard English Bible (King James Version, 1611), the translators unfortunately relied chiefly upon a Greek text which had been collected and edited by Erasmus in 1516, who had in turn used the few Greek manuscripts that were available in Basle. In the light of recent examination Erasmus's sources appear to have stemmed largely from what scholars call the Byzantine text, one which had been gradually assembled at Constantinople between the fourth and eighth centuries and which differs substantially from other texts that by their concordance appear to approach more closely to the original Hebrew manuscripts."
"The Pentateuch is now recognized to stem from three more or less independent sources, the Yahwistic and Elohist versions which were probably not committed to writing before 750 B.C., and the Priests' Code which was composed as an amplification of Deuteronomy shortly after the return from Babylon (ca. 535-469 B.C.). The Pentateuch (plus Chronicles and Kings) was probably arranged in its present order before 300 B.C., though a standard Hebrew text (the Masoretic text) was not finally established until the second century of the Christian Era. This text, of which no copy is extant, in turn supplied the model from which the Torah and Old Testament were derived. The Hebrew text was originally written in consonants only, the vowels being supplied by the reader; then at some time between the sixth and eighth centuries of the Christian Era a system of vowel points was invented and applied to the ancient text, and such was the subsequent force of this innovation that after its widespread adoption all the manuscripts which had not been so re-edited were destroyed or allowed to perish.
Consequently no copy of the Hebrew text of any part of the Old Testament is known that can be dated with any certainty earlier than the tenth century. A copy of the Prophetic Books preserved at Leningrad, bearing the date A.D. 916, has long been accepted as the oldest surviving, primary Hebrew record. (Scrolls bearing much of Isaiah and fragments of Genesis, Deuteronomy and the Apocrypha, preserved in jars and found by Arabs near the Dead Sea in 1947, are believed by Professor Sukenik of Hebrew University to antedate the Christian Era. Some scholars place their date in the sixth century B.C., but others suspect them to be forgeries and in any case do not date them earlier than the Middle Ages.)
For earlier redactions of the Old Testament scholars must rely on Greek, Latin, Syriac and other translations which differ markedly among themselves in consequence of their checkered history. Until the third century of the Christian Era writing was confined to papyrus rolls, a number of such rolls being required to contain all the books of the Old Testament, and since these rolls were circulated separately and separately translated by scribes who frequently had more zeal than skill, the various rolls probably differed on one point or another in almost every paragraph. In the third century the papyrus codex, or book of papyrus leaves, was introduced, and in the fourth century the vellum codex, and then the various texts began to be gathered into simple volumes. Editors and redactors selected from the diverse translations available to them on papyrus those texts which seemed to be most suitable, this work of selection going on in several independent centers, such as Alexandria, Greece, Constantinople and Rome, until there were produced a number of stem texts which differed considerably from each other.
The first translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Greek had been the Septuagint, which had been prepared from various Hebrew papyri by a number of translators (traditionally seventy) in the third century B.C.; this originally included only the Pentateuch, but other books were added by the first century B.C. and in the first century after Christ the collection was accepted by the Jews of the Dispersion as Holy Scripture and passed on as such to the Christian Church. In both Hebrew and Christian hands, however, the papyri underwent independent changes until in the fourth century Jerome collected numerous Hebrew manuscripts, edited them and translated them into Latin to produce the Vulgate text. For textual purposes this possesses but little value, since Jerome presupposed a Hebrew original practically identical with the stereotyped Masoretic text, and made his selections accordingly. It is this Vulgate which is still used by the Catholic Church, but the oldest extant fragments date from the sixth to the ninth century and these have now been shown to differ markedly from the stem texts on which Jerome's compilation was based. In view of Jerome's limited sources, his edition must itself have differed considerably from the older Hebrew manuscripts.
In the preparation of the standard English Bible (King James Version, 1611), the translators unfortunately relied chiefly upon a Greek text which had been collected and edited by Erasmus in 1516, who had in turn used the few Greek manuscripts that were available in Basle. In the light of recent examination Erasmus's sources appear to have stemmed largely from what scholars call the Byzantine text, one which had been gradually assembled at Constantinople between the fourth and eighth centuries and which differs substantially from other texts that by their concordance appear to approach more closely to the original Hebrew manuscripts.
The oldest extensive manuscript of the Septuagint in any language consists of 235 leaves of the Greek Codex Sinaiticus which dates from the fourth century, discovered by Tischendorf in the monastery of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai in 1844 and 1859. The Codex Vaticanus, also in Greek, which has been preserved in the Vatican Library since 1481, is a nearly complete copy of the Old and New Testaments and is also dated as fourth century. Next in age is the Greek Codex Alexandrinus, also a nearly complete copy of the Old and New Testaments dating from the fifth century, which was preserved at Constantinople until 1627 when it was presented to Charles I. The Chester Beatty Papyri are remnants of twelve manuscripts allegedly found by natives buried in one or more jars in a Coptic graveyard in Egypt; they comprise two substantial portions of Genesis, small fragments of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Esther and Ecclesiasticus from the third and fourth centuries, and a portion of Numbers and Deuteronomy which is said to be not later than the first half of the second century. A fragment of Deuteronomy is contained on a few bits of papyrus which were used in making a mummy cartonnage case found in Egypt; these date from the middle of the second century B.C. and are by some three centuries the earliest manuscript of any portion of the Bible yet discovered, with the possible exception of the Hebrew fragments mentioned above.
In view of the fact that the oldest manuscripts, incomplete as they are, represent the nth edition in the process of copying and recopying, editing and re-editing which has gone on for centuries it is not surprising that all extant copies differ markedly from each other and from the King James Version. The Revised Version of 1881 incorporates the results of much recent research on the ancient manuscripts but can scarcely be considered either final or identical with any ancient copy, and the choice between the King James Version and the Revised Version is largely a matter of literary taste."
"The traditions of the Israelites, as set forth in the Pentateuch (and excluding numerous contradictory details) relate that in a time of famine the sons of Jacob, a descendant of Abraham, had migrated into Egypt where their brother, Joseph, was prime minister; there they had been welcomed and given land in the province of Goshen, and had resided until forced into slavery by a hostile Pharaoh. Under the leadership of Moses, and after numerous dramatic episodes in which Moses's god had 'hardened the heart' of the Pharaoh to prevent the Israelites from leaving (and which afforded the god an opportunity to exhibit his supernatural powers) they had escaped from Egypt to wander in the 'wilderness' for forty years, until at last they had reached the promised land of Canaan."
"Whether any such mass exodus of Hebrews out of Egypt ever actually occurred is undetermined."
"Whatever the date of the traditional migration, and assuming it to have a historic basis, it is obviously impossible to accept the Exodus account that there went out of Egypt 'about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.' Apart from the 'mixed multitude,' this would mean a million and a half men, women and children, and an equal number of cattle and sheep, and any such mass movement would certainly have resounded loudly in Egyptian or Syrian history, while any such number of persons and animals would certainly have died of starvation within a short time in the deserts and mountains of Sinai. It is more likely that the legend of the exodus is a garbled and fanciful account of the flight from Egypt to Palestine of a relatively few members of the Rachel tribe under the leadership of a patriarch who fled the country because he had come afoul of the Egyptian law; or perhaps it only reflects the continuous infiltration of Hebrews into and out of Egypt over the period between the Hyksos invasion (1800 B.C.) and the reign of Merneptah (1200 B.C.), and their gradual rise to power in Palestine. Later, when they were politically established in that country, their Egyptian experiences and the adventures which they had had at one point or another in their travels were developed into a tale of epic proportions.
Moses was, by tradition, learned in the wisdom of the Egyptians, and Egyptian influence in early Israelite thought is evident in many places. Though the name Moses was related by Sayce to the Assyrian word masu, meaning hero or leader, other Egyptologists have emphasized its affinity to the Egyptian word mose, meaning son, while Yahuda equates it with the Egyptian mu-sheh, meaning 'child of the Nile.' Like Horus, beloved god of Egypt, and also like Sargon, founder of the kingdom of Sumer, Moses had been born in secret and hidden in a basket among the bulrushes. A malicious god, Set, sought to destroy Horus; a malicious Pharaoh sought to destroy Moses. Buto, the goddess of the north, found and reared Horus while his mother visited him secretly; a Pharaoh's daughter found and reared Moses, his mother being employed as his nurse. When Horus grew to manhood he slew Set, who had wronged his father; when Moses grew to manhood he slew an Egyptian who was wronging a Hebrew. To escape punishment, Moses fled from Egypt to the land of Midian, where he lived with Jethro, the ministrant of the god Yahweh who appears at this stage to have been the local deity of a sacred volcanic mountain; and, on the occasion of the burning bush, Moses's great mission to deliver the Israelites from bondage was revealed to him by Jethro's god who proved to be the hitherto unrecognized god of Moses's ancestor, Abraham. The god first told Moses his 'secret name,' thus imparting to him such magic power that in Egypt Moses would have been stronger than the god himself. Then the god expounded a guileful plan to coerce the Pharaoh into letting the Israelites leave Egypt and to persuade them to follow Moses. The plan involved various 'wonders' or magical operations in the form of typical Egyptian plagues. In an incident involving the god, Moses and his wife, it was revealed that the bloodletting rite of circumcision, which was indubitably in vogue in Egypt in earliest dynastic times, was to be substituted for human sacrifice. Moses carried a magic staff which was also a serpent, and he revered the healing power of the shining brazen image of the serpent divinity, Uraeus, the symbol of the Egyptian king. On the sacred mountain he acquired a highly sacred stone from the god, which was forever after surrounded by Egyptian mystery and preserved in a chest or 'ark' comparable to the sacred chests used by Egyptian priests."
"Although the Israelites always spoke of Yahweh as coming from Sinai, Jethro's mountain, where Yahweh revealed himself to Moses, was not in the Sinai peninsula but in the land of the Midianites which lay to the east of the Gulf of Akaba in Arabia proper; the erroneous association of Yahweh with Sinai stems from the subsequent encampment of the Israelites near the foot of the mountain of the Law during the exodus. This mountain of the Law may or may not have been Mount Sinai: the Pentateuchal writers sometimes called it Sinai, and sometimes Horeb. Traditionally it was such a mountain that over a million people could encamp at its base for some time with pasture and drink for their cattle; it rose from the wilderness so sharply that its base could be fenced in, yet it was easily ascended and its peak could be seen by a great multitude below. It is impossible to fit Sinai or any other existing mountain into this description, but it was probably Mount Sinai that supplied many of the legends of the exodus and some of the attributes of the deity who sponsored this migration.
Among the Bedouins Mount Sinai was sacred to the moon god, Sin, from whom it derived its name. Sin, by nature of his nocturnal light, was the favored god of nomadic peoples, their guide and protector at night when they must do most of their wandering in a hot country. He was conceived to be the father of the gods, their chief and leader, and the god of wisdom. His symbol was a conical stone surmounted by a gilded crescent, and his service even down to late times involved human sacrifice. Sin was worshiped at Mount Sinai well into the Christian Era, and the rocky caves which abound in its jagged walls and deeply cut valleys had harbored his priests a thousand years before the Exodus. The ruins of temples at Serabit reveal altars for incense and sacrifice, tanks for ablutions, stone pillars suggesting phallic beliefs and a vast accumulation of ashes from burnt offerings. When the Israelites left their 'mountain of the Law' they carried with them Sin's commandments to make an altar to burn incense upon, this altar to have 'horns' for a ceremonial blood offering, lavers for the hands and feet, a tabernacle in which to worship the god and the ritual of burnt offerings. Every seventh day, the unlucky day of the moon god throughout the East, had become a sabbath or sacred day. To argue that the Israelites acquired these practices, which were ancient and widespread throughout Arabia and Syria, solely from the cult of a single mountain, Sinai or any other, would of course be forced; the point is that in their own tradition Sinai was the place upon which Yahweh descended with fire and smoke and earthquake to instruct Moses about the Sabbath, the making of an altar of unhewn stone with horns, the rituals of the blood offering and the burnt offering, the feast of the harvest and first fruits, the sacrifices of the first-born, all the sacred Law that was the foundation of Israel, and much of this 'law' was pre-existent in the moon god's cult.
Yet as Jeremiah later said, 'For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah, and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense to Baal.' Yahweh, slowly taking shape in a welter of polytheism, took one or another attribute from various of Israel's early gods. Above all else, he was a god of generation. The Israelites never doubted that with his help they would some day outnumber their enemies, for the god had appeared to Abraham and promised to make him 'a father of many nations'; and later, when Abraham complained 'To me thou hast given no seed,' the god 'brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.' Repeatedly the god promises fruitfulness: 'I will multiply thee exceedingly'; 'thou shalt be a father of many nations'; 'And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee'; 'for a father of many nations have I made thee'; of Sarah he said, 'she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her'; of Ishmael, 'I have blessed him and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.' To the agricultural Egyptians, who needed food and not numbers, Osiris was above all the personification of the fertility of the soil and seed, and the power of resurrection; but the shepherd-warrior peoples living in sparsely populated Palestine were not interested in agriculture and they had no notion whatever of a happy afterlife. What they wanted chiefly was to resist their foes by force of arms, to which end they had to multiply their numbers as rapidly as possible. So the god promised them, 'I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.'
From this and other evidence, many students have identified Yahweh as a phallic stone such as was revered by neolithic man and by more recent peoples. It is not to be denied that phallic symbolism has been attributed to megalithic monuments, amulets, signs, incantations and literary allusions, in which the suggestio concupiscentiae is purely fortuitous. The Semitic asherim, or sacred poles, have been so identified, but the evidence is unconvincing and it is more likely that as substitutes for a sacred tree they were erected indifferently in the worship of any deity. Although Kennett thought that Yahweh was a golden serpent brought perhaps from Egypt and preserved in the ark until its loss or destruction, possibly as late as the reformation in the days of Hezekiah, and Barton that he was a sacred meteorite, the belief that he was a phallic deity has much more support in evidence."
When Was The Great Pyramid Built?
"Scott Creighton reveals how the only hard evidence that dates the Great Pyramid--the quarry marks discovered by Colonel Vyse in 1837--was forged. Creighton’s study strikes down one of the most fundamental assertions of orthodox Egyptologists and reopens long-standing questions about the Great Pyramid’s true age, who really built it, and why."
"Herodotus, in his Histories, Book II, gives a detailed if selectively coloured and imaginative description of ancient Egypt. He praises peasants' preservation of history through oral tradition, and Egyptians' piety. He lists the many animals to which Egypt is home, including the mythical phoenix and winged serpent, and gives inaccurate descriptions of the hippopotamus and horned viper. Herodotus was quite critical about the stories he heard from the priests (II,123), but Diodorus Siculus, who visited Hellenistic Egypt in the 1st century BCE, gave credit to what he was told by priests: that many famous Greek philosophers had studied in Egypt. Both Plutarch and Diogenes Laertius (3rd century) mention that Thales studied in Egypt, whilst nothing is really known about Thales from his own time. Iamblichus of Chalcis in the 3rd century CE reports that Pythagoras studied in Egypt for 22 years.
From the classical texts that thus evolved, a mythical Egypt emerges as the mother-country of Religion, Wisdom, Philosophy, and Science.
Among the Romans, an Egypt that had been drawn into the Roman economic and political sphere was still a source of wonders: Ex Africa semper aliquid novi; the exotic fauna of the Nile is embodied in the famous "Nilotic" mosaic from Praeneste, and Romanized iconographies were developed for the "Alexandrian Triad", Isis, who developed a widespread Roman following, Harpocrates, "god of silence", and the Ptolemaic syncretism of Serapis."
Herodotus' History = Fantasy
"Gold-digging ant is an insect from Medieval bestiaries. They were dog- or fox-sized ants that dug up gold in sandy areas. Some versions of the Physiologus said they came from Ethiopia, while Herodotus claimed they were located in India.'
source: Gold-digging ant - Wikipedia
Napoleon The Freemason Takes An Entourage of Artists & Architects To Egypt
"Freemasonry first appeared in Egypt in around 1798, introduced by French Masons in Napoleon’s conquering armies. We do not know if Napoleon was a Freemason but he certainly used the Craft to befriend the people by first showing every respect for their religion and then mixing with them socially in an international brotherhood. He wasted no time in flooding the country with circulars about respecting the Moslem religion and in founding the Isis Lodge, into which several eminent people were initiated.
The name “Isis” was adopted after the mysterious rites of the Priests of Isis, sister and wife of Osiris, a prominent figure in Egyptian mythology. It practised the so-called “Memphis Rite”, named after the place where the fraternity of priests met and which was the great school of wisdom and mysteries of the Egyptians. There appears to be no historical warrant for this rite which claimed to continue the hermetic and spiritual teachings of the ancient Egyptians. The rite is known to have practised some 90 degrees, each with their respective secrets and ceremonies.
Isis Lodge appears to have prospered under its first Master, General Kleber, until he was murdered in 1800. At this time, following the withdrawal of the French, Freemasonry seems to have lost its popularity or gone underground. In 1830, some Italians formed the Carbonari Lodge in Alexandria. This Lodge was altogether political and, as its activities were closely watched by the Government, its meetings were held in complete secrecy. It proved popular, however, and a further Lodge, “Menes”, working the Memphis Rite, was founded which also prospered. One of the most active members, a Samuel Honnis (sometimes spelled Hanas), a Memphis Rite Freemason, founded a number of French Lodges in Alexandria, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez and Cairo, including the Al Ahram in Alexandria in 1845.
This was “recognized” by the Government and many senior officials were initiated into it, including the famous Emir Abd el Gazairi, who fought the French in Algeria and, whilst exiled in Syria, gave refuge to and saved hundreds of Christian families during the Damascus massacres. Another famous Initiate was Salvatore Zola who became Grand Master of the Grand Orient and Grand Lodge of Egypt. He also founded the first Italian Lodge to work the Scottish Rite in Alexandria in 1849.."
source: Masonic High Council of Egypt
"Napoleon On The Nile: Soldiers, Artists, And The Rediscovery Of Egypt"
"General Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign (1798-1801) was not a military triumph. It was profoundly successful, however, as a cultural expedition, resulting in the publication of the encyclopedic Description de l’Egypte (1809-28). Containing more than eight hundred engravings, this unprecedented scholarly achievement, the work of one hundred and fifty scholars Napoleon brought to Egypt, is considered the foundational work of modern Egyptology, exhaustively portraying virtually every aspect of the country, ancient and modern. Napoleon on the Nile: Soldiers, Artists, and the Rediscovery of Egypt brings together more than eighty engravings from the Description de l’Egypte, vivid Orientalist paintings and decorative objects influenced by them, and a selection of campaign letters and documents to explore the profound legacy of the French occupation of Egypt and how the interaction between military power and scientific knowledge shaped the West’s enduring image of that country."
Freemasonic Origins of Egyptology
"Was Napoleon Bonaparte a member of the Masonic Brotherhood? Multiple hypotheses have been advanced on the subject, and although the probability is high, it has never been definitely established that he was made a Freemason, either in Valence (French Department Drome), Marseille, Nancy ("St. John of Jerusalem" Lodge, December 3, 1797?), Malta, Egypt or elsewhere.
What is certain is that members of the expedition he commanded during the Egyptian campaign brought the Freemasonry to the banks of the Nile. General Kleber founded the "Isis" Lodge in Cairo (was Bonaparte a co-founder?), while Brothers Gaspard Monge (member, among others, of the "Perfect Union" Military Lodge, Mezieres) and Dominique Vivant Denon (a member of Sophisians, "The Perfect Meeting" Lodge, Paris) were among the scholars who would make this strategic and military setback a success that the young General Bonaparte would exploit upon his return to France."
First Director of the Louvre museum, founded modern Egyptology
"Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon (4 January 1747 – 27 April 1825) was a French artist, writer, diplomat, author, and archaeologist. He was appointed as the first Director of the Louvre museum by Napoleon after the Egyptian campaign of 1798–1801, and is commemorated in the Denon Wing of the modern museum."
"His two-volume Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypte ("Journey in Lower and Upper Egypt"), 1802, was the foundation of modern Egyptology."
source: Vivant Denon - Wikipedia
"Napoleonic Wars accounted for the dissemination of the 'Society' "
"Adapting the Big Bang theory to Freemasonry, we discover how the French Revolution and subsequent Napoleonic Wars accounted for the dissemination of the 'Society' outside its known borders. Which is why, by the late 19th century, Masonic lodges were scattered across the Ottoman Empire, from Constantinople where Young Turks were beguiled by the secretive brotherhood, to Greater Syria and Egypt where emerging nationalists aped their European assailant in their inherent opposition to autocratic authority.
In Egypt, Freemasonry imploded into feuding camps: Anglo-Saxon and French, ostensibly reflecting the dual imperialistic control--military and cultural-- which had entrenched itself along the Nile Valley."
source: FREEMASONRY IN EGYPT - Egy.com
"It is not an easy task to unite the efforts of the human race toward the accomplishment of any common good."
Manly P. Hall
Samson & Delilah: The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Head
I still dig the dead anyway. I don't care what Jan Irvin has to say, There's no need for throwin' tied dyed "shade". Some people just don't like knowing how the sausage's made.(of course the latter three quarters of that comment is just a dead head's trippy kind of kid.)
Grateful Dead - Samson & Delilah - 12/31/78 - Winterland (OFFICIAL) source: Music Vault
"The bee was among the Egyptians the symbol of an obedient people, because, says Horapollo, "of all insects, the bee alone had a king."
"In our Twentieth Century America, the word "industry" denotes manufacturing and factories classified as heavy industry and light industry; and connote machines and factory workers. When the Beehive is said to be an emblem of industry the word is not used in that sense, indeed, is used with an almost opposite meaning-for it is used in the sense of centuries ago, which was the true sense.
Industry was the employment of a very large number of men, tens of thousands in many instances, on one undertaking at one place and at the same time, and they might or might not use machinery. It was the method by which in the ages before heavy machinery vast building enterprises were accomplished, some of which have so long mystified modern men, the building of the pyramids, of the ancient Egyptian canals, of the hanging gardens of Babylon, of the Ziggurats, of vast Hindu temples, of the Chinese Great Wall and Grand canal of the Mayas' City of Chichen-Itza, etc. the same method by which in World War II the Burma and Ledo roads were constructed as well as great airfields in the remote hills of China; and the method by which from Caesar's time until modern times the Dutch have built their hundreds of miles of dykes. The Beehive is the perfect emblem, or typical instance of the power of industry, because what no one bee'or succession of separate bees could accomplish is easy where hundreds of them work together at one task at one time."
"The bee was among the Egyptians the symbol of an obedient people, because, says Horapollo, "of all insects, the bee alone had a king." Hence looking at the regulated labor of these insects when congregated in their hive, it is not surprising that a beehive should have been deemed an appropriate emblem of systematized industry. Freemasonry has therefore adopted the beehive as a symbol of industry, a virtue taught in the instructions, which says that a Master Mason "works that he may receive wages, the better to support himself and family, and contribute to the relief of a worthy, distressed brother, his widow and orphans" ; and in the Old Charges, which tell us that "all Masons shall work honestly on working days, that they may live creditably on holidays."
There seems, however, to be a more recondite meaning connected with this symbol. The ark has already been shown to have been an emblem common to Freemasonry and the Ancient Mysteries, as a symbol of regeneration--of the second birth from death to life. Now, in the Mysteries, a hive was the type of the ark. "Hence," says Faber (Origin of Pagan Idolatry, volume ii, page 133), "both the diluvian priestesses and the regenerated souls were called bees; hence, bees were feigned to be produced from the carcass of a cow, which also symbolized the ark; and hence, as the great father was esteemed an infernal god, honey was much used both in funeral rites and in the Mysteries." This extract is from the article on the bee in Evans' Animal Symbolism in Ecclesiastical Architecture. - Source: Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry"
Should we not question what we are told and consider other ideas in order to learn more about our world?
Things that are true should be able to withstand intellectual scrutiny.
Didn't you know?
Sir Isaac Newton was into sailors. Really into them. Or so the stories say. I hear he wore a wig. Or maybe he was one.
Wonder if he some traveling lucky someone's renaissance cotton candy-dandy? Whatever floats your boat.