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1. Comalcalco: A Case for Early Pre-Columbian Contact and Influence? [SIS C&C Review $]
... who insist that Fell is wrong 'most of the time', should remember that the 'some of the time' which remains still represents a major contribution' [14. It is evident that Fell had a remarkable talent for recognising the relationships between the signaries involved, many of which stemmed from diverse origins. Therefore we must ask if this is true of Fell's work on the apparent Old World marks on some of Comalcalco's bricks, for a large part of the concept of a possible Old World intrusion at Comalcalco rests on this. Roman Masons' Marks (signatures) In 1990, Fell undertook further analyses of certain designs at Comalcalco [15 in which he claimed that 'Roman masons' marks' existed on a percentage of the Comalcalco bricks. He compiled a chart comparing the Comalcalco brick markings with those on bricks from the Roman Empire. Fig. 4 is a copy of Fell's original but it was slightly corrected by Neil Steede for his presentation at the Fourth International Maya Conference in Guatemala. Figure 4: Comparison of markings on bricks from the Roman Empire ( ...
2. Paradise -- The Lost Frontier: Early Voyages to the Forbidden Isles [Aeon Journal $]
... businesses brought order to the daily lives of mortals, ethereal entrepreneurs catered to the needs of the Spirit World. Charon held the franchise in Greece as the conveyor of souls to the realm of the dead. In order to facilitate passage across the river Styx, it was common for Greek mourners to include with the burial a token for payment to the master of the heavenly ferry. In Greece, as elsewhere, it seems that a few curious lords couldn't wait for an early demise before learning the secrets of the Hereafter. The Roman poet, Virgil (70-19 BC), recounted the tale of Aeneas who tricked Charon into taking him on a voyage to Hades while he was still alive. [1 Welsh bards seem to have inherited the mythical tradition of a happy land of apple orchards in the west. Their Earthly Paradise was called Yns Yr Affalon-- or "Avalon"-- meaning "the Isle of Apples." In Welsh legend, this Avalon of the far west was an isle of fairy people located beyond the horizon and beneath the ...
3. Let There Be Darkness: An Archetypal Analysis of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich [Aeon Journal $]
... icons, theology, architecture, and even the horrors of the Third Reich all mirrored pagan archetypes of old. Assembled like a latter-day "Frankenstein Monster", this neo-paganism was then wedded to contemporary German science; and, tragically for all, the entire scenario was subsequently played out as though it were some depraved and overly long Wagnerian opera. (44) And, towering over this entire landscape, the commanding figure of a person named Adolf Hitler held sway. Hitler with Mussolini. The Fascist and Nazi salutes closely correspond to Roman gestures of prayer or respect, recalling Imperial modes of address and protection. The fact that Hitler's father Alois gave himself the name Hitler in place of Schicklgruber and instead of Heidler, or some other variant form of the family name, may have had no special significance to him beyond pragmatic considerations. But it certainly did for his son Adolf. (45) The elimination of the name Schicklgruber and the assumption of the name Hitler ultimately paved the way for a ritualistic chant wherein the pronounced name connoted far more than mere personal ...
4. The 'Cosmic Winter', Gildas... and St Patrick [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... around for evidence of something similar earlier in the cycle. As a result of this, they made the claim that a similar Tunguska-like impact occurred in mid-5th Century AD, blaming it for depopulating large tracts of eastern and central (what is now) England and bringing sub-Roman Britain to a close. They suggest that Anglo-Saxons thereafter colonised and settled the almost lifeless eastern side of the island, taking advantage of a period of history known as the Dark Ages which is almost devoid of written records. The Anglo-Saxons and those Celtic tribes outside Roman dominated parts of Britain, such as Ireland and most of what is now Scotland, would be described nowadays as peoples of the underdeveloped Third World. Those parts of Britain which were culturally and economically Romanised were rich and prosperous in comparison and a ripe plum for enterprising plunderers. This is exactly what seems to have occurred. Well armed and murderous raiders fell on a Britain without adequate military protection from all sides. Once the Roman garrisons had departed to Continental wars, civil authority gradually collapsed and towns were abandoned and fell into ...
5. A FIRE NOT BLOWN: CHAPTER 21: KINGS [Quantavolution Website]
... and feast on two fat stags in a celebratory banquet. Any animal that had horns ran the risk of being sacrificed as a symbol of an object in the sky with horns, regarded as a threat to the stability of the kosmos, celestial order. The general resort to sympathetic magic, for example by the Egyptians, who sacrificed red cattle because Typhon was red, since nothing else could be done, explains the willingness to spend huge sums on sacrifices, games and drama festivals. The Greek king, and the Etruscan or Roman noble, had to be prepared to sacrifice their own lives when necessary. King Kodros of Athens did so, as did Marcus Curtius when, to appease divine anger, he rode into a chasm that had opened in the Roman forum. In Athens, and in other places in the ancient world, the king was replaced by officials. His duties were shared among officers such as the Athenian archons, of whom there were nine. The first was known as ho archon, the archon, the second as ho basileus, ...
6. A FIRE NOT BLOWN: CHAPTER 12: CATASTROPHE, MYTH AND SKY [Quantavolution Website]
... , may reflect an anxiety lest the atmosphere surrounding Zeus should leave him and cause an outbreak of violence. Hera's name suggests 'face', and 'upon', Egyptian hra. Egyptian herit means 'fear'. The sacred marriage occurs in the Sumerian myth of Dumuzi and Inanna, enacted by the king and a priestess. Herodotus mentions the procedure in his description of Babylon. The Egyptian reference to the "Lord of redness in the day of transformations" probably refers to an object in the sky, such as the one that a Roman general, at his triumph, imitated by painting his face red. The English word 'sanguine', means red in the face and cheerful. Its origin is the Latin sanguis, blood. The Roman poet Horace, in one of his odes, describes death as pallida, pale. Sanguis may in turn be related to Egyptian ankh and sankh, live, and make to live, and to Sumerian sanga, priest. Triumphus may be connected with the Thriae, Delphic goddesses. The thrioboloi at Delphi threw pebbles into the ...
7. The Inscribed Bricks Of Comalcalco [Science Frontiers Website]
... as Mayan sites go because its 375 structures, including a large stepped pyramid, incorporate millions of fired bricks. Many of said bricks, when separated from their mortar, display various symbols as well as their makers' fingerprints. N. Steede collected a "small" sample of these bricks (4612 bricks weighing in at 21 tons) and photographed the inscriptions that decorated some 1,500 of them. Many bear what are interpreted as "masons' signs". These turn out to be virtually identical to those found on Roman bricks in the Old World. Conclusion: "The illustrated bricks of Comalcalco are pieces to a grand puzzle, whose completed, final image may reveal a Roman Christian presence in the Americas a thousand years before the arrival of Columbus." (Ref. 1) Some typical mason's signs found on Roman bricks (left) and Comalcalco bricks (right). Many additional similarities are found between mason's signs from Comalcalco and those from Roman, Minoan, and ancient Greek sites. See Ref. 2. References 1. Steede ...
8. Moderating the Middle Ages [SIS C&C Review $]
... authentic one describing actual events of the period poorly and another describing events of 1300-1600 superimposed on the former period. The duplication of history ends around 1600 with the creation of a global chronology by Scalliger and Petavius (himself suggested as the original from whom Dionysius Exiguus was duplicated 1,000 years earlier). Applying his methods of reconstruction gave Fomenko no duplicates of events from 1300 to 1900, which period he therefore passes as authenticated. An example he gives is of Troy and Rome, through to the Habsburg rule in the Holy Roman Empire. Were any Trojan records actually recovered when Schliemann discovered Troy, or do we rely on the Greek account of their history? Fomenko gives the time of the Trojan kingdom as 1460-1263 BC- 224 years, the rule of 7 kings (the 7 hills upon which Rome was built) and compares it to Rome's regal period (reference Livy) of 230 years; and the Trojan War of 10 years to the war between Rome and the Tarquins, and the founding of the Roman republic, over 13 years. Is ...
9. The Saturn Problem [SIS C&C Review $]
... nightly counterpart, the Moon, would be absurd. Yet religions in which the Sun or Moon certainly played the central role- as 'king' or 'queen' of the gods- are curiously uncommon, especially before the first century AD. Of the old pagan religions, that of the Romans is probably the most familiar- indeed, we still use the divine names which the Romans gave to the planets. The planet Saturn they associated with a complex figure described by the Oxford Classical Dictionary as 'one of the most puzzling gods in Roman cult' [1. Unlike the other deities, Saturn had few temples and, rather than taking an active role in the affairs of heaven, he stayed on the sidelines and was viewed almost nostalgically, like a retired president of the cosmos. For Saturn was thought to have been the first king of the gods, ruler over a Golden Age of peace and plenty at the dawn of time. His subjects, the earliest human beings, lived a blissful existence, as the Earth spontaneously produced all the food they needed ...
10. An Investigation into the Reality of the Early Medieval Dark Age [SIS C&C Review $]
... and Evolution- The Ongoing Debate. He has been a member of SIS Council since 1986 and is currently Chairman.. A previous paper [1 discussed the attempt of the Russian mathematician, A.T. Fomenko, to deny the existence of an entire 687-year period of English history. According to Fomenko, the kings generally believed to have ruled in England from AD 640-1327 were alter egos of Byzantine rulers, some of whom were, in turn, duplicates of each other. If history was corrected to take this into account, the Roman occupation of Britain ended only 8, not 15, centuries ago. Fomenko's many bizarre claims, based on statistics but unsupported by convincing historical arguments, made it very difficult for readers to take his ideas seriously. This could have disguised the fact that there is a kernel of truth in what he is trying to say. If the insertion of 7 spurious centuries within the Christian Era is beyond the realms of possibility, how about a smaller number? In particular, have 3 phantom centuries been inserted as a 'dark age' ...
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