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Serpent Mound. Ohio. Part 3 of 3.

Von: John Winston (johnfw@mlode.com) [Profil]
Datum: 25.05.2010 18:10
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Subject: Serpent Mound. Ohio.         Part 3 of 3.
May 25, 2010.

This shows how traditions are passed down to us.

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"But G-d shall wound the head of his enemies, and
the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still
in his trespasses." (Psa., lxviii., 21.)
The ancient Scandinavians practised scalping. When
Harold Harefoot seized his rival, Alfred, with six
hundred followers, be "had them maimed, blinded,
hamstrung, scalped, or embowelled. (Taine's "Hist.
Eng. Lit.," p. 35.)
Herodotus describes the Scythian mode of taking
the scalp: He makes a cut round the head near the
ears, and shakes the skull out." This is precisely
the Indian custom. "The more scalps a man has,"
says Herodotus, "the more highly he is esteemed
among them."
The Indian scalp-lock is found on the Egyptian
monuments as one of the characteristics of the
Japhetic Libyans, who shaved all the head except
one lock in the middle.
The Mantchoos of Tartary wear a scalp-lock, as do
the modern Chinese.
Byron describes the heads of the dead Tartars
under the walls of Corinth, devoured by the wild
dogs: "Crimson and green were the shawls of their
wear, And each scalp had a single long tuft of
hair, All the rest was shaven and bare."
These resemblances are so striking and so numerous
that repeated attempts have been made to prove
that the inhabitants of America are the
descendants of the J-ws; some have claimed that
they represented "the lost tribes" of that people.
But the Je-s were never a maritime or emigrating
people; they formed no colonies; and it is
impossible to believe (as has been asserted) that
they left their flocks and herds, marched across
the whole face of Asia, took ships and sailed
across the greatest of the oceans to a continent
of the existence of which they had no knowledge.
p. 210
If we seek the origin of these extraordinary
coincidences in opinions and habits, we must go
far back of the time of the lost tribes. We must
seek it in the relationship of the -ews to the
family of Noah, and in the identity of the
Noachic r-ce destroyed in the Deluge with the
people of the drowned Atlantis.
Nor need it surprise us to find traditions
perpetuated for thousands upon thousands of years,
especially among a people having a r-ligious
priesthood.
The essence of re-igion is conservatism; little is
invented; nothing perishes; change comes from
without; and even when one rel-gion is supplanted
by another its g-ds live on as the d-mons of the
new faith, or they pass into the folk-lore and
fairy stories of the people. We see Votan, a hero
in America, become the -od Odin or Woden in
Scandinavia; and when his w-rship as a go- dies
out Odin survives (as Dr. Dasent has proved) in
the Wild Huntsman of the Hartz, and in the Robin
Hood (Oodin) of popular legend. The Hellequin of
France becomes the Harlequin of our pantomimes.
William Tell never existed; he is a myth; a
survival of the sun-g-d Apollo, Indra, who was
worsh-pped on the altars of Atlantis.
Nothing here but it doth change Into something
rich and strange."
The rite of circumcision dates back to the first
days of Phenicia, Egypt, and the Cushites. It,
too, was probably an Atlantean custom, invented in
the Stone Age. Tens of thousands of years have
passed since the Stone Age; the ages of copper,
bronze, and iron bare intervened; and yet to this
day the Hebrew rabbiperforms the ceremony of
circumcision with a stone knife.
Frothingham says, speaking of St. Peter's
C-thedral, in Rome: "Into what depths of antiquity
the ceremonies carried me back! To the mysteries
of Eleusis; to the sacrificial rites of Phenicia.
The boys swung the censors as censors had been
p. 211
swung in the adoration of Bacchus. The girdle and
cassock of the priests came from Persia; the veil
and tonsure were from Egypt; the alb and chasuble
were prescribed by Numa Pompilius; the stole was
borrowed from the official who used to throw it on
the back of the victim that was to be sacrificed;
the white surplice was the same as described by
Juvenal and Ovid."
Although it is evident that many thousands of
years must have passed since the men who wrote in
Sanscrit, in Northwestern India, could have dwelt
in Europe, yet to this day they preserve among
their ancient books maps and descriptions of the
western coast of Europe, and even of England and
Ireland; and we find among them a fuller knowledge
of the vexed question of the sources of the Nile
than was possessed by any nation in the world
twenty-five years ago.
This perpetuation of forms and beliefs is
illustrated in the fact that the formulas used in
the Middle Ages in Europe to exorcise e-il sp-rits
were Assyrian words, imported probably thousands
of years before from the magicians of Chaldea.
When the European conjurer cried out to the demon,
"Hilka, hilka, besha, besha," he had no idea that
he was repeating the very words of a people who
had perished ages before, and that they signified
Go away, go away, ev-l one, evi- one. (Lenormant,
"Anc. Hist. East," vol. i., p. 448.)
Our circle of 360 degrees; the division of a chord
of the circle equal to the radius into 60 equal
parts, called degrees: the division of these into
60 minutes, of the minute into 60 seconds, and the
second into 60 thirds (JW They probably should
have said 60 fourths); the division of the day
into 24 hours, each hour into 60 minutes, each
minute into 60 seconds; the division of the week
into seven days, and the very order of the days--
all have come down to us from the
Chaldeo-Assyrians; and these things will probably
be perpetuated among our posterity "to the last
syllable of recorded time."
We need not be surprised, therefore, to find the
same legends and beliefs cropping out among the
nations of Central America
p. 212
and the people of Israel. Nay, it should teach us
to regard the Book of G-nesis with increased
veneration, as a relic dating from the most
ancient days of man's history on earth; its roots
cross the great ocean; every line is valuable; a
word, a letter, an accent may throw light upon the
gravest problems of the birth of civilization.
The vital conviction which, during thousands of
years, at all times pressed home upon the
Israelites, was that they were a "chosen people,"
selected out of all the multitude of the earth, to
perpetuate the great truth that there was but one
G-d--an illimitable, omnipotent, paternal sp-rit,
who rewarded the good and punished the wicked--in
contradistinction from the multifarious,
subordinate, animal and bestial demi-go-s of the
other nations of the earth. This sublime
monotheism could only have been the outgrowth of a
high civilization, for man's first rel-gion is
necessarily a wors-ip of "stocks and stones," and
history teaches us that the -ods decrease in
number as man increases in intelligence. It was
probably in Atlantis that monotheism was first
preached. The proverbs of "Ptah-hotep," the oldest
book of the Egyptians, show that this most ancient
colony from Atlantis received the pure faith from
the mother-land at the very dawn of history: this
book preached the doctrine of one G-d, "the
rewarder of the good and the punisher of the
wicked." (Reginald S. Poole, Contemporary Rev.,
Aug., 1881, p. 38.) "In the early days the
Egyptians wors-ipped one only -od, the maker of
all things, without beginning and without end. To
the last the priests preserved this doctrine and
taught it privately to a select few." ("Amer.
Encycl.," vol. vi., p. 463.) The Je-s took up this
great truth where the Egyptians dropped it, and
over the heads and over the ruins of Egypt,
Chaldea, Phoanicia, Greece, Rome, and India this
handful of poor shepherds--ignorant, debased, and
despised--have carried down to our own times a
conception which could only have originated in the
highest possible state of human society.
And even skepticism must pause before the m-racle
of the
p. 213
continued existence of this strange people, wading
through the ages, bearing on their shoulders the
burden of their great trust, and pressing forward
under the force of a perpetual and irresistible
impulse. The speech that may be heard to-day in
the s-nagogues of Chicago and Melbourne resounded
two thousand years ago in the streets of Rome;
and, at a still earlier period, it could be heard
in the palaces of Babylon and the shops of
Thebes--in Tyre, in Sidon, in Gades, in Palmyra,
in Nineveh. How many nations have perished, how
many languages have ceased to exist, how many
splendid civilizations have crumbled into ruin,
how many temples and towers and towns have gone
down to dust since the sublime frenzy of
monotheism first seized this extraordinary people!
All their kindred nomadic tribes are gone; their
land of promise is in the hands of strangers; but
Judaism, with its offspring, C-ristianity, is
taking possession of the habitable world; and the
continuous life of one people--one poor, obscure,
and wretched people--spans the tremendous gulf
between "Ptah-hotep" and this nineteenth century.
If the Spi-it of which the universe is but an
expression--of whose frame the stars are the
infinite molecules--can be supposed ever to
interfere with the laws of matter and reach down
into the doings of men, would it not be to save
from the wreck and waste of time the most sublime
fruit of the civilization of the drowned
Atlantis--a belief in the one, only, just Go-, the
father of all life, the imposer of all moral
obligations?
http://sacredtexts.gang.pk/atl/ataw/ataw307.htm
Next: Chapter VII: The Origin of Our Alphabet

Part 3 of 3.

John Winston.  johnfw@mlode.com



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