Wednesday, May 28, 2014

God Was a White Man From Crete

Coming Soon!  This book is for a more mature audience. 

I’ve written one more summary book to put all of this together quickly for the people to read and to “get it.” This material may not be for those who are too afraid to venture into the “Forbidden Zone.”

Discover the story of the ancient Cronides and you will discover the story of the Abrahamic God. Discover the story of this family from ancient Crete and Tyre and you will discover the story of the people that civilized the world.

An idea was born inside Rita Jean Moran’s mind after a visit to a cave. This idea blossomed into children’s books, years of delving into mythology to find a story that has been hidden from the masses, and the passage from an old Roman scholar’s writings that changed her views on everything.

“The Jews had tried to corrupt Roman values with their cult of Jupiter Sabazius, so the praetor forced them to go back to their home.” – Valerius Maximus from his Memorable Deeds and Sayings One Thousand Tales from Ancient Rome.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Amazons vs. the Gorgons

A Gorgon head on the outside of each of the Vix-krater's three handles, from the grave of the Celtic Lady of Vix, 510 BC

Diodorus Siculus talks extensively about an ancient Amazon tribe that came from Libya that would invade and defeat the Atlantians.  There was another tribe of warrior women called the Gorgons.  The Amazons were distinguished by removing one of their breasts and training for war early in life.  The Gorgons were distinguished by wearing "snakes" in their hair.  The Atlantians made friends with the Amazons, but the Gorgons would not have anything to do with the Atlantians.  A great warrior queen named Myrina was honored by the Atlantians and tricked into fighting the Gorgons.  The large tribes of warrior women fought each other and essentially exterminated each other and thus the Atlantians sat back and rose to power.  Here is what Diodorus Siculus said:

Setting out from the city of Cherronesus, the account continues, the Amazons embarked upon great ventures, a longing having come over them to invade many parts of the inhabited world.  The first people against whom they advanced, according to the tale, was the Atlantians, the most civilized men among the inhabitants of those regions, who dwelt in a prosperous country and possessd great cities; it was amoung them, we are told, that mythology places the birth of the gods in the regions which lie along the shore of the ocean, in this respect agreeing with those among the Greeks who relate legends, and about this we shall speak in detail a little later.

Now the queen of the Amazons, Myrina, collected an army of thirty thousand foot-soldiers  and three thousand cavalry, since they favored to an unusual degree the use of cavalry in their wars.  For protective devices they used the skins of large snakes since Libya contains such animals of incredible size, and for offensive weapons, swords and lances; they also used bows and arrows, and which they struck not only when facing the enemy but also when in flight, by shooting backwards at their pursuers with good effect.  Upon entering the land of the Atlantians they defeated in a pitched battle the inhabitants of the city of Cerne, as it is called,  and making their way inside the walls along with the fleeing enemy, they got the city into their hands; and desiring to strike terror into the neighbouring peoples they treated the captives savagely, put to the sword the men from the youth upward, led into slavery the children and women, and raze the city.

Diodorus continues on with the tale of the rest of the Atlantians giving praise to Myrina, the Amazon queen, and cutting a deal with her to go after another one of their enemies, the Gorgons.

Whereupon the Atlantians presented her with magnificent presents and by public decree voted to her notable honours, and she in return accepted their courtesy and in addition promised that she would show kindness to their nation.  And since the natives were often being warred upon by the Gorgons, as they were named, a folk which resided upon their borders and in general had the people lying in wait to injure them, Myrina, they say, was asked by the Atlantians to invade the land of the afore-mentioned Gorgons.  (Diodorus Siculus, Library of History Volume 2, pages 254-255).

Diodorus continues on with the annihilation of both tribes of women warriors and the Atlantians rising to power.  Does this sound familiar?  It should.  A long time ago, this Atlantian bloodline used women to fight their wars, now they use men.  They induce two enemies to fight each other and annihilate each other while they sit back and breed the other races out.  Bribery and false praise was part of the ruse.  The lesson in this ancient history is, be careful before rushing to war and find out who is really behind it and who will benefit.  Also, the Amazons were white, the Gorgons may have been black women.  The snakes used as armor are probably the reason the current "priests" associated women with snakes.  These Amazon women travelled the world.  Their history has been buried and hidden since it is not "kosher" and conducive to the current powers of the day.  But the same tactics used back then are still used today that allows this bloodline to rule and slay enemies by using other "suckers" to do their fighting for them.  Also note the similarity between the name Myrina and the famous TV character Amazon named Xena.  Perseus and Heracles, the ancestors of the Semites, are credited with exterminating any remaining Amazons.  I guarantee, they don't teach this in the schools, anywhere.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

The Trogodytes

Diodorus Siculus wrote about the Trogodytes.  They were a primitive tribe out of Ethiopia that lived off of their flocks and herds.  They would fight by throwing rocks at each other . 

Here is what he wrote about the Trogodytes:

As for the arms of the Trogodytes, those who bear the name of Megabari  have round shields covered with raw ox-hide and a club with iron knobs, but the rest of them have bows and arrows and lances.

In their quarrels they at first hurl stones at each other, until some are wounded, and the rest of the time they resort to the struggle with bows and arrows.  And it is but a moment before many are dead, since they are accurate shooters by reason of their practice in archery and the object at which they are aiming is bare of protective armour.  The fighting is terminated by the older women, who rush into the fray and offer themselves as a protection to the fighters, and are the object of respect; for it is a custom with these people that they shall in no wise strike one of these women, and so at their appearance they cease shooting.

Likewise it is a custom of theirs to remove from life, those who have become maimed or are in the grip of incurable diseases; for they consider it to be the greatest disgrace for a man to cling to life when he is unable to accomplish anything worth living for.  consequently, a man can see every Trogodyte sound in body and of vigorous age, wince no one of them lives beyond sixty years.

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Queen Semiramis

Semiramis depicted as an armed Amazon in this eighteenth-century Italian illustration.

Queen Semiramis was an Assyrian Queen married to King Ninus.  When he died, she took over and empowered the Assyrian empire.  She led military campaigns across Asia and even into India.  Knowing that she did not have an advantage over the Indian elephants, she created a ruse to dress her camels up like elephants and fool the Indians.  She is also the inventor of the Burka.  Semiramis was not Isis.  She came much later.  She was succeeded by her son.  Here is what Diodorus Siculus wrote about her.
Semiramis founded other cities also along the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, in which she established trading-places for the merchants who brought goods from Media, Paratacene, and all the nighbouring region. (Diodorus Siculus Library of History Volume 1, page 387).

Diodorus goes on to say that she built temples to Zeus, Hera, and Rhea:

Now the entire building was ingeniously constructed at great expense of bitumen and brick, and at the top of the ascent Semiramis set up three statues of hammered gold, of Zeus, Hera, and Rhea. (Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, Volume 1, page 382-383).

Observing that she was greatly inferior because of their lack of elephants, Semiramis conceived the plan of making dummies like these animals, in the hope that the Indians would be struck with terror because of their belief that no elephants ever existed at all apart from those found in India. (Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, Volume 1, page 403).

First of all, then, since she was about to set out upon a journey of many days, she devised a garb which made it impossible to distinguish whether the wearer of it was a man or a woman.  This dress was well adapted to her needs, as regards  both her travelling in the heat, for protecting the colour of her skin, and her convenience in doing whatever she might wish to do, since it was quite pliable and suitable to a young person, and, in a word, was so attractive that in later times the Medes, who were then dominant in Asia, always wore the garb of Semiramis. (Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, Volume 1, page 367).

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Scythians

The approximate extent of East Iranian languages and people in Middle Iranian times in the 1st century BC is shown in orange

Who were the Scythians?  According to Wikipedia:

The Scythians (/ˈsɪθi.ən/ or /ˈsɪði.ən/; from Greek Σκύθης, Σκύθοι) were Iranian equestrian tribes who were mentioned as inhabiting large areas in the central Eurasian steppes starting with the 7th century BC up until the 4th century AD.[1][2][3] Their territories during the Iron Age were known to classical Greek sources as "Scythia". Their historical appearance coincided with the rise of equestrian semi-nomadism from the Carpathian Mountains of Europe to Mongolia in the Far East during the 1st millennium BC.[4][5] The "classical Scythians" known to ancient Greek historians were located in the northern Black Sea and fore-Caucasus region. However, other Scythian groups encountered in Near Eastern and Achaemenid sources existed in Central Asia.[6] Moreover, the term "Scythian" is also used by modern scholars in an archaeological context, i.e. any region perceived to display attributes of the "Scytho-Siberian" culture.[5]

Early physical analyses have unanimously concluded that the Scythians, even those in the east (e.g. the Pazyryk region), possessed predominantly "Europioid" features, although mixed 'Euro-mongoloid" phenotypes also occur, depending on site and period.
Numerous ancient mitochondrial DNA samples have now been recovered from Bronze and Iron Age communities in the Eurasian steppe and Siberian forest zone, the putative 'ancestors' of the historical Scythians. Compared to Y-DNA, mtDNA is easier to extract and amplify from ancient specimens due to numerous copies of mtDNA per cell.

In 512 BC, when King Darius the Great of Persia attacked the Scythians, he allegedly penetrated into their land after crossing the Danube. Herodotus relates that the nomadic Scythians frustrated the Persian army by letting it march through the entire country without an engagement. According to Herodotus, Darius in this manner came as far as the Volga River.
During the 5th to 3rd centuries BC, the Scythians evidently prospered. When Herodotus wrote his Histories in the 5th century BC, Greeks distinguished Scythia Minor, in present-day Romania and Bulgaria, from a Greater Scythia that extended eastwards for a 20-day ride from the Danube River, across the steppes of today's East Ukraine to the lower Don basin. The Don, then known as Tanaïs, has served as a major trading route ever since. The Scythians apparently obtained their wealth from their control over the slave trade from the north to Greece through the Greek Black Sea colonial ports of Olbia, Chersonesos, Cimmerian Bosporus, and Gorgippia. They also grew grain, and shipped wheat, flocks, and cheese to Greece.

 Thus, Priscus, a Byzantine emissary to Attila, repeatedly referred to the latter's followers as "Scythians". But Eunapius, Claudius Cladianus and Olympiodorus usually mean "Goths" when they write "Scythians".
 The religious beliefs of the Scythians was a type of Pre-Zoroastrian Iranian religion and differed from the post-Zoroastrian Iranian thoughts.[50] Foremost in the Scythian pantheon stood Tabiti, who was later replaced by Atar, the fire-pantheon of Iranian tribes, and Agni, the fire deity of Indo-Aryans.[50] The Scythian belief was a more archaic stage than the Zoroastrian and Hindu systems. The use of cannabis to induce trance and divination by soothsayers was a characteristic of the Scythian belief system.[50]

A number of groups have claimed possible descent from the Scythians, including the Ossetians, Pashtuns (in particular, the Sakzai tribe) and the Parthians (whose homelands lay to the east of the Caspian Sea and who were thought to have come there from north of the Caspian). Some legends of the Poles,[61] the Picts, the Gaels, the Hungarians (in particular, the Jassics), the Serbs, Bosniaks and the Croats, among others, also include mention of Scythian origins. Some writers claim that Scythians figured in the formation of the empire of the Medes and likewise of Caucasian Albania.
The Scythians also feature in some national origin-legends of the Celts. In the second paragraph of the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath, the élite of Scotland claim Scythia as a former homeland of the Scots. According to the 11th-century Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of the Taking of Ireland), the 14th-century Auraicept na n-Éces and other Irish folklore, the Irish originated in Scythia and were descendants of Fénius Farsaid, a Scythian prince who created the Ogham alphabet and who was one of the principal architects of the Gaelic language.
The Carolingian kings of the Franks traced Merovingian ancestry to the Germanic tribe of the Sicambri. Gregory of Tours documents in his History of the Franks that when Clovis was baptised, he was referred to as a Sicamber with the words "Mitis depone colla, Sicamber, adora quod incendisti, incendi quod adorasti."'. The Chronicle of Fredegar in turn reveals that the Franks believed the Sicambri to be a tribe of Scythian or Cimmerian descent, who had changed their name to Franks in honour of their chieftain Franco in 11 BC.

Based on such accounts of Scythian founders of certain Germanic as well as Celtic tribes, British historiography in the British Empire period such as Sharon Turner in his History of the Anglo-Saxons, made them the ancestors of the Anglo-Saxons.

Now according to Diodorus Siculus' Library of History, the Scythians came from a son born to Zeus and a woman who was said to be partly shaped like a snake:

At a later time, as the Scythians recount the myth, there was born among them a maiden sprung from the earth; the upper parts of her body as far as her waist were those of a snake.  With her Zeus lay and begat a son whose name was Scythes.  This son became more famous than any who had preceded him and called the folk Scythians after his own name.  Now among the descendants of this king there were tow brothers who were distinguished for their valour, the one named Palus and the other Napes. (Diodorus Siculus, Library of History Volume 2, page 27).

Diodorus continues on about how the Amazons eventually came from this tribe after their kings conquered many tribes and the women fought with them.  After a defeat of some of the Scythians there was a revolt and the Amazon Queens took over for awhile.

Now this tribe of Scythians appears to have been the ancient Aryans of Iran and they made their way into Germany and France.  How does this relate to the Ashkenazi Jew?  According to Wikipedia:

The name Ashkenazi derives from the biblical figure of Ashkenaz, the first son of Gomer, and a Japhetic patriarch in the Table of Nations (Genesis 10). Gomer has been identified with the Cimmerians, while the biblical term Ashkenaz here may be an error for 'Ashkuz', from Assyrian Aškūza (A/Is-k/gu-zu-ai/Asguzi in cuneiform inscriptions)[26] a people who expelled the Cimmerians from the Armenian area of the Upper Euphrates.[27] This ethnonym perhaps denoted the Scythians, though the identification is problematic.[27][28] The theory presupposes a scribal confusion between נ/ו(waw/nun), creating A-shkenaz from a-Shkuz.[29] In Jeremiah 51:27, Ashkenaz figures as one of three kingdoms in the far north, the others being Minni and Ararat, perhaps corresponding to Urartu, called on by God to resist Babylon.[29
Why is it then that Jews seem to be separate of the rest of the Germanic tribes?

Jews from Worms (Germany) wear the mandatory yellow badge.
How related were the Ashkenazi to the  Carolingian kings of the Franks?  Were they just average Scythians who settled in Germania?  I believe they were Scythians, because the original Germanic tribes appear to be Celtic-Iberian and not Anglo-Saxon.

 All of our presently available studies including my own, should thoroughly debunk one of the most questionable, but still tenacious, hypotheses: that most Ashkenazi Jews can trace their roots to the mysterious Khazar Kingdom that flourished during the ninth century in the region between the Byzantine Empire and the Persian Empire."[102] The 2013 study estimated that 80 percent of Ashkenazi maternal ancestry comes from women indigenous to Europe, and only 8 percent from the Near East, while the origin of the remainder is undetermined.[107] According to the study these findings 'point to a significant role for the conversion of women in the formation of Ashkenazi communities.'[10][11][108][109][110][111] 

Khazar warrior with his captive from the Treasure of Nagyszentmiklós. Experts cannot agree if this warrior represents a Khazar, Avar, or Bulgar. (public domain)


The conversion of Khazars to Judaism is reported overwhelmingly by external sources and in the Khazar Correspondence, Hebrew documents whose authenticity was long doubted and challenged,[86] but specialists now widely accept them either as authentic or as reflecting internal Khazar traditions.[87][88][89][90] Archaeological evidence for conversion, on the other hand, remains elusive,[91] and may reflect either the incompleteness of excavations, or that the stratum of actual adherents was thin.[92] Conversion of steppe or peripheral tribes to a universal religion is fairly well attested phenomenon,[93] and the Khazar conversion to Judaism, though unusual, was not unique.[94][95

Beginning in the 8th century, Khazar royalty and notable segments of the aristocracy converted to Judaism; the populace appears to have been multi-confessional—a mosaic of pagan, Tengrist, Jewish, Christian and Muslim worshippers—and polyethnic.[15] A modern theory, that the core of Ashkenazi Jewry emerged from a hypothetical Khazarian Jewish diaspora, is now viewed with scepticism by most scholars[who?], but occasionally supported by others. This Khazarian hypothesis is sometimes associated with antisemitism and anti-Zionism

As far as the anti-Semitism part, you can't claim that since Askhenazis are not semites, so the argument above is ridiculous.  I believe the Askhenazis came from tribe of the Khazars who came from the Scythians who came from Zeus and a mysterious maiden of their tribe described as "snake-like".  Was she Asian?  We don't know for sure, but the snake and dragon imagery are prominent in Asian culture.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Prometheus Rescued by Heracles

Freeing Prometheus (Christian Griepenkerl, 1878) - public domain

The story of Prometheus being chained to a mountain to have his liver eaten by an eagle everyday because he is punished by Zeus for giving man fire, until he is rescued by Heracles, is symbolic of a flood that occurred in Egypt that wrecked the Egyptian lands of Prometheus and the help Heracles gave to stop the flooding waters from destroying his land.  Here is what was written by Diodorus Siculus in his Library of History:

While Osiris and his army were thus employed, the Nile, they say, at the time of the rising of Sirius, which is the season when the river is usually at flood, breaking out of its banks inundated a large section of Egypt and covered especially that part where Prometheus was governor; and since practically everything in the district was destroyed, Prometheus was so grieved that he was on the point of quitting life willfully.  Because its water sweeps down so swiftly and with such violence the river was given the name Aetus; but Heracles being ever intent upon great enterprises and eager for the reputation of a manly spirit, speedily stopped the flood at its breach and turned the river back into its former course.  Consequently certain of the Greek poets worked the incident into a myth, to with effect that Heracles had killed the eagle which was devouring the liver of Prometheus. (page 60-61, volume 1).

As often is the case, many of the myths have symbolism associated with them to allow a true part of the past to be remembered.  As an interpreter and researcher of mythology, I try to uncover the truth in the myths and have shown through my Mythological Unification Theory the story of this ancient family and their trials and triumphs.  Each one of the family members was associated with a part of the Earth, a star system, an element, or some sacred animal or object.  For example, when the sky rained or thundered, it was associated with the will of Zeus since he was associated with the sky in the cosmology invented by this ancient family from Crete and Tyre.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Demeter, Hera, and Hestia



Hestia full of Blessings", Egypt, 6th century tapestry (Dumbarton Oaks Collection)


Demeter, Hera, and Hestia were the three sisters of Zeus.  Hera was very jealous of the other children Zeus had and was the goddess of marriage.  Hestia remained a virgin goddess and became goddess of the hearth and Vestal Virgins.  Demeter mastered the farming and usage of corn and set up her cults in Sicily along with her daughter Persephone.  They established the Eleusinian rites.

Persephone or "the deceased woman" holding a pomegranate. Etruscan terracotta cinerary statue. National archaeological museum in Palermo, Italy


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Poseidon was the brother of Zeus and the god of the Sea. He had many loves and many children.  His symbols include the trident and the dolphin and the horse.  His famous son Theseus killed the minotaur, abandoned Isis-Ariadne, and went on an adventure like Heracles.  It is said that Poseidon was hid on the island of Rhodes as a child just as Zeus was hidden on Crete to avoid their murder by Cronus.

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Hades was the brother of Zeus and the god of the underworld. The truth is that he was killed as a baby by his father Cronus (per Sanchoniathon).  He is shown with the three-headed dog, Cerberus, and is said to be the underworld husband of Persephone (he is not, Zeus took his identity after abducting Persephone).  Notice Hades has no children.

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Hermes was the clever son of Zeus and Maia.  He was the messenger of the gods and a god of writing and math.  The Egyptian Thoth was an earlier god who lived before Hermes all though he is often times associated with Hermes.

His symbols include the winged helmet and boots and the caduceus.  He is the god of travelers.  Sometimes he is considered a trickster as well.  His Nordic equivalent is Hermoor.  He is remembered for being an "Argus-slayer" which was the hundred-eye giant Argus Panoptes.   Per Wikipedia:

Hermes's epithet Ἀργειφόντης Argeiphontes (Latin: Argicida), meaning "Argus-slayer",[30][31] recalls his slaying of the hundred-eyed giant Argus Panoptes, who was watching over the heifer-nymph Io in the sanctuary of Queen Hera herself in Argos. Hermes placed a charm on Argus's eyes with the caduceus to cause the giant to sleep, after this he slew the giant.[7] Argus' eyes were then put into the tail of the peacock, symbol of the goddess Hera.

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Athena was a Greek virgin-warrior goddess who was the daughter of Zeus and Metis.  She was a goddess of war and the crafts.  Her patron city was Athens, Greece.  She is said to have found the heart of Zagreus after he was killed and to have helped defend Olympus against the Titans.

Her symbols include the owl, the shield, and the sword.  Some compare her with the Egyptian Neith, but I would compare her with Bast.  Her birth is rather strange and she is said to have been swallowed  with her pregnant mother by Zeus before her birth and been born out of his head.

There were other Athenas including a daughter of Cronus by another woman besides Rhea.
Her shield had the head of Medusa (engraved) on it.

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Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the fraternal sister of Apollo.  She was skilled with the arrow and bow and a Virgin Goddess.  She fell in love with the hunter, Orion, but he was killed by a wild boar.  She was a goddess of the hunt and of childbirth.  It is said she was "thrashed" by Hera as a child and crawled into Zeus' lap to be protected.  It is said she later had a daughter with Apollo named, Aradia.   Her Roman equivalent is Diana and her Nordic equivalent is Freyja.


Apollo Victorious over the Python by the Florentine Pietro Francavilla (dated 1591) depicting Apollo's first triumph, when he slew with his bow and arrows the serpent Python, which lies dead at his feet[43] (The Walters Art Museum
Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the fraternal twin brother of Artemis.  He was a powerful god, a sun god, and was famous for his slaying of the python of Delphi.  He was known for being the god of music and medicine and prophecy.  His cult took over the Oracle of Delphi which originally belonged to Gaia.
His equivalent in Nordic mythology was Frey and he went on to live out his life as a king in the Nordic countries of Europe.  He also had many children and many loves.
Once again, here is his connection to Crete from Wikipedia:
It seems an oracular cult existed in Delphi from the Mycenaean ages.[57] In historical times, the priests of Delphi were called Labryaden, "the double-axe men", which indicates Minoan origin. The double-axe, labrys, was the holy symbol of the Cretan labyrinth.[58][59] The Homeric hymn adds that Apollo appeared as a dolphin and carried Cretan priests to Delphi, where they evidently transferred their religious practices. Apollo Delphinios was a sea-god especially worshiped in Crete and in the islands, and his name indicates his connection with Delphi[60] and the holy serpent Delphyne ("womb").[citation needed] Apollo's sister Artemis, who was the Greek goddess of hunting, is identified with Britomartis (Diktynna), the Minoan "Mistress of the animals". In her earliest depictions she is accompanied by the "Mister of the animals", a male god of hunting who had the bow as his attribute. We don't know his original name, but it seems that he was absorbed by the more powerful Apollo, who stood by the "Mistress of the animals", becoming her brother.[53]




Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love.  She was originally married to Hephaestus, but did not love him.  Her main love was Ares, but she had other loves and children by them as well.  She ended up in Cypris.  Her daughter Beroe-Amymone was wooed by both Poseidon and Dionysus but ended up marrying Poseidon.

She was the daughter of Zeus and Dione.  There was another woman named Aphrodite who was a daughter of Uranus and went by the name Ashtaroeth, too.  This leads to the confusion as to the birth of Aphrodite since there were two of them.

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Ares and the Amazons


The Greek God Ares was the God of war and one of the Olympians.  His mother was Hera and his father was Zeus.  He was known to be a fierce, unforgiving warrior and he was the patron god of he Amazons.  His daughter was Hippolyta, a queen of the Amazons.

In Greek mythology, Hippolyta, Hippoliyte, or Hippolyte (Ἱππολύτη) was the Amazonian queen who possessed a magical girdle she was given by her father Ares, the god of war. The girdle was a waist belt that signified her authority as queen of the Amazons. She figures prominently in the myths of both Heracles and Theseus. As such, the stories about her are varied enough that they may actually be about a few different characters.[1]


His main love was Aphrodite, but he had many loves and children.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Dionysiaca

A mosaic of Dionysus fighting the Indians in the Palazzo Massimo at Rome.
Part of the global mission of Dionysus was to give his rites to the Indian nation.  Unfortunately, there was one King Deriades who refused.  This caused a war between the forces of Dionysus and this king.  This war and further adventures of Dionysus were told in the epic poem by Nonnos called The Dionysiaca.  Per Wikipedia:
The Dionysiaca is an ancient epic poem and the principal work of Nonnus. It is an epic in 48 books, the longest surviving poem from antiquity at 20,426 lines, composed in Homeric dialect and dactylic hexameters, the main subject of which is the life of Dionysus, his expedition to India, and his triumphant return to the west

Dionysus won the war after  6 years of fighting against the Indian king.  His warriors included Maenads, Satyrs, and other swordsmen.

The Priestess of Bacchus by John Collier.

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Ariadne-Isis Faked her Death?

Theseus fighting the Minotaur by Jean-Etienne Ramey, marble, 1826, Tuileries Gardens, Paris

I have several sources that state that Osiris is Dionysus and that his wife was Ariadne.  But it is said in The Dionysiaca, that Ariadne is killed by turning to stone by the head of Medusa (sounds familiar but that is another story).  Yet, other sources say she killed herself or that she died in childbirth.

There are stories of Dionysus retrieving his wife and mother from Hades in Diodorus Siculus' Library of History.

What really happened?  Well, as an interpreter of these ancient stories, I believe she faked her death because she didn't want to be remembered by the stories of the Minotaur and his strange conception.  I believe her and Dionysus went to Egypt after his Indian War and triumph and their marriage in Naxos and reinvented themselves there as Osiris and Isis.  The story of Ariadne also has variations of her crown's origin.  The constellation of Corona represents her and her crown.  Per Wikipedia and many ancient sources:

In Greek mythology, Corona Borealis was sometimes considered to represent a crown that was given by Dionysus to Ariadne, the daughter of Minos of Crete. When she wore the crown to her wedding, where she married Dionysus, he placed her crown in the heavens to commemorate the wedding.[4]

The story of the Minotaur includes the labyrinth which interestingly enough is similar to the story of the American Hopi legend of their Man in the Maze (but without the same details).  Again, my research indicates that the Kachinas of the Hopi were the visiting Cronides.

The Minotaur in the Labyrinth, engraving of a 16th-century CE gem in the Medici Collection in the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence[17]

I'itoi, the Man in the Maze

Per Wikipedia:

The Pima also refer to I'itoi as Se:he "Elder Brother". The term Iʼithi is a dialectal variant used by the Hia C-eḍ O'odham.
He is most often referred to as the Man in the Maze, a reference to a design appearing on native basketry and petroglyphs which positions him at the entry to a labyrinth. This labyrinth is believed by the Pima to be a floorplan of his house, and by the Tohono O'odham to be a map giving directions to his house.

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Aeneas Flees Burning Troy (1598) by Federico Barocci
Aeneas was the son of Aphrodite and the Trojan King Anchises.  After the city of Troy was sacked, he and several other Trojans escaped.  They first travelled to Carthage where Queen Dido fell in love with Aeneas.  But Aeneas was told in a dream by Zeus to leave her and travel into Italy where his destiny awaited him.  Aeneas did so and ended up marrying an Italian princess named Lavinia after fighting for her.  His descendants became the Caesars of Italy.
Some of his other descendants became the Tuatha De Naan and travelled to Ireland and England.  His story is written about in Virgil's Latin epic poem The Aeneid.
Per Wikipedia:
Aeneas leads a group of survivors away from the city, among them his son Ascanius (also known as Iulus), his trumpeter Misenus, father Anchises, the healer Iapyx, his faithful sidekick Achates, and Mimas as a guide. His wife Creusa is killed during the sack of the city. Aeneas also carries the Lares and Penates of Troy, which the historical Romans claimed to preserve as guarantees of Rome's own security.

The Trojan survivors escape with a number of ships, seeking to establish a new homeland elsewhere. They land in several nearby countries that prove inhospitable, and are finally told by an oracle that they must return to the land of their forebears. They first try to establish themselves in Crete, where Dardanus had once settled, but find it ravaged by the same plague that had driven Idomeneus away. They find the colony led by Helenus and Andromache, but decline to remain. After seven years they arrive in Carthage, where Aeneas has an affair with Queen Dido. (Since according to tradition Carthage was founded in 814 BC, the arrival of Trojan refugees a few hundred years earlier exposes chronological difficulties within the mythic tradition.) Eventually the gods order Aeneas to continue onward, and he and his people arrive at the mouth of the Tiber River in Italy. Dido commits suicide, and Aeneas's betrayal of her was regarded as an element in the long enmity between Rome and Carthage that expressed itself in the Punic Wars and led to Roman hegemony.

At Cumae, the Sibyl leads Aeneas on an archetypal descent to the underworld, where the shade of his dead father serves as a guide; this book of the Aeneid directly influenced Dante, who has Virgil act as his narrator's guide. Aeneas is given a vision of the future majesty of Rome, which it was his duty to found, and returns to the world of the living. He negotiates a settlement with the local king, Latinus, and was wed to his daughter, Lavinia. This triggered a war with other local tribes, which culminated in the founding of the settlement of Alba Longa, ruled by Aeneas and Lavinia's son Silvius. Roman myth attempted to reconcile two different founding myths: three hundred years later, in the more famous tradition, Romulus and Remus founded Rome. The Trojan origins of Rome became particularly important in the propaganda of Julius Caesar, whose family claimed descent from Venus through Aeneas's son Iulus (hence the Latin gens name Iulius), and during the reign of Augustus; see for instance the Tabulae Iliacae and the "Troy Game" presented frequently by the Julio-Claudian dynasty
The legendary kings of Britain trace their family through a grandson of Aeneas, Brutus.

Following Roman sources such as Livy and Virgil, the Historia tells how Aeneas settled in Italy after the Trojan War, and how his son Ascanius founded Alba Longa, one of the precursors of Rome. Ascanius married, and his wife became pregnant. In a variant version, the father is Silvius, who is identified as either the second son of Aeneas, previously mentioned in the Historia, or as the son of Ascanius. A magician, asked to predict the child's future, said it would be a boy and that he would be the bravest and most beloved in Italy. Enraged, Ascanius had the magician put to death. The mother died in childbirth.
The boy, named Brutus, later accidentally killed his father with an arrow and was banished from Italy. After wandering among the islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea and through Gaul, where he founded the city of Tours, Brutus eventually came to Britain, named it after himself, and filled it with his descendants. His reign is synchronised to the time the High Priest Eli was judge in Israel, and when the Ark of the Covenant was taken by the Philistines.[2]

The Brutus Stone in Totnes