Happy New Year Everyone!
I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading Andrew Collins' "From the Ashes of Angels" (1996). The book still inspires, as indicated by the above post about the "sacred landscape", even though it is now somewhat dated with the sensational discovery of Göbekli Tepe and findings at other pre-historic sites, as well as improved geological understanding of how the last Ice Age ended catastrophically.
It is now known that the glaciations of the last Ice Age were broken up in three distinct and increasingly devastating blows. This is detailed in Paul LaViolette's book, Earth Under Fire: Humanity's Survival of the Ice Age. Quoting from pp 146-7:
"Then around 14,500 years B.P. [Before Present], the Earth's climate abruptly and dramatically warmed with the onset of the Bölling (Bö) and Alleröd (AL) interstadials. It is known that substantial continental flooding occurred during this period due to the rapid melting of the ice sheets. This 1,950-year-long warm period came to an abrupt end around 12,700 years B.P. with the beginning of the very cold 1,150-year-long Younger Dryas stadial (YD). Around 11,550 years B.P., another period of excessive warmth and meltwater flooding occurred, which ended the Younger Dryas and retuned Earth's climate to its present warm interglacial state."
The three catastrophic dates are circa 12,500 BC, 10,700 BC, and 9,550 BC. The second date was associated with an inferno that engulfed most of North America, and which was extinguished only by massive flooding caused by glacial waves and/or the collapse of glacial dams. This "flash freeze" had also occurred in Siberia where mammals of all sizes were buried by an icy slush even while grazing on lush vegetation. During the nearly 2,000 years of warming the Earth became significantly hotter even than it is now, but apparently without complete de-glaciation). Animal life was drawn away from the oppressive heat of equatorial and temperate regions toward the poles. Then suddenly all hell broke loose in the Northern Hemisphere and the Earth reverted to Ice Age conditions for the next 1,000 years. Various explanations have been offered, such as a comet strike or a cosmic wave event.
The mythological significance, however, of this killer 1,000-year chill is crystal clear. The sun had become "wicked" and the Earth was scorching. The sun had to be "bound" and "cast into a pit" to be "punished for a thousand years".
The sun had been cast down when it departing the Precessional Age of Leo/Horus the Elder, the “Lion of Judah”, and when the sacred mountains were called Her-man, Hor-eb, Hara, Har-burz, and the like. The lion and the lioness (Sekhmet) ravaged mankind, and then came the Flood. Desperate kings erected monuments with forced labor. They took to war-mongering, sacrificing animals and men to the sun, and drinking their blood in hope of renewal. (Note: It is a medical fact that transfusion of young blood will invigorate the old.)
When the sun finally returned from "Exile" to its former kingdom, a “Great Flood” was unleashed and the people were forced to make an "Exodus". Such was the fate of “Atlantis” around 9,550 BC. The sun-king and his retinue (the Shemsu-Hor/Re, Ananage/Annunaki/Anakim, Chelmir/Chehelmir/, Haftan, etc.) had to take flight.
And, such was the origin of legends about a fallen race and their wise and mighty sun-god “Sol”, a.ka. Zal, Anzal, Azazel, Azrael, Shemyaza, Uz, Azza, Ahzi Da-haka, Zal, Sal-houk, Za/Sa-Hak/Hayk/Hayuk, Melek al-Houk, Saurid ibn Salhouk, Melek Taus, Tir, Tiriel, Belial, Marduk, Ra, Angra Mainyu, Ahriman, Peacock Angel, Ka-wan/van-dag-ar, etc, etc.
Note: Compare the dual identities of good King Asa/Shaul and bad King Ahab.
Note: What are we to make of the Arab legend that the Giza Pyramids were commissioned by a single sun-king named Saurid Ibn Salhouk 300 years before the Deluge? Which Deluge was intended? And what are we to make of the description of the world becoming “topsy-turvy” and the stars no longer in their correct places? Is the Earth’s tilt actually meta-stable and did it temporarily flip to a different state in prehistoric times? Or was it only the Earth’s magnetic field that fluctuated radically, as LaViolette concludes?
Note: Andrew Collins makes an interesting observation that the Median king Astyges assumed the title of Azhi Dahaka. Legend makes him the progenitor of Negroid peoples, which Andrew Collins dismisses as a slur. However, Astyges was one and the same as the Nubian king Taharqa, so his association with black Africans is not necessarily racist. Compare Taharqa/Tirhaka with Dahaka. Taharqa is vilified in the Old Testament under the name of King Manasseh, and along with King Ahaz, whose name is a variant of Azhi.
Note: The Book of Enoch makes use of a number of Middle Kingdom Patriarchal names, such as Bath-Enosh, “Daughter of Enosh/Joseph”, who was sister-wife of Lamech. The name Jared also figures prominently, as it was said to have been in his time that the angels began to sin with the “daughters of men”. The name Jared means, “to come down”, and suggests a falling, physically and morally, of the sun-king. In the Book of Genesis, the Middle Kingdom Patriarchs are actually given longer life-spans that Old Kingdom Patriarchs. This is perhaps a nod to their superior character, but also reflects the cyclical nature of the typecasting. The Middle Kingdom Patriarchs are echoing a former dynasty or group of dynasties that were even more ancient than the Old Kingdom. The Book of Genesis also preserves different types of ruling councils, one consisting of seven sages, one of ten, and yet another of twelve. The origins of these systems must be incredibly ancient.
The sun was forgiven of its former wickedness and said to have been redeemed by the blood of a scapegoat. (The sun may be destructive, but we still can’t live without it!) And after the Flood subsided, kingship descended once more around a goat-shaped lake, that of Lake Van in Armenia. The “Great Serpent” was freed to “deceive the nations” once more, and his first target was apparently the remnant of a local dynasty in Armenia. Intermarriage was proposed between the few but sophisticated newcomers and the naïve but more numerous natives. The foreigners were tall and gaunt, and their leader possessed the multi-colored coat (of feather, fish scale, or snake scale design) and elongated skull of a Joseph-figure. This Joseph-king had emerged from being “falsely accused” and “undeservedly imprisoned” to take his rightful place of rule.
However, at issue was whether the Joseph-king should be “second only to” the native Adam/Dan-king, or vice versa. According to Armenian tradition (cited by Andrew Collins), Eblis (a.k.a. Alev?), a proto-Abel, was killed because he would not bow to Adam. By shepherd’s hook or crook, the Joseph-figure was destined to receive the birthright. The line of Adam in this period would be saved if only to be enslaved.
When the sun emerged from its dark banishment, the Age of Cancer was well under way. The High God, now addressed as Enlil, was identified not only with miraculous recovery of Joseph and of the sun, but with the sign of Cancer and the “Bread of Asher”. Both sunshine and rain were plentiful and agricultural took hold on the high plain of Armenia. The “Joseph people” understood the need to store grain to survive future hardships (perhaps in the cavern system of Cappadocia). Shedding and drinking blood, human and animal, was no longer considered necessary or advisable (at least for the plebs). A policy of tolerance was established. The blessings of knowledge were shared, if not those of longevity. An Arthurian utopia ensued, not only on the high plains of Armenia, but once again even in Africa as a string of enormous lakes spanned the Sahara!
Note: At least one researcher proposes that the Armenian plain was the proto-Shinar of Genesis and site of the original Tower of Babel.
Yet, this Age of Cancer would also pass away, and with bitter conflict (as well a comet or meteorite impact around 7,553 BC), giving way to that of the Gemini Twins Thoth/Sin/Anzu and Set/Leviathan, “Brothers in Bloodshed, Simeon and Levi”. Ensu, the “evil shaman god” tried to steal the “tablets of destiny” and thereby take control over mankind. This period was distinguished by a renewed emphasis on the divine priest-king, as both Simeon and Levi are associated with magic and cult activity. After Gemini came the Age of Taurus and the ubiquity of bull worship. The High God was now the “usurper” Anu and the sun was gaining ominous strength. The Gemini Twins had “killed” the “rain maker” Osiris. An oceanic impact event around 6,000 BC accelerated global warming. The rains began to fail and life became toilsome once more. The Armenian Tower of Babel would have to be abandoned. A more reliable source of grain harvests was now being cultivated on the lower Euphrates. Kingship descended from “Heaven” to the great river valley on the “Earth” below. The holy mountain home known as E-Kur was replaced by Eridu, a beachhead one in the Eurphrates. The place they called Hark was replaced by Erech/Uruk.
Note: LaViolette theorizes that cosmic rivers of dust particles can both block the sun’s rays from heating earth and also increase the sun’s heat output. Too much or too little of this cosmic “water pouring” is deadly for Earth. LaViolette also believes that comets do not originate in the Ort Cloud of our solar system, but are encountered as our solar system crosses regions of space debris. These comets therefore enter our solar system (at least initially) from the direction that the solar system is travelling through space. Some may then get captured by the gravitational field of the solar system.
Civilization began to flourish again, but further catastrophes ensued. Tree-ring (dendrology) analysis indicates major climate traumas circa 4400 BC, 3114 BC, 2345 BC, 1628 BC, and 1159 BC. A mysterious passage in the Book of II Kings 13 suggests that the succession of natural disasters eventually brought the reigning dynasty to its knees. In this passage, Elisha rebukes King Jehoash for only having the resolve to strike Aram (symbolizing “high power”) three times instead of “completely destroying” them with five or six blows. The Nephilim had been in the land before and after the Great Flood of Noah. They endured three setbacks prior to resettling in Armenia, and at least two afterwards, at which time the dynasty relocated again. With respect to this new relocation, five more disasters ensued with the final one being in 1159 BC. At this time the wickedness of the “High Command” was considered to be fulfilled. Their power was to be fully broken and yet another righteous dynasty established via a New Covenant with mankind.
Of course, the ruling family was not wiped out or truly supplanted, but tradition dictated a change in venue. It was advertized as a triumph by the line of Adam over his long-time persecutors! In reality, a junior branch of the ruling family merely replaced that of the senior. The seat of power of that junior branch had been in Egypt and that is where the new capital would be established. By this time, it was also past time for the Taurus Age to be supplanted by the New Age of Aries. The bull cults were gradually replaced in importance with ram cults, and kings/pharaohs identified with Horus the Younger, corresponding to the Constellation of Aries and the youngest son of Jacob, Benjamin.
At the beginning of this new Horus dynasty, another exotic intermarriage took place. This time it was not between not between a tall, stately male and short, shapely female, but the other way around. Horus the Younger was short and even sickly as a youth. His name in Mesopotamia was Lugal-banda, “Little Chief”. The Persian history, Shahnameh, called the new dynasty the Pishdadian, suggesting a hybrid Joseph and Judah typecasting, and is consistent with Horus the Elder/Adad (“Judah”) being father of both Horus the Younger (“Benjamin/Ham/Gomer”, called “Yem/Jemishid/Togram/Gayomard/Gayomartan” in the Persian history) and Peribsen (“Japheth”, called Feridan and Peri in the Persian history). Peribsen also become father of Horus’ heir Horus-Aha (“Cush, called Husheng and Haoshanha in the Persian history), who was in turn the father of Narmer (“Nimrod/Ahya”, called Nimrod and Nariman in the Persian account).
The next major sun-king dynasty is founded by a figure the Persian history calls Zal and possesses the qualities of the Nephilim. Zal is for that reason at first rejected by the priestly figure Sam (a variant of Simeon/Sin/Samuel, and also called Ohya, a variant of Yuya/Joseph as Ahya is a variant of Aye). His is eventually persuaded to accept Zal as the chosen one and to arrange a marriage for him named Rudabeh/Rudaba, and who is exotic, beautiful, and a head taller than Zal himself! The name Rudabeh is itself a variant of the Egyptian name Rud-djetet, who in Egyptian legend was the chosen vessel for producing the next generation of royal heirs during the Old Kingdom. The offspring of Zal and Rudabeh is called Rustam, who is a giant of a man in the manner of Nephilim lore and becomes the most renowned leader in Iranian/Persian history. Rustam corresponds either to Sargon the Great, his large son Rimush, or his even larger grandson Gudea, and could be a composite of these “giants”. The priestly figure Sam relates well to the Egyptian high priest with both a Simeon and Joseph typecasting, Imhotep, the incarnation in his generation of Thoth (symbolized by the Ibis) and the shaman bird-priest Imdugud/Simurgh of other Near East tradition, who appeared with speed of Greek Hermes.
Note: Royals that were "exposed" (abandoned) only to be found and raised by commoners was no accident. This helped promote the health of the royal line. We know today that indlugent lifestyles can adversely effect the following generations, for example, by increasing the chance of diseases like diabetes. It was perhaps cruel for a woman's baby to be taken away and replaced by a "chnageling", but royal mothers did not make the best wet nurses or parent for a young child.
Note: Rustam (and his horse!) is critically wounded by a rival named Isfendiyar, who he eventually overcomes. Isfendiyar is a type of self-righteous Seth/Stephen-figure who is expected to persecute the true Horus/Jesus. Isfendiyar perhaps corresponds to the bombastic Lugal-zagessi of the Sargon legend.
Goat-shaped (or bull-shaped depending on the aspect) Lake Van:
The Three Volcanic Mountains:
Volcano String Mimicking the Heavens?
“Pillar of Salt” in Lake Van
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