Month: April 2015

Dr. Zahi Hawass storms out of debate with Graham Hancock

According to a post made by Graham Hancock, the world-famous Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass stormed out of their expected debate and practically refused to openly debate Hancock.

As quoted from Hancock’s post.

“Self-styled “world’s most famous Egyptologist” Zahi Hawass had agreed to participate today in what was billed and advertised as “the first open debate between the representatives of two completely different versions of history.” Each of us was to give a one-hour presentation, followed by a debate in which the audience would join in with questions. In the event the debate never happened. Zahi refused to accept a coin-toss to decide the speaking order and insisted that I speak first. I agreed to this, despite the fact that the first speaker is at a slight disadvantage in any debate since he does not have the opportunity to hear the other speaker’s presentation before giving his own. I was checking the focus on the slides in my PowerPoint presentation prior to giving my talk and I put up on the screen the image you see below which shows the Orion/Pyramids correlation and the Sphinx/Leo correlation at Giza in the epoch of 10,500 BC. Rightly and properly since the Orion correlation is Robert Bauval’s discovery I included a portrait of Robert Bauval in the slide. As soon as Zahi saw Robert’s image he became furiously angry, shouted at me, made insulting and demeaning comments about Robert, and told me that if I dared to mention a single word about Robert in my talk he would walk out and refuse to debate me. I explained that the alternative view of history that I was on stage to represent could not exclude the Orion correlation and therefore could not exclude Robert Bauval. At that, again shouting, Zahi marched out of the debating room. Frantic negotiations then took place off stage between the conference organisers and Zahi. Finally, Zahi agreed to return and give his talk and answer questions from the audience, but he refused absolutely to hear or see my talk, or to engage in any debate with me. I, therefore, gave my talk to the audience without Zahi present (he sat in a room outside the conference hall while I spoke). When I had finished I answered questions from the audience. Then Zahi entered, gave his talk, answered questions from the audience and left. Some members of the audience did manage to record part of the scene of Zahi storming out of the conference room and we will be putting up a video clip of this tomorrow. Likewise during Zahi’s Q&A he was asked a question about the 12,000-year-old megalithic site of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey and whether it had any impact on his assessment of the disputed age of the megalithic Great Sphinx of Giza. Unfortunately, it appeared that Zahi was completely ignorant of the existence or implications of Gobekli Tepe so he was unable to answer the question, which he passed on to the moderator who also happened to be an Egyptologist. I did at that point have a brief opportunity to stand up and give my own point of view on Gobekli Tepe and on its implications for the age of the Sphinx. We will also be putting up a video clip of this Q&A session tomorrow. I had high hopes for this debate — that it might bring about some sort of civil dialogue between alternative and mainstream views of history but I was sadly disappointed. “

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This is the image that Hawass stormed out of the room after seeing. It’s a digital image of the Orion/pyramid and Leo/Sphinx correlation. Of course, the fact that Hawass basically refused to continue the open debate as it was expected to place, it looks bad on his part and appears to lend credence to alternative views of ancient Egyptian history put forth by the likes of Hancock and Robert Bauval.

 

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As Above, So Below: True Meaning of The Cross With Crichton Miller

As quoted from the article I did for Disinformation.

“We are on firmer ground when we reflect on how our ancestors used the stars — for timekeeping, calendar-making, and navigation at sea.”
The History of Astronomy by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest, p.8

The Golden Thread of Time by Crichton E. M. Miller traces the history of the cross from Paleolithic and Neolithic hunter-gatherers to stone age seafarers and megalith masons. He argues that the cross was not merely a religious symbol, but a device used to measure time, navigate, make astronomical observations, and create architecture. He first came to this realization when attempting to discover an ancient theodolite capable of accuracy to 3 minutes of arc in order to measure the pyramids of Giza. He suddenly found himself kneeling before such a device in the form of a cross. It was this discovery, or rediscovery, that initiated his journey to understand the true meaning and history of the cross.

“How did the cross originate?” I asked.

“Seafaring hunter-gatherers had to find a way to measure time in order to navigate the seas and to survive by intercepting migrating herds, shoals of fish, and to account for harvests of fruits and nuts,” Miller explains. He goes on to say that the ancients created a device in order to understand astronomical cycles by measuring the angular changes of the Earth and Moon by their spin and orbit. By measuring such changes based on the fixed signs of the Zodiac, the ancients were able to calculate time and thus, survive. Miller explains that Taurus the Bull was the first sign used to measure time.

“The first sign used to predict the season was Taurus the Bull to represent the migration of the Auroch. The reflection of the Auroch as a symbol of time can be seen in wall paintings in Lascaux in France,” he said.

"Lascaux painting" by Prof saxx - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Miller reasons that the signs of the Zodiac were developed from an animistic perspective in which the animals were seen as sacrificing themselves to sustain the hunter. From this perspective, you begin to understand how the symbolism between that which is above and below began to form. The ancients literally came to use the great stars above to measure and understand the world below. Millers says the cross itself is a miniaturization of the “As above, so below,” motif.

There are prehistoric Scandinavian petroglyphs that depict the hunting of herds, sailing of ships, and cross-wheels. These petroglyphs may act as possible evidence since they fit perfectly into Miller’s hypothesis of the cross as a time-keeping device. He also believes that evidence can be found in the Great Pyramid of Khufu and that devices such as the Antikythera mechanism lend credence to his hypothesis. The proper understanding of words and particular excerpts of literature may also act as linguistic repositories that are indicative of the process in which the ancients measured time.

“How our ancestors measured and perceived time is written in the Bible, and the meaning of all non-contemporary translations of words used in their correct context can be found in any good college dictionary. For example, Genesis 1:14 describes the method of keeping time in the following extract from the King James Bible.” Miller said.

“And God said, let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years.”

• Sunday means day of the sun.
• Monday means day of the moon
• Rod descends from a reed which is segmented and means ruler
• Rood means cross in Scotland
• Ruler means measurer.
• Temple means place of measuring Time
• Church means Ruler of the Circle. (Temple)
• Horizon means belt or circle of time
• Heaven means the sky above
• World means epoch or civilization of man
• Sign means constellation
• Zodiac means wheel of creatures

Miller believes that shamanic rulers who understood how to measure time grew in power to guide the people and became the first rulers or “measurers.” This makes sense because many of the first astronomers were priests and their understanding of the “heavens” was seen as “divine.” Of course, Miller’s hypothesis is that these rulers had a cross-like device which allowed them to do so. He believes that the cross itself is very ancient, but that the true understanding of it was lost or suppressed. He asserts that its meaning became lost or suppressed during the reign of Constantine the Great and was not understood again until the Knight Templars rediscovered its true meaning.

 

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The Secret Behind Sirius

Featured Image: Wikimedia Commons

The star Sirius has been surrounded by a strange and mysterious lore since the beginning of human civilization. In fact, the world’s oldest known temple, Göbekli Tepe, might have been built to worship Sirius. Sirius was observed by the ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, Greeks, Babylonians, etc. In the ancient mystery schools, it was considered the “sun behind the sun” and, therefore, became the true and sacred source of light shining in the East. It has long been an object of veneration among various civilizations and secretive orders, but why? Some would have you believe that alien inhabitants descended from Sirius to seed life and knowledge on Earth, but I am not one of those people. I believe there’s a very simple, but meaningful explanation for its worship.

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Ernest Becker’s “Immortality Project” Hypothesis and The Pyramids

Feartured Image: Wikipedia Commons

As quoted from Disinformation and written by our very own Sammy R. LaPoint.

Anthropologist Ernest Becker proposed a particularly interesting premise in his 1973 book, The Denial of Death, which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1974. The book proposes that civilization is driven by a symbolic defense mechanism created by the awareness of our mortality, which acts as an intellectual and emotional response to our survival mechanism. In other words, people attempt to outlive their own lives by doing or becoming a part of something that will symbolically transcend their own death. It reminds me of the eerie quote at the beginning of the movie Troy.

“Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?” — Odysseus in the movie script of Troy

Becker suggests that there exists a fundamental duality between a symbolic world of human-defined meaning and the perceived physical world of objects. He refers to this attempt to transcend our own mortality as an “immortality project,” in which people essentially fight their inevitable death by symbolically escaping it. He states that this is most often achieved through acts of heroism that perceivably allow us to become a part of something eternal; something that won’t decay like our bodies.

I found this concept of an “immortality project” very interesting, but wondered if there were any conclusive examples. Perhaps, a significant object or structure that not only created developments in civilization, but was specifically created to immortalize someone. It dawned on me many years later that the greatest example of this is the great pyramids. The pyramids were not only developed by a religious philosophy of an afterlife and hope for immortality, but were used to immortalize the pharaoh it was constructed for. In fact, the whole evolution of pyramid building in ancient Egypt perfectly matches the “immortality project” concept proposed by Becker. To understand, you have to take a brief look at the physical and philosophical evolution of ancient Egyptian pyramids.

The dead were buried in very basic and shallow burial pits for thousands of years in Predynastic Egypt, but this wasn’t adequate considering the religious philosophy of the ancient Egyptians. Their belief in the afterlife or hope for immortality created a necessity to preserve the human body. So, what you see is a very long evolutionary process that extends from basic burial pits to mastabas, step pyramids, and finally to the “true” pyramids that we commonly recognize. In fact, mastaba means “house of eternity” or “eternal house.” So, underpinning the entire burial process is the religious philosophy of an afterlife and each pharaoh’s hope to immortalize himself in stone. In a way, immortality was achieved considering the Great Pyramid of Giza is the only intact wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The pyramids of ancient Egypt are a prime example of Becker’s “immortality project,” in which societal and architectural developments that were vital in the creation of civilization were sparked by a symbolic escape from our own mortality. In fact, the successful utilization of stone building is often accredited to Imhotep, the designer of the pharaoh Sneferu’s pyramid at Djoser, and he is often considered the first architect and engineer. His designs were crucial in developing the pyramids, but consider for a moment, why? This was all done to essentially preserve the pharaoh’s path into the afterlife and to immortalize him. As Becker describes, that’s precisely how this symbolic defense influenced various aspects of civilization.

This whole concept isn’t only limited to architectural developments. The economy itself was influenced by the belief in the afterlife or hope for immortality. For example, gold was viewed as a durable or “immortal” substance, which is why it was buried with ancient Egyptian pharaohs. It wasn’t merely a pompous display of wealth, but was to be taken with them into the afterlife for all eternity. These examples are proof of Becker’s theory. In the wake of our own inevitable death, we seek to immortalize ourselves, thus informing the development of civilization.
“Why do you weep? Did you think I was immortal?” — last words of King Louis XIV

Sammy R. LaPoint © 2015

Sources:
(The History of Ancient Egypt – Ph.D. Bob Brier)
(The Denial of Death – Ernest Becker)
(The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt – Ian Shaw.)
(Egyptian Mythology – Geraldine Pinch.)
(The Pyramids Of Egypt – Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen Edwards.)
(The Pyramids – Ahmed Fakhry.)
(The Ideology of the Superstructure of the Mastaba-Tomb in Egypt – Alexander Badaway.)
(The Complete Pyramids – Mark Lehner.)
(Gold in Antiquity – Mark Cartwright.)

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