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 Hancock refers to. It’s a digital image of the Orion/pyramid and Leo/Sphinx correlation.

Of course, the fact that Hawass refused to continue the debate looks bad on his part, seemingly lending credence to the alternative views of ancient Egyptian history. In my eyes, it’s simply indicative of close-mindedness and academic arrogance, not necessarily damning of the academically accepted view of ancient Egypt.

 

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.

 

The Secret Behind Sirius

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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, Sirius 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 is a very simple but meaningful explanation for its worship.

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

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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 give Becker’s theory credence.

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.)

Freemasonry Is An Inference Of Ancient Wisdom

Some have suggested that Freemasonry is a religion or a cult. This isn’t true based on close examination of the craft of Freemasonry. Freemasonry is an inference of ancient wisdom ( mostly ancient astrotheology ) and not a religion or cult. It does have religious aspects and concepts but the craft itself isn’t religious nor does it ask or demand any specific forms of worship.

The allegories of Freemasonry are mostly veiled inferences about the ancient astrotheology that was embedded within various religions of the ancient world and even masonry. It cannot, therefore, be a literal belief in any theological aspects or concepts that it depicts outside of the moral or philosophical realm. That is why Freemasonry claims not to be a religion but why it also accepts all religions.

It would be quite ironic if it were a religion since that would mean it’s a religion that accepts all religions, which is contradictory given the conflicting messages of various religions.
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The Sacred Tetramorph

The sacred tetramorph was derived from the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Babylonian sphinxes of antiquity symbolizing the body of a bull (Taurus.svg), the wings of a falcon (Scorpio.svg), the paws of a lion (Leo.svg), and the face of a man (Aquarius.svg). The four creatures are symbols of the age and constellations of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. These four constellations symbolize the fixed signs of the Zodiac. The tetramorph also represents the four seasons of the great Platonic year. NASA defines the Platonic year as “The period of one complete cycle of the equinoxes around the ecliptic, about 25,800 years.”

  • Taurus (Taurus.svg): Spring Equinox: St Luke
    Taurus
  • Leo (Leo.svg): Summer Solstice: St Mark
    Leo
  • Scorpio (Scorpio.svg): Autumn Equinox: St John
    Scorpio
  • Aquarius (Aquarius.svg): Winter Solstice: St Matthew
    Aquarius

In Christianity, the Tetramorph represents the Four Evangelists or four living creatures derived from the Book of Ezekiel. St Matthew, St Mark, St Luke, and St John are depicted accordingly. Ezekiel describes his vision as such.

“As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.” – Book of Ezekiel

”And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.” – as described in the Book of Revelation

So, how did this come to be represented in Christianity? Well, the prophet Ezekiel was among the Jews exiled to Babylon and his vision from which the Tetramorph was brought into Christianity was likely influenced by the art of ancient Assyria.


 

Symbolism: The eagle used by modern and ancient nations

 The symbolism of an eagle can be seen from ancient Egypt, the Holy Roman Empire, to modern day America. What does it mean, though? Why have so many nations chosen an eagle as their national symbol or used it in the form of heraldry?

The explanation commonly given is that it symbolizes strength, courage, and immortality. That’s a reasonable explanation but there’s more to it than that. To understand the deeper meaning, you have to trace the history of this form of symbolism back to ancient Egypt.

The symbolism of the eagle and the eagle as a form of heraldry date into predynastic Egypt. This came in the form of an emblem known as a serekh and was used to indicate the influence of a regime or to identify military allegiances. Eventually, a falcon symbolizing Horus became standard. Horus was an Egyptian Sun god and his association with heraldry represented the hope that the bright Sun god Horus would lead them into battle and shine his light favorably upon them. Of course, the meaning of this symbol changed in time but that’s the original meaning and usage as far as it can be traced.

The book A Bridge To Light, which is given to 32° degree Freemasons upon the completion of the Scottish Rite degrees, provides an explanation which resonates with the historical usage in ancient Egyptian heraldry.

“Among the Egyptians, the eagle was the emblem of the wise man because his wings bore him above the clouds into the purer atmosphere and nearer to the source of light, and his eyes were not dazzled with that light. Since the eagle also represented the great Egyptian Sun god Amun-Ra, it is a symbol of the infinite Supreme Reason or Intelligence.” — (A Bridge To Light pg. 134.)

The eagle symbolizes strength, courage, and immortality. Alternatively, the eagle can be said to symbolize wisdom and the Sun god Amun-Ra or more accurately, Horus.

The double-headed eagle has also been used by various nations and is the main symbol of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. What does the double-headed eagle symbolize? Simply put, it symbolizes the perceived duality of the Sun relative to Earth ( Day/Night — Light/Darkness) or duality itself. You could say that it represents driving order from chaos, light from darkness, or truly understanding the difference between good and evil i.e. Genesis 3:22. That’s what it symbolizes in Freemasonry, at least, but the meaning as it relates to various nations is obviously debatable.

17,300-Year-Old Star Map In Lascaux Cave

The Lascaux cave paintings are estimated to be 17,300 years old and they also feature the oldest identified star map on Earth.

Michael Rappenglueck of the University of Munich argues that many of the images in the Lascaux cave depict the constellations of Taurus, the Pleiades, and the celestial grouping known as the “Summer Triangle.”

French researcher Chantal Jègues-Wolkiewiez further suggests that the gallery of images in the Great Hall symbolizes an extensive star map and that key points accurately correspond to the main constellations as they would have appeared in the Paleolithic age. She also believes these locations were specifically selected since most of them are illuminated by the setting sun on the day of the Winter Solstice.

The cave paintings feature appropriately configured images that appear as constellations, correspond with the constellations as they would have appeared in the Paleolithic age, displays a lunar calendar, and are mostly in locations illuminated by the sun on the day of the Winter Solstice. For many, the above mentioned eliminates coincidence from the equation.

For more info on this ancient star map, check out the two (1, 2) interviews BBC News did with Michael Rappenglueck.

stly in locations illuminated by the sun on the day of the winter solstice. For many, the above mentioned eliminates coincidence from the equation.

For more info on this ancient star map, check out the two (1, 2) interviews BBC News did with Michael Rappenglueck.

The Irrational Stigma Against Conspiracy Theories & Alternative Thinking

There’s an irrational stigma against conspiracy theories and alternative thinking. The word “conspiracy” is infected. The moment someone brings up the notion of conspiracy, people have an immediate knee-jerk reaction and that’s simply irrational. If one truly believes something is absurd, crazy, or statistically unlikely, then they should not fear the exploration of it. In fact, they should confidently encourage the exploration of it to remove any doubt and to validate their own position.

Conspirators rely on the absurdity and unlikelihood of something being true to veil the fact that it is. Any truly intelligent individual understands this to be true and acknowledges the necessity for exploration and transparency.

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The difference between Astrology, Astrolatry, Astrotheology, and Astronomy

There’s a lot of confusion over the difference between astrology, Astrolatry, astrotheology, and astronomy so here’s a brief explanation of what differentiates them from each other.

• Astrology is the idea that astronomical occurrences influence our personalities and daily lives on Earth. Commonly, astrology attributes certain personality traits to the twelve constellations and their zodiacal signs. It also suggests an ability to predict the future by interpreting celestial movements. Astrology is rejected by the modern scientific community.

• Astrolatry is the worship of celestial bodies or particular stars as deities or the association of celestial bodies with deities. The most common of which are polytheistic sun and moon gods. For example, the association of Horus with the Sun or Isis with Sirius.

• Astrotheology is essentially the study of ancient astrolatry. It infers the influence celestial bodies had on religion, implying that religion consists of many astronomical allegories. This study is often mistaken as astrology and many people before the 18th century would say “astrology” when they were actually referring to astrotheology. This study isn’t necessarily rejected by the scientific community but there’s a lot of debate over what extent religion was influenced by astronomy.

• Astronomy is a natural science and the strict observation and study of celestial bodies.

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