Beginnings and Endings
This article has been tagged under history and catastrophe. I am starting to understand Job’s declaration:
"Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42:1-6).
Our knowledge is limited and we need to practice humility. As someone once said it is not what you don’t know that gets you but what you think you know. What if the things that you think you know are wrong? What if certain things are being deliberately suppressed in order to give an elite class an advantage? The more I learn the more I realize that our understanding of history and natural processes is wrong. It is catastrophe that has shaped our earth and not gradualism. Hence I have called the article Beginnings and Endings because it seems to me that the natural history of earth is a series of such cycles and we are facing another such reset.
So here is the first video an interview with David Wengrow the archeological anthropologist who co-authored The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity a 2021 book with anarchist activist David Graeber (who recently died). While I do not agree with everything that David Wengrow says I particularly like the fact that he dismisses Noah Yuval Harari and his simplistic take on the evolution of human history to an inevitable technological utilitarian society as we progress through time to become our own “creators”. Wengrow demonstrates on the grounds of archeological findings that many societies regress after they reach a peak. There is evidence of societal breakdown and abandoned cities, usually blamed on environmental crisis, but he suggests that people simply decided to walk way and start afresh. He believes that history is not a simple linear progression from hunter-gatherers to agriculture resulting in cities (civilization). I particularly enjoyed his take on how Kondiaronk a co-signatory to the Peace of Montreal in 1701 had influenced European enlightenment thinking. Here we have the “noble savage” promoting egalitarian democracy (anarchy?) when Europe was still monarchical and hierarchical. Wengrow’s insights into Tehuacán is also fascinating.
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Wengrow rejects the “out of Africa” model of “Mitochondrial Eve” and holds to regional evolution for modern humans (homo sapiens) which I think is unrealistic. Suffice to say that the history of modern humans is probably completely different than what we are told by the experts. And one important (very important ) factor that Wengrow (and others) is missing is the cyclic recurrence of catastrophes that end and begin new periods of history often without the ability to transfer knowledge across the cycle boundary. We might suppose that the knowledge of such cycles was a guarded secret among the priestly or aristocratic class in different societies in order to leverage more power after the reset. Both Wengrow and Diamond (next video) mention Göbekli Tepe which seems to have been an astronomical observatory.Indeed, the people of Göbekli Tepe appear to have had a special interest in the Taurid meteor stream, the same meteor stream that is proposed as responsible for the Younger-Dryas event. Is Göbekli Tepe the ‘smoking gun’ for the Younger-Dryas cometary encounter, and hence for coherent catastrophism?
Everything We Think We Know About Early Human History is Wrong | David Wengrow on Downstream (1:16)
Next up is Diamond’s (Oppenheimer Ranch and Magnetic Reversal) video. This set me thinking that observing the heavens and human sacrifice are somehow linked. Every society has practiced human sacrifice. The ancient Egyptians and the Chinese, the Celts, the Middle East, the Aztecs etc. It is very possible that the Olmec (before Christ) and the Zapotec (contemporary with Christ) were practicing blood letting and/or human sacrifice. It is hard to imagine that Jesus hung on the cross while people elsewhere were still sacrificing humans. The Mayans and Aztecs carried on this practice until Columbus’ arrival.
Mesoamerican timeline pic.twitter.com/i4kYKD9kC4
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The Olmec culture just suddenly disappeared (about 400 BC). They worshiped a feathered serpent. The Feathered Serpent was a prominent supernatural entity or deity, found in many Mesoamerican religions. It is still called Quetzalcoatl among the Aztecs, Kukulkan among the Yucatec Maya, and Q’uq’umatz and Tohil among the K’iche’ Maya. The Rainbow Serpent or Rainbow Snake is a common deity often seen as the creator God, known by numerous names in different Australian Aboriginal languages by the many different Aboriginal peoples. In Chinese mythology, Hong or jiang is a two-headed dragon comparable with rainbow serpent legends in various cultures and mythologies. Is the sky serpent an aurora or a meteorite?
Silk Atlas of Comets from the Hunan Provincial Museum
Source image taken from Album of Relics of Ancient Chinese Astronomy, Zhongguo Gudai Tianwen Wenwu Tuji, CASS (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Archaeology), 1980. Beijing. 8, 57. pic.twitter.com/soY87g0qTi
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A flying creature that breathes fire, and brings great destruction to the world. They are also strangely associated with water in many cultures (think floods and storms). It’s theorized that massive storms can be created if a meteor lands in the ocean or hits polar ice vaporizing huge amounts of water and sending it into the atmosphere. It would have seemed like the gods were at war, as in the stories of epic battles fought between serpent/dragon like monsters such as Typhon, Jörmungandr, or the Hydra, and hero storm gods like Zeus, Thor, and Hercules. The motif of thunder gods/sun gods vs. serpentine chaos monsters is found in all the Indo-European mythologies, but not limited to Indo-European mythologies.
Comet Encke – Tunguska – The Alaskan “Muck” – Solar Outburst – Super Flare – Mass Extinction – YDIH (55 min)
Comet Encke /ˈɛŋki/, or Encke’s Comet (official designation: 2P/Encke) https://tinyurl.com/379z5j9x Tunguska event June 30, 1908 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tungusk… The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes https://tinyurl.com/497thtda From solar origins to risks and hazards evolving in time https://tinyurl.com/mssjm6dt The man with the mammoth bones https://tinyurl.com/3azd8hkh Impact-related microspherules in Late Pleistocene Alaskan and Yukon “muck” deposits signify recurrent episodes of catastrophic emplacement https://tinyurl.com/e5n4jdce On the nature and origin of “muck” deposits in the Klondike area, Yukon Territory https://cdnsciencepub.com/doi/10.1139… Muck, Mammoths and Extinctions: was Alaska the scene of a giant cataclysm at the end of the Ice Age? https://grahamhancock.com/hancockg18/ Mega-Flare on November 04, 2003 an X45 Solar Flare! by SOHO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP79P… Bering Land Bridge formed surprisingly late during last ice age, study finds https://news.ucsc.edu/2022/12/bering-… The Sun may blast out dangerous ‘superflare’ within next 100 years https://tinyurl.com/5n6k3kn8 Cosmogenic radionuclides reveal an extreme solar particle storm near a solar minimum 9125 years BP https://www.nature.com/articles/s4146… The Role of Geomagnetic Field Intensity in Late Quaternary Evolution of Humans and Large Mammals https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.c… DECODING GÖBEKLI TEPE WITH ARCHAEOASTRONOMY:WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? http://maajournal.com/Issues/2017/Vol…
Any kind of conclusion must of course be tentative and is limited by what we know and what we don’t know. My understanding comes from a Christian perspective and is therefore biased. The Bible records two resets the first being a new beginning or creation (after the younger Dryas or much earlier??) and the second being the flood. In the first instance man becomes a fully self-conscious being but unfortunately the price of his newly acquired knowledge is the realization of his existential vulnerability. Man left his age of innocence and his rebellious grasping at knowledge has only brought him sorrow. The second “reset” is the Noah flood probably a Heinrich-Bond event followed by the rainbow-sign of covenant mercy with all creation that normal harvest seasons would continue (until the end). God has put an end to human sacrifice (and animal sacrifice). Offering virgins to the sun or throwing them in volcanoes will not stop the reset happening. We have been offered a way back to the garden and we should take it.