Library???


I remember when the Library was a place for reading books , and if you chose not to, you still had to shut the fuck up.
The worst offenders are the librarians .
Since my computer is broken i sit here in Skillingaryd library trying to read about archeology ,Socrates ,Ancient Levantine Iconography  but i might as well be reading at a pub.
No wonder people are such idjits!

Ale Stenar (Stones Of Ale), Sweden


Ale Senar (Stones Of Ale), Sweden, Scania
There are quite a few other archeological sites in the area.
Standing in the middle of them is a mighty feeling and they are sometimes referred to as the “Stone Henge” of Sweden (as far as i know this is the biggest stone ship, i have a smaller one and some mounds next door though 😉 ).
Ps: Ale is pronounced “Ah-leh”.

 

Ale Stenar (The Stones Of Ale),Sweden (Scania)
Ale’s Stones (or Ales stenar in Swedish) is a megalithic monument in Scania in southern Sweden. It consists of a stone ship 67 meters long formed by 59 large boulders of sandstone, weighing up to 1.8tonnes each. According to Scanian folklore, a legendary king called King Ale lies buried there.
The carbon-14 dating system for organic remains has provided seven results at the site. One indicates that the material is around 5,500 years old whereas the remaining six indicate a date about 1,400 years ago. The latter is considered to be the most likely time for Ales Stenar to have been created. That would place its creation towards the end of the Nordic Iron Age.

The War Of The Unholy Squiggle


In Swedish we have a very nice word, “krumelur”. I guess the English equivalent is “Squiggle”, a name you can give any doodle or geometrical form.

I have oft thought of how people fight these symbols (usually ill informed of any historical / cultural use ) rather than ideas, thus using the Squiggle as a scapegoat.

In Germany the display of Swastikas ore prohibited in almost any form, leading to ANTI FACISTS being arrested for having CROSSED OVER swastikas???????

With their logic , a crossed over Swastika is still a Swastika ( = anti Nazism is a kind of Nazism? )

Gegen Nazi

As late as 2005 police raided the offices of the punk rock label and mail order store “Nix Gut Records” and confiscated merchandise depicting crossed-out swastikas and fists smashing swastikas. In 2006 the Stade police department started an inquiry against anti-fascist youths using a placard depicting a person dumping a swastika into a trashcan. The placard was displayed in opposition to the campaign of right-wing nationalist parties for local elections.

This law has since been changed (how did something THAT stupid even get debated??? )

The band KISS has all their album covers changed in Germany since their logo contains the letter “S” chaped like a bolt / flash, thus reminding of the Sigil Rune used by the SS:

The fact that three fourths of the bands original members are Jews ( including the designer of the logo ) and one of them was even born in Israel doesent temper the Squiggle hunters and their traumatized vicarious  guilt.

Angular “S” = Nazi…..so there!

Kiss logo

The swastika in the decorativeHindu form.

An attempt to ban the swastika across the EU in early 2005 failed after objections from the British Government and others. In early 2007, while Germany held the European Union presidency, Berlin proposed that the European Union should follow German Criminal Law and criminalize the denial of the Holocaust and the display of Nazi symbols including the swastika, which is based on the Ban on the Symbols of Unconstitutional Organisations Act. This led to an opposition campaign by Hindu groups across Europe against a ban on the swastika. They pointed out that the swastika has been around for 5,000 years as a symbol of peace. The proposal to ban the swastika was dropped by Berlin from the proposed European Union wide anti-racism laws on January 29, 2007.

The swastika (Sanskrit: स्वस्तिक) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing (卐) form or its mirrored left-facing (卍) form. Earliest archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization of Ancient India as well asClassical Antiquity. Swastikas have also been used in other various ancient civilizations around the world. It remains widely used in Indian Religions, specifically in HinduismBuddhism and Jainism, primarily as a sacred symbol of good luck.

The Administrative Office ofWoljeongsa in South Korea.

Two swastikas on an ancient Greek Kantharos, Attica, ca. 780 BC. It is displayed at Staatliche Antikensammlungen

Etruscan pendant with swastika symbols, Bolsena, Italy, 700-650 BCE.Louvre Museum.

A comb with a swastika found in Nydam Mose, Denmark (3rd or 4th century)

Four swastikas in an ornament of a bucket found with the Oseberg ship (ca. AD 800)

The swastika design is known from artefacts of various cultures since the Neolithic, and it recurs with some frequency on artefacts dated to theGermanic Iron Age, i.e. the Migration period to Viking Age period in Scandinavia, including the Vendel era in Sweden, attested from as early as the 3rd century in Elder Futhark inscriptions and as late as the 9th century on Viking Age image stones.

In older literature, the symbol is known variously as gammadionfylfotcrux gothicaflanged thwarts, or angled cross. English use of the Sanskritism swastika for the symbol dates to the 1870s, at first in the context of Hindu and Buddhist traditions, but from the 1890s also in cross-cultural comparison.

I must admit that some attempts to take away the stigma of the Symbol has failed with me too (like someone trying to make happy little post cards with Swastikas ) but in other cases, like in Heathen rituals it fits in quite naturally. 20:th century politics feels very far away.

Once, long ago, i made a Tarot deck of my own and decided to try to trancend the stigma by placing a fylfot (Swastika) AND a hexagram ( Star of David ) AND a cross on the same ( Solar ) card (all of these symbols have Solar symbolism in Hermetic thought ).

Orders like The Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn use both Swastikas AND the Star of David in the same ceremonies (written before Nazism ) and both are featured on degree banners.

Peter

The inverted cross is another Squiggle that gets people crap on themselves and screem Satanism……despite having another name / symbolism as “The Cross of St: Peter – The Apostle or Petrine Cross.

The origin of this symbol comes from the Catholic tradition that Simon Peter was crucified upside down, as told by Origen of Alexandria.

Peter’s Cross on a Lutheran Church
Inverted Pentagram
The same problem is present, even within circles that consider themselves esoteric, with the Inverted Pentagram.
Seen as a symbol of Satanism or at least a fallen state / inbalance, the element of Spirit being below the other elements instead of elevated above them (both are actually “wrong from a Hermetic stand point. Spirit is in the “middle” if we insist on a geometrical thinking, as per the Greek Cross, resembling a “+” ).
The idea is also based on the symbol resembling a goat as in “The Goat of Mendes” while the usual pentagram is seen as a man, arms streched out in worship.
Mendes
The symbol, however, for esoterics, also symbolizes Spirit descending down into the elements ( = breath of life, ecstacy, the Holy Ghost , Chi, Prana, Reiki , Sacred fire consuming the sacrifice) or The Horned God and a number of other equally valid interpretations to lengthy to write down here.
My point being, as long as folks continue to over interpret or culturocentrically interpret symbols and chase Squiggles instead of focusing on what is really important, they will:
A: Keep the ideas they dislike forever present (they can just change symbols ).
B: Persecute those that have nothing to do with said ideas in a manner not different from what they claim to dislike ( since they shouldnt have to, and would be hard pressed to change symbols ).
The fact that “Mein Kampf” was written with the Latin alphabet and numbered with Arabic numerals should get this article banned too, shouldnt it?
*Since writing this it has come to my attention that Ace Frehley actually isnt Jewish. I have always thought that “Frehley” had the same etymology as “Frolich”. He designed the KISS logo. Gene Simmons real name is Chaim Klein Weitz and Pauls Stanleys is Stanley Eisen though. Not that it makes a difference to my arguments but right is right*

Tribute of Light for 9/11


Tribute in Light: Following the attacks of September 11th, the skyline of New York has been lit up on every anniversary since with 88 searchlights to mark where the Twin Towers used to stand. Tomorrow, on the 10th anniversary, the lights will be turned on for the last time.

Tribute of Light for 9/11 A team of 30 electricians worked through the night yesterday to prepare for the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks which takes place on Sunday. The ‘Tribute in Light’ is made up of 88 bulbs which project two blue beacons of light up into the heavens that is visible from a 60 mile radius. The tribute will be powered on for the entire day and night on Sunday to remember the 2,753 people who died on September 11, 2001. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is also scheduled to open on Sunday at the WTC site.

Ten Years Later: A Tribute 9/11 My favorite 9/11 tribute in New York City can be found in Bryant Park. 2,819 empty chairs are set up on the lawn facing the site where the World Trade Center once stood, one chair for every life lost. The number of empty chairs captures the enormity of the lives lost and the stark emptiness of it just drives home the point that I hope is never forgotten. 2,819 people were here one moment and gone the next. 2,819 went to work or boarded a plane one morning ten years ago thinking it would be another ordinary day and they never came home.

 

 

 

 

 

I´m a bit bored…


… so i´ll waste some time whoring myself out!

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Mummies in Outer Hebrides were made of different body parts


Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8724954/Mummies-in-Outer-Hebrides-were-made-of-different-body-parts.html#.TlkAaSYBE7c.facebook

 

 

Tests on prehistoric mummies found in the Outer Hebrides have revealed that they were made of body parts from several different people – but arranged to look like one person.

The Cladh Hallan mummies which had been carefully placed in the crouch burial position were found to contain the bones of several individuals

The Cladh Hallan mummies which had been carefully placed in the crouch burial position were found to contain the bones of several individuals Photo: wires pa

7:00AM BST 27 Aug 2011

The four bodies discovered in 2001 on South Uist are the first evidence in Britain of deliberate mummification.

It is thought the body parts may have come from people in the same families – and were used for spiritual guidance. The skeletons looked very unusual – like Peruvian mummies.

Sheffield University’s Prof Mike Parker Pearson said the mummies had not been buried straight after preservation.

A team from the University of Sheffield first uncovered the remains of a three-month-old-child, a possible young female adult, a female in her 40s and a male under the prehistoric village of Cladh Hallan.

But recent DNA tests on the remains carried out by the University of Manchester, show that the “female burial”, previously identified as such because of the pelvis of the skeleton, was in fact a composite.

It was made up of three different people, and some parts, such as the skull, were male.

Radiocarbon dating and stable isotope analysis showed that the male mummy was also a composite.

Prof Parker Pearson, an expert in the Bronze Age and burial rituals has a theory about why the mummies were put together this way.

“These could be kinship components, they are putting lineages together, the mixing up of different people’s body parts seems to be a deliberate act,” he said.

“I don’t believe these ‘mummies’ were buried immediately, but played an active part in society, as they do in some tribal societies in other parts of the world.”

He said as part of ancestral worship, the mummies probably would have been asked for spiritual advice to help the community make decisions.

Archaeologists found the mummies in the foundations of a row of unusual Bronze Age terraced roundhouses.

But after being radiocarbon dated, all were found to have died between 300 and 500 years before the houses were built, meaning they had been kept above ground for some time by their descendants.

In order for the bodies to have been found as articulated skeletons as they were, rather than piles of bones, some soft tissue preservation had to have taken place.

Further tests showed that the bones had become demineralised, a process caused by placing a body in an acidic environment like a peat bog.

The degree of demineralisation on the bones found showed that after death, the bodies had been placed in bogs for about a year to mummify them before being recovered.

Mr Parker Pearson said he believed there may be more examples of deliberate mummification in Britain that have been missed by archaeologists up until now.

The Cladh Hallan mummies had been carefully placed in the crouch burial position, a style of burial where the body is drawn up into the foetal position, commonly found in the Bronze Age.

Archaeologists are sometimes puzzled by how the bodies were contorted into such tight positions.

Prof Parker Pearson’s team are examining other crouch burial examples to see if these were in fact the mummified remains of much older bodies as well.

Early results are proving to be promising, as a sample from remains in Cambridge show that bacterial decay was halted at some point after death.

The results of the DNA work on the Cladh Hallan mummies will feature on the latest series of Digging For Britain on BBC Two in September.

The complex was made up of seven houses arranged as a terrace. The archaeologists have so far excavated three of them – and the dig has revealed that the structures were used not just as dwellings but also as places of ritual activity.

When the complex was constructed in around 1,000 BC, the two by then rather ancient mummies, along with the body of an entire sheep – possibly a sacrifice – were buried under the floor of the most northerly house.

At around the same time an unmummified 13-year-old girl who had recently died was buried under the floor of the middle house.

Underneath the southernmost of the three excavated structures, a three month old child was also interred around 1,000 BC. Also round 1,000, in the northernmost structure, a ritual was carried out in which large quantities of pottery were deliberately smashed.

A few years or decades later the cremated bones of some children were interred in the northern house – the one with the mummies under the floor. Then a couple of decades later still, more cremated children’s bones were deposited in the house, along with several deliberately smashed pots and three smashed quern stones.

A group of unfired smashed pots was then stacked up against the inside of the house wall and subsequently the entire house was moved one metre east and rebuilt, with a bronze bracelet being deposited, probably to mark the occasion. At around the same time the southern house was dismantled.

Over the next few hundred years rituals continued in the northern and middle structures. In around 900 BC a baby was buried in the north house and the building was again moved and rebuilt – this time two metres further west.

Archaeoligical journalist David Keys says:”The range of ritual activity in the complex is among the broadest known. It raises the question of whether the site was primarily a domestic/residential one or primarily a ritual and religious one.

“Who were the people that lived there? Were they ordinary Bronze Age tribes-people – or were they members of some ritual elite, potentially priests or shamans?

“And were the people who lived in the complex part of the same ethnic/ tribal group whose ancestors had been preserved and been venerated over the centuries? Or were they new arrivals or settlers, who had displaced the original ‘mummy-venerating’ population and had expropriated not only their land but their ancestors as well?

“Only future archaeological investigations will stand a chance of answering these tantalising questions. But, for the time being, the discovery of Britain’s first mummies should start to redefine key aspects of life and death in prehistoric Britain.”