History

The Lost Civilization of Mu (Lemuria)

The name Lemuria came from the “English geologist Philip Sclater who was puzzled by the presence of lemur fossils in Madagascar and India but not in mainland Africa and the Middle East. Sclater proposed that Madagascar and India were once part of a larger continent, and named this missing landmass ‘Lemuria’.” The continent of Lemuria, […]

Famadihana and the Black Plague in Madagascar

Although it may not be news to anyone anymore, Madagascar is still battling the worst outbreak of Bubonic plague in the last 50 years.  And yes, it is that Bubonic plague. The one that killed over 50 million people across Europe in the 14th century, not accounting for the unknown destruction it caused in Asia, […]

American Government Pays Protection to Muslim Pirates

It all starts with the Barbary corsairs (another word for what we would call a pirate or privateer)…  ————— Quick terminology lesson: Pirate: generally considered to not be affiliated with any nation, or displaying any strong national predilection, or distinction, between attacking one nation’s ships over another’s Privateer: generally “licensed” by a governing official to lay […]

Arachne: The Woman Who Spoke the Truth

In Greco-Roman mythology Arachne was a mortal woman, who was challenged by Athena, goddess of wisdom and crafts, to determine which of them was the better weaver. There are three versions of the story. **Spiders are called arachnids after Arachne. Ovid’s Version In this version, Arachne was a shepherd’s daughter who began weaving at an […]

The Book of Enoch: The Grigori

Grigori or Watcher Angels: “those who are awake”; “guard”, “watcher” is a term used in connection with biblical angels. Watcher occurs in both plural and singular forms in the Book of Daniel (2nd century BC), where reference is made to their holiness. The apocryphal Books of Enoch (1st and 2nd centuries BC) refer to both […]

Syncretism

Syncretism is the combining of different, often contradictory beliefs, while blending practices of various schools of thought. Syncretism involves the merger and analogizing of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths. Syncretism also occurs commonly in […]

Perv Paradise: Ancient Rome V

Perverted Justice When we talk today about a ‘perversion of justice’, we mean it metaphorically. It’s a way of describing how outraged we are, how unfair the trial was. In Roman times, the phrase would have been scarily literal. According to historian Vicki Leon, both the Romans and Greeks were fans of ‘unusual’ punishment. Not […]