The Entrancement of Seven Cities…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 16, 2011 by lucernarium

Spanish conquistadors in the New World yearned to find a route to the seven Cities of Gold, the Cibola, the location of El Dorado. Fifteenth-century scribes had placed these seven wondrous cities on the mythical island of Antillia – said to exist in the great ocean due west of Portugal. As that century drew to a close and the explorers finally managed to travel west,  no Antillia was found, much less its wonderful cities. They were then re-located to south America, deep in the jungles; as an enticement to the conquistadors to explore further.

The concept of seven fabulous or sacred cities has been around for a long time-

India’s Pilgrimage sites are also known as tirathas(fords), crossings between the worldly and divine spheres. A tiratha may be a river such as, Ganges, or a mountain peak, such as mount Kailash – the mysthical Himalayan retreat of Lord Shiva. Several tirathas are places where the Gods are belived to descended to earth, and which may then act as gateways for thr pilgrim to divine realms. There are seven sacred cities in Hindu India, which are the principal pilgrimage centers : Varanasi and Hardwar on the river Ganges, Ayodhya, the birthplace of lord Rama; Mathura, Lord krishna’s Birthplace; Dwarka, where the adult Krishna ruled as a king and where the krishna Vasudeva was born; Kanchipuram, the great Shaivite temple city of Tamil Nadu; and Ujjan, site every twelve years of Kumbha Mela.

Rameshwaram(in the south), as the name suggests is an abode of  Lord Rama. Rameshwaram is an island between mainland India and Sri Lanka, which Rama is said to have crossed on his journey to rescue his wife Sita from Ravana.


Lost Atlantis of India ?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 16, 2011 by lucernarium
India Atlantis ancient civilization

Alleged ruins of an ancient civilization under the Gulf of Khambhat, India

The alleged discovery of vast underwater ruins in the Gulf of Khambhat in the north-west of India in 2000 has prompted speculation about an “Indian Atlantis”. Leaving aside the question of whether these self-contained civilizations really existed -implicitly on islands or isolated areas, it’s clear that many people *want* to believe that they existed.

Graham Hancock’s book Underworld sets out a  basic thesis, unaccepted of course by mainstream scholars. There once was “a lost civilization destroyed in the cataclysmic global floods that brought the last Ice Age to an end,” and the survivors passed on their knowledge to the newer ancient civilizations with which we are more familiar. The search for an “Indian Atlantis” is the basis for this book, which is structured around Hancock’s exploration of underwater sites near India, Japan, Taiwan and China, and in the Arabian and Mediterranean Seas.

Having appeared to have lost these wonderful mythical islands in India – populations may have started turning west and north – and in time migrating in those directions;  to find similarly blessed isles on the other side of the world – off the western coast of Europe.

Triglav trinity

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 16, 2011 by lucernarium

From Wikipedia –

Trinity pagan pre-christian god goddess

One of many representations of a Triglav trinity

Triglav’ (lit. ‘three headed’) also sometimes called ”troglav” is a god or complex of gods in Slavic mythology, similar in nature to the Trinity in Christianity or Trimurti in Hinduism. Often, he is considered to be the same deity as Troyan.
Triglav is a unity of three gods. The exact members of the triad vary by place and time. An early variation included Svarog, Perun, and Dajbog. Later, Dajbog was replaced by Svetovid or Veles. Triglav is usually described as a fusion of these gods. More rarely he is said to be their son. It may also be a unity of lesser gods (Lesser Triglav).
In one legend, Triglav is veiled completely, so holy that he cannot see the evil deeds of men. He rarely appears around mortals.
Triglav is depicted as a three-headed man sometimes with bands of (gold) blindfolds over his eyes, or a man with three goat heads. Several temples dedicated to Triglav existed near Szczecin, Poland. During the period of Christianization, these temples and statues of Triglav were completely destroyed.

The call of Antillia..

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 16, 2011 by lucernarium
Mythical Island of Antillia

The mythical Island of Antillia, lying directly due west of Portugal in this map from 1455.

The desire to reach fabulous, magical, mythical islands was one of the prime motivations behind many of the westward migrations of populations from central Asia across Europe.  There appears to have been a sense that true enlightenment, true consciousness, true LIGHT could only be experienced at these extremities of the known world – and that the continental centers were just a cesspit of territory wars, rivalries and spiritual stagnation.

In truth, there were islands of sorts to be found in the middle of the continents – harsh inaccessible places that could remain relatively immune from outside influences and harassment. The high Alps of Switzerland were one such internal island – difficult to settle, but once occupied and tamed, easy to defend. Protected behind the massive stone walls of the Alps, an ancient consciousness has flourished to this day, often barely observed.

But the supposed western islands still beckoned.  Britain and Ireland  – both being large enough to support large scale civilizations – were invaded and occupied many times over the millennia, the invaders being scrupulously documented in the annals of the times. In due course the islands that we now know as the Canaries, the Azores, the Faroes and many others were discovered, but found wanting.

One of the most enigmatic mythical islands was Antillia –  a large island with a bountiful civilization centered on seven wondrous cities  – said to lie to the west of Spain and Portugal. Columbus had expected to make Antillia his half-way stop on this travels to China and Japan. As the age of exploration progressed; Jamaica, Trinidad, Puerto Rico and Cuba were all known as Antillia at one point or another. No seven wondrous cities of gold were ever found; and their supposed existence was pushed further west and south into the Amazonian jungles or high Andes of the newly discovered south American continent.

Antillia itself was believed to have its own mythical island lying to its west – known variously as Royllo, Roillo or Ymana.

Echoes of this mythological island still live on – the modern islands of the West Indies, stretching from Cuba in a long south-easterly arc to Trinidad are to this day known as the Greater and Lesser Antilles.

The even more enigmatic island of Royllo, lying to the west of Antillia

The even more enigmatic island of Royllo, lying to the west of Antillia

Snake-Witch stone of Gotland

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 14, 2011 by lucernarium
Snake Witchcraft Sweden goddess runestone

The Snake-Witch stone of Gotland, Sweden

One of the most enigmatic of the many 1st-millennium rune-stones scattered across Scandinavia is the so-called  Snake-Witch stone  of Gotland; a large island off the eastern coast of Sweden. It is one of the westernmost depictions of a snake goddess; or a priestess involved in a ritual involving snakes.

It has drawn obvious comparisons with the Snake Goddesses of Crete – easily explained by Varangian mercenaries and traders bringing hints of Greek mythology back with them on their return  travels northwards –  but which in turn evokes hints of the snake charmers of India.

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The Snake Goddess of Crete, dated to about 1600BC

It also very obviously evokes and reinforces the image of the Cerunnos figure depicted on the Gundestrup cauldron; which as has been previously documented here, is almost a carbon copy of a figure known from the ancient Indus Valley civilization.

Indian Vimanas and Irish flying ships

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 14, 2011 by lucernarium
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Vimanas or "flying chariots" of Vedic lore

Many Sanskrit epics, which were written in India more than two millenia ago, contain references to mythical flying machines called Vimanas, often equating them to floating palaces with seven levels. Pointing to similarities between descriptions of Vimanas and reports by people who claim to have seen UFOs, those subscribing to the theory of “ancient aliens”  have suggested that astronauts from other planets visited India during ancient times.

Conventional scholars of Vedic history have explained away the seemingly startling notion as nothing more strange than the heavenly ‘chariots’ used by Norse and Greek Gods.

However, strikingly similar tales are contained in the ancient Irish Leabhair Gebala – or the Book of Invasions. It tells of a race  known as Tuatha dé Danann,  – the people of the Goddess Danu – arriving above Ireland in “flying ships”.  The dominant tribe of Ireland at the time -the Fomorians – are said to have created an “energy field” of some sort to keep the invaders out.  The flying ships had to encircle Ireland nine times before they eventually found a way through the energy field and were able land at Sliabh an Iarann – “the Iron Mountain” – in County Leitrim.

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Tuatha de Danann of Irish Folklore, as imagined by Jim Fitzpatrick. Note the flying ships in the background.

Once they had managed to land in Ireland, its is said that the  Tuatha de Danaan  used iron from the mountain to forge superior weapons and armour; and then burned the flying ships to make the point to the Formorians that they intended to stay. In the ensuing battles the Tuatha were victorious; and ruled Ireland for many generations.

Even more intriguing, is the fact that Danu was both an Irish and a Hindu goddess. In Vedic literature, there is mention of a tribe of asuras called Danavus who were known as “the sons of Danu”.

The echoes of Kumari Kandam

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 18, 2010 by lucernarium

Medieval Tamil folklore refers to the existence of a large sunken landmass it calls Kumari Kandam -a vast land extending southwards from southern India and Sri Lanka and extending westwards and eastwards across the Indian Ocean. Tamil epics from the fifth century BCE relate how this land was taken by “a cruel sea”, and the inhabitants moved north in search of new lands to conquer.

In the western ocean, the Maldives and Laccadive islands are perhaps the echoes of this landmass; in the eastern ocean perhaps the Andaman & Nicobar islands.  The landmass was depicted as stretching as far south as present-day Diego Garcia island in the Chagos Archipelago.

These isolated islands- along with Sri Lanka itself – may have exercised the imagination of the ancient world, in that they somehow represented a small fragment of the lost wisdom and wonder of the fabled Kumari Kandam – that their survival of that inundation implied that they may be  “fortunate isles”.