A couple of weeks ago, a tourist desecrated a Buddhist statue at Bayon Temple, in Cambodia, claiming the Temple belonged to Innana and she was cleaning up rubbish.
A lot of people have remarked that Innana would have no place in Cambodian culture as it was the wrong place, wrong time.
I beg to disagree. If the Sumerian records are true, then Innana waged a war over a vast area against other Annunaki, winning the initial battles with the aid of Sargon, the King she'd appointed. Her Empire would have encompassed most of Asia and the Middle East. We already know that there are a lot of similarities between Sumerian and Indian mythology, and the Temples at Siem Reap were originally Hindu. Indeed, Sanskrit has influenced Khmer language and culture. Hence the connection between Innana and Cambodia
Another point is Innana began the ritual of choosing Kingly lovers. Her favourite would have to visit her nightly or risk the desolation of his Kingdom (presumably by her waging war on the unfortunate people). This practice was continued in Cambodia in a temple dedicated to the 'Serpent Goddess, as recorded by the Chinese traveler Zhou Daguan, who told the story of the Khmer king’s nightly visit to Golden Temple Mountain (Baphoun Temple) to make love to a serpent woman in order to keep peace in his land.
Innana was a member of the Serpent Cult, so it stands to reason this 'serpent woman' would have been her spiritual descendant, one of her priestesses.
And finally: Innana was renowned for her style of dress: bare-chest, flowing skirts, lots of jewellery. A look at the bas-reliefs of the dancing Apsara's suggests they may have originated as her dancing girls, or the Priests liked her choice of adornment so much they had the dancing girls dress the same .
(this is by no means a validation of the tourist's actions)
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Still confused on that score, even though I'm well into the third book in my series. I can't find any explanation as to why they are depicted like this:
whether they were both Annunaki or if the reptilian beings came from elsewhere. As far as I can see, the theory I postulate in Serpent Priestess hinting at genetic manipulation (which they were proficient in, it is how they created the lulu amel) is as plausible as any other, and I'm writing a work of fiction.
I am looking further into the connection, studying everything I can regarding Shaman accounts of the reptilians, David Icke (yes, even him), Graham Hancock and the Knight Templars--in particular their seal. More to come when I have cemented my own theory
Thursday, 9 October 2014
Flu season has finally hit after a blissfully warm September, and, being the sort of idiot that I am, I missed my flu shot (being an asthmatic, I do know better). Let me just say: I HATE flu shots with a passion borne of endless days suffering after each one. I'm not a wimp when it comes to medical procedures, I can't be as the list of 'reasons I've ended up in hospital' is quite long. Yet flu shots are my Achilles heel. Can't explain why, they just are.
So, little miss smarty pants has gone and gotten her first flu of the year :
So, little miss smarty pants has gone and gotten her first flu of the year :
Yet, I'm not miserable, not really. As I lie here in my bed with some hot peppermint tea at my side, I find myself feeling ludicrously happy that for the first time in my adult life, being sick does not mean a cessation of work. I love my work and I think if I had chosen something more physical as a career choice, then every time I got sick I would be so depressed that I was unable to do it. But being an author and freelance editor means that I work from home and from my bed, if need be. As someone who gets sick very easily, I'm grateful to the higher powers that I discovered a passion for a career that requires more brains than brawn (except when it comes to getting flu shots)
Monday, 6 October 2014
I may not be the most clever bear, but when looking through the myths and religions, I like to find logical explanations for seeming miracles. Sometimes, as in the case of the Reptilian Gods, the theory isn't warm and welcoming and in others there may indeed by a scientific explanation that has been either lost or suppressed.
One such question is regarding the mermaids Atargatis and Melusine. Plus we have the legend of Venus rising out of the sea, or Jonah and the whale. I'm leaning towards the advanced civilizations having submarines and wet suits, but I could be wrong. It may not be as romantic, but perhaps I will be able to put it in my books without ruining the sense of mythical legend that these figures are currently endowed with. :-)
Thursday, 2 October 2014
Dramatis Personae in Serpent Priestess
Lord Anu: in Sumerian mythology Anu was known as the 'king of gods', head of a triad with Enlil, god of the air, and Enki, god of water who were his sons. There was a disagreement over who should take his place due to birth order and their mothers’ (who were in fact sisters) ages.
In Saxon lore he was known as Wotan, or Saturn, the midnight sun who was said to have ruled the Nine Worlds of the Rings – having the ninth Ring (the One Ring) to govern eight others. Kronos, and the God-kings who followed him, were known by the title "Lord of the Four Corners of the World."
Lady Barat An-na: wife of Lord Anu. Mother of Enki, Her lore was brought to the British Islands and she was portrayed seated by the seashore with a flaming torch and at her side is placed a round shield bearing the Rosi-crucis. In this book Ninkha is credited with venerating her mother-in-law by propagating this image of her so that she'd never be forgotten.
Lady Tiamat: one of the most important deities in Sumerian times. Chosen here as the second wife of Lord Anu and mother of Enlil. Symbolised often by a water-dragon or serpent.
Enlil: in Sumerian mythology he was the God of wind and air and also the God of warfare. His disdain for his female counterparts and humans is shown time and time again. He was responsible for the flood documented in Genesis and reportedly went on to be known as 'the One True God' or Jehovah (though that is contested as a lesser God, by the name Kurambi, had many of the negative characteristics and committed the deeds attributed to Jehovah)
Insignia: Two Eagles looking forward and backwards, claimed by Enlil as his birthright from House Samael
Enki: in Sumerian mythology he was the younger of Lord Anu sons, but had precedence due to his mother being the elder of Lord Anu's wives.
He was not only the God of water, but also the God of wisdom and all magic. He along with his wife (Nin-kharsag--called Ninkha in this book) is accredited with creating humans and then giving them knowledge, against the wishes of the other Annunaki. He or his wife is the serpent in the Garden of Eden. His youngest son was known as Thoth in Egypt and found the mystery school dedicated to keeping alive the true story of creation.
Insignia: two serpents entwined, found in the heliotrope or symbol of medicine the world over (also said to represent a strand of DNA)
Ninkha (Nin-Khursag) : The wife of Enki who helped manufacture humans was called Nin-kharsag also known as Ninti or Mam-mu (progenitor of MAMA) or Nin-ana.
Known as the snake goddess since Palaeolithic times, her cult has been found worldwide: from Crete to Mesopotamia, Greece and Egypt to ancient Semite and Hindu mythology. She was represented by a serpent shedding its own skin and was often pictured wearing a sacral knot: a looped cord between her breasts which, combined with the double edged axe can be compared with the Ankh symbolising eternal life and resurrection. She is linked to the planet Venus and can also be symbolised as the eight-point star or rosette.
Insignia: the serpent eating its own tail
Eris (known as Ereshkigal, but shortened for ease): Goddess of the Underworld, Death, Seasonal Rites and Magic, also can be termed Witchcraft. Chosen here as a counterpart to Ninkha's role as 'Creator'. In Greek mythology she is known as Hekate, In Celtic lore she is Cailleach Bear, in India she is Kali where there is a temple at Madayi Kavu. In Roman times she was known by Lara and in Egypt she was Nephthys
Insignia: the black handled sword known as 'Athame'
Belial: The head of mages and sorcerers, in Jewish tradition he was one of the heads of the rebellion against God (Jehovah) along with Lucifer. Not much else is known about him.
Insignia: the wand of destiny forged for him by Eris, also can be used as a spear
Dagon: found in Assyria, Babylon, Phoenicia and in the Bible as the god of the Philistines. He was a powerful and warlike protector in Sumerian traditions.
Insignia: the Shuhadaku or flaming sword
Dantalion: a mage who taught all arts and sciences, also declared the secret counsel of anyone, given that he could read the thoughts of all people
Insignia: the All- Seeing Eye
Attar (Canaanite mythological version of Lucifer): accused of trying to supplant the one true God and aiding the serpent in the Garden. He was a cherub or commander of seraphim, charged with protecting the throne. He was also known for his wisdom and beauty and was considered ‘the brightest star in the heavens’ who fell to Earth and intermarried with the wives of men. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, "The Lord of the Earth" is a term applied to Satan, or Lucifer, who was the brightest star in Heaven, but was cast down by God.
In this book he is credited with being the military commander and forerunner of the Knights Templars, his men protecting the Priests, Priestesses and Royal Families
Insignia: the wolf
Astorath: depicted with feathered wings, holding a serpent in one hand, and riding a beast with dragon-like wings and a serpent-like tail (a dragon?) He teaches mathematical sciences (perhaps star fire) and handicrafts, can make men invisible and lead them to hidden treasure. He can answer any question formulated to him.
Insignia: the chalice, afterwards combined with the serpent by Belial to signify medicine and science
Ningizzida (known as Ningi in the book): youngest son of Enki, in Egypt he was known as Thoth, charged by his father to become the 'Lord of Truth'. He formed the Mystery School of Thoth in Egypt to pass down the secret knowledge to his initiates. Of the thousands of scrolls of ancient knowledge that were burned in the Great Library of Alexandria, forty books were said to be written by the greatest philosopher, teacher, and ancient monk of all time, Thoth or Ningizzida.
To the Greeks he became Hermes Trismegistus. The Romans called him Mercury. Some believe he became Enoch to the Jews, the “Second Messenger of God.” The Scandinavians worshipped Thoth as Odin, the Teutons as Wotan, the Peruvians as Quetzacoatl, and the Mayans knew him as Kukulkán.
Insignia: a cone of white powder (Anbar, aka the Highward or Philospher's stone)
Innana: progenitor of the Ring Lord female line, associated with fountains, springs and water, her descendant Queens were commonly represented as Mermaids and were called Ladies of the Lake, retaining their Dragon Queen status. One of the most famous of her descendants was Melusine. Inheriting the role of M’hor from her mother, Ninkha, she developed the rituals of the Temple of Youth, becoming the goddess of sexuality and fertility with her worship connected with orgiastic rituals and frenzied dancing.
Insignia: a half woman/half dragon encircled by a serpent
Lillieth: the M’hor or high priestess of the Temple of Youth of the Annunaki. There is none lovelier than her
Insignia: the crescent moon
Marduk: also known as Posiedon. King of all Babylonian Gods, founder of Undal (Atlantis) after he fell in love with a human called Cleito. They had five sets of twins who were given Atlantis to rule, which had been divided into ten sections, one for each to rule.
Insignia: a dragon with a serpent's tail
Saran: second daughter of Enki and Ninkha, becoming a Kispu, or Priestess of Astrology, running the Temples of Magan with her brother Ningi.
Insignia: the serpent eating its own tail, after her mother, with a rose in its centre
Kain: The first of the super humans created by Enki and Ninkha born to another super human. Foremost of the human kings, trained to rule. He sided with them against Enlil and had to be protected from the irate Enlil with an emblem to signify his status.
Insigna: the 'fiery cross' a red cross with forked tongues in a circle, also known as the dragon and serpent or Rosi-crucis, to symbolise his protection under Enki and Ninkha
Ninagal: Master Craftsman, forerunner of Tubal Cain and other craftsmen. Credited with helping to develop Orme—or the highward stone.
Insignia: the 'paten' a plate with the pentagram engraved on it, used to serve the highward stone during the rituals
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Doing my research on the Sumerian Pantheon (and yes, I firmly believe they were the prototypes for the Egyptian, Greek and Indian Gods), I have found myself experiencing a panoply of emotions and theories. Some authors have presented them in a more noble light and when I wrote Serpent Priestess, it was with that mindset "Yes they may have created us to be their workers, but surely some were kind. Let's imagine that they truly had the best of intentions once they began their experiments."
However, the more I read, the less sure I am that there were any who could be called the 'God' or 'Goddess' of love. Enki may have been the one to create humans, or lulu amel, and then give them more intelligence and always strove to better the living conditions as well as shield them from the other Annunaki's wrath, but he also was an incestuous paedophile (though he would not have agreed with our abhorrence to his mis-deeds, as in his mind he was solidifying his line). Enlil was also a rapist and spent time in exile for his crime. He has been presented as Jehovah by some authors and my book was based on that premise, but I do believe the being we know as Jehovah had more of the characteristics of Kurambi than Enlil. Yet as Genesis distilled an entire family and pantheon into one being, the writers seemed to have taken the qualities and deeds that suited them from many different beings.
There is also Innana, the Goddess of love and sexuality. Known for the orgiastic rituals conducted at her temples and her edicts. She wore nothing on top with flowing skirts, reminiscent of the ancient Apsara dancers of Cambodia.
The only two who, no matter whose account you read, always are noble and kind, are Ninkhursag and Ningizzida. They are the only ones who can fit the description of a God and Goddess of Love and who never harmed anyone. Ninkhursag created us along with Enki, and by all accounts treated us as her children, intervening time and again to protect the humans from the Annunaki, crying when there was war or natural disasters. Ningizzida (or Thoth) did his best to help mankind achieve their full potential, regarding their souls as equal rather than inferior.
But the question must be asked: why was humankind so eager to place these beings into categories, and why were we so eager to believe that there were beings of tremendous power who loved us? Would we have been better off not believing they meant us well? Perhaps then humanity would not have spent its existence praying to these beings, slaving for them, obeying their commandments, accepting their punishments and fighting their wars.