Friday, 14 March 2008

Our last post-


broaching the subject of Europe- has provoked a little controversy. This is no bad thing, and I am not about to curtail a decent debate. We ended that article with the observation, tenatively expressed, that the Goddess and the serpent are more kindred than most pagans care to acknowledge; an impression confirmed by some of the contents of Icke's latest schlockbuster. The Reptilian religion, we read there, comprises 'Sun god.. and goddess worship': a clunky construction, not strengthened by the presence, in the same sentence, of the incorrigible fraud Stewart Swerdlow; but a sentiment in keeping with my own findings. Of course, in the period whence this religion began- in the age of Sumer, from around 3000 BC- until the ascendancy of Constantinian Christianity in Roman Imperial times, the image of the serpent was not so loaded with evil as it is today; in propagating the 'Satanic-reptile' myth, Icke may actually be far closer in spirit to the religionists he claims to oppose. As Laurence Gardner writes in Genesis of the Grail Kings:

'The joint legacy of the serpent and dragon was that of the prehistoric crocodile, the most sacred of all creatures, and the traditionally identified serpent should not be confused with the cold and venomous image conjured by the English word 'snake.' The holy crocodile was Draco the mighty dragon of kingship, whence were named the Pendragons (Head Dragons) of the British Celtic kingdoms from the days of King Cymbeline of Camu-lot (the sacred kingdom of curved light) AD 10-17, down to Cadwaladr of Gwynedd (AD 654-664), whose dynasty introduced the famous Red Dragon of Wales... Crocodiles (dragons), extant in the Nile and Palestine's River Zerka, were not only worshipped at centres such as Crocodopolis, Ombos, Coptos, Athribis and Thebes, but they were also mummified and placed in royal cemeteries with the pharoahs themselves.'

Gardner also includes the following etymology, illuminating the association we have already drawn between the serpent and the Goddess... and the fundamental centrality of both to life and spiritual health:

'In Hebrew,' he writes: 'the name Eve was Hawah (Ava), but the verbal root which gave rise to the name was hayah ('to live')... In considering [hayah] it is of interest to note that the similar Arabic word hayya denoted a female serpent, whilst hayat related to life. As detailed by the linguist Balaji Mundkur, the words were all akin in origin, and the definitions of 'life' and 'serpent' were mutually supportive. This is particularly relevant since Eve (Khawa/Hawah) was not only the Lady of LIfe, but was also described as the Lady of the Serpent.' (Emphasis mine.)

Material here we will surely revisit anon.

7 comments:

Michael said...

For some reason I'm reminded of the highly mediated death of Steve Irwin - the "Crocodile Hunter" in 2006.

Anonymous said...

And I'm reminded of Lewis Carroll's ditty on the little crocodile...

hoi polloi said...

Hi Ben, Marc Bolan had a song called Royal Crocodile from his the incredible [IMO] album Unicorn. There's also a song on there called the Misty Coast of Albany ;)

Anadae said...

Thanx fer havin' post'd thissun, Ben. Az ya MUST Gno, Sir Laurence Gardner's other intriguinf title, "Realm of the Ring Lords: Beyond the Portal of the Twilight World", though beautifully illustrated (the centerpiece in the section of color illustrations is a gorgeous painting commission'd specie-if-I-cally FOR this tome of Gardner's, infusing elements fr. the Holy Grail mythos, JRR Tolkien's LoTR trilogy, and other ancient Anglo-Saxon currents) has beencited as being suspiciously close in subject matter to the psuedonymous Nicolas de vere's "The Dragon Legacy: The Secret History of an Ancient Bloodline", except that the latter volume is exempt of illos. save for one B 7 W diagram and, surprisingly enough, contains extensive Tantric formulae straight out of Crowley's Church of Thelema!

Alfredo said...

Eva - Ava - Ova?

Serpents - seduceus - DNA

At the recent movie 10 000 BC, the heroine is named Evolet, or maybe...

Evo let? Evol ET? She is like a hybrid woman, since is brunette and has blue eyes. The evil rulers fear her since she has sirius and orion on her hand, if I saw well the stars...

At one moment one character ask where the pyramids builders came from at the given answer is that some say that their land went under the sea and some say they are came from the stars... at the end of the movie the ruler´s secret is revealed: he is not inmortal has the people was made to believe.

Besides, Ben I recommend you John Anthony West´s book Serpent in the Sky, I think you ´ll love it... He speaks about the meaning of the serpent at Ancient Egypt and many more things...

Ben Emlyn-Jones said...

By coincidence (if there is such a thing), Radio Nexus has decided to repeat an old pre-archive interview with Gardener. It's very interesting: http://radionexus.com.au/blog/?p=26

Ben Fairhall said...

Thanks Ben... So what's your take on Gardner then, may I ask?