June 16th, 2017

50,000 BC

An archaeological dig in a cave in the Moravian region of the Czech Republic has provided a timeline of evidence from 10 sedimentary layers spanning 28,000 to 50,000 years ago. This is the period when our modern human ancestors first arrived in Europe. The dig, in a cave near the Czech border with Austria and around 150kms north of Vienna, has unearthed over 20,000 animal bones as well as stone tools, weapons and an engraved bone bead that is the oldest of its kind in Central Europe. ANU archaeologist Dr Duncan Wright said the project was so important because it gives some of the earliest evidence of modern human activity in the region.

This was a period when humans were moving substantial distances and bringing with them portable art objects. "In the early layers the items we've found are locally made flakes, possibly used by small communities living and hunting in the vicinity to kill animals or prepare food, but around 40,000 years ago we start to see objects coming from long distances away," Dr Wright said. "Dating from this same time we unearthed a bead made from mammal bone. This is the oldest portable art object of its type found anywhere in central Europe and provides evidence of social signalling, quite possibly used as a necklace to mark the identity of the wearer."

"So between these two periods, we've either seen a change in behaviour and human movement or possibly even a change in species."

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The Legend of The Xiongnu

Between approximately 300 BC and 450 AD, there existed a nomadic group known as the Xiongnu. Their ethnic identity has been greatly contested, but they were a very powerful tribal confederation that were considered a great threat to China. In fact, it was their repeated invasions that prompted the small kingdoms of North China to begin erecting barriers, in what later became the Great Wall of China. The Xiongnu formed their tribal league in the area that is now known as Mongolia. It is believed that they stemmed from the Siberian branch of the Mongolian race, although it has been hotly debated whether they are ethnically Turkic, Mongolic, Yeniseian, Tocharian, Iranian, Uralic, or some mixture. Some say the name “Xiongnu” has the same etymological origin as “Hun,” but this is also controversial. Only a few words from their culture, mostly titles and individual names, were preserved in Chinese sources.

It is believed that the Xiongnu created their empire under the supreme leadership of Modu Chanyu sometime around 209 BC. This political unification allowed them to build stronger armies and use better strategic coordination, turning them into a more formidable state. They adopted many Chinese agriculture techniques, built Chinese-styled homes, and wore silk like the Chinese.  The Xiongnu worshipped the sun, moon, heaven, earth, as well as their ancestors. They formed a number of tribes, called the Chubei, Huyan, Lan, Luandi, Qiulin, and Suibu. Between 53-60 BC, the Xiongnu empire faced a civil war. After the Battle of Ikh Bayan in 89 AD, the Northern Xiongnu were driven out of Mongolia, and the Southern Xiongnu became part of Han China. Some believe that the Northern Xiongnu continued west, came under the leadership of Attila, and took on the new name “the Huns.”

The unique culture of the Xiongnu Empire was very powerful during its time. The fortifications that were initially built to keep the Xiongnu away were eventually transformed into the Great Wall of China. This demonstrates the size and power of the Xiongnu – an ancient nomadic group that played an important role in the history of Mongolia and China.

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The Sri Lanka Connection

In The Sufis, published in the 1960s, Sufi Idries Shah disclosed that many of the Templars’ early mentors were the Sufis, the enlightened adepts of Islam who had previously accompanied the Moslem juggernaut in its march to eastern Asia and then returned to the Middle East with hundreds of exotic scrolls and mysteries related to alchemy and the Holy Grail mysteries. Apparently, from the moment King Baldwin II gave the Templars the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount to reside within and administer, the knights had been in frequent contact with Sufi adepts, including many members of the Al-banna, the Masonic Sufi Order that built the nearby Dome of the Rock. Shah’s information has since been found to be supported by credible historical sources, such as signed treaties, that indicate that the knights were indeed allied with many fringe Sufi sects, some of which are known to have taught occult alchemy and the Holy Grail mysteries.

One such “Holy Grail” sect was the Assassins, a mystery order founded by the Sufi Hasan-i-Sabah, a renowned al­chemist from Persia. The Persian Assassins, who often allied with the Templars against a common foe, such as Sala­din, acquired the Holy Grail mysteries from Cairo’s “House of Wisdom,” a Sufi mystery academy of which Hasan had been an initiate, as well as from their Persian forebears. For thousands of years, a tradition had existed in Persia re­garding ancient alchemists and Narts, or “Knights,” who had dedicated their lives to finding the Nartmongue, or Holy Grail, while in the service of certain Persian kings, such as King Key-Khosrow of the 19th century B.C. The Templars no doubt learned much from the Assassins and other Sufis, but we also know that there was at least one important non-Sufi “Holy Grail” influence that influenced the Templars.

In the 19th century, it became public record through the works of various European Knights and occultists, such as Eliphas Levi, that while in the Middle East the Knights Templar had been initiated into a Johannite or Holy Grail lineage of spiritual adepts that originated in the East and included in its ranks such illustrious spiritual giants as John the Baptist, Jesus, and John the Apostle. When the Templars were formed, the first Templar Grand Master, Hughes de Payen, was initiated into this Holy Grail lineage as its sixty-eighth Grand Master. Then, from that time on­ward, the ancient Holy Grail lineage became synonymous with the Templars and each Templar Grand Master became the principal patron and Guardian of the Holy Grail.

Thus, if the Templars were indeed in the possession of a Holy Grail it was no doubt acquired from this ancient lineage. But what form did their Holy Grail take? Was it a secret, a power, or an object? And from where in the East did it and the Holy Grail mysteries originate? Records show that John the Baptist was part of a lineage of Holy Grail masters known as the Mandean Nasurai that did indeed originate in the East. This lineage began its journey on the paradisaical island of Sri Lanka before traveling west and eventually settling on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in southern Iraq.

Thus, for the Mandeans, Sri Lan­ka was the Garden of Eden, a notion that has also been promoted by certain world religions, such as Islam, which in addition recognizes the island as the home of the Water of Life or Fountain of Youth.

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Source: Atlantis Rising Magazine

E3 2017 Highlights: Anthem

In the world of Anthem, you'll play as one of the many freelancers who protect Fort Tarsas from the dangers of the outside world. And if the demo is any indication, those troubles include hulking alien monsters and other humans. To help you fend against the onslaught, freelancers are outfitted with exosuits called javelins that grants the player superhuman abilities such as flight and super strength. Anthem takes place in a vast open dynamic world with unexpected danger around every corner, evidenced by the large fauna, pouncing on the players at every turn. And since this is a 4K game, Bioware took some time to dwell on the sumptuously-colored world around them. The highlight was when the characters dove underwater to show off spectacular water effects. And in an ensuing firefight, the bullets exploded in a shower of flowing red embers.

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