16 September 2006
This post has proven to be a bottomless rabbit hole - turning our post/boot over one last time - your patience please. In our last post, from Wikipaedia- "The Globus Cruciger (Latin) is an orb (globus) topped with a cross (cruciger), a Christian symbol of authority used throughout the Middle Ages on coins, iconography and royal regalia. It symbolises Christ's (the cross) dominion over the world (the orb), literally held in the dominion of an earthly ruler (or sometimes celestial being such as an angel)." And from the Encyclopædia Britannica, 2006, entry "orb"- "Christians adapted the [Roman orb] by setting a cross above the ball to signify the world dominated by Christianity. Rulers were often depicted with the orb, but the first to hold it in hand at his coronation was the Holy Roman emperor Henry II in 1014; thereafter the “imperial apple” became an important emblem of the royal power invested in the monarch." Italic emphasis mine.
Once again, "history is written by the victors" and powerful ancient archetypal symbols are brazenly stolen (No. VIII: "Thou shalt not steal". Yea, right!) pirated for profit and manipulation by the present ruling religions. The Globus Cruciger no more "belong" to "Christians" than does the famous bleeding man hung on a tree - that post "soon coming". As an example of such unthinking "divine" attribution of "Christian" symbols, did you hear the one about the Christian honeymoon couple who checks into the motel happily assuming that no other humans have ever before "used" "their" sanctified Christian Bed. Perhaps the Christian toilet? We digress!
Quickly, the ages of the "Christian" "Globus Crucigers" above top, followed by depth references below - A: Cyprus, a young 500 BC (Before Christ); B: Egypt, 2500 BC; C: Spain, 3000 BC; D, E: Italy, 3000-2500 BC; F: Ireland, 3000-2500 BC.
A: From Symbols.com "This is our planet's ideogram, the sign for the earth, or the planet called Tellus. It has been found on a Cyprian coin from around 500 B.C. It is similar to the so-called orb, used by rulers during the Middle Ages to symbolize their control over a part of the earth's surface." From the Encyclopædia Britannica, 2006, "Tellus, also called TERRA MATER, ancient Roman earth goddess. Probably of great antiquity, she was concerned with the productivity of the earth and was later identified with the mother-goddess Cybele. Her temple on the Esquiline Hill dated from about 268 BC. Though she had no special priest, she was honoured in the Fordicidia and Sementivae festivals, both of which centred on fertility and good crops."
B: Three "nefer" - see previous post - drawing of the three "nefers" from the neck of a "nefer" shaped vase, tomb of Kha, Deir el-Medina, 18th Dynasty (1550-1307 bce), page 78, "Reading Egyptian Art" by Richard Wilkinson, 1992, Thames & Hudson, isbn 0500277516
C: From Symbols.com, entry "41b:22" - "A sign engraved in a rock face in Galicia in northern Spain about 3000 B.C." More on this petroglyph and "J", "K", "L" (next post) of the so-called Spanish Art Groups, II and III, in the books: "Prehistory", M.C. Burkitt, 1925, Cambridge Press; "Rock Paintings of Southern Andalusia" by M.C. Burkitt and H. Breuil, 1929, Oxford Press; "Eternal Present" by S. Giedion, 1962, Pantheon Books.
D: "An ideogram engraved in neolithic times in a rock wall in Val Camonica near Brescia in Italy." from Symbol.com. The Valley Camonica has unnumbered tens of thousands of petroglyphs from 5000 bce down to medieval times - see rupestre.net
E: "This ideogram was found carved into a rock wall in Galicia in northern Spain. It was engraved about 5,000 years ago." from Symbol.com - see notes following "C".
F: Clonfinlough, Ireland: Neolithic rock engravings. Drawing after Burkitt from page 234,"Eternal Present" by S. Giedion, 1962, Pantheon Books. This glyph seems to be tied to a large number of mythic ideas from the runic "split year god" to the Christogram of Constantine. It features in the works of Hermann Felix Wirth ""Die Heilige Urschrift der Menschheit" by Herman Wirth, 1936, Leipzig. The Nazi SS leader Himmler sponsored Wirth at this point of his studies (1935-38). Locals recall that Abbe Breuil deciphered (c. 1929) the image and concluded that it represented a fight to a finish between the Old Irish and the Milesians in pre-Christian times, 1300BC. The cross-men were charging at the loop-men who in return were retreating from the attack.