Dionysus – Tyrant and Liberator
From Myth and More, 2013
Recently I was asked a question about Dionysus and what weaknesses this god had. In this post I will create a short profile of Dionysus and address fatal flaws or “Achilles’ heel” for this god.
While pregnant, Semele, the mother of Dionysus, falls to her death when she gazes upon the unprotected vision of the father of her child, Zeus. To allow the unborn child to continue to grow, Zeus places the child in his thigh secured with a golden clamp. When it was time for the child to be born, Zeus opens the clamp and gives birth to the infant Dionysus, the “twice-born.”
To protect him from the wrath of Hera, the wife of Zeus, Dionysus is raised by nymphs and dressed as a girl. In adolescence, Dionysus discovers wine, rejects his feminine disguise and is found by Hera. At this point, Dionysus goes mad. The myth is rather vague whether his madness is from Hera’s vengeance, the onset of adolescence, or the wine. But, whatever the cause, he wanders across Greece, Egypt, and Syria in his madness. Continue reading
Flat Earth Society
by Michael Rogero Brown
The following is the flyer that the Flat Earth Society sends to people interested in them. I have entered it VERBATUM. ALL typos, punctuation errors, etc are THEIRS. Enjoy.
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International Flat Earth Research Society
FLAT EARTH SOCIETY
Charles K. Johnson, President
Marjory Waugh Johnson, Sec.
Telephone: (805) 727-1635
PO Box 2533, Lancaster, CA 93539
Aim: To carefully observe, think freely rediscover forgotten fact and oppose theoretical dogmatic assumptions. To help establish the United States…of the the world on this flat earth. Replace the science religion…with SANITY Continue reading
The Holy Piby
by Robert Athlyi Roberts (1924)
The Holy Piby, a book founded by the Holy Spirit to deliver the gospel commanded by the Almighty God for the full salvation of Ethiopia’s posterities.
In time the Piby shall contain all worthy prophecies and inspirations endowed by God upon the sons and daughters of Ethiopia, but no article shall be permitted to enter the Piby save that which is in accordance with the gospel of the twentieth century, preached by his Holiness, Shepherd Athlyi, apostle Marcus Garvey and colleague; the three apostles anointed and sent forth by the Almighty God to lay the Continue reading
Preface to the First Edition
From The Kebra Nagast
by E.A. Wallis Budge (1932)i
This volume contains a complete English translation of the famous Ethiopian work, The “KEBRA NAGAST“, i.e. the “Glory of the Kings [of ETHIOPIA]”. This work has been held in peculiar honour in ABYSSINIA for several centuries, and throughout that country it has been, and still is, venerated by the people as containing the final proof of their descent from the Hebrew Patriarchs, and of the kinship of their kings of the Solomonic line with CHRIST, the Son of God.
The importance of the book, both for the kings and the people of ABYSSINIA, is clearly shown by the letter that King JOHN of ETHIOPIA wrote to the late Lord GRANVILLE in August, 1872. The king says: “There is a book called ‘Kivera Negust’ Continue reading
Preface to the Present Edition
From The Kebra Nagast
by E.A. Wallis Budge (1932)i
WHEN the English translation of the “Book of the Glory of Kings” appeared in 1922 it received a generous welcome from the gentlemen of the Press, and the approval of it by the public generally was shown by the fact that within two months from the day of publication a reprint was called for. The amusing and interesting character of the book which piles up fancy tales, fables, legends, folk-lore, dogma, mysticism and pious remarks on a substratum of historical fact was frankly admitted by all the reviewers, but a few of them raised the question of the historicity of the Book of the Glory of Kings. Continue reading
Chapter 5 (Spiritual Ailments)
From Quranic Healing
Types and Signs of the Evil Eye
1- The Human Evil Eye.
2- The Jinni Evil Eye.
Regarding the Signs of the Evil Eye, the following issues need to be dealt with:
1) Issues related to the diagnosis of the evil eye are not a matter of metaphysics or the supernatural, the evil eye has signs and effects that show its affliction. Previously mentioned were a number of prophetic sayings that denote this concept, as indicated by the relation of Om Salama when Allah’s Messenger (PGBUH) saw a girl in her house whose face had a black spot so he said: ” She’s under the effect of an evil eye, so treat her with Ruqya”. Also Asmaa told Allah’s Messenger (PGBUH) about Gaafar’s children that ”The evil eye goes quickly to them”. This clearly indicates that there are certain signs that can be Continue reading
Two ivory Djed pillars found in a
First Dynasty tomb at Helwan.
(photograph taken by J.D.Degreef)
The Concept of the Djed Symbol
By Vincent Brown, 2012
One of the most enigmatic symbols of Ancient Egypt is the Tet, or Djed. Although it was widely used as a religious icon throughout much of the history and geography of Ancient Egypt, it is still not clearly understood what the Djed was originally conceived to represent. Determining its meaning from its appearance alone is not an easy task so we shall take some of the suggested definitions and analyse each individually. But first of all lets look at the key elements that make up the symbol.
Typical Distinctive Features:
- Four horizontal bars surmounting a vertical shaft
- Vertical striations between each bar
- These striations are shown in profile on the sides of the Djed creating a curved appearance
- Four bands around neck of the shaft
- Sometimes a small capital can be seen surmounting the Djed
- The Djed often stands on a rectangular base
The Djed-pillar, Egyptian , is an ancient symbol for stability and endurance. It is mentioned in the Pyramid Texts of the Old Kingdom:
You shall emerge as Horus-of-the-Underworld at the head of those who never set and sit on your metal throne above the your canal belonging to the watery region (of the heavens), living like an ankh-beetle, enduring like a djed-pillar.
Pyramid Texts of Pepi I, PT 537 
The djed‘s magic could enhance endurance and stability of persons, institutions like the kingship, and of physical structures. One assumes that the djed-signs engraved on columns were hoped to improve the stability of the building. Continue reading
DESCRIPTION OF THE PAPYRUS OF NAS-KHEM, PRIEST OF AMEN-RA
BY S. BIRCH, ESQ.; LLD.; F.S.A.
See Part 1
[p.14] ‘They live in its joy, turning him from the Nu or Firmament; he has made their food, he has gone round in the waters, making the transformations of his existence and soul; the Osirian prophet of Amen-Ra, Nas-khem.’(?)
2. The upper division of this page is divided into sections; to the left a seated goddess called Hesi Tat; two eyes, a lion called the ‘roaring monster;’ three crooks, having uraei above them, called ‘suspenders of heads’ or ‘hours;’ three other crooks, three crooks with lower crowns and with upper crown, called ‘Peace of the gods;’ two seated gods, and a goddess wearing the crown of the upper world or heaven, entitled Hanbi, ‘Fountain,’ ‘Water;’ an ape-headed god called Mat-mat, a hawk-headed deity named Bataenratf, a hawk-headed called Har khent matf, a goddess called Ra am hat nefen, a goddess in the lower crown, called Hesi mehi, all seated, and a deity seated on a throne called Hetp khent hat, ‘the peace indwelling in the heart.’ This section is divided from the other half by a couple of perpendicular lines which refer to it, reading—’the roaring bull in the Empyreal gate …. peace, the gods are in peace. Continue reading