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Month: August, 2014

The real Game of Thrones, part 1

by 5ocietyx

The TV series Game of Thrones has gained a huge following since it first aired in 2011. Set in a mythical land the tales of swords and treachery have struck a chord with a viewer-base hungry for stories which were once the domain of fantasy-fiction fanatics and Games Workshoppers, such as Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings.

Although the series is set in a mythical land, it’s obvious GoT creator George RR Martin has an interest in historical, and pre-historical tales, and its well known that he has taken some of the major plot-lines from real events, the war of the roses being an obvious one. Lets take a look at a few that viewers may not know about.

the seven kingdoms

The Number Seven.

Revered throughout time by every human group around the world the number seven is featured heavily in the series. ‘The Faith of the Seven is the principal religion of the Seven Kingdoms. It is little-practiced beyond its borders. The Faith of the Seven is dominant in the south of Westeros.’ But also in our world, the number seven is seen as special. it is a magical number and is associated with luck, the heavenly bodies (five visible planets plus the Sun and the Moon), the days of the week, and the menorah, the Jewish ritual candelabra; there are seven heavens and seven hells in the Islamic faith; there are said to be seven colours in the rainbow and there are over 700 mentions of the number seven in the Bible. So not only is it implicit in the religious stories of Westeros, its also an integral part of the human experience, even today.

the wall

The Wall, and the Wildlings beyond.

Of course, the Wall is a reference to Hadrian’s wall, in the North of England. Hadrian’s Wall (Latin: Vallum Aelium) was a defensive fortification in Roman Britain, begun in AD 122 during the rule of emperor Hadrian. In addition to its military role, gates through the wall served as customs posts.[1]

Although he was Roman emperor, Hadrian was in fact Spanish, and had the wall built for his Italian masters, presumably to protect their assets from the ‘uncivilised’ and unrulable Picti in Caledonia, modern-day Scotland. As well as the controlling Roman army, the wall was most likely manned by up to 10, 000 English slaves and criminals, much like the Wall in Game of Thrones. Later, the wall was manned by the toughest in the land, to help protect what was left of the country after its Roman masters left. This is more than likely the reason for the Geordies of the Newcastle having a reputation for being tough people, which still persists to this day.

Beyond the wall the Picti (and modern day Scots) were known for their red hair and ‘painted’ skin. The Latin word Pict has the same root as pixel or picture, so it may not be that these wildlings were painted with blue woad, as is popularly believed, but that they were overwhelmingly freckled, which could have caused the Mediterranean Romans to declare them ‘painted’ or ‘pixelated’.

Ygrette, Wildling archetype

Dothraki, horse-riders of the curved blade.

Like the Dothraki in Game of Thrones, the Scythians were a cultural group of equine-obsessed warriors, said to be born, to live and to die on the saddle. they were famed for their ability to fire arrows backwards from horse-back, using the scythian bow, and for their ferocious techniques in battle. Their name may have come from their use of scythes, as ‘according to Jack Herer and “Flesh of The Gods” (Emboden, W.A., Jr., Praeger Press, NY, 1974.); the ancient Scythians grew hemp and harvested it with a hand reaper that we still call a scythe.’

‘Their historical appearance coincided with the rise of equestrian semi-nomadism from the Carpathian Mountains of Europe to Mongolia in the Far East during the 1st millennium BC.[4][5] The “classical Scythians” known to ancient Greek historians were located in the northern Black Sea and fore-Caucasus region.’

The Dacians were neighbours to the Scythians, who also rode horse-back and were fames for their skill in battle. the Dacians also carried the curved blade like the Dothraki. this blade, known as a sica was used with devastating effect by the Dacians, much like the Dothraki.

a sica blade

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

taken from –

http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Faith_of_the_Seven

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrian’s_Wall

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scythians

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sica

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacia

The Slaving of the Giants

by 5ocietyx

giant-humans-found-in-indiana-2 There are many reports of giants throughout history, both in religious texts such as the Bible and in folklore and myth, such as the story of Fionn MacCumhaill. Steven Quayle’s excellent log of all things giants GENESIS 6 GIANTS has many reports on the discovery of giant skeletons around the ancient world, ultimately suggesting these giants to be the Nephilim – the sons of God who fell upon the daughters of the Earth – in the book of Genesis.

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a Wisconsin giant

In his extremely informative book Mutants: On the form, variety and errors of the human body, Armand Marie Leroi describes Aristotle’s observation of the effect that castration can have on an organism. “Nearly twenty-five centuries ago, while working on a remote Aegean island, Aristotle made an observation that was at once banal, beautiful and chilling.  ‘All animals,’ he wrote, ‘if operated on when they are young, become bigger and better looking their unmutilated fellows; if they be mutilated when full grown, they do not take on any increase of size… As a general  rule, mutilated animals grow to a greater length than the unmutilated.’ By ‘mutilation’ Aristotle meant castration. Hence the banality of his observation that merely repeated facts as well known to any fourth-century Greek farmer as to any modern one.. He had taken a barnyard commonplace, that gelded rams, stallion and cockerels are larger than intact animals..”

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an 18th century castrato

Two types, one tall, one short.

If we refer to the fossil record we can find two types of human forms, Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon. Researcher and psychologist Stan Gooch provided us with a sober theory about human origins, that we are in fact a hybrid of these two forms of primitive man. The morphology of both of these types differed enough for us to say that they were two separate species, one was a lot smaller than modern humans, and one was taller. you could say that to Neanderthal Cro-Magnon would have resembled a giant, and Gooch actually proposed that the Bible (or similar religious texts) are the written record of Neanderthal’s meeting with Cro-Magnon, preserved by us, human beings, the rightful heirs to those two previous legacies.

Cro-Magnon vs Neanderthal

Fee Fi Fo Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman.

In the Welsh origin story of Brutus, founder of the Britons, his party of emigrants upon landing encounter only giants on the isles, whom they then proceed to chase down, fight and totally destroy.  These giants are clearly remnants of a previous race, who at this time existed only in the most isolated peninsulas of the European continent. They numbered so few they were easily eradicated by man. As stated before, Cro-Magnon was taller than humans, and had occupied Europe before humans, supplanting European Neanderthal before him, so it stands to reason that some members of the relic species Cro-Magnon could still have existed at the fringes of civilisation. it should be noted here that the tallest humans on Earth are in Denmark, Northern Europe, where giant myths are heavily prevalent.

 

Domestication.

Domestication of animals is believed to have begun prior to 33,000BCE, with the dog. But it would be fair to say that domestication of another kind would have taken place before this time, on a species much easier to control – humans. Slavery is said to be as old as humanity, and its not too much of a stretch of the imagination to see the control system in place today – such as our laws, codes of conduct or morals – is nothing more than the domestication of humans. Incidentally, Gooch proposed the actual hybridization event occurred around 35,000 years ago, in the approximate time frame during which domestication of animals began.

Egyptian depiction of domestication

Now, back to the meat and veg, so to speak.

 

Castration.

The practice of castration has persisted for thousands of years, with both domestic animals and humans. Arab slave traders, by far the most prolific and ambitious slavers ever, traded many castrated boys. ‘The Calipha in Baghdad at the beginning of the 10th Century had 7,000 black eunuchs and 4,000 white eunuchs in his palace.”[129] The Arab slave trade typically dealt in the sale of castrated male slaves. Black boys at the age of eight to twelve had their scrotum and penis completely amputated. Around 9 out of 10 bled to death during the procedure, but the high price brought by eunuchs on the market made the practice profitable.’ Castration was also used by many nations after war, where they would castrate the remaining men and boys, rather than kill them, preferring to use them as slaves. it was used by royal families to sever the family lines of those families whom they had supplanted, or whom they wanted to extinguish.

Theon Greyjoy, the character in Game of Thrones represents a castrated royal family line, both as prisoner to the Starks (Ned being a fair lord), and House Bolton.

In theory..

Is it possible that modern humans – upon discovery and subjugation of the few remaining Cro-Magnon – enslaved the giant species, and castrated any young they found along the way? if this castration punishment was happening at the same time as domestication of animals (and modern man) then humans wouldnt have failed to notice that castration in the infant stage makes for a larger being. So were the extreme giants that are according to Steven Quayle found all over the world the first attempts to control/castrate the old giant bloodlines, and create slaves out of our tall ancestors? After all, an army of giants would be very useful for a new species intent on world domination, and the relatively few remains found today could be explained by the fact that castration would have meant certain, and almost sudden, extinction of the genetic line of giants.

 

Our next line of investigation will be to study the skull shapes of currently known giants to determine how closely related they are to Cro-Magnon skulls.

 

taken from –

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castration

Mutants: On the form, variety and errors of the human body, Armand Marie Leroi

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