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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

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Emmanuel Velikovsky on the worship of Saturn

by 5ocietyx

Emmanuel Velikovsky

 

‘A few peoples through consecutive planetary ages kept fidelity to the ancient Saturn, or Kronos, or Brahma,(22) whose age was previous to that of Jupiter. Thus the Scythians were called Umman-Manda by the Chaldeans(23)—”People of Manda”—and Manda is the name of Saturn.(24) The Phoenicians regarded El-Saturn as their chief deity; Eusebius informs us that El, a name used also in the Bible as a name for God, was the name of Saturn.(25) In Persia Saturn was known as Kevan or Kaivan.(26)

taken from –

http://www.varchive.org/itb/satwor.htm

Tuatha de Danaan

by 5ocietyx

‘The Scythians weren’t however named after their use of a curved sword. The name Sithian is related to a group of words that appear in Indo-European languages which are found as far apart as Eire and Northern India, indicating that they had a common Aryan origin in Scythia. These include – Sithia, Sidhe, Siddir and Siddhi….’
‘These being also came to be known as the Leprachauns and the etymology of this word, though thought to mean ’small-bodied’ actually means ’scaly-bodied’ from the Latin word lepra as in leprosy – scaly skinned.The scaliness referred to was derived from the fish -scale style of armour which was common to the draconian Dacians, the Zmei, the Danes and the Danaan, all of whom originated in the region now known as Greater Scythia.

The scaly, twin-pronged tail of the wouivre or mermaid was also derived from the use, by grail maidens, of fish-scale plated leggings. When worn with the swan’s or raven’s feather cloaks, we have the classical image of the Harpie, reproduced in medieval depictions of Melusine.

Pict or Pictish means ’painted’ and the Danaan earned this appellation by virtue of their use of tattoos or woad to decorate their bodies with totemic or magical markings, the favorite being the labyrinth or spiral whorl.

The ancestors of the Irish Danaan – the Ubaid Danaan – had been using tattoos and woad since 4000 BC and examples of it can also be found in depictions of the Egyptian god Osiris or Asher as he is also known, and in the depictions of the Hindu gods Vishnu and Siva. Kali herself was also known as Kali Azura – the Blue Kali…’

taken from –

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/ciencia_tuathadedanaan01.htm

Origin of the word ‘Aryan’

by 5ocietyx

c.1600, as a term in classical history, from L. Arianus, Ariana, from Gk. Aria, Areia, names applied in classical times to the eastern part of ancient Persia and to its inhabitants. Ancient Persians used the name in ref. to themselves (O.Pers. ariya-), hence Iran. Ultimately from Skt. arya- “compatriot;” in later language “noble, of good family.” Also the name Sanskrit-speaking invaders of India gave themselves in the ancient texts, from which early 19c. European philologists (Friedrich Schlegel, 1819, who linked the word with Ger. Ehre “honor”) applied it to the ancient people we now call Indo-Europeans (suspecting that this is what they called themselves); this use is attested in English from 1851. The term fell into the hands of racists, and in German from 1845 it was specifically contrasted to Semitic (Lassen).

http://www.etymonline.com

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