In a series of articles to be found here
there has been speculation that the 'H' motif found
at Gobekli Tepe relates to the cult of the Divine Twins, the primary evidence for which is an actual excavated depiction of two figures forming the
'H' through the mutual extension of their arms.
The identification seems valid and so in articles such as Gobekli Tepe and the Twins of Atlantis
considered through a great deal of comparative mythology what these Divine Twins might have been about
The dynamism these twins embody is not quite a solitary soul in two bodies or
the doubling of a single personality. They rather encapsulate two opposing elements which, ideally, are balanced in resolution. They do not bear upon
the androgyny since both genders are male although the darker twin might correlate with the feminine in some notions.
The comparative examples are all valid but i don't think they quite grasp what the primary function of the twins was, which at Gobekli Tepe would
have been the essential symbolism of the two central columns, so i'll briefly relate my opinion on this here.
The 'H' block symbolism does of course relate in Meso-American mythology to the cult of the Divine Twins and the ball game court;
it's generally considered that there is an essential duality involved between darkness and light, between the day and the night, and i'm sure
that's right, that this is the reason behind the season, all relating to the calendar and it's origins.
The Dogon tribe of Africa maintain a complex molecular tradition of twins, one that connects the biological realm with the cosmos of which the
Nommo fulfil the role of ancestor twins. Rather than glorifying in the auroch ancestry of east Africa and the Levant, the Dogon are happy for their
ancestors to be fish in character with womb symbolism. The Nommo scheme emerges in elaborate rituals of marriage and birth. If a couple intend to
produce twins reflecting the perfected nature of the Nommo, it follows that if only one male child is born it is believed he is lacking his twin
brother, who was sacrificed in the womb or along the path of a pre-natal journey. And we ask if Nommo might relate to Yemo? In Bantu and other African
tribes the arrival of twins was received ambivalently. Considered sacred yet monsters
There has been found at Gobekli Tepe a carved stone circle which is quite similar to the Meso-American ball court rings, perhaps these originally
related to capturing within them as it were the sun or the Moon at a particular season.
In my previous thread here
i looked at Indo-European traditions of great ages were it
was considered that these related to a distance back in time to when Virgo rose at the Vernal equinox and correspondent to this the lunar count began
at 0 degrees Aries at sunset of the same day, that in tradition this related to the Ashvins of the lunar calendar commencing at Aries.
The Ashvins in Hindu mythology, are two Vedic gods, divine twin horsemen in
the Rigveda, sons of Saranyu, a goddess of the clouds and wife of Surya in his form as Vivasvant.
They symbolize the shining of sunrise and sunset, appearing in the sky before the dawn in a golden chariot, bringing treasures to men and averting
misfortune and sickness.
They are represented as humans with head of a horse.
If then the cult of the Divine Twins is seen at Gebekli Tepe and given the associated lunar symbolism with the motif in terms of the crescent and
sighting stone then it seems reasonable to consider this relates to the lunar calendar commencing at 0 degrees Aries.
The clearest understandings are generally to be found in Sumerian tradition and in the previous thread i looked at the tradition of Astral Dumuzi with
regards to 0 degrees Aries, in that mythos the role of the twin is actually played by his sister Geshtinanna, in the dream of Dumuzi she notes;
The single reed shaking its head at you is your mother who bore you, shaking her head for you. The twin reeds of which one was being separated
from you is you and I -- one will be separated from you.
In this tradition the ecliptic plane is effectively divided in two, the return of Dumuzid from the Underworld transpires in Spring at 0 degrees Aries
and lasts six months until 30 degrees Virgo, Dumuzid rules over the Northern constellations of the ecliptic plane.
From the beginning of Aries to the end of Virgo is the northern half of the ecliptic. The other half from the beginning of Libra to the end of
Pisces is the southern half of the ecliptic, both deviate equally from the equator.
So the essential function of the twins is the division of the ecliptic plane into Southern and Northern constellations, and they represent the
inter-relationship of these on the daily and yearly basis.
It should also be noted that were the singular reed represents the Mother of Dumuzid and Geshtinanna she in turn was symbolized by the star Sirius,
alignments towards which have been noted at Gobekli Tepe as in Sirius and the Megalithic
It may be the case that the twins were understood to move in opposing directions, that the yearly lunar calendar commencing at 0 Aries is seen in
terms of clockwise direction whereas the progression of the sun through the signs of the Zodiac is anti-clockwise, but certainly the twins represent
the inter-relationship of the two hemispheres and the 'H' sign is the symbol of their essential unity and points of inter-section.