If somebody comes up and asks you by whom and when the Eye of Horus was first 'imported' to China, you might be thinking Jesuits, Ming Dynasty. Then
you would be quite wrong.
(This thread will deal with the Eye of Horus only. I'll probably cover other symbols - the cross, the swastika, the square and compasses - in other
threads. Unlike the Eye of Horus, these symbols have been found in China since prehistoric times. I also won't cover the one-eyed creatures in
prehistoric China, but I hopefully will in another thread.)
The first known appearance of the Eye of Horus would be the Nestorian Stele (c. 781 A.D.), which I'll call the Nestorian Tablet from this point
because 'stele' is so hard to spell. The tablet is a giant wall of Chinese text with some Syriac. It is not punctuated, but He Xin (see
if you've never heard of him) has kindly
punctuated it for us
. You can also find
an English translation here
, which, annoyingly, still uses Wade-Giles. For more information
about the spread of Nestorianism in China, read the tablet.
The tablet was written by Persian monk Jingjing, who then sent the writing to Lü Xiuyan to inscribe it. (Some claim that this guy was Lü Dongbin,
but that doesn't make a lot of sense to me since Lü was a Daoist monk and, later, deity). The tablet was erected by another monk called Yazdhozid. It
went missing until 1623, when it was unearthed. Some Western scholars claimed that it was faked by the Jesuits, but modern scholars disagree.
Without further ado, here's the eye in question:
That's not all. If you skim through the tablet, you'll find a lot of light references:
...he suspended the bright sun to invade the chambers of darkness, and the falsehoods of the devil were thereupon defeated; he set in motion the
vessel of mercy by which to ascend to the bright mansions, whereupon rational beings were then released, having thus completed the manifestation of
his power, in clear day he ascended to his true station.
Twenty-seven sacred books [the number in the New Testament] have been left, which disseminate intelligence by unfolding the original transforming
principles. By the rule for admission, it is the custom to apply the water of baptism, to wash away all superficial show and to cleanse and purify the
neophytes. As a seal, they hold the cross, whose influence is reflected in every direction, uniting all without distinction.
There's yet another thing about the Chinese name for Nestorianism, which is Jingjiao. 'Jiao' means 'religion'. 'Jing' usually means 'scenery' in
modern Chinese, but the root meaning of the word is actually 'illumination'.
Does this light worship - worship of illumination - ring any bells?
Now let's fast-forward a few dynasties to the last years of the Mongol Yuan Dynasty. The Mongols forced 150,000 to dig a new river channel for the
Huang He (Yellow River to Westerners). It didn't help that the government official in charge held up their wages. The people were angry.
Cultists Han Shantong and Liu Futong decided to take advantage of this. The two spread
a tune, '石人一隻眼，挑動黃河天下反' (stone man has one eye, he stirs up the Huang He and the world revolts), whenever they went. It went
viral. Liu buried a stone man with one eye in the Huang He, and they waited for the workers to dig up the statue.
After seeing the stone man, those gullible people believed every word of the myth, and they all followed Han Shantong and Liu Futong. (Some modern-day
cultists still believe in it.) I bet they needed a stone mason to carve that one-eyed stone man for them.
There's more. Han claimed himself to be the 'King of Light' and an incarnation of the Maitreya Buddha, whom the White Lotus cultists worshipped. The
'King of Light'?
Now let's rewind again, and go back to the dawn of the Chinese civilisation. We're talking about the Chinese character component 雚. It used to be a
character originally meaning 'Bird with eyes and a crown'. Now it is only used as the phonetic component of many characters. (Many Chinese characters
are made up of a phonetic component and a semantic component.)
Now, as we all know, Horus has a bird's head, and this character does look quite like Horus.
Had a good look at the characters yet? There's more. The popular depiction of Horus at Roman times was a bird riding a goose or a goat. The character
雚 looks like a goat's head and a goose put together.
Another character of significance is the Chinese character 見, meaning 'see' or, in Classical Chinese only, 'appear'. I put the Oracle character and
the Eye of Horus side by side. Don't they look alike?
Let me end by saying that I'm not implying that there was, in fact, Egyptian, Masonic or Illuminati activity in ancient China. I'm only trying to
present some information to, hopefully, stimulate discussion on ATS.
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