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The “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” are seven doctrinal categories that are the main supporting ‘pillars’ of almost every religious belief system in this world.
These categories are vitally important for any seeker of truth.
The Origin and Nature of the Universe
The Nature of God
The Nature of Man
The Nature of Salvation, Liberation or Enlightenment
Dimensions or Planes of Existence
The Spiritual Journey and Ultimate Destiny of Man
Cycles, Ages and the Ultimate State of the Universe
The “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” are categorized into three essential themes that dominate every worldview: God, the Universe and Man. Notice that three of the seven pillars deal primarily with the universe (The Origin and Nature of the Universe, Dimensions or Planes of Existence, and Cycles, Ages and the Ultimate State of the Universe); three deal primarily with man's situation (The Nature of Man, The Nature of Salvation, Liberation or Enlightenment, and The Spiritual Journey and Ultimate Destiny of Man); and one category deals with God (The Nature of God). The true revelation of these “Three Essential Themes” is a ‘burning bush’ that we all need to visit. From the midst of these three areas of insight, the fiery voice of God speaks to those who have ears to hear.
Geneticist Alberto Piazza of the University of Turin linked the Etruscans to Turkey. The team compared DNA sequences with those from men in modern Turkey, northern Italy, the Greek island of Lemnos, the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia and the southern Balkans. They found that the genetic sequences of the Tuscan men varied significantly from those of men in surrounding regions in Italy, and that the men from Murlo and Volterra were the most closely related to men from Turkey. In Murlo in particular, one genetic variant is shared only by people from Turkey.
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I'd overlooked the Taexali yeah, good one. You made some good points there I will investigate. The Votadini actually interest me, it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if they were actually Vota's. Again it is Heroditus who is left to describe the people of North Western Russia (who if you follow the Scythian route of my map earlier in the thread haha, are very much hanging around that area at the time of Vikings.
Good stuff, info like this is one of the reason I came back to ATS.
Now I'm a bit late, wanting to share some observations, regarding the Masonic connection and modern usage of these symbols.
I tend to get carried away, I'll post want I see you tell me if its crap.
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Speaking of Mesopotamia, look at this!
These have been discovered, and recently re-examined, in western Iran and date to around 5000 years ago. They are uncannily like the petrospheres from Scotland!! The people examining them think they may have something to do with data storage and numerical literacy.
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Two rare, carved altar stones found in East Lothian could shed new light about the Roman period in Scotland, it has been claimed.
The Roman stones were found during the redevelopment of a cricket pavilion in Lewisvale Park, Musselburgh.
Experts said they may help re-write the history books on the Roman occupation of Inveresk.
Although they were found in March 2010, it has only now become safe to fully inspect them.
Archaeologists said the stones were of "exceptional quality".
The experts from East Lothian Council, Historic Scotland and AOC Archaeology Group have been carefully removing the stones for the past year.
Only the backs and sides were visible until this month, when it was finally safe to make a full inspection.
The first stone has side panels showing a lyre and griffon as well as pictures of a jug and bowl, objects which would be used for pouring offerings on the altar.
The front face bears a carved inscription dedicating the altar to the god Mithras - the furthest north that such dedications have been discovered.
Mithraism was a religion in the Roman Empire from the 1st to 4th Centuries and the worshippers had a complex system of initiation grades.
And another vaguely familiar shape:
Floor plans for something a bit grander than a broch, maybe?
Excavations on the eastern edge of the fort complex of Inveresk in East Lothian have revealed the first evidence for the cult of Mithras in Scotland. The excavations, for East Lothian Council by AOC Archaeology Group, preceded the rebuilding of the cricket pavilion after it was burnt down. The findspot is over 750 m from the fort, in an area where little Roman activity was previously known.
Excavations exposed part of a sub-rectangular sunken feature 6.1 m long, at least 4.1 m wide and 0.65 m deep. Buried face-down at its north-west end were two intact altars, both offered by the same person, C Cassius Fla[vianus?], a centurion.
One is dedicated to Sol and bears a bust of the god, his pierced eyes and radiate crown allowing light to shine through from a recess carved in the rear; the capital carries busts of the four seasons.
The other is dedicated to Mithras, with imagery linked to Apollo (lyre, plectrum and griffin) and sacrificial implements carved on the sides. Traces of pigment survive on both altars. Close by was an altar base.
Inveresk was only occupied in the Antonine period … Was the sunken feature a timber-built mithraeum?