Fears after fire at Lhasa’s Jokhang-2/20 Taipei Times, CENSORSHIP:While a state-run paper said the blaze was quickly extinquished, social media posts about it have disappeared. Tibetans fear there was major damage ...
Austrian Mystic: “Souls in Purgatory do not want to return to earth. They have knowledge which is infinitely beyond ours. They will not return to the darkness of the earth.”-1/30 Mystic Post,
Today, very little is taught in regular catechism classes about Purgatory, about the suffering that the Poor Souls experience in order to be completely purified to be able to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Yet Purgatory does exist, and the sufferings that the Poor Souls experience there are very real. Since 1940 (she was then aged 25), a privileged soul, named Maria Simma, has had regular visits from the souls in Purgatory to explain their sufferings and to ask for prayers and Masses to be released from Purgatory. Her local Bishop and parish priest told her she could make known these visitations as long as there were no theological errors. One day, Sister Emmanuel Maillard, a French nun known for her apostolate in favor of the Apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorje, came across Maria Simma’s book, called The Souls in Purgatory told Me… and read it with great interest: “This book struck me so much because it related very recent testimonies, and also explained very well the Church’s doctrine on the subject… Straight away, I wrote to the editor who told me that Maria Simma is still alive. Quickly, I contacted her, and she agreed to meet me to answer my questions, which were many!” This interview took place in 1997 at Maria’s house in Sonntag, a very lovely village in the Vorarlberg Mountains in Austria. The following are excerpts from this interview of Sister Emmanuel of Medjugorje with Maria Simma, taken from a booklet entitled: The Amazing Secret of the Souls in Purgatory, published by Queenship Publishing Co., P.O. Box 220, Goleta, CA 93116, USA (Phone 800-647-9882, Fax: 805-967-5843): (Note: Maria Simma died on March 16, 2004, in Sonntag, at the age of 89.) Maria, can you tell us how you were visited for the first time by a soul in Purgatory?
Yes, it was in 1940. One night, around 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning, I heard someone coming into my bedroom… I saw a complete stranger. He walked back and forth slowly. I said to him severely: “How did you get in here? Go away!” But he continued to walk impatiently around the bedroom as if he hadn’t heard. So I asked him again: “What are you doing?” But as he still didn’t answer, I jumped out of bed and tried to grab him, but I grasped only air. There was nothing there. So I went back to bed, but again I heard him pacing back and forth. I wondered how I could see this man, but I couldn’t grab him. I rose again to hold onto him and to stop him from walking around; again, I grasped only emptiness. Puzzled, I went back to bed. He didn’t come back, but I couldn’t get back to sleep. The next day, after Mass, I went to see my spiritual director and told him everything. He told me that if this should happen again, I shouldn’t ask, “Who are you?” but “What do you want from me?” The following night, the man returned. I asked him: “What do you want from me?” He replied: “Have three Masses celebrated for me, and I will be delivered.” So I understood that it was a soul in Purgatory. My spiritual director confirmed this. He also advised me never to turn away the poor souls, but to accept with generosity whatever they asked of me. And afterwards, the visits continued?
Yes. For several years, there were only three or four souls, above all in November. Afterwards, there were more. What do these souls ask of you?
In most cases, they ask to have Masses celebrated and that one be present at these Masses. They ask to have the Rosary said and also that one make the Stations of the Cross. Maria, do the souls in Purgatory have, nevertheless, joy and hope in the midst of their suffering?
Yes. No soul would want to come back from Purgatory to the earth. They have knowledge which is infinitely beyond ours. They just could not decide to return to the darkness of the earth. Here we see the difference from the suffering that we know on earth. In Purgatory, even if the pain of the soul is just terrible, there is the certitude of living forever with God. It’s an unshakeable certitude. The joy is greater than the pain. There is nothing on earth which could make them want to live here again, where one is never sure of anything. Maria, can you tell us now if it is God who sends a soul into Purgatory, or if the soul itself decides to go there?
It is the soul itself which wants to go to Purgatory, in order to be pure before going to Heaven. Maria, at the moment of death, does one see God in full light or in an obscure manner?
In a manner still obscure, but, all the same, in such brightness that this is enough to cause great longing. Maria, can you tell us what the role of Our Lady is with the souls in Purgatory?
She comes often to console them and to tell them they have done many good things. She encourages them. Are there any days in particular on which She delivers them?
Above all, Christmas Day, All Saints Day, Good Friday, the Feast of the Assumption, and the Ascension of Jesus. Maria, why does one go to Purgatory? What are the sins which most lead to Purgatory?
Sins against charity, against the love of one’s neighbor, hardness of heart, hostility, slandering, calumny — all these things. Here, Maria gives us an example which really struck her which I would like to share with you. She had been asked to find out if a woman and a man were in Purgatory. To the great astonishment of those who had asked, the woman was already in Heaven and the man was in Purgatory. In fact, this woman had died while undergoing an abortion, whereas the man often went to church and apparently led a worthy, devout life. So Maria searched for more information, thinking she’d been mistaken — but no, it was true. They had died at practically the same moment, but the woman had experienced deep repentance, and was very humble, whereas the man criticized everyone; he was always complaining and saying bad things about others. This is why his Purgatory lasted so long. And Maria concluded: “We mustn’t judge on appearances.” Other sins against charity are all our rejections of certain people we do not like, our refusals to make peace, our refusals to forgive, and all the bitterness we store inside. ...
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Ancient Greek Inventions-1/5 Ancient History Encyclopedia, by Mark Cartwright -- The ancient Greeks are often credited with building the foundations upon which all western cultures are built, and this impressive accolade stems from their innovative contributions to a wide range of human activities, from sports to medicine, architecture to democracy. Like any other culture before or since, the Greeks learnt from the past, adapted good ideas they came across when they met other cultures, and developed their own brand new ideas. Here are just some of the ways the ancient Greeks have uniquely contributed to world culture, many of which are still going strong today. ...
Sirbacon.org honors the 457th Birth of Sir Francis Bacon with an investigation led by a former BBC producer that sheds light on, Authorship and Bacon's Royal Birth via encrypted ciphers found in an in depth examination of Shakespeare's works using Enigma experience. Watch this You Tube video : Shakespeare, Bacon Enigma (1996)
Simon Miles - Francis Bacon and the Mystery of the Phoenix and Turtle-1/12 Sirbacon.org is honored to share Simon Miles in depth presentation on the enigmatic Shakespeare poem "The Phoenix and Turtle" that took place during the Shakespearean Authorship Trust conference in 2017. With many fresh insights, Mr. Miles' research will enlighten anyone interested in the pivotal last moments of the Tudor lineage regarding Queen Elizabeth I, Anthony Bacon, The Earl of Essex, Ben Jonson and the state of mind of Francis Bacon.
The Radical Christianity of Thomas More’s “Utopia”-1/12 The Imaginative Conservative, by Audrey Novak -- Utopia is an instructive call to return to the radical Christianity of Christ, to the purity and simplicity of His words, as the only way of saving mankind from ourselves… -- Thomas More’s Utopia remains one of the most puzzling and paradoxical treatises on the ideal state. In order to elucidate More’s true ideas and judgments, an examination of Raphael Hythloday, the state of Utopia, and the dialogue among characters, particularly the characters of Thomas More and Hythloday, is necessary. Utopia is much more than a satire, or even a treatise in political philosophy: Within the dialogue dwell More’s reflections, often dangerously radical, on the nature of man, community and government, freedom and free will. Many critics of Utopia choose between dismissing the commonwealth as diverting satire, labeling it a prescient warning on the dangers of a humanitarian communism, or accepting it as More’s genuine vision of the ideal state and society. Any such singular interpretation of the dialogue narrows More’s political, literary, and philosophical genius and fails to address the ways in which Utopia questions and clarifies our own time, our own government, and our own souls.
Throughout much of Book I, More condemns European institutions and society through the character of Hythloday. He attacks injustices entrenched in English laws and courts, the selfishness, greed, and vanity of political advisors and politicians, the readiness of European elites to engage needlessly in violent wars, the idleness and profligacy of the aristocracy, and the misuse of religion by men in power. Few critics doubt More’s authenticity in these passionate denunciations; more controversial is the character who speaks them.
Hythloday believes the majority of European leaders to be so corrupt that to serve on their counsels would only result in the compromise of his moral virtue; therefore, he avoids devoting himself to an earthly king. The eponymous character of More claims, on the contrary, that the wise and godly man is obligated to serve his king as a means to promote peace, justice, and order within his nation and throughout the greater world. More admits that serving in a political office may involve morally-gray areas, but holds staunchly to the use of a middle- ground philosophy, whereby the prudent politician attempts slowly to influence the policies of a monarch, so as to ensure that “as little bad as possible” occurs. Hythloday disregards this approach as utterly useless for the good of the masses, as well as downright harmful to the soul: “Either they will seduce you by their evil ways, or… you will me be made a screen for the knavery and folly of others. You wouldn’t stand a chance of changing anything for the better by that ‘indirect approach’”. Hythloday, in an effort to maintain the purity and clarity of his own soul and intellect, flees from the corrupting influence of politics, where he would be obliged to “openly approve the worse proposals and endorse the most vicious policies”. ...
"Heretical" 1500 Year-Old Text of Jesus' Supposed Secret Teachings Discovered-12/3 iflscience.com, By Tom Hale -- After years of lying in a dusty archive, two biblical scholars have discovered a rare Greek copy of a heretical Christian text describing Jesus’ secret teachings to his "brother" James. The discovered text is one of the only copies of this early Christian story that is written in Greek, the original language of composition. Over 1,400 years ago, a collection of Coptic Gnostic texts were buried in Upper Egypt. They remained lost for centuries until archeologists unearthed 13 of the books containing the 52 texts in 1945, now known as the Nag Hammadi library. Scholars have studied these documents for years, however two researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have somehow stumbled across a text that evaded their attention. Within the archives at Oxford University in the UK, they found one of the only known copies of the First Apocalypse of James that's not written in its later Coptic translation. “To say that we were excited once we realized what we’d found is an understatement,” Geoffrey Smith, an assistant professor of religious studies, said in a statement. “We never suspected that Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James survived from antiquity. But there they were, right in front of us.” “The text supplements the biblical account of Jesus’ life and ministry by allowing us access to conversations that purportedly took place between Jesus and his brother, James – secret teachings that allowed James to be a good teacher after Jesus’ death,” Smith said.
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A Reincarnation in Vietnam-11/21 The Anomalist, By Hong Van*
She is Ha Thi Khuyen, 13 years old by now, living in Buoc Village , Lam Phu commune, Lang Chanh district, Thanh Hoa, central province of Vietnam. She was born in December, 1988, to Ha Van Loi and his wife, Lo Thi Son. Khuyen was different from other children. At 8 months, she could walk and run. When she was little more than one year old, she could speak. Khuyen told her parents very often that she was not their daughter. Never she called her parents dad or mum but she called them brother and sister-in-law. She told them that she had been a daughter of a family in Van village, later located in Yen Thang commune, in the same Lang Chanh district of Thanh Hoa, and that she died in an accident. Van Village and Buoc Village are divided by ridge of mountain. They are 10 kilometers apart by air and it is 110 kilometers by road to go from one village to the other. People of these two villages rarely visit each other because the roads are in such bad condition over the mountain. Early in the Summer of 2000, when a woman from Van village came by chance to Buoc village, Khuyen recognized her. She asked whether the woman remembered her or not. The woman did not remember.
"Who are you?" the woman asked.
"I am Chuan, my father is Liem living in Van village. I died 10 years ago," said Khuyen
"Why are you here?" the woman asked.
"I am re-born coming and living here," replied Khuyen.
The woman came back to Van village and told everyone this story. She learned that 10 years before, there was a girl named Chuan who had died. Some months later, Chuan's aunt came to Buoc vilage to probe into the matter.
When she came, Khuyen happily ran out to her: "Aunt Thuan? Why are you here?"
"Who are you?" said the woman named Thuan
"I am Chuan, daughter of Dad Liem," said Khuyen. "I died after swallowing a peach seed. I died in your arms when you were rushing me to hospital."
"Why you are here?" Chuanís aunt asked.
"I am re-born here," said Khuyen. Then Khuyen told her aunt about all the family members.
On August, 18, 2000, Khuyen and the woman who gave birth to her came to Van village. They were so poor that they had not managed to visit Van village before. Khuyen then recognized her family members, friends and neighbours, and recognized her house when her uncle pretended to pass by it. Her family members then realized that she looked like other members of the family. Back to the beginning of the story: Luong Thi Chuan (first life) was born in 1980. When she was 7 years old, she died. In 1988, she was re-born under the new name: Ha Thi Khuyen. Lo Thi Son, aged 36, who gave birth to Ha Thi Khuyen said: "We got married for 4 years and did not have any children. One day, I passed by Van village and witnessed a funeral of a young girl. I said, 'what a pity child.' I was pregnant a few days after that." Khuyen told another story: "My funeral was going on when I saw a woman sitting on the side of the road saying that she loved me so much. In a hurry, I jumped into her belly bag (look like kangaroo's) and my second life started ever since." Lo Thi Son added that she has four children. Khuyen is the first, the second died shortly after being born, the third was born in 1990 and the fourth, born in 1993. Ha Van Cap, Son's fourth child, a boy, also told her that he had once been the daughter of Vi Van Cuu. Cap is now accepted by both families. He looks like a girl because the previous life, he was a girl. He wants to wear dress, and it is very strange that his ears look as if there had once been earring holes. Khuyen is one of many cases of re-birth in the Lam Phu commune. Local people tell five other stories about re-born children and call for interested scientists to investigate. Most of the children died in accidents when they were so young and were reborn in another family. Local people see it as normal phenomenon.
*Hong Van works for Japanese TV, NHK, in Vietnam.
In India, schoolkids say Virgin Mary appeared amid scent of jasmine-11/21 Catholic News Agency, Kochi, India, Oct 14, 2017 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both Hindu and Catholic schoolchildren in India claim to have witnessed an apparition of Christ and several appearances of the Virgin Mary accompanied by the scent of jasmine, the gift of contrition, and the healing of a girl’s ear problem. The site of the alleged apparitions is St. Ambrose Church and Lower Primary School in Edavanakkad, in the far southwestern state of Kerala, 16 miles northwest of Kochi. The parish and adjacent school are under the Archdiocese of Verapoly. The Marian apparitions are said to have happened on at least two separate dates. The church’s assistant pastor Father Merton D’Silva said archdiocesan authorities have taken a “wait-and-see” approach before intervening, the news site Matters India reports. Matters India has recounted the apparitions based on a note on the parish billboard by parish priest Father Mathew D’Cunha. The apparition reportedly began Sept. 28 when a student at the school, a Hindu girl named Krishnaveda, went to the church to pray for her ear problem. She put some holy water on her ear. She later told her fellow students that the holy water immediately helped her ear. When the children left the school to pray in the church, they looked up and saw in the sky a vision of Christ being scourged. They recited the name of Jesus and went into the church to thank God for healing the girl’s ear. The only Catholic girl among them, Ambrosiya, volunteered to lead the students in praying the rosary. However she did not know the Luminous Mysteries recited on Thursday and sought a teacher’s help. The children were in prayer when the teacher reached them at about 1:45 in the afternoon. One of the girls, named Anusree, told the teacher that the Blessed Virgin was standing under the altar. They reported the smell of jasmine flower. The alleged apparition told the children to come closer, which frightened a girl named Sivanya, who said she wanted to leave. While the teacher was leading the children out of the church, the girls said the apparition followed them and pleaded with them not to leave. The teacher went to tell the other teachers, while some children went to the assistant pastor, Father D’Silva. When D’Silva took the children back to the church so they could pray, the children claimed to see the Virgin Mary standing under the altar. The adults could not see anything. According to the children, the apparition promised them help in their studies and promised to send them the Holy Spirit. The apparition also promised to take them to heaven. When the news of the apparition spread, people began to gather at the church. Parents of the children took them home. ...
Editor: I bought the book for 12 bucks hardbound w/free Prime shipping. I couldn't put it down. Well written and the progression of learning why 2 year old Christian Haupt or Baseball Konrad as he liked to be called, was Lou Gehrig is masterfull as well as the mom's spirtual growth trying to come to grips with reincarnation. Full disclosure: I was born in NYC and moved to nearby Conn. at age three. I played baseball everyday at a local lot. I've been a rabid Yankee fan since the 50's. I used to lie in bed with a small transistor radio with a black leather cover and ear plug listening to Yankee games when I was supposed to be sleeping on a school night. In 7th grade when we were required to write a big paper for the first time in our lives, I did it on the Yankees. Of course, No. 7 was my hereo. Got to see The Mick play several times in Yankee Stadium. I had a '56 or '57 team signed baseball with Mantle and Berra in the sweet spot. Gehrig, Ruth, Dimaggio and Mantle are considered the greatest Yankees ever. Here's a weird coincidence, I know of only one Yankee I ever met. He was Wally Pipp. I met him in Michigan when I was pretty young. I think he was a friend of my great Uncle. Wally Pipp played first base for the Yankees in the early 1900's. He was a good player, hit lots of home runs and helped the Yankees win Championships. One day, as legend has it, he had a headache and asked to sit on the bench. Lou Gehrig took his place. Wally never played for the Yankees again. He went on to play for the Detroit Tigers. That's why he was living in Michigan where he obviously retired. Lou became known as the "Iron Horse" because he played in something like 2,130 consecutive games, until ALS or "Lou Gehrig's Disease" struck at age 36. He died two years later. As someone said in the book, 'to say that this kid eats, sleeps and lives baseball,' is an understatement.' His parents could not get the baseball uniform off him. He exhausted both of them wanting to hit and play catch 24/7. His reaction to Babe Ruth's pictures ('he was a mean man') whom Gehrig had a long feud with, is astonishing. I was worried that this kid might grow up to be a Dodger and not a Yankee. But after reading how much the Dodgers love him, especially Tommy Lasorda and pitcher Clayton Kershaw, I don't mind so much now. Although Adam Sandler believes he will be a Bronx bomber one day. Yankee fans might treasure this book a bit more, but I guarantee you will also like this funny, heartwarming book. It merits sitting on the bookshelf next to Soul Survivor. William House
Astral Travels with Jack London-1/12 The Public Domain Review, On the centenary of Jack London’s death, Benjamin Breen looks at the writer’s last book to be published in his lifetime, The Star Rover — a strange tale about solitary confinement and interstellar reincarnation, which speaks to us of the dreams and struggles of the man himself. ...
... London’s sole foray into the realm of science fiction and fantasy is simultaneously a hard-bitten, minimalist monologue about life in solitary confinement and an exuberant tour of the universe. The book’s narrator, Darrell Standing, moves disarmingly from the agony of his confinement in a straitjacket to his travel amidst the stars equipped with a glass wand that allows him to access an infinity of past lives, including a fourth-century hermit, a shipwrecked seal hunter, a medieval swordsman, and a confidant of Pontius Pilate. It is a novel about sensory deprivation in a shared reality, and sensory overload in a private one. This is a deeply eclectic book. ...
UT Austin Professors Discover Copy of Jesus’ Secret Revelations to His Brother-12/3 news.utexas.edu, The first-known original Greek copy of a heretical Christian writing describing Jesus’ secret teachings to his brother James has been discovered at Oxford University by biblical scholars at The University of Texas at Austin. To date, only a small number of texts from the Nag Hammadi library — a collection of 13 Coptic Gnostic books discovered in 1945 in Upper Egypt — have been found in Greek, their original language of composition. But earlier this year, UT Austin religious studies scholars Geoffrey Smith and Brent Landau added to the list with their discovery of several fifth- or sixth-century Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James, which was thought to have been preserved only in its Coptic translations until now. “To say that we were excited once we realized what we’d found is an understatement,” said Smith, an assistant professor of religious studies. “We never suspected that Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James survived from antiquity. But there they were, right in front of us.” The ancient narrative describes the secret teachings of Jesus to his brother James, in which Jesus reveals information about the heavenly realm and future events, including James’ inevitable death. “The text supplements the biblical account of Jesus’ life and ministry by allowing us access to conversations that purportedly took place between Jesus and his brother, James — secret teachings that allowed James to be a good teacher after Jesus’ death,” Smith said. Such apocryphal writings, Smith said, would have fallen outside the canonical boundaries set by Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, in his “Easter letter of 367” that defined the 27-book New Testament: “No one may add to them, and nothing may be taken away from them.” With its neat, uniform handwriting and words separated into syllables, the original manuscript was probably a teacher’s model used to help students learn to read and write, Smith and Landau said. “The scribe has divided most of the text into syllables by using mid-dots. Such divisions are very uncommon in ancient manuscripts, but they do show up frequently in manuscripts that were used in educational contexts,” said Landau, a lecturer in the UT Austin Department of Religious Studies. ...
Uncovering the Lost Tomb of Osiris-11/21 Daily Grail, Personal Reflections on an Archaeological Mystery -- by Ray Grasse
I was just 12 years old when I grabbed a shovel from my father’s tool collection and began digging a hole in the family backyard. That wasn’t just because the thought of digging a hole appealed to me, although that was true, too. It was because I was inspired by the fantasy of a long-distant past, and secret hopes of uncovering lost artifacts from the Native American tribes that once roamed my neighborhood, or perhaps even fossils from the dinosaur era. When my mother strolled out hours later and found me at the bottom of a seven-foot hole, she was horrified and ordered me out immediately, fearful that I might suffocate if those damp walls were to collapse on me. Well, she did have a point. I’ve often wondered if our childhood obsessions didn’t harbor the seeds of our later interests and ambitions during adulthood. That fascination with the past and “digging deeper” certainly seemed to portend my own, and among other things led to an amateur interest in any and all things related to paleontology, archaeology, and most of all, Egypt. That curiosity lingered well into my adult years and led to a series of unusual experiences I’d eventually have in that extraordinary land. What I’d like to do here is describe one such event that took place in 1997 involving a little-known chamber deep underground on the Giza Plateau that’s since been the source of considerable speculation, but also considerable misinformation. John Anthony West and Friends
But to do that I first need to set the stage by mentioning that throughout the 1990s I worked on the editorial staff of the Theosophical Society in America, located in Wheaton, Illinois. During that time I came to know an independent researcher and lecturer by the name of John Anthony West, who had published a provocative book titled Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt. I first read his book in the mid-1980s, and was captivated by its theories, which explored the “symbolist” theory of Egypt first articulated by the writer Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961). In a series of books and essays, De Lubicz suggested that ancient Egypt possessed a far greater degree of wisdom than generally acknowledged by modern-day academics, and that was subtly encoded in the symbolism of its monuments, architecture, and hidden geometries. One of my duties working for the Society was that of acquisitions editor, so when I discovered that John’s book had gone out of print I asked him about acquiring the rights for a reprint, and thus it was Quest Books released a new and updated version of his book. ...
Hundreds of 7000-Year-Old Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia-11/21 Daily Grail, Greg Taylor;
Stuff keeps getting older: an upcoming article in the journal Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy will discuss the discovery of almost 400 mysterious stone structures at Harrat Khaybar, in west-central Saudi Arabia. The structures are believed to be around 7000 years old (that’s more than 2000 years older than the pyramids of Egypt). Dubbed ‘gates’ by those studying them, as they look like fence gates when viewed from above, the structures are actually low, stone walls that “appear to be the oldest man-made structures in the landscape”,according to the author of the paper, Professor David Kennedy. “No obvious explanation of their purpose can be discerned.” The smallest of the gates extends about 43 feet (13 meters), while the longest is 1,699 feet (518 m) long, or longer than an NFL football field. Many have multiple stone walls that, in some instances, form a rectangular design; some of the others, called “I” type gates, have only one stone wall with heaps of stone at each end. “Gates are found almost exclusively in bleak, inhospitable lava fields with scant water or vegetation, places seemingly amongst the most unwelcoming to our species,” Kennedy wrote.
Some of the rock structures are even built on the side of old lava domes, and are partially covered by lava flows, indicating they are older than those flows. Though many of the recent discoveries have been made through satellite surveys, the gates were noticed way back in the 1980s by volcanologists mapping the area. And some of the primary investigative work on the structures has been done by a group of Saudi Arabian citizens known as Desert Team. I highly recommend heading over to their site and browsing their webpage – they have posted an amazing number of photos showing these sites – and other, even more bizarre shaped structures – both from the sky, and on the ground. While most of the content is in Arabic, you can use Google Translate to get a good idea of the original text. And it’s worth noting, despite this being a ‘breaking’ story in the English world, these photos are from 2008. For instance, here are a few other structures, which they’ve dubbed ‘comets’ and ‘triangles’, which range from tens to hundreds of metres in length (credit for all photos below to alsahra.org): ...
Mystery of who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls may FINALLY be revealed after the discovery of 2,200-year-old skeletons linked to a celibate Jewish brotherhood-11/21 Daily Mail,
• Remains were found near where the scrolls were discovered in the West Bank
• They suggest the texts were linked to the Essenes, an ancient Jewish sect
• The bones were almost entirely male and did not carry the wounds of soliders
• Experts believe this shows they are members of an Essenes group
• Previous theories have suggested the scrolls were written or guarded by Essenes scholars
More than 30 newly discovered 2,200-year-old skeletons could finally help to reveal who wrote the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls. Remains found near the site where the scrolls were discovered suggest the bodies were linked to an celibate Jewish brotherhood known as the Essenes. The Dead Sea Scrolls have fascinated scholars and historians since the ancient texts were found around 70 years ago scattered within a series of caves in the West Bank. Thought to have been written between 200 BC and 100 AD, the scrolls inscribe some of the oldest known foundations of the Old Testament. Despite experts citing the texts as among the biggest archaeological finds of the 20th Century, their origins and authorship have remained a mystery for decades. Ever since their discovery, a number of suggestions have been put forward as to who created or oversaw the texts, including soldiers, craftsmen, people from the Iron Age, or Bedouins.
Now an analysis of remains found in 33 newly uncovered graves could help experts to understand the mysterious texts' history. Analyses of the bones support a previous theory that the scrolls were written or guarded by members of a celibate, all-male Jewish sect called the Essenes. The mysterious group flourished in Palestine from the 2nd century BC to the end of the 1st century AD. Like the scrolls themselves, the graves were found in Qumran, an archaeological region in the West Bank along the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea. Anthropologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem radiocarbon dated the bones, revealing they are about 2,200 years old, around the same age as the scrolls. But it was not just the age of the bones that linked them to the ancient texts. All but three of the 33 skeletons were identified as probably male, based on factors such as body size and pelvic shape. ...
Paranormal America 2017-11/21 Chapman University Survey,
The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 4 (2017) includes a battery of items on paranormal beliefs ranging from belief in Bigfoot and psychic powers to visits by aliens and haunted houses.
Currently the most common paranormal belief in the United States is the belief that ancient, advanced civilizations, such as Atlantis once exited with more than half of respondents (55%) agreeing or strongly agreeing with this statement. Slightly more than half (52%) believe that places can be haunted by spirits. More than a third (35%) believe that that aliens visited Earth in our ancient past and more than a fourth believe aliens have come to Earth in modern times (26%). Of the items we asked about, Americans are the most skeptical about Bigfoot, with only approximately 16% of Americans expressing belief in its existence. ...