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The mystery of the Delphic Oracle

If you visit Delphi today – a few hours by car from Athens – you will be treated to spectacular ruins in a stunningly beautiful setting.  Even on a very hot day – and there are plenty of hot days in Greece – the breezes and the mountains give the place an aura of serenity.  You can see the amphitheater, the marble columns, and the treasuries where various city-states sent offerings to be put on display.  There is also one spot, underground, where the Pythia – the priestess of the oracle – sat on a tall tripod, breathed in the prophecy-enabling  vapors coming out of the earth, and muttered.  Her mutterings were then reinterpreted by a priest as an answer to the petitioner who had posed his question.  Why was this place revered?  Did it have any truly prophetic qualities?  Why are people fascinated by oracles, even today?
Mythological Beginnings
There are many stories about the origins of Delphi, a place that was sacred for millennia.  Supposedly it was first guarded by a monster called Python (from which word we get the name of python snakes), a creature belonging to Gaia, who represented Mother Earth.  At some point the god Apollo slew the monster and took over the site, and from that point on Delphi was considered one of his holy places. Many see this as part of the conquest of the female gods by the male gods.  Although the cult of Apollo instituted male priests at Delphi, they kept the Pythias – women who breathed in the fumes, and went into trances and muttered.
Another legend involves Zeus, the King of the Gods, when he wanted to locate the center of the earth.  He took a pair of eagles, and had one fly from the east and the other from the west.  The birds met at Delphi, and since that myth was first told, Delphi has been known as the “navel of the earth.”
Role in Myth and History
The Oracle at Delphi played an important role in many myths.  The Corinthian prince, Oedipus, went there to ask about his parentage – someone had mocked him for his lack of resemblance to his supposed father, the King of Corinth – but instead of getting a direct answer to his question, he received a terrible prophecy.  The oracle informed him that he would kill his father and marry his mother.  Horrified, he left Delphi while resolving never to return to Corinth so that he would not risk fulfilling the prophecy.  Distraught, when his right-of-way was challenged by an angry older man on his way to Delphi, the encounter got out of hand and Oedipus ended up killing the older man.  The man, ironically, was Laius, King of Thebes, and actually his natural father, although Oedipus was unaware of the man’s identity at the time.  Then, even more ironically, while doing all he could to avoid Corinth, Oedipus traveled to Thebes and married the recently widowed queen, Jocasta – his natural mother – thus fulfilling the prophecy.
It is impossible to avoid noticing the circular nature of the prediction at Delphi: if Oedipus had not received the prophecy at Delphi, he would never have fulfilled it.  Perhaps the gods have a harsh sense of humor.  After all, if you’re immortal, things could get rather boring and Oedipus’ situation may have provided some amusement.
There are many other instances of Delphi’s role in mythology, but let’s fast forward through several centuries to Herodotus and The Histories.  His first example pertains to Croesus, a King of Lydia.  Croesus lived long enough before Herodotus that the stories about him may not be as reliable as later stories told by Herodotus, but it is still worth examination.  The Persian empire in the time of Croesus was not as large as it would be later, and Lydia itself was quite powerful.  Croesus, although very rich – he’s the source of the phrase “rich as Croesus” – yearned for still more, and the Persian empire was tempting.  Croesus, though, was not sure if attacking would be a good idea and wanted reassurances from the gods.
Curious, Croesus sent rich gifts to Delphi and asked what would happen if he attacked the Persians.  The Oracle’s response went something like this: “If you attack the Persians, you will destroy a great empire.”  Emboldened by this prophecy, he attacked the Persians, and lost, badly.  The Persians took over his empire and his wealth, but let Croesus live – which allowed him to voice reproachful protests to the gods.  What had they meant by giving him such an inaccurate prophecy?  Especially since he had made such opulent offerings?
The  gods responded that the prophecy had indeed been fulfilled.  They had never told him which empire would be destroyed – it turns out, the empire destroyed had belonged to Croesus and not to the Persians.  Evidently it is important to read prophecy fine print.  The gods maintained, too, that they had demonstrated mercy in acknowledgment of Croesus’ rich gifts, for his original intended fate had been far worse.
The Greeks versus the Persians
Let us continue with Herodotus. Although he is famous for his digressions, the main focus of The Histories is the conflict between the Persians and the Greeks. As these events were nearer to him in time, he would have been able to interview those who participated, and we can put more reliance on his accounting of the details.  First, it is important to understand how enormous the threat of the Persians was to the Greeks. A professor once described it as equivalent to the Soviet Union taking on Luxembourg – and Luxembourg winning.  Many Greek city-states surrendered immediately, hoping to avoid annihilation, but this option was not available to the Athenians, as they were the ones who had angered the Persians in the first place.  Desperate, they sent a contingent to Delphi in order to ask what they should do.
Like people who ask a question of a Magic 8 Ball and receive an unsatisfactory answer and then shake it again to receive a different fate, this happened with the Athenians and the Oracle at Delphi.  The first response given by the Pythia was very, very bad: she told them that they should flee because if they did not, they would all die.  The Athenians asked again;  the second answer contained a phrase about “relying on the wooden walls.”
Certainly this answer was an improvement over, “You’re all going to die,” but when the message was brought back to Athens, it still caused confusion.  Which wooden walls did the Pythia mean?  Some believed that the oracle’s words had referred to walls within the city or thorn bushes outside of it.  Others believed she meant their fleet of ships, all built from wood.
We don’t have a reliable transcript of the discussion, but eventually the Athenians decided to sail away on their ships instead of staying to defend their city.  Possibly they truly believed this interpretation, although to me it seems that the Pythia could have been more explicit and wooden walls.  Possibly they preferred leaving their citadel to remaining to be slaughtered by the hordes of Persians – which was basically the warning in the Pythia’s first utterance.  Perhaps they were persuaded by Themistocles, an Athenian citizen whose deeds are too long and too convoluted to detail in this article, who was the one who had recommended the building of the ships in the first place.
At any rate, most Athenians fled in their ships, depositing the women and children at a safe distance.  They then engaged the Persians in a naval battle known as the battle of Salamis.  I won’t describe it here, but suffice it to say that through deception and cleverness, making use of the straits and narrows and the fact that the Athenians could swim, the Athenians won, turning the tide of history.
Archaeology and Geology
Although many might scoff at the idea of there being anything factual to the stories that have reached us from antiquity, it turns out there was something to the legends concerning the Pythia.  When an archaeologist, J.R. Hale, teamed up with a geologist, J.Z. De Boer, the geologist pointed out immediately that the area surrounding Delphi was full of fault lines and that the Pythia’s chamber was where two fault lines met.
Because of the fault line intersection, it was possible for fumes to be coming out of the earth.  But did they?  Research indicates that there may have been ethylene, methane, and other gases which induced trances in the various Pythias.
We know from Plutarch that the Pythias who breathed in the fumes experienced shorter lifespans, according to him due to the intensity of the work.  What if it was due to the unhealthy gases which they breathed?  One young woman actually died on the job, so to speak, or a short while after being exposed to fumes.
Why Do People Believe in Oracles?
Why were people ready to trust their decision-making to an oracle?  We could ask the same question of many other activities, both past and present.  Why do people read horoscopes today? Why did people examine livers of sacrificed animals in the past?  Why do people go to fortune tellers?
Sometimes a decision must be made – actions must be taken – without enough information for making that  decision.  In the case of Athens facing the threat of the Persian army, it was a question of survival – not only of their army, but essentially their entire civilization.
By the way, not all Greeks accepted the notion that they should turn to the Oracle at Delphi.  Some preferred more rational solutions.  And although the Pythia’s prediction proved prophetic in the end, we should remember that it was not her first prediction.
Perhaps this means that we should pester fate when we don’t like its initial answer.   And perhaps an answer, open to multiple interpretations, is useful in quelling panic and encouraging creative solutions.
The fumes have long since evaporated from the intersection of fault lines at Delphi, so you cannot go there to listen to oracular responses to your most pressing questions.  Nevertheless the place is worth a visit.  And thinking over your most pressing questions – and coming up with your own answers – will help you fulfill the most famous Delphic maxim, “Know thyself,” which according to the ancient travel-writer Pausanias, was inscribed in the forecourt of Apollo’s temple at Delphi.

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New Evidence: Secret Past of Antarctica and Buried City Is True After All

The mysteries surrounding the Antarctic are many, answers are few, but theories abound which connect Operations Paperclip and High-Jump, to secret hidden facilities and ancient technologies, human experimentation and discovered hidden entrances, in a region that may hold the true secrets to mankind’s past and present, and which could determine our future.

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While the mainstream news recently reported on further explorations in the Antarctica which they claim “holds the key” to mankind’s future”, what they do not do is connect the many dots which build a picture that appears to blur the lines between conspiracy and reality.

GERMAN NAZIS ANTARCTICA CONNECTION

There are claims that as early as the 1930’s the German Nazis built self-sufficient underground research factories in the Antarctic, with some believing those “bases” were already built, found by the Nazis, who then utilized the ancient technologies to experiment with UFOs and other scientific experiments using advanced tech that mankind simply wasn’t capable of creating at the time.

More can be seen on that in the documentary below, but first it is imperative to know about Operation Paperclip, where 1,500 German scientists, technicians, and engineers from Nazi Germany and other foreign countries were brought to the United States for employment in the aftermath of World War II and integrated into the US military. Many of who it is believed by some, continued their work with those ancient technologies for the US government.

Below the documentary we will explore Operation High-Jump and it’s connection to those secret facilities, Admiral Richard B. Byrd’s explorations and secret diary, and the Hollow Earth theory.

OPERATION HIGH-JUMP – Via Steve Quayle’s “High-Jump – Mysteries of the Antarctic portion of his website:

In 1947 Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal sent a naval task force to Antarctic including Admiral Nimitz, Admiral Krusen and Admiral Byrd, called “Operation Highjump”. It was touted to be an expedition to find “coal deposits” and other valuable resources, but in actuality they were trying to find the underground base of the nazis (aryans) in Neuschwabenlandt. The nazis had done a very detailed study of Antarctic and were alleged to have built an underground base there.

In this regard however, the aryans have had an underground habitation in Antarctic for more than a million years.

The task force of OVER 40 SHIPS, included the flagship “Mount Olympus”, the aircraft carrier “Philipine Sea”, the seaplane tender “Pine Sea”, the submarine “Senate”, the destroyer “Bronson”, the ice breaker “Northwind”, and other tanker and supply ships. An armed contingent of 1400 sailors, and three dog sled teams were also on board.

Other resources – Wiki and http://www.thule.org/highjump.html

ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD AND HOLLOW EARTH

Before delving into what is claimed to be the secret diary of Admiral Byrd, it is noteworthy that this was not some crackpot but was a medal of honor recipient which is the highest honor for heroism given by the United States.

In a log entry titled “Flight Log: Base Camp Artic – 2/19/1947 (Full entry found here) the following portion was made at 1130 HOURS – 1145 HOURS:

1130 HOURS– Countryside below is more level and normal (if I may use that word). Ahead we spot what seems to be a city! This is impossible! Aircraft seems light and oddly buoyant. The controls refuse to respond! My GOD! Off our port and star board wings are a strange type of aircraft. They are closing rapidly alongside! They are disc-shaped and have a radiant quality to them. They are close enough now to see the markings on them. It is a type of Swastika!!! This is fantastic. Where are we! What has happened. I tug at the controls again. They will not respond! We are caught in an invisible vice grip of some type!

1135 HOURS– Our radio crackles and a voice comes through in English with what perhaps is a slight Nordic or Germanic accent! The message is: “Welcome, Admiral, to our domain. We shall land you in exactly seven minutes! Relax, Admiral, you are in good hands.” I note the engines of our plane have stopped running! The aircraft is under some strange control and is now turning itself. The controls are useless.

1140 HOURS– Another radio message received. We begin the landing process now, and in moments the plane shudders slightly, and begins a descent as though caught in some great unseen elevator! The downward motion is negligible, and we touch down with only a slight jolt!

1145 HOURS– I am making a hasty last entry in the flight log. Several men are approaching on foot toward our aircraft. They are tall with blond hair. In the distance is a large shimmering city pulsating with rainbow hues of color. I do not know what is going to happen now, but I see no signs of weapons on those approaching. I hear now a voice ordering me by name to open the cargo door. I comply. END LOG

Admiral Byrd’s description of what he experienced between 1145 HOURS and when the official flight log started again at 220 HOURS is described in his diary entry as defying “the imagination and would seem all but madness if it had not happened,” as he goes on to explain his visit to “the domain of the Arianni, the Inner World of the Earth.”

Read the entire entry here.

Below are a number of videos, including Admiral Byrd’s Hollow Earth video interview and Hollow Earth – The Biggest Cover Up- Full Documentary.

Before watching them it is also noteworthy to mention the reports of a discovery made in 2013, using Google Earth, which purports to show and previously undiscovered hidden entrance to a secret underground base in the Antarctica.

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After clicking through to all of the links provided above and watching the videos, interviews and documentaries, it is easy to understand why the Antarctica is perhaps the largest missing piece of history and how it could affect everything we have been taught about history and determine our very future should the hidden secrets of the Antarctica ever truly be revealed.

We will end with what is purported to be Admiral Byrd’s final entry into his diary, dated 30/12/56, which states the following:

These last few years elapsed since 1947 have not been kind…I now make my final entry in this singular diary. In closing, I must state that I have faithfully kept this matter secret as directed all these years. It has been completely against my values of moral right. Now, I seem to sense the long night coming on and this secret will not die with me, but as all truth shall, it will triumph and so it shall.

This can be the only hope for mankind. I have seen the truth and it has quickened my spirit and has set me free! I have done my duty toward the monstrous military industrial complex. Now, the long night begins to approach, but there shall be no end. Just as the long night of the Arctic ends, the brilliant sunshine of Truth shall come again….and those who are of darkness shall fall in it’s Light. FOR I HAVE SEEN THAT LAND BEYOND THE POLE, THAT CENTER OF THE GREAT UNKNOWN.

ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD
United States Navy

Byrd died on March 11, 1957, he was 68 years old.

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Brazil’s Mysterious Past

By Leonard Farra

Brazil, the largest country in South America, borders all South American countries, other than Chile and Ecuador, and it’s the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world.

Map of Brazil

It has a huge tropical forest in its Amazon Basin which is home to a diverse wildlife population. When the Europeans arrived in Central America, and Peru, they encountered advanced civilisations but in Brazil they only saw native people living close to nature. Over recent years, however, researchers have found that this huge country had a fascinating past.

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The Amazon jungle is very dense but, in cleared areas, on the border with northern Bolivia, there are traces of a lost civilisation. Only part of it has so far been uncovered but its population has been estimated at 60,000. In this region there were structures formed by a network of trenches, about 36ft wide and several feet deep, lined by low banks. Some were surrounded by low mounds that contained ceramics and stone tools. More than two hundred geometric structures have so far been discovered and some date back 1700 years. The geometric shapes are in the form of huge circles and squares. In the upper Xingu region of southern Brazil, a community, of thousands of people, previously lived in large villages, in an organised grid-like pattern, linked by a network of roads. The villages were enclosed within huge ditches and there were bridges and moats in wetland areas.

According to Professor Homet :

‘ there is a whole chain of burial urns which reaches from the Mediterranean via Brazil and Argentina, these ceramic coffins are often decorated with human faces and are therefore called portrait burial urns’.

Homet concludes that:

‘When one considers the chain of places where they are found and which connects the continents we are obliged to that this custom could only have been spread by a single civilisation’. (1)

On the coastal island of Santa Caterina, in the Brazilian province of the same name, there are rock drawings consisting of double ring concentric circles, wavy lines, and diamond shapes all of which appeared in Stone Age art on the other side of the Atlantic.

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There were stone circles in many parts of the world with the highest concentration in the British Isles. Some have been found in North America, Peru, and on Easter Island. Many early sites were aligned to the solstices when religious rituals appear to have been enacted. Stonehenge, England’s 5,000 year old famous circle, for example is aligned to the summer and winter solstices. On a hilltop, in the Brazilian state of Amapa, there’s a stone circle, made up of 127 rough stones, which is aligned to the winter solstice. It’s believed to be at least 2,000 years old.

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Brazilian archaeologists have found a well-defined ancient stone structure on a hill top in the Amazon. Specifically, this amazing discovery is located in the state of Amapá in the northern reaches of the Brazilian Amazon. Could primitive Indians living in the jungles of the Amazon have constructed this site?   Source >>

Dolmens, huge blocks of rock, usually supported by three or more upright stones, have also been found in many parts of the world including in New England in North America.

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In the Brazilian state of Rio Grande de Sul, there are dolmens which are similar to those of early Europe.

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Trilith of Río Grande do Sul of Southern Brazil.

Homet, says that the ones that he saw in Brazil are comparable to the thousands in Algeria. (2)

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Various travellers, in Brazil’s jungle area, have reported sightings of red-haired white Indians. Harold T. Wilkins , renowned for his research on South America, reported that in 1929, the American traveller Lawrence Griswold was captured by Shuara Indians who took him up the Rio Juara, When the hunting party arrived at the ruins of an ancient city, where  built by tall, ‘red-haired’, people who were changed into his tribe ‘because of their wicked behaviour before the Flood’. (3) There are also traces of red-haired, white, people in Peru and of others of this description were also living in other parts of the world. Tall, white, red-heads formed part of the pre-Spanish Guanche population in the Canary Islands who claimed to be survivors of the Flood. Various early legends say that people of this description were involved in a violent conflict in the pre-deluge era. This is also suggested in a famous, misinterpreted, allegorical, Ancient Egyptian legend. (4)

The Guarani Indians, in Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay, claim that their ancestors came from a distant country and that they crossed an ocean before they arrived in their present lands. There were hundreds of allegorical flood legends around the world, including among Native Americans, and a typical one, which is popular among the native Brazilians, tells of a great flood in which only two brothers and their wives survived. There is evidence to suggest that the Great Flood happened 5,000 years ago when there was climate change, and substantial flooding, in different parts of the world. In that era, several civilisations arose ‘fully developed’ and the indications are that this was the rebirth of civilisation after the destruction of the previous age. Along Brazil’s southern coast, mainly in the state of Catarina, archaeologists have discovered as many as 1,000 square pyramids, built from sea shells, and the earliest ones date back to the critical era around 5,000 years ago. In some of these pyramid mounds there were human burials and amazing grave goods including shell breast plates depicting various animals and birds. Nobody knows who these people were or where they came from.

The Sumerian scribes said that the Annunaki caused the Flood because of the evil behaviour of man. Many Early World legends were based on the story of the Annunaki leaders. Adapted to local culture, this trend has continued in many parts of the world right through to present times (5) including among the Guarani in Brazil. Did the Guarani adopt it from an earlier people and could it be that this widespread legend, stone circles, dolmens, and the red-haired white race on both sides of the Atlantic, are evidence of early contact between the Old and New Worlds as many alternative scholars believe?

2015 by Leonard Farra

References:

  1. Marcel.F. Homet : ‘Sons of the Sun. (p162)
  2. Do (p12 )
  3. Harold.T.Wilkins, Mysteries of South America.(p44)
  4. Leonard Farra, The Pleiades Legacy (The Old World) (p92)
  5. Leonard Farra, The Pleiades Legacy (The Old World) and The Pleiades legacy (The New World)

About the author

Leonard Farra – is the author of the books The Pleiades Legacy and The Pleiades Legacy (The Stone Age) – The Return of the Gods and The Pleiades Legacy ( The New World). All his books can be purchased Online from Blurb.Com. His E-books can be viewed on Apple Ipad, Iphone and Ipad touch.

Leonard Farra has researched the Ancient Astronaut theory for 35 years and written four books on the subject.

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Mysterious ‘X-Files’ sounds heard miles above the Earth

Andrew Griffin

‘Alien’ sounds have been captured at the edge of space.

The hisses and whistles heard in the recordings were captured 22 miles above Earth, by a student last year. The recording equipment was sent up by a graduate student as part of a Nasa project to record sound from the edges of the atmosphere.

The microphones picked up “infrasound” — frequencies so low that they can’t be heard by human ears. But speeding up the recordings means that the sounds can be heard.

 

The recordings were taken from a helium balloon in August last year. The microphones dangled over New Mexico and Arizona and were one of 10 sent out by Nasa as part of the High Altitude Student Platform.

That helped get the first infrasound recordings ever taken at such altitudes, according to Daniel Bowman, the University of North Carolina student who captured the sounds.

Bowman described the sounds as “like the X-Files”, and scientists aren’t sure where they came from.

Current guesses include sound from a wind farm, the ocean, wind or vibrations from cables on the balloon, according to Live Science. The scientists will be sending more devices up as part of the 2015 run of the project, and hope that they can learn more then.

“I was surprised by the sheer complexity of the signal,” Bowman told Live Science. “I expected to see a few little stripes.”

Bowman hopes that the recordings will be able to revive interest in infrasound recordings, which haven’t been made in the stratosphere for 50 years. Some scientists have proposed sending similar equipment to the moon and Mars, where it might be able to pick up information about weather and the environment.

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