There are many more in that series, all sublime, to be found here
This Zu bird I suppose to be the same as the god Zu of the inscriptions, his nature is shown by a passage in the annals of Assurnazirpal where he says his warriors “like the divine zu bird upon them darted.”
This bird is called the cloud or storm bird, the flesh eating bird, the lion or giant bird, the bird of prey, the bird with sharp beak, and it evidently indicates some ravenous bird which was deified by the Babylonians.
In the legend of Sarturda it is said that he changed into a Zu bird. Sarturda which may be explained “the young king” was lord of the city of Amarda or Marad, and he is said to have been the deity worshipped by Izdubar.
The Zu of the legend, who offends against Bel, I suppose to be the same as the divine bird of prey mentioned in the other inscriptions, otherwise we have no mention in any other inscription of this personage.
In the story of the offence of Zu there is another instance of the variations which constantly occur in the Assyrian inscriptions with respect to the relationship of the gods. Nebo is usually called son of Merodach, but in this inscription he is called son of Anu.
In my translation of the legend on K 3454, the sin of Zu is very obscure, and I am quite unable to see through the allusions in the text; but it is quite evident that his sin was considered to be great, as it raises the anger of Bel, and causes Anu to call on his sons in succession to slay Zu; while the sons of the god Anu request that he may be expelled from the company of the gods.
The second legend, in which the god Sarturda changes into a Zu bird, is as obscure as the first, there being also in this doubtful words and mutilated passages.
Sarturda, although a celebrated god in early times, is seldom mentioned in the later inscriptions, and there is no information anywhere as to the females or goddesses mentioned in the legend. The idea of the gods sometimes changing themselves into animals was not uncommon in early times.
The explanation of these legends must be left until the meanings of several words in them are better known.
Anzû, before misread as Zû (Sumerian: AN.ZUD2, AN.ZUD, AN.IM.DUGUD.MUŠEN, AN.IM.MI.MUŠEN; cuneiform: AN.IM.MI-mušen), also known as Imdugud, is a lesser divinity or monster in severalMesopotamian religions. He was conceived by the pure waters of the Apsu and the wide Earth, or as son of Siris. Anzû was seen as a massive bird who can breathe fire and water, although Anzû is alternately seen as a lion-headed eagle (like a reverse griffin).
Stephanie Dalley, in Myths from Mesopotamia, writes that “the Epic of Anzu is principally known in two versions: an Old Babylonian version of the early second millennium [BC], giving the hero as Ningursu; and ‘The Standard Babylonian’ version, dating to the first millennium BC, which appears to be the most quoted version, with the hero as Ninurta”. However, the Anzu character does appear more briefly in some other writings, as noted below.
In Mesopotamian mythology, the Tablet of Destinies (Sumerian: Dup Shimati; not, as frequently misquoted in general works, the Tablets of Destiny) was envisaged as a clay tablet inscribed with cuneiform writing, also impressed with cylinder seals, which, as a permanent legal document, conferred upon the god Enlil his supreme authority as ruler of the universe.
In the Sumerian poem Ninurta and the Turtle it is the god Enki, rather than Enlil, who holds the tablet. Both this poem and the Akkadian Anzû poem share concern of the theft of the tablet by the bird Imdugud (Sumerian) or Anzû (Akkadian).Supposedly, whoever possessed the tablet ruled the universe. In the Babylonian Enuma Elish, Tiamat bestows this tablet on Kingu and gives him command of her army. Marduk, the chosen champion of the gods, then fights and destroys Tiamatand her army. Marduk reclaims the Tablet of Destinies for himself, thereby strengthening his rule among the gods.
This is a record of the power struggle which took place, over how to comprehend the, at that time, novel technology of cuneiform clay tablets as permanent records, that could be used to enforce contractual agreements.
I imagine that, previously, there could be disputes, as to whom had agreed to what, in any particular transaction. But once you had the possibility of writing down a contractual agreement on the spot, as a permanent and unchangeable physical record of what occurred, this was of major cultural significance.
Presumably, the cultural impact was as difficult for those people to grasp, at the time, as, say, crypto currency, bitcoin, blockchains, related issues, are for us, at this moment.
They had a pantheon as a conceptual frame. We have governments, corporations, financial regulators, the global commons, political groups, banks, many vested interests, all trying to keep up with developments and wanting to maintain dominant positions. Will Marduk win again ?
Hello, dear readership. How are you all today ? Happy and well I trust ? Ready to delve ?
Do some delving, seeking for light at the end of the tunnel ?
“Conspiracy theory” is strictly a term of abuse invented by the enemies of free speech and used to try to invalidate narratives that are not officially sanctioned by the Lügenpresse (the lying press). This term fails to signify anything beyond the fact that those who use it need to be taken out to the woodshed. ~ Dmitry Orlov.
What happens at the woodshed ? I have no idea, that’s something a person discovers for themselves when they get taken there.
Orlov is some sort of Russian person, so probably the sort of woodshed that he has in mind are something like these.
What happens when you get to the woodshed ? I imagine that the good Dmitry will explain, firmly and incisively, in simple laconic Anglo-Russo vernacular
‘Look. See. Woodshed ! Fix ! ‘
‘Here. Vodka. Axe. I come back. One year. Done. Finished. Very good. Yes ?’
And then the slight hint of menace in the left eye, that gives a chilling reminder that the so called Russians are descended from a rare blending of Ghenghis Khan’s Golden Horde, who swept across the Steppe from the East on the backs of ponies, and the Varangian Vikings who rowed their ships, from the West, and the palaeolithic shamanic tribes who survived minus zero Kelvin, eating their domesticated mammoths, from the far North. So it had better be ‘Yes’. And smile.
I have no idea what happens in the Russian woodshed. They probably talk about the Gulag, Stalingrad, Baba Yaga and her Magic Mushrooms, the Firebird. Some kind of Rite of Passage. You are never the same again.
Anyway, Orlov knows.
There is a huge number of skills involved even in the seemingly simple task of constructing a log cabin. To start with, you need to know how to pick a site that has good enough drainage but is also sheltered, that is shielded from to the prevailing winds in the winter but open to the prevailing winds in the summer, that gets winter sun but is shaded from summer sun, and that isn’t likely to get buried in a snowdrift.
Then you need to know what kinds of trees to harvest, and when to do it (on a full moon, before the sap is up). The logs have to be cut to certain lengths and sit a certain amount of time before they can be used. Bark has to be removed, without using industrial methods such as steaming, but there are other tricks. Then the logs have to be joined, without using any metal fasteners. The quality of the joints has to be such that all water drains out, not in, or the structure will rot. The roof has to be built strong but light, and thatched, and thatching is yet another skill set to be acquired in a hurry. What if you can’t find enough straight, round sticks to use as rafters? There is no milled lumber within a few thousand of miles of you, and you have no time to make your own. And so you produce the lumber you need by starting with a straight-grained log and breaking it up by “chinking.” Never tried chinking a log? Well, learn quick, because winter is coming!
And then there is the stove, which you will need to keep the cabin warm, to cook food, to wash inside of and to sleep on top of. In that climate, the best stoves feature an arched combustion chamber in the back of the flue, with solid fill over the arch and a bed for the whole family over the fill. The arch and the base of the flue have to be built of fire-resistant bricks that resist spalling, so brickmaking must also be part of the curriculum. It is a massive masonry structure, and its thermal mass makes it possible to fire it just twice a day—in the morning and in the evening—to keep the bed at a constant temperature of 25°C even when it’s -40°C outside. The stove needs to have a niche for the all-important samovar, with a flue opening to keep the smoke from the samovar out of the cabin. You will need plenty of hot water to make tea—herb tea, using the herbs you didn’t forget to plant, pick and dry during summer, which will provide you with all the vitamins you’ll need to avoid scurvy and other types of avitaminosis.
This term ‘conspiracy theory’ was coined by the American Central Intelligence Agency, as a way to discredit and smear anyone who questioned the official Warren Commission report into the assassination of President Kennedy.
Because that official reports conclusions are obviously a sick joke, just like the 9/11 official report, even a child can see that they are absurd, it’s fair to conclude that the CIA was not, and is not, a benign and honest organisation with our best interests as its concern. This is one of the best outlines I have ever come across, regarding the history, if you have the time and inclination to learn more.
So the term ‘conspiracy theory’ is a devious ruse that was designed to deflect people away from digging into murky matters. Sinister Machiavellian forces have dirty secrets that they want to keep hidden, and so you must be mad and stupid if you do not believe what they tell you.
I am writing this for readers who hold the belief that we live on a planet.
That may seem an odd statement.
But not everyone has that belief, do they, many people live ‘in the world’.
‘In the world’ is not the same as ‘on the planet’, is it.
How do I know that I live on a planet, is it a conspiracy theory ?
The term planet is ancient, with ties to history, science, mythology, and religion. Several planets in the Solar System can be seen with the naked eye. These were regarded by many early cultures as divine, or as emissaries of deities.
As scientific knowledge advanced, human perception of the planets changed, incorporating a number of disparate objects. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially adopted a resolution defining planets within the Solar System. This definition is controversial because it excludes many objects of planetary mass based on where or what they orbit. Although eight of the planetary bodies discovered before 1950 remain “planets” under the modern definition, some celestial bodies, such as Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta (each an object in the solar asteroid belt), and Pluto (the first trans-Neptunian object discovered), that were once considered planets by the scientific community, are no longer viewed as such.
The planets were thought by Ptolemy to orbit Earth in deferent and epicyclemotions. Although the idea that the planets orbited the Sun had been suggested many times, it was not until the 17th century that this view was supported by evidence from the first telescopic astronomical observations, performed by Galileo Galilei.
By careful analysis of the observation data,Johannes Kepler found the planets’ orbits were not circular but elliptical. As observational tools improved, astronomers saw that, like Earth, the planets rotated around tilted axes, and some shared such features as ice caps and seasons. Since the dawn of the Space Age, close observation by space probes has found that Earth and the other planets share characteristics such as volcanism, hurricanes, tectonics, and even hydrology.
The first colour photo of this Earth taken from Space, was made in 1959, from a Thor missile.
Eratosthenes was born around 276 B.C.E. at a Greek colony in Cyrene, Libya. He was educated at the academies of Athens and was appointed to run the Great Library at Alexandria in 240. While serving as head librarian and scholar, Eratosthenes wrote a comprehensive treatise about the world, called Geography. This was the first use of the word, which literally means “writing about the earth” in Greek. Geography also introduced the climatic concepts of torrid, temperate, and frigid zones.
Having heard of a deep well at Syene (near the Tropic of Cancer and modern Aswan) where sunlight only struck the bottom of the well on the summer solstice, Eratosthenes determined that he could discover the circumference of the earth. (Greek scholars knew that the earth was indeed a sphere).
This post is somewhat briefer than usual, because my landline is faulty and needs to be fixed, and the very slow intermittent connection I can get makes for a bad tempered ulvfugl. You, dear reader, may heave a sigh of relief.
If the line gets fixed, God willing, the next one may be twice as long, as retribution, to compensate. I shudder to think what I’d be like as a ship’s captain, in the old days, Vasco da Gama, Captain Bligh, etc. I’d probably be having someone lashed to the mast and flogged within an inch of their life every day, make ‘em all walk the plank, and there’d be nobody left ‘cept me… and the parrot… Long John Silver… the best part of that story, really, is Blind Pugh, the tapping of the stick, bringing the Black Spot…
Right. Publish and be damned !