Friday, May 25, 2012

The following blogspots center on a variety of subjects, which I have initiated. You are invited to look and respond. Not-Violence main subject Temple of Janis (John) site Arguments for systems change Sacrificial crisis in Latvia Oedipus Rex Rewritten Midsummer New Year 21012

This post is somewhat unusual from most of the preceding ones. It touches on my interest of "John" as a religious figure, and why I have turned my property in Latvia into a Temple dedicated to Black John, a figure that stands as a symbol for both the decimated forests of Latvia and John (or Johns) the Wanderer(s). The post has also been entered at Latvians Online site as part of a discussion of Professor Timothy Snyder's book "The Bloodlands", just reissued by Kindle Books.

There remain mysteries that need solving, because orthodox explanations do not suffice.
1] Why does religious scholarship know so little about the origins of the Cathars, eliminated by the Catholic crusaders?

2] Why does the Wandering Jew so closely resemble the Wandering Heretics of the Middle Ages? Why were they eliminated?

3] Why do the Latvians know nothing about the origins of their Children of Johns? The Johns were also known as wanderers. Who eliminated and continues to eliminate them to this day?

These questions, first asked several entries ago, go to the heart—in my opinion—of why the events described in “The Bloodlands” occurred and were largely limited to Eastern Europe.

While Professor Snyder has already described the importance of geography (Eastern Europe) for his book , the following more lengthy lecture fills out the events in said geographic more thoroughly .

Of the three (3) questions, the one that applies to the Latvians is of course question 3—Who is causing this holiday, the midsummer, to remain an uninvestigated phenomenon? The absence of investigation does not apply only to our own day, but is applicable also to the Latvia of the 1920 and 30s.

One reason for the seeming disinterest is the presumption that all that needs to be known about the Children of Johns (Jāņu bērni) is already known. Another reason is fear that the answer may touch on “religion”, and that—as I have suggested on numerous occasions—the Children of Johns may turn out to be Christian forebears of Latvians along the lines of the Cathars of Lanquedoc, a geographic locale that is part of France . One reason why I am interested in the Cathars is because I believe them to be the forerunners of later Catholic Christianity, and, therefore, relatives of the Children of Johns.

What this has to do with Timothy Snyder’s “The Bloodlands” is that the repression of early Christianity (I suspect that early Christianity existed before Jesus even by the admission of the writers of the New Testament, who make one John the forerunner of Jesus) is necessarily a repression of history. This is one reason, why the origin of anti-semitism and persecution of pa-gans are likely related phenomena. If this is so, then Eastern Europe may once have been like Occitania , a culturally related area.

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