Arriving from the Pleiades.

An interesting post at ATS by Kantzveldt .

I want to discuss here a fabulous artifact from the Indus valley civilization that has come to light in recent years, the model of a Bull ship of Heaven and it’s crew that would be understood as being of the Pleiades.

The model is fully described and discussed here in this paper The Lady of the Spiked Throne, so named after the Queen like personage that sits upon a seven spiked throne within the cabin surrounded by here four attendants.

There is also consideration here of looking at the model within the greater context of Indus valley culture, the general considerations are that the decorative aspects are associate with sacred celebration of a race or group associated with metal working, that are also connected with the Pleiades, a journey across the cosmic seas, were the woman could be the intended bride of the Sun, all very interesting!

For my part i want to use the opportunity to consider the development of the cult of clay figurines during the Neolithic period , it’s meaning and implications, and why they should be associated with the Pleiades, the creation of mankind and the arrival of teaching and knowledge, in this regard i shall begin with a consideration of the Babylonian epic of Atra Husis.

This mythos embellishes the earlier accounts of the creation of mankind by Enki from clay of Eridu and Southern Mesopotamia by including a sacrificial God into the mix, that denoted ‘intelligence’

In this version there are seven Male and Seven Female first created, including the sacrificed God that makes for a tradition based upon the number fifteen, and i think it no accident that the figurines within the Ship of Heaven number fifteen.

It is Nintu the birth Goddess that is responsible for the creation.

Nintu made her voice heard
And spoke to the great gods,

On the first, seventh, and fifteenth of the month
I shall make a purification by washing.
Then one god should be slaughtered.
And the gods can be purified by immersion.
Nintu shall mix the clay
With his flesh and blood.
Then a god and a man
Will be mixed together in clay.

The people of clay are then created on the fifteenth day, they have the drumbeat of life within them, and the Divine spirit of the sacrificed Deity, as descendants of the Gods it can be conjectured that they also could be seen as being of clay substance.

Geshtu-E, a god who had intelligence,
They slaughtered in their assembly.
Nintu mixed clay
with his flesh and blood.

They heard the drumbeat forever after.
A ghost came into existence from the god’s flesh,
and she proclaimed it as his living sign.
The ghost existed so as not to forget the slain god.

After she had mixed that clay,
She called up the Anunnaki, the great gods.
The Igigi, the great gods,
Spat spittle upon the clay

It can be seen then that all the Annunaki put something of their essence into the mix, and production begins;

Far sighted Enki and wise Mami
Went into the room of fate.
The womb-goddesses were assembled.
He trod the clay in her presence;
She kept reciting an incantation,
When she had finished her incantation,
She pinched off fourteen pieces of clay,
And set seven pieces on the right,
Seven on the left.
Between them she put down a mud brick

Called up the wise and knowledgeable
Womb goddesses, seven and seven.
Seven created males,
Seven created females,
For the womb goddess is creator of fate

In considering the identity of the Goddess/Queen within the ship of Heaven, this can only be understood as an early Cow/Bull Goddess type after the likes oF Inanna from Sumeria, or Hathor from Egypt, and that the seven maidens of the Pleiades were as her attendants.

Inanna in Sumeria did possess the ‘Ship of Heaven’ and also was commonly seen in association with the Bull of Heaven, and the gateway into the Heavens that was also seen above were the Pleiades are found, this tradition also carried through into Indus Valley culture, were the Pleiades are symbolized by a fish.

When the bed is laid out in their house,
A wife and her husband shall choose each other.
Inanna shall rejoice in the wife-husband relationship
In the father-in-law’s house.
Celebration shall last nine days,
And they shall call Inanna “Ishhara”.
On the fifteenth day, the fixed time of fate

The Pleiades seem to have been represented by a fish throughout the greater Dravidian region, as in the Elamite iconography from Jiroft in Iran it is also represented thus.

This seems to have caused confusion in later times in that those from the Pleaides were understood as fish people, the Apkallu or seven sages, who interbred with humanity to create a Priesthood that gradually lost their fishy qualities, but in reality it was simply a configuration of the constellation.

The tradition remained then of the seven male sages and the seven attendants of Inanna, it was just not so apparent that they were of the same origin and related.

The principle of instruction and cleansing in later rites of exorcism was important, and it can be seen that cultures that had the clay figurine tradition developed well in the arts, developed proto-scripts, in the case of the Vinca culture (the earliest), the Indus valley, Elamites and Sumerians.

“Where are the seven sages of the depths, those sacred fish, who, like Ea their lord, are perfect in sublime wisdom, the ones who cleansed my person?

The constellation Pleiades often seen represented in Near Eastern art could be refered to in the sense of ‘Foundation’, perhaps referring specifically to Alcyone, and certainly the seven sages would be placed within the foundations of buildings for their protective and inspirational qualities, within special clay bricks.

They were understood as being from the deep waters of the Abzu, but this in the sense of the waters that were above.

They could also be represented as winged beings rather than fishy, but in general i prefer the tradition of their arrival by boat, with their female counterparts. These traditions did find their way into esoteric writings in a not so obvious way, for example the Feast of Wagy involving the sacrifice of Osiris would take place on the fifteenth day of the first month, with a subsequent three day festival leading to his resurrection, the last supper of Christ also taking place on the fifteenth day of the first month, following the Passover, the sacrificed God that creates man anew.





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