Let’s start today with a fascinating new discovery in Greece, where the old myth of human sacrifice to Zeus on Mt. Lykaion seems to have been confirmed by the first-ever discovery of human remains in an ancient altar dating back to the end of the Mycenaean period. According to Apollodorus (Library 3.8.1) and Hesiod, the mountain’s namesake King Lycaon tricked Zeus into eating human flesh and was turned into a wolf. Pausanias (8.38.7) records that on an altar on the mountain secret sacrifices occurred, hoary with age, and that Lycaon became a wolf because he had sacrificed a child on the mountain’s altar (8.2.3). Now for the first time there is some archaeological evidence, if it is confirmed that the adolescent male found on the mountain had been sacrificed, that these stories describe memories of Mycenaean religious rituals.
On another topic, yesterday I discovered that the origin point for stories of Knights Templar in the Americas seems to be a French article from 1902 that is based, ultimately, on wordplay and a lie. The wordplay involves identifying the Nahuatl name for temple attendants as the Templars, and the lie involves the original sin of assuming that the Mexicans were converted to Christianity by Irish monks in the early Middle Ages, paving the way for the Templars. I’m in the process of translating it, and so far, I’ve done about 60% of the article. I hope to have it translated by this weekend, minus the footnotes, which are the same length as the text and full of pedantic word games. It’s such a wacky and racist article that I am amazed anyone took it seriously. According to the author, Eugène Beauvois, the Templars, by dint of their “intellectual superiority” over Native Mexicans were able to force all of the peoples of Mexico to submit to them within a few years, despite being so few in number, and reigned as god-kings until the evil old Aztecs ended their 150-year reign.
Oddly enough, many people have taken this article seriously. It informed the Templar speculation of the former Vichy French Nazi collaborator Jacques de Mahieu, who in turn is cited by Scott F. Wolter on Templar activity in Latin America in his 2013 book Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers.
In a radio interview recorded about two weeks ago for the Euphomet online paranormal radio program, Wolter repeated his usual claims about the Kensington Rune Stone, vicious personal attacks, and his beliefs about God’s desire for “balance.” I only found out about this radio interview this week because, as I have mentioned before, Wolter and his company, Xplrr Media, lack a centralized clearinghouse for their activities, making them difficult to follow.
During the interview, Wolter also announced his belief that Graham Hancock is likely correct about a comet causing a widespread disruption of human civilization in the Ice Age. “I’ve never met Graham, but I really respect his work,” Wolter said. Wolter added that Hancock’s so-called “Magicians of the Gods” (whom Hancock views as the humans who inspired the Nephilim) are in fact “the ancestors of the Venus families,” who developed the “ideology” currently held by Freemasons approximately “10,000 years ago.”
Wolter’s ideas seem to reflect his acceptance of Masonic myths, particularly those that identify a secret stream of wisdom that the patriarch Enoch recorded on tablets, a story that is inseparable from Jewish legends of the antediluvian wisdom of the Watchers (the Sons of God), the fathers of the Nephilim. And thus the Nephilim subsume yet another fringe historian in their gigantic grasp.
“Academics can be absolutely maddening,” Wolter said in the interview. Around the 49:20 mark he refers to his recent withdrawal from Andy White’s class on “Forbidden Archaeology.” In so doing, Wolter said that White had “more going on behind the scenes,” and he refers, apparently to me, as “people I can’t be associated with, people with agendas, people who are not scientists.” He blamed these “people” (who, given the course’s speaker list, must mean me) for his decision to withdraw from the class.
I'm an author and editor who has published on a range of topics, including archaeology, science, and horror fiction. There's more about me in the About Jason tab.
Enter your email below to subscribe to my newsletter, The Skeptical Xenoarchaeologist, for updates on my latest projects, blog posts, and activities.
Terms & Conditions
Please read all applicable terms and conditions before posting a comment on this blog. Posting a comment constitutes your agreement to abide by the terms and conditions linked herein.