Originally, I planned to spend today’s blog post discussing Tom DeLonge’s recent interview in the British music magazine NME, in which he claimed to have secret knowledge that he has adjudged too dangerous for public consumption: “Believe it or not, we have very long conversations about what we’re going to talk about publicly, not because we don’t have the facts – but because people aren’t ready for the facts,” he said. This seems transparently false. If an aging rock star whose sum total of knowledge of UFOs, ancient history, and the occult is derived, by his own admission, from reading old paperback ufology books has experienced “the facts” and emerged unscathed, surely we mere mortals can hear whatever it is DeLonge thinks he knows (but probably doesn’t). I also thought it worth mentioning that Luis Elizondo, who two Pentagon spokespeople have denied served as the head of the Pentagon’s UFO tracking program, declined to provide evidence that he did head it when asked. “I don’t want to make anyone look foolish,” he said. Sure, that’s the reason.
But instead, I want to discuss the summer issue of the Barnes Review, the racist and anti-Semitic publication regular readers will remember because former American Nazi Party leader Frank Joseph praised America Unearthed host Scott Wolter vociferously in its pages. In the July/August issue, the Barnes Review, Marc Roland has an article claiming that the ancient Maya city of Tulum was built by white people, a position straight out of the nineteenth century. The Review describes Roland as “a self-educated expert” on ancient Europe and a frequent commentator for minor right-wing (i.e. “politically incorrect”) websites. Earlier this year, he wrote an article for the magazine about the “mystery” of Oak Island.
In the Barnes Review article about Tulum, Roland claims that Tulum was a monument to “white leadership.” He begins by describing what he sees as swastika symbolism at Tulum, and then he proceeds to discuss the Spanish accounts of the Conquest of Mexico, in which the Catholic friars alleged that Quetzalcoatl (whom Roland identifies as the Maya version, Kukulkan) was a white man from Europe who had given the Mexicans civilization before sailing off across the sea. Although this story is widely believed to be heavily altered by the Spanish (particularly since it conflates the god Quetzalcoatl with the Toltec ruler Ce Acatl Topiltzin), since no native Mexican sources depict Quetzalcoatl as white, Roland takes it at face value and more or less repeats the claims made by Pierre Honoré in his In Quest of the White God half a century ago and Eugène Beauvois in his various works of quasi-scientific racism more than a half century before that.
But Roland goes beyond some of the earlier claims by trying to argue that the “white” god was actually from ancient Egypt, thus answering the open question of the skin tone and complexion of the Egyptians with “white.” Here he tries to connect the Mexican figure to an Egyptian one using the kinds of evidence popularized by Augustus Le Plongeon in his wackadoodle works on why the Maya had fathered the Egyptians. Here, Roland reverses the argument in better keeping with archaeological dating of both cultures:
The Aztecs, in fact, referred to Cortez and his men individually as Calion, an honorific title alluding to one of Meso-america’s flood heroes, and ultimately derived, it would seem, from the Greek deluge figure Deucalion. The closest physical resemblance to the Feathered Serpent in Egypt may have been Wadjet. As the protector of the Lower Nile, she was among the most ancient of deities, apparently known even before dynastic times. Sometimes, Wadjet was represented in the form of a winged cobra—a feathered serpent. As such, she was the standard device on each pharaoh’s crown, an emblem that epitomized his supreme spiritual and temporal power. Seeing the Wadjet prominently worn on the headgear of a visiting culture bearer, the Indians may have named him after his impressive badge of authority.
Well, I for one am totally convinced. But, seriously: The idea that similar sounding words, as channeled through Classically educated European ears, must necessarily be derived from the same source is an amateurish argument that didn’t hold water 150 years ago. The speculation about Quetzalcoatl’s connection to the uraeus on an Egyptian king’s crown is just bizarre. Worn primarily by kings and gods, while the uraeus symbolized Wadjet, it did not typically have wings or feathers.
Roland saves the full-on racism for the end of the article, when he declares that the Maya were ruled by an elite caste of whites from Armenia—basically, the Kardashians. He claims that Mayan is likely an Indo-European language. “These linguistic parallels with Caucasian speech simultaneously support the Maya elite’s Caucasoid identity and suggest that their speech was Armenian-like (Ural-Altaic). It was therefore related, perhaps closely, to the Etruscan and Trojan languages, both Finno-Ugric.”
Weirdly enough, the idea that Mayan was a Ural-Altaic tongue was, if not popular, at least not uncommon in the early twentieth century, but has long been recognized as a false cognate. Roland is copying nearly verbatim from Frank Joseph’s 2004 book Survivors of Atlantis, where we see the same sentence in almost the same words: “These linguistic parallels with Caucasian speech simultaneously support the Maya elite’s Caucasoid identity and suggest that the Atlantean tongue must have been similarly Armenian-like (Ural-Altaic). It was therefore related, perhaps closely, to the Etruscan and Trojan languages, both Finno-Ugric.” Much of the rest of the article is similarly plagiarized, with Atlantis removed in order to sound more serious.
He ends the article with another lie, falsely claiming that guerilla warfare is named for Gonzalo Guerrero, a white man who joined the Native Mexicans and fought against the Spanish. Roland approvingly quotes an old source calling him a “traitor to his race.” The word “guerilla” actually means “little war” in Spanish, from guerra, or war, and originated in the Peninsular War during the Napoleonic Wars. Guerilla is, in Spanish, the type of warfare, and guerrillero is the warrior.
I’ll conclude by sharing with you a book description for a volume published by the Barnes Review entitled Rise of the Aryans: How Ancient Whites Influenced and Established Global Civilization by Patrick Chouinard. I don’t think commentary is necessary beyond pointing out the obvious, that this racist tome attempts to reclaim the “ancient mysteries” genre from the crypto-racist ancient astronaut theory and restore it to its original purpose, unadulterated white nationalism, from which it was born in the late 1700s and early 1800s:
All across the world are mysterious and ancient stone structures demonstrating not only advanced building techniques but also an incredibly sophisticated knowledge of archeoastronomy. From isolated Easter Island in the Pacific, to the mountain peaks of the Andes, from the British Isles and the Mediterranean to the steppes of Eurasia, from the arid deserts of western China to the Mississip[p]i Valley of North America, some advanced culture was erecting megalithic structures that baffle scientists and archeologists even today. Once the cultures of the Indus Valley and the Tigris and Euphrates rivers were considered the oldest “real” civilizations, dating to sometime around 6,000 B.C. But the discovery of the Caucasian-built Gobekli Tepe temple complexes scattered across Anatolia changed all that. Dated to sometime around 9,600 B.C., the structures at these ancient megalithic sites have thrown the mainstream understanding of the rise of civilizations into complete disarray. Who built them and why?
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