In the wake of the Capitol insurrection and renewed interest in QAnon and its web of conspiracy theories, Q-believers have been trading images of a map of "hidden history" that, not coincidentally, maps exactly onto the fake history deployed by Ancient Aliens, Scott Wolter, and the History Channel, Science Channel, and Travel Channel band of speculators. To the best of my knowledge, the map was first developed in 2018 by fashion designer Dylan Louis Monroe, a Q-curious artist who displayed it at both the History Channel's AlienCon and a special 2018 exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to conspiracies theories as art. The Met called it a way to "oppose political corruption, bureaucracy, and media manipulation." You know, by accusing all of history of being a Jewish-Catholic Satanic conspiracy. As you do. Seriously, how could the Met not have considered the consequences?
The chart borrows the form of the Kabbalah's Tree of Life and substitutes familiar elements of "hidden history" from popular History Channel conspiracies, online chatter, and anti-Catholic, anti-Masonic, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories of the nineteenth century. The main lines of connection are closely connected to the classic conspiracy work The Two Babylons, and the connections nearer the bottom are more in line with Ancient Aliens and Scott Wolter, with a heavy dose of internet ramblings. As should be evident, Monroe's version is intended to follow the Satanic-panic / evil elites version of QAnon and Nephilim/Satanic Christian conspiracy theories. However, Ancient Aliens and Scott Wolter would read the same listings positively rather than negatively since they see a positive role for hidden wisdom traditions rather than one in opposition to God, Protestantism, and the GOP.
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