New Revisionist History Paints America as an Ancient European Dumping Ground for Obese Romans
I received a series of emails this week from a self-described member of the Sinclair family who really wanted me to review his website, which is called Voyage of the Thunder Gods and exposes how Europeans were the true Native Americans. I’m not sure what to make of it, and I can’t quite tell whether it is meant seriously or is kind of an elaborate joke. Sinclair assured me that he is serious, so I suppose I need to take him at his word. All the same, I find it weird that he bases his revisionist history of the world on obesity. It’s certainly a … unique ... claim.
According to Sinclair, we have completely misunderstood all of world history because of a scientific conspiracy centered on carbon dating, which evil scientists use to deny Europeans their rightful role as the founders of all pre-Columbian American civilizations. He recalls being baffled by the process of carbon dating, which he claims (wrongly) to have witnessed firsthand when an archaeologist “carbon dated” a rock right in front of him in the field to 3400 BCE instead of 10,000 BCE or older, as he preferred. (Carbon dating doesn’t work on non-organic matter like rocks.)
The reality was... a religious zealot needed to support a timeline for his ‘scientific’ theory of Indians crossing an ice bridge over the Bering Sea. Did anyone ever ask him, “How did the Indians get to the island of Cuba... in the Tropics?” Science became a corrupt way of burying the truth, to erase a history belonging to someone else.
Thus, for Sinclair, all of the events of history took place in a different order from the one we are familiar with, starting around 5000 BCE, when the Druids emerged in Greece and started history on its forward march. He believes that around 1200 BCE the Norse discovered America and began American civilization. Some rogue Vikings became the “Clovis Indians.” Meanwhile, Europeans also traveled to Asia and founded the “Asian states.” Naturally, the Knights Templar are somehow involved, though placed in the early centuries BCE. Somehow various racial groups are thought to mix together through intentional admixture, thus causing the ancient (presumably white) master race to break down into sub-races defined by their degree of admixture with different types of non-white people.
Against all of this, Sinclair proposes that fat people played a major role in shaping world culture. He claims that in 133 BCE Tiberius Gracchus sent all Roman citizens over 300 pounds (in another place, he claims they were “300 men”) to America, and that again in 64 CE Nero repopulated Mexico with overweight people. He further maintains that Jesus was the son of a Greek god “who was expelled from the Greek world for being overweight.” Sinclair says that fat gods were shipped off to India to get down to a healthier weight.
Sinclair has a few different versions of his chronology. One appears on his website, and he sent me another by email, which I reproduce here since it focuses on building history toward its greatest culminating event, the carving of the Kensington Rune Stone:
1. America was discovered between 1300-1200 BC by Phoenicians, the Greenland Sagas commenced in 1200 BC.
To the degree that this is of any interest, it’s interesting to see how Sinclair has mixed and matches a wide array of fringe claims and placed euhemerism alongside diffusionism and more than a dash of Fomenko-style randomized chronology in a riot of fact and fantasy, revised and rewritten to glorify none other than the Sinclair family.
3/6/2016 09:45:20 am
So European-Americans aren't content with taking away Native American land, culture, and language, now they take away their history, too!? btw: how do all these idiots explain away smallpox? Surely if there had been so much European contact prior to 1492, 90% of native populations wouldnt have been killed off by exposure to a new & deadly disease. They would have been exposed already. Have you run into any "fringe" explanations for that?
3/6/2016 09:48:08 am
>>>wanted me to review his website<<<
3/6/2016 11:52:17 am
I grew up near Mounds Park (the site of some Indian burial mounds), which is in St. Paul, Minnesota. I never realized it was the site of the Battle of Hastings. Hastings, Minnesota is a small city about twenty miles south of St. Paul, so perhaps that is somehow involved.
3/6/2016 12:05:48 pm
>>> Battle of Hastings<<<
3/6/2016 12:13:59 pm
3/6/2016 12:34:08 pm
Copy paste. Copy paste. No thing new. Yawn bore.
3/6/2016 03:04:00 pm
At least "Sybil" was actually clever.
3/6/2016 04:05:34 pm
I guess toads and dragons aren't the only ones with rocks in their heads.
3/6/2016 12:41:54 pm
"Teotihuacan (The Religion of Thor) operated until 791 AD when it was defeated at the Battle for Uppsala Sound in Sweden."
3/6/2016 12:49:52 pm
Tlaloc, god of storms, rain, and fertility was an Aztec version of Thor, Indra, and King Arthur
3/6/2016 04:02:08 pm
I'm sure he/she does. The point is, every culture had gods that shared similar characteristics; that alone doesn't validate Sinclair's claims.
3/6/2016 04:44:05 pm
It was a sarcastic remark demonstrating the illogic of the distorted reasoning...
3/6/2016 04:46:41 pm
Richard Leviton, "Walking in Albion: Adventures in the Christed Initiation in the Buddha Body" (iUniverse, 2010)
3/6/2016 08:07:56 pm
3/7/2016 12:03:06 pm
Come on put your thinking cap on - I was responding to Asthix and not to the Blog article
3/7/2016 12:07:21 pm
Richard Leviton writes crap books where he conflates elements together that he considers to be similar --- then when other people read those books --- who cannot judge for themselves that Richard Leviton is a romantic and not a serious writer --- use his books as a platform for their own fantasies.
3/7/2016 12:56:32 pm
"I was responding to Asthix"
3/7/2016 01:05:50 pm
I can say exactly the same thing about your stuff, why do you do it, when the Blog article suffices.
3/7/2016 01:44:41 pm
For the same reason everyone else does, including you. Because I can.
3/7/2016 04:36:22 pm
So can I
3/6/2016 03:10:20 pm
Jason, whoever sent you this I would like to contact. Whatever he's smoking, I want some.
3/6/2016 04:25:32 pm
"(Carbon dating doesn’t work on non-organic matter like rocks.) "
3/6/2016 08:08:00 pm
"Sinclair says that fat gods were shipped off to India to get down to a healthier weight."
3/8/2016 01:04:26 pm
And they would have been skinny by the time they got there.
3/6/2016 11:43:37 pm
This guy's ideas are so off the wall that I also suspect he is trolling. however I've also learned by bitter experience that sometimes things that seem like trolling are in fact meant seriously.
3/7/2016 06:34:38 am
Just reread this entry and, just... wow.
3/7/2016 12:26:23 pm
"... Gaulish superiority at the Olympic Games."
3/7/2016 12:59:17 pm
Maybe, but I don't recall any instance in which they attended the games, much less participated... well, outside of "Asterix and the Olympic Games"
3/7/2016 01:16:16 pm
That's just what the Smithsonian wants you to believe. =P
3/7/2016 07:11:31 am
This has to be a joke right? He must be trying to get his website noticed. After all, none of us would have visited it if he didn't contact Jason. Mr. ahem "Sinclair" has to do a better job of covering his tracks though. His PPC Preservation Society is registered to a Eric J. Andrisen in Oakdale MN. I assume Mr. Andrisen, E.J. Andrews, and Eirik Sinclair are one and the same, too many Eric's spoil the broth...Also looks like he has at least one bankruptcy under his belt too.
3/7/2016 02:58:42 pm
Thanks for finding that information! I had thought "Sinclair" was a pen name, but I hadn't found the registration. Is there something in the water in Minnesota?
3/7/2016 06:13:47 pm
I blame the lutefisk, all that lye...
3/8/2016 10:06:41 am
So, in the interest of fairness and accuracy, perhaps you should make a notation on your original post that this "self-described member of the Sinclair family" may actually not be?
3/7/2016 08:37:24 am
Its a poe - no real historical account would leave out the founding of Oz by the Picts.
3/7/2016 09:46:16 am
It's amazing the ability some people have to completely ignore all evidence contradicting their claims.
3/7/2016 01:10:59 pm
>>>It's amazing the ability some people have to completely ignore all evidence contradicting their claims.<<<
3/8/2016 09:25:09 am
Personally I find a lot of entertainment value in evidence.
3/13/2016 02:57:09 pm
"Sinclair proposes that fat people played a major role in shaping world culture."
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