We all know that fringe writers have no standards and are willing to say or do anything in the name of being “open minded” to “possibilities,” but it also seems that the companies that make money off of their fictions passing as fact are more than happy to aid and abet them in what can only be described as fraud. You will undoubtedly recall that a few weeks ago a writer over at Ancient Origins regurgitated a Romanian hoax about the supposedly suppressed being of neutrality, Il Separatio (Italian for “the Separation”), a fictitious demigod who allegedly helped God to separate the light from the darkness. Well, the writer, Valda Roric of Bucharest, is doubling down on the claim, and fabricating evidence to “prove” it.
The most blatantly untrue statement is the use of the following sculpture in Prague as evidence for Il Separatio. According to Roric’s article, this sculpture is allegedly the very entity of neutrality that the global elite don’t want to you see, on full display in the center of a world capital!
In reality, Ancient Origins has simply cut off the plaque on the statue that clearly identifies it as a modern piece, Il Commandatore, sculpted by Anna Chromy to commemorate the city’s first performance of Don Giovanni in 1787. It represents the “veil of consciousness” and is a smaller version of her best-known work, The Cloak of Conscience, though there are at least two other versions that she made for Athens and Carrara. When asked what the sculpture represented, Chromy said in a 2010 interview that it represented “the physical image of Harmony: harmony between Man, Nature and all Created.” Now, granted, one could argue that the statue is secretly meant to be this demigod, but that isn’t the claim the article actually made.
But Roric isn’t content just to appropriate a masterpiece of modern art for her hoax; she also insists on repeating obvious falsehoods propagated by his Romanian source. That source, apparently originating with Romanian politician and occultist Codrin Ştefănescu, who discussed the “entity” on his Romanian TV conspiracy theory show, alleges that the “entity” had its story told in an unattested Latin text called the Codex Lugubrum, which translates, badly, to the “Book of Mourning.” (Since lugubrum is genitive, it would technically be a plural possessive: Mourning’s Book.) However, Roric is happy to repeat what seems to be Ştefănescu’s use of a different book to substitute for the Codex, the Hilarii Pictauorum episcopi Lucubrationes quotquot extant: olim per Des. Erasmum Roterod. haud mediocribus sudoribus emendateanno, which was Erasmus of Rotterdam’s collection of St. Hilary of Poitiers’ works. I trust you can see how close “Lugubrum” is to “Lucubrationes,” which is perhaps the reason for the confusion.
The remainder of Roric’s article more or less literally repeats the same information from the first (which in turn repeats the information from the author’s self-published eBook on Loki), showing that not only does Ancient Origins have no quality standards, they also don’t bother to check their stories for originality, either.
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