As we saw in the previous article in this series, The Norman Conquests were far-flung, logistically complex and incredibly expensive. The Norman people were also Christians in name only, with several pagan revanchist campaigns taking place right up to the Norman Conquest of England (and possibly after). Some have argued that the Normans were simply mercenaries for the Venetians, whose maritime empire ruled the waves during the Middle Ages.
The Normans too were intrepid sailors and almost certainly financed their military adventures in part through piracy. From icy Norway they settled in the rainy northwest of France, before establishing island kingdoms in England, Sicily and Malta, in addition to their conquests of Antioch and northern Africa. What could possibly have brought these ostensible Scandinavians to those scattered and unlikely destinations?
Under the Templar flag the Norman Empire would expand into France and Iberia as well as establish strongholds in Jerusalem, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus. The Crusades were the impetus behind all of this empire-building, which Venice was the main financial power behind.
In other words, the Norman/Templars had reconstructed the old Phoenician Empire, almost in its entirety.
The process would be complete with the establishment of a Norman Kingdom in the south of Italy itself, the nation that had crushed the Phoenicians and scattered them to the far corners of the world.
If in fact the Normans had been acting as agents for Venice in this campaign, it adds weight to conspiracy theories that Venice itself was Phoenicia reborn in the heart of Italy.
Venizia was identical to Phoenicia in almost every way- a bustling, cosmopolitan maritime empire built on trade and finance, given to cultural and religious heterodoxy and seen as a den of conspiracy and intrigue.
Given that ethnic Phoenicians the Severans had come to rule Rome as the "Syrian Emperors"- establishing Sun worship as the new state religion- it's not out of the realm of possibility at all that Phoenicians could have come into Italy from North Africa and Asia Minor, assimilated themselves to a certain degree and rebuilt their empire as Christian Rome collapsed into chaos and ruin in the Fifth Century.
Venice did just happen to rise as Rome fell.
No less a figure than R. Buckminster Fuller believed that the Phoenicians, Venetians and Vikings were kindred peoples. He wrote of the connections between all of these mystery men in Critical Path (1981):
Also in Italy—in the northeastern corner—is Venice, the headquarters of the water-people. The Phoenicians—phonetically the Venetians—had their south Mediterranean headquarters in Carthage in northern Africa. In their western Mediterranean and Atlantic venturings the Phoenicians became the Veekings.David Icke took this ball and ran with it out the door and down the highway in The Biggest Secret, tracing the Phoenicians back to the Reptilioids of Sumeria. I can't vouch for a lot of his conclusions per se, as they tend to be based on (very) speculative sources. But when dealing with historical mysteries you have to take what you can get, even if what you get includes shape-shifting lizard people from Mars:
The Phoenicians—Venetians—in their ships voyaged around the whole coast of Italy and sent in their people to each castello, one by one. The Venetians had an unlimited line of supply, and the people inside each castello did not. The people inside were starved out. Thus, all of the regional masters of the people in Italy hated the Venetians-Phoenicians-Veekings who were able to do this.
There being as yet no Suez Canal, the new world power structure centered in the ship mastery of the line of supply finally forcing the Roman Empire to shift its headquarters to Constantinople some ten centuries after the fall of Troy. The Roman emperor-pope's bodyguards were the Veekings-Vikings, the water-peoples' most powerful frontier fighters.
The Egyptians knew the Phoenicians as the Panag, Panasa and Fenkha. The Greeks called them the Phoinik-as, and to the Romans they were the Phoenic-es. There is a simple reason why the Egyptians depicted many of their gods with white skin and blue eyes in exactly the same way as other cultures all over the world did. This advanced race, called the Phoenicians, were white skinned and often had blue eyes the same as the reptilian-human crossbreeds and the same, it would appear, as the race from Mars.
Thus we have the Scandinavian races, which were installed by the Phoenicians and other peoples of the same bloodstock and general location...
Once again they travelled under the heading of Phoenicians and they settled in the north of Italy in 466 AD in what is now Venice. These Phoenicians then became known as Venetians. They built a powerful maritime (of course) and financial empire which was based on lending people money that does not exist and charging them interest on it.
The Phoenician-Venetians, under the control of the Babylonian Brotherhood, expanded their wealth and power by war, assassinations, piracy and by ruthlessly manipulating trade and money.
The Black Nobility established close relationships with the bloodline families of Britain and they were behind the invasion in 1066 by another branch of their ‘family’, the Normans of William the Conqueror and the St. Clairs, a family of Viking descent.OK. So a lot of this seems to be lifted from LaRouche, the Babylon stuff is just snakehandler brainwash and the term "Black Nobility" comes from the 19th Century, not the 11th. But what this demonstrates at the very least is that there are enough connections between the Phoenicians and the Venetians to inspire these kinds of theories. But who were the Phoenicians? And what connection could this ancient people have to the Knights Templar?
More than you could possibly imagine..
THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
The more you learn about the Phoenicians the more mysterious they become. The National Geographic Society has been sponsoring DNA testing throughout Lebanon and Syria to find traces of this vanished people and offered up this brief overview on their website:
The culture later known as Phoenician was flourishing as early as the third millennium B.C. in the Levant, a coastal region now divided primarily between Lebanon, Syria, and Israel. But it wasn't until around 1100 B.C., after a period of general disorder and social collapse throughout the region, that they emerged as a significant cultural and political force.
They grew rich trading precious metals from abroad and products such as wine, olive oil, and most notably the timber from the famous cedars of Lebanon, which forested the mountains that rise steeply from the coast of their homeland.
The armies and peoples that eventually conquered the Phoenicians either destroyed or built over their cities. Their writings, mostly on fragile papyrus, disintegrated—so that we now know the Phoenicians mainly by the biased reports of their enemies.
Although the Phoenicians themselves reportedly had a rich literature, it was totally lost in antiquity. That's ironic, because the Phoenicians actually developed the modern alphabet and spread it through trade to their ports of call. Acting as cultural middlemen, the Phoenicians disseminated ideas, myths, and knowledge from the powerful Assyrian and Babylonian worlds in what is now Syria and Iraq to their contacts in the Aegean.The influence the Phoenicians had on the Greeks was overwhelming, particularly when it came to mythology:
Those ideas helped spark a cultural revival in Greece, one which led to the Greeks' Golden Age and hence the birth of Western civilization. The Phoenicians imported so much papyrus from Egypt that the Greeks used their name for the first great Phoenician port, Byblos, to refer to the ancient paper. The name Bible, or "the book," also derives from Byblos. - National Geographic
Many of the Greek gods and heroes were admitted to be Phoenician, including Heracles...Dionysus, Cadmus...Semele, the Cabiri, Oedipus, Phoenix, and many others. — William Fink; Classical and Biblical Records Identifying the Phoenicians
King Solomon, King Hiram of Tyre, and Hiram Abiff came together to build Solomon's Temple in 966 BC. That temple became an integral part of Freemasonry, providing everything from the layout of the lodge room with its pillars of Jachin and Boaz to the rituals of craft Masonry, Royal Arch, and higher degrees.
King Hiram and Hiram Abiff were Phoenicians from the city of Tyre. The significance of this is that the wonderfully complex and richly textured Phoenician society turns out to have a number of similarities to Freemasonry.
One of these was the strong Phoenician penchant for secrecy in shielding their affairs from outsiders. -- "Phoenician Secrets," Sanford Holst
THE SEA PEOPLE
The rise of the Phoenicians from just another Canaanite tribe to fabulously wealthy globe-trotters wasn't spontaneous. It was presaged by the arrival of the mysterious Sea People, nomads who seem to have had a powerful influence on the Phoenicians, one that historians-- orthodox historians, at least-- have struggled to sort out ever since.
Relentless attacks by groups known as the Sea Peoples around 1200 BC virtually destroyed all the major powers of the Mediterranean, and cleared the way for the rise of the Greeks, Romans and Western civilization. Surprisingly for such a pivotal moment in world history, the events which took place at that time are not well understood and are widely debated. Many theories have been advanced to explain these times, and their participants have been declared to come from Anatolia, or the Aegean, or even Atlantis.
(I)n the midst of a cataclysm which destroyed almost every city in the eastern Mediterranean area—the Phoenician cities remained untouched....an event which changed the course of history. -- "Phoenicians: A Critical Turning Point in History", Sanford HolstIgnatius Donnelly had no doubts who the Sea Peoples were or why they chose to recruit the Canaanites/Phoenicians to join them on the high seas. Orthodox history might shrug their shoulders but to researchers like Donnelly the Sea Peoples were nothing less than the remnant of Atlantis:
The extent of country covered by the commerce of the Phoenicians represents to some degree the area of the old Atlantean Empire. Their colonies and trading-posts extended...from the shores of the Black Sea...to the west coast of Africa and of Spain, and around to Ireland and England; from the Baltic to the Persian Gulf...Strabo estimated that (Phoenicians) had three hundred cities along the west coast of Africa. When Columbus sailed to discover a new world, or re-discover an old one, he took his departure from a Phoenician seaport, founded by that great race two thousand five hundred years previously.Aside from its island colonies, The Phoenicians had a strong presence on the North Africa and the Iberian peninsula, and particularly at the Pillars of Hercules and Gibraltar. Archaeologists have found a temple to Hercules at the entrance to the Meditteranean in what's now called Gorham's Cave.
The best-selling author of the Templar novels is Phoenician
It's believed by many researchers that the twin columns Boaz and Jachin from the Phoenician-designed Solomon's Temple are in fact a representation of the Pillars of Hercules, a secret symbol of the Phoenicians planted in the heart of Jerusalem itself.
BEYOND THE PILLARS
The Phoenicians were known to have traveled far beyond the Pillars of Hercules. Greek historians recorded that they circumnavigated Africa. But is it possible they went much farther than that?
Scientists have long been stumped by traces of western drugs like cocaine and tobacco in Egyptian mummies, but the secretive Phoenicians- who jealously guarded their trade routes --may well have been the source of this mysterious, trans-Atlantic trade. From "The Phoenician Theory":
Ibarra Grasso has identified two Phoenician ships on the centre slabs of the temple of Sechim, in the Casma Valley, on the coast of Peru. These ruins are generally considered to be some three thousand years old.
Even more extraordinary are the discoveries made by Bernardo Silva Ramos. (Ramos) spent over twenty years in the Amazon rainforest...photographing and copying 2,800 stone inscriptions, identifying the majority of them as Phoenician and others as Greek.
The oriental scholar Lienhardt Delekat has established that the characters on the Paraíba Stone are of Canaanite origin
. The stone, which broke into four pieces after it was discovered on a plantation, totally disappeared, but copies of the inscription were made before this occurred. It was discovered on September 11, 1872 and might well be proof that Phoenician sailors reached Brazil two thousand years before the official discovery of America.
Lienhardt Delekat's translation reads as follows: ‘We are children of Canaan, from the city of Sidon. We are a nation of traders. Our ship is beached on this far-off mountainous coast and we want to make a sacrifice to the gods and goddesses. In the 19th year of Irma's reign, we set sail from Ezlon Geber across the Red Sea, with ten ships...."Historians are more confident in the Phoenician presence in England, where established a presence in Devon and Cornwall in their search for tin (needed in the smelting of bronze). Given that Phoenicians were among the earliest Gentile converts to Christianity (although almost certainly Gnostic Christianity, in light of the Phoenician penchant to heterodoxy and Syncretism, which we'll discuss in the next installment) it's no surprise they played a part in the early church's activities in Britain:
The strong tradition tying Joseph of Arimathea with Glastonbury and the Phoenician tin trade with Cornwall may have strong thread of truth that ties them together. The only known sailors who came from the Eastern Mediterranean to Britain were Phoenician. Hence, the elementary conclusion is that Joseph of Arimathea, if he really made the trip(s), must have done it on Phoenician ships.-- Britain, Phoenicia's Secret Treasure, and its Conversion to ChristianityLong before that, it's highly probable that the Phoenicians were the conduits of the dissemination of Shemsu Hor Sun worship to the Celtic peoples and perhaps the establishment of Druidry itself...
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