News from the southern portion of India tells of the startling find of an ancient trident and an idol depicting a sacred cow, originally from an Abirami Amman temple from the 1700s.
The Times of India of August 3, 2014, shares the details:
A brass trident and a nandhi idol believed to be dating back to a few centuries were unearthed by the corporation workers in Dindigul when they were desilting the famous Kottaikulam in the foothills of the rockfort in the city on Saturday [August 1, 2014]. The rockfort, which was constructed in 1605 by the Nayak dynasty in Madurai assumes historical importance. In the 18th century it passed on to the Kingdom of Mysore. Tipu Sultan was crowned the king of Dindigul and he used the fort for the purpose of training his soldiers and also storing their weapons. The Kottaikulam tank at the foothills was dug by him to meet the drinking water needs of his forces. The fort is now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and the tank has not been desilted for many decades.
Now, the Dindigul Corporation has taken up desilting work of this tank for the purpose of rain water harvesting. On Friday [July 31, 2014], workers struck something hard when they reached the depth of about 10 feet and unearthed a brass trident and a little later, the nandhi idol. The trident is said to be weighing about 12 kg and is six feet in height while the idol is two feet tall. Mayor V Marudharaj and corporation commissioner Rajan and other officials rushed to the spot on being informed and later the discovered items were handed over to the Dindigul West tahsildar. Last week the workers discovered an entrance to a secret passage on one side of the tank, which had been covered by silt. Sources said that a temple dedicated to goddess Abirami Amman had existed on top of the hill during ancient times and it was destroyed during Tipu Sultan’s period. “The idols from the temple seem to have been thrown into the tank after the destruction of the temple,” they added. [Source, read more, here.]
Kottakulam is a panchayat town in Tirunelveli district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kottakulam isaka Sumaitheernthapuram.
The breaking news Saturday, July 26, 2014, is that the United States is shutting down its embassy in Libya and evacuating its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.
The lyrics are contained in the book Rhymes of the Rookies by W. E. Christian, published in 1917. The author of these poems was W.E. Christian. They are more commonly known today as being in the “Marines’ Hymn,” which is the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps.
The line “To the shores of Tripoli” refers to the First Barbary War (1801-1805), and specifically the Battle of Derna in 1805. The conflict involved war with the Barbary States (the Ottoman provinces of Tripoli, Algiers, and Tunis). The run up to the war and the war involved many names you have heard before in this blog (e.g. Bainbridge, Decatur, and others). The return of the bodies of the precursors to today’s Navy SEALs has been an ongoing challenge in working with the governments of Tripoli.
The Tripoli Monument is the oldest military monument in the United States. It honors heroes of the First Barbary War: Master Commandant Richard Somers, Lieutenant James Caldwell, James Decatur (brother of Stephen Decatur), Henry Wadsworth, Joseph Israel, and John Dorsey. It was carved in Livorno, Italy in 1806 and brought to the United States on board the USS Constitution. From its original installation in the Washington Navy Yard in 1808 it was moved to the west terrace of the United States Capitol in 1831, and finally to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1860. (See additionally, “Remains of ‘First Navy Seals’ Lie in Tripoli,” Washington Post, May 29, 2011, and also, Richard Somers.)
Tripoli was founded in the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians, who named it Oea.
Tripoli is also known as Tripoli-of-the-West (Arabic: طرابلس الغرب Ṭarābulus al-Gharb), to distinguish it from its older Phoenician sister city Tripoli, Lebanon known in Arabic as Ṭarābulus al-Sham (طرابلس الشام) meaning “Levantine Tripoli.” It is affectionately called The Mermaid of the Mediterranean (Arabic: عروسة البحر ʼarūsat el-baḥr; lit: “bride of the sea”), describing its turquoise waters and its whitewashed buildings. Tripoli is a Greek name that means “Three Cities,” introduced in Western European languages through the Italian Tripoli. In Arabic: طرابلس it is called Ṭarābulus, Libyan Arabic: Ṭrābləs, Berber: Trables, from Ancient Greek: Τρίπολις Trípolis).
Around the beginning of the 3rd century AD, it became known as the Regio Tripolitana, meaning “region of the three cities,” namely Oea (i.e., modern Tripoli), Sabratha and Leptis Magna.
In 2011, a Libyan rebel poses on a sofa shaped like a mermaid, with the face of Muammar Gaddafi’s daughter Aisha at her home in Tripoli.
The rebels codenamed the assault “Operation Mermaid Dawn” (Arabic: عملية فجر عروسة البحر ʻamaliyyat fajr ʻarūsat el-baḥr). As noted above, Tripoli’s nickname is “The Mermaid” (Arabic: عروسة البحر ʻarūsat el-baḥr) (literally “bride of the sea”).
On the evening of September 11, 2012, Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya (560 miles East of Tripoli), killing four Americans in the attack: Ambassador Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs.
Now comes the evacuating of Americans from Tripoli, on the heels of the crash of Air Algerie Flight 5017.
Meanwhile, in Iraq, on July 25, 2014, an Iraqi shrine that is purported to be the burial site of Jonah, who the Bible says was swallowed by a whale, has been blown up by Islamic State militants (ISIS). The tomb, a popular destination for religious pilgrims and tourists, was inside a Sunni mosque in Mosul called the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, which is Arabic for Jonah. It dates back to the eighth century BC. The story of Jonah, or Younis, who was said to have survived three days in the belly of a whale, appears in both the Bible and Quran.
During these Neptunian times, is it Poseidon/Neptune showing his full wrath or Zeus/Jupiter giving some anger back in the direction of the watery god?
Poseidon is one of the twelve Olympian deities of the pantheon in Greek mythology. His main domain is the ocean, and he is called the “God of the Sea.” Additionally, he is referred to as “Earth-Shaker” due to his role in causing earthquakes, and has been called the “tamer of horses.” He is usually depicted as an older male with curly hair and beard.
The earliest attested occurrence of the name, written in Linear B, is Po-se-da-o or Po-se-da-wo-ne, which correspond to Poseidaōn and Poseidawonos in Mycenean Greek; in Homeric Greek it appears as Ποσειδάων (Poseidaōn); in Aeolic as Ποτειδάων (Poteidaōn); and in Doric as Ποτειδάν (Poteidan), Ποτειδάων (Poteidaōn), and Ποτειδᾶς (Poteidas). A common epithet of Poseidon is Γαιήοχος Gaiēochos, “Earth-shaker,” an epithet which is also identified in Linear B tablets. Another attested word E-ne-si-da-o-ne, recalls his later epithets Ennosidas and Ennosigaios indicating the chthonic nature of Poseidon.
The origins of the name “Poseidon” are unclear. One theory breaks it down into an element meaning “husband” or “lord” [Greek πόσις (posis), from PIE *pótis] and another element meaning “earth” [δᾶ (da), Doric for γῆ (gē)], producing something like lord or spouse of Da, i.e. of the earth; this would link him with Demeter, “Earth-mother.” …
Another theory interprets the second element as related to the word *δᾶϝον dâwon, “water”; this would make *Posei-dawōn into the master of waters. There is also the possibility that the word has Pre-Greek origin. Plato in his dialogue Cratylus gives two alternative etymologies: either the sea restrained Poseidon when walking as a foot-bond (ποσί-δεσμον), or he knew many things (πολλά εἰδότος or πολλά εἰδῶν). Source.
A July 27, 2014 mid-afternoon lightning strike hit the water off Venice Beach, California, and killed a 20-year-old man. It instantly injured 15 or more others — one of them critically. The second victim, who is in critical condition, was a 55-year-old male who had been surfing.
The beachfront in Venice was hit by at least four direct lightning strikes about 2:20 p.m., said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service.
“It was all blue skies, except there were some dark clouds coming from the south,” Gabe Anderson, 28, said. “Then just one big crack of lightning — pretty unexpected.”
Venice and Venice Beach are often featured in motion pictures and television series. Some of the notable ones include:
1914: Kid Auto Races at Venice (Charlie Chaplin—first appearance of the “Little Tramp” character.)
1920: Number, Please? (Harold Lloyd)
1921: The High Sign (Buster Keaton)
1923: The Balloonatic (Buster Keaton)
1927: Sugar Daddies (Laurel and Hardy)
1928: The Circus (Charlie Chaplin)
1928: The Cameraman (Buster Keaton)
1958: Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)—Shot entirely in Venice except for one indoor scene, selected by Welles as a stand-in for a fictional run-down Mexican border town.
1961: Night Tide (Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, written and directed by Curtis Harrington)—Shot entirely in Venice and shows the deteriorated nature of the area in the 1950s.
1991: The Doors (Val Kilmer, directed by Oliver Stone)
1992: White Men Can’t Jump
1998: American History X
2001: Dogtown and Z-Boys
2003: Thirteen (Holly Hunter)
2005: Lords of Dogtown
2006: Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
2007 – Present: Californication
For more on another Venice Beach incident, see Two Venices, Two Deaths.
Coincidence? Synchromysticism strikes again? Tridents abound. And Neptune’s kingdom is involved again.
As I noted earlier today, a July 27, 2014 mid-afternoon lightning strike hit the water off Venice Beach, California, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring several people, one critically.
The identity of the man who died has been confirmed.
The parents of Notre Dame High School graduate Nick Fagnano confirmed Monday morning that their son was killed after lightning struck while he was in the water at Venice Beach. Fagnano, an only child, was a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and had also attended Santa Barbara City College and Santa Monica City College. He had been living with his parents in downtown Los Angeles since December and was about to enter USC as a junior, where he was planning on studying urban development, his parents said. Los Angeles Daily News.
Publisher/author Adam Parfrey has written me to pass along a few syncs about this Venice/Venice Beach, California location.
The climactic scene in the final episode of the television series The Fugitive (“The Judgment, Part 2)” was shot at Pacific Ocean Park. Filmed on location just prior the park’s closure in the fall of 1967, the park’s “Mahi, Mahi” ride tower was the setting for the dramatic face off between Dr. Richard Kimble (David Janssen) and the fictional one-armed man.
An episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was filmed in the park.
The park was the setting of an episode of the television series Route 66 (Season 2, Episode 29 “Between Hello and Goodbye”) which aired May 11, 1962. Martin Milner’s character Tod is shown working at King Neptune’s Courtyard, and guest star Susan Oliver is depicted riding the Ocean Skyway.
I’ve been talking about the setting for the July 27, 2014 lightning strike being Venice Beach, California, where Nick Fagnano was killed. The lightning bolt reportedly hit the water at around 2:20 pm Pacific time. Fagnano’s body was found about 2:45 pm.
Reportedly, Irizarry’s wife Rebecca was treated for cardiac arrest at Venice Regional Bayfront Health. The couple and their children were vacationing in Venice, Florida, for their 9th anniversary. Media accounts say they were from Georgia, but Irizarry’s Facebook page notes he is from and lives in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Irizarry is a respelling of Basque Irizarri, a variant of the Basque surname Irizar meaning “ancient village,” from iri “village” + zar “old.”
From the U.S. Army in Europe website:
Rapid Trident supports interoperability among Ukraine, the United States, NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. The exercise helps prepare participants to operate successfully in a joint, multinational, integrated environment with host-nation support from civil and governmental agencies. Rapid Trident is a part of U.S. European Command’s Joint Training and Exercise Program, designed to enhance joint combined interoperability with allied and partner nations. The exercise also supports Ukraine’s Annual National Program to achieve interoperability with NATO and commitments made in the annual NATO-Ukraine work plan.
Rapid Trident included a full range of military exercises. In addition to U.S. troops in Germany and Italy, the exercise included units from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania, the United Kingdom and Ukraine. Liberty Voice reported in March:
Twelve nations will send 1,300 troops to Lviv, a northwestern Ukrainian city near the Polish border. The exercise, called Rapid Trident, is the only military exercise the United States will participate in this year, according to U.S. Army spokesperson Col. Steven Warren, since the U.S. cancelled upcoming Atlas Vision bi-lateral U.S.-Russia military exercises in response to Russia’s actions in regard to Crimea. Atlas Vision had been scheduled to begin in the same month in the northeastern Russian city of Chelyabinsk.