Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Horned Altars and Horned Sacred Vessels

Alice C. Linsley

Recent DNA studies reveal that the Ainu of Hokkaido and the Ryukyuans of Okinawa have a closer genetic affinity than either group has to the Japanese. It is likely that these populations which have practiced clan endogamy retain cultural and physical characteristics of the earlier Jomon who had dispersed throughout the various islands of Japan.

The ruler-priest lines of Genesis 4 and 5 likewise intermarried. This endogamous marriage practice means that these words should be taken literally: "For me you shall be a kingdom of priests, a holy nation." (Ex. 19:6). This is a historical reality that has been neglected by Bible scholars. The priesthood of old is the basis for the Church's priesthood and should not be generalized to all believers, as was done by the Reformer Martin Luther.

Abraham and his ruler-priest ancestors were Horites (Horim), a hereditary priesthood that was based on caste and bloodline. They practiced animal sacrifice at stone altars, often in the shape of a falcon, the totem of Horus who was called "Son of God." This is why the Shulba Sutras state that "he who desires heaven is to construct a fire-altar in the form of a falcon."

At the Harappan water shrines of Kalibangan and Lothal, numerous fire altars have been discovered. The Dravidian word Har-appa means "Hor (Horus) is father." The falcon was a symbol of divine kingship in hieroglyphs as early a 3000 BC. Here is further evidence of the spread of Horite religion from the Nile Valley into India where the cow continues to be regarded as a sacred animal.

The horns of the cow were a sacred symbol for Abraham's Horite priest ancestors. Hathor,the mother of Horus, is shown wearing a crown of cow horns in which the Sun rests. This sign in the shape of the Y indicated divine appointment. The Y was a solar cradle showing that the person was divinely overshadowed.

The Y symbol also designates a deified "son" of God, which is why it appears in the names of many Biblical rulers: Yaqtan (Joktan); Yishmael (Ishmael); Yishbak; Yitzak (Isaac); Yacob (Jacob); Yosef (Joseph); Yetro (Jethro); Yeshai (Jesse) and Yeshua (Joshua/Jesus). 

The Y-shaped headdress of the Somali nomads is called barki and refers to divine blessing upon the wearer. The word corresponds to the Hebrew word birka which is the blessing upon food, oil or wine or upon a person.

Many of the world's oldest coins show animals with horns. These speak of the divine appointment of the rulers for whom the coins and royal seals were made.

White Gold: Revealing the World's Earliest Coins:

The ancient Nilotic Annu/Ainu were priests associated with the shrine at Heliopolis (Biblical On), one of the most prestigious of the ancient world. It was known a Iunu, place of pillars, because the temples and shrines had many pillars. Heliopolis (City of the Sun) was one of the places were the Habiru served as priests. Joseph married a daughter of the priest of Heliopolis (Iunu or On). The pyramids at Giza, Abusir and Saqqara were aligned to the obelisk of On, an Ainu (Annu) shrine city.

The Dravidian O'piru was a Sun temple. O'piru is a variant of Hapiru and Habiru, and all these reference an archaic priestly caste in ancient texts. The word Hapiru or Habiru refers to the ancient Hebrew, a caste of ruler-priests who served the rulers of the archaic world.

In the ancient world, a temple was considered the mansion (hâît) or the house (pirû) of the deity. The shrines and temples were aligned to the rising of the Sun, the emblem of the Creator among Abraham's ancestors. Those ancestors dispersed widely across the globe before 14,000 B.C. Depending on the region they are known by different names such as Saka and Kushan.

Cavalli-Sforza's genetic mapping studies indicate a pattern of expansion from the Sea of Japan towards eastern Asia. This came long after the expansion from Africa (100,000 and 70,000 years before the present).

The grandson of an Ainu elder living in Eastern Canada reports that not all the native people of North America came via the land bridge from Siberia. His Miqmaq people came via Scandinavia, a fact that has been confirmed by DNA studies (Haplogroup X2b5). This explains the common clothing style and decorative motifs and the close resemblance of the signs in the Ainu and Habiru/Hebrew scripts (shown above).

Nyland (2001) found that many place names and common objects in Hebrew are closely related to the proto-Saharan words. These would have been used by Abraham's Nilo-Saharan ancestors. In ancient Egyptian tera-ntr refers to a ruler-priest and among the Ainu tera means priest. Abraham's father was "Terah" and his ancestors were from the Upper Nile Valley. The Ainu word for water is aka, which corresponds to asta, the Old Nubian word for water.

Jomon vessel dated to the Middle Period, (3000–2000 BC).
Jomon sacred horned vessel
3000–2000 BC 
Sailko/Wikimedia Commons
As the point of origin for the ancestors of the Jomon was the Nile Valley we would expect to find some common features in the artefacts of the descendants of the Nilotic Ainu and the Japanese Ainu.

The Jomon horned vessels of Japan are of special interest because they resemble the horned altars of Abraham's Horite ruler-priest caste. The vessel shown (right) would have had a ritual use.

Jomon pottery has been found throughout the islands of the Japanese archipelago. Some pieces date to as early as 14,000 BC. The Ainu of Japan are probably descendants of the Nilotic Annu who moved out of Africa, beginning about 20,000 years ago. (See Solving the Ainu Mystery.)

The tree of life is a motif found on the Jomon vessel in Japan and the Iron Age horned altar (below) found in Israel. Other common motifs include serpents, solar boats, circles, and diagonal hatch marks. The diagonal marks are found on the world's oldest known human artifacts.

Altar Rehov Iron Age II, 10th century BCE Pottery H: 49; W: 32.7 cm Israel Antiquities Authority:


J Eppinga said...

Among animals, horns are used to overpower other males, probably for the benefit of females / reproduction.

I am curious about the laying on of hands to the horns of the alter (e.g., 1 Kings 2:28 ) for protection. Where on earth did they get that one from? :)

Thank you,
- Jay

Alice Linsley said...

Also see 1 Kings 1:50. The horns represent the power of God. Both Joab and Adonijah found themselves on the losing side of a political struggle and fled to the LORD for protection, taking hold of the horns. It was an appeal for divine aid and mercy.