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Megaliths, Shamen & the City Builders – the hidden connections (cont.)
By Lucy Wyatt

Global Catastrophe – 4th Millennium BC

Then, in around 3,159BC, there was an appalling environmental catastrophe which resulted in a massive migration of all peoples PIEs, civilisers etc. It is after this catastrophe that the ancient Egypt as we know it starts. At this point the proto-Indo-European split up into their individual tribes and the civilisers had no further common impact on them although bits of knowledge got stuck with the individual tribes.

Celts for example went the furthest West, ending up in Ireland, and far to the East in the Tarim basin on the West of China where they became Tocharians. 4,000 year old tall ginger haired mummies wearing tartan have been found in the Chinese Taklamakhan desert.iv Celts, as the ones who went the furthest, are those whose language retained the most archaisms (and, for instance, more connections with Indians and Sythians), and are possibly the most interesting.

To give one example, the Celts possibly retained knowledge of the gods of the civilisers. They continued to refer to Tetates, one of the old names of Thoth the Egyptian god of writing, when the Greeks and Romans had already changed him to Hermes and Mercury. The implication of this Celtic reference is that Egyptian deities could have been known to the Proto-Indo-Europeans BEFORE the start of Egypt. The name ‘Hermes’ is in itself worth noting as its root is possibly Ur-mes meaning son of Ur [mes or mos being Egyptian words that mean ‘son of’, as in ‘Thutmosis’, the name of certain pharaohs which has the meaning of ‘son of Thoth’].

But in spite of the close proximity of the PIEs and the civilisers, there is no obvious evidence that they knew about shamanism in order to access the metaphysical secrets of the original archetype – which is perhaps why they never built cities themselves until much later. Even though concepts of ‘shamen’ and ‘shamanism’ are are well-known, how they relate to civilisation is less familiar.


iv - The Mummies of Urumchi. Elizabeth Wayland Barber. Pan Books 1999 London

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