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Old European Votive Pyramids: The Power of Evidence!

Votive pyramid discovered in the village of Slatino, Bulgaria, Gradeshnitsa-Slatino-Dikilitash Culture, approx. 4800 BC (Credits F-MU.S.EU.M.)"Non c'è due senza tre!"

"There is no two without three!"

Italian proverb


Gradeshnitsa - Slatino - Dikili Tash (Western Bulgaria, North Greece)

The culture Gradeshnitsa was an intrinsic part of  the Old European civilization, and this became particularly evident after the decoding of the Thracian pictographic text, present on the world-famous votive tablet from Gradeshnitsa.

The diverse artifacts discovered in the village of Slatino, Bulgaria include, among others, a votive pyramid. This artifact demonstrates that the concept of “Primeval Mound" was not an isolated one in Old European cultures.

The famous Bulgarian archaeologist Bogdan Nikolov, who spent a lifetime of work on the Gradeshnitsa sites, made the following, almost prophetic statement in his book  'The Gradeshnitsa Prehistoric Settlements':

“The prehistoric settlements of the Gradeshnitsa type belong to a common South-Eastern European Complex. The settlements of the old, the late and the early Chalcolithic period at Gradeshnitsa bring new light to the problem areas of the prehistoric past, not only on the Balkans and the South-Eastern European subcontinent, but also to the pre-historic period in West Asia Minor. Undoubtedly, they will trigger great interest among the most serious scientific circles and will raise new questions, as well as bring due corrections to the existing hypotheses and opinions, and thus, will inevitably lead to new more sound conclusions.”

(Bogdan Nikolov, The Gradeshnitsa Prehistoric Settlements, Science And Art Press, Sofia, 1974)

The votive pyramid found in the village of Slatino, like other Old European votive pyramids, is made of brown-reddish clay with some mineral adulterants. It is decorated on four sides. The upper small base is inscribed with signs  incised lines and points. It has the form of a hollow truncated pyramid, exactly like the votive pyramid found in Visoko and the Tisza altar found in Hungary.

Photograph: Votive pyramid unearthed in the Neolithic settlement of Donje Moštre, Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina; approx. 5th millennium B.C.

The votive pyramid is inscribed with a zigzag motif (two-dimensional triangles) - a symbol related  both to water and to the Snake Goddess -- and vertical parallel lines, which may refer to flowing waters or may symbolize ascension.

All of these inscriptions may be symbolically associated with the underground labyrinth Ravne, with its meandrous draining channels filled with water, primordial artifacts, and ascensional energetic fields of the pyramids discovered in 2007 by Dr. Harry Oldfield.

Curiously, orthodox German archaeologists who excavated the Neolithic settlement in Donje Moštre, where the votive pyramid was found, do not refer to it as a votive pyramid, but incense burner. They state: "Artifacts in the form of pyramid are not indication of the existence of the Bosnian pyramids" and "the artifact probably has been imported  from Hungary to Visoko during prehistoric times."

[ Source: Kieler Forscher entdecken seltenes Tonobjekt in Bosnien ]

Of course, according to this reasoning, incense burners in the form of truncated pyramids might have been exported from Hungary also to Bulgaria (or the reverse), but it  seems to be taboo to suggest that the idea, tradition, and religious concept of a primeval mound,  expressed through artifacts, may have spread from Visoko all over Old Europe.

The statements made by German archaeologists, who apparently possess little knowledge in art history, art criticism and the religious significance of such pyramid-shaped objects, represent an example of archaeology reduced to mere speculation. From such statements it might be assumed that the orthodoxy does not not want people to know about the true history of Old Europe, perhaps because  such information could cause a loss of control and power on the part of the current world rulers and their academic minions.

But let's return to the power of evidence.

Drawing: Tisza clay altar with decorations on each of the four sides. Tisza culture, Kökénydomb, Hódmezövásárhely, southeastern Hungary; 5th millennium B.C.

The front side of the votive pyramid is divided into two realms and displays a labyrinthine pattern: stairs. At the bottom, the Snake Goddess’ face emerges from a two-dimensional triangle.

Additional References:

In ancient Egyptian religion the offerings set out upon the altars for gods and ancestors were for the most part the articles of food that were eaten by the living, such as the head of a calf, the leg of a stag, a craw-fish, a loaf of bread, or any of various vegetables. At other times, a religious offering was a cone of baked clay with a religious sentence stamped on the base, or a small stone pyramid with an inscription on each of the four sides.

The votive symbolized a gift. Interestingly, there is a close resemblance between the words TEI, a "gift," and TAU, a "hill." And one of the most important idioms referring to human construction in pyramid cultures was the metaphor of the hill.

Drawing: Example of Egyptian votive pyramid

On some occasions the priest presented fire and water to the statues of the gods as being the two purest of the elements. The water, or occasionally wine, was poured out of a tall slender jar, while a small quantity of burning charcoal was held forward in a metal ladle with a long handle to it, where we have figures of the king, the queen, and their son attending upon two priests, who are making the offerings.

Important artifacts are routinely ignored or]denied by orthodox archaeology, and researchers who ask legitimate but embarrassing questions are banned from certain discovery sites. The sad reality of the matter is that we are relying on orthodox scientists to tell us our history, and they seem content to operate under a veil of academic censorship.

Old European votive pyramids are just one of many archaeological finds that are misidentified and marginalized because they don't fit well into the official record of how civilization in Old Europe evolved.

God bless ignorance!




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wooow....votive pyramids sprouting like mushrooms!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternicodemus

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