Law of Brotherhood
Time Law was theancient world order connected to the yearly starry round. In time they developed law codes in pace with needs. We see only fractions of them in rock-carvings and we have to get the pattern from early province laws
The rock-carvings back in 1931. C Claesson
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Law of the Naked
This is the magnificentrock-carvings with the main part in South
It was on this rock my interpreting began in the late eighties. I had already worked at least ten years on the background research. I felt hopeless because I knew that I was not on the right track. Once I looked at it, and saw the beginning of the law and I could yell "Eureka". Nevertheless, I did not run naked ... Archimedes had an excuse because he was in the bath ... I was not.
Although Tommy Andersson and I have found some more lines, but I stick to the first version since I assume that the province museum has seen the lines with "one eye" when they documented it. Most of our rocks have maybe several layers of carvings and this is very eroded. That is why I think that we should stick to one dept of lines.
Interpreting rock-carvings and archaeology can never be an exact science. Most important is to make some synthesis that give reasonable explanation to the facts we have. My work is aimed to make synthesis of all implied sciences and even make my own work with the script and language of the time. None has been working on that before. Therefore we cannot rely much on other scientists, but discuss what we see here.
They name it "rock of meandering snakes" however there are no snake heads except on a couple of clear snakes. The wavy line symbolises running indefinite time. Even in our days the correct definition of time can be symbolised with length or movement. We still use the time definition our ancestors created by using the constant movement of celestial objects.
The northern part contends the other half of the rock-carvings with protection formula and framework
The ritual law in Evenstorp is made at one occasion. In Haugsbyn there is rock-carviongs from many occasions. However this law is surely from the same time around 2300 - 2000 BC and there have been at least one wedge tomb in the area.
Some symbols are found in early written languages as Linear from Greece, Sumerian, Egyptian and that of Hittites ... on that track it is.
The main task in creating written language is to arrange strings and to define symbols that may be used in similar cases as the defined. We do not know whether the Sumerians or the Egyptians yelled Eureka, when they innovated the binary system of syllables as building bricks of language.
Then less than 200 bricks of syllables are needed in a language with five vowels and 15 to 20 consonants. I compare it with the fret-board on a guitar. The vowels are the strings and they make consonants when pressing a string against a fret. Besides that they had of course a lot of symbols, ideograms and icons to picture law and ritual. The Egyptian hieroglyphs are most and more than 600 found.
Engraving on a stone at the temple of Charkemish, Syria late period about 700 BC. We would not call it rock-carvings since it is from the high cultures.
An example in writing is the Syrian ritual law above. It is arranged in strings and following the texts is easy. Text reading is as you plough, starting from an upper right corner. If you understand the language, putting the syllables in right order is easy.
Though we do not understand we may see a pair of idiomatic symbols and decide that this is about rituals of the year. In the upper left corner is a symbol we may interpret as an altar with horns. The Bull is the big star constellation called Kaitos under Perseus and the Fishes. This was probably the origin of the horn altar common in Levant and the Ionian world.
The horn altar was used as late as in the Isis temple in Pompeii. In the lower left corner is Eagle or Aquila from the sky and with a sign "god" on head. The Eagle was current about 700 BC.
The Egyptian glyphs are a lot more complicated than the Hittitian but out of same family. The oldest finds are from around 1600 BC when they got much influence from Babylon as far as we know. But they have used symbols systematically in Anatolia since the of Cat Hüyük ca 9000 years ago.
We have also several dozens of signs from the known cultures in our rock-carvings. We in north and west Europe had a lot in common with the Ionian culture. But we have every reason to see Anatolia as a natural bridge to Mesopotamia and Levant before the Hittitians. Much of it came during the Celtic culture with one root in Anatolia.
They had a special language of astro-terms and ideas, which contents between 100 and 200 symbols. Overall it could be understood from India to Orkney and Alta in Norway. That is the real Indo-European common culture and has had an influence on languages and culture as a whole since before 4000 BC.
The human brains have been the same size for at least 100000 years and mankind solved their problems when they needed. Living in bigger communities was a challenge since they needed to create common rules for the settlement or city. This all is mostly blind development with no general plan and order Civilisation is a very late kind of culture on earth. It began around 10000 years ago and the latest 5000 years have extended culture to absurdity. The absurd thing is that mankind prefer civilisation even when it consumes the earth and our larder.
That means we can follow the development of creating languages and rules for the society and then why we think the way we do. If we should be scientific we should see that all life and every being has intelligence up to individual needs. The need varies with environment and population. Many of the fishes I have followed in my aquarias have acted differently up to how big flocks they are and if there is some threat to them. Flock dissolves to small groups or individuals if there is no threat.
It would have been a stupid thing if Europeans and Scandinavians had build pyramids 4000 years ago since that part of the world was sparsely populated. But it was ingenious achievements when they wrote down their ritual laws on the rocks. In fact it was more democratic than the advertisements of the ruling pharaoh everywhere in the temples.
The very essence of life is that we are forced to follow the natural year. The most logic way to picture that is by showing it as a string top follow. Soon we discover that the years are repeating themselves with minor changes due to the Mights in nature. The string is just a carrier and we can make the time marks and events along it.
Living in flocks uses the same logic in all kind of species. If we want to understand our challenge is to sort out rules and principles that are logic and eternal and the foundation of life. Then we can ad local specialities and variations in time. That means normally that we should use local remains and artefacts as primary evidence. Secondary evidence is the influence from other cultures. We should be aware that in the time span of 6000 years ideas were spread all over Eurasia and Africa nearly immediately. Local people adpted new things if they were good and of use for them.
In Haugsbyn and at Evenstorp they used the ingenious invention to draw the wavy line as the time and mark the events along them. That pictures the natural facts and the natural round. They used the common round "painted" as asterisms at the sky as normal calendar. Then they made their own program on the rocks … in fact several of the ancient tales were build with the animal round as model.
Next step is the use of the "suite", which means the practical division of works into idols and doers. The earliest ritual put the idol of fertility in front for the people to follow. Our languages have small fragments that tell us they worked in the name of their "leading lady" or the local figurehead. From Sumerian literature we know they pictured the gods as the big idols above the people and the people were "legs of the gods".
Maybe this seems "primitive" to us. However we are living in the same way. It is only that we are not aware of the organisation since we are taught it from childhood as natural. But if we should picture it so that even the smallest child understand it would be in much the same way as we see it in rock-carvings. Around 120 generations of mankind have made it our customs and way of living.
Most programmes on my TV Channels are about Egypt and the ruling class of the Middle Kingdom. That does not tell about the development of human mind and about how our ideas developed. If we want to know the nature of thinking and behaving we should start with the simple facts and the essence of being social.
I keep my version of the law as I made it in 1989 when I interpreted it bit by bit. Then I was "the pretender" and the rocks almost spoke to me. That kind of imagination we get only when we know much about that age and try to understand and feel the way they lived. It became a key to the knowledge I have today. I had to seek a meaning of the text. Only the sky and the ancient zodiac may explain and correspond with the symbols and with the languages found there.
Languages, pictures and explanations are meant as a tool to convey a message from one human to another. That means that the main target for me is to give an understandable image of what I see and of course as near the relative truth as possible.
Knowledge of the past in understandable words is much like when the archaeologist collect pieces of pottery and tries to put them together as they once were. Many small pieces give a pot, a vase, a cup or so on. We solve the enigma when we have got all pieces together.
The Law is naturally fit for use in those days and that is why I call it a Time Law in a ritual society. Their main problem was scheduling the year and we know the same from our early province laws from 13th century.
The law is drawn shown by figures and by script like shorthand. They mention two pairs as idols for the settlement plus the youngsters becoming a couple. Pairs are marked with different footprints. The law of brotherhood is understood as a treaty between shepherds or cowboys and the growers. The law rock shows that the growers initiated the law by promising that they would fence their acres.
We know the problem from Sumerian and from the Edda in Voluspa as the struggle between Aesirs and Vanirs. Vanirs were "with-out that ding" while Aesir were the cowboys with claim for all land. The Sumerian marriage was meant to arrange the co-operation, here it is shown as a treaty in the spirit of Time. This was the Time River meaning tolerance and treaty with the Mights of Nature … in our days we do not try to be in pace and peace with nature.
Before we look at the myths of Inanna, some more folklore told by an old soldier born 1868 in Haugelund in the hills above Haugsbyn here about usage in spring:
My mother told me what they were doing at the carvings that are like holes in the rocks. I suppose they make the cup-marks much later than the carvings. They had the cup-marks before they should sow. Then in spring girls and boys went there, when they had been together and lay together.
They had with them seed ... and when it came for the boy he let it drop in a mortar. Then they put some seed in it too and thrust the mix with the rod. Then they throw it into the bin of seed, but it should be young couples who lay together. Best of all it was if they had never done it. Then it grew very well.
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Formula of protection: As everyone knows: If anyone steps on the Naked will face Underworld.
The Naked is the oldest idol we know of in Europe. We find her in a couple of caves in France. In one of them she has a horn in her hand and later on we know that it symbolised the moon and the moon symbolised rain and fertility. We got much influence from Mesopotamia and Levant and water is always a problem so it is natural that the goddess of fertility became the rain and the moon.
In India they also know how important the rain is. The monsoon is mighty and that is why they use the animation the Water Dragon. In fact they saw the sky as part of their world since they used the word "min" = fish for the stars. Even en Scandinavia we sometimes use the poetic word "heavenly waters".
The Chinese still use the animation "water dragon" and they leave space between hightowers so that the Dragon can fly between them. In plain text that keep the moisture from the houses since the Dragon flies besides.
Seven footprints downward on the rock and pointing to the nearby lake for aritual bath.
We know that for instance in the Levant "the Naked Moon Goddess of rain and fertility" was the favourite especially among women and growers. In Rajahstan India they still celebrate her under the name Gangaur with18 days of feast in March. Still some people in the world have some contact and pace with their nature.
In this case the founders of the law were seven surely according to the seven summer moons. They were idols in the suite that followed The Naked in the same way as at Evenstorp. Her rostrum was on this rock. The law is the "first time" occasion and example for later generations. The pairhood and the marriage code of the law stood until 17th century AD.
Text: Thus the law was given.
We see that the footprints are individual. The one with the toe marked means maybe "flying" and then it is the moon or the sun as part in agriculture. The marked heel can mean something beneath or the other phase of the moon being the fertilising rain.
The Law is too large as a whole. Therefore it is presented here in suitable sections. Here is the beginning at the top of the rock:
On ... go ... Her gives out ... The Naked demands fence around field half the year ... be law ... on ... 12.
This important code cut out a space in nature for the growers and the Lady of Nature gives the Law of Brotherhood. Brotherhood is a way of natural fellowship. Fellowship is an abstract deduction that needs explanation and definition and that is much later invention.
The naked footprints could be seen as "the rostrum" for the people in Haugsbyn. Maybe a naked priestess stood there the first time and spoke the law. Her followers were "the priestess of the year". In Hittitian symbolism the king = high priest stand on a footstool. Some seal shows it is a leg and then the people or maybe the upper class since there are foots on each side. Even in our days we sometimes use words from the body to picture abstract concepts.
The Babylonian Akitu Festival was in March. The priest-king recited "Enuma Elish" as part of the ritual. It lasted for seven days and that is a variant of the Inanna/ Ishtar ritual from 3rd millennium and it is the origin to our Easter I believe. The ceremonial forecasts the season and the High Priest recite Enuma Elish that is a poem half about creation and half about Inanna/ Ishtar "stepping down" to Under world and coming up with the New Year = harvest.
That is why I ask did they at holly rocks in Europe at least recite what they knew about the Inanna ritual. And at the same time maybe the priestess reminded that growers should fence their fields and such practical things. We have just small allegories in the Voluspa of the Edda and in early medieval laws we have the coded about fences and such things. It is the common matter that makes them similar or maybe the creation song Voluspa was inspired from Mesopotamia several thousand years ago?
In Egypt and later in other places the "chair" was legal place concept for the high king. He usually has servants. In early and symbolism and smaller places they usually show the main idol with helpers. The suite for small occasion was just as in our days when we found a club. We chose chairman, secretary, bookkeeper and if the club needs other members get specified functions. The same we see in the "club of seven" for the summer moons in many ancient calendars.
The officiating suite of seven in a boat of Sumerian models. The boat type is still in use at Euphrate and Tigris.
From the ancient Ugarit at the Syrian coast we learn that the symbol two fellows were the "law readers". Maybe we see them at the Evenstorp rock-carvings and on this rock we see the fellowship between growers and cattle people. In the tradition of West Gautland there should be a "law-reader" telling the law before the session. See alsoFootstool. We have then the oldest known rostrum in Europe in Haugsbyn and that should be seen as a legal term and idea of society.s
By using the rostrum the society shows that the leader or idol is above the people. The Sumerian ziggurats explain the difference between ordinary people by the big step for gods on the top "stairs to heaven". We find the same principal definition in the Bible when they tell the leader should stand on a stone. Legal forms should be sacred because they are rules for all people.
We can pretend that the normal ritual in spring or before the agriculture began. Then a naked priestess stood in the footprints reading the law. The young boys for once saw "the wet meadow" of a girl and made their comments, while older men tried to hide their glow. From Sumerian laws we know that rape was punished by dead penalty. That tells us that the Naked was sacred and naturally all other women as source of fertility.
The little folk memory from Haugelund tell us that they preferred young people as "first time" symbols. The legal concept "grove" (lund) was the place for young love … oh, I remember my visits to the grove long time ago.
As comment to this follows the concentrated ritual law from Val Camonica etc.:
Concentratedlaw from Val Camonica, Italy.
We may recognise the essentials of farming. Upper figures are the Moon Dog, the Sun and wild and tamed animals supposed to be kept outside the fenced field in the middle. At lower end of field the breast-plate or collar of the goddess and at right the ritual weapons a pair of axes for men and Isis-daggers for women. Below the man ploughing with "asvins = friends" and an Egyptian plough.
All over Europe and maybe in the entire world we find simple and sometimes complicated rock-cravings showing their Time-law of those days. This one is in its shortness made with ingenuity and shows their ritual year in ideograms. Once we know about their ritual year and profession it is easy to see what it is all about.
Our simplest calendars are just time marks and maybe marks of four seasons and that became at the same time the territorial claim "Here we are". The major part of Scandinavian rock-carvings have been altered in time since The Ritual Age began around 4000 BC and there have been many changes since then.