27 gusht 2010

THE LANGUAGE OF GOD - by James Wm. Pandeli

The Illyrian Language

It is the purpose of this writing to inspire thought; to enlighten the people of the Illyrian (Albanian) heritage; to help the Jews understand the ancient roots of their religion and hopefully enlighten the peoples of Christianity and Islam as well by placing in proper perspective these monotheistic (oneGod) religions within the context of the evolution of man. Prehistoric man created the ideas, names of the gods and religious stories through his perceptions and understandings ofthe natural surroundings. It is the Illyrian (Albanian) language that appears to translate this phenomenon.

This attempt may help to reconcile Darwin's Theory of Evolution of 1859 with the creationist idea of a beginning that took place some 5764 years ago. As Darwin's theory might be referred to as the 'language of nature', the Illyrian (Albanian) language could be referred to as the 'language of god'.

This may all have become possible because the 'Greek code' had been deciphered when parts of Hesiod's 'Theogony' (Genesis of the Gods)c. 700 B.C., was analyzed and placed within an Illyrian (Albanian) context in 1980, using the Albanian language as the tool in gaining a new insight into his work. Hesiod was a Greek farmer/shepard turned poet.

Albanian is the oldest language in Europe and by some accounts has been compared to Etruscan (Z. Mayani, 'Etruscans Begin to Speak'). The Albanian alphabet was not developed until 1878 and the majority of the population was illiterate as recent as 1945. The Albanians are considered the descendents ofthe Illyrians. There is little record of the Illyrian civilization as they supposedly left no writings, a fact that I find increasingly hard to believe.

The Greeks were the scribes for the translations of the books of the Bible from Hebrew to Greek. They may have been the unknowing scribes for some of the Illyrian history though it appears they did not understand the stories past on to them by the Illyrian people. 'From what parents the gods are derived or whether they were in existence from all time, and what they are like in shape, the Greeks do not know till this day when I write these lines' says Herodotus, Greek historian (c. 485-425 B.C.) (Book II, 53). It should be noted that the translation of the Bible, wherein the monotheistic concept was introduced to the western world, had been completed during the beginning of thefirst millenium. While this translation process was taking place the Alexandria (Egypt) Library was destroyed. It was said that this library contained the story of mankind.

It should have been the wonder of the ages how the Greeks could have been the scribes of both the early Illyrian vocal histories and have understood none of it, as has been proven with the analysis of Hesiod's work, and some centuries later became the translators for one of the most important religiousdocuments, the Bible, yet understood little of the roots of the evolution of religion in their world. Maybe now that we might begin to recognize that there is a 'language of god', a language that gave translation to the evolution of religion that we know in our world, we can begin to view this evolution with a clearer perspective.

II An Illyrian World

It is my contention that long before the 'beginning of the world' as expressed in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, there was an Illyrian world in the prehistoric era. It was one that had great religious influence over the Mediterranean world and the areas of the regions known as the Middle East and northern Africa. Though some of this Illyrian influence may have been lost to the Jews in their early culture it is probable that the teachers of Abraham, the Patriarch of the Jews, were aware of it.

The concepts of 'west' and 'ancestors' were important parts of the prehistoric cultures in the ancient world. In Albanian the word 'perendim' translates to 'west'. The word 'Perendia' translates to 'God' or 'god-like'. In Albanian the words 'ze fare' translates to 'the voice (or message) of the ancestors'. The Greek name for 'west wind' was 'zephyr' which probably derivesfrom the Albanian word 'ancestors'.

Some European scholars have tried to find the key to the Illyriansbecause they sensed that it might have been a missing link to understanding the religious evolution in the western world. They were unsuccessful in finding this Illyrian world, and it appears that they could not imagine a wider implication. A reasoning process may enlighten us - help us to understand the religious and spiritual phenomenon in nature that enlightened prehistoric man. It seems to have been lost almost from the beginning of the historic era and became more political in its evolution.

III The Concepts: Ou, Ra, and Tos

In Greek, Ouranos was considered the first god, the god of heaven. If one were to separate the name 'Ouranos', to 'Ou' 'ra', it would translate into Albanian 'I' 'fell'. 'Ou' survives in Albanian as the personal pronoun 'I'. It was my contention that 'Ou' was the name of the first god in the line of succession of gods. Imagine yourself as a cave-dweller living many thousandsof years ago. When you stand on the earth and view the earth and sky, does not the sky appear to fall to the earth in every direction you view? You do not have the understanding that the world is round. It appears that a dome forms over the earth.

Hesiod states: "And Earth first bare starry Heaven, equal to herself, to cover (extend over) her on every side,..." (c.700 B.C.)

It is my contention that this concept, the sky appearing to fall to earth, may have been the most significant to the people of the prehistoric era when their religious ideas were evolving. As a result, the 'ra' expressing this understanding, found its way throughout the cultures of the Middle East and North Africa over hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, in the prehistoric era.We see the word in the name Mediterranean. In Albanian that would translate as 'with the falling day'. Of course this analysis has never been made because the scholars could only see 'Latin'. This has been true with many analyses of the ancient world, the scholars see 'Latin' or 'Greek', or 'Hebrew' then fit a reasoning process to it. Of course, to some extent, I do the same with Illyrian (Albanian) but there is one difference - the Illyrian language is coincident with ideas that are better explained by the 'view' in prehistoric man's world, the evolutionary timetable within which he lived, than any subsequent document left behind by man.

One point should be made clear with regard to the first god. This should not be confused with the idea of a supreme god within the Illyrian scheme. The supreme god to most people of the prehistoric world was the Mother-Earth. In some cultures she survived the prehistoric world and it is a familiar concept in recorded history.

The concept 'Tos' ... When Hesiod was describing the beginning of the world he mentions that in the beginning there was 'Chaos' an emptiness or a state of disorder. And next was formed 'Ge', the earth...

In Albanian there are four principal divisions of people that have emerged from an unrecorded past. The four divisions include the tribes Geg, located north of the Shkumbini River in central Albania (the ancient name of the river was Genusus; 'north' in Albanian 'veri' translates to 'the place of theegg'; 'Shkumbe' in Albanian translates to 'foam', and the oldest story of Aphrodite is of a foam birth, though the Greek version of that birth is not coincident with any Illyrian understanding). To the south of the river were the Tosk, Lab and Cham. With regard to Hesiod's first two names 'chaos' and 'ge', my thought was that they represented two of the four Albanian divisions. I did notallow the dialect of 'Kaos' to dissuade my observation from the Albanian 'Cha'. (The discussion and subsequent persuasion in this writer's book 'Oh Albania, My Poor Albania' satisfied many doubts as to the possible validity since it resulted in the breaking of the 'Greek code' and made many new analyses of the prehistoric world possible. In fact it was a factor in solving the 'mystery' of the Illyrian world.)

My conclusion had been that if the 'Ge' was the mother, in the north, the place of the egg, then the 'Tos' might be the father in this scheme - something that had eluded the Greeks. In Albanian the word 'tos' refers to 'pluhur' which translated to mean 'dust'. The Albanian word 'plehu' translates as 'fertilize'. My thought was that the moisture or perhaps the drizzle of rain in the air on a moonlit night might have been likened to the dust-like appearance one might see in the air during daylight. The prehistoric peoples may have equated this 'dust' as a 'fertilizing' of Mother Earth - not in the factual scientific terms we know today, but in some reasoning that they could comprehend in their time. It is my belief that the 'tos' was synonymous with the concept of 'fertilization'.

IV The Names: 'Torah', 'Ur'

The Torah is one of the most important documents in Jewish culture. It may be said that the Torah is the whole body of Jewish religious literature including the Scriptures (the Bible). More specifically the Torah is considered the first five books of the Old Testament of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Levitus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. In the Jewish tradition, it is the introductionof the 'One God' to the Jewish people, and subsequently to a large part of the human race represented by the people of Christianity and the people of Islam.

Abraham was the founder of Judaism, the first great patriarch who introduced the concept of monotheism - the doctrine in the belief that there is only one God. He was born in Ur, a place in Iraq.

Quite simply it is my contention that the 'To' in 'Torah' represents the 'fertilization', and the 'rah', that which 'fell to earth', or the 'fatherhood which fell to earth'. This is what I believe to be the etymology - the origin and prehistorical development of this name. And it is quite fitting, and no wonder, that the patriarch and founder of this 'One God' concept should be born in a place called 'Ur', a name that I believe developed from the Illyrian concept 'Ou' 'Ra'...

Albania, including Kosova, should be viewed not only as a nation that had been established in 1912, (KosovA was stolen from Albania by the Great Powers of early 20th century Europe and pillaged by neighbors) but also a culture, a living, breathing heritage for many thousands of years despite the lack of an alphabet until 1878 and an illiterate population as recent as 1945. There are prehistoric concepts within this heritage that can be the only source of explanation for the origin of religious ideas and tradition that exist in many cultures with regard to the 'west' and 'ancestoral reverence'. And it becomes apparent that the ideas pre-date any recorded civilization's claim to antiquity by the very nature of its preservation - they can be found, even though lost for thousands of years, not through documents, not by investigating pottery or other artifacts, but through a reasoning process that applies the Albanian language to the same natural surroundings that were readily available to prehistoric man as it is to ourselves today.

It is important to understand that the Illyrian (Albanian) and Jewish peoples at one time lived in a prehistoric world, one culture subsequently left writings, one supposedly did not; one culture lost some of the understandings of that world, the other culture remained a mystery for thousands of years until 1980.

In Albanian 'Genusus' would translate to 'Mother Earth as a bride'. 'Nuse' translates to 'bride'... It is most probable the origin of the Greek word 'Genesis', 'the beginning', derives from this concept. In Albanian the word 'dhenderr' translates to 'groom'. 'Dhe' translates to 'earth', and 'nderr' translates 'to extend' or 'spread over'. From Homeric Hymn, c.800 B.C.: 'Hail Mother of the gods, wife of starry Heaven'. From Hesiod, c.700 B.C.: 'And earth first bare starry Heaven, equal to herself, to cover (extend over) her on every side..."

V The Bridge to the Blessed Father

Thousands of years have passed without the benefit of insight into the prehistoric Illyrian world, without an awareness that there was and still is a 'language of god'. It is a 'language' which may help man to understand the prehistoric evolution of the religious and spiritual phenomenon that rooted in that era and in some aspects survived in the world we know today. It is a'language' which might answer questions that can help man to better understand his world, his religion.

The reader must recognize that we live in a very dangerous world where technology has given humanity some very unforgiving powers. The Illyrian (Albanian) language might teach something. Hopefully it can be the catalyst which could take us from Day One of the evolutionary process to Day Two. It is a newawareness of an old phenomenon.

If one were to point to the place where the heaven meets the earth and follow the path of the sun overhead and toward the west, an imaginary bridge would be drawn. In Albanian 'ura' translates to 'bridge'. 'Urat' translates to 'the blessed father'.

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