Thursday, 17 April 2014

Elder scrolls lore theory

Whats really mind-blowing is that they show how Lorkhan = Akatosh in Skyrim.
Look at the statue of Talos in Whiterun. Talos is stepping on snake while pointing a sword into the snake's open mouth.

The relevance of this can be found in how the Nords use to depict all their gods as animals a long time ago. These animals were the hawk, wolf, snake, moth, owl, whale, bear, fox, and the dragon.

Lets Look at at three of these, specifically the snake, whale, and hawk. As you might remember these three animals were used on those spinning pillar puzzles in Nord ruins.
Lets also look at three of the Nords gods, specifically Shor, Kyne, and Tsun.
-Tsun is the Shield-thane of Shor, we meet Tsun in Sovengaurd were he guards thewhalebone bridge into the hall the Hall of Valor, Tsun = the whale.
-Kyne, the wife of Shor, also known as Kynareth, is the goddess of air, what better animal to represent the goddess of air but a hawk?
-Shor is the Nordic leader of the gods and husband to Kyne. Shor is also the Nodric name for Lorkhan. Furthermore Lorkhan is also known in the Redguard faith as Sep theSNAKE. Sep/Shor/Lorkhan = the snake.

Talos stepping on the snake on his statue is Talos stepping on Sep/Shor/Lorkhan, taking the place of the missing god.
Now I want you to go to The temple of the divines in Solitude and look at the shrine to Akatosh there, on said shrine we can clearly make out a dragonhead with its mouth open and a sword entering it.
Look closer however, this depiction of Akatosh has a dragon's head, and a dragons wings, BUT it does not have a dragons body, nor a dragons arms or feet, it has the body OF A SNAKE, thin and serpentine, not anywhere close to same bodies that other dragons have or that Akatosh had in Oblivion.
Does anyone else find it coincidental that a "snake", with its mouth open, and a sword entering are in BOTH Akatosh's and Talos's shrine?
I have already shown how Lorkhan = The snake, and how Akatosh's shrine is mirroring the statue of Talos with a snake having a sword shoved in its mouth. If Lorkhan = a snake, and Akatosh = a snake, then Akatosh = Lorkhan.
Akatosh = Lorkhan was also confirmed shortly after Oblivion came out by series lore-writer Michael Kirkbride, also known as MK.
 Jun 23 2006, 10:19 AM

You guessed it. The Arena is a collection of pseudo-imagos, all the way down to the core. Lorkhan is Akatosh, the Dragon God of Time is the Missing God of Change."
see how they hide stuff in plain sight?

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The origins of Islamic extremism.

Here I shall trace a general overview ,without going into too much detail, of the impact and changes on the Islamic civilization caused by invasions,contact and  politics.Rather than the religion itself,I shall cover the social and political changes in the Islamic world.

When we think of the Arab conquests that took place soon after the death of Muhammad,we imagine Arab armies as a horse borne system.This is in fact quite wrong. Roman and Persian documents tell us that the Arabs at that time actually had heavy infantry based armies. The horse riding,curved sword culture that occupies our minds is actually of a latter age. You see after the Arab conquests and before the crusades,there were another people of great and lasting importance -the Turks [and other central Asian people].The Turks would bring with them a large amount of their own culture and traditions that remain a part of Islamic culture.

Possibly starting as far away as central china,a large number of tribes and people began to move west and they would settle in the middle east[ever wonder why turkey and Turkmenistan share such startling similarities despite such a huge geographical distance from one another?] through peaceful means and by conquest. It was this cultural migration that created the world of horse borne warriors with curved swords.When the crusaders arrived the Seljuk Turks had already conquered most of the middle east[save Arabia itself]  and what the crusaders faced was a weakened Seljuk state and the unruly and now newly independent vassals.

The crusades can show us that the Islamic world could be quite secular when it came to politics. When the Arabs first left Arabia,not all of them were Muslim,Muhammad never forced the conquered tribes to convert so long as they kept their loyalty.When they reached Syria and other areas held by the christian Byzantine emperor,they were on occasions welcomed by the conquered people[composed of Jew and Christians of various sects] as their policies did not interfere heavily with their own religion as the Emperor in Byzantine was prone to do. In Iran and Africa, there were strong and independent cultural identities and Islam was adapted to their own socio-cultural conditions. Spain under the Arabs was a center of learning and the arts  and a refuge for Jews and other who wished to escape religious persecution in Christian Europe. The later Ottoman,Mughal and Muslim Tartar states often had large amounts of non-Muslims under them so being tolerant was the most prudent course of action.

The mongol invasion that ruined the Middle east while leaving Europe mostly untouched also saw cultural upheavals,like the previous invaders they brought in their own culture. The Mongols were rather brutal,and mongol converts like Timur the lame did enforce Islam in very forceful and violent ways,however these systems did not last long.And many tradition that would have horrified Europe due to their liberal nature continued.

Islamic extremism as we know it can be traced to Arabia and Egypt.The radical view of these early extremists horrified and frightened the people,who the western world once mocked for their open and free practices, yet it was soon the norm. The Muslims in china and the USSR soon saw a fall in their number and importance as the Muslims in the Balkans also did.Without a caliph,proper borders or well made political systems left the African and middle eastern people ripe for a radical uprising.Countries like Libya,Egypt,Syria and Iraq often found that being a more secular in their dealing was better for their rule[Egypt] or went with their ideological interests[the Baathist movement,that opposed Islamic extremism].Countries like Yemen,Somalia had communist interests so that left  little room for radicalism. However after the extremists found a place in Afghanistan,they soon turned their interests to Africa,where they succeeded to a great extent in countries like Sudan,Somalia. With Iraq's fall and without a cigar smoking,whisky loving,Baathist dictator around extremists found a new haven. As they did after the western interference with Iran,that caused the Ayatollah and his version of extremism to come into power.

Now with the fall of the secular governments of Algeria,Libya,Egypt,Syria and the attacks on countries like Mali Islamic extremism has found itself several new roosts,courtesy of the west.  

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Why did Japan Surrender?

The Japanese surrender in World war two was a sudden shift from their previous war plans, So what if the cause for their surrender was not directly caused by the Atomic bomb?

Could we Perhaps assume that the A Bomb was dropped to warn the Russians, not to end the war. the Japanese would have fought to the last man [there was even an attempted coup after the A Bomb dropped by Japanese generals to ensure their continued fight against Allied aggression.]
Perhaps the reason they surrendered to the US was because the Russians were massing on their Western front from Sakhalin and Vladivostok and the Japanese imperialists realised that under Russian rule their way of life and emperor would be no more. this would be  why several weeks before the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki they had sought a way of offering a surrender to the US and its allies that protected their way of life.
The US dropped the bomb because they wished to show the Russians they had developed this weapon and to keep them in line, it had very little effect on the Japanese war machine itself, even going so far as to mobilise the Japanese generals I mentioned earlier to stage a coup to continue the fight to the last man.
It is probably worth reading up on history before accepting the US cry of "we won the war". The Russians won the ground war for the Allies in Europe while the US was sitting on the sidelines increasing its economy by ripping off the other allies through the lend lease agreements until they were forced to enter via the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

Operation unthinkable.

One of the second world wars most overlooked area is the Eastern front and the uneasy relationship that existed before and after the war.
Before the war France and England both came close to bombing the soviet union in a attempt to dissuade them from supplying the Germans.
After the war Relations were no better. After the Allies and the Union came to hold most of Europe Churchill was not confident of the Unions intentions-And based on this fear "Operation Unthinkable" was formulated.
The Plan would have hostilities begin in July 1 1945, and would involve the Re-arming 100,000 German soldiers. The USA was expected to Bomb the Soviet union and use their Nuclear weapons should Stalin refuse to surrender. The plan was not well received by the Americans, Harry Truman would told Churchill that they would be unable to help drive the Union from Eastern Europe.

Respect is fear.

What is Respect in the Truest sense?
 In my opinion it is nothing fear in the social context.

Why do you respect someone?-
You fear the repercussions should you fail to do so, i.e you fear the influence and sway he has, his status.
You are conditioned to do so- and is conditioning not based on reward and punishment?
Why do you conform with what you are conditioned to do? You fear not receiving the reward or receiving punishment.
What do you do when you respect  someone? You offer him resources,rights,concessions and treat him as a equal or superior- As one would do to some one he feared.
Does one not treat a thing he respects with care and concern, as though harm unto it would cause harm unto it would cause harm unto himself?
And how does society tell you to behave when you meet someone of importance? With respect of course.

Is the only difference the fact that respect is admired while fear is though of poorly?
Fear hinders you, stops you.
Is action also not stopped by ones respect towards existing  barriers?
Fear impediments your interaction with that which you fear.
Does respect not also unnerve?

If such is the nature of respect is it only the fact that society demands one to be,what it deems respectful that make it different from nature?

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The influence of popular culture/ideas[regarding politics]

With the elections around the corner in India,it is quite fascinating to observe the general methods used to put forth agenda.However it is not the Propaganda of the political parties that i am focusing on but rather the information and ideas put forth and propagated by the general media.

Anyone with a little bit of knowledge would know that unlike nations like the USA Indian has parliamentary form of elections and more importantly the Prime minister is elected indirectly[I.E the representative elected locally end up selecting the PM].

You might begin to think that this is a restricted and only a locally centered/relevant topic.However there is a very interesting display of social behavior that is very much universal.

The Indian political system is structured in manner in which local issues and not national issues determine elections. I.E a villager looks to his regional concerns rather than national problems,and it is his selection of candidates that contribute to the overall nation,the role of the central leadership is irrelevant. In strict contrast to the American system.

This is not the image one would find in the Media.The Indian media portrays the elections to revolve around National issues rather than local issues which is quite wrong.What the two major national candidates Rahul Gandhi and Modi  say has little impact on the overall picture.

India has always had larger than life politicians,personality cults etc.This is reflected to a great extent. However this is not the only reason.One of the other major reasons is imitation of the general ideas used in the American system.  Some Indians do have a tendency to be over enthusiastic and   admirative of western culture.Also Indians do happen to be slightly behind at time when it come to political knowledge.

The Media has discovered that providing a image akin to the American system provides a more interesting image and it also manages to resonate with viewers.It is foolish to say that the media does not know the image they put forth is inaccurate.Anyone who has a university education in politics would see the flaw in the what has been put forth.

I am not Condemning the media,they are merely reflecting the interests of the populace. But it is quite interesting to observe how interest  and comfort with ideas allows one to over look contradictory facts. 

Friday, 2 August 2013

The first world bubble

We may have all come across or known quite a few people who live in general isolation for most mainstream society even while being a part of it. I do not refer to those who live far away from society or are hermits i speak about those who exist with in cities and normal civilization but in a unique form of isolation.

I feel that i have come up with a relatively new concept and variety of a type of social isolation,or at least i hope i have. One could argue that this has been a feature in my family for some time.
When i speak of the first world bubble I refer to situation where individuals having perfectly normal and active social lives,do so in a circle that has nearly no contact with the other more populated ones. Allow me to elaborate. A child grows up with English as his primary tongue,or is at the least more proficient with it than with his native tongue[I shall  use my country India as the location for this.] He views English shows[made in Hollywood] he likes English movies,songs-culture etc. what makes this situation unique is the fact that he and his social circle do the exact same things and do not dip into the mainstream culture[here Indian movies,culture etc.] Unlike nobility of yore they have a near non existent connect with normal culture,which all nobility had. They usually speak English,are well off mostly and have friends who do the same. I too did fall under the first world bubble, but circumstance lead to exposure with other culture.

You see in my home state of Karnataka there is a strong socio-cultural demand to have residents who speak Kannada. This idea is quite strong with the general population of poor assuming that they are looked down upon for speaking in Kannada [this is in fact quite true but that is a different topic]. With compulsory Kannada language education in schools and a tendency to get harassed/bullied by Auto drivers,Bus drivers [vital to nearly all] you would think that they know a minimal amount of information about the Language/culture, however this is not the case. Not only do they manage to live un-harassed but they also manage to thrive

To put it simply I refer to a situation where culture despite proximity remains alien to one another,more alien to one than another. It is common enough i have encountered at least 3 to 4 examples[minimum] per level of [yearly education] education. They are not concerned or informed about the culture outside the bubble that generally consists of mainly western media/culture. The do not speak native tongues nor do they frequently have to.It is important to note that any ample supply of resources allows this to happen.They are not concerned with national politics,they do not know much about local trends,culture,slang etc.

In entirety their worlds never coincide or over lap,they mange to survive without having a clue about  the majority,which here,is quite vocal and slightly unforgiving to those who are not a part of it.

Apart from wealth and resources and and a well laid out social network,they are also quite confident and do not express fear towards any dangers that may befall them.They are also likely to be very socially active and dominant even with those who exist in the outer bubble.[Mainstream society] This is when contact is unavoidable - being in the same class, apartment etc.