The Minoans

Excerpt from Chapter 4c of the book “Atlantis and the Garden of Eden”. Copyright Frederick Dodson.

The Minoan civilization of Crete had been forgotten until it was rediscovered in the year 1,900 AD. According to archaeologists, signs of Minoan culture go back at least 7,000 years and evidence of agricultural work to 9,000 years. DNA research has traced the Minoans to Anatolia and the Levant, having arrived from there approximately 9,000 years ago.

As the genetic connection to Anatolia keeps coming up among ‘my Atlanteans’, allow me to briefly digress with the following: According to the Bible, Noah found his first dry land on Mount Ararat, which happens to be in Anatolia. It is from Mount Ararat that he repopulated the Earth. From what I have learned, it appears to me that a gigantic tidal wave swept east from the Atlantic Ocean covering much of Europe. The survivors of Atlantis were either residing on mountain peaks further away or they had forewarnings of the deluge to come and had time to build boats and move as far away from the worst zones as possible. Genetic research indicates that the Genesis story is correct in placing the first repopulaters of the Earth in Anatolia. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Göbekli Tepe structures show signs of having been abandoned and fled rather rapidly. They also show signs of having been underwater for some time.

The Minoans built luxurious palaces and were very busy traders who conducted business with the Egyptians and many other Mediterranean cultures. They seem to have been ruled by women or they at least worshiped mostly female deities. The Minoans used some of the following as sacred symbols; bulls, the double-headed-axe, the sun-disk, the serpent and the tree (some of which are actually apple-trees). The Minoan language has some similarities to Egyptian and Mesopotamian.

One of the more famous Minoan artifacts is the so-called “Phaistos Disc,” which contains numerous symbols on both of its sides.

 minoan discs

It was discovered in 1908 and is claimed to be approximately 4,000 years old. Its purpose, meaning and origin remain unknown to this day. Its authenticity was contested until similar objects were dug up elsewhere on the island. Many of the symbols are easily recognizable objects, animals and people, while some resemble Egyptian and Anatolian hieroglyphs. It also contains the usual symbols I associate with Atlantis. For example it shows plumed and tattooed heads, and dresses normally associated with natives of North America and Mesoamerica rather than Crete. The tools also do not look Minoan but South American. Some of the pictures on the Disc have also been found in Minoan artwork. So what could possibly be the connection between American Natives and Minoans? My guess is that the plumed heads were an Atlantean custom remembered by people on both sides of the Ocean. The ancient serpents were often described as feathered. Therefore, this fashion could have served to revere those ancient gods.

Parallel to the late Aztec culture, evidence of human sacrifice has been found at various Minoan sites. Here too it appears to have been practiced more towards the end of Minoan civilization rather than its beginnings, which again indicates regression from a once higher state. The Mayan Popol Vuh indicates that human sacrifice commenced in ‘later days’ after mankind had been ‘deceived’ into doing so.

Below is the most well-known Minoan ruin, a rather beautiful palace unearthed at Knossos:

minoan atlantis

The popular Minoan sport of Bull Leaping:

minoan atlantean

A Minoan “Snake Goddess”:

 

 minoan serpent

After Minoan decline, many of their people showed up in the Levant, where they mingled with the Biblical Philistines (from which the word Palestine is derived). The Israelites did not like the Philistines, who were in many respects similar to the Minoans and perhaps shared the same ancestors. Israelite antagonism is not that surprising if we consider that they lived in a more patriarchal society and their religion viewed serpents as the enemy of God rather than an object of worship.

The Minoans are currently known as one of the very few seafaring people who did not engage in war, and who lived in tranquility without fortifying their cities and homes and without using weapons. They were primarily merchants, athletes and artists. Researchers do not understand how they could survive for thousands of years without protection. Their culture was foreign and far removed from that of other European cultures. Their main sport seems to have been “bull-leaping” and the bull was sacred to them.  The Egyptian Solon, who shared the story of Atlantis with Plato, says that bull festivities and sports are Atlantean. The reverence of the bull continues as “bullfighting” to this day in the Atlantean colonies of Spain, Portugal and Mexico.

The bull also features prominently with the Basques, Etruscans, Hittites, Egyptians and whoever occupied Göbekli Tepe.

Some of the writing inscriptions of the Minoans have been found to be using both the left-to-right and right-to-left technique, whereas our writing is written from left to right and Arabic is written from right to left. This rare form of writing was also used by the Hittites and incidentally, the original inhabitants of the Easter Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

There might, however, be an explanation of why Minoans appeared to be ‘unprotected’: Maybe theirs was a civilization that existed in a time before warring and seafaring nations roamed the Mediterranean, not long after the fall of Atlantis.

Many sections of the Minoan culture are underwater and have been therefore protected from looting and obfuscation. As their major port cities are also underwater, we have yet to discover most of their secrets.