Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Earth Agnostic: Russian YouTubers Question The World Map

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about an old map that appeared to show America joined to the Asian continent. I came across that map on a Russian language YouTube video. Since then I've been looking further into the Russian YouTube scene and have found more interesting material. What I'm going to share in this article comes from the following YouTube channel. Some of it is quite bizarre O_o

The overall view put forth on the channel, from what I've gathered with the help of Google Translate, goes something along the lines of this;

 - Some continents, including North America, are fake. However, there are other continents, that do exist, that have been hidden from us.

One map shown in many of the videos is this one;

(click to enlarge)

It appears to show North America fused with Asia, and South America wrapped around so it points towards the North Pole instead of the South. This is all surrounded by a ring - which includes Australia! The centre shows the classic quartet of islands separated by four rivers, famous from many of the older semi-apocryphal world maps. The top half then includes two brand new, hidden continents. These are lifted straight from a document that purports to show hidden lands discovered by Nazi Germany. Quite an imaginative, if bizarre amalgamation of ideas.

I'm not sure how the Russian labels on the hidden continents translate into English, however they're labelled Asgard and Liberia on the original Third Reich map, so I'm guessing it's similar on this map. I vaguely remember these "Nazi" maps from online discussions about Hollow Earth some time back. I've got a few articles open at the moment which I intend to read after I've finished writing this article to refresh my memory. I would imagine that the Nazi document is possibly some kind of fake or hoax, but it's worth having a re-look. Maybe it might surprise me.

Of course, it's possible that this very YouTube channel I'm looking into could be some kind of ruse or Russian language psyop. Though from what I can tell the guy seems perfectly sincere. Mind you he also shows the following map, which is perhaps even more extreme than the one shown above. Again though, a lot gets lost in translation, so maybe this map is more to illustrate a concept than to show the actual lay of the land as he sees it. Either way his videos are certainly entertaining.

The above maps aside the videos also share some quite interesting information. One thing I found quite curious was the following assertion.

In this above meme it states; "California and Vladivostok share one shore". It points out that both places have glass pebble beaches, and that this is evidence that they are part of the same coastline.

(A still from one of the videos showing the
shore of California on the left and the shore
of Vladivostok on right)

I had a quick search online and it turns out there are other places where this type of beach is common.

So the argument isn't quite as appealing as it first seems. However, it's still quite an interesting claim, and something I wasn't aware of. Another interesting claim made concerns pollution, with one video stating that pollution from factories in Norilsk, Russia was poisoning parts of Canada. So much so that fines were imposed upon the Russian factories. This is said to be proof that Canada is in fact much closer to Russia than the world map otherwise shows.

(A still from the video)

(A YouTube comment repeating the claim)

(A translation of the comment)

Finally, one more thing I found interesting was the way this YouTuber reinterprets old maps. He does this thing were he takes the world map - with the American continent on the left and the Eurasian continent on the right. Then he cuts the map in half and moves the left hand side over to the right, showing that they often fit quite perfectly. I'll show a few examples below.

(An original map - apologies for
the poor resolution)

(The same map with its left half moved to the right)

(Another, quite strange map)

(The same map with its left hand side moved
across to the right)

In the bottom example even the angel's wings match up. Quite fascinating. He does this with quite a few different maps to varying effect. Sadly it's difficult to completely follow the claims he seems to be making due to the language barrier. The gist seems to be that this "splitting" of the landmass was a deliberate ploy of some sort.

I'll definitely have to keep an eye on this person's work. Hopefully I'll find more YouTubers discussing such topics. He often mentions the work of bloggers in his videos too (if I'm following the translations properly). So it would be interesting if I could discover those too. Maybe they might be a little easier to translate. Either way it seems we now have Russians questioning the world map in Russian language videos and blogs, and South Koreans questioning the history of such maps in Korean language blogs and videos. Highly interesting :)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Consonants & Vowels: Taking Stock

I think it's time to take stock now. I've published quite a few articles on this topic over the last month or so, and it would probably be good to allow it all to ferment for a while. I'll mull over what I have and come back to it all afresh at some point in the future. Otherwise I'm going to end up getting a little lost :)

So I now have 12 consonants and 10 vowels. Not the 7 vowels that originally began this chain of thought in my original series a few years back.

These are the consonants I'm left with;

And these are the vowels;

Giving us an alphabet that looks somewhat like this;

However, if we ignore the removal of the "push" consonants - which would perhaps be more sensible at this point - then we would get this alphabet, with 16 consonants and 10 vowels. Back to a full 26 :)

The Vowel Sounds Compared

What follows are the seven sacred vowels (plus the two extra sounds we found in other variations of the seven), then the ten vowel sounds I'd identified. The bracketed numbers next to each show the correspondences between the two.

The Seven Sacred Vowels;

A - [a] as in father (1)
E - [e] as in pet (2)
H - [e/a] as in thread, day, say (3)
I - [i] as in meet, tree (4)
O - [o] as in got, cold, oh (7)
Y - [i] as in French une, you (8)
Ω - [o] as in law (6)
"my" "eye" sound (5)
"uh" "cup" sound (9)

My Ten Vowels;

[a] as in angle "a" (1)
[a] as in angel "ay" (3)
[e] as in egg "e" (2)
[ee] as in speed "ee" (4)
[i] as in igloo "i" (-)
[i] as in my "eye" (5)
[o] as in oxen "o" (6)
[o] as in go "oh" (7)
[oo] as in zoom "oo" (8)
[u] as in snug "u" (9)

The one sound without a correspondence is the [i] sound, as in igloo.

Much as I would like to reduce the number of vowels down to a core seven for aesthetic taste I still think it would be much better to keep the ten. Each one sounds quite distinct and the language would suffer for the loss of any.

Going forward the question now is what symbols I use to represent each sound. The Greek letters [H] and [Y] are already in use as consonants so they're off the table. I'm tempted to use the omega symbol [Ω] to represent the "aw" sound. I'm also tempted to keep the double O [oo] and double E [ee] usage just for the sheer practicality - though it would undermine the technical purity somewhat. If I used these symbols it would leave me with just two vowels without symbols.

[Ω] as in for "o" or law "aw" (6)
[oo] as in zoom "oo" (8)
[ee] as in speed "ee" (4)
[a] as in angle "a" (1)
[e] as in egg "e" (2)
[o] as in go "oh" (7)
[u] as in snug "u" (9)
[i] as in igloo "i" (-)

Leaving just;

[-] as in angel "ay" (3)
[-] as in my "eye" (5)

There's also the problem of choosing symbols that are available on a standard keyboard - which [Ω] isn't of course. There's also the problem that the lower case [Ω] symbol is just like the symbol for the letter [W]. I could borrow symbols from another language. Or perhaps use some type of diacritic - the little accents and symbols that appear above a letter to signify a different pronunciation - à, ë, etc.

It would perhaps be cool to use an eye symbol of some sort for the "eye"/"my" sound. Maybe the "ay" as in angel could be a little [a] with a halo :)

I've just had a look and a line that goes over the top of a letter is called a macron - an [a] with a macron looks like this; ā. There's also a little symbol called an overring that can appear above a letter, though it doesn't look as much like a halo as I'd hoped - å. I'll go with it for the time being though.

Come to think of it the [i] symbol has a little dot above it already in its lowercase form, so maybe I would be better off keeping that symbol for the "eye" sound and then using another variation for the igloo [i]. I think I'll go for an [i] with two little dots above it - ï. Perhaps not ideal, but at least it gives us a way to distinguish the two for the time being. I think I'll use an [o] with two dots above it to symbolise the "aw" sound too - ö - instead of the omega symbol [Ω].

Finally, having looked at the various other symbols and accents used in other languages I quite like the idea of using symbols that join two letters together for the double [E] and double [O] sounds. These are called ligatures, the most common example probably being the conjoining of the vowels [A] and [E] - Æ (æ in lowercase). I managed to find two [O] symbols conjoined [ꝏ] but not the [E] symbols.

So I now have;

(1) [a] as in angle "a"
(2) - [e] as in egg "e"
(3) - [å] as in angel "ay"
(4) - [ee] as in speed "ee"
(5) - [i] as in my "eye"
(6) - [ö] as in oxen "o" or law "aw"
(7) - [o] as in go "oh"
(8) - [ꝏ] as in zoom "oo"
(9) - [u] as in snug "u"
(10) - [ï] as in igloo "i"

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Seven Sacred Vowels Continued..

When we last left off we were trying to catalogue the various vowel sounds. After looking at different online interpretations of the "seven sacred vowels" I put together the following table;

My next move will be to try to see how these sounds correspond to the vowel sounds I myself identified when I was looking into the problem. At the time I noted ten distinctive vowel sounds commonly used in the English language;

Before I do that though I'm going to make note of something else I came across when looking into this. One variant of the seven sacred vowels I found online included the [M] and [S] sounds in their seven. Now both [M] and [S] are consonants of course. However, unlike all the other consonants they can be sustained. Much like vowel sounds can be. The [M] can be sustained by humming. Hence the famous sustained "Om" sound sometimes used in meditation. When we hum we close our mouth and breathe through our nose. In fact, if you hold your nose it's impossible to hum. The sustained [S] produces a hissing sound like a snake. The similarity of the letter [S] to a snake is one of the first things we notice about the written language as children - "It's pronounced "Ssss", like a snake". It just makes sense on some fundamental level. It's almost hardwired into nature.

The [M] sound holds a similar onomatic truth to it. Though slightly less obviously. It's the starting letter of the word mouth. We also have the word mum or mam - with the double [m] sound. Often the first word we learn for obvious reasons. From this we get the word mammary. It's also interesting that [M] is the onomatopoeic sound of eating - "Mmm" ...and, of course, our first nourishment comes via mammaries from our mothers. Oh, and I nearly forgot the word milk as well.

Perhaps this is why Freemasons are so found of the number "33" - which is in effect just two M's on their side.

Also, returning to the [S] sound we also have many words that seem to be associated in similar ways. For example, the word snake itself. Words like slither, slide, sneaky, silent. In fact, when we want to silence someone we give them the shush sound - "Shhh! Be quiet". This is a combination of the [S] and [H] sounds. [H] is a breathy sound so it makes sense that it would be used to intone silence. [S] is more sinister and threatening. A hiss. So again, it makes sense that a combination of a hiss and a hush would implore someone to silence.

Maybe there's some relation to both seven and sacred that I've yet to fathom. Either way it seems that many of the sounds we use are in some ways rooted in the mechanics of nature, and are not just randomly selected to connote the various meanings assigned to them. With all this in mind I wonder if it would perhaps be useful to put [M] and [S] in a slightly separate category from the other consonants.

Incidentally, the variant of the seven sacred vowels I came across online which included the [M] and [S] sounds gave the entire run down as this;

EE - written I, pronounced as in "tree"
EH - written E, pronounced as in "red"
O - written O, pronounced as in "so"
AH - written A, pronounced as in "fall"
U - written U, pronounced as in "you"
M - as a hum
S - as in a hiss

It's clear there's quite a broad array of opinions on this topic, I think I'll continue to focus on the normal vowel sounds though, and leave [M] and [S] just as consonants for the time being. It's still very curious though, and worth bearing in mind as we go forward.

Actually, it would probably make sense to finish this blog post here and start the actual comparison between my vowel sounds and the seven sacred vowel sounds in another post. It might be quite a painstaking task come to think of it. Hopefully there won't be too many difficulties though :)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Earth Agnostic: Mappa Americani

I was recently made aware of this map, the topic of today's blog post. I came across it on a Russian language YouTube video in which a man was discussing conspiracy theories about North Korea, and also the possibility that there is some type of land bridge connecting the Asian and American continents. This is an idea I've taken an interest in previously on here, albeit in a more circumspect way.

(State of Nations at the Christian Era - A. Finley 1827)

The full title of the map is "State of Nations at the Christian aera From Pinkerton on the Goths" and it depicts the state of the world as it was said to be in ancient times, not as it was at the time of its publication (early 19th century). I've came across the antiquarian John Pinkerton before when I've been investigating other historical curiosities. He was possibly most famous for his theories about the Goths and the Celts. A particularly memorable quote from him is the following;

"What a lion is to an ass, such is a Goth to a Celt."

What's especially interesting about this map - and what the Russian in the video was alluding to - is that in the top right hand corner it has the label "Americani".

(State of Nations at the Christian Era - Detail)

Now I would imagine that this is simply an allusion to notions that the tribes that inhabited this region of Russia were also of the same stock as those which inhabited the north of the American continent. After all there are also maps published by Pinkerton himself which show us a more familiar rendering of the world, so it's unlikely that this labelling would be suggesting one continuous world landmass.

(1818 Pinkerton Map of the Northern Hemisphere)

Nevertheless the label of "Americani" is still quite interesting and worthy of note. In fact, I've mentioned on this blog before the ethnic and cultural similarities between people on both sides of this North Pacific divide. This label would suggest that earlier thinkers were also well aware of these similarities.

You may also have noticed that the "Americani" map is divided into two coloured sections. With Russia, Scandinavia and East Asia coloured pink in contrast to the wider map which is coloured yellow. The reason for this is that everything beyond this demarcation was thought to be ocean and not land in ancient times. With closer inspection we can read the following;

(State of Nations at the Christian Era - Demarcation Line)

"On the north of this Line the Ancients placed the Scythic Ocean : on the East, the Eoan."

The Scythic Ocean was an ocean said to lie beyond the tribes of Scythia. An ocean that perhaps could be equated with the Arctic Ocean. "Eoan" is a word that is now largely obsolete, but was used to refer to the East or the dawn - i.e. where the sun rises or was thought to originate. In fact, the word Orient has a similar meaning and could be seen to be cognate with words like aura, orb, - or, oro and aurum (the French, Spanish and Latin for gold) - even the word orange. All donating in a sense a sun-like sphere of light.

Returning to the map it's quite interesting that large parts of this region beyond the demarcation line remained largely unexplored even at the time of the maps publication. Even today much of this region is relatively underpopulated. It's also interesting to note that the ancient view that beyond this line lay simply ocean would effectively place China, Mongolia and the Himalayan mountains virtually on the edge of the Arctic Ocean. The similarity of the words Arctic and Tartar is worth pondering too. The Tartar kingdoms effectively disappeared off the face of the world map as we entered the modern age. Maybe mysteries still remain in this region.