Saturday, January 7, 2017

Garden of Eden at Göbekli Tepe?

Religion brought about civilization, not the other way around. Why not? The first Olympics were centered on the arts and religion. Some think they have yet again found the Garden of Eden. The Bible says Eden is where the 4 rivers come together, and such a place is Göbekli Tepe (Potbelly Hill), a point in SouthernTurkey near the Syrian border. Stones, part of a vast ancient structure larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza have been found. The Urantia Book’s account of human history stated that no animals were killed inside the Garden of Eden. In fact, only birds were allowed inside. Theorists think the fact that wild game bones are discovered in abundance here points out Adam and Eve's dismissal from the Garden. There are all kinds of theories, but only about 5% has been uncovered after 20 years!

The aeiral view of Göbekli Tepe (pronounced Guh-behk-LEE TEH-peh) reveals a site not for living or domestic settlement, but strictly for worshipping purposes. It predates the invention of the wheel. 7000 years before the pyramids. It is carbon dated at about 9500 BC, some sites say older, anyway it's the oldest structure in the world, and Pre-pottery Neolithic A.. Machinery for moving these is not thought to have existed at that time. It's older than the oldest cities.

There are rectangular and circular temples found since 2005.
It all centers on circles that may represent a portal. In the center of each temple are two T-shaped pillars with 10 or 12 others surrounding them. These are cleanly carved limestone pillars that towered 10-18 feet high, weighing 16 tons. The earliest rings were the most sophisticated. As time went on they became less so, and smaller. (source

They are engraved with engravings of animals like bulls, boars, foxes, gazelles, donkeys, snakes and other reptiles, insects, arachnids, and birds, particularly vultures. Such pillars have also been found in Neolithic sites at Nevali Çori, Hamzan Tepe, Sefer Tepe and Karahan Tepe. In some Neolithic cultures, vultures and other carrion birds were believed to take souls to heaven. On the pillars at Gobekli Tepe  there are a few engravings of humans--one a crouched, naked woman, one a decapitated man with an erection. Ancestor worship often included decapitation, or possibly an early form of sky burial such as practiced by Tibetan Buddhists and Zoroastrians of India. They found it an efficient way of getting rid of the body--letting birds have it. 
Pillar 2 from Enclosure A (Layer III)
Gobekli Tepe, Urfa. Wikimedia 
2 huge monoliths in the circle on the right look, to me, like chairs facing each other. The Urantia Book claims that Adam viewed Eve as an equal, and some theorize these chairs symbolize their counsel. While some think this may be a celestial calendar, the portal aligns with celestial bodies, like a Gateway. It seems to point to Cygnus, the Celestial Swan. Some think this is an entrance or exit to "sky world." 

Could this be Eden when Adam and Eve worshipped? Could God and his angels have created this? Is this the portal through which the angels came? Extra terrestrials? I think we need to hold off until more of the excavation is complete. At any rate, it is hard to believe mankind was capable of building such a place so many thousands of years ago.

Andrew Collins compares these two pictures and suggests perhaps  nineteenth-century artist and poet William Blake, who saw his first angel when he was 8 years old, had a vision of these T shaped pillars at Göbekli Tepe. How could Blake have seen this place that was buried for so many centuries? Collins purports that spooky physics can explain."Quantum entanglement provides a scientific basis for everything from telepathy to past lives, premonitions and, of course, glimpses of the past." 

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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren.