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How Much of What We Believe About Ancient History is Really True? Thinking Critically about Myths and Legends

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A legend is a tale regarded as historical even though it has not been proven, and the term “myth” can refer to common yet false ideas.  Many myths and legends describe our history, but they are often treated skeptically. This is because many of them, while explaining a phenomenon, involve divine or supernatural beings. However, despite the fact that many disbelieve such stories, they do not disappear; they are passed down to future generations.  Some parents tell their children that the stories are true.  Others explain that they are likely untrue but important.  And for human beings, they are significant. 

Needing to Know

Psychologically, humans despise ignorance, even though they do not know much about planetary history. Nevertheless, due to this psychological need, historical accounts (which function in the same manner as myths) are filled with what the top minds (at the time) believe are the most logical course of events, and then their suppositions are treated as facts and taught to children. This leads to children believing that certain hypotheses are facts, and if a teacher who can think critically questions those facts, the students often have a psychological aversion to the topic.  They need to “know” what occurred.  If history textbooks contained empty sections in which the author stated, “We are not certain what occurred during this time,” students would likely be insecure because “knowing” what happened provides security.  Myths and legends fill in knowledge gaps.  People want to know what they do not know, and myths thereby provide comfort.  They are happier on a calm sea than an agitated one.  However, people’s reliance on myths have distorted their historical views, and such myths are so much a part of their psychological makeups that questioning them is threatening; they will lash out and do anything they can to stop their beliefs from shattering.

The caravan of Marco Polo traveling towards the Indies. Illustration c. 1375 (Public Domain)

The caravan of Marco Polo traveling towards the Indies. Illustration c. 1375 (Public Domain)

Mention that an individual named Marco Polo who went to China in the 1200s likely did not exist and people will get angry. They will lie and use deceit to try to prove he existed, even though outside of one book written by the fiction author Rustichello da Pisa, there is no evidence of his existence. What is it about people that makes his existence important?  It is the desire to “know” history, and because of this need, willful blindness appears. 

Similarly, evidence exists that suggests human beings are millions of years old, but since this is not the history most people learned in school, they are generally opposed to it.  Because of such opposition, views of history are distorted, likely untrue, and ethnocentric.  How could Christopher Columbus have discovered the Americas if there were already millions of people there?  Most students don’t even know what he was called (Colón), despite the fact that some countries’ money is named after him (colónes).

Landing of Columbus (12 October 1492) (Public Domain)

Landing of Columbus  (12 October 1492) (Public Domain)

Similarly, students will learn some basic information about Chinggis or Genghis Khan but never learn his name (Temujin).  These are just some basic examples of a much more widespread problem: history is misleading and, quite literally, chosen for inclusion in history books.  Facts that do not support the widespread view of historical events on this planet are discarded and even ridiculed.  Some archaeologists have even publicly stated that if the evidence does not fit the established theory, it must be discarded.

The Truth of History

As a result, the majority of citizens are stuck in a rut, and they find it difficult to consider alternative historical possibilities.  The only way to fix this problem is for people to assume that many historical events are distorted, even unknown, and then try to see things anew.  The great Dao De Jing informs us that when great people perceive the truth (or Way), they will study it and never stop.  Mediocre people will pursue it for a bit and then forget it, while inferior people, upon hearing about the truth, will laugh aloud, and if they did not laugh, it would not be the truth.

Astounding Ancient Engineering in Egypt

The following historical accounts should be seriously reconsidered to establish a more accurate view of planetary history: Numerous megalithic sites defy mainstream explanations.  Human beings created such structures, and today, even with our modern technological advances we cannot duplicate their achievements. Such structures include the Great Pyramid in Egypt, insofar as its creation and precision.


I always enjoy reading Dr. Jeremiah;s thoughts including this one on interpreting history and myth. But I must state that I am disturbed by his use of the nomenclature CE and BCE. It is anti Western, Christophobic and cultural appropriation. Our calendar was put together by the Catholic pope Gregory and the respectful nomenclature is AD and BC. Anything else is disrespectful and an example of cultural appropriation. Please reconsider your language.

I found this piece to be thoroughly interesting. I was in school during the 60's and 70's and I have to say even back then I questioned and doubted a lot of what we were taught. I've never lost my interest in history, and have been pleased to see reports of so-called "out of place objects" over the years, and as scientific equipment and technology have advanced, also seeing the dating of objects or settlements pushed further and further back. Thank you for such an interesting and thought provoking piece Dr Jeremiah.

I always found it interesting how ignorant we are. When analyzing great literature I remember a professor once telling me that you have to analyze it within the time period it was written. So if you look at the Bible or any other literature you have to put it in context. If the Bible says God created man in his own image, it could have been written in such a way at that period to say God created man to look like him, but it didn’t. Perhaps man at that time didn’t have the science to describe what was meant at the time. God could have been referring to creating man in its own distinct DNA image and forming man from the ground could simply meant that we are from the elements and compounds in the ground. Even today breathing life into someone is something that we have no scientific concept of so how do you describe giving sentiments’ to a form of life. If Norway or Ireland were talking about Leprechaun or “Wee People” they could very well have been talking about other species or shorter people like pygmies. Perhaps it’s all about context in time.

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Many “myths” are truths while many "truths” are myths. I went back almost 12,000 years into history when I wrote my book, Secrets of the Pink Kush, and discovered that we have been deceived for thousands of years. The reaon for this deceit is that the tetraploid humans wish to control us and part of their strategy is to walk the left hand path of deceit. 


The history of the tetraploid humans and the history of us diploid humans is quite different and yet intersects throughout history. The have always been here (since about 12,000 years ago) but always remain in hiding. The Greek and Roman gods/goddesses were in fact real. They were giants or tetraploid humans to us scientists. They control our planet and they most of the Old Testament. They occupied Atlantis until Atlantis shifted to its current location in the Antarctica. From there Hades went into the Hollow Earth or Underworld while Poseidon and Demeter remained on the surface (originally Malta, I believe) and remained to rule over us. 


It was the tetraplolid humans that built the megaliths, not us. Stonehenge, Gobekli Tepe, Pyramids (Egypt, Mayan,  Incan, Cambodian, Antarcitca, Mars, Ceres), Puma Punku and other megatliths that encircle the globe.


You cannot reconcile or understand history until you understand the tetraploid humans and was them that created civilization for us. We did not do many of the things that they attempt to attribute to us normal diploid humans.

Find out the real history in Secrets of the Pink Kush. It should answer most questions that you have about life, history, religion, occult, nature and GOD.

William H. Bradhaw, Dipl. T, CPIM

Yes, too many real anomalies to believe what the academic gatekeepers are telling us. They have no real answers to any of this material presented.

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