By Hugh Nibley
One very important key to figuring out glossy civilization is a familiarity with its historical history. Many glossy rules and practices — social, political, or even financial — have cleared parallels and antiquity. A cautious research of those forerunners of our traditions, particularity as they contributed to the downfall of past civilizations, can assist us steer clear of a number of the blunders of our predecessors.
The historical State, through Hugh Nibley, is a thought-provoking exam of features of historical tradition, from using marked arrows to the unusually common notion of kinship, from argument from a number of colleges of philosophy to the increase of rhetoric. writer Hugh Nibley brings his traditional meticulous learn and scholarship to undergo during this enlightening number of essays and lectures.
It has been acknowledged that in simple terms via studying the teachings of historical past will we desire to prevent repeating them. For pupil and amateur alike, The historical State is a precious resource of such learning.
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Here the arrow shaft comes full circuit, fulfilling its destiny as the ultimate embodiment of power. III. ”71 If Hilprecht’s theory failed of general acceptance, it was because no one could see how the arrow fitted into the picture. In view of the uses of the marked arrow by hunters, however, that should be fairly clear, especially if one considers a few related facts that may be briefly listed. 1. 72 2. Some systems of writing of mysterious origin, such as Ogam,73 Runic,74 and Himyaritic, first appear as arrowmarking.
It needs only little research to learn that the crime and the punishment of Nimrod was repeated in the case of Aesculapius, his father Apollo (the Admetus story), the Hyperborean Orion, Sisyphus, Salmoneus, the Emperor Julian (who was smitten by St. 87 Folklorists have long identified these terrible hunters of the East with the ubiquitous wild huntsman, a great lord or lady who will do nothing but hunt, who holds his agrarian hinds in utter contempt, and publicly announces that he prefers hunting to heaven.
There is a tremendous hunt, after which everyone returns to the royal hirthstofa where each guest is assigned his proper seat. All the game is then brought in and thrown in a heap before the king (as in the Greek katabolia), who personally examines all the arrows and, as the marking of each is noted, has his herald give public recognition to its owner for his contribution to the banquet. 61 Marked arrows could, like the Hebrew rods, represent tribes as well as individuals at the feasts. 63 Bundles of seven divination arrows standing for the combined gentes of the Osage64 recall similar tribal bundles of the Scythians, Alans, Slavs, and ancient Germans65 (who also chose their leaders by drawing willow lots), and these have been compared in turn with the Persian baresma66 and the Roman fasces (cf.