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From Goddess to King, Chapter 8, THE ORIGINS OF IONIA

FROM GODDESS TO KING

A History of Ancient Europe from the

OERA LINDA BOOK

By Anthony Radford

CHAPTER 8

THE ORIGINS OF IONIA

It has been the intention of the author to first present the historically believed information and then show how this new source changes those beliefs but in this case it is impossible because who else has written about Jon, our most common name? They say it means "Given" and so it was given to an adventurous sea-king from the Rhine 3640 years ago.

The sea-king Jon had fitted out a fleet of 127 ships when Kaltas followers destroyed the citadel at Walhallagara. He was to have taken on paper there but instead took his men to avenge their anger by attacking Kalta at her own citadel of Flyburgt. They set fire to it but saved the maidens and the sacred lamp while Kalta, herself escaping, openly declared war on the whole community.

The Earth Mother Rosamond had responded and defeated the rebels, exiling them to Britain but that did not stop Kalta who eventually rallied the exiles with the help of the Druids into virtually another independent nation or the new Celtic Motherdom. In the meantime, Rosamond sought justice for Jon and his seamen who had taken the law into their own hands but they were not to hang around and be exiled to the tin mines. They chose their own exile together with women and children, most of the maidens from two citadels, two sacred lamps and the priestess Minerva. This mighty fleet, like the fleet of Teunis sailed south to the Mediterranean for another historical drama.

Kalta must have been quite a force for in one year she became mistress of all the Thyriers or Phoenician-Frisian settlers. Many names of existing places have some connection to the Thyriers and to Kalta or her new citadel Kaltasburgh. There is a mountainous region north of Paris called Thierache and at a guess Kaltasburgh or Kerenak may now be known as Dunkerque, a part of the lands of the Britons or possible Carnac in Brittany. At this coastal site there are 2934 menhirs or giant stones arranged in roes. They have been carbon-dated to the same age as Stonehenge, or 4500 years old, long before Kalta. Amber ornaments have been found there which connects the site with that ancient trading commodity mentioned in the Book. Later writings place Kerenak, an alternative name for the same citadel, in Scotland but it does not survive there under a similar name. We are however told that Kalta ruled as a queen, not a true earth mother, an exploit that eventually led to the priests and princes taking over those lands.

We Now Come to the History of Jon:

Jon, John, Jhon, Jan, are all the same name, though the pronunciation varies, as the seamen like to shorten everything to be able to make it easier to call. Jon - that is, "Given" - was a sea-king, born at Alberga, who sailed from the Flymeer with a fleet of 127 ships fitted out for a long voyage, and laden with amber, tin, copper, cloth, linen, felt, otter-skins, beaver and rabbit skins.

He would also have taken paper from here, but when he saw how Kalta had destroyed the citadel he became so angry that he went off with his people to Flyburgt, and out of revenge set fire to it. His admiral and some of his people saved the lamp and the maidens, but they could not catch Sijred (or Kalta). She climbed up on the furthest battlement, and they thought she must be killed in the flames; but what happened? While all her people stood transfixed with horror, she appeared on her steed more beautiful than ever, calling to them, "To Kalta!" Then the other Schelda people poured out towards her. When the seamen saw that, they shouted, "We are for Minerva!" from which arose a war in which thousands were killed.

At this time Rosamond the Mother, who had done all in her power by gentle means to preserve peace, when she saw how bad it was, made short work of it. Immediately she sent messengers throughout all the districts to call a general levy, which brought together all the defenders of the country. The landsmen who were fighting were all caught, but Jon with his seamen took refuge on board his fleet, taking with him the two lamps, as well as Minerva and the maidens of both the citadels. Helprik, the chief summoned him to appear; but while all the soldiers were on the other side of the Scheldt, Jon sailed back to the Flymeer, and then straight to our islands. His fighting men and many of our people took women and children on board, and when Jon saw that he and his people would be punished for their misdeeds, he secretly took his departure. He did well, for all our islanders and the other Scheldt people who had been fighting were transported to Britain. This step was a mistake, for now came the beginning of the end. Kalta, who people said, could go as easily on the water as on the land, went to the mainland and on to Missellia. Then came the Gauls out of the Mediterranean Sea with their ships to Cadiz, and along all our coasts, and fell upon Britain; but they could not make any good footing there, because the government was powerful and the exiles were still Frisians.

But now came Kalta and said: "You were born free, and for small offenses have been sent away, not for your own improvement, but to get tin by your labor. If you wish to be free again, and take my advice, and live under my care, come away. I will provide you with arms, and will watch over you."

The news flew through the land like lightning, and before the Carriers wheel had made one revolution she was mistress of all the Thyriers, in all our southern states as far as the Seine. She built herself a citadel on the high land to the north, and called it Kaltasburgh. It still exists under the name of Kerenak. From this castle she ruled as a true mother, against their will, not for her followers, but over them, who were thenceforth called Kelts. The Gauls gradually obtained dominion over the whole of Britain, partly because they no longer had any citadel; secondly, because they had there no burgtmaid; and thirdly, because they had no real lamps. From all these causes the people could not learn anything. They were stupid and foolish, and having allowed the Gauls to rob them of their arms, they were led about like a bull with a ring in his nose.

About 1620 BC another mighty fleet of Frisians went permanently to the Mediterranean led by the then outlawed sea-king Jon. He found the Mothers influence in western Italy too strong for his own formidable military force or perhaps he was still too much of a true Frisian to impose his own way on that faithful community. They must have had a good communication system, possibly by means of overland couriers as they were already informed that his forces were wanted renegades. That area of Italy was the pre-Roman countryside probably even pre-Etruscan. Those settlers are now considered to have come from Troy and our story has not yet shown that region to be a maritime power although Troy is very old. The Germanic languages may have been greatly influenced by Latin in the last two thousand years but for the preceding pastoral age, Latin was the child of the Germanic or Old Frisian root tongue. This is not in keeping with conventional theory but it fits in well with the story of the migrations that the Book relates. It must have been a time of low population where a city may not have been much more than a manor house with its domestic support. There were still plenty of open lands and safe harbors about.

Minerva was the Mother of Walhallagara at Flymeer the citadel that was burnt by the incensed followers of Kalta who had been jealous of her relationship with the Mother Rosamond. Jon and his seamen rescued her, her maidens and their lamp, but when he heard how it fared with the land forces that had taken revenge on Kaltas actions, he escaped with the fleet and also Kaltas maidens with her lamp. He eventually took Minerva and all these maidens to the Mediterranean but when there they separated with Jon taking Kaltas lamp and virgins to his own islands, leaving Minerva at Crete.

The story continues with Jon and Minerva splitting up, each keeping a maiden system and a sacred lamp in traditional Frisian style. Minerva settled in Crete, a poor land while Jon settled in the islands of the Aegean Sea where his exploits gave them the name of the "Islands of Pirates" or what is now known as the Ionian Islands. No encyclopedia explains the origin of the word "Ionian" but here we are told it meant "Jons Islands" from where he made pirate raids with his young adventurers against the Phoenicians. Robert Graves in The White Goddess states that the name comes from the Cow goddess, IO, on the mainland (Asia Minor) from which the islanders would have come. Incidentally, the name "Aegean" which came from Aegeus, king of Athens and father of the legendary Theseus is from the goat-tribe of Attica. The Aegis or breastplate of Zeus was a goatskin.

The narrator of the next extract either confuses Italy with Greece and Anatolia or the word "Italians" had a different meaning then, reflecting a future migration to Italy of Trojans. The Joniers or Ionians figure again in the story twelve hundred years later at the time of Alexander the Great. Here is the beginning of a nation that has given us many stories.

Now We Shall Write How it Fared with Jon. It is Inscribed at Texland:

Ten years after Jon went away, there arrived three ships in the Flymeer; the people cried "Huzza!" (what a blessing!) and from their accounts the Mother had this written.

When Jon reached the Mediterranean Sea, the reports of the Gauls had preceded him, so that on the nearest Italian coast he was nowhere safe. Therefore he went with his fleet straight over to Libya. There the black men wanted to catch them and eat them. At last they came to Tyre, but Minerva said, "Keep clear, for here the air has long been poisoned by the priests."

The king was a descendant of Teunis, as we were afterwards informed; but as the priests wished to have a king, who, according to their ideas, was of long descent, they deified Teunis, to the vexation of his followers. After they had passed Tyre, the Thyriers seized one of the rearmost ships, and as the ship was too far behind us, we could not take it back again; but Jon swore to be revenged for it. When night came, Jon bent his course towards distant Crete. At last they arrived at a country that looked very barren, but they found a harbor there. Here, said Minerva, we need not perhaps have any fear of princes or priests, as they always look out for rich fat lands. When they entered the harbor, there was not room for all the ships, and yet most of the people were too cowardly to go any further. Then Jon, who wished to get away, went with his spear and banner, calling to the young people, to know who would volunteer to share his adventures. Minerva did the same thing, but she wished to remain there. The greater part stopped with Minerva, but the young sailors went with Jon. Jon took the lamp of Kalta and her maidens with him. Minerva retained her lamp and her own maidens.

Between the near and the distant coasts of Italy, Jon found some islands, which he thought desirable. Upon the largest he built a city in the wood between the mountains. From the smaller islands he made expeditions for vengeance on the Thyriers, and plundered their ships and their lands. Therefore these islands were called Insulae Piratarum, as well as Johannis Insulae.

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