11. The Burka and the Original Sin?
One of the peculiarities of the Muslim religion is the burka, which women are forced to wear in most orthodox Muslim countries. Women are required to hide their beauty from all men except their husbands75, with the obvious intent of not attracting male attention. Although this practice seems mainly to be based on the teachings of Muhammad, it is possible that it dates back to a deep-rooted Arab memory of an event that took place thousands of years ago.
Adam, the Nephilim, the Giants, the Watchers and the Serpents
As shown above, the creation story actually relates how mankind re-emerged after the Great Flood of Noah (Section 5). The Bible states that God first created Adam, who was lonely, and which prompted God to create Eve for him as a companion. God forbid Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Life, but the Serpent convinced them to do so and Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden. The Egyptian papyri and reliefs depicting the Serpent being slain under the Tree of Life clearly, in one way or another, link Adam and Eve to ancient Egypt and its gods.
Some traditions relate that Eve was Adam’s second wife after Lilith, who was created from the same dirt as Adam, but had returned to dust (Talmud). The Noahs who had fled their homeland must have taken mostly men from them, since they would have had to be strong enough to repel attacks by other survivors of the Flood. So, if Adam represented group of men who resettled in Egypt following the Great Flood, Lilith would have represented the women left behind on the motherland. Lilith was linked to darkness, which makes sense in terms of her staying behind or disappearing in the darkness that followed the impact of the comet.
Genesis relates that mankind began to multiply and that the sons of God (the Nephilim) saw that the daughters of men were fair and married any of them they chose. This suggests that the ‘Sons of God’ did not have wives of their own, but had to marry into the local population (the Arabs). This is confirmed by other narratives about the ‘gods’, such as in The Lost Book of Enki76,
“Now this is the account of how the Igigi the daughters of the Earthlings abducted, … In a great number did the Igigi from Lahmu [certainly their lost motherland – we were never visited by aliens] to Earth [where the Egyptians and Arabs dwelled] come, only one third of them on Lahmu stayed, to Earth came two hundred [mostly men]. … “Enough of suffering and loneliness, of not offspring ever having!” was their slogan. …The daughters of the Earthlings, the Adapite Females as them they called, they saw and after them they lusted; and to each other the plotters said: “Come, let us choose wives from among the Adapite Females, and children beget!”.
In the Slavonic Book of Enoch77, the archangel Bretil dictated the following to Enoch:
“… go tell the watchers of heaven, who left the high heavens, the holy eternal abodes, corrupted themselves with women as the children of men do, took women unto themselves and rushed to great ruin on earth. … Go and speak to the watchers of the heavens, who sent thee, and ask them: ‘Why have you left high and holy heaven, slept with women, defiled yourselves with the daughters of men, taken wives unto yourselves and done as the children of earth and begot giants as sons?”
The serpent’s taking of wives from the natives seems to have been widely known, as for instance recorded in the Persian Bundahism, which tells the story of a pure couple who were seduced by Angra Mainyu (called the daevas in another source), a two-legged serpent, and the couple ended up worshipping their seducer78. That the ‘daughters of men’ married ‘serpents’ and bore them children (‘serpents’) must have been known all over the ancient world, as attested to by Pyrenees and Indian reliefs79 depicting a woman giving birth to and even suckling a serpent (Figure 36).
In the context of Adam and Eve, Eve would then represent the women taken as wives from the local Arab population. The Adams who took the wives from the locals (‘they were lonely, i.e. did not have wives of their own) were also known as the Serpents (and Watchers, Giants and Nephilim), so if this is true, how did the Serpents manage to seduce Eve?
The Seduction of Eve
He convinced her to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, as she would then be like God. We can glean a bit about this knowledge (the wisdom, for which the serpents were known) from The Fall of the Angels and their Demoralization of Mankind is described as follows by Enoch80:
“And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.’ …
And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, … Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.
And Azâzê1 [one of the fallen angels or gods] taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them, the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. Sêmjâzâ taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, Armârôs the resolving of enchantments, Barâqîjâl, (taught) astrology, Kôkabê1 the constellations, Êzêqêêl the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiêl the signs of the earth, Shamsiêl the signs of the sun, and, Sariêl the course of the moon. And as men perished, they cried, and their cry went up to heaven. ...
[Enoch] Thou seest what Azâzêl hath done, who hath taught all unrighteousness on earth and revealed the eternal secrets which were (preserved) in heaven, which men were striving to learn …
And heal the earth which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the children of men may not perish through all the secret things that the Watchers have disclosed and have taught their sons. And the whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azâzê1: to him ascribe all sin. And to Gabriel said the Lord: ‘Proceed against the bastards and the reprobates, and against the children of fornication: and destroy the children of fornication and the children of the Watchers from amongst men: and cause them to go forth: send them one against the other that they may destroy each other in battle: for length of days shall they not have.”
“The name of the first Jeqôn: that is, the one who led astray [all] the sons of God, and brought them down to the earth, and led them astray through the daughters of men. And the second was named Asbeêl: he imparted to the holy sons of God evil counsel, and led them astray so that they defiled their bodies with the daughters of men. And the third was named Gâdreêl : he it is who showed the children of men all the blows of death, and he led astray Eve, and showed the weapons of death to the sons of men the shield and the coat of mail, and the sword for battle, and all the weapons of death to the children of men. And from his hand they have proceeded against those who dwell on the earth from that day and for evermore. And the fourth was named Pênêmûê: he taught the children of men the bitter and the sweet, and he taught them all the secrets of their wisdom. And he instructed mankind in writing with ink and paper, and thereby many sinned from eternity to eternity and until this day. For men were not created for such a purpose, to give confirmation to their good faith with pen and ink. … And the fifth was named Kâsdejâ: this is he who showed the children of men … the smitings of the embryo in the womb, that it may pass away, and [the smitings of the soul] the bites of the serpent, and the smitings which befall through the noontide heat, ...”
That writing was viewed as an evil in the most ancient times is echoed in a telling passage in Plato’s Phaedrus, in which a ‘King of Thebes’ called Thamus expresses his deep concern to Hermes-Thoth. Thamus fears that by introducing ‘writing’, i.e. a means of recording things and events, men will no longer use their great and natural capacity of memory, and this will foster ‘forgetfulness and sloth’ and alienate men from the inner world which links them to God and to nature.
This brings me to the possible link between the gods marrying the daughters of men, the Original Sin, and the Burka. In virtually all of the texts listed above, it is stated that the gods saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and married them. Eve’s sin (i.e. the Original Sin) was that she desired to be like god, or in other words, the Arab women aspired to become wives of the gods and most likely came to despise men from their own race. This obviously did not sit well with the native Arab men and when they were eventually, after thousands of years, able to expel the gods and their offspring from Egypt (Horus and his sons according to legend ruled Egypt until Menes united lower and upper Egypt), and all future Eves were forced to cover themselves from head to toe when in public, so that no man could ever again see their beauty and desire them. Hence the Burka.
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