I just read an article in a UK periodical that states that acorns are the new super food. People have long asked me about acorns for diabetics and there have been rumors of a paranormal relationship between humans and acorns. We can thank Celtic Druids for that. Seriously. Acorns are not just food for the spirit, they’re food for the soul and have been for thousands, perhaps millions of years. Today, they’re being called super food, tomorrow they’ll be called delicious. But only if you remove the tannic acid and use a good recipe.
In the fall, people rake acorns and shovel them into the garbage. What a pity for both humans and wildlife that depend on them. Try telling the squirrels that you’re trashing their acorns. Or the birds that wait for you to drive over them. It would not surprise me to see a bird drop an acorn, right where the tire rolls.
Let’s remember woodland animals and ancient cultures, as we enter this year’s acorn harvest season. The acorn was and is… their sacred food. Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns, http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973 and Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105
I’d heard about the Rosetta Stone for years, especially ads using that expression. Honestly, I thought it was something out of King Arthur’s legend, a Holy Grail sort of thing. It wasn’t until I was looking at an encyclopedia that I ran across an entry for it. Here’s the answer. In 1799, in Egypt, a stone was found that had writing on it. By this time in history, the ability to read ancient Egyptian writings was gone. The writing on the stone was indecipherable. Scholars could not read it even though it was written in three languages. Nonetheless, because one of the writings was in Greek, the scholars were able to not only translate it, but they learned how to read hieroglyphics. This is why the Rosetta Stone is so iconic. It opened the door to ancient history. It was a key to the past. And one last thing. It was discovered in Rosetta, Egypt. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X
If we don’t know why we inherited the Rh-negative blood factor, we guess. But today, thanks to scientific and genealogical study, we have options. I’ve always wondered if one of those options was that I descend from ancient Iranian Jews, because they have a higher percentage of Rh-negative than the rest of the population. Looking at a map, one can see that immigrants from Iran easily worked their way into Northern Africa and from there, into Iberia (Spain and Portugal) giving many with European roots this unusual blood type.
A little research on the migration patterns of Gypsies, shows us that their language contains Persian words, revealing that Gypsies were in Iran for quite some time. So, if you have the Rh-negative factor, you may indulge in a second theory. Your ancestors may have been Persian Gypsies because maybe there’s a connection between Persian Gypsies and ancient Iranian Jews. Iran was formerly known as Persia and both the Jews and the Gypsies have a history of wandering. No doubt their paths did cross.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry. Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082
I’ve lured you in. Clever me. Like the Gypsies of olde who stole children or resorted to cannibalism. That was a common belief but today, we know better and the legend of Gypsies never ceases to fascinate. I always thought that it was a self-appointed life style. Even a fashion. But history takes a serious look at Gypsies and not always in a favorable light.
Today, it would be silly to say, “This is what a Gypsy looks like,” because nowadays we know better. We’ve seen Native American tribes with blonds and know that to be a Viking didn’t require one to have blue eyes. Nonetheless, just for fun, here’s a 1940s physical description of a Gypsy.
Large dark eyes
Hair so dark it’s almost blue-black
Very white teeth
Wow, we could only be so lucky to carry those genes. We can get serious and study the origins of Gypsies, it doesn’t have to be complex. But today, I wanted to have a little fun with it. All joking aside, there isn’t one attribute on that list of physical attributes that I’d be unhappy with. In a future blog, we’ll discuss the Gypsies further. They have homelands and theories about their origins have been recorded. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X
Five-thousand-four-hundred years ago, Egyptians were decorating their homes, putting colorful throw pillows on wooden chairs, filling wooden chests with their belongings, playing games on top of tables and painting their furniture bright colors. They even used gesso (thin layer of plaster mixed with glue) to prime the furniture before painting. Sometimes, they got fancy and inlaid bone, ebony and ivory.
How many times have you sat down on a piece of furniture and noticed the legs have a carving of a lion’s paw? Or the shape of the leg is that of a lion’s? We take these things for granted but this practice dates back five-thousand-four-hundred years ago. In many ways, the lives of the ancient Egyptians were very much like ours.
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If you’re using the Bible to guide your life, there’s something you should know. The “hell” referred to in the New Testament is a location west of Jerusalem. Boy did the translators screw that one up. And all this time, I thought it was as depicted in the artist rendition, Dante’s Inferno. You know, fire and brimstone. The place bad people go when they die. The place we’re reminded of so that we’ll be good.
Turns out, the original hell derives from Gehenna. Or Ge-Hinnom, referring to the Valley of Hinnom. Like Armageddon (Har Megiddo) Hinnom is a location on earth where you can bend down and touch the soil. Who knew?
The Valley of Hinnom is the equivalent of an old-fashioned dump, located west of Jerusalem, where the ancient city dumped their garbage, dead animals and criminals and then burnt them.
For those who worry about “going to hell,” you might alleviate your fears by visiting the notorious valley. The good news is that now you can freely tell others that they can, “Go to hell.”
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry. Available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082
Legend has it that during the days of Viking marauding, some very large people went to Ireland. They are known as the Fomorian which means “giants.” Who were these early giants of the sea? Some call them “Gaelic sea spirits of darkness.” Their history seems to engulf Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. Archaeologists see them as giants of Nordic origin from the Hebrides (islands off the northwest coast of Scotland) who came from the Mediterranean on ships.
Who were the Fomorian that arrived early to Ireland? They are for many, the ancient ancestors. What did they believe? Were they Pagan? They arrived from the Mediterranean, were they Muslims or Jews? Or were they Vikings who went from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and then sailed to Ireland? It was a very long time ago. And since humans have always been known to conquer, assimilate and conquer again, they were no doubt a composite of many ancient civilizations. Today, as genealogists, we want to pick their history apart and analyze the separate pieces. Because in the pieces, we find the stories or our ancestors. Those whose flesh and blood we are made of. In many respects, they must have been very different than we are today. But surely, we have physical attributes and personality traits that we would recognize… if only we could see them – touch them. This is as close as we can get.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family. Available here:
Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082
Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484053222
Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X
Secret Genealogy IV: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105
Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU
Secret Genealogy VI: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY35VCP