The Triumph of the Sea Gods: The War against the Goddess Hidden in Homer's Tales [NOOK Book]

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An investigation of the geographical incongruities in Homer’s epics locates Troy on the coast of Iberia, in a conflict that changed history

• Cites the rise in sea level in 1200 B.C. as leading to the invasion and victory of the Atlantean sea people over the goddess-worshipping Trojans who ruled the ...
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The Triumph of the Sea Gods: The War against the Goddess Hidden in Homer's Tales

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Overview

An investigation of the geographical incongruities in Homer’s epics locates Troy on the coast of Iberia, in a conflict that changed history

• Cites the rise in sea level in 1200 B.C. as leading to the invasion and victory of the Atlantean sea people over the goddess-worshipping Trojans who ruled the coasts

• Identifies Troia (Troy) as part of a tri-city area that later became Lisbon, Portugal

In The Triumph of the Sea Gods, Steven Sora argues compellingly that Homer’s tales do not describe adventures in the Mediterranean, but are adaptations of Celtic myths that chronicle an Atlantic coastal war that took place off the Iberian Peninsula around 1200 B.C. It was a war between the pro-goddess Celtic culture that presided over what is now Portugal and the patriarchal culture of the sea-faring Atlanteans. The invasion of the Atlantean sea peoples brought destruction to the entire region stretching from Western Europe’s Atlantic border to Egypt, Syria, and Turkey. This was a turning point not only politically but also spiritually. The goddess became demonized, as seen in myths such as Pandora’s Box in which woman was seen as the source of evil, not the origin of life, and Homer’s tale of the epic Greek and Trojan war, which was triggered by the abduction of a woman.

The actual historical struggle described in Homer’s stories, Sora explains, occurred during what was the last in a series of rises in sea level that inundated various land masses (Atlantis) and permitted sea passage to areas previously accessible only by land. The “Sea Gods” (Atlanteans) attacked the tri-city region of Troia (Troy), near present-day Lisbon, which, shortly thereafter, fell victim to a devastating series of seaquakes and tsunamis. The war and the subsequent destructive weather broke the power of this seaboard civilization, leading to a wholesale invasion by the sea peoples and the rapid decline of the region’s goddess-worshipping culture that had reigned there since Neolithic times. Sora shows how Homer’s tales allow the modern world to glimpse this ancient conflict, which has been obscured for centuries.

Steven Sora has been researching historical enigmas since 1982 and is the author of The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar and Secret Societies of America’s Elite. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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Sora (The Lost Treasures of the Knights Templar) argues that Troy was not in Turkey but was instead located on the Iberian Peninsula near present-day Lisbon. He further posits that the legend of the Trojan War, obscured and distorted by time, retelling, and geographic shifts, actually represents the vanquishing of ancient Celtic goddess-worshipping cultures by the patriarchal societies of the Mediterranean region. Since evidence regarding the location of Troy in Turkey is questionable, Sora's theory is intriguing. Unfortunately, he bases much of his analysis on linguistic similarities, which are often tenuous and sometimes simply wrong. For example, Sora states that pharaohis "a word derived from pharosand Faro, both meaning 'light' on the Atlantic coast of France." Actually, pharaohcomes from the hieroglyphic symbols pronounced (presumably) perand oh, meaning "great house" and referring to the office rather than the individual. Such mistakes in scholarship are numerous and lead to the inevitable conclusion that while Sora's theory is interesting, it is in the end mere speculation. Purchase where interest warrants.
—Katheine K. Koenig

From the Publisher
"[Sora's] provocative view is abundantly supported by etymology, geography, geology, archaeology, and elements of ancient mythology plus a six-and-a-half-page bibliography. . . . Sora has written similar previous challenging, provocative, and enlightening books on the Knights Templars and secret societies in American culture."

"I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in finding the true setting of Homer's Epics. I would also recommend a nice, slow read with time to absorb all the wonderful information. This is not a book that can be read quickly, but is certainly worth the effort."

"Sora shows how Homer's tales allow the modern world to glimpse this ancient conflict, which has been obscured for centuries."

“A well-written, fascinating, and scholarly investigation. This refreshingly new insight into the historical truth behind Greek mythology is a classic in its own right.”

“Steve Sora boldly confronts one of the seminal events of Western civilization to debunk long-held assumptions concerning the Trojan War. The fresh perspective that emerges removes the tale from its classical location on the Aegean shores of Asia Minor and moves it to the lost civilization described by Plato, a task Sora accomplishes with dramatic clarity and thought-provoking credibility.”

Frank Joseph
“Steve Sora boldly confronts one of the seminal events of Western civilization to debunk long-held assumptions concerning the Trojan War. The fresh perspective that emerges removes the tale from its classical location on the Aegean shores of Asia Minor and moves it to the lost civilization described by Plato, a task Sora accomplishes with dramatic clarity and thought-provoking credibility.”
D. Tigermoon
"I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in finding the true setting of Homer's Epics. I would also recommend a nice, slow read with time to absorb all the wonderful information. This is not a book that can be read quickly, but is certainly worth the effort."
Henry Berry
"[Sora's] provocative view is abundantly supported by etymology, geography, geology, archaeology, and elements of ancient mythology plus a six-and-a-half-page bibliography. . . . Sora has written similar previous challenging, provocative, and enlightening books on the Knights Templars and secret societies in American culture."
Graham Phillips
“A well-written, fascinating, and scholarly investigation. This refreshingly new insight into the historical truth behind Greek mythology is a classic in its own right.”
The New Archaeology Review
"Sora shows how Homer's tales allow the modern world to glimpse this ancient conflict, which has been obscured for centuries."
author of The End of Eden and The Templars and the Graham Phillips
“A well-written, fascinating, and scholarly investigation. This refreshingly new insight into the historical truth behind Greek mythology is a classic in its own right.”
author of The Destruction of Atlantis Frank Joseph
“Steve Sora boldly confronts one of the seminal events of Western civilization to debunk long-held assumptions concerning the Trojan War. The fresh perspective that emerges removes the tale from its classical location on the Aegean shores of Asia Minor and moves it to the lost civilization described by Plato, a task Sora accomplishes with dramatic clarity and thought-provoking credibility.”
author of The End of Eden and The Templars and the Graham Phillips
“A well-written, fascinating, and scholarly investigation. This refreshingly new insight into the historical truth behind Greek mythology is a classic in its own right.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594777523
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 6/19/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,231,191
  • File size: 795 KB

Meet the Author

Steven Sora has been researching historical enigmas since 1982 and is the author of The Triumph of the Sea Gods, The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar and Secret Societies of America’s Elite. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
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from Chapter 3

Crossroads: The War against the Goddess (1200 BC)


Gradlon, the King of Cornwall, returned from a war in his ship. He brought with him a most beautiful woman as his bride. On the long trip home she died giving birth to a daughter who would be named Dahut. There was a quality to both mother and daughter that was not quite human. Despite this, or possibly because of this quality, the king could not say no to his daughter. Born of the sea, she told him she must live by the sea and so Gradlon built the city of Keris on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Because of his misgivings, he built the city walls with bronze and protected them by a massive dyke against the sea. Evidence of bronze walls have only been found in legend, notably including the story of Atlantis. The city of Princess Dahut becomes centered on pleasure, a sinful and licentious place. God decides an example must be made. A warning is given to the king that he must flee. Immediately after the king leaves, the wrath of God is made evident. Storms give rise to massive waves, and Keris and its inhabitants, along with Princess Dahut, are destroyed.

This is one of many Celtic flood stories that are told from Wales, to Cornwall, to the French Breton coast. Many Atlantic sand dunes are remembered as places where a submerged town once thrived. Submerged forests and church bells that ring under the sea on certain nights warn of the wages of sin. Geologists confirm there is a reason for the tales, even if they have been Christianized. The coast did flood, and, very likely, there are areas that flooded more than once. Scandinavian tales of the flooded “White City,” Vineta, are confirmed by geology, as megalithic stones stretching into the ocean of Breton testify.

Twice, once in 3200 BC and a second time in 1200 BC, a handful of other cultures great and small rose in the Mediterranean. From where the new immigrants and invaders came has never been resolved. In other periods a northward migration took place. Between 2000 BC and 1500 BC, a broad-headed, bronze-weaponed people of Iberia arrived in Britain and Ireland. They were not Celts, but shortly after 1500 BC, a proto-Celtic language was spoken.

By the year 1200 BC the world was a different place from the land it had been two thousand years before, and even three hundred years before. The catastrophes that happened on Thera and Crete were mirrored in the Atlantic but possibly on a greater scale. The lands along the Atlantic had been devastated once or possibly several times by the great floods. Earthquakes especially along the Iberian coastline damaged and destroyed settlements. Many tribal groups or trading settlements were reduced or forced to resettle. The megalithic builders who had completed Stonehenge in the form we see it today and the builders of monuments from Carnac to the Orkneys dispersed. The once-great populations that had been needed to communally provide the labor were no longer concentrated in the north. Most likely the fear of flood, and the change in the temperatures in the north once again forced a large amount of the population south.

THE GODDESS BLAMED

The flood wiped out millions and it signaled a change in the way religion was practiced. The goddess, Mother Earth, and possibly her female counterparts were given the responsibility for the flood. As ruler of the moon, and its effect on the tides and the sea, the goddess was seen as the cause of the flood and what followed.

By 1400 BC the power of the goddess had eroded. Marija Gimbutas blamed it on the kurgan culture sweeping out of Asian steppes. Though logical, taken alone this is an unacceptable explanation, as throughout history we see evidence of populations overwhelmed, uprooted, imprisoned, and nearly exterminated cling that much more strongly to their faith. The courage of the Jews in our last century, as well as Asian Christians in China and Tibetan Buddhists in the Himalayas, illustrates that peoples will give up property, homeland, and their lives while still clinging to their faith. The changes that occurred post-flood represented the horror of a world uprooted, which allowed the goddess-worshipping faith of the people to suffer an irreparable wound.

The systematic demotion of the goddess was nearly complete by Homer’s time. Once known as the great goddess, Mother of All, Eve was now portrayed as a traitor to man. She had consorted with the evil serpent according to the Bible, which was in reality the Devil. She tricked man into attempting to eat from the tree of knowledge. She committed the original SIN--the name of the goddess of the moon and water in Ireland and similar to the Sinai lands separating Egypt and Palestine. In the Promised Land, Eve became Evil. Sin became bad.

The primary God became male, as Allah, El, Bel, and Baal. The male Ala sound became the greeting Hello.

The Mykenaean Greeks too became anti-goddess. Pandora’s Box brought pestilence and plague. The word for box was pyrix, and it was also the word for vagina. The All-Giver was now the root of evil, and even sex was to blame for the disaster that engulfed man. The depiction of the goddess on a raised earth attended to by lions was repeated on the Gate of Mycenae, but the goddess was gone. In her place was the “pillar” representing the phallus of Hermes.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Real War against Troy

1 Homer and Greek “History”

2 Homer and “Greek” Literature

3 From the True Cradle to a Watery Grave

4 Crossroads: The War against the Goddess

5 The Real Troy: Home of Sea Gods and Sun Kings

6 Out of Troy

7 Atlantis in Iberia: The Homeland of Ulysses

8 Tales of Brave Ulysses


Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    revisionist view of sources for Homer's Greek epics

    Sora places the site of Troy--and thus the sources of Homer's epics the Iliad and the Odyssey--at the western edge of the Iberian peninsula. His provocative view is abundantly supported by etymology, geography, geology, archaeology, and elements of ancient mythology plus a six-and-a-half-page bibliography. The sea god Neptune's trident--a spear or staff with three prongs--is seen as representing the three Iberian cities of Lisbon, Setubal, and Troy. About 1200 BCE, these city-states engaged in a war whose outcome determined the history and culture of the entire Mediterranean region and parts of Europe for centuries. Troy and its allies battled against a group of city-states identified as 'Atlantean,' the basis for the myth of Atlantis mentioned in Plato's dialogues and elsewhere. One of the most fateful changes brought by the victory of the Atlantean states was the dominance of their patriarchal government and values over the matriarchal of Troy and its allies. Sora develops his fascinating ideas to chart the wanderings of Ulysses after the Trojan War as poetically recounted by Homer in the Odyssey and also account for the presence of the Etruscans in northern Italy, whose origins continue to baffle archaeologists. Sora has written similar previous challenging, provocative, and enlightening books on the Knights Templars and secret societies in American culture.

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