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Pelasgian or Nubian Dodona

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  • Dennis Poulter
    Herodotos, Book 2 LV. That, then, I heard from the Theban priests; and what follows, the prophetesses of Dodona say: that two black doves had come flying from
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3, 2000

      Herodotos, Book 2

      LV. That, then, I heard from the Theban priests; and what follows, the prophetesses of Dodona say: that two black doves had come flying from Thebes in Egypt, one to Libya and one to Dodona, the latter settled on an oak tree, and there uttered human speech, declaring that a place of divination from Zeus must be made there; the people of Dodona understood that the message was divine, and therefore established the oracular shrine. The dove which came to Libya told the Libyans (they say) to make an oracle of Ammon; this also is sacred to Zeus. Such was the story told by the Dodonaean priestesses, the eldest of whom was Promeneia and the next Timarete and the youngest Nicandra; and the rest of the servants of the temple at Dodona similarly held it true.

      LVI. But my own belief about it is this. If the Phoenicians did in fact carry away the sacred women and sell one in Libya and one in Hellas, then, in my opinion, the place where this woman was sold in what is now Hellas, but was formerly called Pelasgia, was Thesprotia; and then, being a slave there, she established a shrine of Zeus under an oak that was growing there; for it was reasonable that, as she had been a handmaid of the temple of Zeus at Thebes, she would remember that temple in the land to which she had come. After this, as soon as she understood the Greek language, she taught divination; and she said that her sister had been sold in Libya by the same Phoenicians who sold her.

      LVII. I expect that these women were called "doves" by the people of Dodona because they spoke a strange language, and the people thought it like the cries of birds; then the woman spoke what they could understand, and that is why they say that the dove uttered human speech; as long as she spoke in a foreign tongue, they thought her voice was like the voice of a bird. For how could a dove utter the speech of men? The tale that the dove was black signifies that the woman was Egyptian

      The Libyan oracle referred to here is at Siwa, which was visited by Alexander. There is also a local Nubian/Upper Egyptian god by the name of Ddwn.

      So, it would appear that Pelasgian Dodona is really Egyptian or Nubian Ddwn, and that Dodonaean Zeus is in fact Theban Ammon.

      And so, on to Argos, where there are an enormous number of names with seemingly Semitic and Egyptian roots.

      Cheers

      Dennis 

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