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Review of Michael Tsarion's book - "The Irish origins of Civiliation" - Vol. 1


I (Jim Cairns) and Michael Tsarion have family roots in the townland of Newtownabbey, which is a suburb of Belfast on the NE side of Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland. It seems we lived quite close to each other, but because of religious, political, ethnic and age differences, are paths never crossed. We both have spread our wings and have settled in places far away from the places of our childhood. I live now in Southern Ireland in the townland of Templemore in North Tipperary, Republic of Ireland, a predominently catholic and Republican area, (admittedly with a substantial protestant population - the remnants of English settlers) far away from the strict reformed church settlements of the Scots-Irish of South Antrim. Michael is now residing in Seattle, Washington, USA, which is also a long way from the passive climes on the shores of Belfast Lough.

Firstly, can I point out that I am not a scholar of Irish, Irish history, ancient history, archaeology, etymology, theology, anthropology, ethnology, Egyptology and Biblical scripture! However, like most people, I have a little knowledge of many tthings.


M's Introduction talks about the misused term "Celt" - to describe the native Irish. M then briefly touches on the basic premise of the book - that civilisation did not flower in the Mediteranian basin or in Mesopotamia. M claims civilisation has its roots in the west - in Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia, which he claims were, in pre-diluvian times, part of the mythical lands of Atlantis or Lemuria. M's premise is not the views of most historians and is certainly very controversial, but many writers and scholars have taken similar stances in the past and were latterly proven correct.

M sets out, with a good deal of success, to show that the Bible contains little proof that any of its books are based on historical fact and in some cases in the Bible, there is no evidence that Biblical events ever took place or places ever existed. M discusses whether the term Jew or Hebrew denotes an actual tribe or race rather than a religious group of people. He has a great way of interpreting and understanding word and name derivations - etymology. M claims that the words Jew or Tudah have their roots in the word yew or yew tree, a sacred tree of the Celts and many cultures in ancient times. Theres more on this later!

M has several mentors who have inspired him in his views on the "west to East" theory of human civilisation, these are the historians and writers by the mames of Anna Wilkes, Conor MacDari, Ignatius Donnelly and Comyns-Beaumont. Most claim, like M, that after a great catastrophe, which swept the whole of the world, the tribes who lived in Atlantis (Ireland, Britain, Scandinavia, which were all joined together by land bridges at that time) moved eastward and mixed with many tribes and cultures in the Caucasus and Meditaranian regions. About 7000 years ago,(some claim) after the catastrophe or the great deluge (Noah's flood), the survivors emerged from the Ukranian Steppes or the Ural mountains and spread once more westward into Europe, Britain and Ireland, amongst these were the ancestors of the Irish. M claims that the people who built the ancient megaliths in Ireland, Scotland and England, were the same tribes who returned after the flood.

I find this point hard to accept because as far as I know, no one knows who bulit Stonehenge, the Orkney sites or Newgrange. This is a tenuous thesis, which M proffers.

M explains that most of written knowledge of Ireland and the Irish stems from scripts written by "christian" monks after the 12th century, with books such as the Book of Kells, Book of Armagh, the Annals of Clonmacnoise and the Book of Durrow and various others. The monks record the mythical or otherwise invasions of the Fomorians, the Iberians, the Tuatha da Dannann and the Milesians (Goidelic Celts) who were the last to arrive about 500BC. M also describes the physical characteristics of the typical Irish - body size and shape, hair and eye colour. M describes two types of Irish - the tall fair type, nordic appearance - the Fir Bolg, and the smaller round headed and darker type with mediteranaian features.

To this day these are the two main images foreigners hold of the Irish. However, the tall fair or blond type could just as well describe a mix of old Irish and the later Norse viking invaders.

NB: Not contained in M's book! There is evidence of the old Irish from the mumified body found in a Cavan bog. He was small of stature and his features were small faced or round and was brown or dark haired.

As mentioned before, M explains that the word Ireland, Erin or Eire (the land of the Ers or Irs) derives from the word Arya or Aryans. M is not alone in this belief as I found out recently whilst listening to an RTE radio program. The Iranian ambassador to Ireland was talking on a program about immigrants to Ireland. The ambassador pointed out that the Irish name originates from the word Aryan. So the Irish are Aryans just like the English - pity the English in the past didnt appreciate its significance and had given the Irish the respect of being a fellow Aryan! Huh! However, M must be given credit for his exposing the nazi ariosophists of the 19th and 20th centuries such as Guido von List, Jorg Lanz and Alfred Rosenberg the occultist friend and mentor to Adolph Hitler. M explains how the nazis twisted and misinterpreted the term aryan to suit their evil purposes. M claims that the term aryan originally described an enlightened initiate, a person spiritually aware - of knowledge.

In later chapters M writes about the Druids and he holds firm that they were a sophistocated caste, comprising judges, teachers, historians, poets, astronomers, prophets and political advisors. He also claims that the Druids (Irish) had an alphabet or script - this is something I was not aware of! M describes how the Romans in Britania exterminated the Druidic priests wherever they were found and we know this from Roman accounts of the wars with the Britons. But as one of M's quoted authors admits, JA MacCulloch - the Celts left no written record of their beliefs or religion. One interesting point M made was this: St Patrick we are told drove out the snakes from Ireland - or so the myth goes! M's interesting interpretation is, this was the early christian church's hidden meaning of the extermination of the Druidic priesthood in Ireland, given, according to M, no snakes were ever found in Ireland. Could be!

In one of the chapters the author deals with the Egyptian/Ireland connection, which is interesting. He quotes several authors - describing how the Celts had once lived in Egypt; strange as this might seem to such as I! However, he tells of the findings of an archaeologist called WB Emery who found blond haired mummies with fair complexions whilst excavating burial tombs at Saqqara in Egypt. Most interesting of all, is a long list, made by researcher Mary Sutherland, of examples of mummies, which show the caucasion/white/nordic influence within the genepool of the Egyptian Pharoahs and nobility. Apparently, the mummy of Amenhotep 111 had red hair! Red hair was common in many mummies found in Egypt! M's premise is that the ancient pre-diluvian Irish moved eastward after the great catastrophe and settled in Egypt, amongst other places. M mentions somewhere I have visited in the 1980s and that is Knockmany in County Tyrone Northern Ireland. M claims that there is a stone of antiquity called the Knockmany Stone near the village of Clogher and there are Sumerarian inscriptions on it linking it with King Menes the first Pharoah of Egypt.

On the Knockmany Stone M references 19th/20th century historian and writer Henry Cairnes Lawlor.It happens that I have a copy of another book by Lawlor called the History of the family of Cairnes or Cairns.

It seems Egyptian seafarers must have visited Ireland in the distant and murky past. Well even I know that in pre-Roman times, the ancient Britons traded tin from the mines of Cornwall with seafarers from North Africa and the Mediteranium area. M also shows photos of many Egyptian pharoahs, which have caucasion or even nordic facial features, nothing Arab or African about them!

M discusses the Chaldeans and the Phoenicians in later chapters but after that he discusses the American Arya - (Irish). M touches on one of my pet interests - etymology, the study of the origins of words, how they change in spoken language and mix with other words and parts of words over the millennia. M explains that there are numerous mounds in the USA, Canada and latin America, which are similar to mounds or cairns found in Ireland. It is said that there are scripts found in New Hampshire sites, which biologist Barry Fell claims are of Iberian Celtic origins! Fell and others say that Celts, Basques and Egyptians had settlements on the American continents, north and south. Well again this is news to me but then we have not been told this in school, in the press or media. I can imagine in ancient times when trading ships from north Africa or the Mediteranium ports could have been blown off course, ending up in the Trade Winds, which blow from east to west from the Canary Islands across the Atlantic to the Bahamas. Thor Heyerdahl proved that a reed boat of Egyptian type could survive the crossing of the Atlantic from east to west. But the most interesting part refers to Barry Fells book "America BC" in which he shows the similarity between the language of the native Algonquian tribe and Irish Gaelic.- one example :: Algonquian - nock = Irish cnoc = hill in english.- Knockagh Hill near Belfast where M and I grew up! And there are many other similarities in words and place names. M goes on to show the similarities between Gaelic (Celtic Irish or Iberian Celt) and sanskit, latin, greek, hebrew and persian.

In the latter chapters M discusses the "British/Israelites", which is a subject I find uncomfortable because some present day Ulster loyalists espouse these strange theories but I dont want to get into them.

The Goddess problem which M mentions is one that he and I might differ on! I have a problem with modern day goddess worshippers amongst the "pagan" community! Many claim that they are into "white" witchcraft or "white magic" but I am convinced that some of these "white witches" are "wolves in sheeps clothing"! Ill discuss this anon off line with M sometime in the future!

And I would just like to end this summary with one item M touches on in the last chapter on Comyns-Beaumont. He shows a photo of Edinburgh, which is in the shadow of two small hills, called Arthurs Seat. The family name of Cairns was originally named, possibly around 1100/1200 AD, because the Cairns family in those times lived in the vicinity of two hills, Easter Cairn and Wester Cairn, about 14 miles from Edinburgh. I think Arthurs Seat are Easter and Wester Cairn. If anyone can tell me otherwise, please let me know!

To sum up- Michael Tsarions book is full of detail, much of which are unknown to people in general. There are lots of things, which I have learnt from this book and it certainly is an interesting read and for those into Irish and ancient history, it is a must read, even though M's thesis is controversial and even, if he doesnt mind me saying, so far not proven!

Nevertheless - its well worth the read!

Jim Cairns

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