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✡ Cḥănukkăh: Festival of Lights/Feasts of Dedication ✡

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

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Our Ras Tafari culture & heritage, gives us a discipline to follow so that we retain, our ancestry, spiritually, mentally & physically.  In continuing our studies and bringing about a progressive consciousness, we here at RRR intend to bring about the education and mores of a commendable community acceptable to its Supreme Being and not deviating from the original or true intent of its humble beginnings.  Staying in the lines of that context and adding onto the elements that make up the Ras Tafari collective mentality of the connectivity of this “way of life” that reflects the combination of religious ideals, community accountability, and reaffirmation reinforcement.

Going forward, we continue our studies in the examination of the original historical events of the past which have been tied to religious tradition, we’ve come now to the celebration of the Cḥănūkăh.

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Contrary to the many modern interpretations of this Mōedïm(Appointed Time/Holiday/Holy Day), Ch’anukkah is NOT a western ideological equivalent to “Christmas.”  Throughout the many centuries that have passed since the actual happenings of this significant event, there have been modifications to the recognition of this event.  But, in going bit deeper than what is presented on the surface of available information spread throughout the world today, we find Ch’anukkah to be a shining example and lesson of the struggle for survival of the Hebraic culture & faith.

The Seleucid Empire in 200 BC (before expansion into Anatolia and Greece). _ Seleucid Empire/ Σελεύκεια/ Seleúkeia (310 - 63BC)

The Seleucid Empire in 200 BC (before expansion into Anatolia and Greece). _   Seleucid Empire/
Σελεύκεια/
Seleúkeia (310 – 63BC)

The Seleucid Empire was established during the time of Alexander the “Great.”  His infantry general, Seleucus I Nicantor, was whom the Empire of the Near East gets its name sake from established tributary dominions in accordance to the Hellenistic Greco period.

coinage of Seleucus I

coinage of Seleucus I

During the reign of Alexander the Great, his armies conquered Syria, Egypt and Palestine, but allowed the lands under his control to continue observing their own religions and retain a certain degree of autonomy. Under this relatively benevolent rule, many Hebraic-Judeans assimilated much of Hellenistic culture(Greek), adopting the language, the customs and the dress of the Greeks, in ways like many immigrants adopt to the country of their newly found domicile upon settlement.

Temple of Jerusalem _ image provided by Ugglan

Temple of Jerusalem _ image provided by Ugglan

More than a century later, one of the four successors of Alexander, Antiochus IV was in control of that region. He began to oppress the Israelites of the region severely, placing a Hellenistic priest in the Temple of Jerusalem, massacring them, prohibiting the practice of the faith as they had centuries before, and desecrating the Temple by requiring the sacrifice not acceptable by the law of YHWH (Hebraic God) taught by Moses on the altar.

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This led to outrage for the utter disregard and attempted humiliation of the Israelites of the region.  Two groups then arose and opposed Antiochus: simply a  nationalistic group led by Mattathias the Hasmonean, and his son Judah Maccabee(“the Hammer“), and a religious traditionalist group of that time known as the Chasidim/Chasideans, some interpret them as being the proceeding to the Pharisees (no direct connection to the modern movement known as Chasidic Judaism or Chasidim). The two groups joined into what would be known as the Maccabean Revolt (16 against both the assimilation of the Hellenistic Jews and oppression by the Seleucid Greek government. The revolution succeeded and the Temple was in so many words re- consecration.

Mattayahu calls for revolt _ painting by Gustave Dore (seder-olam.info)

Mattayahu calls for revolt _ painting by Gustave Dore (seder-olam.info)

Maccabees/Hasmonean (Levites)Levi/Lewi

Essenes/Chasideans (Judhites)Judah

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/7316-hasidaeans

Judah Maccabee pursues Timotheus (Gustave Doré, 1868)

Judah Maccabee pursues Timotheus (Gustave Doré, 1868)

 

So, in summation of the events that brought about the commemoration of the Moedim(Hebraically) of the recognition of Ch’anukkah; it is the cognitive celebration over the victory of the religious, traditional, & heritage keepers over the internal subtle subversion, and the external threats of dominance.

falasha anthology _ by Wolf Laslau3

Hanukah KJV readings _ listing provided @ hebrew4christians.com

Hanukah KJV readings _ listing provided @ hebrew4christians.com

Chanukkah - Book of Maccabees - Falasha Anthology by Wolf Leslau

Maccabean Revolters _ Levites

Maccabean Revolters _ Levites

 

I know, I know (fuzzy) but I moved my big ginger out of the way this time. LOL

I know, I know (fuzzy) but I moved my big finger out of the way this time. LOL

** SPECIAL NOTES : links **

Ch’anukkah Blessings (w/ soundbytes)

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Blessings/Holiday_Blessings/Chanukah_Blessings/BerachotChanukah.pdf
(Hebrew-Yiddish [pdf] “Ch’anukkah Blessings“)

Falasha Anthology _ by Wolf Leslau

(full text [pdf] form link above)

– The Apocryphal Books of the Holy Bible (KJV)1611 A.D.

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/102978/jewish/The-Story-of-Chanukah.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasideans

www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/5867-essenes

https://ia801406.us.archive.org/20/items/fivebooksofmacca00cott/fivebooksofmacca00cott.pdf

(Five Apocryphal Books of Maccabees [pdf] Oxford Univ.)

http://www.seleucid-genealogy.com/Home.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seleucid_Empire

 –  http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/kwanzaa-history

(History Channel – Kwanzaa)

–  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa

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So Rasta, Tell Me; “Are You A Mason(Freemason)” part 3

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellasie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

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So, we continue with this series of lines drawn between Ras Tafari and Freemasonry.

Now, we have come to the third installment of this sure to be controversial series.

In part two, we covered the topics of operative & speculative masonry.  This topic can easily be researched, the resources can come from a variety of places, but if I were to make any suggestions; I would more than likely direct anyone, who would like to dig into the subject thoroughly, to any library.  A Library, preferably with governmental documentation would be a good start, & of course, there’s always the internet(or at least, for now…), but taking into account that many freemasons, wrote extensively on certain subjects like this one, are surely a plus.  So, looking into some publications by recognized Freemasons, is a more solidified option.

(though, the language of many resource material[of Freemasonic writers] can get a little “tricky”, mainly because some of the intent is meant to go over the majority of people’s heads,{or so to speak}.  If you’re not a Mason[ie. Freemason, Shiner, etc.] its a guarantee that you’ll misinterpret most of the content without further research)

Though, the resource is written for public view, consumption or perusal,… please, know that everything there is to know about Freemasonry is even many times, hidden from the some Freemasons, as well. (…the whole “Hidden In Plain Sight”…adds to that notion, also)

[ here some authors who were masons or masonic writers/commentators, to check out: Manly P. Hall, Pascal Beverly Randolph, Albert G. Mackey, J.S.M. Ward, & Albert Pike ] …just to name a few whose works might be accessible…

Also, in part two of this series we touched on the Templar Knights & the Crusades.

supposed map of the Crusades

supposed map of the Crusades

The “Templars” have been connected in so many ways to modern freemasonry that many have drawn the conclusions that the Freemasons are surely descendants to the Templar legacy.

Now, here is where the story seems to jump all over the place!….(literally, ALL OVER THE PLACE!)  Supposedly after the fall of the Templars in Europe there was a growing disgust for their military order, faith-based practices, & what they stood for altogether.  So much so, there were monarchs, religious figures and others, who sought to annihilate them.  The reasons vary, simply because the Templars were accused of many acts.  Supposedly being a Christian military order, it was said that they carried out “pagan” rituals, had become immersed in greed, & lived by their own principles even to the dismay of others.

[vids giving a synopsis of the story of the Templars]

–notice at, the time(07:25-07:30) the narrator says not only Muslims were killed in the Christian Crusade, but Jews as well. Also, near the ending of this first section[something to ponder…??]

(1.http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/the-knights-templars-and-freemasonry-english-1/uxnfzfk4CD-vg7cHbNurwg

(2.) http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/the-knights-templars-and-freemasonry-english-2/QqCZyrNFoIG3sZtdQ16glw

(3.) http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/the-knights-templars-and-freemasonry-english-3/Yy1pl4h-3-S_97_2s3_xCg

Columbus's ship that sailed West, did bear "Red Crosses." Surely, any children's history book can confirm that...?! "Colombus sailed the ocean blue, in 1492.".....hmmm

Columbus’s ships that sailed West, did bear “Red Crosses.” Surely, any children’s history book can confirm that…?! “Colombus sailed the ocean blue, in 1492.”…..hmmm???

 

Ah, but also in the year of 1492, the Jews that resided in Iberian Peninsula, along with other parts of Europe were Expelled. (including the Moors, which conquered the area & lands adjacent a little over half-a-century prior)....isn't that interesting?

Ah, but also in the year of 1492, the Jews that resided in Iberian Peninsula(modern day Spain & Portugal), along with other parts of Europe were Expelled; continuing a wave actions which had been perpetuated against Hebrew people & Moors alike during the time. (the Moors, conquered the area & lands adjacent a little over half-a-century prior)….isn’t that interesting? [thought: could this have been a precursor to “the Crusades?“]

(4.) http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/the-knights-templars-and-freemasonry-english-4/yWXjmZah7wORh8ZsvKundw

(5.) http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/the-knights-templars-and-freemasonry-english-5/viBAAaTkBzA34KFhwTEj0A

Freemasonry does hold rankings of Knights Templar orders. More than likely, they're contained in what is called the York Rite.(Modern Historical, Chivalric, & Philosophical Grades)

Freemasonry does hold rankings of Knights Templar orders. More than likely, they’re contained in what is called the York Rite.(Modern Historical, Chivalric, & Philosophical Grades)

complete listing of the degrees of Freemasonry, confirmed from: Lester, Ralph P.; Look To The East, Revised Edition, copyright 1944/1971 re-publication

The History Channel's presentation of how the Templar Knights surviving few escaped annilhilation is also another source for study of the origins of Freemasonry.

The History Channel‘s presentation of how the Templar Knights surviving few escaped annilhilation is also another source for study of the origins of Freemasonry.

Yes, the story of the Templars and Freemasons has brought about an inception in the America, supposedly before the arrival of Columbus.

Although, clearly the issues of the documentation present some very peculiar facts, the grounds which they stand upon in principle seem quite precarious.  Leaving the solidified source to the origins of Freemasonry, “still up in the air.”  But, keeping with the topic of discussion, we can conclude that modern has certainly studied to access the workings of the Knights Templars.  Also, in incorporating orders into the highest of their ranks, in that of the medieval system of chivalry.

Now, I know that it seems that we’ve laid much ground work, but I can assure you with this in your mind at this point it will help you in going forward with the rest of this series.

So, we’ve come to the realization that Freemasonry is an organization, pulling ideology from the medieval era of Europe.  Now, believe it or not with all of this evidence to research, many people still seem to bring Ras Tafari to an extremly close proximity to Freemasonry.  On one hand, Ras Tafari Renaissance, can confirm that Freemasonry expresses the values that could very well come to a closeness to Ras Tafari, but the differences speak in high volumes.

Moving on, we’ll dive a little deeper into the symbolism of Freemasonry & gain a better grasp on the application of their speculative masonry. Then, we’ll come to the blurring of the lines between Freemasonry and Ras Tafari.

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square and compass

we’ll see you in in part 4…