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The truth behind the Garden of Eden

“Gobekli Tepe is not the Garden of Eden: it is a temple IN Eden…”

 

This article makes a pretty solid case for the location of “the Garden of Eden”…it also makes a case for what Eden was really all about and why it disappeared…

 

The Garden of Eden come to life: Is Gobekli Tepe where the story began?

 

 

From DailyMail,

 

Do these mysterious stones mark the site of the Garden of Eden?
By Tom Knox

 

“For the old Kurdish shepherd, it was just another burning hot day in the rolling plains of eastern Turkey. Following his flock over the arid hillsides, he passed the single mulberry tree, which the locals regarded as ‘sacred’. The bells on his sheep tinkled in the stillness. Then he spotted something. Crouching down, he brushed away the dust, and exposed a strange, large, oblong stone.

 

The man looked left and right: there were similar stone rectangles, peeping from the sands. Calling his dog to heel, the shepherd resolved to inform someone of his finds when he got back to the village. Maybe the stones were important.

 

They certainly were important. The solitary Kurdish man, on that summer’s day in 1994, had made the greatest archaeological discovery in 50 years. Others would say he’d made the greatest archaeological discovery ever: a site that has revolutionised the way we look at human history, the origin of religion – and perhaps even the truth behind the Garden of Eden.

 

A few weeks after his discovery, news of the shepherd’s find reached museum curators in the ancient city of Sanliurfa, ten miles south-west of the stones.

 

They got in touch with the German Archaeological Institute in Istanbul. And so, in late 1994, archaeologist Klaus Schmidt came to the site of Gobekli Tepe (pronounced Go-beckly Tepp-ay) to begin his excavations.

 

As he puts it: ‘As soon as I got there and saw the stones, I knew that if I didn’t walk away immediately I would be here for the rest of my life.’

 

Schmidt stayed. And what he has uncovered is astonishing. Archaeologists worldwide are in rare agreement on the site’s importance. ‘Gobekli Tepe changes everything,’ says Ian Hodder, at Stanford University…”

 

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Russian fairy tales brought to life…

These photographs are inspired by fairy tales — we think these photographs could inspire new tales too…

 

 

The artist describes her work, below.

 

From Bored Panda,

 

I Bring Russian Fairy Tales To Life

By Margarita Kareva

 

“My name is Margarita Kareva, I’m a photographer from the Ekaterinburg (Russia). I started taking pictures about 5 years ago, had not even suspected that it will be my profession. Since then, I often say thanks to the Universe for giving me a passion for my life. I love to read since childhood, and perhaps my love of reading has made me a dreamer and a person living in their fantasies. And I’m glad that I had a way to play out my fantasies with the camera. It is very important for every person – to have their own way of expression. My way – is to share photos from a fairy tales. Photos with unusual models, with animals, with a combination of quaint colors. Most of the photos in my portfolio is a creative photography (noncommercial) because I think it is very important to do something that you really like…”

 

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The cursed Isle of Gaiola, where even its hermit mysteriously disappeared

A series of unfortunate events, plus a wizard.

 

 

From The Vintage News,

 

The cursed Island of Gaiola: those who have lived there have met with a terrible fate

 

“Gaiola Island (Isola della Gaiola in Italian) is a small Italian island located just off the coast of Naples in the heart of Gaiola Underwater Park, a protected region of about 42 hectares. The island takes its name from the cavities that dot the coast of Posillipo.

 

The location was held in high regard by the ancient Romans, who built a temple to Venus on the island, which was then known as “Euplea.”

 

It is said that the legendary Roman poet Virgil favored the island and taught his students there. In the 19th century, it played host to a coastal battery for the defense of the Bay of Naples.

 

There are many legends about the place being cursed. In the early 1800s, the island was inhabited by a hermit nicknamed “The Wizard”, who lived thanks to the charity of fishermen.

 

Soon after, the island saw the construction of the villa that occupies it today and which was, at one time, owned by Norman Douglas, author of Land of the Siren. Without warning, “The Wizard“ mysteriously disappeared…”

 

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