Europe and the Phoenician Virus

At its core, Europe has abandoned its Christian heritage in favor of the Canaanite side of the family tree. 

One is amazed, when one studies history, how much of human conflict originates in a family or clan feuds. The present Mideast crises have their origins in the biblical feud between Jacob and Esau. Looking further west, we can see that the Punic Wars can be thought of as feuds between the Carthaginian Barca family and the Scipios of Italy. The wars between Scotland and England often involved feuding family claims on the Stone of Scone -- a rock of questionable origins, so steeped in myth that it is beyond the scope of this article to assess the veracity of any of the various and competing legends.

Yet, we know these myths are often based on a germ of truth. Troy did exist; and hence the Trojan War did occur, though Homer certainly exaggerated it for poetic effect. If there was a Helen, and if she was as beautiful as the myth says, she must have been a stunner. We are still singing about Helen, three millenia later. Beat that, Kim Kardashian! No one will be singing about your silicone-enhanced derriere ten years from now.

However, I am going to examine an ancient foundational myth that has present consequences today on the world stage; and may be central to our future.

According to legend, Europe was founded by a Phoenician princess named Europa.

Europa was the beautiful daughter of the Phoenician king of Tyre, Agenor. Zeus, the King of the gods according to Greek mythology, saw Europa as she was gathering flowers by the sea and immediately fell in love with her. -- Phoenicia.org

Zeus with his ever wandering eye -- Hera tried to keep him on a short leash -- decided to trick and rape this Phoenician Princess.

...Zeus transformed himself into the form of a magnificent white bull... Europa spread flowers about his neck and dared to climb upon his back...

[S]uddenly, the bull... abduct[ed] Europa. Only then the bull revealed its true identity and took Europa to the Mediterranean island of Crete. There, Zeus cast off the shape of the white bull, and back into his human form, made Europa his lover beneath a simple cypress tree. Europa became the first queen of Crete and had by Zeus three sons: King Minos of Crete, King Rhadamanthus of the Cyclades Islands, and, according to some legends, Prince Sarpedon of Lycia. -- Phoenicia.org

We do know from history that the Phoenicians brought literacy and civilization to the Europeans through trading with the early Minoans and Myceneans. Hence the myth credits the Phoenicians with the founding of Europe civilization. 

The rather bizarre myth is celebrated through the ages in European art.

Herodotus cites Phoenica [sic] as the birthplace of the alphabet, stating that it was brought to Greece by the Phoenician Kadmus (sometime before the 8th century BCE) and that, prior to that, the Greeks had no alphabet. The Phoenician alphabet is the basis for most western languages written today. -- Ancient History Encyclopedia

The Phoenicians would later found colonies at Carthage, much of Sicily, Southern Spain, Corsica, GenoaMalta, Marseilles, and possibly Ireland and Britain, though the latter two are suspect.

What is clear is that these Phoenicians shot out to the West, and jump started our civilization. Later on, migrating Indo-European (IE) tribes would absorb them. Oddly enough, willingly. The Celts got along well with the Phoenicians. Gaelic legends [Irish and Scottish] speak of a mixed European and Phoenician ancestry. How reliable they may be is open to debate; but what is fascinating is that, even if the claimed ancestry be false, that they would even claim Phoenician ancestry -- indicating that the Celts held the Phoenicians in high esteem.

But, let's get back to the bull legend. The Phoenicians may have brought bullfighting, or an early version, to Spain.

The spectacle of bullfighting has existed in one form or another since ancient days. For example, a contest of some sort is depicted in a wall painting unearthed at Knossos in Crete. -- spanish-fiestas.com

But remember that Crete's first queen, according to legend, was the Phoenician Europa. Also remember that...

...the Phoenicians who emigrated by ship from Lebanon to Crete around 2000 BC merged into the Minoan culture. -- Phoenician Blueprint

So, it is no small leap to conclude the Phoenicians/Carthaginians brought bullfighting to Spain when they migrated to Spain from Carthage, after having moved to Crete from Lebanon. They set up all over the Mediterranean.

What we notice is that Mediterranean European culture is heavily Phoenician in origin, and partially Phoenician in genetic bloodline as well, though obviously diluted into the Indo-European (IE) tribes.

This European Ur-myth -- the woman riding the bull - is now on some Euro coins.

More astoundingly, in front of the European Parliament is a statue of this woman [Europa] riding the bull. A celebration of a maiden being carried off to be raped by a deceptive god, Zeus.

Why would any modern polity embrace a mythological rape as their inspiration? There has to be something amiss in the European mind. Where are the leftist feminists? Why aren't they upset? Yet, Europeans have embraced this gruesome legend and plaster it all over their culture.

Europe is ostensibly Christian. Why not an image of a Crusader? Or a Cross? Or an ancient Roman senator or a Greek philosopher? They chose Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" as their official anthem. Great choice! 

What possessed them to celebrate this atrocity of rapine bestiality for core inspiration.

The German News magazine, Der Spiegel has printed covers of this mythological woman riding the bull as a symbol of the European Union on more than one of its covers. This is a recurring theme, which seems to strike a chord in the European psyche. 

The woman, clearly European, is waving a European Union flag as she sallies off to her degradation. The title translates: Good Morning Europe. 

The Europeans could have picked Joan of Arc, or Marianne leading the charge of the French Revolution in Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People, if they wanted female inspiration.

The Europeans could have chosen El CidRichard the Lionheart, or better yet, Leonidas I, the hero of Thermopylae. What is wrong with Europe?! Bestial Rape?

One of America's Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, wanted America's image to be Moses leading the tribes of Israel to liberty across the parted Red Sea. That alone sheds insight into the difference between European and American mindsets, at least two centuries ago. I suspect, the difference has eroded.

However, the myth has even darker implications, apart from the obvious. Just who were these Phoenicians who brought civilization, and this inspiration, to Indo-European (IE) tribes in Southern Europe?

They were the Canaanites, the ancient enemies of Israel.

The Phoenicians of the Iron Age (first millennium B.C.) descended from the original Canaanites who dwelt in the region during the earlier Bronze Age -- Phoenicia.org

The Canaanites had a very dark civilization. This is glossed over, as history books mention only their achievements; but there was a reason Moses wanted them obliterated. Yes, the Phoenicians brought the alphabet to Europe (probably learned it from the Hebrews, and took credit for it); and yes, they brought mercantilism, and seafaring knowledge; but they came with baggage, lots of baggage: child sacrifice, temple prostitution, and animal cruelty, at least to bulls.

Ancient histories show that the Israelites entering the Holy Land, up to the time of David, chased out the local Canaanites, many of whom fled into Europe. Now Europe was, by this time, being settled by migrating Indo-European (IE) tribes wandering in from the Caucuses; but they seem to have mixed with these Canaanites, apparently without exercising any discretion.

We know for example that the very IE Celts were quick to ally with the (Phoenician) Carthaginian Hannibal in his war with Rome.

The ancient Jews, and their sages, were quick to notice that European civilization had embraced much of the Canaanites' cultural affectations. These sages erroneously conflated Christianity with this influence; and hence to this day, some rabbis will call Christianity "Edom", a people related to the Canaanites. Being Christian, I would disagree with these rabbis' assessment of Christianity. The problem is that Europe's embrace of Christianity was only superficial -- they did not embrace Christianity strongly enough. Had they, the Canaanite Phoenician influence would not have survived.

There can be no doubt that many pagan influences have crept into Christianity [and sadly, Judaism as well -- don't even get me started on Qabbalah], and many of those are traceable back to the Canaanites. The exaggerated veneration of Mary by some Christian denominations is traceable back to the Canaanite goddess: Asheroth.

As for the European woman riding the bull, the foundation myth of Europe, well this should chill you:

Rev 17:3 I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast...

The prophesied Whore of Babylon, the final tyranny, from the Christian book of Revelation. This is what the Europeans are celebrating?!

Some Protestants conflate this image with Roman Catholicism. Maybe so, maybe not; but a deeper insight would indicate that at the time of the writing of the Book of Revelation, everyone who heard it would have immediately associated the image with the foundation myth of Europe. The Greeks at that time were all familiar with the legend of the Rape of Europa. However, one understands the verse and chapter, it certainly applies to European Civilization in general, not just Rome.

At its founding, Europe imbibed a cultural retro-virus from pagan Phoenician Canaanites which persists to this day. European culture, though eventually and nominally Christianized, retained this pagan core. This ancient feud between the Hebrews and the Canaanites would resurface between the Jews and the Europeans at times. This is no accident. It is a family rivalry, albeit attenuated by intermarriage. As Europe continues to de-Christianize, this pagan core will begin to reassert itself, like a dormant cases of herpes breaking out under stress -- and what an appropriate metaphor that is.

The last time this happened was under Hitler, who tried to re-paganize Germany. The shock of WW I had started to de-Christianize the continent and Hitler strolled in with his neo-pagan Nordicism. Europe is less Christian today, so the potential for even worse is there.

Under stress, the retro-virus has broken out again in Europe's abandonment of Israel.

These arcane myths are the subconscious echo of an ancient feud driving European policy. At its core, Europe has abandoned its Christian heritage in favor of the Canaanite side of the family tree. The result is frightening.

Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who is neither Latin, nor Arab. He runs a website, http://latinarabia.com, where he discusses the subculture of Arabs in Latin America. He wishes his Spanish were better.

At its core, Europe has abandoned its Christian heritage in favor of the Canaanite side of the family tree. 

One is amazed, when one studies history, how much of human conflict originates in a family or clan feuds. The present Mideast crises have their origins in the biblical feud between Jacob and Esau. Looking further west, we can see that the Punic Wars can be thought of as feuds between the Carthaginian Barca family and the Scipios of Italy. The wars between Scotland and England often involved feuding family claims on the Stone of Scone -- a rock of questionable origins, so steeped in myth that it is beyond the scope of this article to assess the veracity of any of the various and competing legends.

Yet, we know these myths are often based on a germ of truth. Troy did exist; and hence the Trojan War did occur, though Homer certainly exaggerated it for poetic effect. If there was a Helen, and if she was as beautiful as the myth says, she must have been a stunner. We are still singing about Helen, three millenia later. Beat that, Kim Kardashian! No one will be singing about your silicone-enhanced derriere ten years from now.

However, I am going to examine an ancient foundational myth that has present consequences today on the world stage; and may be central to our future.

According to legend, Europe was founded by a Phoenician princess named Europa.

Europa was the beautiful daughter of the Phoenician king of Tyre, Agenor. Zeus, the King of the gods according to Greek mythology, saw Europa as she was gathering flowers by the sea and immediately fell in love with her. -- Phoenicia.org

Zeus with his ever wandering eye -- Hera tried to keep him on a short leash -- decided to trick and rape this Phoenician Princess.

...Zeus transformed himself into the form of a magnificent white bull... Europa spread flowers about his neck and dared to climb upon his back...

[S]uddenly, the bull... abduct[ed] Europa. Only then the bull revealed its true identity and took Europa to the Mediterranean island of Crete. There, Zeus cast off the shape of the white bull, and back into his human form, made Europa his lover beneath a simple cypress tree. Europa became the first queen of Crete and had by Zeus three sons: King Minos of Crete, King Rhadamanthus of the Cyclades Islands, and, according to some legends, Prince Sarpedon of Lycia. -- Phoenicia.org

We do know from history that the Phoenicians brought literacy and civilization to the Europeans through trading with the early Minoans and Myceneans. Hence the myth credits the Phoenicians with the founding of Europe civilization. 

The rather bizarre myth is celebrated through the ages in European art.

Herodotus cites Phoenica [sic] as the birthplace of the alphabet, stating that it was brought to Greece by the Phoenician Kadmus (sometime before the 8th century BCE) and that, prior to that, the Greeks had no alphabet. The Phoenician alphabet is the basis for most western languages written today. -- Ancient History Encyclopedia

The Phoenicians would later found colonies at Carthage, much of Sicily, Southern Spain, Corsica, GenoaMalta, Marseilles, and possibly Ireland and Britain, though the latter two are suspect.

What is clear is that these Phoenicians shot out to the West, and jump started our civilization. Later on, migrating Indo-European (IE) tribes would absorb them. Oddly enough, willingly. The Celts got along well with the Phoenicians. Gaelic legends [Irish and Scottish] speak of a mixed European and Phoenician ancestry. How reliable they may be is open to debate; but what is fascinating is that, even if the claimed ancestry be false, that they would even claim Phoenician ancestry -- indicating that the Celts held the Phoenicians in high esteem.

But, let's get back to the bull legend. The Phoenicians may have brought bullfighting, or an early version, to Spain.

The spectacle of bullfighting has existed in one form or another since ancient days. For example, a contest of some sort is depicted in a wall painting unearthed at Knossos in Crete. -- spanish-fiestas.com

But remember that Crete's first queen, according to legend, was the Phoenician Europa. Also remember that...

...the Phoenicians who emigrated by ship from Lebanon to Crete around 2000 BC merged into the Minoan culture. -- Phoenician Blueprint

So, it is no small leap to conclude the Phoenicians/Carthaginians brought bullfighting to Spain when they migrated to Spain from Carthage, after having moved to Crete from Lebanon. They set up all over the Mediterranean.

What we notice is that Mediterranean European culture is heavily Phoenician in origin, and partially Phoenician in genetic bloodline as well, though obviously diluted into the Indo-European (IE) tribes.

This European Ur-myth -- the woman riding the bull - is now on some Euro coins.

More astoundingly, in front of the European Parliament is a statue of this woman [Europa] riding the bull. A celebration of a maiden being carried off to be raped by a deceptive god, Zeus.

Why would any modern polity embrace a mythological rape as their inspiration? There has to be something amiss in the European mind. Where are the leftist feminists? Why aren't they upset? Yet, Europeans have embraced this gruesome legend and plaster it all over their culture.

Europe is ostensibly Christian. Why not an image of a Crusader? Or a Cross? Or an ancient Roman senator or a Greek philosopher? They chose Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" as their official anthem. Great choice! 

What possessed them to celebrate this atrocity of rapine bestiality for core inspiration.

The German News magazine, Der Spiegel has printed covers of this mythological woman riding the bull as a symbol of the European Union on more than one of its covers. This is a recurring theme, which seems to strike a chord in the European psyche. 

The woman, clearly European, is waving a European Union flag as she sallies off to her degradation. The title translates: Good Morning Europe. 

The Europeans could have picked Joan of Arc, or Marianne leading the charge of the French Revolution in Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People, if they wanted female inspiration.

The Europeans could have chosen El CidRichard the Lionheart, or better yet, Leonidas I, the hero of Thermopylae. What is wrong with Europe?! Bestial Rape?

One of America's Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, wanted America's image to be Moses leading the tribes of Israel to liberty across the parted Red Sea. That alone sheds insight into the difference between European and American mindsets, at least two centuries ago. I suspect, the difference has eroded.

However, the myth has even darker implications, apart from the obvious. Just who were these Phoenicians who brought civilization, and this inspiration, to Indo-European (IE) tribes in Southern Europe?

They were the Canaanites, the ancient enemies of Israel.

The Phoenicians of the Iron Age (first millennium B.C.) descended from the original Canaanites who dwelt in the region during the earlier Bronze Age -- Phoenicia.org

The Canaanites had a very dark civilization. This is glossed over, as history books mention only their achievements; but there was a reason Moses wanted them obliterated. Yes, the Phoenicians brought the alphabet to Europe (probably learned it from the Hebrews, and took credit for it); and yes, they brought mercantilism, and seafaring knowledge; but they came with baggage, lots of baggage: child sacrifice, temple prostitution, and animal cruelty, at least to bulls.

Ancient histories show that the Israelites entering the Holy Land, up to the time of David, chased out the local Canaanites, many of whom fled into Europe. Now Europe was, by this time, being settled by migrating Indo-European (IE) tribes wandering in from the Caucuses; but they seem to have mixed with these Canaanites, apparently without exercising any discretion.

We know for example that the very IE Celts were quick to ally with the (Phoenician) Carthaginian Hannibal in his war with Rome.

The ancient Jews, and their sages, were quick to notice that European civilization had embraced much of the Canaanites' cultural affectations. These sages erroneously conflated Christianity with this influence; and hence to this day, some rabbis will call Christianity "Edom", a people related to the Canaanites. Being Christian, I would disagree with these rabbis' assessment of Christianity. The problem is that Europe's embrace of Christianity was only superficial -- they did not embrace Christianity strongly enough. Had they, the Canaanite Phoenician influence would not have survived.

There can be no doubt that many pagan influences have crept into Christianity [and sadly, Judaism as well -- don't even get me started on Qabbalah], and many of those are traceable back to the Canaanites. The exaggerated veneration of Mary by some Christian denominations is traceable back to the Canaanite goddess: Asheroth.

As for the European woman riding the bull, the foundation myth of Europe, well this should chill you:

Rev 17:3 I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast...

The prophesied Whore of Babylon, the final tyranny, from the Christian book of Revelation. This is what the Europeans are celebrating?!

Some Protestants conflate this image with Roman Catholicism. Maybe so, maybe not; but a deeper insight would indicate that at the time of the writing of the Book of Revelation, everyone who heard it would have immediately associated the image with the foundation myth of Europe. The Greeks at that time were all familiar with the legend of the Rape of Europa. However, one understands the verse and chapter, it certainly applies to European Civilization in general, not just Rome.

At its founding, Europe imbibed a cultural retro-virus from pagan Phoenician Canaanites which persists to this day. European culture, though eventually and nominally Christianized, retained this pagan core. This ancient feud between the Hebrews and the Canaanites would resurface between the Jews and the Europeans at times. This is no accident. It is a family rivalry, albeit attenuated by intermarriage. As Europe continues to de-Christianize, this pagan core will begin to reassert itself, like a dormant cases of herpes breaking out under stress -- and what an appropriate metaphor that is.

The last time this happened was under Hitler, who tried to re-paganize Germany. The shock of WW I had started to de-Christianize the continent and Hitler strolled in with his neo-pagan Nordicism. Europe is less Christian today, so the potential for even worse is there.

Under stress, the retro-virus has broken out again in Europe's abandonment of Israel.

These arcane myths are the subconscious echo of an ancient feud driving European policy. At its core, Europe has abandoned its Christian heritage in favor of the Canaanite side of the family tree. The result is frightening.

Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who is neither Latin, nor Arab. He runs a website, http://latinarabia.com, where he discusses the subculture of Arabs in Latin America. He wishes his Spanish were better.