Ancient Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals: Bite-size Slices of the Hidden Knowledge

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, December 27, 2020) **** Interpreting thousands-year-old symbolic scenes contained in ancient Mesopotamian cylinder seals is a real challenge for the mind.  Not only are the meaning of the depicted individual figures and deities deep, one also has to find the hidden relationship among the different elements in the depicted scene. Therefore,Continue reading “Ancient Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals: Bite-size Slices of the Hidden Knowledge”

Gems in the Epic of Gilgamesh: The Afterlife Journey of the Human Spirit

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, December 21, 2020) **** The thousands-year-old Epic of Gilgamesh from ancient Mesopotamia contains precious hidden knowledge that can be decoded in order to shed more light on the mystery of human nature, origin and destiny. This monumental literary work also has the potential to enlighten us on the long journey ofContinue reading “Gems in the Epic of Gilgamesh: The Afterlife Journey of the Human Spirit”

The Beasts of the Apocalypse and Their Generic Meaning

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, December 17, 2020) **** The surreal Chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation has attracted many interpretations, mostly in the perspective of people with particular religious sectarian beliefs, which likely tainted their interpretations with personal or sectarian pre-conceptions.  Many of their interpretations relate to a future end of days scenario forContinue reading “The Beasts of the Apocalypse and Their Generic Meaning”

Epic of Gilgamesh: The Awakening and Debasement of the Human Mind

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, December 7, 2020) **** One blog post got one Like from me after more than 4,000 years.  The monumental epic poem was posted not in a tablet computer, but in clay tablets.  Encoded in the post are wide-ranging information about the nature of a human being, his origin and destiny.  ItContinue reading “Epic of Gilgamesh: The Awakening and Debasement of the Human Mind”

Decoding the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, December 3, 2020) **** The Book of Revelation is a treasure trove of the hidden knowledge that we can mine productively if we have the proper mental training to decode them.  I can only analyse some of the verses so that I can show the way of doing it, but itContinue reading “Decoding the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”

The Deep Roots of the Lion’s Gate

By.: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 28, 2020) **** You may have wondered why many gates or entrances of large buildings and other structures around the world are decorated with statues of lions.  The practice of putting lion statues at gates and entrances has deep roots in ancient human history and is ultimately based on importantContinue reading “The Deep Roots of the Lion’s Gate”

Shedding Some Light on the Legend of Fallen Angels

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 25, 2020) **** Adam, Eve, and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden Genesis 2:16-17:   The fruit of any of the trees in the garden was “good for food” and Adam was told that he could “freely eat” of it.  However, there was one restriction — that is, he was not toContinue reading “Shedding Some Light on the Legend of Fallen Angels”

The Labyrinth and Ariadne’s Thread

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 26, 2020) *** The story of Ariadne and the Labyrinth was compiled from very old oral traditions of Greek-speaking people.  Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete.  According to the story, Minos’ son was killed in Athens. To avenge the killing, King Minos attacked Athens and was victorious. He then imposed an obligation on the city. HeContinue reading “The Labyrinth and Ariadne’s Thread”