A primordial “shamanic ruling elite” and “repository of knowledge” would be expected to evolve if the story of the garden of Eden were historically true. Here is how it might work out.
In that story, if you recall, Adam and Eve lived in a paradisiacal garden, along with other beings typically described in ancient times as angelic. Adam was said to have walked and talked with God there. Eve met the serpentine being that offered to enhance her consciousness at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And once she and then Adam had accepted this and were expelled by God from the society (Gen. 3:22) of the garden it was Cherubic angels that guarded the entrance and prevented their return.
One can speculate that Adam and Eve would have brought their new form of consciousness with them to their new life in exile. Those among their descendants choosing to follow it would have formed a cult (religion, mystery school) based on this sacred knowledge. In this cult, a priestess following in the sacred tradition of Eve, might become the lead repository of a special knowing derived from contact with a serpent-like race – a race of beings associated with the serpent that gave Eve her special knowledge. Those in the tribe that were especially able to enter into this state of consciousness would become her devotees: a shamanic elite or priesthood passing guidance from the serpent-race to the people at large. Such devotees might have been male or female.
It is an interesting idea … if the story in Genesis were rooted in historical fact. So is there corroborating evidence? As it turns out, there actually is. There is archaeological evidence, there is evidence from pagan myth, and there is evidence from contemporary testimony and continuing esoteric tradition. Considering the existence of such archaeological evidence; and considering continuing contemporary reports of interaction and/or communication with “inter-dimensional” beings; and considering the content of continuing esoteric traditions – it is likely that the ancient sacred stories (both pagan myth and biblical tradition), while often containing an element of fabrication, are built on a significant kernel of history.
So far in our speculative description of the tribe of Adam and Eve and its fairly immediate descendants there is no reason to regard this shamanistic elite as other than of human origin. However, both in the biblical records and in pagan myth there are cultic leaders described who were regarded as gods or demi-gods. Additionally there is evidence that going beyond a mental communication, certain individuals were actually able to interbreed with these serpent-gods and bear offspring by them. Consider this:
In 2010 a leading Italian archaeologist, Vittorio di Cesare, visited the megalithic temple of Hal Saflienti, in Malta: a site thought to have been in use from as early as 4100 B.C. and continuing until 2500 B.C. He confirmed the existence of an unusually large and elongated skull that had been found there in 1985 that lacked the cranial knitting lines normal to homo-sapeans. He describes it as similar to skulls found all over the world from Egypt to South America from generally the same time frame. The skull type has been given the term, dolichocephaloid.
The skull at Malta was part of a collection of skulls not available for public viewing that had all been found in one of the underground chambers of the Hal Saflienti temple, known as the hypogeum. This chamber had a sacred well dedicated to the Mother Goddess where the figurine of a sleeping goddess was found in association with a relic having a snake inscription on it. All the skulls in the collection exhibited similar characteristics1 to the one he had visited the site to confirm, but none to its extreme degree. They were all similar enough to be regarded as of a single race, and according to Maltese archaeologists one not indigenous to Malta. Di Cesare speculates that there was in these extremely ancient times a sacerdotal race of serpent priest/kings that was worshiped by the others – by the races that would today be considered human.
Di Cesare describes the ancient centers at Malta and the neighboring island of Gozo as, “places where ‘medical cures’ were conducted, oracles and ritual encounters with the priests of the goddess. There, on both the islands, existed many sanctuaries and thaumaturgic centers, where priests surrounded the healing goddess, direct expression of her divinity. It is well known that, in antiquity, the serpent was associated to the goddess and to healing capacities. The snake also belongs to the subterranean world. Therefore, a hypogeum dedicated to the goddess and the water cult was the right place for a sacerdotal group that was defined, in all the most ancient cultures, as the ‘serpent priests’.” He concludes saying, “there are reports of the ‘Serpent race’ or Snake Priests being in charge.” (The Mystery of Malta’s Long-Headed Skulls, by Vittorio Di Cesare and Adriano Forgione)
The image that emerges from this cave scene is one of ancestor worship, in which the matriarch is the deified woman living in the tradition or pattern of an Eve figure, illumined by the serpent. Given the dates proposed, this could have been Eve herself, or one of her daughters. This is the matriarch worshiped in these subterranean chambers. The idea of this priestess receiving knowledge from a serpentine being is then extended in the cave scene to a carnal knowledge, as per Genesis 6:4 wherein angels are described as interbreeding with human women and that union producing giant offspring.
The cave highlights not only the matriarch, but the singular being with the uniquely giant dolichocephaloid skull. This giant is in the position of patriarch, given that there are none other like him and many other skulls found seem to be a cross between it and the human. Following the idea in Genesis the giant could be only son of the matriarch found in this collection that is by an “angelic” serpentine being. But if so it seems that the matriarch and her giant offspring also have children together, attested by the numerous skulls that display characteristics that are hybrid between the giant and the human form. These hybrids in their turn fill the ranks of a sacerdotal serpent-priest race.
This sacerdotal caste of dolichocephaloid hybrids does not mingle with the local people. They are seed of the gods. As the years pass more and more of these hybrids were born and served there, and were worshiped there, and died there. Finally in 1985 evidence of their existence was unearthed. Wild speculation? If this evidence stood alone, perhaps. But it does not.
1The skulls deformations among the collection that di Cesare reviewed were all natural and not subject to human efforts such as skull-binding. In addition to these, there is a larger number of skulls, some 7,000, that have been found at these sites, and many of them were deformed by artificial means.
Copyright Allen Dietrich