Easter Egg and Mr. Tangata Manu

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(continued from Te-Pito-o-Te-Henua)

Have you heard about the myth of the Bird Man aka Tangata Manu?  It is quite a strange tale, and being the Taobabe that I am, any time I hear about some strange myth that existed in the far distant past, which continues to reverberate to this day, I am intensely curious and must find out more about it and how it came to be.

As history unfolds, those stories that go the distance, those myths which manage to survive into the far distant future, do so because they actually had a lasting impression on the people—they actually affected the people in a very big way.

Otherwise, it’s just another Gangnam Style dance which was so hugely popular in 2012 but will not even show up as a minor blip ten years from now.

The Tangata Manu is another one of those Easter Island secrets, but the difference is, it exists not just within the rocks or the geographic location of Te-Pito-o-Te-Henua, but within the memories and the oral traditions of the Rapa Nui people and their Bird Man Cult, the Tangata Manu, with its egg seeking heroes.

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Easter Island has a strange custom called the Tangata Manu (bird-man) whereby once a year, a group of contestants would appoint a Hopu who would swim to Motu Nui and fetch the Egg.  Since it is a dangerous mission, Hopus were often killed either by sharks, drowning, or falling from the cliffs.  After the Egg has been collected, the Hopu would be allowed to remain in Motu Nui until he was rested enough to return and present the Egg to his patron.[1]

Now, if it was just some image carved on a rock that weighed tons, I could see that it might be some cool story to cultivate the strongest males for lineage purposes, but when I see images of the Moai Kavakava Ancestor, another thought pops in my head.

This is definitely not Moai head-looking in the least.  This looks like a tiny half-starved being with a head that looks similar to the moais, but so shrunken and emaciated, he could only be considered a tiny representation of the real Moai head.

Moai Kavakava Ancestor

moailittlemanTextAccording to ancient myths, these skeletal sculptures represent the moai kavakava, deified ancestral beings, bearers of knowledge, dispensors of wisdom and technology.

Worn hanging around the neck of the men who took part in the ritual dances during public ceremonies, they were shown to everyone with great pride. When they were not used, they were wrapped in bark cloth and kept at home.

The one shown here was lent to the Borgiano Museum of Propaganda Fide of Rome for the Missionary Exhibition of 1925 and subsequently donated to the Ethnological Missionary Museum.

~  Information taken from the Vatican Museum at http://mv.vatican.va [2]

So the tiny shrunken Moai Kavakava could possibly be carved representations of the huge granite statues found all over Easter island.

OR

The large Moai heads are huge and bloated representation of the real Moai Kavakava, a small being standing less than a foot tall.

I don’t know which is the real deal, but here are more images of the carved Moai Kavakava.[3]

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So let’s just say that the real Moais are these tiny people.  If this is the case, then the myth of the bird man completely makes sense!!!

(…to be continued)

[1] Tangata Manu

[2] Vatican Museums

[3] Moai Kavakava

Dragon Bloodline

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Dragons.

They are not, and have never been, simple characters in children’s books.  They were keepers and teachers of ancient secrets, rulers and caretakers of vast stretches of Earth land, and they came from a distant land beyond the visible star-dome of the night sky.  Their presence is felt far and wide in graven images and statues of stone, their influence resonating clear to this very day.

Dragons show up everywhere, ubiquitously powerful, undeniably otherworldly, and infinitely wise.  Ancient mythology is repleted with it from every corner of the world.  Archaeology and palaeontology offer tantalizing clues about the dragons that roamed the lands in ancient times.  And now, they are showing up in areas once thought free of mythical beings—that of genetics, biology, chemistry, astronomy, and xenology, which is the scientific study of all aspects of extraterrestrial life, intelligence, and civilization.

XenoCoverLargeFor more information about Xenology, click on the image of the book or follow this link here for a free online copy of the 1979 book entitled Xenology:  An Introduction to the Scientific Study of Extraterrestrial Life, Intellignece, and Civilization, by Robert A. Freitas Jr.  This book is rather dated, but it details the very first written document about the brand new science field which is still in its infancy due to the nature of the subject matter.

For a different extrapolation of the subject matter, Dr. David Brin talks about Xenology here, in his article published in 1983, entitled Xenology:  The Science of Asking Who’s Out There.

To be perfectly honest, if I had been given the chance and the choice (and the funds needed) I would have happily followed in this line of research during my years at the University, if there was ever such a thing available to be studied.  But you see, there is hardly anything out there openly that can be studied.  What available material is locked down so tight, it would be just about impossible to sneak a peek, let alone do a serious graduate-level scientific study on it.

And this is such a crying shame that we are not given access to study about this—most especially because we are living descendants of this ancient legacy.

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But there is hope.

The great thing about living in this day and age is the crazy awesome access we all have to information about anything we ever wish to study.  As Donny Miller so wisely said, ‘In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.”  And so I dig and dig and dig, and what I find is a treasure trove of knowledge out there, dug up in bits and pieces by very smart folks—folks like Dr. Joe Lewels who wrote, in his article for FATE magazine titled Humanity’s Historical Link to the Serpent Race:

As long as humanity has kept records of its existence, legends of a serpent race have persisted. These myths tell of a mysterious race of superhuman reptilian beings who descended from the heavens to participate in creating humankind and to teach the sciences, impart forbidden knowledge, impose social order, breed with us, and watch over our development.  The serpent like beings were not alone, but were part of a retinue of super beings thought to be gods by the ancients.

This is by no means new information.  It is as old as dirt.  Clay tablets taken from Sumeria said the exact same thing, only more belabored and far far more colorful.  Go to other corners of the world and the story is the same, only the names and places have been changed.

The idea of a reptilian race does not fill me with great dread, or fear, or horror, or shock, or revulsion.  It does none of those things because I grew up hearing about my ancient ancestors and their deep family ties with dragons.  The legend speaks of Lạc Long Quân whose maternal grandfather was a dragon living under a lake, and Âu Cơ, his wife, who gave birth to my ancient ancestors.  Dragons are not just associated with good luck, good fortune, and wisdom, they were also one of my ancestors!  

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Please allow me to introduce you to Dracorex.  He looks just like a dragon doesn’t he?

Look at the bony protrusions!  Look at the horns, the snout, look at the eye sockets!  He’s a dragon straight out of mythological legends!  Yet, he is as real as can be.

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Dracorex is a 66-million-year-old dinosaur that was found in the continent of North America.  To-date, there is only one fossil of Dracorex found, but that does not mean that only one existed.  I am not saying that Dracorex is a member of the serpent-like beings who were such a huge part of our culture.  I am simply saying that the existence of Dracorex is an established fact, but other than the one specimen found, there has been no other.  In other words, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

This opens up the high probability that there are dragon bones out there…we just haven’t been able to find them yet…or even more likely, we haven’t been able to identify them as such for some inexplicable reason.

No matter.

We only need to look within to find that missing evidence.  In my next posting, I will discuss further, the biological link between us modern humans and our ancient ancestors, the serpent beings.

Xenology:  An Introduction to the Scientific Study of Extraterrestrial Life, Intellignece, and Civilization. Robert A. Freitas Jr., J.D.

Xenolgoy:  The Science of Asking Who’s Out There.  David Brin, Ph.D.

Humanity’s Historical Link to the Serpent Race.  Joe Lewels, Ph.D.

I Ching: Made in Vietnam (Part 4)

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The weather has certainly been frigid here for the last few days.  It is to be expected.  We’re only one week into the first week of January.  I am sitting here drinking hot tea to stay warm and wishing spring would get here already.  It’s too damn cold!

Spring brings with her not just gorgeous blooming flowers and really nice weather but also Vietnamese new year!  It is deep within my core and understanding of nature that we should celebrate the new year when all things bloom and are starting to come out of the deep freeze.  It never made sense to me that new year would be in the middle of winter.

But I was a kid.  What did I know.

The one tradition that I remember well is going out and buying things for the new year.  We would get two huge pots of mai flowers (flowering cherry blossoms), two smaller pots of cúc flowers, (chrysanthemums), and an assortment of bamboos and orchids to put all over the house and gardens.  We would also get platters of candied fruits, colorful red-dyed hạt dưa seeds, and several jars of strong, deeply fragrant, lotus and jasmine teas.

Then we would go home and make a dozen or so of the famous bánh chưng and bánh giầy cakes, an absolute MUST HAVE for the new year.  Because my ancestral family was originally from the northern regions, we actually had both the bánh chưng and bánh giầy in their original format and not just the square bánh chưng with more of the same cake form rolled up in a rounded cylindrical shape that the southerners use to represent bánh giầy.  We kept the tradition because there is a very important story behind these two seemingly simple cakes.

banhchunggiayBánh chưng is square and made of whole grain sticky rice.  Bánh giầy  is round, flat, and made of glutinous gelatinous rice flour similar to the Japanese mochi. 

Let me tell you, when I was a child, and first heard the story about bánh chưng bánh giầy, I thought to myself, “that makes no sense at all!”  Here is the story, in its most basic form.

According to the Lĩnh Nam Trích Quái ( 嶺南摘怪 ) or Wonders Plucked from the Dust of Linh-nam, written in the 14th century by historian named Trần Thế Pháp*, bánh chưng and bánh giầy was the brainchild of Lang Liêu, a prince of the sixth-generation Hùng Vương dynasty.

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It was written that after the victory against the Shang Dynasty, during the Hồng Bàng period, roughly around 2,700 BC, Hùng Vương VI (King Hùng the Sixth) decided to carry out a competition amongst his many children to determine the best heir for succession to the throne.  The rule was simple.  Each prince only needed to bring the most delicious dish he could find for the altar.  Whichever dish that the king favored would win the prince who brought the dish, the throne and the kingdom of the Hung dynasty.

With high hopes, all the princes tried to find the rares and most interesting delights from far and wide, land and sea, and even abroad, in neighboring countries.  Prince Lang Liêu, being the poorest son of Hùng Vương and also the 18th son of the king and a concubine who had passed away in his early childhood, could not afford those luxury dishes.  His mother’s family was not wealthy.  As a prince he did have some lands, but his holdings was small and mostly consisted of a few farming communities that only yielded basic necessities for survival.  He knew he could not win the throne by going up against his brothers who would be presenting the most lavish dishes throughout the lands.  His only hope was to present to the king, his father, a dish that would be meaningful in some major way.

He tried various attempts at creating something, but nothing was adequate to his needs.  As time grew shorter, he grew ever more discouraged.  He despaired ever being able to find anything that could even approach what his other brothers would be able to provide for his father.

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Finally, one night, he had a dream where an old man came to him and told him to create a rice cake in the square form of earth called bánh chưng and one in the round form of sky called bánh giầy, and the simple ingredients would represent heaven and earth, with the leaves wrapped around the cake to represent the father and the filling inside the cake to represent the mother.  Upon awakening, he did as he was taught in his dream and created the world’s first bánh chưng and bánh giầy.

On the day of the tasting, all the other princes had huge trays filled with colorful and tasty dishes made of all kinds of wondrous items.  All poor Lang Liêu had was a small tray with two modest cakes, wrapped in common green leaves.

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You have to understand, this is not the kind of food a king is used to seeing on his banquet table.  Not only was it NOT colorful and celebratory, there wasn’t much of it—just the two cakes sitting by their lonesome on a small bamboo tray.   The king was puzzled and didn’t know what to think or whether he should even be insulted with such paltry gifts, so he asked Lang Liêu to explain himself.

langlieu2Of course, at this point, Lang Liêu was thinking to himself that the situation was quickly devolving into a debacle.  He was going to be the laughing stock of the family.  He was going to be forever labeled as a loser and a dreamer.  His father was going to be disappointed in him.

While there was never a threat of disinheritance or punishment in any way shape or form, it was still embarrassing to show up with such small and pitiful offerings, when compared with all the wondrous items that his other brothers had prepared and brought to present to his father.

What seemed like a great idea upon awakening now seemed quite ludicrous.  How could he tell his father that he had gotten the idea from an old man in a dream and not look like a fool?  Most folks scoff at dreams and dreamers, even in those days.  How could he possibly even entertain the idea that he could have pulled this stunt off?

But there was no going back.  What was done was done.  In for a penny, in for a pound.  He figured there was nothing left to lose, he might as well tell the truth and hope for clemency.

So he told the king of his dream, the old man, and the meaning of the cakes.  King Hùng Vương nodded his head without saying anything.  Then he began the taste testing of the foods.  It took awhile to get all the foods tasted, and by the time the king was done, Lang Liêu was fervently hoping that his father would have forgotten about his offerings and allow him to remain in the shadows, unscathed.

Unfortunately, that did not happen.  The old king called for his 18th son to come forward.  With all eyes on the young prince, the king promptly told everyone in the room that he had found his new heir.  Imagine all the gasps that could be heard across the room.  Lang Liêu became the Hùng Vương VII to ascend to the throne and, according to written historical accounts, was a very good king.

Why would the king choose this specific offering, as opposed to other offerings, and why would that be the determining factor which would pinpoint the qualities needed to be a king?

These questions bothered me as a kid when I would hear this story being told.  As the years passed, the oddness of the story was never resolved to my satisfaction.  My parents’ assurances that it had to do with honoring one’s parents and using simple ingredients from the heartlands showed respect for the common people who cared for the lands seemed to me too simplistic a reason to be choosing a king.

Back in those days, a king had to know how to lead a people and to keep the land from being taken over by the Han Chinese to the north as well as the various indigenous populations and the Champa people to the south.  There had to be another reason.

There is.

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The king realized that his 18th son was the only one who understood the idea of heaven being represented by a circle and the earth being represented by a square.

He also knew that the yang energies (also known as the father) covered everything in the form of the green leaf covering, and the yin energies (also known as the mother) was represented by the filling contained within the cake.  The cake itself that was in between the covering and the filling…that was the bellows!

Two important things to consider.

First, at this point in time, the Han Chinese did not yet have the information about the geometry of the circle of heaven and the square of earth, the yin and the yang, and the mother and father during the time of Lang Liêu’s monarchy.  The I Ching was a valuable oracle that could be consulted in times of peril, when difficult decisions needed to be made.  It was a powerful tool to be used for the protection of the nation and it had to be carefully guarded against falling into the wrong hands.  The history books clearly stated that the Hùng Vương kings were the only ones who knew what these symbols were, and they knew about this a thousand years before it even showed up in the Han Chinese history.

Second, only the king and various trusted advisers had access to the sacred I Ching texts.  Not even the princes knew about this unless they were specifically groomed to be the ruler.  Once the king realized that Lang Liêu was the only prince who knew what the I Ching was, he knew that the country would be in good hands.  He knew this because whoever was teaching the young prince about the I Ching would also be able to guide him through the harrowing times ahead.  Even better that this guide was an immortal who taught the wisdom of the sages through nightly dreams.  To the common people who did not understand about the gateways of the mind, dreams are things to be discounted.  To a king who was aware of the powers of the pineal gland and the methods with which to access the higher self, divinatory dreams were no laughing matter.  The directive was clear.  The immortals had chosen Lang Liêu to back and support as the new king.  The rest is, as they say, history.

This, to me, made so much sense.  The understanding of the I Ching was the only worthy reason why a lesser, younger prince would be chosen to become king.  As a child, had I been given this explanation, I would have completely accepted it because IT MADE SENSE!!!

And finally, my ancestors were consistent, if anything.  When they needed information to be transferred down through the lineage and times were tough, books were burned, and the educated and elite massacred, they embedded the truly important clues within children’s stories and historical mythology to be preserved through the oral tellings and retellings.  The existence of the knowledge of early I Ching in the Hùng Vương dynasty is yet, one more huge clue that has been preserved throughout the ages, to be added as part of my ongoing journey into rediscovering my family’s ancient lineage.

Lĩnh Nam Trích Quái ( 嶺南摘怪 ) Wonders Plucked from the Dust of Linh-nam.  14th century.  Trần Thế Pháp

Âu Cơ (嫗姬) Royal Mother

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In my previous post, I touched briefly on the story of Âu Cơ  and Lạc Long Quân, which I told in the style  with which it was presented to me as a child, namely that of a mythical fairy tale that did not have a basis on reality.  I certainly never believed that it could exist.  I just thought it was a fairy tale because the story was just too unbelievable to me.  It never rang true.

Still, I decided to go back and revisit this myth.  I wanted to see if I could make some sense out of the story and to give it a realism that would ring true for me.  What I found surprised me.  My understanding and appreciation for a story that I have heard all my life grew unexpectedly, the more I delved into the history books.  Please allow me to elucidate my findings.

In that usual patriarchal style, typical of most places in the world, there is much ado about the men in the family, but not that much emphasis is placed on the women, no matter how significant their contributions happen to be.  This should be addressed—and rightly so, especially when it comes to a figure of such historical importance as our very own Royal Mother of Vietnam.  To get to the story, I had to dig through volumes and volumes of dusty history books.

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OK, so maybe it’s not so dusty.  I got an Ebook version and spent all day reading through the pertinent parts.  And BTW, I got it for free off of a cool site.  If you want this free ebook, simply click and download from this link.

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If the link does not work, click on the book to the left and it will take you to the original source site where you can download it.  Be forewarned.  It’s rather dry reading material, written in an ancient and archaic style of writing that sounds stiff and formal to the modern day reader.

Also, it’s written in old Vietnamese court language, which is to say, NOT the common language of the streets.  Incidentally, this is the language that my parents used, and that we learned at home, which of course, got us NO friends outside the house.  Quick tip.  Don’t talk like this when you meet other people or they will think you are putting on airs and trying to be better than they are.  It’s the quickest way to get picked on and bullied incessantly.

linh-nam-trich-quaiAnother book which gives a slightly different slant on the mythology of Âu Cơ  is the Lĩnh Nam Trích Quái ( 嶺南摘怪 )  or Wonders Plucked from the Dust of Linh-nam, written in the 14th century by yet another historian by the name of Trần Thế Pháp.  This one is a bit more fun to read since it deals strictly with the mythology and the stranger stuff that happened in and around the area known at that time as Lĩnh Nam, which was a large area south of the Five Points Ngũ Lĩnh.

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There is a small section which mentions our fair lady Âu Cơ, but it says that she is the wife of Đế Lai in this recounting. **  Since we cannot go back into history to find out which account is more accurate, we’ll just go with the original dry history account from the court historian and establish that he is her father and not her husband.

As always, I read history with a skeptical eye because as we all know, history is written by the victors.  Not only that, it sometimes gets twisted and shaded into whatever the historian-du-jour wants the world to know.  Sometimes, this is done through sheer malice from the side of the victor.  At other times, what must be written has been decidedly pointed out to the historian in the form of a very sharp dagger to the throat.  When possible, I try to grab history books from both sides of the conflict.  The two opposing stories will have shades of similarity, and between the two wildly differing viewpoints that color the truth, I arrive at something that approximates the truth after careful review and some gut instinct reality checks.

So, in my small and insignificant way, I will honor her by telling her story, this time, through the eyes of a loving progeny who also happens to be a woman—one who understands what it is like to live within a world dominated by men.

This is her story.

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Âu Cơ was born in the northern region of what is now central China.  She was not a meek and mild young girl who was ignorant in the ways of the world.  According to various history books found on both the Chinese and the Vietnamese sides, there are a few certainties, even for such a mythical being as she.

  1. She was a princess, the daughter of a king who reigned in an area north of present-day Vietnam.  His name was Đế Lai.*
  2. She was a highly educated, well-traveled and famous healer who went everywhere to administer her knowledge of the healing arts to the people in her father’s domain.

xich qui2The Vietnamese story begins at a point in her life when she accompanied her father, King Đế Lai, to the kingdom of Xích Quỷ (赤鬼) or Red South, the land immediately south of where her father ruled (the region in red on the map).

This was during a peaceful time when borders were friendly and entire generations of families ruled whole areas.  King Đế Lai left his henchmen behind to rule in his stead and took a nice long vacation with his entourage and a huge number of soldiers.  Xích Quỷ was further to the south and the land was warmer and more temperate than his own kingdom was.  He decided that it had to be a great place to enjoy the good life.

Since King Đế Lai was the nephew of Kinh Dương Vương (涇陽王) aka Hùng Lộc Tục, it was merely to be viewed as a family visit and not a military occupation.  After all, there was to be no bloodshed.  Only he was not visiting his uncle who had passed away at this point; he was visiting his cousin.

When Kinh Dương Vương passed away in 2,839 BC (keep in mind the time frame…this is 4,851 years ago!), the kingdom of Xích Quỷ passed into the hands of his only son, Lạc Long Quân, aka Hùng Sùng Lãm, aka our one-and-only Dragon Lord of Lạc.

With me so far?  Not too confusing, eh?

Well, it gets more confusing later on, most especially when the mythology says one thing, the geography says another, and the accepted gold standard written in the history books say yet another.

Oi…

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Now, this new king of ours was no stump.  He was actually a really great ruler and leader of his kingdom.  There are many accounts of all the great deeds he’d done, but since this is not his story, I’ll skip it for another day.  Needless to say, at this point in our tale, the Dragon Lord of Lạc had already done quite a bit of his adventurous and mighty deeds and was in fact, about fifty years old.  He also already had about twenty or thirty ‘wives’ by the time Âu Cơ and her father (and the whole entourage of ladies-and-gentlemen-in-waiting plus soldiers, etc.) arrived at his kingdom.

Sad to say, the Dragon Lord of Lạc wasn’t around to greet them.  He was, himself, away from his own kingdom and visiting his mother’s lands which was even further south of his kingdom.  Without a host to limit his enjoyment, King Đế Lai decided to build himself a nice little playground, complete with room to spare for his entourage and his men.  Then he began roaming about the countryside, exploring the southern territory that belonged to his cousin.

Of course, as with any visiting dignitaries who happen to have their own band of very well-armed soldiers, they were treated like the royalty that they were.  King Đế Lai and his entourage were given whatever they needed, and in doing so, the people began to suffer as a result of having to feed, care for, and in general, pander to the huge number of soldiers and courtiers who had marched down with King Đế Lai.

The sun was shining, the birds were singing, the flowers blooming and heady with tropical scents, King Đế Lai was in heaven.  He took off with a group of his men to go visit all the wondrous places to collect ivory, rare scented woods, and the culinary delights of the southern lands, leaving behind his beautiful daughter at the new citadel installation he had just built for his entourage.

By now, word had gotten to the Lạc Long Quân that his land looked as if it would soon be invaded by his cousin to the north, so he quickly said his goodbyes to his mother and off he went, back to his home in Xích Quỷ.  It seemed though, that the two cousins would never meet, because by the time the Dragon Lord of Lac returned to his homeland, King Đế Lai had been on his outing for quite awhile, obviously scoping out the best places to possibly spread his kingdom out a bit.

Rushing to Đế Lai’s citadel, ready to confront the man, the Dragon Lord was startled to find that nobody was home except for one exquisitely beautiful young girl, all alone except for her hundreds of maids-in-waiting, and the entourage of foot soldiers that was left behind to take care of her.

So the Dragon Lord did the only thing that he could possibly do in the circumstance.

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He kidnapped her.

He took her far, far away from the area where her father’s citadel had been constructed, up high towards a mountain top, to his castle in the sky.  There he kept her, along with her maids and ladies-in-waiting.  Needless to say, she was not at all ill-treated.  He was the king of a wealthy kingdom, after all, and she was provided for quite lavishly and abundantly.  Still, having been taken forcibly from her father at such an inopportune time must have been quite a shock to her delicate sensibilities.  Furthermore, the knowledge that she would never be able to see her homeland again must have been a source of no small grief.

Here, the history books were deliberately vague and quite vanilla in their retelling of the events that happened at that time.  It is written that before they met, the Dragon King had seen her and wanted to woo her, so he changed his appearance to that of a young dashing courtier and caused her to fall in love with him.  In the history books, it is said that she begged him to take her with him because she could not bear to be apart from him.

But something about this account just does not vibrate truthfully for me.  Try as I might, I simply cannot believe that this is actually what occurred.  For what it’s worth, my assessment of the situation is thus:

Lạc Long Quân must have been furious at his cousin for having ruined his visit to his mother’s land and for poaching on his lands while he was away.  After all, they were suppose to be friendly neighbors and first cousins.  Racing back to his cousin’s hastily constructed citadel by whatever means he had, most likely horses, he probably called all of his men and showed up en masse as a sign of strength and power to be reckoned with, and he was armed and ready to drive them off.

It must have been a huge surprise for him to come charging in to face off with a group of young ladies-in-waiting who had nothing more lethal than their looks.  It had to have been an even bigger shock for him to come face-to-face with the breathtaking beauty of his cousin, the Princess Âu Cơ.

Of course, I would have loved to have seen her face at that time.

Âu Cơ must have screamed bloody murder!  She probably clawed and kicked at the men who held her back, bit and spat at the Dragon Lord himself—she must have fought with everything she had to try to get away from this cousin of hers who had decided he was going to remove her by force.  But how does a lone girl get away from a man when all his guards have converged in on the territory?  She knew she was as good as a trapped rabbit.

With nowhere to run and worse yet, nowhere to go, she finally acquiesced to her fate.  Âu Cơ was no dummy.  She knew that once she had been taken from her father’s citadel, there would be no going back to her home.  As with all persons of royal lineage, her value to her kingdom and her family lies in the advantageous exchange of herself to a neighboring kingdom to secure borders and to maintain peace.  Perhaps that was the original design that her father had sought to obtain by bringing her all the way from the North to a land far, far away from her home, but that possibility would never come about due to the fact that the two men never met.  King Đế Lai had lost his only bargaining chip, his beautiful daughter.  The Dragon King now had possession of the princess and there would be no counter-offer.

Now, that would have been the end of the story had she been just a beautiful commoner.  There are lots of those types of girls and their fates are simple.  They would get taken into his court and after having been checked for various important physical and mental assets, they would become courtesans, living out their days in idle comfort.  Their only mission in life at that point would be to try and come up with some male heirs for the king.

To be fair, the Dragon King was not known to be a harsh Lord and Master, and he was quite a handsome guy despite his age, so it was not such a bad deal to have.  But in her case, because she was a princess, and more importantly, she was his second cousin, there was bound to be trouble.

Sure enough, as soon as King Đế Lai got back from the whirlwind tour of his cousin’s lands, he found his beautiful daughter vanished, along with her maids, and his citadel taken down by a legion of armed men whose claim to the space was vastly superior, now that their Lord and Master had once again returned to his kingdom.  He immediately summoned his guards to go look for her.  They searched for days, but the terrain was foreign and they met with much difficulties.  Lạc Long Quân set out to ambush the search parties so that they would not reach his castle atop his mountain.

Unable to find any trace of her, he pulled his army back and returned home to his northern kingdom without his daughter.  So it is with some resignation that I turn back to the annals of the history books to continue forth the story.

It seemed then that despite the fact that he had many concubines, the only woman Lạc Long Quân actually legally married was his cousin, the Princess Âu Cơ.   History books note that, just as his father before him, he took his bride up to mount Tam-sơn, where there was a lake called Hồ Ðộng-đình.  This was the place where they honeymooned for three years.  Notice that this is deep within present-day China.

 

 

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As an aside, if you notice on the map above, there is a mountain north-east of Hồ Động Đình called Mount Thái Sơn.  There is an ancient saying of my people and it goes like this.

Công cha như núi Thái Sơn 
Nghĩa mẹ như nước trong nguồn chảy ra 
Một lòng thờ mẹ kính cha 
Cho tròn chữ hiếu mới là đạo con  

Translated, it means something like this:

Father’s heroic deeds are as great as Mount Thái Sơn  
Mother’s virtue is an endless gushing of spring water 
Revere one’s Mother and Respect one’s Father
To completely fulfill one’s filial duties. ~ ancient Viet teaching

This poem is ancient and is one that is taught to every kindergartner, to be memorized.  I myself was taught this as a very small child.  It was understood that this was part of our history and heritage.  What I never knew was that Mount Thái Sơn was an actual mountain.  It wasn’t just made up for the poem and to make the poem sound good.  But look at the location of Mount Thái Sơn!  My goodness, it is way up there in the northern reaches of China, almost at the border of the yellow river, which we call Hoàng  Hà (remember, hoàng is yellow for everything except royalty).

Anyway, back to the love birds.

Now, whether he truly loved her or whether it was to keep her as a political hostage to maintain peace with King Đế Lai, we will never know.  However, what we do know is that in due time, their first-born son was born and his name was  Hùng Vương (Hùng being his father’s real family name).

Now, the story continues in that strangely aggravating mythical fashion where the couple had 100 children, all springing forth from Âu Cơ’s egg sac which held 100 of her eggs.  Since this happened a very long time ago, we will never know the truth of the matter, but there is no harm in speculations.  We are, after all, born with a mind that can think, and only the complete idiot will accept everything he reads without question and without utilizing his brain to think through the matter and come up with his own ideas about the situation.

There are two possible explanations for this occurrence.  1.  She had one child with the Dragon King and all the others were children of the concubines that he kept combined with the hand-maidens that was a part of her original entourage.  Since she was the Queen, she was legally their mother because her husband was their father.  OR  2.  Their science was so advanced that they were able to fertilize 100 of her eggs, of which all were able to be developed into living human babies.

But the story doesn’t end there.  After a couple of decades of living together, they decide to part ways because the Dragon King wanted to return to the lands of his mother, near the coastal areas where there was plenty of water.  He took 50 of his sons with him, leaving fifty sons with Âu Cơ, including their first born son, Hùng Vương, thereby instigating the very first divorce case in the history of Vietnam.  What that meant was that it was OK to live apart if that is what will bring happiness to the individual.  It meant that they weren’t stuck with each other in miserable cohabitation.  They were able to move on with their lives and to live where they wanted to live, and they did so in amicable terms.  I think that is a much more valuable lesson to leave for their future generations of children.  

In due time, their son, Hùng Vương became the first king of Vietnam, ruling over an area in the northern reaches of present-day Vietnam and southern China.  His lineage ranged for a good long time, roughly 18 generations.

But that is a completely different story, and not within the range of this post.

Đại Việt Sử Ký Toàn Thư – Complete Annals of Đại Việt.  ( 大越史記全書 ). Ngô Sĩ Liên.  1479.

** Lĩnh Nam Trích QuáiWonders Plucked from the Dust of Linh-nam.  ( 嶺南摘怪 ).  Trần Thế Pháp.  14th Century AD.

I Ching: Made in Vietnam (Part 1)

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The I Ching originated in Vietnam?  WOOOWWW!!!

Talk about shattering the age-old glass of firmly entrenched and ancient ideology, this one takes the cake!  Does this claim have even a leg to stand on?  Is there any definitive proof?  But more importantly, do we even care any more, at this late date, what with knowledge so widely shared and easily accessible?  After all, does it really make any difference to anyone where a particular piece of knowledge came from once it has been disseminated and spread out to the world?

I mean, it wasn’t really us who came up with all the cool ideas from ancient times, was it?  It was always some deity or immortal who gave the knowledge to the people.  In fact, we built most of our modern sciences, philosophies, mathematics, laws, agriculture, ect. off of all this base knowledge that was spread around the world in a liberal sweep designed to bring the ancient people out of the caves and onto the path towards scientific progress, and all of this happened at about the same time period.

Just think about this for a moment.  I know for sure there was much knowledge that the Sumerians had, which was full-blown and present at the start of their civilization.  Literally, one moment, they were eating bananas and living in trees and BOOM! in the next minute, they had a system of philosophy, law, science, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, architecture, etc.  There was absolutely NO archaeological evidence that could show a slow and steady progress which would lead up to that kind of civilization.  They just appeared out of nowhere, full-blown and fully civilized.  And you know what they said when they were asked about where they got the information?  They said it came from their gods!  Yes, that’s right.  They said their gods, the Anunnaki, taught them all they knew.  To this day, it is still a mystery where their information came from.

Go to ancient Mezo-America and we have the plumed Quetzalcoatl who came and taught the people everything they needed to know so they could build those massive pyramids all over the Amazon forests and Mexico.  Have you seen pictures of these places?  Huge megalithic stones weighing hundreds and thousands of tons, placed together so perfectly and with such mathematical precision that we cannot duplicate the feat, even today, with our technology.  And even here, their written and oral history is very clear.  The knowledge did not come from the people themselves.  The knowledge came from their serpent god.

So we go over to the area where China is now and just about all the inventions of the ancient Chinese was attributed to one mythical guy named Hwang Di (黃帝) or the Yellow Emperor—actually, in my language, hoàng means gold as well as yellow, but it is understood that the word, when used to describe birds and flowers means yellow, and when used to describe royalty means gold.  He would be called Hoàng Đế  or the Golden Emperor, in the Vietnamese language.  To the ancient Chinese, Hwant Di was a god.  He gave them everything:  architecture, mathematics, astronomy, and even the Chinese writing system.

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So now I’m starting to see a fine thread which runs through all these ancient places and where they got all their information.  Obviously, their gods gave it to them.  So I go back to the Vietnamese mythology and whatdya know, we got the same information from our gods too, except in our case, our gods were hybrid dragons and space humans—except we don’t call them space humans.  We just say that they were people who came from the skies, and the literal translation for people from the sky is ‘fairy’.

But in our case, they weren’t just our gods, they were also our ancestors.  The father of my people was Lạc Long Quân (Dragon Lord of Lạc) who was the fifth-generation grandson of Thần Nông (Shennong 神农), the guy who taught the people living in the area that is now China about agriculture.  In fact, Thần Nông means Agriculture God.  He was the one who gave the Chinese the lunar calendar (it’s important to know when to plant and when to harvest, so a calendar would be crucial for this work).  Incidentally, he also introduced acupuncture, something that would be a by-product of understanding the Chi and the path that it takes through the human body.  But I digress—I was talking about his progeny, Lạc Long Quân.  

Our Dragon Lord married a lady from space!  Her name was Âu Cơ (嫗姬) and her father was the sky king.  That’s the reason we are called the Dragon Fairy Race.  After they were married, she and her husband gave birth to 100 children, all from a single egg sac.  Sounds decidedly amphibious to me because I can hardly imagine a single woman pushing that many kids out of a human womb…that would be quite horrendous, yes?  But we have to remember, they were immortals.  They didn’t have the same physiology that we do.  People back in those days, they lived for hundreds and hundreds of years.  If you check in the western Bible, you see folks living for very long periods of time back then.  Well, this is no different.

The other thing to remember also is that at this time in our scientific development, we can take the egg sac of any human female and fertilize hundreds of her eggs.  This is not science fiction or ancient fairy tales.  This is science fact.

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At any rate, this is actually the first documented mutually agreeable divorce case.  After living with each other for a long, long time, they decided to part ways.  She took fifty children up to the mountains and he took fifty children down to the southern shores.  His fifty children are the ancestors of Bách Việt and her fifty children are the ancestors of Văn Lang, which is also where the first King of Vietnam came out of.

Yes indeed, their first born son became the first King of a brand new nation called Văn Lang.  His name was Hùng Vương, and this is where the claim for the origins of the I Ching begins.

It begins in my people’s language and in our art and our science.  Let’s start with language.