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The PEOPLE of the SEA

Why is it important for readers of early American history to think about an ancient culture called the "people of the sea"?

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There may have an ancient culture of people who sailed the sea that existed when the land cultures of Asia, Asia Minor and Europe were developing warfare to control agricultural land.  People of the sea lived by different principles than the people on land.  The people of the sea believed in trade, non-violent resolution of conflicts, respect for women, and equality.
This detail of the Nile Mosaic is evidence that the people of the sea and the people of the land have existed from, and maybe before, the Big Event.  The Mosaic may be a composite history of the world.  The corn stalks shown growing on rocks that may be copper could be a depiction of  the copper country near Lake Superior in America. 

[NOTE: This Blog was written on Wed. June 8, 2011.  On July 11, 2011, National Geographic Magazine published a picture of the complete "Nile Mosaic" on pages 50-51.  The widely known "detail of Nile Mosaic," shown above, is an edited version.  It is a segment of about 1/3 of the entire mosaic.  The segment appears to be taken out of the lower right side with some of the right border missing.

The details edited out of the mosaic are animals from the jungles of central africa, and a large snake, which may have come from central America,  The entire mosaic is evidence that ancient man knew features of most of the world at the time of Christ's birth.

The editing of the mosaic may show the power of the Eurocentric paradigm in action.  When the European Pope wrote the Rights of Discovery Bull in 1493, the Kings and their historians, who wrote history in the newly developing universities of Europe, may have suppressed most of the information of the world beyond Europe so they could "discover" and claim it.]

The people of America may have been descendants of the people of the sea culture, which was based on oral communications, freedom of movement, adjusting life to the food supply, and strong sustaining principles that, eventually, included the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Christ.

 But the other histories of the world have been written by Eurocentric historians, who came from land cultures.  The European justification for the invasion of America was the “Right of [first] Discovery.”  This mind set of the Eurocentric historians, who wrote the histories of Europe, did not consider any knowledge of prior voyages. Thus, the knowledge of the “other side,” may have died when the land based histories denied contact with the other side before the “first discovery.”

The Pope was the original cause of "no contact before Columbus" paradigm.  Spain and Portugal wanted to claim the land they were "first" to discover.  Evidence reveals that sea voyages to America had been a continual process for at least 3,700 years when Columbus sailed.

Privacy (secrecy) was one of the strongest principles of the people of the sea.  But, based on evidence, the following hypotheses are probably valid.

Communications between America and Europe and Asia were only a matter of months.

The Ten Commandments and Christ’s messages were incorporated into the American cultures.

Religion among the Americans was taught by the parents as a code of conduct and enforced by the villagers.  The source of religious information was validated oral transmission via people of the sea traders.  Many American tribes called the sun Jesus, the light of the world.  One religious concept of the "Light of the World" belief is that God shines on everyone, friend and foe, alike.

Most modern Americans believe their ancestors were more faithful to the code of conduct taught by Christ than most were most EurAmericans.

The adherence of America people to the first commandment would become a stumbling block for EurAmericans for four centuries.  The tragic irony is that the God the Americans would not accept from the EurAmericans may have been the Great Spirit they already had.   The Americans based their judgment on the conduct they saw used by the European invaders.  The invaders came with guns, germs, and steel.  They used an intimidation code of conduct to optimize the use of weapons to secure food, wealth, and land.

   Thus the conquering of the American people may be best understood from the view point that the Americans lived the Ten Commandments and were more faithful in following Christ’s rules of conduct.  They were more faithful to their ethics than were most European invaders, who represented a religion that most had not learned. The invaders lusted for wealth or land so much that they were willing to use their warfare capabilities to kill millions of people in order to conquer two continents.

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