The Oera Linda Book: From a Manuscript of the Thirteenth Century

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Trbner & Company, 1876 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 253 pages
The whole contents of the book are in all respects new. That is to say, there is nothing in it that we were acquainted with before. What we here read of Friso, Adel, and Askar differs entirely from what is related by our own chroniclers, or rather presents it in quite another light. For instance, they all relate that Friso came from India, and that thus the Frisians were of Indian descent; and yet they add that Friso was a German, and belonged to a Persian race which Herodotus called Germans (Γερμάνιοι). According to the statement in this book, Friso did come from India, and with the fleet of Nearchus; but he is not therefore an Indian. He is of Frisian origin, of Frya’s people. He belongs, in fact, to a Frisian colony which after the death of Nijhellnia, fifteen and a half centuries before Christ, under the guidance of a priestess Geert, settled in the Punjab, and took the name of Geertmen. The Geertmen were known by only one of the Greek writers, Strabo, who mentions them as Γερμᾶνες, differing totally and entirely from the Βραχμᾶνεςin manners, language, and religion. The historians of Alexander’s expeditions do not speak of Frisians or Geertmen, though they mention Indoscythians, thereby describing a people who live in India, but whose origin is in the distant, unknown North. In the accounts of Liudgert no names are given of places where the Frieslanders lived in India. We only know that they first established themselves to the east of the Punjab, and afterwards moved to the west of those rivers. It is mentioned, moreover, as a striking fact, that in the summer the sun at midday was straight above their heads. They therefore lived within the tropics. We find in Ptolemy exactly 24 N. on the west side of the Indus, the name Minnagara; and about six degrees east of that, in 22 N., another Minnagara. This name is pure Fries, the same as Walhallagara, Folsgara, and comes from Minna, the name of an Eeremoeder, in whose time the voyages of Teunis and his nephew Inca took place. The coincidence is too remarkable to be accidental, and not to prove that Minnagara was the headquarters of the Frisian colony. The establishment of the colonists in the Punjab in 1551 before Christ, and their journey thither, we find fully described in Adela’s book; and with the mention of one most remarkable circumstance, namely, that the Frisian mariners sailed through the strait which in those times still ran into the Red Sea. In Strabo, book i. pages 38 and 50, it appears that Eratosthenes was acquainted with the existence of the strait, of which the later geographers make no mention. It existed still in the time of Moses (Exodus xiv. 2), for he encamped at Pi-ha-chiroht, the “mouth of the strait.” Moreover, Strabo mentions that Sesostris made an attempt to cut through the isthmus, but that he was not able to accomplish it. That in very remote times the sea really did flow through is proved by the result of the geological investigations on the isthmus made by the Suez Canal Commission, of which M. Renaud presented a report to the Academy of Sciences on the 19th June 1856. In that report, among other things, appears the following: “Une question fort controverse est celle de savoir, si l’poque o les Hebreux fuyaient de l’Egypte sous la conduite de Mose, les lacs amers faisaient encore partie de la mer rouge. Cette dernire hypothse s’accorderait mieux que l’hypothse contraire avec le texte des livres sacrs, mais alors il faudrait admettre que depuis l’poque de Mose le seuil de Suez serait sorti des eaux.”

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Page 66 - Now the bad time came. During the whole summer the sun had been hid behind the clouds, as if unwilling to look upon the earth. There was perpetual calm, and the damp mist hung like a wet sail over the houses and the marshes. The air was heavy and oppressive, and in men's hearts was neither joy nor cheerfulness. In the midst of this stillness the earth began to tremble as if she were dying. The mountains opened to vomit forth fire and flames.
Page 120 - I have lost all hope that it would be of any use. I do not write in the hope that I shall win back the land or preserve it : in my opinion that is impossible. I write only for the future generations, that they may all know in what way we were lost, and that each may learn that every crime brings its punishment. My name is Apollonia. Two-and-thirty days after my mother's death my brother Adelbrost was found murdered on the wharf, his skull fractured and his limbs torn asunder. My father, who lay ill,...
Page 16 - ... in it. Again and again it is repeated, and throughout the code Di fria Fresa, the free Frisian, is invariably used for citizen or inhabitant. Either this characteristic is of an infinite age, or the Oera Linda has cunningly borrowed it, for the Tex abounds in such spirited enactments as this : — If any man shall deprive another, even his debtor, of his liberty, let him be to you as a vile slave ; and I advise you to burn his body and that of his mother in an open place, and bury them fifty...
Page 197 - ... mith burga to bvwande. Witto, that is witte sin svn, sand hi mith vmb to to sjanande. Hwat...
Page 189 - Bi mina jiiged was-t ore land, that buta tha hringdik leid, al pol and brok. Men Fryas folk is diger and flitich, hja wrdon mod ner wirg, thrvchdam hjara dol to tha besta l6ide.
Page 17 - Sahwersa that machte b6ra that hja fon juwe red jefta awet owers wilde, alsa aghat j to helpane hjam. Men kvmath hja to rawande; fal than vppa tham nither lik blixenande fjvr. 10. Sahwersa annen fon hjam...
Page 238 - Forth moton alle vpstonda and et Findas folk fon Fryas erv dryva. Nillath hja that navt ne dva, alsa skilun hja slavona benda vmbe hjara halsa...
Page xxvi - Below this, and, as far as we can discover, written on the same paper, is a letter dated four hundred years earlier. This also has a peculiar importance. It reads as follows : — Beloved Successors, — For the sake of our dear forefathers, and of our dear liberty, I entreat you a thousand times never let the eye of a monk look on these writings.
Page 197 - Se'landar hera et sina hove. Hir most nw letta ho Friso alle to bidobbe wiste to nocht fon bede partja and to bate fon sin ajn dol.
Page xx - ... of magnificence into the lap of its respectable and sleepy history. That it should be difficult to be critical under such circumstances is pardonable ; and yet the 'Oera Linda Book ' might have taxed our credulity a little less. With the sincerest affection for Friesland, this is too much : — ' Hitherto we have believed that the historical records of our people reach no farther back than the arrival of Friso, the presumptive founder of the Frisians ; whereas here we become aware that their...

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