Dead Names, Dead Dog: The Search for Sumerian Survivals

After Simon admits in Dead Names that the Necronomicon is much more recent than he originally tried to portray it, he immediately sets out to stress the antiquity of its contents. This time, he seeks out modern survivals of the “Sumerian Tradition.”

The “Sumerian Tradition” first appears in an unsourced quote from Aleister Crowley in Kenneth Grant’s Magical Revival, in reference to the religion of the Yezidis. As we don’t know more of the context, we can’t be exactly sure of what that means. Crowley expressed little interest in Sumer himself, as John’s shown in The Necronomicon Files, so it seems it was an off-hand comment more than a serious undertaking upon his part. Others (such as Grant himself) will no doubt disagree, but there’s little to indicate otherwise.

Still, given that “Simon” has provided no new evidence for the Necronomicon itself, he needs something to redeem himself. Thus, he hopes to present evidence that various cultures also preserved beliefs present in Sumer, so that he can argue the Necronomicon is an example of those beliefs.

Here’s a surprise for critics – I’m actually not going to argue with “Simon’s” basic point about the survival of elements of Mesopotamian culture. This is certainly the case, though sometimes the elements of pre-monotheistic religion are difficult to pick out amongst the centuries of cultural accumulation. What chiefly shocked me with this section is that “Simon” should have known about even better examples of this.

What “Simon” really needs to do is to prove that, somewhere out there, there is a group of people who preserved the names of the seven gods mentioned in the Necronomicon, along with such curious constructions as “Kutulu” and “Azag-Thoth,” as part of their tradition. That would be the true test of the Necronomicon as an authentic work – the evidence that it is part of a broader base of similar materials from which it sprang.
Instead, we get this:

That the seven circuits around the Ka’aba are representative of the seven Gates and the seven stages of the Sumerian ziggurats is confirmed by the simple fact that all of these result in communion with ineffable forces and bring the aspirant into contact with the Divine.

See? The Gates of the Necronomicon must have inspired the Ka’aba, because they both involve seven stages and, well, they’re both holy. I suppose it’s not remotely possible that the Necronomicon reflects the circumambulation because it came afterward…

On top of this, The Necronomicon Files – the book “Simon” is supposed to be critiquing later – explicitly denies that all ziggurats had seven steps. “Simon” seems to read what he wants into our book at times, I’m afraid, but he could have double-checked that somewhere else.

An examination of some of the stone monuments of the Toda reveal amazing similarities to images found on Sumerian cylinder seals, such as seven-pointed stars and the crescent moon, and the relation of the crescent moon to the horns of the buffalo.

Folks, if your evidence of cross-cultural influence includes the crescent moon – which people could see just by looking up – or that someone might think it looks like the horns of a buffalo, you’re reaching.

This isn’t to say that there can be no credible proof of such connections, but they certainly won’t be determined by grabbing a few isolated traits out of different cultures and claiming they represent proof of continuity down through time. An unexpected side effect of reading Dead Names was a newfound appreciation for the works of Erich von Daniken. Sure, I still think that his thesis that aliens aided in the construction of every massive building project not done by white people to be unsupported, but at least the man was trying.

Next time, we’ll start on the Toda. Great Tsathoggua, the Toda…

Published in: on June 29, 2006 at 7:54 am  Comments (5)  

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  1. this is not good itcant find crap from your site

  2. I dont believe that Gates is an Idiots guide to the Necronomicon. I do think Simon could have got more into the Necronomicon itself, but why should he give the secrets away. Again, I ask you how many Gates have you walked? If not then what are you afraid of. Keep taking the easy out 🙂

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