Heretic Magazine Issue 10

Summer is here and, just like the Heretic Magazine Issue 10, it is hot, steamy and something you have no doubt eagerly awaited for weeks. I know I have.

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As you delve into our latest assortment of heretical holiday companions, remember that we call our magazine the Heretic because heresy is how we keep our sanity in a world where media and puppet masters create the agenda and manipulate the masses. Heresy is how we fight back. Heresy is good.

I am especially excited about Heretic Magazine Issue 10, for it includes my latest article, and one that I was inspired to write after I toured Mexico last year, and began studying the curious, Book of Mormon.

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You’ve seen the musical, now feast on the facts. In From Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica; Hunting for History in the Book of Mormon, I comb the pages of the controversial Latter-Day Saint text in search of irrefutable proof that the peculiar tale actually does chronicle elements of real history. What I have uncovered may surprise you. It surprised me.

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The Heretic Magazine Issue 9

The Heretic Magazine Issue 9 is out, and I am very excited about this issue; fabulous insights from the some of the worlds most renowned and innovative voices.

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You can watch my video editorial introducing the new issue here.

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And of course each article is minted with the luscious designs of The Heretic Magazine Creative Director, Mark Foster.

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I am also proud to debut my research into the magical Mesopotamian cultures and their veneration of the bee. Might the ‘bag’ that Assyrian and other ancient cultures around the world portrayed in their reliefs be related to bees? I explore that possibility in my latest article.

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I hope you can check it out. You can purchase The Heretic Magazine Issue 9 here.

Maya Kings as Bee Gods

I recently returned from a fascinating trip to Mexico, where I toured many Olmec, Toltec, Mayan and Aztec archaeological sites. While exploring these amazing places is not unusual, I suspect that few have investigated them for evidence of bee veneration. I am pleased to say that what I discovered exceeded my expectations.

While the bulk of my findings will be featured in future articles for the Heretic Magazine, I would like to share one observation that I think is quite astonishing. Mayan bee-gods were male, which itself is quite unusual, and were known as the ‘Saviour God’. Why? Hold that thought.

What is truly remarkable is that the Mayan king associated himself with Venus, a male deity and the most important planetary object of the Maya. Where this gets interesting is that the Maya believed Venus, symbolically, was a bee, due to its intelligent movements; like many ancients, the Maya appear to have been aware of the bee’s peculiar, figure-of-eight-shaped waggle dance. As a result, it was common for the king to depict himself as a drone bee, complete with drone-bee eyes, and a protruding tongue with which to taste the honey of his kingdom. The images below are from the remote Mayan city of Palenque, situated deep in the Mexican jungle, but can be found at ancient sites all across Mexico.

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Mayan Kings as Venus, the Bee God, Palenque © Andrew Gough

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Mayan Kings as Venus, the Bee God, Palenque © Andrew Gough

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Mayan Kings as Venus, the Bee God, Palenque © Andrew Gough

So why is the Mayan bee-god referred to as the ‘Saviour God’? The answer lies in Mayan mythology. The Maya believed that Venus and his brother, the Sun, descended into the underworld, where the Sun was killed by the God of Death. Venus (a bee) returned with the dead Sun’s head, which he turned into corn, which seeded mankind. Thus, the bee is known as the ‘Saviour God’. The image below, from the Mayan Venus Temple in Tulum, is known as the ‘Descending God’ and depicts Venus, the bee, complete with a bee tail, upside down, diving down to Earth to pollenate mankind.

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The Descending Bee God, Venus, Tulum. © Andrew Gough