Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Wanderers

During one of Alexander’s marches, near the Sea of Galilee, a hand’s throw away from the legendary Garden of Eden, near the Macedonian camping site, was said to be, a soldier, and pupil of Aristotle, and Theophratos, of Lyceum University at Athens (Macedonian veteran), and scholar known to be: Kebes, who became fascinated with the unnaturally shaped stones collected from the surrounding farms, in which he kept until after Alexander’s Campaigns: he made drawings of them, and were uninteresting to the artisans at the Athens’s Academy, but he interpreted them, and the Academy’s view of them,  in the following manner:

       “If you look at a map of the world you will see Europe, Greece, and a bent finger that leads into the Mediterranean Sea.
       South of that, lies Crete, east the Aegean Sea, hence, we are in Asia Minor, we have behind us the Pillars of Hercules,
       and in front of us India, we have Jerusalem, and ancient Egypt, but who can tell me were these unnatural shaped stones I’ve  
       collected, came from, no one. I asked: who carved this stone? What beginnings of civilization carved them? What where these   
       people called? And were they people?  And the group of scholars listening, said—gasping: ‘You dare to pass old stones on 
       to us?’  I didn’t respond, but asked instead: What population did this come from? The Jew, the Egyptian?   They looked at a map,  
       and the isolated fragments I had brought to them to view, and said nothing, as if it was of no value. I said to them: It is time that  
       you know. I told them: one population precedes another, is this not   so? And I added: If we do not know, then it must be older than all those we do know of, this only makes sense.  They looked at me     
       as if I was an intrusive sea. They told me, ‘It’s from some wonderer of long ago.’ This I agreed to, it was obvious. But how  
       long ago, and who were they? I asked.  They again looked at a map, an older map. A voice said from the group: ‘Elephant Hunters of long ago.’ Traditions and dogmas rubbed one another down to a minimum of conversation; they wanted to talk of Plato’s
       philosophies or Aristotle’s teachings with Alexander. Not unnatural cut stones. But I think as they pondered, these Elephant  
       Hunters, as they called them: had teeth, perhaps skulls smaller than ours, I have seen them too, and some cracked abruptly, with  
       force.  Perhaps they, like us, picked fruit from the trees, but more so, because there are no animals in that area worthy of eating,   
       lest elephants. I didn’t ask them to consider this—it would be indigent, and they would no longer have anything to do with me, but  
      I think: maybe our ancestress were from a hinterland we know little to nothing about, and such be our past, and this they and  we   
       in the past have never considered, as if we always were, but they know we were not always—I told myself: they know that 
       Greece and Egypt were not the beginnings, only the beginning of Greece: before it was Greece—who were we? we forgot what it we were called, and likewise, Egypt forgot what  Egypt was called, and the Sea of Galilee, was the sea with no name but it was there—and in time the Jews appeared, gave it a proper name, and the Elephant Hunters, as my comrades have called them, were there,  
       but not the elephant, the elephant was never there: and they know this, even if they do not say they know this because they know Alexander brought the elephants there on a war march, and I was there with the elephants, and so they are known not to have
       been part of this land mass. And they also know, that there was before them a population, and before them another population: 
       countless—but they do not want to open that ancient door, perhaps they think the gods will forbid this kind of knowledge,    
       become angry—like at Troy and cause a stampede in the heavens, one that will break the earth open as it did with Troy, and 
       we will   become like the gods, and then what?...”

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