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Excerpt from “The Astrological Foundation of the Christ Myth Book Four 2nd Edition”


Intra-Cultural Transference Within Religion

Before closing out this chapter, there is one more category of mythological symbolism that I think we should explore, that being

myths and legends born out of the fantasizing and or spiritualizing of a tribes engrained cultural traditions, customs, and standards - I

call this category Intra-Cultural Transference. Many of the biblical myths, which seem grossly absurd on the face of it, actually have

sprung forth from rather practical and sometimes rational elements of early Semitic culture. It is important to remember that Semitic

culture predates the religion of Judaism. Judaism was spawned out of Semitic culture, not the other way around. When the Hebrews invented
their religions, that is to say, both Judaism and Early Christianity, they used the traditions, systems, and standards of their

Semitic culture as source material - which is only practical when you think of it. They also, perhaps with near equal importance, desired

to persuade the masses that their social systems were divinely ordained hence not subject to challenge by their subjects - this linking

of god to the government was common in the ancient world. I have covered this subject of Intra-Cultural Transference, somewhat

extensively, in my book The Secret Origins of Judaism - I will offer a  couple of examples of this category of mythology here so as to

acquaint my readers with the basics of how Intra-Cultural Transference into religious dogma usually evolves from within a

given culture - in this case Semitic culture.

All religions are man-made, we can be rationally certain that god has never communicated a religious preference to anyone, regardless
of what the religionists claim. All religions are the results of cultural evolution, hence the sources of a religion’s tenets are always
discoverable within the underlying culture - this includes the language, traditions, legends, social systems, ecology, economy, and also
 regional influences and societal proclivities of neighboring nations that effect the collective psyche of the community or culture.
J
udaism is the child of Semitic culture, which is essentially nomadic in many respects. Much of Semitic religious culture has been  
derived  from the migration and merging of Semitic societal customs  into  the rituals, traditions, and doctrine of their religion;  this,
of course, applies also to Christianity and Islam which are offshoots of Semitic Judaism..


Let us now exemplify Intra-Cultural Transference  with reference to a few biblical verses:

God personally guides the Exodus of the Israelites

We have been taught that god, himself,intervened so as to emancipate the Hebrew people from their alleged bondage to the Egyptians, that

god persecuted the Egyptians till they agreed to free the Israelites. After the Israelites were freed, it is alleged that god himself, shielded

in the Pillar of a Cloud, by day;and shielded in a Pillar of Fire by night guided the Israelites through the desert wilderness in search

for a new Promised Land in which they would establish their nationhood, under the aegis of their god, Yahweh, conveniently

resident in the local Temple. This is a very bizarre story, and I doubt that you can form a rational picture of such an event having ever

literally occurred in history. This, on the face of it, is an absurd myth, but nevertheless, in truth, this puzzling tale contains a germ of truth

which is reflective of its cultural underpinnings. Our task is to expose that germ of truth from which this fanciful tale was germinated, and

utilized by the Jewish Priesthood as they composed this particular fictional episode of the alleged Hebrew exodus from Egypt.

Exodus 13:18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out

of the land of Egypt.

Exodus 13:21-22  And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them

light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.


The above verses are unambiguous; according to the bible the Israelites were lost in a desert that, of course, had no roads or travel
signs to mark the way to wherever they were going - so god himself took charge to guide them through the desert wilderness. Since it is

profane to look upon the the divine deity or even to mention his sacred name, god clothed himself in a Pillar formed of a cloud during

the day, and he, Yahweh, clothed himself in a Fire Pillar during darkness. This is truly a whale of a tale, however the key to

discovering the germ of secular truth within this yarn lay in the Semitic nomadic culture. The Hebrews were nomadic people, and

nomads never, or hardly ever, stay in one place more than a season. Nomads are constantly on the move so as to provide pasture for their

animals, so these travelers and wanderers were very adapt at using the dynamics of the natural environment to map their courses through

uncharted lands..

According to the bible, god was their guide and god wrote or allegedly Moses wrote how he, god, managed to guide the Israelites

through the wilderness. Of course we know that god did not write this fiction - it was written by a nomadic Hebrew! And I would add,

the tale was written by a nomad that was intimately familiar with systems of mapping a course through uncharted territory by reading

nature’s signs of direction as indicated by the natural environment. The content of this fable clearly indicates the mindset of a desert nomad,
so the question that we should ask so as to ascertain the real germ of truth, is how did the nomads actually navigate the deserts and is
there a possible relationship to
clouds and pillars of fire that can explain this navigation. As I have noted above, our path to
understanding religious fantasies can often be extrapolated from the underlying culture from which the theological fantasy has evolved,
 thus indicating
Intra-Cultural Transference.

The greatest asset for navigating the desert wilderness as well as the open seas are the guiding cosmic lights - this has been true since time

immemorial. Navigators have always used the celestial North Pole as their guide for determining their position and course of direction

on the open seas and the sprawling deserts. It is not just the Pole Star alone that serves as the guide but the whole region of circumpolar

constellations that circuit the Celestial Pole - these circling circumpolar constellations are indicators of time and direction to the

trained observer. Chief among all of the polar constellations are the Bear Constellations, commonly called Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.

It is easy to conceive the North Star itself i.e. Polaris as a Pillar of Light, but actually I suggest, and navigational history confirms, that

it is the entire circumpolar region that serves as a navigational guide for those who traverse uncharted geographical regions, whether at

land or sea. Take note of this quote from the book, Star Names and Their Meaning by Richard Allen, under the heading for the

constellation Ursa Major wherein various historical references to this star-group are explained, the underlining is my own:


Its well-known use by the early Greeks in navigation was paralleled in the

deserts of Arabia, through which, according to Diodorus the Sicilian,

Travelers direct their course by the Bears, in the same manner as is done at

sea. They serve this same purpose to the Badawiyy [Bedouin] of today, as

Mrs. Sigourney describes in The Stars,  writing of Polaris:
       “The weary caravan with chiming bells,
         Making strange music against the desert sand,
        Guides by the pillar d fires its nightly march”

The biblical pillar of fires a clear reference to the constellations of the circumpolar region which the ancients have used for

ascertaining their compass directions since time immemorial. Actually the seven lights (fires) of the Big Dipper were commonly

referred to as Pillars of Fire as it is the most notable of the circumpolar groupings, and two of its stars , Dubhe and Merak, point

directly to the North Star.

Now as regards the use of a pillar of a cloud to guide the way during the daytime - the germ of truth for this assertion is found also

within pre-Judaic Semitic or Bedouin culture. Clouds do not flow helter skelter, but rather flow in specific directions depending on the
type clouds, their elevation, upper atmospheric air flows and other factors. The flow of the various clouds are consistent to conditions

prevalent at their elevation, except in cases of weather disturbances. The effect of all this is that the nomads, when starting out on their

desert treks could relate their compass directions to the flow of the clouds, and thereby map and maintain their course direction by

simply referencing the flow of the clouds as they proceeded.  

In the above, I think that the link to Intra-Cultural Transference is clear and vivid. It is claimed by the religionists that this absurd tale

of god guiding the Israelites through the desert wilderness by means of pillars of fire and clouds was done by god in person, and written

into the scriptures by the prophet Moses, but the real truth is too obvious to ignore - the actual composer of this fairytale was clearly a
nomadic shepherd that wrote a story that clearly reflects his own experiences and culture as a Semitic nomad. The Semitic

nomads customarily used the circumpolar constellations and the flow of the clouds to navigate the deserts, and lo and behold, when

composing this myth about the Israelite exodus they superimposed their own experiences onto their tribal god with the ludicrous claim

that Yahweh led the Hebrews through the wilderness by the same methods that the nomads have used from time immemorial.







Copied below is an excerpt from Chapter Three of the recently published book by Malik Jabbar,
“The Astrological Foundation of the Christ Myth, Book Four, 2nd Edition”