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Illyr-albania:the Mother Earth

ILLYR-ALBANIA: THE MOTHER EARTH

 

 

“History is long, Art short, Occasion sudden.”  Anonymous

The following is ‘THE REVELATION’ as understood by a descendant of the Illyr-Albanian Heritage. God’s message finally revealed in His identity to the Western World as the result of the unwritten knowledge gained from an insight into the Illyr-Albanian pre-historic past based on the Illyr-Albanian Language which was and remains the Language of God and as the result of an intuitive spiritual awareness. This analysis is probably more accurate than any subsequent revelation. No one should minimize the value of the subsequent understandings. These are part of the ‘human spiritual evolution’ however misunderstood, misinterpreted or misguided by cultures not having the insight into the early Illyr-Albanian Language and World or misapplied what had been learned.

There is nothing mysterious about God and His message. The intuitive spiritual awareness is supplemented with reasoning, one of our many gifts. Perhaps we can now apply that gift and try to understand the human history that we have become so used to. The only great mystery about religion is ourselves and the ‘politics’ (human interpretations) in which we seem to insist on infusing into it without understanding the origins – the probable early thoughts of our ancestors.

The conclusion will be bound up in the concepts of the ‘goodness of the human spirit’ and the ‘goodness of conception’. You are the author of your life and the hope comes from renewal and/or continuation of the ‘goodness of the human spirit’. As the Son of Mother Earth, from Whose Virgin Womb He was born, God is not beyond our awareness and certainly not beyond an almost tangible quality of the gift the ‘goodness of the human spirit’.

The Illyr-Albanian Language, spoken by the oldest continuous civilization in the Western World, and maybe even the world, is the master key to understanding the early human spiritual evolution. It may enable us to distinguish between truth and human interpretation – the politics as well as business of religion that has evolved.

It is the purpose of this writing to record and hopefully enlighten with the documentation of this unwritten knowledge and establish a new source for understanding the concept of God, the real essence of His, ‘THE REVELATION’, not in the context of the history of a particular culture but its origin based on the creation by the earliest man that subsequently influenced most of the people of the world. The Illyr-Albanian World is the closest connection we have to the earliest man.

We are extremely fortunate that the Hebrews and Greeks left many writings and translations of religious books and histories and likewise fortunate that the Illyr-Albanian Language and characteristics of the Illyr-Albanian groups have survived and remained similar throughout the ages establishing a fair source as the result of continuity of both language and characteristics that stretch far back into the pre-historic era. From the writings –names and words - we, like archeologists, might attempt to piece together a story from ragments and place them in a more realistic context. From the Illyr-Albanian Language we might gain an insight and perspective that would otherwise be lost for all time with regard to the origin and then the evolution of concepts - names and words - that found their way into the Hebrew and Greek worlds.

We are now learning that what was thought to be the earliest civilization, Mesopotamia, (9000 years ago) had a contemporary in the Thracians of the Balkans (Mystery Gold of the Black Sea Warriors – 2004). To understand how Thrace relates to the Illyr-Albanians the following appeared in the 1911 Enc. Britannica.

“Thrace…There is no well-defined difference between aboriginal Thracians and Illyrians. Thus there was an Illyrian tribe, Brygi; a Thracian tribe, Bryges: and, in Strabo’s time, a tribe called Dardani (Kosova), then reckoned Illyrian, living next to the Thracian Bessi (in whose land was the oldest oracle of Dionysus), were probably as much Thracian as Illyrian.” (Bessa; an ancient concept among Illyr-Albanians that means ‘faith’, ‘religion’, ‘pledge of honor’, ‘loyalty’.)

Our knowledge of God comes from the written histories and Holy Books of the Hebrews who compiled much of these writings during an era of the Mesopotamian period. The Hebrews, referred to as the chosen people of God claimed to be enlightened because they supposedly understood the Language of God, Who had revealed Himself to them. It is important to understand that the Hebrews, like the Greeks and others possessed knowledge gained in the pre-historic era when there was a Language of God, Illyr-Albanian, whereby God’s Revelation was expressed through the perceptions of nature by the early people which evolved into a ‘folk religion’ as opposed to ‘book religion’ that we know today based on a particular cultural heritage. God’s Revelation had been expressed by the very fact of awareness on the part of the early people and the goodness of the human spirit that inspired it. There is a great wisdom in this unwritten knowledge of God because there is the connection between the early people and their perceptions of nature that initiated this awareness, a process that ignited mans’ spirituality.

It is a remarkable fact that God did not reveal His identity, His personal name to the Hebrews except to say ‘I am that I am’, ‘Yahweh’. This so-called revelation was probably due to a misunderstanding of the origin of the pronoun ‘I’, in the Illyr-Albanian Language, ‘Ou’, and the probable evolution of it as the substitute for the noun or name. It is not unlike the Greek ‘Ouranos’, the name of the first God, Heaven, which is really the Illyr-Albanian phrase ‘I fell’, ‘Ou Ra’. If you are a cave-person of thousands of years ago and you view the earth and sky, the sky appears to fall in the distance, in every direction you view – the same that we see today. If you follow the path of the sun from where the sky meets the earth you make a bridge overhead. In Illyr-Albanian ‘ura’ is ‘bridge’, ‘urate’ is ‘the blessed Father’. In my essay ‘The Language of God’ I stated that ‘It was my contention that this concept, the sky appearing to fall to the earth, may have been the most significant to the people of the pre-historic era when their religious ideas were evolving.” I believe that the origin of the name ‘Ur’, the home of Abraham, the Father of Monotheism, One God worship, derives from the concept ‘ura’, and this significance may not have been lost on the early Biblical writers.

I am explaining this because at the earliest times the Illyr-Albanian name for God, the pronoun ‘Ou’, probably evolved from the practice of re-enacting religious stories in the first person, and that the pronoun was used as a substitute for the noun or name in this re-enactment. By the time of the Hebrews and Greeks, and who knows when and how it channeled into their cultures, the pronoun became part of their ideas and with limited knowledge they structured their own understandings.

So it was not that God revealed Himself as ‘I am that I am’ to the Hebrews, nor that the Greeks named the first God, ‘Ouranos’. Their knowledge came from pre-historic channels, the evolution of which they did not fully comprehend nor appreciate. The Illyr-Albanians eventually lost this significance as well, but there are enough fragments to restructure the probability.

The pronoun ‘I’ was not an only example. James Churchward, in 1933, in his ‘Sacred Symbols of MU’ states that the Mother Earth religion was referred to as ‘MU’ as far back as 70,000 years ago. ‘Mu’ is the Illyr-Albanian pronoun ‘Me’. Another possible example of the pronoun is ‘He’, or ‘He is I’ based on the analysis of the name of the first son of the Greek God Ouranos. His name was Kronus and the possible etymology based on the Illyr-Albanian Language was ‘He is I’; ‘Kr Oun’, or ‘Kr esht Oun’. That is either God comes to earth as a mortal or that he sent his son. Hence the recognition of either the possibility of a messiah, or probability of the inevitable ‘next generation’. (‘Oh Albania, My Poor Albania’ – 1980 – pages 7, 18; by this writer).

When the members of family were passing away they were thought to become ‘godlike’ to the early people. In Illyr-Albanian a name for God was ‘Perendia’, the word for west ‘perendim’, the equation being that the sun passes away in the west. I believe that this is, as well, the real significance of the Western Wall (the wailing wall). There was a strong affinity for ancestoral reverence by the Hebrews. In many cultures when one dies there is an attempt to bury before the setting of the sun the next day. Few ideas in the world of religion in the pre-historic era were mutually exclusive though origins were not sometimes clear. However misunderstood, these ideas found their way into many cultures but there are enough clues (perceptions of nature and corresponding word and name development) to indicate that the origin was related to the Illyr-Albanian World – the Civilization that left no writings.

In order for the Hebrews to understand with at least a minimum of success the concept of God in their culture two spiritual tools evolved: the Zohar, which means ‘splendor’ in Hebrew, is a “commentary on the Bible structured as conversations among a group of friends, scholars, and spiritual masters… (a)lthough the wisdom available in its pages is older than Creation itself, the text of the Zohar was composed approximately 2000 years ago…”; and the Kaballah, ‘received tradition’, the ‘intuitive spiritual awareness’ and the enumeration of what the concept of God includes. I believe that these spiritual tools evolved because there was no clear understanding of the origin of God, whether it was realized or not, except as The Creator Who did not sufficiently identify Himself to them – He did not Reveal His personal name.

Did God chose the Illyr-Albanian groups rather than Israel to be the vehicle of Revelation – but no one listened, understood or recorded it? Perhaps the Illyr-Albanians were too involved as participants in their spiritual awareness, too secure in their understandings of it and it was too widespread among them – common knowledge – to find a need to record it, indeed if they had the ability to do so. The Illyr-Albanian influence was present and the fact that it had not been recorded does not mean that it wasn’t so. It is not sacrilegious to learn about it – indeed it is the most religious – spiritually –that one can do. Human history and the hope for the future is forcing a renewal in understanding ‘Revelation’ and religious truths based on origin and not the ‘politics’ of any particular culture.

Let us review the Illyr-Albanian history – a Civilization that left no writings, and the concept continuity in order to attempt to establish validity for source when trying to understand a pre-historic era despite the fact that scholars accept the history of religion or the birth of Western Civilization based mostly on ‘writings’.

Contents:

I. Illyr-Albania: A Civilization that left no writings.

II. ‘In the Beginning’

III. The First God, The Second Coming

IV. The Name of God and The Goodness of Conception

The Universal Message

I. Illyr-Albania: The Civilization that left no writings.

In his ‘Hymn of Liberation’ and an interesting example of ‘intuitive spiritual awareness’, one Vaso Pasha, in 1881, wrote:

“Oh Albania, My Poor Albania

Who (or what) has put your head in the ashes?

You were once a woman of great importance

The people of the Earth used to call the Mother!”

The fact that the Illyr-Albanian Civilization was one that left no writings would probably answer the question ‘Who (or what) has put your head in the ashes?’ By 1887 the Albanians established a western alphabet. That might be considered late for many to assess the Illyr-Albanian World a civilization at all let alone the oldest continual one in the Western World. What does constitute a civilization may be difficult to determine and some consider their own to be the standard. Be that as it may it should be no small factor that the Illyr-Albanian groups had the logistic ability before 300 B.C. to support Alexander the Great and his Illyrian troops in an attempt to conquer the known world. The thousands of years before that time may not have been recorded but the language, though unwritten, served as a fact of existence and subsequent tool that has lead to this and other analyses of the most profound importance. The language might also serve as a source since it unites us with the past and through the analysis of names and words we gain a perspective that can be had with no other language. The characteristics of the Illyr-Albanian groups that remained similar through the ages can serve as fact for ‘continuity’.

-From ‘Lands and Peoples’, Grolier Society (1929-49):

‘Albania And Its Mountaineers; The Land of the Eagle People’

“Probably less is known of Albania than of any other country in Europe, though Albania is the home of the oldest people of the Balkan Peninsula. In spite of many centuries under foreign rule, they have kept a national feeling and also a language and customs quite different from the people in the neighboring countries. They call their country Shqypnie, or Shqiperia, meaning the Land of the Eagles…So early was their beginning that history and even legend does not tell when they arrived…The Albanian language, which has survived so many centuries, has ever been a puzzle to philologists. Unlike the Greek or Slav of the neighboring countries, it is thought to have come from the primitive Illyrian, the language of Macedonia in the time of Alexander the Great. All attempts of the Serb, Greek and Turk have failed to destroy the Albanians’ love for it. Once, in southern Albania, where some of the people are Albanian Orthodox Christians, the priests taught that it was useless to pray in Albanian for God could not understand it. The Turks forbade giving instruction or printing books in the language…”

-From ‘Peaks of Shala’, by R. Lane (1923):

“Constantinople’s nothing. Everyone goes to Constantinople. But if you don’t see Albania, you’re wasting the chance of a lifetime. Up in those mountains-right up there in those mountains, a day’s journey from here – the people are living as they lived twenty centuries ago, before the Greeks or the Roman or the Slav was ever known. There are prehistoric cities up there, old legends, songs, customs that no one knows anything about. No strangers ever even seen them. Great Scot, woman! And you sit there and talk about Constantinople!”

“But if nobody goes, how can we do so?” I said.

“How does anyone ever do anything? Simply do it. Hire horses, get on them, and go.”

“Carrying our own guns?”

“Oh we’ll be safe enough! We may run into a blood feud or two, and get our guides shot

up, but nobody ever harms a woman. Nobody even shoots a man in her presence.”

-From ‘A Military History of the Western World’, by J. Fuller:

“But it was in his (Alexander the Great) outlook upon women – in nearly all ages considered the legitimate spoil of the soldier - that Alexander stood in a totally different moral world compared with the one inhabited by his contemporaries. Not only did he treat the captive wife and daughters of Darius with royal respect, but he held in abhorrence rape and violence, which in his day were the universal concomitants of war…”

In 1997 an archeological excavation took place in Albania near the town of Konispol in Southern Albania. At the cave site it was discovered that the cave was used as a birthing station for the shepherds’ flocks some ll,000 years ago. Today that same cave is used for the same purpose.

It may be that the fact that the Illyr-Albanian groups had no writings in some ways insulated them from deterioration or extinction because the culture had a very old and strong foundation and continuity and stability were not affected by the passage of time. This does not mean that there were no changes – things were gained and lost – but the basic, shall I say ‘primitive’ aspects of the cultural heritage were sustained.

In recorded times (recorded by others) we can guess that the Illyr-Albanian Civilization was a unique schooling for the young and ambitious and the results were repeated many times throughout history. It was more than just impressive achievements about how the Illyr-Albanians managed to take over their conquerors. Rather it was a confirmation of continuity, stability and endurance that this ‘schooling’ within the Illyr-Albanian Civilization must have provided. It allowed a unique perspective in the way the world was viewed by them.

When Ed. Gibbons wrote the classic the “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” he stated that Rome was saved by a ‘series of great princes who derived their obscure origin from the martial provinces of Illyria’. He conceded that the inevitable fall could not be prevented but that for a time the Empire was restored by the Illyrians.

In many writings about the Ottoman Empire the same word was used ‘Restorers’ about the Kuprili Family and other Albanians of obscure origin that restored that Empire. Some forty Albanians achieved Grand Vizer status – today’s equivalent might be Prime Minister.

In the modern era the Albanians played a key role in establishing nations around the Mediterranean world including Egypt, Italy, Greece, Romania and Turkey. In truth they had difficulty in establishing their own nation of Albania but that is a topic for another time. Neighbors and so-called scholars were not blameless.

An example of continuity by way of characteristics that stretches thousands of years is that of the Mati tribe of Albania. They served as spear throwers in Alexander’s army. They served the Roman legions in the same capacity. In the Middle Ages they served as mercenaries again in the same capacity in Europe. There could be many such studies about particular tribes from Albania and many were recorded by others – mostly pertaining to the military.

The biggest disadvantage of a Civilization that left no writings is the fact that scholars and others (who were too lazy to do research and too impressed with the ‘writings’ of other cultures) were able to confiscate the facts about the land and people of the Illyr-Albanian groups without correction or consequence. By the time of our era the Illyr-Albanian groups were divided into five or six countries in the Balkans.

There are many fragments of information however that one can read like the record in the League of Nations before 1920 where it states that the language in the Greek Navy was Albanian primarily because all the officers were of Albanian origin. There was a story about a document found during World War II that in 1827 the Greek parliament took a vote to change the national language of Greece to Albanian and it lost by 3 votes. It made little difference to most in the Western schools that the Illyr-Albanian story would ever be told. However Lord Byron, an English writer and poet was impressed to see that the Albanians were leading the Greek War of Independence in 1821. He died among them in Missolongi. The first President of Greece was an Albanian from the island of Hydra, Admiral Kondourioti.

The characteristics of the Albanians in Turkey and Italy have been recorded and to a great extent similar to those witnessed in Greece. The characteristic of Ataturk, Father of Modern Turkey, would provide an interesting study. Both parents of Ataturk were of Albanian origin. (Orga, Irfan, ‘Ataturk’, 1962)

Language and characteristics of the people of the Illyr-Albanian World can serve as a unique source as the result of their existence and the existence of the Illyr-Albanian Language and the continuity, stability and endurance of a very ancient people. It was here in this place, the Illyr-Albanian World of the Balkans, in this circumstance, a civilization that left no writings, that the Illyr-Albanian people and their stories evolved, Western Man evolved, Western Civilization was born, and then the stories were lost. We shall now proceed to take fragments from Hebrew and Greek writings and attempt to gain a new insight into some religious truths.

II. “In the Beginning God created The Heaven and The Earth”

“In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth.” That is the opening line of the Bible, Book of Genesis and one that would cause problems for the Hebrews in their attempts to make a starting point for the history of religion. A more accurate statement based on the probable early thoughts of our ancestors, the people of the ‘folk religion’ would be that ‘In the beginning there was the Earth that was known as ‘Mother Earth’ and from Her Virgin Womb came God’.

The story of Jesus as a Messiah and the Virgin Mother was an attempt to duplicate what had been understood for thousands of years before the time of Abraham and was part of the unwritten knowledge. Actually, the story of Jesus and Mary may have been the attempt by some Hebrews at the re-enactment of the earlier history of God being born of the Virgin Mother Earth and later that re-enactment became something more to the Gentile as well as some Hebrews and then spun out of control. I say that it spun out of control because the Gentile and even some Hebrews had not understood the origin and foundation of the religion from the thousands of years ago. What they were witnessing was the re-enactment of history and then they grasped it as substance and then built substance upon it. The Illyrian, Emperor of Rome (c.350 A.D.), Julian, nephew of Constantine the Great, suggested that the Christians added new things daily. The Hebrews, especially the women, had a strong spiritual affinity for Mother Earth at the time of Jesus so there were many who probably understood this re-enactment of history and as a result this strong reluctance by most Hebrews toward Jesus as the Messiah.

There can be no doubt that in order for what is referred to as Monotheism, worship of One God to take root and survive, an accounting of a Virgin Mother would eventually have to be made and if God was the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the story of a Virgin Birth would have to be replaced. Enter the ‘politics’ of religion to correct the problem and so it did perhaps using the New Testament as the vehicle. For the Hebrews and others that would follow in the belief of One God, the human ‘politics’ would have to impose ideas that would establish new ‘truths’ and ‘religious politics’ would require a replacement of a Virgin Mother albeit changing time tables.

The Greeks referred to the Virgin Mary as ‘Theotokos’, ‘the bearer of God’. The Illyr-Albanian ‘toke’ translates to land or territory, i.e. earth, and that is what the Virgin Mary was supposed to represent and duplicate in the re-enactment – the Virgin Mother Earth, ‘toke’ Who gave birth to the first God – an understanding thousands of years before the time of Christ.

III. The First God, The Second Coming

We are learning more and more that many things, because of the politics were placed in the form of codes by those in ancient times who had a higher level of understanding. Hebrew scholars, as well as others are constantly trying to decipher the codes whether they are in the Bible or other writings. This is in part because there is an understanding that there was unwritten knowledge and gaps and inconsistencies in information and a strong desire among the wise men of old to permit at least the chance for ‘truth’ to become known. We must appreciate that among the wise men there might also have been an attempt at double meanings in coding. One possibility as an example was the name of the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem. ‘Beth’ is the second letter in the Hebrew alphabet, maybe signifying that Jesus was the ‘second’ coming or that it was the re-enactment of the history of God, His birth, that became something more.

IV. The Name of God And The Goodness of Conception

‘THE REVELATION’ of the name of God is a very important and significant matter. There is no great mystery in understanding this essence. It confirms spiritual awareness and validates reverence for the ancestors. And if it is not too late, the reverence for the ‘future’ – not just our personal one, our salvation if you insist - but that which we pass on to our descendants. As a result ‘faith in the goodness of the human spirit’ should be appreciated as much as a part of our survival as ‘faith’ is a part of our personal spiritual beliefs based on the ‘politics’ of religion.

The name of God, His personal name, one that He did not share even with the so-called chosen people, IS the ‘Goodness of the Human Spirit’. Add to this ‘THE REVELATION’, the ‘Goodness of Conception’, albeit in the only instance of a Virgin Conception except for the Re-enactment that evolved into substance.

The identification of His personal name is based on the recognition on the part of our early ancestors, their spiritual awareness and their ‘goodness of human spirit’ that created the concept of God in their understandings.

-The Goodness of Conception

It would be wonderful if the Greek ‘Omphalos’ -the navel- ‘The Stone of Splendor’ and the Hebrew ‘Zohar’, ‘Splendor’ had the identical origin and based on ‘conception’ – the process of ‘fertilization’ and resulting ‘life’, but it is unlikely because who knows when and how the Greeks and Hebrews became enlightened and what they absorbed from the Illyr-Albanian World over countless centuries in the pre-historic era and who knows even if that meaning was lost to them. The advantage we have with this Illyr-Albanian story is the perspective as to the direction both the Greek and Hebrew took in the evolution of religion and away from the original thought of our early ancestors.

From the Illyr-Albanian unrecorded past we might review the early divisions of the Illyr-Albanian groups – Gheg to the north (‘veri’) ‘place of the egg’ (‘ve’ ‘ri’) of the Genusus River (ancient name meaning ‘earth as a bride’ ‘ge nuse’) in central Albania, and Tosk, Lab, and Cham to the south of the Genusus. Semeni River (ancient name) is in the Southern part of Albania. With the aid of Hesiod’s ‘Genesis of the Gods’, written B.C. and my analysis in book and essay forms, we might begin to appreciate the value in the names and words that apply to the old Illyr-Albanian divisions as well as other concepts in the Illyr-Albanian World. If I were to summarize the names I would say that ‘Also, in the beginning, there had been a great division (Cha), one part evolved (La) into the Mother (Ge), the other part evolved (La) into the Father (Tos). In this ‘THE REVELATION’ it is implicit that religious spirituality is a part of the ‘created life’ because our ancestors insisted on it through their spiritual awareness and what they passed on to us. They made spirituality of the ‘created life’ part of the Illyr-Albanian Heritage and even if this significance had been lost in the consciousness of the people of the ‘folk religion’ it would be recovered through our reasoning process, the fragments left in the writings by others, names and words, and an ‘intuitive spiritual awareness’.

V. The Universal Message

I have tried to understand the truth based on origin and balance it with the limits of human capacity. Understand that I am not unmindful of the spiritual energies one places and has placed on their personal beliefs. My attempts have been to enlighten on the most profound issues and not to offend. It may be that our era is forcing some kind of truth about ourselves, re-analyzing ‘Revelation’. It is not necessarily answers that we should look for but rather some kind of understanding about our world, our interpretations and our future. We might pay attention to those concepts which affect civilizations negatively: decadence, perversion, self-indulgence and superficiality. One may not wish to accept this writing as documentation but be skeptical about so much writing that is accepted. If interested time will allow reflection, study and perhaps a more conscious (as opposed to delusional) life experience. I am certain that unless we understand the human history, the role of ‘spiritual awareness’, reverence for the ‘created life’ as expressed in the very existence of the Illyr-Albanian World, and the spiritual birth of God, the future will not be kind to us. There must be reverence for our spiritual existence, an understanding of it and less of the ‘politics of religion’.

The question should never have been Whether you believe in God, but rather Does God believe in you – i.e., are you worthy or do you strive to be so? That is the essence of our human spirit.

Next, the question is Do your actions or will exemplify the ‘Goodness of the Human Spirit’ and not your ‘political’ preferences? That is the essence of God.

And finally, Does one appreciate and fully comprehend the concept of the ‘Goodness of Conception’? That is the essence of Mother Earth, both on the Divine level, the Family of God, and on the Human level, the Family of Man and Woman; and that which sustains us.

A Trend Toward Ligh While this planet Earth, slowly turns

From Day to Night, and continues its turn,

A kind of Mother to watch our plight,

What we do know is a TREND TOWARD LIGHT.

…and the flowers cling to the Earth

I have introduced to you a window into the Illyr-Albanian Civilization and World as I intuitively understood it to be and the probable early human spiritual evolution. It is also an introduction of new possibilities for analyses that might lead to a better understanding, a better ‘Us’, and a better world. Illyr-Albania, is the oldest continuous civilization in the Western World, a civilization until relatively recent that left no writings and one that still exists today – Continuity, Stability, Endurance and always a sense of Goodness among the people of the ‘folk religion’, even in the most horrific times. There is enough fair written material for one to search and to enlighten comprehension. I think that I have found the origin of the well-spring of much that evolved spiritually in our world and for a long time its significance remained part of the unwritten knowledge.

-From Homeric Hymn, ‘To Earth, Mother of All’ (800 B.C.)

“I will sing of well-founded Earth, Mother of All, eldest of all beings. She feeds all creatures in the world, all that go upon the goodly land, and all that are in the paths of the seas, and all that fly: all these are fed of her store. Through you, O Queen, men are blessed in their children and blessed in their harvests, and to you it belongs to give means of life to mortal men and to take it away. Happy is the man whom you delight to honour: He has all things abundantly: his fruitful land is laden with corn, his pastures are covered with cattle, and his house is filled with good things. Such men rule orderly in their cities of fair women: great riches and wealth follow them: their sons exult with ever-fresh delight, and their daughters in flower-laden bands play and skip merrily over the soft flowers of the field. Thus is it with those whom you honour O Holy Goddess, bountiful spirit.

“Hail Mother of the Gods, wife of starry Heaven; freely bestow upon me for this my song substance that cheers the heart! And now I will remember you and another song also.”

-Vaso Pasha’s “Oh Albania…” (1881)

“Oh Albania, My Poor Albania,

Who Has Put Your Head In The Ashes?

You Were Once A Woman Of Great Importance.

The People Of The Earth Used To Call Thee, Mother!”

-The Battlefield

Every battlefield has had an aftermath,

Every sadness…a song,

Every failure…some hope,

And every joy…a sadness,

…and the flowers came back to share some time on Earth.

 

 

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