In the good ole days, when God was a she!

Profound evidence of a Pan-Atlantic religion

Part 43 of The Americas Connected

by Richard L. Thornton, Architect and City Planner

Photo Above: These are three of the many thousands of ceramic images of the goddess Asherah, which have been found in Hebrew and later, Jewish homes in Israel. These three date from the period 250 BC – 79 AD. Look very closely at the scepters, carried by the Asherah and also, her priestesses . . . very close. You are about to have a profound “Oh My Gosh” moment.

The Neolithic Period petroglyphs of Ireland are identical in design and technical quality to those in the Etowah-Amicalola River Basin in North Central Georgia. There are virtually identical potato-shaped petroglyphic boulders in County Kerry, Ireland and the Etowah Basin. Both regions contain rich gold deposits, but Georgia’s is the purest gold in the world.

There was a reason for immigrants from across the Atlantic to settle there. Irish geneticists and anthropologists were recently shocked to learn that the creators of their petroglyphs, stone rings, earth rings and burial chambers were Non-Semitic farmers, who originated in the northern Fertile Crescent. As many as a million of them crossed the Irish Channel around 4,300 BC and quickly populated all of Ireland. Irish Folk History remembers a great flood, which forced most of these black haired, bronze skinned farmers to leave Ireland and never return.

The survivors lived in the mountains of western Ireland and became the ancestors of the Black Irish. Irish geologists have recently confirmed completely what was always assumed to be a myth. It rained continuously on Ireland and southern England from 2365 BC to 2345 BC. Most of the island was completely depopulated, but archaeologists still cannot figure out where these refugees went. We know!

When watching the Irish TV documentary on its Early History, the date 2,365 BC rang a bell in my brain. That’s the approximate date of the earliest pottery in North America, near the mouth of the Savannah River. It also is the approximate date of several large burial mounds in the City of Savannah and the appearance of shell rings on the Georgia and southern South Carolina coast. However, the oldest mound in Savannah, which was constructed within a man-made harbor and timber-pile village has been dated to 3,545 BC!

A large petroglyphic boulder from the Etowah River Basin in Georgia.

This article does not get into deeply linguistics, but I can translate the majority of tribal names in NE Georgia, South Carolina, the Tuckasegee River Basin of North Carolina, NE Tennessee and southern West Virginia with an Archaic Irish Dictionary!

  • The original name of the Shenandoah River was the Shanontoa. That is pure Irish and means “Wise – clan or tribe.”
  • Tribal, Native American town or place names in the Southeastern United States and the Gulf Coast of Mexico, ending in “re” – “le” or “lee” contain the ancient Indo-European and Archaic Irish word for “kingdom or nation.” Thus, the Tokahle – Creeks of the Tuckasegee River Valley in North Carolina had a pure Irish name. It means “Principal Kingdom” . . . even in modern Irish Gaelic! Tuckabachee the famous Creek towns in Georgia and Alabama were colonies of the Tokahle, but tokahle means “freckled” in modern Muskogee Creek. Hm-m-m.

The REAL history of the Holy Land

British journalist-historian, John McCarthy and Canadian journalist-archaeologist have been studying the real histories of Judaism and Islam in the Middle East. Both, in independent investigations, started first a the British Museum in London. Both quickly learned that for several decades, archaeologists working in Israel, Jordan and Lebanon have been heavily censured in what they tell the general public what they found.

The Master of Life works in mysterious ways. Last night, she guided me to watch the BBC documentary series, by John McCarthy on Curiosity Stream. It profoundly changes our understanding of the origins of the Maya and Apalache (Highland Creek) cultural traditions, but of course, McCarthy had no clue about this.

You see, since reading Charles de Rochefort’s book, LHistoire Naturelle et Morale des isles Antilles de l’Amérique  in 2013, I had known that the Creek Indians had worshipped an invisible Sun Goddess up until white missionaries changed her gender in Oklahoma during the mid-late 1800s. Amana was originally the invisible sun goddess of Teotihuacan.

Even as late as the mid-1600s, the Apalachete believed that the Sun Goddess lived in Mexico. They also knew that monarch butterflies and Painted Bunting birds migrated in the autumn to live near the Sun Goddess. McCarthy unknowingly presented proof of a connection between the religion of Neolithic European and Levant and the old religion of Mexico.

Throughout the Southeastern Ceremonial Mound Culture, membership in the ruling elite was determined by proven descent from the Sun Goddess. The Great Sun (Henemako) and Sun Lords Hene-ahaw) [his siblings] carried wooden scepters with stylized copper flowers on their ends.

Major elements of McCarthy’s report

McCarthy interviewed numerous Israeli, European and North American archeologists. All admitted that governments and religious bodies had a significant effect on what the public knew about their discoveries in Israel, Palestine and Jordan. All had made discoveries that severely conflicted with the Torah and Q’uaran.

  • Israel was a province of Egypt during the three hundred year period when Moses and Joshua could have led them from Egypt to Israel.
  • Eleven out of twelve of the Canaanite cities supposedly destroyed by Joshua’s army didn’t exist during that era. The 12th (real) city was destroyed by the Pharoah of Egypt, not the Israelites. That includes Jericho. However, the Israeli forbids archaeologists from telling that to the public, because the nation and Palestinian Authority earn so much tourism income from American tourists wanting to see Jericho.
  • The Middle Eastern populations, who most closely approximate the physical appearance and genetic profile of Jews at the time of Jesus, are the Armenian Christians, Eastern Anatolian Christians, Lebanese Christians and indigenous Israeli Christians.
  • Overall, Cherokee Indians have much more Semitic and Egyptian DNA than American Jews. [extensive testing by DNA Research, Inc.] Many of the most famous Cherokee families, such as the Vann Family were almost entire Sephardic Jewish. The Ross Family was also mostly Jewish. Many Cherokee families intermarried with Jewish traders. Their offspring were far more likely to survive European diseases, such as smallpox, than indigenous Cherokees.
  • The Star of David was the solely the symbol of the Kingdom of Armenia for perhaps 2,000 years until the Late Middle Ages. Jewish mystics (Kabbalah) began using it some in the Late Middle Ages, but it was not firmly associated with Judaism until the 1700s.
  • During the Byzantine Empire’s entire existence (1123 years) the Crescent and Star was the logo that its army carried on flags into battle. After the Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453, the background of the Byzantine flag was changed from green to red then used it as the Turkish battle flag. The Crescent and Star was not associated with all Muslims until centuries later.
  • Until the 600s BC, the Hebrews had a dualistic religion, whereby Yaweh and Asherah ruled the universe together. Asherah was also called the Mother of Heaven. Despite numerous attempts by scribes over the centuries to erase her existence, her name still appears in the Torah 40 times.
  • Hebrew women and girls continued to worship Asherah in their homes as the goddess of agricultural fertility, love, human fertility and childbirth until until the Third Century AD, when Constantine made Christianity the state religion. At this point, Mary, mother of Jesus, was essentially deified and given the title “Mother of God” . . . very similar to “Mother of the Heavens.” Many Jewish women readily converted because of Mary being a part of the belief system. Prayer shrines in homes were changed from Asherah to Mary.
This shrine on Mount Ebal in the West Bank region of Israel dates to around 1000 BC. It is the oldest known Hebrew religious architecture.

The American Connection

My ears immediately pricked up when John McCarthy began discussing the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age religious practices in Israel. They were almost identical to those in Denmark, southern Sweden and southern Norway. There was a huge difference in the artistic skills of the Scandinavians, though, during this era, compared to the Hebrews. The stone engravings of the Hebrews was very crude . . . metal and ceramic objects were not much more sophisticated. Stone carving and copper work in northern Georgia during this era was almost on par with the Scandinavians.

McCarthy stated that gods and goddesses in the Israeli Highlands were portrayed as “standing stones.” Standing stones were also the original portrayals of gods and high kings in the Olmec Civilization, early Maya civilization and northern Georgia. Very quickly though, artisans in Mesoamerica and Georgia began carving these standing stones.

Standing stones at a shrine in Fannin County, GA (north-central mountains)
This 11 foot tall (3.35m monolith formerly stood about 1/3rd mile (536 m) from my house.

McCarthy stated that a wooden scepter or staff with either real flowers or abstract copper flower became the symbol of authority among the priestesses of Asherah. According to the Torah, they were banned from the Temple around 640 BC by King Josiah. Given the upheaval caused by invasions by Assyrian during this era, the Asherah Priestesses may have continued their presence in Temples of Asherah outside the authority of Josiah.

As can be seen in the statues and art below, this tradition continued for centuries among the priestesses of equivalent goddesses in Persia (Ashtar) and Scandinavia (Easter) [originally pronounced Esther].

Easter and Ixchel were goddesses of love, human fertility and childbirth. Both goddesses kept rabbits as pets. The Angels, Jutes, Danes and Norse would have pronounced “Easter” as “Esther” . . . as in the Book of Esther in the Bible. Swedes pronounced Easter similar to how we pronounce it today.

We have already mentioned that the nobility of the ancestors of the Creek Indians carried scepters with abstract copper flowers on their heads. Now take a look at the Sun Lords of the Maya city of Bonampak in Chiapas State, Mexico.

The rulers of Bonampak carried flower-headed scepters to symbolize their descent from the sun goddess.
This is a detail of the Itza Maya glyphs on one of the Track Rock Gap petroglyphic boulders. All of the other symbols on the boulders can be found in the petroglyphs of southern Sweden, in particular at Nyköping. I suspect that the Maya glyphs are considerably younger. Note that the Itza Maya glyph for a noble (ahau) is identical to the scepters carried by the goddess, Asherah, on votive tablets in Jerusalem. OMG!

The Truth is out there somewhere!


  1. Wow! Latter-day Saints belive that the prohpet Lehi and his family who’s history is described in the Book of Mormon left Jerusalem around 600 bc and also that humankind are children of Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. Additionally, the Book of Mormon mentions several other groups of civilized people who had long-before arrived in the western world before the arrival of Lehi. To Latter-day Saints, Heavenly Mother is very alive and well indeed and works side by side with Heavenly Father.

    There is so much coming to light now. Richard you are a remarkable searcher of truth. I love how you see the bigger picture from the tiniest details. You are the rare kind of person who is not afraid to go wherever your search takes you. The problem with too many researchers nowadays is they only search for information that corroborated their already-held ideas, or the ideas they are bring compensated to “discover”.

    Diogenes would love to have met you in his search!

    I do not know where this adventure will lead but I’m thrilled to be on the ride…albeit vicariously through your splendidly crafted research, point of view and writing. I love how you share your connections to all these disparate pieces of knowledge that are combining into a complicated tapestry toward Truth. At times, I have to strap on my metaphorically skibelt belt and just go with the flow as this journey heads into the vast ocean of the unknown. But as your journey of investigation of Truth continues, it brings amazing treasures of knowledge and such a confident feeling that the journey is bringing me closer to my ancestors and connecting me with their souls through finding out their true origins and adventures ❤️

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    1. Carol, I am just telling what the archaeologists have found without degrading or endorsing any particular religion. I am certain that a significant percentage of Jews and Muslims will not like what the British and Canadian researchers found. For example, the Quran was not actually written until 200 years after Mohammed’s death and originally there were four distinctly different versions. The real location of Mecca was at the city named today Petra in Jordan. All copies of the version of the Quran associated with Petra were destroyed many centuries ago.

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      1. This is what I appreciate about your findings.
        You use truth and logic to create the possibilities. You don’t trim the puzzle pieces to fit the picture on anyone’s puzzle box. You just keep on keeping on…. yes!!!!

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