When you take yourself on a cognitive journey of seeking out wisdom and knowledge you begin to discover patterns and striking synchronicities between cultures across time.
Here are a few that I found on my own path of understanding the cultures that my ancestors came from.
The Three Kete - Māori Culture
In Māori culture, the "Three Kete" (Te Kete Aronui, Te Kete Tuatea, Te Kete Tuauri) represent a traditional system of knowledge, values, and understanding. They are symbolic baskets of knowledge and principles. Here's what each of the Three Kete represents:
Te Kete Aronui: This is the basket of knowledge related to the arts and creativity. It includes various forms of artistic expression, such as carving, weaving, and traditional Māori art. It represents the creative and cultural aspects of Māori identity.
Te Kete Tuatea: This is the basket of knowledge associated with the natural world and the environment. It encompasses traditional ecological knowledge, understanding of plants, animals, and the land. It reflects the Māori connection to and stewardship of the natural world.
Te Kete Tuauri: This is the basket of knowledge related to spiritual and cultural values, rituals, and customs. It includes the protocols, traditions, and values that guide Māori social interactions, ceremonies, and customs. It is deeply connected to the spiritual and ethical aspects of Māori culture.
The Three Kete are a way of organizing and transmitting knowledge and culture within the Māori tradition, and they are an important part of Māori education and identity.
The Tripitaka - Buddhism
In Buddhism, the "Three Baskets," also known as the "Tripitaka" or "Tipitaka," refer to the three main categories of Buddhist scriptures:
Vinaya Pitaka: This basket contains rules and guidelines for monastic discipline and conduct.
Sutra Pitaka: This basket consists of discourses, teachings, and stories attributed to Gautama Buddha, forming the core of Buddhist doctrine.
Abhidharma Pitaka: This basket contains systematic and analytical explanations of Buddhist teachings and philosophy.
These texts are considered the foundational scriptures of Theravada Buddhism.
Göbekli Tepe is an archaeological site located in southeastern Turkey, dating back to around 9600 BCE, which makes it one of the world's oldest known temples that features intricately carved pillars with various motifs.
Carved into a pillar at Göbekli Tepe we find three baskets along with bird motifs which are also prevalent across cultures.
The site is known for its unique T-shaped pillars, many of which are adorned with intricate animal and abstract designs. These carvings are believed to have had religious or symbolic significance. Their precise meaning and interpretation is often subject to scholarly debate.
In addition to the fascinating similarities in these cultures, I came across another amazing discovery in the Lake Van region of Turkey.
Ayanis Kalesi, Turkey
Unearthed in 1964 at Ayanis Kalesi in Turkey, this magnificently carved cube made of Andesite features what we also see in the Sumerian Culture of Ur. Winged Annunaki Gods passing a pinecone (think Pineal Gland) representing what we speculate to be the passing of wisdom and knowledge.
Curiously we also see "Griffins" often depicted as the protectors of said knowledge along with the South American stepped pyramid and representations of the balancing of polarities in order to "Ascend/Transcend" our cognition.
The same Annunaki Gods of the Sumerian culture are showing up here in Ayanis Kalesi and also Kef Kalesi, Turkey.
The hunt is on! Where else can we find these winged Annunaki Gods around our globe? Well I did come across another. Where exactly it came from is open to speculation and debate but researching Father Crespi and his artifacts is certainly food for thought.
Ecuador or Babylon - Mesopotamia?
I'll leave that to you, the reader to journey on and find more archaeological discoveries of "the guardians and lords of time and the protectors of balance, ascension and divinity for mankind".
Be sure to also keep an eye out for Buddha. He was last seen showing up as copper statues deep in the Cagayan Valley of Luzon Island in the Phillipines an no one seems to know how exactly he got there.
Curiouser and curiouser.
Enjoy the rabbit hole!