Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FRENCH EGYPTOLOGIST ALBERT GAYET
IS A SAINT OF ANTINOUS


WE are proud to consecrate French archaeologist Albert Gayet as a Messenger Saint of Antinous for his pioneering efforts to reclaim the city of Antinoopolis from the sands of oblivion.

The city that Hadrian built and dedicated to his lover Antinous flourished for hundreds of years before being looted and plundered and lost to the desert sands of Egypt.

Napoleon's French team of proto-archaeologists mapped and catalogued the remains at the turn of the 19th Century. 


But it was this rather curious and eccentric French bachelor who would make the lost city ... Antinoopolis ... famous again.

Antinoopolis became renowned around the world in 1895 when Gayet began exploring the vast necropolis burial grounds south of Antinoopolis. 


An estimated 40,000 mummies were buried in the Antinoé necropolis.

Between 1895 and 1911, Gayet worked tirelessly at Antinoé, the French name for the city which became synonymous with his own name. 


He stood out against the squalor of the wretched modern village and the moonscape of ancient ruins ... dressed impeccably in a three-piece black linen suit and tie, with a boater hat, a cane and white gloves ... more befitting a stroll on the Champs Élysée in Paris than overseeing Egyptian workers toiling in the blistering Egyptian sun as they unearthed mummies from the sands.

Gayet's crews worked day and night unearthing hundreds of mummies representing all social classes and historical epochs.

To his utter astonishment, many of the mummies were gilded, many were swathed in priceless woollen wraps and others wore Byzantine jewellery and headdresses.

He returned to Paris, where the most exquisite mummies were put on display at the Louvre, attracting throngs of visitors and spawning a "Coptic Craze" throughout Europe and America.

Antinoopolis embroidery and linens inspired Matisse, Renoir and the leading Paris fashion designers, who incorporated the rich colors and designs into their work.

But the craze soon waned. The mummies were packed away in storage, most of them to disintegrate or become lost. 


Gayet died in Paris at age 60, impoverished and embittered after having spent 20 years of his life trying to raise funds for further exploration of Antinoopolis. 

Unmarried, he bequeathed a number of Antinoopolis artefacts which he had kept for himself to his sister in Dijon, where the artefacts are in the local museum and a street is named after him.

Gayet's dream of a "Musee d'Antinoé" in Paris died with him.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

JOÃO'S DEATH PROMPTS SENATE BILL
TO OUTLAW HOMOPHOBIA IN BRAZIL



A Senate committee in Brazil is drafting legislation to criminalize homophobia ... amid public outrage over the brutal murder of 18-year-old JOÃO ANTÔNIO DONATI.

"We are introducing an urgent bill in Congress to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity," said Senator Ana Rita, who chairs the Brazilian Senate's Human Rights Committee.

She said the Senate committee was also demanding a full inquiry into the murder last week in the city of Inhumas in Goias state.

Senator Rita called on authorities in Goias state to hand over all records so as to clear up widespread reports of a cover-up.

"Situations such as these can no longer be tolerated," Rita said in a nationally broadcast statement. 

"They must be thoroughly investigated and addressed by the police and the judiciary and the perpetrators of such crimes must be severely punished." 

As head of the Senate's human rights committee, she added: "Prejudice and discrimination against the LGBT population is a major human rights violation in Brazil. LGBTs are victims of murder, abuse, verbal abuse, discrimination at school, at work, on the street and physical aggression."

She quoted statistics by the Grupo Gay da Bahia (GGB) showing that a homosexual is killed every 36 hours in Brazil. Approximately 70% of murders of LGBT people go unpunished.

"This is a shameful and intolerable situation which is long overdue for change," Senator Rita added. "After more than 25 years of criminalization of racism and almost 10 years of criminalization of domestic violence it is high time to criminalize homophobia."

Her response followed protests and candlelight vigils in several cities Saturday and plans for a memorial service on September 17.

João's battered body was found in a vacant lot with his mouth and trachea stuffed with a plastic bag and a paper note, on which had been scrawled an anti-gay hate message saying that this is what should happen to all queers.

Reports say bruises, lacerations and contusions showed that he had put up a desperate struggle against his attackers. Police have tried to quash reports that his neck was fractured and both legs broken, saying pathology tests have not been completed.

His confessed murderer, identified as a 20-year-old fruit picker named Andrie Maycon Ferreira Da Silva, has told interrogators he had consensual sex with João but afterwards felt disgust and revulsion and wanted to teach him a lesson in manhood. 

In a rambling account shown on television, he claimed he was not a murderer but was only righteously incensed by the existence of unrepentant gays like João.did not intend to kill about howa Police suggestions that the two may have been involved in "lovers' quarrel" have sparked anger in the GLBTIU community.

On the same day that João was killed, two other gays were beaten and a transvestite was murdered in the same state. 

Brazil has the largest Antinous faith community in the non-English speaking world, and adherents of Antinous have taken the unprecedented move of proclaiming João the first SAINT OF ANTINOUS in Brazil.

At the Hollywood Temple of Antinous, the founder of the modern religion of Antinous, ANTONIUS SUBIA, said:

"My prayer goes out to Antinous to take João Donati into his embrace, to give him a place of glory and bliss and show him that the world is not merely a place of hatred and violence, but that love still exists here.  

"May his short beautiful life prove to be a changing point for Brazil, may his violent death awaken his country to the darkness and hatred that has infiltrated their society.  May he be a martyr whose violent death brings an end to such things in the future." 

Monday, September 15, 2014

JOÃO'S MURDERER SAYS THEY HAD SEX
BUT HE DESPISES GAYS



A debate about the definition of the words "homosexual" and "homophobia" has erupted in Brazil after the confessed murderer of a gay teenager told police he has sex with males ... but hates gays.

The suspect, Andrie Maycon Ferreira Da Silva (above), a 20-year-old fruit picker, reportedly said during police interrogation that he he did not intend to kill 18-year-old JOÃO ANTÔNIO DONATI

But after having consensual sex with him, he was overcome with revulsion and disgust and wanted to teach his sex partner a lesson in manhood.

In a tearful confession, he said he got carried away. Before he knew it, João was dead.

His severely beaten body was found in the city of Inhumas in the state of Goiás with his neck fractured and both legs broken and with his mouth and trachea stuffed with a plastic bag and a paper note, on which had been scrawled an anti-gay hate message saying that this is what should happen to all queers.

Reports say bruises, lacerations and contusions showed that he had put up a desperate struggle against his attacker.

Brazil has the largest Antinous faith community in the non-English speaking world, and adherents of Antinous have taken the unprecedented move of proclaiming João the first SAINT OF ANTINOUS in Brazil.

Authorities have attempted to play down the "homophobia" aspect of the case, saying the admitted killer was also "gay" ... thus, it was a crime of passion between lovers ... a "lovers' quarrel" of sorts.

But at candlelight VIGILS AND RALLIES for João, LGBTIU supporters have insisted that it is nonetheless a "hate crime" no different from heterosexual men who brutalize women after having sex with them because they hate the feminine side of their own personalities.

The issue, they insist, is homophobia regardless of sexual proclivity. Activists have called for legislation to criminalize discrimination and violence on the basis of homophobia.


On the same day that João was killed, two other gays were beaten and a transvestite was murdered in the same state. But the images of João's smiling Facebook selfies instantly touched the hearts of millions.

Outrage has swept the nation, with protest marches and vigils held over the weekend in numerous cities this weekend and with a memorial service being planned for September 17.

Since João's death, his FACEBOOK page has filled with messages of condolence. 

A month before his murder, he updated his profile image with the accompanying message: "Determination, courage and self-confidence are decisive factors for success.



"No matter what obstacles and difficulties. If we are possessed of an unwavering determination, we will be able to overcome them."

Sunday, September 14, 2014

JOÃO DONATI'S MURDER SPARKS MOVE
TO CRIMINALIZE HOMOPHOBIA IN BRAZIL



THE brutal murder of an 18-year-old gay youth has ignited rage throughout Brazil, despite efforts by authorities to play down the crime as "a lovers' quarrel."

Protests and candlelight vigils (photos above and bottom) were held in several cities Saturday and a memorial service is planned September 17, amid a growing call for legislation to ban anti-LGBTIU discrimination and violence.

The death of 18-year-old JOÃO ANTÔNIO DONATI has galvanized worshipers of Antinous into proclaiming him the first martyr saint of Antinous in Brazil.

His battered body was found in the city of Inhumas in the state of Goiás with his mouth and trachea stuffed with a plastic bag and a paper note, on which had been scrawled an anti-gay hate message saying that this is what should happen to all queers.

Reports say bruises, lacerations and contusions showed that he had put up a desperate struggle against his attackers. Police have tried to quash reports that his neck was fractured and both legs broken, saying pathology tests have not been completed.

Amidst allegations of an official cover-up, authorities are only saying that a 20-year-old fruit picker has been detained for questioning and that investigations are proceeding. 

Police suggestions that the two may have been involved in "lovers' quarrel" have sparked anger in the GLBTIU community.

On the same day that João was killed, two other gays were beaten and a transvestite was murdered in the same state. 


In the past year 312 GLBTIU-related murders have been reported in Brazil ... one murder every 28 hours ... according to a report released by Grupo Gay da Bahia.

Outrage has swept the nation, adding fuel to the campaign for legislation to outlaw homophobic discrimination and violence.


Brazil has the largest Antinous faith community in the non-English speaking world, and adherents of Antinous have taken the unprecedented move of proclaiming João the first SAINT OF ANTINOUS in Brazil.


At the Hollywood Temple of Antinous, the founder of the modern religion of Antinous, ANTONIUS SUBIA, said:

"My prayer goes out to Antinous to take João Donati into his embrace, to give him a place of glory and bliss and show him that the world is not merely a place of hatred and violence, but that love still exists here.  

"May his short beautiful life prove to be a changing point for Brazil, may his violent death awaken his country to the darkness and hatred that has infiltrated their society.  May he be a martyr whose violent death brings an end to such things in the future." 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

GAY TEEN MARTYR JOÃO ANTÔNIO DONATI
FIRST BRAZILIAN SAINT OF ANTINOUS


ALL across Brazil this weekend, vigils and rallies are being held to protest against the brutal mutilation murder of a gay teenager ... the latest victim of homophobia in this country.

The death of 18-year-old JOÃO ANTÔNIO DONATI has galvanized worshipers of Antinous into proclaiming him the first martyr saint of Antinous in Brazil.

His severely beaten body was found in the city of Inhumas in the state of Goiás with his neck fractured and both legs broken and with his mouth and trachea stuffed with a plastic bag and a paper note, on which had been scrawled an anti-gay hate message saying that this is what should happen to all queers.

Reports say bruises, lacerations and contusions showed that he had put up a desperate struggle against his attackers.

Amidst allegations of an official cover-up, authorities are only saying that one suspect has been detained for questioning and that investigations are proceeding.

On the same day that João was killed, two other gays were beaten and a transvestite was murdered in the same state. But the images of João's smiling Facebook selfies instantly touched the hearts of millions.

Outrage has swept the nation, with protest marches and vigils scheduled in numerous cities this weekend and with a memorial service being planned for September 20.


Brazil has the largest Antinous faith community in the non-English speaking world, and adherents of Antinous have taken the unprecedented move of proclaiming João the first Saint of Antinous in Brazil.

"The death of João Antônio Donati, a vibrant young man filled with all the hopes and dreams of so many his age and who has become yet another victim of homophobia in Brazil, has so deeply touched us that we have been moved to initiate something in our country that has long been in the offing: the Declaration of Apotheosis and canonization of the martyrs of homophobia in Brazil," says CLAUDINEY PRIETO, a founding light of the Brazilian worship of Antinous.

Noting that anti-gay hate crimes and murders are frequent in Brazil, Claudiney says: "This is the first statement and official nomination amid many other that follow continuously over time honoring the names of many victims who have died in the past and who inevitably will be murdered in the future."

He adds, "We are setting out upon a long and arduous road which will entail hard battles for criminalization of homophobia in a country that has become increasingly Christo-Fascistic, homophobic and intolerant in a grotesque throwback of catastrophic and irreparable proportions. This is a turning point in history."

At the Hollywood Temple of Antinous, the founder of the modern religion of Antinous, ANTONIUS SUBIA, said:

"My prayer goes out to Antinous to take João Donati into his embrace, to give him a place of glory and bliss and show him that the world is not merely a place of hatred and violence, but that love still exists here.  

"May his short beautiful life prove to be a changing point for Brazil, may his violent death awaken his country to the darkness and hatred that has infiltrated their society.  May he be a martyr whose violent death brings an end to such things in the future," Antonius said in the statement issued moments ago.

Since João's death, his FACEBOOK page has filled with messages of condolence. 

A month before his murder, he updated his profile image with the accompanying message: "Determination, courage and self-confidence are decisive factors for success.

"No matter what obstacles and difficulties. If we are possessed of an unwavering determination, we will be able to overcome them."

Though Brazil passed same-sex marriage into law last May, homophobic attacks and transphobic attacks are still common.

Friday, September 12, 2014

UNDERGROUND COMPLEX OF MONUMENTS
SHOWS STONEHENGE BIGGER THAN THOUGHT



USING powerful ground-penetrating radar, investigators working around Stonehenge have detected a trove of previously unknown burial mounds, chapels, shrines and pits.

And most remarkable of all ... they have found a massive megalithic monument made up of more than 50 giant stones buried along a 1,082-foot-long c-shaped enclosure, according to a new BBC DOCUMENTARY.

This news is resetting virtually everything we thought we knew about Stonehenge. 

Just a week after finding out that Stonehenge was once a complete circle, archaeologists from Birmingham and Bradford universities, and from the Ludwig Boltzman Institute in Vienna, have shattered the image of Stonehenge as a desolate and lonely place.

After four years of painstaking effort, and by using a magnetometer, a ground-penetrating radar (GPR), and a 3-D laser scanner, archaeologists have shown that Stonehenge was once a sprawling complex that extended for miles.

And then there's the previously unknown "super henge," a monument located just two miles from Stonehenge. 

Scans suggest that each buried stone is about three meters (10 feet) long and 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide. The stones are positioned horizontally, not vertically, but it's conceivable that they originally stood upright like other standing stones. 

The archaeologists suspect they were brought to the site shortly before 2500 BC.

The monuments and structures were not all built at the same time, so the entire complex was not conceived or planned as a whole. Further analysis will reveal exactly how the site evolved through the ages.


The revelations are being made in a two-part BBC Two documentary titled "Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath." 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WILL IT BE A HIT OR A MYTH?
GREEK TOMB SUSPENSE GROWS DAILY



THE hype about the big tomb at Amphipolis in Macedonia Greece is spiraling out of control, with the Greek government now issuing daily updates.

The Greek prime minister is convinced this is the LOST TOMB OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT

But other experts think it may be the tomb of his mother Olympias or wife Roxane.

However, most serious archaeologists are betting that nothing of interest will be found inside the tomb.

The Greek government has an interesting in keeping up the hype to distract from a crumbling economy and political crises.

Less than a month after the initial discovery, archaeological excavations have brought several findings of unique beauty to the surface, such as two sphinxes that guarded the tomb's entrance and two amazing CARYATIDS with open arms, which also hints that this ancient monument is of unique importance.

Meanwhile, the Greek Culture Ministry has released its first graphic representation of the tomb, as depicted by the Ministry’s architect Michalis Lefantzis.

The drawing shows all the excavation work of archaeologist Katerina Peristeri and her team, and what they have achieved so far.

The stairs at right lead to the tomb's entrance and the Sphinxes, which stand as vigilant guardians of the ancient tomb's "occupant(s)" … if any.


Behind the Sphinxes is the room where the Caryatids were discovered and in which the mosaic floor was revealed.

What lies beyond the Caryatids? The Greek government is hoping to find the fabled rock crystal sarcophagus of Alexander the Great.

In the modern religion of Antinous, Alexander is a SAINT OF ANTINOUS for being an example of the greatness of homosexuality.