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Old 25-04-2010, 04:45 PM   #20
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Reading headlines today about Haiti surrendering Sovereignty to Bankers and the like I thought this seemed appropriate

The Phrygian cap is a soft, red, conical cap, worn in antiquity by the inhabitants of Phrygia, a region of central Anatolia. The cap was also worn by the priests of Mithera. The Phrygian cap likely was the processor of the miter used in many of the world’s religions. In Antiquity the Phrygian cap had two meanings: for the Greeks it represented a distinctive Eastern (Persian) influence of non-Greek "barbarism." Among the Romans it became a badge of liberty. In its association with the Mitheric Mysteries the Phrygian cap came to be an outward sign of enlightenment or illumination. For example, in a sixth century mosaic from the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy the three Wise Men (thought to be initiates of the Eastern Mysteries) are shown wearing the Phrygian cap. During the Roman Empire the Phrygian cap (Latin, pileus) was worn on festive occasions such as the Saturnalia, and by former slaves who had been emancipated by their master and whose descendants were therefore considered citizens of the Empire. This usage is often considered the root of its meaning as a symbol of liberty.

In the 18th century, the red Phrygian cap evolved into a symbol of freedom, held aloft on a Liberty Pole during the American Revolutionary War. The Phrygian cap became very popular during the French Revolution as a symbol of liberty. It is important to recall that this liberty is the Satanic counterfeit as represented by the pagan goddess of liberty in all of her forms. In France Marianne was shown wearing a Phrygian cap. The U.S. army adopted the Phrygian cap as a part of their seal since 1778, when they adopted the “War Office Seal”. Since 1886 the U.S. Senate has used the Phrygian cap as a part of its seal. Pope Benedict will also on occasion sport a red Phrygian cap.

Santa Claus:

Another figure to be seen is a Phrygian cap is Santa Clause. Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply "Santa", is a figure in Western cultures, described as bringing gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, or on his feast day, December 6. Santa Claus often is characterized as a gnome. A gnome is a mythical creature characterized by its extremely small size and subterranean lifestyle. The word gnome is derived from the New Latin gnomus. It is often claimed to descend from the Greek gnosis, "knowledge", but more likely comes from genomos "earth-dweller."

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