|A page from the Oera Linda manuscript.|
The Oera Linda Book is a 19th century manuscript written in Old Frisian and subsequently translated into English by William Sandbach in 1876. It purports to cover historical, mythological, and religious themes of remote antiquity, compiled between 2194 BC and AD 803.
Although there’s been some debate about the book's authenticity since the 1870’s, with some scholars calling it a “satirical hoax”, a 1933 German translation, nevertheless, became known as "Himmler's Bible". It was also dubbed the "Nordic Bible" in 1933, as Die Ura Linda Chronik.
A word-for-word reproduction of William Sandbach’s 1876 translation can be viewed online here.
Well – hoax or no hoax, this book articulates the first known example of the concept of root races, and I was quite surprised to read how accurate this old manuscript described a black maiden (Volksmoeder-goddess, or whatever…) by the name of Lyda.
The description of the three earliest races, Lyda (black), Finda (yellow) and Frya (white) are provided in a section of the manuscript titled, “The Book of Adela’s Followers”. This section is purported to have been compiled in the 6th century BC from a mixture of contemporary writings and ancient inscriptions.
Here is the description of Lyda as sourced word-for-word from William Sandbach’s 1876 translation:
Lyda was black, with hair curled like a lamb’s; her eyes shone like stars, and shot out glances like those of a bird of prey.
Lyda was acute. She could hear a snake glide, and could smell a fish in the water.
Lyda was strong and nimble. She could bend a large tree, yet when she walked she did not bruise a flower-stalk.
Lyda was violent. Her voice was loud, and when she screamed in anger every creature quailed.
Wonderful Lyda! She had no regard for laws; her actions were governed by her passions. To help the weak she would kill the strong, and when she had done it she would weep by their bodies.
Poor Lyda! She turned grey by her mad behaviour, and at last she died heart-broken by the wickedness of her children. Foolish children! They accused each other of their mother’s death. They howled and fought like wolves, and while they did this the birds devoured the corpse. Who can refrain from tears at such a recital?
(Own emphasis added)
Well, what more can I say? It’s the year 2012 already and nothing has changed much – not in Africa anyway!
Readers who are interested in the depictions of the other mother-maidens, Finda (yellow) and Frya (white), can read it online here.
Tip: The depictions are provided near the beginning of the book, under the section-heading titled, “The Book of Adela’s Followers”. If you wish you may use the “Find” function on your browser to search for the word “Lyda”, and then read from the first occurrence onwards.
Incidentally, this mysteriously fascinating book also mentions Atland (the name given to Atlantis by the 17th century scholar Olof Rudbeck), which was supposedly submerged in 2193 BC, the same year as 19th century Dutch and Frisian almanacs, following traditional Biblical chronology given for Noah's flood.
Take Note:I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the activities the New Age movement, Theosophy and Neo-Paganism, etcetera -- movements whose developments were apparently heavily influenced by this old mysterious Frisian manuscript. On the question of whether or not the manuscript is a forgery or hoax, I personally feel the claimants of forgery are clutching at straws if their opinions are based solely on factors such as the paper on which the ‘originally discovered’ manuscript was written, the ink used on the paper, as well as internal and linguistic evidence of the manuscript, which implies that the language used is too modern???. See also a recent discussion on this issue on the Historum - History Forums.
Google will present a mountain of info scattered all over the Internet about this book. There is also tons of online info available about the ancient Germanic Frisian people, so forgive me for not providing a list of external links on these topics.