For the last three years, I have been obsessively over taken by the internal soulful desire to locate my true lost family that seems to be buried in a faux history that probably goes deeper in the historic rabbit hole than just about any other family or tribe documented in written history. Names have been changed, locations moved and true tribal origins obscured from history, but that still has not stopped me from finding the truth about my ancient ancestors.
As Dante says in his most infamous work, Inferno and I also concur, "Beyond the point the slope begins to rise / sprang up a leopard, trim and very swift! It was covered by a pelt of many spots. / And everywhere I looked, the beast was there" (Inferno I 32-35)."
I have come to the conclusion that much of the concealment of the true names and real tribes over the last approximately 2,000 years was originally done for good reason. The reason is the Art of War and in this art, concealment of your true heritage, identity and as well as intentions are paramount in gaining victory over your enemies. Simply put, if your enemy knows your name, family, members and original Tribe, they can swiftly exterminate every single one of your kin easily. To be a smart warrior, you have to be like a Leopard and be able to change your spots while concealing yourself amongst the landscape as you stock your prey as you hold the King's sway.
When I see the leopard, it clearly speak to my spirit that this is my tribe and family throughout history.
Ramose, clad in his priestly robes, the leopard skin draped over one shoulder as though it was one of Ra's feast days, bowed and then embraced him. "Welcome back to your second home," he said.
"Come, confess, good brother,
You did your best or worst to keep her Duchy,
But that the golden Leopard printed in it
Such holdfast claws that you perforce again
Sank into France." - Tennyson's Jecket, Act II., Scene 2.
"And the beast that I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority." Revelation 13:2
You will find that the Leopard is mentioned in Scripture in both the in the Old and New Testament in seven passages.
- The Hebrew word namer signifies 'spotted.'
- Two of the passages (Dan. vii. 6, Rev. xiii. 2) the animal is mentioned merely allegorically, as seen in a vision
- Daniel's three former Empires, symbolized respectively by the lion, bear, and leopard
- Daniel's the "winged leopard," in describing the conquests of Alexander the Great
- John's second beast has: 1. The swift body of the leopard
- Jer. xiii. 23, in reference to the spotted skin, and the proverbial,' Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?'
- Habakkuk - 'Their horses also are swifter than leopards' (Hab. i. 5)
- Isaiah makes reference to the leopard's preference for goat flesh, ' the leopard shall lie down with the kid,' the sense being that the kid will receive no injury from his most fearful enemy
- Several places in Palestine are called after the leopard. Such are 'Nimrah' (Numb, xxxii. 3, 36); 'Nimrim' (Isa. xv. 6, Jer. xlviii. 34), and 'the mountains of the leopard' (Cant. iv)
- 'Nemeirah' is also a place near the Dead Sea
In addition to the Leopard in the Bible, there are many ancient stories of either real or mythical kings and princes in relation to the leopard that have been passed down to as well. The Leopard was also an important symbol of our ancient priesthood.
The Babylonian name for leopard is Nimr, and Rod means, 'to subdue.' According to legend, Nimrod tamed a leopard. The leopard supposedly accompanied him on hunting expeditions. Nimrod is often depicted wearing a garment of leopard. Nimrod was also called King of Assyria, King of the World.
- The images of big cats, including Goddesses dressed in leopard skins or nursing leopard cubs, go back as far as 18000 BCE
- The priests of Bacchus, the Egyptian High Priest of Osiris had to be clothed in a leopard's skin
- In the papyri of the Book of the Dead the Sem priest usually wears the leopard skin
- King Seti I wearing, as a priest, leopard skins. from the tomb of Seti I
- The totem of the Maya prince, Coh, whose name means leopard - Coh, or Chaacmol, i.e., Leopard
- The totem of the lords or high priests of Chichen-Itza, and he names the ruler of that Mayan city Chaacmol or Balam, meaning spotted tiger or leopard
- St. Tropetius "of Ceasar's houselold" exposed to a lion ana a leopard (first century)
- Seleucus or Alexander wearing the leopard-skin helmet of Dionysus
- On a very ancient coin of Acanthus, too, the leopard is represented, instead of the lion, destroying the bull
- In Africa today with shamans or so-called "witch doctors" who wear leopard skin
I have decided to make this study of the Leopard like my other new articles and videos as living bodies of work that grow with time as I expand on them as my time allows. Instead of having one long winded article, I plan to divide them into easier to understand smaller blogs posts and videos that will expand over time and eventually they will culminate into one large book and movie.
Below will be a list of new articles and or videos regarding this subject as I am able to complete them over time. As of now (3/15/2011), many articles are incomplete and this is for good reason. They will be added on to and refined to make this a living body of work.
- Leopard Worship in Ancient Africa
- Leopard High Priests
- The King is a Leopard
- Leopards in Art
- Léopard Lionné