The Sea People, descendants of the Atlanteans?
May 6th, 2015
The "Sea People" have been the subject of endless debate among historians and scholars. Even though little is known about them, numerous theories have been proposed explaining their origin and history. Some of these theories even connect them to the ancient civilization of Atlantis. It is not known who they were, their place of origin, nor do scholars know what happened to the sea people. Therefore, their precise identity remains an enigma for scholars.
The term "Sea Peoples" was first used by Emmanuel de Rougé in 1855, then curator of the Louvre, who noted that "in the crests of the conquered peoples, the Sherden and the Teresh bear the designation of the "peuples de la mer".
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Some scholars believe that there is evidence that suggests that the ancient Egyptians knew the identity and origin of the sea people. Basically, the little information we have in fact, comes from ancient Egyptian sources dating from the nineteenth dynasty.
Egyptian sources describe these peoples only from a military standpoint. In the stela of Tanis, an inscription attributed to Ramses II, states: "the unruly Sherden whom no one had ever known how to combat, they came boldly sailing in their warships from the midst of the sea, none being able to withstand them." -Kenneth Kitchen, Pharaoh Triumphant: The Life and Times of Ramesses II, King of Egypt, Aris & Phillips, 1982. pp.40–41
The fact that several civilizations like the Hittites, the Mycenaean and Mitanni simultaneously disappeared around 1175 BC has led scholars to theorize that this was caused by incursions of the sea people.
Reports from Ramses speak about incursions by the Sea Peoples in the eastern Mediterranean confirming the destruction of Hatti, Ugarit, Ashkelon and Hazor.
It is noteworthy to mention that these invasions were not only military campaigns, but they were accompanied by large population movements by land and sea, in constant search for new land to settle.
The most important ancient sources cite the Sea Peoples in the Obelisk of Byblos, dated between 2000 and 1700 BC, the Amarna Letters, Tanis Stela and inscriptions of Pharaoh Merenptah.
Historically, the term "Sea People" refers to a group of around ten populations of southern Europe, believed to have been some sort of confederation, which in the late Bronze Age, sailing to the eastern Mediterranean, invaded Anatolia, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus and Egypt.
The first mention of the "Sea People" can be found at the obelisk of Babylon.
Here we have a list of some of these people believed to have been part of the mighty Sea People, eve though the list is quite large, we mention a few of them.
The Sheridan people. They appear for the first time in Egyptian sources in the Amarna letters around 1350 BC, during the reign of one of Egypt's most talked about pharaohs, Akhenaten. In the illustration they are painted with long swords triangular daggers, spears and a round shield. They are equipped with armor and a helmet with horns.
The similarities between the Sheridan Warriors and Sardinia, as well as the similarity of the name with that of Sardis-Sardegna (Sardinia), became, for some, a fact pointing to the origin of the Sheridan people, a population from Sardinia, which is believed to had settled on the island after the attempted invasion of Egypt.
The Sekeles, also called Sakalasa, are another member of the Sea Peoples recorded in inscriptions commissioned by Pharaoh Merenptah (13th century BC). They were associated with the Sicilians, Indo-European people who settled in the Bronze Age.
The Danuna or Denyen, are certainly the most enigmatic people of sea. According to legend, the Danuna left the continent of Atlantis to settle on the island of Rhodes. These people worshiped the goddess Danu, a goddess present in the mythology of many cultures from the Celts to India. This goddess was depicted as a moon wrapped in a snake, allegedly considered the mother goddess of the waters.
Greek mythology says that the inhabitants of the island of Rhodes were called primary Telchines. According to the Greek historian Diodorus, this town had the power to heal the sick, change time and take the form of anything they wanted. They were represented in the form of amphibious beings, believed to have had characteristics of the sea and land, half sea half land. They had the lower body in the form of a fish, with webbed fingers or toes.
A little before the flood, they anticipated the disaster and left Rhodes, their homeland, dispersing into the world.
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