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ListensToTrees
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THE MYTHOS AND ETHOS

A forgotten civilisation

We call this land Aspergia. We pronounce it so because no one knows what its real name was, or the tongue spoken by its people. Aspergia; a land surrounded by oceans, as far as the eye can see. A land of sea-gazing people, Aspergians, who venture into the great waters for fishing, but never the great distances required to find others, although they fiercely believe they exist..

Many, Many eons in the past, this new civilisation was founded, building great towers and dwellings, and thriving in a social structure, very different to that which we observe today. The Aspergians celebrated an individual's uniqueness and devotion to their cause. They taught their young that each and every person is born with a very specific talent, their "special gift", which they must identify if they are to live a full and fulfilling life. Because you are born with this talent you will excel in it and find it rewarding and enriching. Anything else you choose to do will not bring you as much happiness, and once you have found and attained this direction in life, you are respected by your people for achieving a oneness with your destiny. The Aspergians held an annual "destiny ceremony" to celebrate the transformation of the Seekers into the Initiated. This can happen at any age, and some Aspergians have found their destiny at 13 whilst others did so towards the end of their lives.

Despite being surrounded by oceans and no knowledge of another land, far or near, the Aspergians strongly held that there are others beyond the great waters. They had a social class of priests named Gazers, who were self-appointed, after finding their destiny was to serve their community in this role. They gazed daily into the blueness of the water, awaiting to record the every sign that life is there beyond. Each Gazer held records of every sighting and possible sighting. They have done so for generations, and were revered by their community for this important role.

There were ancient stories told of encounters with other peoples from beyond the sea, who landed on Aspergia and even took some of its residents with them. They were described as looking similar to the Aspergians, but having different customs, and producing very loud sounds, which were painful to the ears of the Aspergians. But these were old stories, and time has passed since there was a sighting of a tiny image on the horizon.

The Aspergians did not build their dwellings close to each other. They had a complex social structure which allowed individuals to invest most of their seeker years in searching for their destiny, and most of their time as Initiated in fulfilling it. This helped their culture to achieve great things.

Their weekly conventions and annual gatherings always obeyed strict rules of ceremony, and each member knew exactly what their ceremonial role would be. Although solitude is a central pillar of the Aspergian life, it can not be real solitude unless it is defined by "Communitude". Communitude allows for kinship, and relationship. It also ensures the continuity to the next generation. Communitude ensured Aspergians had a plentiful dose of company, in a defined and easy to manage way, and without complications. It also allowed them to spend their solitude time by themselves, observing the concept of Stillness.

The Aspergian dispersal
It may be that the tales of the great flood, all go back to the Aspergian story. After the civilisation of Aspergia survived for millennia without danger or strife, the ocean itself sought its own destiny and found that it had to take over the land on which the Aspergians lived. The water rose and rose, until there was no doubt that Aspergia would cease to exist within a short period of time.

The Aspergians were not ever faced with the task of building a boat that was bigger than for the purpose of local fishing. Other than the oft told story of the great Son of Aspergia, who set to sea in search of other lands, and was never seen again, they had not dared try and go beyond the borders of the visible waters, because they knew there were great currents there; currents which take you to sea and never let you return.

But now there was no choice and dozens of bigger boats were constructed in haste by the talented architects and builders of the land. As the full moon set into the sea, the Aspergian people had one last Communitude gathering on their beloved land.

They left at dawn, in utter silence, their minds were full of fear and focussed on the task ahead.

The boats reached the high currents and drifted apart, each to its own direction. The Aspergian civilisation started a journey into the unknown, and not all of its sons and daughters would make it safely to the world beyond.

The Diaspora and accommodation
The boats that did survive had finally reached many a dispersed shore, and it was always the Gazers in every boat that identified the approaching land first. When they landed, they started by huddling together after the ordeal of the jouney, but this was against the nature of Aspergians.

The peoples they came across were very different to them: they valued a sort of constant Communitude, they were afraid of their destiny, and were afraid of being alone or pursuing their talents. But the Aspergians were a minority everywhere they went,. and their nature dictated that they integrate, and learn the ways of the land.

Integrating was not easy, but they had a talent for it, and after a few generations any trace of Aspergians and their culture had all but disappeared. Their story was swallowed into the general mythology, and made a part of human heritage. They intermarried with the people of their new lands and their children would sometimes express Aspergian traits, and sometimes not. Occasionally their children were born with a severe Aspergian gaze that never went away, and an inability to speak or act independently. In early generations these were recognised as the results of intermarriage. Later on, even this realisation had been forgotten.

Nevertheless, throughout history, those who were born with a strong Aspergian persona, mostly knew that something was different. The sound of the ocean would calm them down, and they needed a great deal of solitude. They did not understand the practice of "constant Communitude", and did not know how they should behave in the social structure they were born to, with strange and taxing ways of interaction. They were mostly saved if they managed to seek and find their destiny-interest and excel in it. This was always revered by the people around them, and allowed them to be a little "different". Not all Aspergians immediately understood they had strengths rather than weaknesses. Being a minority always creates unease and alienation. It took great courage for those who did to tell themselves that they were different, and that it was fine to be so. Others spent their lives fighting it, and one who fights oneself always loses.

The heritage
The Aspergian civilisation has all but disappeared, but its biological and genetic heritage is still very much with us. Their genes are strong and persistent, reminding us throughout our history, that there were other ways of being, and other possibilities.

In some periods of history, Aspergian manifestations were hunted down and destroyed. Aspergian women burned at the stake as witches, Aspergian inventors and creative minds persecuted for daring to be different. There were Aspergians who discovered a destiny-talent for design and formulation, and secretly created ancient Aspergian symbols in crop circles. There are Aspergians that are Gazers to this day, watching for trains, planes, boats or searching for life in outer space. These traits are so different to "normal" human ones that they persisted through their genes.

And those of us who have, against all odds, found their destiny and their pride, are now ready to revive that notion that we have a proud ethos to relate to - and we can once again build a proud heritage. Aspergia lives on - and we will be the lost sons and daughters, coming home to our history, our heritage and our future.

http://www.aspergia.com/ethos.htm

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THE SCROLL OF DINGIR ILLUM

I

And the island land of Aspergia was there from a time before time, from a time of stillness, from a seed planted by the southern breeze and nurtured by the great waters.
And it came to pass that Dingir Illum awakened, and the people of Aspergia awakened with him.

II

And the island land of Aspergia was touching the sea at seven corners, and in each the people dug a water well, and in each they built seven towers. And one master tower they built in the very centre of the land: all in all fifty towers: towers of solitude, contemplation and stillness. Towers for their glory and the glory of Dingir Illum.

III

And the storms came and went, but they were happy.
The land and sea provided them with plenty, and the towers with stillness.

IV

And once every seven days they gathered by their wells, and danced until they could dance no more, and chanted in unison the songs of the wells, and the stillness of the towers, and Dingir Illum.

V

And once every eight and twenty days - they all gathered, without exception, around the Central Tower of Dingir Illum

VI

And in their gatherings they observed a strict codex of interaction. A codex of minute details they had learned from a very young age. A code that told exactly how each interaction is governed. A code of respect and fondness and how to use eyes and bodily gestures. A code of procreation rules and parenting. A code documented word for word in the code book of Dingir Illum.

VII

And in their small ships they did not sail very far and never found any other lands or island lands, but they had known that three times since a The Awakening - a distant sail showed briefly on the horizon, then disappeared again.

VIII

And for each of the seven corners of the island they instated a family of Gazers, and the Gazers were not obliged to undertake any work other than to watch the Great Waters every day and every night. And the work of the Gazers was passed on from generation to generation, until they became almost a breed of their own, having the skill to count the whales, and the winds and the waves, and to document the passing of the days and seasons and to await a distant sail on the horizon.

THE SCROLL OF KMOSH

I

And as Dingir Illum tended to the stillness and the happiness of his people - so the master of the oceans and the a great waves Kmosh awakened too. and Kmosh had tempted the people of Aspergia out of the stillness - and waved the wings of movement and its greater rewards and threats.

II

And the people of Aspergia were afraid and intrigued, but once the stillness was broken, the movement of Kmosh could not be stopped.
And they built new instruments and wrote new parchments and even new codes for Dingir Illum and a new scroll for Kmosh.

III

And this time came to be known as the Second Awakening, and the people of Aspergia were scribing to balance the codex of Dingir and the new codes of Kmosh. But this was not to be.

IV

But this was not to be! As Kmosh Illum arose from the Great Waters and began to sink the island-land of Aspergia - with great waves and a rain that seldom stopped.

V

And the hearts of the people of Aspergia were filled with fear, but they could not contain the waves of Kmosh, or regain the stillness of Dingir, and upon instructions from the seekers, they knew they only had a hundred nights and days before Aspergia's land forever will be swallowed in the deep of Kmosh Illum.

VI

And so the people of Aspergia built a great many wooden rafts, and when the Gazers announced the last days were nigh, they loaded the rafts with food and water, and sailed away - the towers of Dingir Illum sinking into the seas of Kmosh behind them.

VII

And the seas of Kmosh Illum lingered over the Central Tower of Dingir Illum, for but a few moments, until it too had sunk - and with it the entire beloved land of Aspergia - gone forever.

VIII

And the great rafts carried the people of Aspergia to the seven corners of the earth, where they discovered with marvel other peoples and other ways. And unlike their hosts in many lands, the heritage of Dingir Illum had taught Aspergians to become as one with their surroundings; not to stand out or congregate. And they married the sons and the daughters of their hosts, and within seven generations became forgotten.

IX

But each and every one of them carried within the stillness of Dingir and the waves of Kmosh, and they passed them on to their sons and daughters as a hidden heritage. They would always be special, always sense the presence of Dingir and Kmosh, always recognise the waves at sea as home.

X

And the Gazers also carried over to their offspring the talent of Gazing, never to be lost, present and ready for a day that would certainly come.

XI

And they can still feel the presence of Kmosh in every sea, and the yearning for the stillness and Dingir, and the awaiting eyes, fixed upon the horizon, waiting for the third and final Awakening.

http://www.aspergia.com/scrolls.htm

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