The Cataclysm Event That Changed Africa Forever

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I propose the Pigafetta family has the key to understanding the cataclysm that disconnected Europe from the Americas and Africa until they were slowly rediscovered. Antonio Pigafetta, a man who survived the circumnavigation of the earth with Magellan, extensively detailed his trip and made many observations. His manuscript of his adventures was lost until it was conveniently discovered in 1797 by Carlo Amoretti (a member of the Augustinian Order).

Filippo Pigafetta a descendant of Antonio, went to Rome in 1585 with the Venetian ambassador to Sixtus V, and was placed in service to the Pope. In 1589, he was commissioned to collect testimony from a Dutch individual that was in the Congo. This led to his connection with the map of Africa below.

The map in question:

H.P. Lovecraft wrote a short story titled, "The Picture in the House."
Plot summary - A genealogist seeks shelter from an approaching storm in an apparently abandoned house, only to find that it is occupied by a "loathsome old, white-bearded, and ragged man," speaking in "an extreme form of Yankee dialect....thought long extinct." The narrator notices that the house is full of antique books, exotic artifacts, and furniture predating the American Revolution. The old man is apparently harmless and ignorant, but shows a disquieting fascination for an engraving in a rare old book, Regnum Congo, and admits to the narrator that it made him hunger for "victuals I couldn't raise nor buy"- presumably human flesh. It is suggested that the old man in the house was murdering men who stumbled upon the shack to satisfy his "craving", and that the old man has extended his life preternaturally through cannibalism. The narrator realizes the old man has been alive for over a century. The old man denies that he ever acted on his desire, but then a red drop of blood falls from the ceiling, clearly coming from the floor above, and splashes a page in the book. The narrator then looks up to see a spreading red stain on the ceiling; this belies the old man's statement. At that moment, a bolt of lightning destroys the house. However, the narrator manages to escape.

Lovecraft writes, "As I surveyed this quaint apartment, I felt an increase in that aversion first excited by the bleak exterior of the house. Just what it was that I feared or loathed, I could by no means define; but something in the whole atmosphere seemed redolent of unhallowed age, of unpleasant crudeness, and of secrets which should be forgotten. I felt disinclined to sit down, and wandered about examining the various articles which I had noticed. The first object of my curiosity was a book of medium size lying upon the table and presenting such an antediluvian aspect that I marvelled at beholding it outside a museum or library. It was bound in leather with metal fittings, and was in an excellent state of preservation; being altogether an unusual sort of volume to encounter in an abode so lowly. When I opened it to the title page my wonder grew even greater, for it proved to be nothing less rare than Pigafetta’s account of the Congo region, written in Latin from the notes of the sailor Lopez and printed at Frankfort in 1598. I had often heard of this work, with its curious illustrations by the brothers De Bry, hence for a moment forgot my uneasiness in my desire to turn the pages before me. The engravings were indeed interesting, drawn wholly from imagination and careless descriptions, and represented negroes with white skins and Caucasian features; nor would I soon have closed the book had not an exceedingly trivial circumstance upset my tired nerves and revived my sensation of disquiet. What annoyed me was merely the persistent way in which the volume tended to fall open of itself at Plate XII, which represented in gruesome detail a butcher’s shop of the cannibal Anziques.

From the source here:
The Spanish Lake - OAPEN

"Antonio" Pigafetta sailed with Magellan to the new world. "During the winter the little Santiago was lost on a reconnaissance to the south, but the crew was able to make its way back to San Julian; contact was made with the inhiabitants, to the delight of Pigafetta (who had the instincts of an anthropologist) and the tale of the Patagonian ("big feet") giants was launched on its long history."
I believe the artwork in Regnum Congo depicts the populus in South America and not the Congo and it was from work based on Antonio and not Filippo. It just makes more sense if you view the images without the words below them. See below:

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So let's get back to Africa and Lovecraft's idea of this book being from antediluvian periods. The map of Africa shown during this period that is attributed to Pigafetta does not match anything from the same period of the later 1500's. There's just way too much water.
GIF of maps with river changes:
It has lakes with sea monsters, so I'm assuming this means a salt lake. Maybe it's just dinosaur hippos.

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Plus today it looks like this and has a giant salt mine:

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A town that should be near a salt lake, and has no lake with only rivers on the 1570 map.

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And many of the rivers are just so much bigger than any other map depictions.

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One of the things throwing me off was the constant marking of deserts, however when looked at more critically I do not believe these are contemporary with the original map.

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With the map everything NW, N, NE, and E of the Congo is identified with with cursive script. Including general area names:


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While everything SW, and S seems to have been forgotten by the cartographer:

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So either this cursive text was added later. Or it indicates that all of Eastern/Central/and Northern Africa were part of the same kingdom that extended into Saudi Arabia and around the Mediterranean coast, while the Western Coast and South were something entirely different...


And then I found this map:
Sanuto, Livio (1520-1576). Published (1588).
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From Wiki: Livio Sanuto came from the long-established (since about the 5th century) Venetian patrician family Sanudo (italisiert Sanuto), which has produced over the centuries a number of politicians (senators), soldiers, writers and scholars. For example, Marco Sanudo (c. 1153-1227), who by force founded the Duchy of Archipelago in the Aegean Sea in 1207 , or the writer and diarist Marino Sanudo d. J. (1466-1533). - The father of Livio Sanuto seems to have held a political office in the Venetian Republic. From other members of the family, only one brother is known: Giulio Sanuto (1540-1588), who was a draftsman and engraver and Livio Sanuto has stood by his life's work as a valuable collaborator.

The map depicts Tenerifa erupting:

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Historical eruptions in Tenerife
  • Eruption of 1430: This eruption is only known by references of the Guanches. It took place in the area of the Orotava Valley, although it has not been located with exactitude.
  • Eruption of Boca Cangrejo (1492): This eruption was seen by Christopher Columbus during his passage through the south of Tenerife towards the discovery of America.
  • Eruptions of the years 1704-1705: It took place through three points of emission: Siete Fuentes, Fasnia and Montaña de Las Arenas.
So it's either showing the eruption that Columbus "witnessed", or it's showing a completely different eruption that is not detailed in the main historical narrative.

Livio's brother Giulio made some pretty interesting art:
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The large variation between the Pigafetta maps and the late 15th century maps leads me to believe this eruption could have resulted in the draining and desertification of large areas of Northern Africa that has been hidden in history.
 
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It was a fascinating read, I have to say. I wish I had your talent :)

Interesting take on cannibalism the story has. Making one live longer is definitely something I have never heard before. It would be interesting to pursue this line of research in a separate thread.

As far as maps go, that I will have to examine when I get to a big screen. iPhone 6 is no help here.

Besides the white inhabitants, what makes you think that Africa is being representative of the South American life?

And another thing I noticed, which is of great interest to me, is the architecture presented on some of the images. Once again, a European appearance. May be by now I should be saying that the appearance is that of the global civilization of those who put it up. One way, or the other, those structures are not supposed to be there.
 

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Some things that came to me whilst reading through.
Interesting that most of the engravings seem to feature the same upright body shape dressed differently and is used for both sexes (look at the shape of the legs).
Also interesting.
Large people tiny landscapes, and even tiny devils in one picture where weirdly the people are throwing them into a fire, bit of a busmans holiday for a devil one would have thought.
The weaponisation of the figures yet they are mostly wearing very little in the way of clothing.
All 'european' appearance half clothed or fully clothed which suggests the artist/engrave had only ever seen 'classical' europeans.
All the heathens without exception are barefoot and all the Catholics wear shoes. (A slight aside or not, in todays false flag pictures shoes are laid out 'on view' so has this shoes off signal always been a thing, so to speak?)
The 'giant' in the litter being much taller than his four litter bearers, much like today where really tall people's frames are much weaker than 'us little 'uns' but these days its walking sticks not litters that gets them out and about.
Mind those in 'power' are given greater stature by the engraver save the monk that is sat high up in the back of the church which the no longer heathen 'natives' are building immediately after the Catholic ship and its crew turned up. There is the real power hidden, almost, in plain sight.
The repeating message I get from all the images is 'good' Catholics suppressing in the most beneficial way of course, godless heathens who are warlike, and all but naked in the eyes of their Lord God to bring the into the Catholic church.
The last image seems to me to be an Amazon giving up her arms because she has seen Lord God (the light? or at least the bloke in the clouds at the top of the pryamid of light rays.) in the boyish looking angelic chap in armour but like a good Catholic he is resisting her charms/advances (possibly slaying her if that giant arrow/spear is a guide) aka man is superior to woman so can possess her (isn't it weird, this word possession which we are told is "something we own" and also told that "something that possess us"?) and woman is a kind of devil using her charms to turn man away from Lord God.
I get the feeling I am looking at either a propaganda tale of the day or the equivalent of today's half history half fantasy genre of novels, mind I get this feeling with most old books I can read on the internet and the odd one I get to read in person. There is always a Catholic connection to them and why do these books, always repeating the same message, 'come through time'
Perhaps its the same reason the maps do, who knows.

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With these maps just how did they find the time to traverse, measure and record all the detail they did when their journeys of 'exploration' were always undertaken with small ships, small crews and even smaller numbers of 'literate' people and even fewer in number 'artist/cartographer' types of people?
The death of just one of the literates would have been a massive blow but to lose a cartographer well that would be game over territory.
Then there is the paper issue.
Apparently these people didn't know where they were going (no map!), how long they would be away etc so how did they know how much paper to load on these ships and how would they keep it dry?
Makes no sense.
Neither does the fresh water supply problem, but nevertheless they were able to wander the interior of their discoveries and map with impunity?
Again makes no sense, to me always to me.
 
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It was a fascinating read, I have to say. I wish I had your talent :)

Interesting take on cannibalism the story has. Making one live longer is definitely something I have never heard before. It would be interesting to pursue this line of research in a separate thread.

As far as maps go, that I will have to examine when I get to a big screen. iPhone 6 is no help here.

Besides the white inhabitants, what makes you think that Africa is being representative of the South American life?

And another thing I noticed, which is of great interest to me, is the architecture presented on some of the images. Once again, a European appearance. May be by now I should be saying that the appearance is that of the global civilization of those who put it up. One way, or the other, those structures are not supposed to be there.
While looking into Monomotapa I kept running into text about the Portuguese involvement in the area and a seeming outside influence that was pushing them out of their territories. Then on the below map I found the Empires de Bororos. In which there is a commonality to two living groups of people who call themselves Bororo.

The Bororo are indigenous people of Brazil, living in the state of Mato Grosso. They also extended into Bolivia and the Brazilian state of Goiás. The Western Bororo live around the Jauru and Cabaçal rivers. The Eastern Bororo live in the region of the São Lourenço, Garças, and Vermelho Rivers.

or...

Wodaabe peoples are actually a subgroup of the larger Fulbe-speaking Fulani. They prefer to call themselves Bororo. Fulani are a nomadic people who have been influential in regional politics, economics, and histories throughout western Africa for over a thousand years.

That minor thought just led me to believe that Antonio would have been the one to actually create this map of Africa or discover it based on his travels because he was the truly skilled mathematician and cartographer. That and pushing the map to earlier in the 1500's during Antonio's travels just fit better with what maps are available of the time period.

While I have seen a single map with a giant white cyclops near the Congo, it is almost exclusively depicted as the populace being definitively black. Now I understand Africa is super wonky and there's an obvious influence from a "Byzantine/Pompeiian" culture all over it, it just seems to completely miss the Congo. Even UNESCO seems to forget to list the Congo on their website despite having a few natural habitats protected. World Heritage List

The architecture just does not match this lost civilization that we can't seem to place. However, in South America there is plenty of it.

Plus just look how South America was depicted on maps:

 
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The naked white giant with a monks hair cut, the crown and mitre suggest to me that the land marked is the land of the naked emperor or better the white monk, (the Jesuit?) of the crown system of Roman Catholic Church is the naked emperor aka made by man not god.
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Panning out from that balding white man Aethiopa comes into frame. The place here Catholicism held/holds sway, and aside Nubia also appears where the people that had a downer on the ancient egyptians hung out.
Monoculi (from which the english monocle is derived a single 'eye glass') interested me so here's one interpretation of what it means.

The Latin expression Beati monoculi in terra caecorum (pronounced: beàti monòculi in tèrra cecòrum) literally means: "Blessed are the monòcoli in the land of the blind". For monòcolo can be understood both "who has only one eye" and perhaps better, " who sees us from one eye (who is blind in one eye) ".

Hmm, "blessed" by the Lord God in the land of 'the blind' aka those who will not 'see' Lord God (heathen, infidel, savage, tartarian)?
Who sees us from one eye but Lord God?
Blind in one eye to the naked transgressions of men who believe in the one eyed Lord God and will kill unbelievers on command of man aka the Jesuit of the Roman Catholic Church?
 
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The naked white giant with a monks hair cut, the crown and mitre suggest to me that the land marked is the land of the naked emperor or better the white monk, (the Jesuit?) of the crown system of Roman Catholic Church is the naked emperor aka made by man not god.
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Panning out from that balding white man Aethiopa comes into frame. The place here Catholicism held/holds sway, and aside Nubia also appears where the people that had a downer on the ancient egyptians hung out.
Monoculi (from which the english monocle is derived a single 'eye glass') interested me so here's one interpretation of what it means.

The Latin expression Beati monoculi in terra caecorum (pronounced: beàti monòculi in tèrra cecòrum) literally means: "Blessed are the monòcoli in the land of the blind". For monòcolo can be understood both "who has only one eye" and perhaps better, " who sees us from one eye (who is blind in one eye) ".

Hmm, "blessed" by the Lord God in the land of 'the blind' aka those who will not 'see' Lord God (heathen, infidel, savage, tartarian)?
Who sees us from one eye but Lord God?
Blind in one eye to the naked transgressions of men who believe in the one eyed Lord God and will kill unbelievers on command of man aka the Jesuit of the Roman Catholic Church?
I was taught beati monoculi directly translates to "fortunate eye" which I have always understood as a reference to the third eye. Maybe I'm off here because I only studied Latin for about 7 years before I abandoned that ship and I know others have extensive experience. Perhaps others can speak up.

I've gotta be honest, my first thought when you discuss a one eyed god is Odin:
If you're interested in a video on Odin and the potential implications of his legend:


 
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Well your latin is seven years better than mine. I rely on other people and the google translate god.
Never looked into Odin but the image you put up and the one in the video, I rarely watch youtube as I feel that everything on there is 'allowed' to be on there, if you get my drift, show a full bearded figure with a full head of hair.
That Munster depiction is naked for starters and has his left hand in his groin, he has next to no beard and a balding head aka 'monkish'. Hardly a depiction of a fierce one eyed Odin, to my eyes anyway, more a defeated figure kicked out into the cold so too speak but who knows what we are looking at?
 
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Well your latin is seven years better than mine. I rely on other people and the google translate god.
Never looked into Odin but the image you put up and the one in the video, I rarely watch youtube as I feel that everything on there is 'allowed' to be on there, if you get my drift, show a full bearded figure with a full head of hair.
That Munster depiction is naked for starters and has his left hand in his groin, he has next to no beard and a balding head aka 'monkish'. Hardly a depiction of a fierce one eyed Odin, to my eyes anyway, more a defeated figure kicked out into the cold so too speak but who knows what we are looking at?
Agreed, who knows! Not to say that the image is depicting Odin, just when I read "one eyed god" it creates a certain image of Odin in my head.
 

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Hmm, "blessed" by the Lord God in the land of 'the blind' aka those who will not 'see' Lord God (heathen, infidel, savage, tartarian)?
Who sees us from one eye but Lord God?
Blind in one eye to the naked transgressions of men who believe in the one eyed Lord God and will kill unbelievers on command of man aka the Jesuit of the Roman Catholic Church?
At first I was thinking cyclops giants however with the caption it seems more like Illuminati/mystery schools all seeing eye.
This is of Saturn or Horus which fits in with American history (see all US symbolism).
Which everything historical (not just America) leads back to, in my opinion. Jesuits are part of this system.
Look what Wikipedia has to say about it! That the one eye symbolism is Christian. Not!

The Eye of Providence (or the all-seeing eye of God) is a symbol, having its origin in Christian iconography, showing an eye often...
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I keep forgetting this is about the Congo! It’s so like the Americas in depiction. Weird.
 
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