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The Cetacean Commonwealth
Addresses the Earth and Her Peoples
Calling Moratorium on Memorial Day
May 28, 2007
Long have the Cetacea swum the seas of Earth and helped and aided Humans.
For at least 18,000 years humans have hunted them. Throughout this history, as with all hunting cultures, the prey was honored, as in Japan where coastal villages had temples dedicated to the whales. We honor all whaling people’s and forgive humanity’s collective lack of awareness that is now ended.
In this UN Year of the Dolphin, the dolphins are currently losing millions per year to pollution, fishing, drive fisheries, nets, high-intensity sonar, geological mapping, and other hazards. The great whales are at 1% of their former numbers and some are still hunted.
In the West, the bodies of whales fed, and clothed us, and their oil lit the lamps of many cities. Yet whales were still honored. Whale oil anointed the kings and the popes (who still wear the stylized whale head symbolic of the ancient water-god Oannes or Dagon).
On Memorial Day, 2007, we honor all our dead, Human and Cetacea.
We call for a full moratorium on whaling of all kinds.
We also call for a new beginning based on new understanding and appreciation of who the Cetacea are to Humans.
Many indigenous cultures including Hawai’ians, Maori of New Zealand, the Zulu, Tibetan, Eskimo, the west coast natives of North America and the Mirning people of Australia, all say whales are their ancestors.
This is now supported by findings showing the dolphin genome is contained in the human genome and the Cetacea and Homonids (the primate group consisting of humans, bonobos, chimps, gorillas and oranutangs) share nerve cells called spindle cells.
The various findings that humans are semi-aquatic add more support.
The whales are our ancestors; we are related.
Early peoples along the Nile, Yangtze, Indus and Ganges rivers likely interacted with the freshwater dolphins in those rivers, as they do today in the Amzon basin and elsewhere. This interaction contributed to the development of civilization.
Indeed, China, Greece, Babylon & Sumer, e.g., attribute the founding of their civilizations to aquatic beings like Oannes.
There was partnership with the dolphins especially in ancient Greece, where they fished together with the Greek fishermen even sharing their sacramental brews with the dolphins; there are stories of dolphins guiding the ships; rescuing people; and befriending children.
The Greeks felt the dolphin was the most divine form of creation, and killing a dolphin equivalent to murder.
We term this this partnership with the Cetacea and knowledge of their nature as “the Delphic Tradition”. This is typified by the ancient Greeks with their “philadelphia” – or philos delphia or “love of dolphins”.
philos - love of; the root Del means either "brother" or "dolphin".
Western cultures largely forgot the Delphic Tradition; for the last 2000 years - it was maintained by indigenous peoples, and in legends, reports and stories that have come down to us.
The Delphic Tradition Brought Forward
With modern research into genetics, communication, therapy, and underwater birth with the Cetacea, comes fuller recognition of our deep mutual connections. We are reaching an understanding that confirms the ancient knowledge. Cetaceans are self-aware, sentient, and have brains comparable to, or up to seven times larger, than humans.
This implies the Cetacea have comparable or superior intelligence making them the most intelligent beings on Earth. They have been shown to have complex language, cultural transmission, tool use and other cultural traits.
During our extended aquatic human evolution, we developed several aquatic structures such as our noses and tears and made beneficial partnerships with fresh-water and ocean dolphins, traditions which were preserved by the Greeks and still survive in several places on the Earth. In all these instances, the Cetacea are a harmonizing, civilizing influence.
Now that we have rediscovered this, we can honor our Cetacean ancestors and re-create our partnerships through joint Cetacean-Human projects involving communication, birthing, therapy and other areas.
We can soon communicate with beings who have lived in harmonious societies for millennia - bringing new perspectives, knowledge and technology to land-locked humans. This is part of The Delphic Tradition Brought Forward.
It is time to give recognition of the Cetacea as intelligent sentient beings and include them under human laws.
We are now on the verge of spacefaring. It is time we restore proper relations with the extraterrestrials of our own oceans – the people’s of the sea, our ancestors and go on together in loving respect and harmony.