kevin.b, on 29 November 2010 - 15:36, said:
In a word....Antennae.
The celluler composition been important in that the branch needs cutting whilst in bud, as arons rod in the ark of the covenant.
The part about cutting whilst in bud has a feel to it, and i can imagine they might have made similar observations / held similar beliefs in ancient times ; but i haven't heard this regarding the dhanqee .
is said to have miraculously flushed out in bud and produced almonds, which is kinda groovy if one puts aside that it supposedly did so to back a single tribe's, (among 12), claim to the priesthood ; thus making them an interested party in the legend and its propagation . It also comes out that the Aaron's rod, as a serpent, is said to have swallowed all the Pharaoh's sorcerers' rods, also as serpents, which implies that the writers of the ancient bible, (again : interested party), regarded their rod to be better than someone else's, (the Egyptians'), which implies that the rod had significant multicultural religious or symbolic use back in the day .
I think that the (likely) carving of the axe and dagger of the "Baron of Bush Barrow" into Stonehenge Stone 53
might be understandable as an early bronze-age continuation of a tradition which would have seen the ritual insignia of the reigning high priest of the temple engraved into its stone, (rather like names on the Stanley Cup) . This could provide a thread of continuity between the more modern shapes and the faint, presumably early, etchings mentioned in the first post of this thread ~ assuming those early etchings were of dhanqees or similar rods .
chambered tomb, (as well as some Irish tombs), is said to have "eyebrow motifs" on a stone . I notice some natural features on the entrance capstone which resemble this, but that may not be what others see .
Two of the Folkton Drums
have eyebrow motifs which (very much) appear to be developed into faces with eyes and mouths . It may be that in ancient times the dhanqee, (or its ancestral forked rods), and the eyebrow motif were considered the physical embodiment of an unseen, (in normal states), wakeful, watchful and, (i can imagine), beneficent spirit beneath the brows . ( A second link to the Drums can be found here
I find it well worth noting that the Festival of Sheikh Hussein
, (where the dhanqee is strongly present), includes singing, prayer, chanting, trance states which at least for some involve (qat) drug use ; and a nighttime bonfire ceremony . The singing, prayer and chanting aspects of this could have a parallel in the mouth-lozenges seen on the Folkton Drums, also discussed on the Great Wold Valley