The existence of a parallel universe is not a product of science fiction. Renowned scientists such as Eli Kartan and Nikola Tesla have maintained this hypothesis basing it on the idea of curbing time and space.
NINE DAYS OF UNPARALLELED EXPERIENCES IN THE ASTEROUSIA MOUNTAINS OF CRETE
A storyline gradually unfolds for three different people that live at the present time. The Fates who determine the course of human life have predetermined their assemblage. They join up in a team, and slowly a personal mystery unwinds for every one of them. Strange things happen that do not make sense to the heroes initially, and they emerge either through their dreams or through morphogenetic fields which they enter and leave.
Consequently, unparalleled experiences unfold in the Asterousia Mountains of Crete these nine days full of action and adventure. As far as the book is concerned, these experiences have been influenced by the legendary tales and myths that have been created regionally. The action of the thriller evolves around the villages of Lentas and Tsoutsouras and the surrounding areas. Certain legendary stories are presented about the region, some of which are definitely true and others are pure fiction. The heroes of the book are based on real people, but their characters are formed in order to serve the plot, the narrative, the emotion and the action. The stories conjoined cover a broad spectrum of the saga of strange unexplained phenomena that have been chronicled in the region.
On top of everything, the initial seemingly obscure veil of mystery dissolves revealing past lives and connections so strange yet so intimate with the Minoans who dealt with the secret and so laboriously hid in their day. The reader enchanted is trying to quench a thirst of primordial origin. The enigma builds on to other realms towards the end, adding to the saga that expands to a dramatic series of events that will lead to the second book. Will the island of Crete, its sea and land reveal its mysteries?
This book was inspired in the magical Asterousia Mountains of Crete. The small fishing village of Lentas, as well as the surrounding region, has been at the centre of inspiration and energy that I rejoiced to write the book. The inhabitants shared with me their everyday stories and even their metaphysical and philosophical ideas of theirs. I feel blessed to have had the chance to immerse myself into their culture and spiritual wealth.
I’ve heard stories from the elderly about the history and mythology of the place. Oral tradition is so alive on Crete in every corner of the island that makes you wonder how can it be possible that people who had not had advanced education are able to recite the Greek Myths, poetry and songs that go back millennia. I’ve heard stories from shepherds and simple people about the mountains, ancient Kings and Queens, Gods and Goddesses as well as phenomena of the paranormal and other unexplained phenomena that these mountains – Asterousia – hide. On top of all that I had the opportunity to encounter the Cretan Hospitality, something that one finds hard to understand at first due to its uniqueness and originality but enjoys with all their senses.
The history of the area, its archaeology as well as the sheer magic of the landscape added to the inspiration. For more than ten years, I’ve been visiting the area exploring, discovering, researching, recording stories, making films and writing articles about the history and archaeology of the place.
The Asterousia mountains could easily be characterised as the Mountains of Mysteries in Crete. There have been numerous reports about UFOs and a variety of unexplained and paranormal phenomena in and around these mountains over the years.
The people that I had the privilege to meet and bond with were of significant influence in the creation of the characters in the storyline.
At some point, I gathered all this information and intertwined it in my mind to create the story as you will read it further on. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure where the text would take me. The book was written in stages after multiple visits to South Crete and study of its history mythology and archaeological research.
I would like to thank all the people who contributed to providing inspiration without mentioning their names. After all, the Mystery of Crete does not get trapped in space and time, so not even for the people that live in it.
EYOI EYAN – which means as above so below.
PS. The book was written in Greek and translated into English by the author Adrian Bezouglof. In the original script wherever Cretan people appear, I have used the Cretan Dialect, but in the English translated version this has not been feasible.
THE SECRET OF THE LION ROCK © 2019 ADRIAN BEZOUGLOF
ISBN: 978 – 618 – 84100 – 1 – 5
Editing: Michael H. Moutzourides Map and fresco were drawn by Constantinos Tsiriotakis
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Read the first chapter…
01 THE CAROB TREE
“This branch will hold me”, the moment he grabbed it, he heard a clap of thunder. After a while, the ground beneath his feet started to recede. The branch broke. The side of the mountain where he was, consisted of stones that waited patiently for the next tremor to roll down the slope. Numerous rocks and stones moved gradually downhill, making it impossible for someone to stand there. He rolled down a few metres. He tried to shove his foot into the ground to stop skidding. He managed to set his foot into the gravel. Something that was inside the rocks enabled him to stay. After making sure he was safe, he looked at the sky. There wasn’t a single cloud, and the sun was scorching everything around. He looked at his right foot that was in the gravel. He was stepping on something that looked metallic and protruded from the ground. It was a large round object.
On the visible side, he distinguished a large animal that looked like a bull. He tried to remove the object from the ground. He dug around it with his hands. He pulled it from the ground, leaving it on the surface and tried to clean it from the dirt that was on it so he could actually see what it was. It resembled an ancient round shield. At the centre, he was able to discern a symbol that looked familiar. Around it, there was ornate emblazonment. On the other side, there was a double-axe and a sort of handle. He could not recall ever having seen anything like it before. It wasn’t a shield. Its diameter was around 25 centimetres. While he was examining the object, the ground receded again. He lost his balance and found himself a few metres further downhill.
The object remained in place. With perseverance, he tried to reach it again. He managed to climb to the place where the object was lying. He took it with him. He climbed further westwards where the ground seemed safer. His goal was to reach the big tree that had rooted a few metres away. He managed to reach the trunk of the big carob tree. There he was safe from the landslide. He took a few pictures of the object with his camera. He dug a hole in the ground near the root of the tree and buried the object there. He placed some dry twigs and some stones over it so that the place would seem undisturbed and the digging would not be visible. He took out a small electronic gadget from his backpack. He took a measurement of the coordinates.
Longitude: 34° 59 ́ 58.2648 ́ ́ N
Latitude: 25° 12 ́ 0.1548 ́ ́ E
He looked at Kofinas, the highest peak of Asterousia Mountains. “A rock in the sky,” he thought and set off to leave.
He hadn’t walked 30 paces from the tree when the ground below his feet started receding again. This time he really slipped a long way down the side of the slope. About twenty metres below, there was a big round rock which abruptly halted his fall. His body struck the rock, and the noise of his body crashing onto the rock was blood-chilling.
The smell of the crocus flowers that grew on these parts was mesmerising. Cyperus, Kritamon, Minthe and Crocus slowly burned during the ritual.
The blood of the animal flowed on the sacrificial table. The animal was lying tied, almost still and beheaded. An artery was pulsating on its throat. Steam was coming up from the blood that was pouring in the rhyton.* The priest chanted for the spirit of the animal that was leaving its body.
“From the darkness we are born, and to the darkness we fall in order to return. Everything is a cycle.”
The initiate stood in a salutational posture opposite the wooden statue of the Goddess. The rhyton is passed on to the second priest. He slowly walks around the statue in specific ritual steps and lets the blood of the sacrificed animal, which he releases with his fingers, fall through the opening at the bottom of the rhyton to the floor of the ceremonial building. The blood of the animal was burning hot. The initiate felt it on his face and naked body. The priest had bathed him with the blood of the animal. His screams could be heard outside the ceremonial building. The initiate falls to the ground and spasms take over his body. The priests throw him in the cleansing tub. He is bathed in cold water. He is reborn.
Light enters the room from the double wooden doors that now have opened. The crowd outside cheer and shout “axieros, axieros”** meaning worthy and holy in Greek!
*The English word rhyton originates in the ancient Greek word ῥυτόν (rhy̆tón or rhŭtón). The conical rhyton form has been known in the Aegean region since the Bronze Age, or the 3rd millennium BCE.
Rhyton: A rhyton /ˈraɪˌtɒn, ˈraɪtən/ (plural rhytons or, following the Greek plural, rhyta) is a roughly conical container from which fluids were intended to be drunk or to be poured in some ceremony such as libation, or merely at table. Many have an opening at the bottom through which the liquid fell; others did not and were merely used as drinking cups, with the characteristic that they could not usually be set down on a surface without spilling their contents.
**The word /axieros/ was used in ritual ceremonies in Eleusinian and Kabeirian Mysteries in the Hellenic (Greek) world.
01 – THE CAROB TREE
02 – DITTANY
03 – THE LILLY (Fleur-de-Lis)
04 – RHEA’S LION
05 – THE SACRED APPLES OF KOFINAS PEAK
06 – THE RING WITH THE DOUBLE EPSILON
07 – SYNCHRONICITY
08 – ADVANCED MATHEMATICS
09 – THE KABEIRIAN IDOL
10 – THE THEFT OF ANCIENT ARTIFACTS
11 – THE HIPPOPOTAMUS’S TOOTH
12 – THE POMEGRANATE FRUIT
13 – THE DOLPHINS OF LENTAS
14 – THE DOWSER (RHADBOMANCER)
15 – THE SHADOW
16 – THE FLYING SAUCER
17 – THE SPIRAL
18 – THE CAVES OF ASTEROUSIA MOUNTAINS
19 – THE CRYSTAL
20 – OSMIO & SYLPHION (THE EXTINCT NARTHEX PLANT)
21 – THE FLYING GLASS SPHERES
22 – IN THE TOMB WITH THE MUMMIES
23 – THE COPPER HORSE
24 – LYCTUS
25 – IN THE SANCTUARY OF ISIS
26 – THE METAMORPHOSIS
27 – THE CAVE OF HADES
28 – THE PYRAMID OF VIANNOS
29 – THE CRASH OF THE UFO
30 – NASA AT TSOUTSOURAS
31 – RHADAMANTHYS’ SARCOPHAGUS
32 – THE CURSE OF THE TOMB RAIDERS
33 – THE INITIATION
34 – NAUSINOUS
35 – THE CREATURES IN THE CAVE
36 – THE RETURN TO LENTAS
37 – THE CEREMONY OF EKDYSIA
38 – THE DREAM
39 – PYRRHA
40 – THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EUGENE
41 – THE SACRIFICE OF IPHIS
42 – THE BLACK BOX
43 – THE FINAL NIGHT
44 – KNOSSOS
45 – THE ORACLE
46 – THE BABY IN THE CREVICE
47 – THE CITY OF MAGNETES & ATLANTIS
48 – THE SACRED LIONESS
49 – THE SACRED DRAGONS
50 – THE APOCALYPSE
51 – THE SPERM OF SIRIUS
52 – THE MYSTERIES OF KOURETES
53 – AT THE EPSILON COUNCIL
54 – THE REMINISCENCE
55 – THE DREAM ORACLE
56 – THE GREAT MOTHER
57 – THE DISAPPEARANCE
58 – THE REACTOR IN GAVDOS
59 – THE RETURN TO MATHIA
60 – THE SACRED BAETHYL