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The Hopewell Shaman Bear is located in the Ohio History Museum in Columbus, Ohio. This magnificent piece of art was found in Newark, Ohio in the extensive earthworks there. The Newark Decalogue Stone was found seven miles south under a massive stone mound. The Newark Stone is inscribed with a form of Jewish letters and considered to be a fraud by academics. A full description and discussion about this stone can be found in the paper – Newark Decalogue Stone and Earthworks: An Unraveling Mystery or at this post. The Newark Stone is so unlike the Shaman Bear that it is easy to accept the academics’ viewpoint. However, despite their apparent and obvious differences they depict a similar story. The Newark Stone was found in a stone carved case that forms a rock shape when closed. Both statues are carved stones. Both are about the same size.
Both have one arm bent at the waist and the second arm pointed up. Compare the arm positions to the statue from Ugarit that is said to describe Baal. It has one hand pointed up at the hat which is a round ball with a conical tail.
Concentrating now on the Shaman Stone we find it has three heads. One is upside down in the lap of the man with the hair splayed downwards. The sitting man is wearing a bear head creating a double head. So we find one head below and two above or it can be said one becomes two. The caul of the bear covers the man and keeps him from being bare. It is suggested that the stone is referring to the old North Pole with its caul of ice that is thought of as the Laurentide Ice Sheet. From it bearings were taken. Hence, we find three forms of the word bear is depicted by this stone: bear- animal, bare – uncovered, and bear – direction. The head in the lap depicts the head (of the Earth) forced down. It lies on a lap which makes a pun of the man’s lap to indicate that it lies on an important lap of longitude. Notice the ear of this upside down head is not quite right. There is a little comet for the ear with a u – cup shape above it almost in the hairline. The hair becomes the meteorites following the comet. This idea is seen in the Ugarit Statue with the cone below the round ball. The legs of the man become arms for the upside down man who is exclaiming as we saw in other Adena stones. Men crying out in horror is part of the story.
The small comet is directed towards the man’s hand. His fingers clearly depict the numbers 2 and 3. The other hand has 5 straight fingers The Arctic Circle ends at 23.5 degrees. The sitting man has two bold round earrings. These are the double comet craters of Baal indicated on the other tablets.
The statue is designed to sit with a 90 degree -or so- posture, yet since the feet are bent out at an angle there is a tendency to think they should be dropped down at a 90 degree angle. In other words the angle is bent or turned as the other stones studied in previous posts have depicted.
Looking for other numbers, note the right hand as 23 can also be 32 and this gives the square of 5.65. There are 5 eyes, 3 ears (2 bear and 1 human), 3 round donut comet craters, and the toes are 3 on each side making 33. The approximate angle between the pole positions is 33 to 35 degrees. The 5 and 3 suggests 53 and 5.3 is the square root of 28 which is half of 56.
The words that form the meaningful puns -lap and bear- are Old English words which may not really be indicated but considering the Anglo words found in the Adena Tablets previously, there is probably no coincidence.
Apparently the three statues have more in common then first thought. They all describe Baal and its collision with Earth. This collision changed the position of the pole and bared it of its caul. It was beheaded and at the lap it lies.
The next adventure into the minds of the ancients continues with the Bat Creek Stone.
Back to the very beginning of series on Adena Tablets
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Posts on: Numbers and their Meaning, Ramey Peet Tablet, Gridley Stone
McKensie and Bainbridge Tablets, Cincinnati Tablet,
Egyptian Art Comparison, Wilmington Tablet, Lakin A Tablet,
The Gaitskill Clay Tablet, Allen Tablet, Grave Creek,
The Kiefer Tablet, Wright, Lakin B and Meigs Tablets,
Berlin Tablet, Gaitskill Stone Tablet, The Low Tablet,
The Waverly Tablet, Metcalf Stone, and pdf article on
Hudson Bay as a comet crater of recent origin.
(updated Nov. 2018)