Monday, May 1, 2017

Crossing the Red Sea and May Day

Overview

May Day is celebrated in Europe and Canada.  It was a tradition in the United States also; however it has long been forgotten.  It is said that May Day was to commemorate the Roman goddess Flora on April 27th before the time of Christ.

The traditions that are celebrated today and in the past reflect a connection to the Israelites crossing the Red Sea on the last day of the Unleavened Bread Feast.

Depending on the time of the spring equinox, the spring feast days are as follows:

  • Abib 14 is Passover on April 2nd or April 3rd.  This is the date of the first Passover in Egypt. The first born of Egypt were killed that night and the first born of Jacob-Israel’s descendants were saved. (Exo 12:6)
  • Abib 15 is the Unleavened Bread Feast that starts on April 3rd or April 4th.  This is the day the Israelites left Egypt with all their possessions and where no longer slaves. They left while the Egyptians were burying their dead.
  • Abib 21 is the last day of the Unleavened Bread feast which is on April 9th or April 10th.  This is the day the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and entered the Wilderness of Sur. 


When Rome became corrupted they no longer allowed Passover to be celebrated. Later Constantine instituted Easter which does not occur on the same day each year so the descendants of Jacob-Israel started celebrating the feast of Unleavened Bread after Easter. 

The Exodus

The last day of the Unleavened Bread Feast is the day the Israelites crossed over the Red Sea into the Wilderness of Sur.  (Exo 12:15-16, Num 33:8, Exo 14:13-23 & 15:22)  They left Egypt with their belongings since they were moving to a new place. When they crossed the red sea it must have been very nosey since there was over a million Israelites crossing in a hurry with their belongings and cattle. After they crossed the red sea, this was recorded:

“Then the princes of Edom, and the chiefs of the Moabites hasted; trembling took hold upon them, all the inhabitants of Chanaan melted away.  Let trembling and fear fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm, let them become as stone; till thy people pass over, O Lord, till this thy people pass over, whom thou hast purchased. Bring them in and plant them in the mountain of their inheritance, in thy prepared habitation, which thou, O Lord, hast prepared; the sanctuary, O Lord, which thine hands have made ready. The Lord reigns for ever and ever and ever. For the horse of Pharao went in with the chariots and horsemen into the sea, and the Lord brought upon them the water of the sea, but the children of Israel walked through dry land in the midst of the sea. And Mariam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, having taken a timbrel in her hand--then there went forth all the women after her with timbrels and dances.  And Mariam led them, saying, Let us sing to the Lord, for he has been very greatly glorified: the horse and rider has he cast into the sea.”  Sep Exo 15:15-15:21


The dance that Mariam did with the other woman later became the May Pole Dance.  Here is a 1919 newspaper picture of the May Day dance being performed in Philadelphia.  


Here is a 1905 news article about the Origin of the Waltz and the tambourine dance. The tambourine dance must be very old custom if Mariam the prophetess was performing this dance after the crossing of the red sea. In the early 1800s, when May Day celebration was a big event, America was a great place to live since we were connected with our past culture. See column 1  http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87076843/1905-12-15/ed-1/seq-16.pdf  

The Death of Mariam

Mariam the prophetess died during the first month two years after the red sea crossing.  Her death date would have been between March 20th and April 19th.  Therefore, May Day is celebrated close to the anniversary of her death.
And the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, came into the wilderness of Sin, in the first month, and the people abode in Cades; and Mariam died there, and was buried there.” Sep Num 20:1 

May Day Celebration Traditions & the Red Sea Crossing


May Day Traditions
The Exodus & the Red Sea Crossing
In Great Britain they do the maypole dance.  Some run into the North Sea at sunrise. In Oxford, it is traditional for some people to jump off the Magdalen Bridge into the River Cherwell. Some wash their face with the morning dew.
Running into the North Sea and jumping into the river are similar to crossing the sea.
The Maypole dance is like the dance the prophetess Mariam did.
Yahweh provided the Israelites manna bread with the morning dew.
In Ireland they sometimes call it ‘Mary’s Day’.
Mary’s day in honor of the prophetess Mariam. In the bible translated from Latin, Douay-Rheims, Mariam was called Mary. In the earlier Wycliffe bible she was called Marie.
In Greece it is called ‘Maia Day’
Called Maia’s day also in honor of the prophetess Mariam.
In Romania some wash their face with the morning dew.
Yahweh provided the Israelites manna bread with the morning dew.
Ontario, Canada some do a May day dance and the song Hal-An-Tow and Padstow.
The song mentions Mary and Moses spelt Mosyses.
The United States use to celebrate by moving furniture in the morning hours and then a Maypole dance (see news below)
The Israelites moved from Egypt and took their belongings; therefore they were moving their furnishings.
The Maypole dance is like the dance the prophetess Mariam did.


Goddess Maia

The month of May was named after the goddess Maia who was really the prophetess Mariam.
The month May was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May

Bona Dea ("The Good Goddess") was a divinity in ancient Roman religion. Men were barred from the possession of her true name. The goddess Bona Dea is also known as Terra who is also known as Maia. Terra is associated with the earth and means earth in Latin.  Maia is again is really the prophetess Mariam.
See these links for more information:

Goddess Flora

May Day is said to be the celebration of the goddess Flora in ancient times.  This celebration last 6 days and the biblical Unleavened Bread Feast lasted seven days.  Flora was the goddess of flowers:
In ancient Roman religion, the Floralia was a festival in honor of the goddess Flora, held April 27 during the Republican era, or April 28 on the Julian calendar. In Latin, the festival was known as the Ludi Florae, the Games (ludi) of Flora. Under the Empire, the games lasted for six days.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floralia

In Roman mythology, Flora (Latin: Flōra) was a Sabine-derived goddess of flowers and of the season of spring – a symbol for nature and flowers (especially the may-flower).  Her name is derived from the Latin word "flos" which means "flower". In modern English, "Flora" also means the plants of a particular region or period. Her festival, the Floralia, was held between April 28 and May 3 and symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, drinking, and flowers.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flora_(deity)

"They also set up a May-pole, drinking and dancing about it many days together, inviting the Indean women, for their consorts, dancing and frisking together, (like so many fairies, or furies rather,) and worse practices. As if they had anew revived & celebrated the feasts of the Roman Goddess Flora.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maypole


In ancient Rome the first day of May fell during the festival of Floralia, named in honor of Flora, the goddess of springtime and flowers. It was a time of singing, dancing, and flower-decked parades, and also to hang flowers on a loved one's door. Roman prostitutes especially enjoyed the festival, for they considered Flora their patron goddess.http://asthecrowflies-raven.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-day-maypole-may-queen-what-is-it.html

Florida

In ancient myths the Israelites were celebrating the goddess Flora; which was actually a celebration of arriving in Florida. The goddess Flora is Florida. I believe that the early Romans hid clues like this for us because of the persecutions of the early Christians. When the Israelites were said to have arrived at the Wilderness of Sur, they actually arrived in Florida where Mariam did her dance.

It is said that Spanish explorers named Florida ‘La Florida’ because they arrived at the coast of Florida on Passover on April 2nd; However that would have meant they sailed over sea in the winter so I’m not sure that I buy this story. I believe it was named Florida since it was the Passover season when the Israelites arrived there.   It was the season of Pascua Florida "Flowery Passover”.  The state of Florida does celebrate Passover as a state holiday.

Pascua Florida is a Spanish term that means flowery festival or feast of flowers.  Pascua Florida Day is usually celebrated on April 2 (the day on which Ponce de León first spotted Florida) unless it falls on a weekend, in which case the governor may declare either the preceding Friday or the following Monday as the state day.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascua_Florida

Also see these links:
http://biblehub.com/greek/3957.htm Pascha: the Passover, the Passover supper or lamb

1540 map of the United States shows Terra Florida which actually means ‘earth Passover flowers’.



1747 Map of Florida

All of the area east of the Mississippi was once called Florida.  The last river that feeds into the Mississippi is still called the red river today.

There are places in Florida named after saints; St. Matheo is a reference to the apostle Matthew.  Also notice the temple in Mexico. 


1922 May Day Dance at the Whitehouse

When America was a Christian country, the May Pole Dance was performed at the White House.


1837 news article about May Day in New York

It appears to be a festival of moving furniture, making noise, flowers blooming and royalty going to the field.  They called the day ‘moving day’ and they appear to be recreating the Israelites experience of moving in a hurry.  Then they did the May Pole Dance.  See full article in the Column 3 http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030311/1837-05-03/ed-1/seq-2.pdf




1849 History of the May Day and Pole Dance

This news article reflects of the history of May Day.  It states that it was dedicated to Flora, moving furniture, dancing, and making noise.  It also talks of Maid Marion which is similar to the prophetess Mariam’s name. 


1910 Indian Princess Lena Johnson and the May Pole Dance

The news articles below reports of a huge celebration in San Bernardino, California where Princess Lena was to be the honorary guest.  Lena’s Native American tribe performed the May Pole Dance at the event.  See for full article http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85042462/1910-05-15/ed-1/seq-10.pdf

Native American Indian Lena Johnson



Here is Indian Princess Lena on the day of the event.


1910 May Pole Dance at the state of Washington

The royal neighbors were to perform the May Pole Dance in Washington.  Notice that the Johnson’s were to be part of the dance; therefore they may be related to Indian Princess Lena above. 


Conclusion

It appears that May Day and the May Pole Dance are part of America’s culture and it has been forgotten.  Let’s remember this tradition on the last day of Unleavened Bread each year.

Also see:
http://kingdomhereamerica.blogspot.com/2015/07/israelite-trail-of-tears.html
http://kingdomhereamerica.blogspot.com/2016/05/king-arthur-prince-madoc-and-white.html