Concerning the journey to
Dien Bien Phu in honor of their grandfather
the Great Dane Hellmantle of
the Da River Valley, Son La Province
Asian jungle covered the steep mountain range on both sides of the road that
camouflaged its height. Trees so lush that it looked like one prolonged colony
of abundant moss covering a long stretch of rock. The mountains were so high up
that the origraphic factor kicks in. It was moist up there in the mountains of
northern Vietnam but the sun still singed the treetops every afternoon. Since
the valleys were so deep, a lot of the moisture from the rain remained unburnt
in the underbrush. The river narrowed as Hellmantle and D'Aqs climbed along the
dugout side of the mountains. The engines hummed as they closed on the site of
the battle. A sign saying Dien Bien Phu in English told them they were
close. The vegetation was still as thick as it was a thousand feet below.
Hellmantle enjoyed leaning into turns around slow corners as he pressed on past
steep drops with only a token, broken-down guardrail as a buffer against a
freefall a thousand feet down.
It was past nine when they
finally turned onto the main road in Dien Bien Phu. All the stores were
shut but there were groups of people hanging around a motorcycle or two.
Hellmantle rode all the way down the road until he hit the countryside on the
other side of town. During the ride through the main road there was only one
possible place he saw that could be a guesthouse, so he doubled back and found
a dormant palm-tree laden inn that was open.
Hellmantle, feeling the
effects of his bitter and chewy breakfast, barely had enough energy to walk to
the kitchen and wolf down a half-dozen boiled eggs sans yoke with
tough stale bread and water and beer. The still air caused him to feel the
windburn on his cheeks. Sitting there at the table he looked down at his muddy
boots. That moment he yearned for his nine-year old pair of Arizona
"We need your passport sir,"
said the hotel manager who had checked them in.
"Why?" Hellmantle asked.
"So I can enter data into
the records." He forgot how much paperwork existed in a communist system.
yeah, the passport," he said slowly as he reached for his cold Double X beer.
get it when I merge up to my room when I'm done here," he replied motioning to
the pile of broken eggshells in front of him. Just as the small Vietnamese man
was about to speak, Hellmantle gave him a nod indicating that he would prefer
to eat in peace. He left the tall foreigners to their strict dinner of boiled
eggs and bread and crackers and chips and packaged peanuts. The cook was
thoughtful enough to bring a side dish of salt that clung to the hot albumin
effectively, but to D'Aqs it was a feast fit for a king. The road had worked
him hard and had awakened a deep faith in their purpose.
The hotel's café was empty
so Hellmantle took out the papyrus map.
this map is of India, then what your father believes might be true."
we certain it's India?"
it shows the Ganges. And it says ‘Vale de Kashmir.' It's definitely
"What theory of his may be
true?" Hellmantle gave him a look. "Well he has so many!" They both looked at
D'Aqs' cut hand.
his idea that Jesus survived the crucifixion." Instead of his usual rolling of
the eyes upon hearing this, D'Aqs no longer considered it utter nonsense, which
"Do you really think
Jesus survived the cross?" Hellmantle took a long swig from his beer and tried
to open his eyes a bit more from the slits they were. The bridge of his nose
was already peeling from the ravages of the sun.
"If it hadn't been for Simon
Kokhbar's unsuccessful rebellion in 66AD, then perhaps things would have worked
out differently after Jesus' crucifixion. But this was not the case. Instead
Jesus' original message underwent a transformation into what is know as Pauline
Christianity, named after the efforts of the Apostle Paul."
"Original name was Saul, was
"Yeah. The gospels went
through an evolution where they changed the emphasis of the religion to ensure
survival in a stricter, post-rebellion Roman province. That's why so much of
the New Testament is written in code, like the Book of Revelation. In fact it
was from this rebellion in Palestine that lasted from 66-70AD that essentially
outlawed all adherents of non-Pauline Christianity. The real inheritors of the
message of Jesus went to Syria and Mesopotamia and Egypt, where they carried on
their ministry. But they had become a target for Rome to persecute and oppress.
"With the real descendents
of Jesus' message outlawed and ostracized, the stage was set for the gradual body-checking
out of the adherents to the uncorrupted message. The eventual
domination was in Rome's favor. It wasn't until the Renaissance that the cult
of the Merovingians resurfaced in the form of rebellious art and symbolism on
"Leonardo da Vinci."
"And other leaders of the Prior
de Sion. Sure. These were expressions of rebellion against the dominant
Pauline thought of Rome. So with proper Nazarene teachings branded heresy,
Paul's interpretation essentially hijacked the real message of Jesus leaving it
discarded and forgotten in history except for those descendants of the
bloodline of Jesus. You and I, who are descendents of Jesus' bloodline, the holy
blood, represent the Desposyni. And some secret societies - like the
Prior de Sion and the Blonde Acquitaine - carry on in secret
against the monster power of Rome."
"But the Roman Church is
That's why they called Paul the ‘pseudapostolorum,' or a ‘false
apostle.'" D'Aqs reached for the map and rubbed the bottom corner of what he
thought was debris, but it wasn't. It was very small writing that read: "Deuter
see it! Do you have your Bible here?" Hellmantle asked him. D'Aqs pulled out
his mobile NIV and handed it to him. Hellmantle flipped to the Book
of Deuteronomy, Chapter 33. "Here you read it. I know this by heart.
D'Aqs took the Good Book and
read it aloud:
These are the blessings that Moses, the man of God,
pronounced on the people of Israel before he died.
'The Lord came from Mount Sinai;
he rose like the sun over
and shone on his people from
Ten thousand angles were with him,
flaming fire at his right hand.
The Lord loves his people
and protects those who
belong to him.
So we bow at his feet
and obey his commands.
We obey the Law that Moses
nation's most treasured possession.
The Lord became king of his people
their tribes and leaders
Moses said about the tribe of Reuben:
Reuben never die out,
their people are few.'
About the tribe of Judah he said:
listen to their cry for help;
them again with the other tribes.
for them, Lord,
help them against their enemies.'"
It says unite them with the other tribes, as in the Ten Lost Tribes of
Israel or otherwise known as the House of Israel. This isn't fiction My Son!
We're onto something important!"
see it. I am having a whole new take on this."
About the tribe of Levi he said:
Lord, reveal your will by the Urim and Thummim
your faithful servants, the Levites;
put them to the test at Massah
proved them true at the waters of Meribah.
showed greater loyalty to you
to parents, brothers, or children.
obeyed your commands
were faithful to your altar.
help their tribe to grow strong;
pleased with what they do.
all their enemies;
them never rise again.'
About the tribe of Benjamin he said:
is the tribe the Lord loves and protects;
guards them all the day long,
he dwells in their midst.'
"That's us! That's why you're so reckless. He
loves us and protects us!"
About the tribe of Joseph he said:
the Lord bless their land with rain
with water from under the earth.
their land be blessed with sun-ripened fruit,
with the best fruits of each season.
their ancient hills be covered with choice fruit.
their land be filled with all that is good,
by the goodness of the Lord,
spoke from the burning bush.
these blessings come to the tribe of Joseph,
he was the leader among his brothers.
has the strength of a bull,
horns of a wild ox.
horns are Manasseh's thousands
Ephraim's ten thousands.
them he gores the nations
pushes them to the ends of the earth.'
About the tribes of Zebulun and Issachar he said:
Zebulun be prosperous in their trade on the sea,
may Issachar's wealth increase at home.
invite foreigners to their mountain
offer the right sacrifices there.
get their wealth from the sea
from the sand along the shore.'"
About the tribe of Gad he said:
God, who made their territory large.
waits like a lion
tear off an arm or a scalp.
took the best of the land for themselves;
leader's share was assigned to them.
obeyed the Lord's commands and laws
the leaders of Israel were gathered together.'
About the tribe of Dan he said:
is a young lion;
leaps out from Bashan.'
About the tribe of Naphtali he said:
is richly blessed by the Lord's good favor;
land reaches to the south from Lake Galilee.'
About the tribe of Asher he said:
is blessed more than the other tribes.
he be the favorite of his brothers,
may his land be rich with olive trees.
his towns be protected with iron gates,
may he always live secure.'
People of Israel, no god is like your God,
in splendor across the sky,
through the clouds to come to your aid.
God has always been your defense;
eternal arms are your support.
He drove out your enemies as you advanced,
told you to destroy them all.
So Jacob's descendents live in peace,
in a land full of grain and wine,
dew from the sky waters the ground.
Israel, how happy you are!
is no one like you,
nation saved by the Lord.
The Lord himself is your shield and your sword,
defend you and give you victory.
Your enemies will come begging for mercy,
and you will trample them down.'
D'Aqs finished reading and took a long drink from
his bottle of Double X beer.
"You see? The Lord is our
defender and shield. We are protected by the divine force of the world, and are
invincible in the tasks we set for ourselves. Our blood is blessed and our life
can be as rich and rewarding as we design. In the name of divine chivalry, God
succors us and gives us the moxie to persevere in the face of adversity. So
cast off doubt my dear cousin! And be at my side when we find this missing scroll
and right the wrongs that have reverberated for centuries from our sworn enemy
Rome!" There was madness in his demeanor, which caused D'Aqs to fear in his
gut. Here, so far away from civilization, the madness was magnified. If
challenged he might trip over his own words and fall into the abyss where he
couldn't be retrieved.
"Yes. My doubt is quelling
and I'm seeing the divinity of our mission."
"The people of Israel, all
twelve tribes, are the flock that Joshua the Nazarene wanted to unite under his
leadership. He was the shepherd who was in search of his lost flock. And this
flock was the scattered lost tribes. And he was killed for it! This is
my beef, D'Aqs! This is my biggie. Why aren't we taught this? Why does
one need to spend years reading and researching on ones own to discover this
truth? Why didn't anyone ever tell us in school that this was what Jesus
was all about? It's nigh time that we present it to the world so people
understand why the peoples of Northern Europe adopted Christianity. We are
Israelites, the Ten Lost Tribes! Tell me this is not important to know!
It's everything. It's our identity in history. It explains why the Bible
applies to us. And it explains why the morality of the Bible is the very
foundation of our legal system throughout the West. How can this not be
It was late now and not a
single person stirred on the main street of Dien Bien Phu. Hellmantle
went up to his room in a haze of betel nut without fetching his passport for
the man waiting for it at the front desk.