In the once popular apocryphal book of the Acts of John it is stated that Jesus commanded his disciples to dance around him in a circle. As they did this they held hands and sang and at certain times would shout ‘Amen’.
The Dance of Jesus was performed for hundreds of years. Also known as the Round Dance or the Circle Dance of the Cross this wild circumambulation of dancing typically was very ecstatic and the participants would push themselves extremely hard whirling around and contorting their body.
The most famous dance took place in Jerusalem around the Basilica of the Resurrection where Jesus was supposedly buried. Christians would run around the Holy Sepulcher with all their might and swiftness crying out “Huia” which means ‘this is he’ or ‘this is it’. They inflamed their madness by posturing their head in silly and bizarre ways and configuring their body in a thousand shapes of distraction.
Did Jesus really start this tradition of dancing in a circle? Or is this a much older custom practiced by many people around the globe? Let’s take a look.
Buddhists observe the Pradakshina which involves dancing around sacred sites and objects. Known as the Dance of Creation, mantras are chanted by the faithful. The temple at Borobudur in Java, Indonesia being historically a favorite location of this performance.
Arabs perform the Tawaf. This is a processional circumambulation conducted around temples or holy objects. Offerings and sacrifices are made. The one that has become by far the most biggest is the Tawaf in Mecca. Moslems go around the Ka’aba seven times. He who circles around the Ka’aba becomes as one with the angels surrounding the Throne of God.
Dancing around the Maypole is still a popular custom of Europeans. The more elaborate poles are constructed with a ring or a throne at the apex.
A circumambulatory procession was held in Hawaii in honor of Lono the God of the Sky.
In Chiapas, Mexico the Maya dress up as their god Quetzalcoatl (Saturn) while they dance around him in a circle.
The Algonquin as well as other tribes in North America dance around a totem pole. At the top of the pole is the creator god.
The Navajo paint themselves white and dance around a blazing fire. Each dancer has a burning torch which he uses to make the participant in front of him move faster while at the same time avoiding being burnt by the one behind him. Prayers and songs are performed under the stars as part of the ceremony.
The Mandan of North Dakota once practiced a ritual where participants were cruelly dragged around in a circle until they fainted from loss of blood.
The ancient Hebrews believed celestial beings danced around the Angel of the Sabbath. The Angel of the Sabbath being Saturn. The Sabbath is of course Saturday (Saturn’s day). And the word Sabbath is derived from ‘Shabtai’ which is the Hebrew word for Saturn.
When Saturn flared up ending the primordial darkness it also discharged in a bipolar direction. Only the debris emitting from Saturn’s south pole was visible. The whirling matter took on the shape of a spiral. This is the Spiral of Creation. Stars such as R Sculptoris and LL Pegasi have been seen ejecting spirals from their poles. As is done in spiral galaxies, the outflow then drifted toward the equatorial regions. It took on the form of a celestial serpent. This is the Serpent of Creation.
Combining with Saturn’s circumstellar disk it was seen as Leviathon (the serpent) in a battle with Baal (the original atmosphere around Saturn).
In the Babylonian creation epic the serpent Apsu mates with Tiamat who is the Goddess of the Celestial Ocean.
When it had completed it’s encirclement this outpouring of matter was then looked upon as the Ouroboros who is the celestial dragon that bites it’s own tail as it surrounds the Fire Pearl.
It then developed into 7 separate layers interpreted as 7 heavens or 7 seas or 7 gates. The Hebrew word ‘ym’ translated as ‘day’ also means ‘sea’.
The Hebrew word ‘raqia’ which has been translated as ‘firmament’ only since 1886, means ‘circle or disk’. This ‘raqia’ in Genesis is referring to the circles that were formed during creation around Saturn that are there to this day!
In the Linga Purana one of the Sanskrit names for Saturn is Suryaputrah which means ‘seven rayed Saturn’.
In the book of Enoch the ‘Glory of God’ or ‘hekalot’ in Hebrew is the ‘7 Zones of Flaming Fire’.
The ring system of Saturn is even today divided into 7 major groups of rings.
Many of Saturn’s moons and moonlets are embedded in these rings.
Are these the Dancing Angels that performed the first ring dance around the ‘Holy Throne of the Great Lord’?
Even though the original meaning became somewhat obscured is this what the dancers of Jesus were imitating? As well as the participants in all these circumambulatory dances and processions throughout the world?
Are they emulating an event that happened only a few thousand years ago? When Saturn hovered over our world in close proximity.
Lucian the Roman poet referred to this circular dancing as the ‘Round Dance of the Stars’. He says at the creation of the universe the dance too came into being.
St. Basil the Bishop of Caesarea in Asia Minor said ‘Could there be anything more blessed on Earth than to imitate the ring dance of the angels?’
The angels being the moons amidst the encircling outburst parading around the recently illuminated God Star Saturn!