segunda-feira, 5 de fevereiro de 2007

Pestana Júnior: Christopher Columbus, a.k.a. Simão Palha

PESTANA Jr. D. Cristóbal Colom ou Symam Palha na História e na Cabala, Lisboa, Imprensa Lucas, imp. 1928.

Pestana Júnior starts his thesis with a brief critique of Patrocínio Ribeiro, after the short praise required by convention. He allows for some merit on Ribeiro’s part, essentially for having discovered the inversion that enabled him to read Colos – not to have done it would not have gone down very well – but points him out as a poor Latinist and eventually casts aside his main conclusion, one that had been obtained through the use of the supposedly praiseworthy method.
However, Patrocínio Ribeiro will have influenced Pestana Júnior in ways of which the latter was not conscious – or at least did not explicitly admit – in that, such as Ribeiro, Pestana Jr. also lost a few nights around Cristopher Columbus’ sigla.
He doubted the Admiral’s Genoese origin through the reading of contemporary documentation – as did all the others, it should be noted – and was convinced that the mystery – always the mystery – was in his signature – obviously! How do they all get there?
Reflection and critique make him reject XPO FERENS as Christoferens, as this is an unknown way of writing the name Cristóvão. Good at Latin, unlike Ribeiro, palaeography lets him down – as it does many others – and he thus rejects XPO as Cristo, but ends up by embracing the Greek-Latin mixture and reading Cristo – confusing? So it should be!
He questions the function of the cross over XPO and the «“baton” that contains FERENS» - his quotation marks – and it is not anymore Cólon, comma. Pestana Júnior’s palaeography, which had already showed itself to be on the weak side, here sinks irretrievably.
The elaborate method of the mirror set up and developed by Ribeiro leads him to the following salad of Greek characters:


which, converted into Latin characters – if some of them are not already present above – results in:

colas, olcas, lacas, occaso, mya, solis,
christo ferens

«Ferens» still causes noise in this thesis, since according to the authors mentioned it is not Greek but Latin, which results in the above-mentioned Greek-Latin mixture that will make it possible to arrive at Christopher Columbus’ identity. Later, as has been seen and will further be seen, and in order to lighten up all the darkness surrounding the Admiral, Hebrew elements will also be added.
To return to the Greek text, it translates as follows:
«I am, such as Mya, the one that brings Christendom the precious pearls, the emeralds and the gems through the distant sunset».
Unquote, p. XCIV. I cannot unfortunately ascertain the correction of the translation as it does sound like Greek to me!
To the Latin FERENS at the end of the Greek salad an outlying X is now added. This fact will go on disturbing the author, but he will return to it.
A sudden inspiration emerges. Or was it a revelation?
Says the author, pp. XCV-XCVI: «The possibility then arose of relating Columbus with Miguel Molyart, who in the general study had appeared as an agent for the Perfect Prince (King John II, TN) and who was no other than the owner of the Alvarenga entail, Bernardo de Vasconcelos, married to Violante de Almeida of the Palha family from Évora. At a given moment the metathesis takes place: Colom is simply Colmo = Palha (Straw TN)»
It should be noted that, according to Pestana Jr., Miguel Molyart is an anagram of Bernardo (Brynaldo, in the name’s old form) de Vasconcelos, the Miguel element arising out of another, more far-fetched, anagram which is not relevant here.

To cut a long story short, after a few more pentagonal cabalistical contortions, the final deciphering is arrived at: «That is what you call me, Simão Moniz». And, to add a nice touch, he makes the trace over XPO slide until it crosses the «baton» - and not colon – and obtains «XPO FERENS †» which he reads thus: «Christo ferens crucem». The one that brings the cross to Christ; the Cyrenaic; Simon (pp. C-CI).
One then arrives at Christopher Columbus’ name which is none other than: Simão Palha!

It is all in here.
The falsely-named Columbus, whose true identity is hidden behind a Greek-Latin cabalistical sigla, is no solitary case. Molyart, a.k.a. Bernardo de Vasconcelos, the owner of the Alvarenga entail, is just such an instance. One fraud is thus explained, or rather, justified, with another fraud. If there is one, then there must be two, or better, if there are two, then necessarily there is also one. A piece of incontrovertible evidence, a historical document, who cares? Serendipity and that, I’m afraid, is that.
Another conclusion which, if not then arrived at, will later be taken to extremes, arises from the linking of hasty conclusions which become premises that lead to new and more awe-inspiring conclusions, in a cycle with no foreseeable end in sight.
Miguel Molyart is John II’s agent – and an agent becomes a secret agent.
Miguel Molyart is someone’s alias; so must Christopher Columbus be.
One is an (secret) agent, therefore the other must necessarily be one as well.
And thus is History written.

3 comentários:

Maurice Charles de la Salle disse...

Je suppose que vous lisez le français.

existe t il une liste de tous les charlatans qui ont écrit sur ce genre de théorie ?

Anónimo disse...

oui. Veuillez consulter les Preuves Documentaires de Mascarenhas Barreto. Dans ces deux volumes vous pourrez lire une liste exaustive sur tous les ces charlatans, allant de Giustiniani à nos jours!!

J. C. S. J. disse...

I would not call such thing to Barreto. However, the books he wrote have a place of honour in those lists.