“The work you are holding in your hands is a unique treasure.” ~ Asha Logos, foreword to Codex Oera Linda
By Catherine Austin Fitts
If you live in Friesland, you fall in love with the land—with the dairy cows that give the sweetest milk, with the black Frisian horses that dazzle dressage rings with their dancing, with the endless hawks, cranes, and seagulls that inhabit the shorelines, lakes, and canals. And with the sheep that fill up the emerald green fields by the dykes and give birth each Easter time to babies that leap and play in the first few weeks, giving new meaning to the chant, “O lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world.”
As much as 50% of the land in the Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea, and it teems with life, not to mention the bounty harvested from the lakes and the ocean—prawns, eels, cod, and more.
Many people still speak Frisian—a softer, more melodic language than Dutch— and you occasionally hear references to an ancient history. Michael Pye’s book The Edge of the World describes a people whose success at surviving brutal Viking raids while sailing the North Sea, traveling and trading long distances—into the Roman Empire and across the Silk Road all the way to Asia—was notable.
One local history buff says the founder of Stavoren, the sailing community where I live in the Netherlands, was a Frisian king who returned to Friesland from Persia during the time of Alexander. Also notable, according to Pye, was the Frisians’ ability at money and currency.
In 2019, when a group of subscribers came to Stavoren for five days, Jan Ott joined us for a long dinner by candlelight. He described the history of Friesland and the Oera Linda book—an ancient manuscript written in Old Frisian and discovered in the 1860s that has inspired great debate about its authenticity. At the time, Jan was working on a new translation.
When I returned to the Netherlands in 2020, Jan was still plugging away on his translation into English. And he had set up a foundation to publish it. During this period, Jan introduced me to the work of Asha Logos, who has published three highly recommended videos that include introductions to and commentary on the Oera Linda book and why it is of such interest.
This year, Jan published his new English translation in a beautiful hardbound book with a foreword by Asha Logos. It quickly sold out. He has now published this translation in paperback, which is available at the Oera Linda Foundation website below.
Who shall govern? How shall we govern ourselves? Why must we be honest and keep our word? How shall we raise our children, and what values are most important to teach them? These are some of the most basic and essential questions that the Oera Linda book explores. Our failure to address and answer these questions, let alone live the answers, is demonstrated in the social and financial failure that marks our current days.
Whatever its history and age, there is a great deal of truth to be found in the pages of the Oera Linda book about what it takes to create a powerful human culture—one that can endure through the centuries. If you are as interested as I am in the legal and cultural law that makes sovereign individuals and successful currencies possible, the Oera Linda book may be of interest to you.
Oera Linda Book (Wikipedia)