The story of Crete begins with the Minoans, a Bronze Age civilization that flourished from 2700 - 1600 BCE. The Minoans were a fairly advanced culture for their time, seafarers, explorers, builders, and traders.

In about 1700 BCE, Crete was rocked by mass death and the near-collapse of Minoan civilization. Many causes have been proposed, most prominently either a major earthquake or an invasion from Anatolia (modern-day Turkey).

The Minoans rebuilt rapidly and by 1600 BCE their population was back in full force, only to be dealt another blow by the catastrophic explosion of the Thera volcano, one of the five worst eruptions of the last 10,000 years.

Legends within our community place the origins of modern mind control among the Minoans. Their techniques were ultimately inherited by the Greeks, whose books were preserved by Arab scholars during Europe's Dark Ages, and then translated and read by the alchemists of the Renaissance, from whom modern techniques ultimately descend.

Many believe that, somewhere in the ruins of Crete, lie long-lost secrets of the fathers and mothers of modern mind control. This has fueled many conflicts, both overt and subtle, between rival factions over the centuries. Of course the primitive Minoans had access to neither the scientific method nor the global research community we enjoy today, and thus any lost techniques would almost certainly be inferior in efficacy and reliability to the best modern science has to offer, but this has not stopped peddlers of pseudoscience and mystical claptrap, or their dupes, from creating and perpetuating conflict and waste. Most recently, the Cretan Event brought the community to the brink of war.

These legends received some support from the recent strides in translating the Minoan language. A major dig outside Knossos uncovered tablets describing the Chronicle of Minos, the tale of a man who (c. 1640 BCE, according to most estimates) used "magic" to rise to power, tame an evil priestess, turn enemies into friends, build a harem of noblewomen and priestesses, and thus peacefully unite the nation.

The similarity of the tale to the Biblical legend of King Solomon, who built an empire by marrying the daughters of a thousand kings, has revived interest in the infamous 19th Century hoax, the Ring of Solomon, which was claimed to have been created by the Minoans millennia before it came into the hands of its most famous supposed owner and namesake. Of course there is still no evidence that the Ring of Solomon was anything other than cheap costume jewelry, nor can there be, as (despite the claims of con men) it has to date never been recovered.

The Chronicle ends with an elderly Minos, having grown proud, bringing down the wrath of the gods on his people. This may be nothing more than a description of the Thera volcano by a superstitious people. However, some scholars have suggested that the volcano may have not been a natural occurrence. One theory is that Minos invoked a powerful spirit entity, failed to evoke it, and the angry entity triggered the eruption. Another theory notes that, if Minos was as prolific a controller as the legend suggests, and if some of his subjects were comparably prolific controllers, the resulting strain on the Minoan populace may have triggered a mass breakout. If so, the Thera eruption is not only one of the worst eruptions, but also one of the worst breakouts, in history.

    -Midori Konton

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