February 8, 2017

Ancient Handbags in Stone and Art – True Origin and Meaning Revealed

Coso rock art district, USA, engravings of multiple bags. (Image credit: Stephen Bodio)
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Representation of fish-man Oannes, Olmec anthropomorphic figure accompanied by an eagle-headed serpent, and the eagle-man Dagon. Each anthropomorphic figure clutches his bag. Note that the Olmec serpents head is a replication of the eagle head from Mesopotamia.

Sumerian handbags, Olmec handbags, Maori handbags, Egyptian handbags, Indian handbags and handbags at Gobekli Tepe, in rock art from the Americas and Australia. Members of the archaeological research community have been left scratching their heads.

Ask a dozen researchers their thoughts on these mysterious ancient handbags, and you may very well receive twelve different theories. Perhaps the most widespread claim reported by independent news websites and ancient mysteries blogs is the suggestion that these bags are connected with alien visitors in some way. It is especially common to see these objects linked to the work of Zecharia Sitchin and his ancient alien Anunnaki visitors theory. Could these bags be some alien technology? Breathing equipment even? Advanced medicine perhaps?

As far out as some of these claims may sound, it might be they hold a seed of truth. To really understand these bags requires a journey to the remote past and consideration of the very oldest representations, these being at the 12,000-year-old site of Gobekli Tepe as well as in stone-age rock at sites including Coso rock art district (China Lake, USA), where some images are over 10,000 years old, and across Arnhem Land (Northern Territory, Australia) with images from over 15,000 years into the past. We will come back to this most ancient set of sources in a few moments.

Coso rock art district, USA, engravings of multiple bags. (Image credit: Stephen Bodio)

Coso rock art district, USA, engravings of multiple bags.
(Image credit: Stephen Bodio)


Pillar 43 at Gobekli Tepe prominently depicts birds, scorpion, serpents and bags among other symbols. (Image source: Vincent J. Musi)

Pillar 43 at Gobekli Tepe prominently depicts birds, scorpion, serpents and bags among other symbols.
(Image source: Vincent J. Musi)

In Mesopotamia, the region where most of the relevant images are known, there are recorded legends of a heroic bringer of civilisation to humanity, a being known as Adapa, Dagon or Oannes. This mythical figure is portrayed in several forms, a fish-tailed man, an eagle-headed man or a winged man, always carrying a bag in one hand.  The strange deity was considered the founder of civilisation, emerging from the waters of the Persian Gulf and bringing with him the knowledge of writing, art and sciences. This strange figure was not alone, rather he was said to be the leader of the seven sages known as the apkallu/abgal, all of whom were fish-men tasked with bringing civilisation to the Earth by the god Ea/Enki. This legend is at least 4500 years old at least, but the root is of an unknown age consider that geographically speaking the ancient site of Gobekli Tepe also lays in the region of Mesopotamia.


Mother goddess squatting to give birth, engraved at Gobekli Tepe.

Mother goddess squatting to give birth, engraved at Gobekli Tepe.
(Image credit: Santha Faiia)

Gobekli Tepe is an astonishing megalithic construction project, the site is truly enormous, covering at least 22 acres and incorporating several dozens of, very large, rings of T-shaped megalithic constructions. One of the most well-publicised images from this site is a certain pillar decorated by spectacular engravings, mostly of animal forms. It is on this pillar that we find a row of three handbags, amongst the animals, largely birds, we also find three that should be noted here, two are serpents and the other a scorpion. In a different area of the site is another important engraving of a female figure in a squatting position (likely giving birth) but with a most peculiar mushroom-ic head. This is interpreted as a representation of the creative Earth goddess.


Yinganna the creation mother, female aspect of the Rainbow Serpent represented in Injalak rock art. (Image credit: Moyra Le Blanc Smith)

Yinganna the creation mother, a female, humanoid, aspect of the Rainbow Serpent as represented in Injalak rock art. She carries with her many sacred bags.
(Image credit: Moyra Le Blanc Smith)

Now meet Creation Mother, or Yinganna, considered by the Aboriginal people of Arnhem Land to be an incarnation of the earth mother energy and an aspect, or immediate relative of, the Rainbow Serpent. In the story of Yinganna we find many overlaps with the more recent Mesopotamian story, she came from the East after emerging from the sea. With her, she carried many bags, each one carried the seeds of creation for a specific people, also their language and cultural identity. As Yinganna roamed she created the first people and gave to them language, agriculture (farming of yams is often singled out) and other key knowledge. Each people, or cultural group, had their own bag. Yinganna is represented as neither human or animal (anthropomorphic), and sometimes even incorporates lotus flowers and yams into her form, whether she be primarily in her snake form or human shape.

Across the many nations of ancient Australia, there was always a local version of the Rainbow Serpent and Earth mother tradition, although it varies the core almost always overlaps, as does the symbolism. Bags are a feature of the rock art across the continent. There is little doubt that this legend is one of the most ancient amongst a cultural background that goes back many tens of thousands of years (at the very least). In this matriarchal landscape rather than being associated with 7 male sages, the association is with 7 females, a group of sisters that came to Earth from the Pleiades to help in the creation process of human beings – the legendary Pleiadian sky heroes of the Dreaming.

If anybody is still in any doubt of the stark connections between the imagery in ancient Australia and in Mesopotamia, whether that of Sumer or of Gobekli Tepe, I will share some final proofs.

Earth mother images from Gobekli Tepe and from Arnhem Land, without profound similarity. Beneath is a more recent depiction of the creator spirit in serpent form. (Rainbow serpent Image credit: Bardayal 'Lofty' Nadjamerrek)

Earth mother images from Gobekli Tepe and from Arnhem Land, without profound similarity. Beneath is a more recent depiction of the creator spirit in serpent form.
(Rainbow serpent Image credit: Bardayal ‘Lofty’ Nadjamerrek)

Note in the above images the incredible similarity of the representation of the Earth mother, right down to exact posture, breast positioning and exaggerated vaginal region. Consider also the strange head of the Earth mother as she is depicted at Gobekli Tepe, now examine closely the mysterious appendages of the Rainbow Serpent, as it is often depicted in the Aboriginal artwork of Arnhem Land, and observe the exact same shape. If you look closely at the image of Yinganna with her many bags, provided earlier above,  you will also recognise that she has the same ‘mushroom-shape’ for her head. These are described elsewhere as being representations of water lilies, a flower held most sacred in ancient Egypt which is yet another land with strong connections to this investigation. Speaking of Egypt, I would recommend viewing the imagery of the Rainbow Serpent arched across the sky and comparing her with the images of serpentine-bodied goddess Nut holding exactly the same position.

If you are wondering what is in those bags it is always one of two things, the seeds of life or esoteric higher knowledge

This is by no means the end of the story, there is far more to this symbolism than I have discussed, and this subject ranges far broader than I can reveal in a single article. rest assured I intend to share everything that I have learned from my deep investigations over the last many years. There are deep cosmological connections hidden in the ancient images and a forgotten re-creation of our Earth after a terrible cataclysm is also encoded. Some of you may be interested to know that there are a great deal more symbols at Gobekli Tepe which absolutely confirm an Aboriginal Australian root to the knowledge encoded there, and this should be no surprise, there was no other culture existing on our Earth when it was constructed…who else did you think built it?

Before leaving this subject area, let me share some profound words of wisdom. The following lines were deciphered from ancient glyphs on a huge megalithic construction at the Mullumbimby sacred mound site.

Mullumbimby stone circles as they once stood. (Image credit: Richard Patterson)

Mullumbimby stone circles as they once stood.
(Image credit: Richard Patterson)

Life was brought in a bag. God came in with Light from Darkness and gave man a soul and the sons of man brought in with Light became the Pillars of Heaven. He who came from on high brought life into the world.

There is currently ongoing investigations into this site based on the notes of the original investigating archaeologist, Frederic Slater, follow the story as it unfolds with the help of Steven & Evan Strong as well as Richard Patterson.

If you enjoyed this revelation and you would like to follow the rest of this journey with me, please consider subscribing and following my updates. Be prepared for the greatest series of revelations since we began to explore the history of our species. As the saying goes, “you ain’t seen nothing yet!”


Apkallu (Seven Sages) –

Introduction to Coso Rock Art –

Quetzalcóatl – The Feathered Serpent –

Gobeklitepe | The Oldest Temple of the World –

Rock Art of the Rainbow Serpent –

Yingarna Dreamtime Story –

WARRAMURRUNGUNDJI – The Fertility Mother –

Rainbow Serpent – Wikipedia

Australia’s Stonehenge: the History of an Ancient Stone Arrangement (40 Kilometres from Mullumbimby NSW) –


Bruce FentonBruce Fenton is an ancient mysteries and human origins researcher currently based in Australia. He is the author of the book The Forgotten Exodus – The Into Africa Theory of Human Evolution.

18 Comments on “Ancient Handbags in Stone and Art – True Origin and Meaning Revealed

Wanda L. Stafford
February 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm

Fascinating, love how you have tied all of it together! Wonderful piece here, looking forward to the rest of the story!

February 8, 2017 at 7:53 pm

I recently visited the Coso Rock art district. We had a tour with archaeologists. The bags are thought to be medicine bags carrying healing herbs etc – couldn’t that be the case at other sites ?

February 9, 2017 at 7:21 am

I would say that they do indeed represent medicine bags, that the oldest part of this story is itself part of the tradition of bags filled with wisdom and magic, the bags of the spiritual healers.

Sudeek Coleman
April 9, 2019 at 9:18 pm

Mr. BruceF i came across this video ancients hand bag i love to explore and understand what they behind. For us all to know, well what ive come to understand the handbag i believe where machine the amdited a audio sound waves that they used in order to cut through Stone and make their temples using frequencies from it made sense to me watching another documentary video that someone put on YouTube how he use sound to cut a hole in a stone and to levitate objects

Alan Abramowitz
February 13, 2017 at 7:28 am

Banduddu have been found in Ireland too

August 27, 2017 at 7:48 pm

anymore info on the maori connection
we have taniwha a shape shifting mythical serpant dragon we have the bags or we call them kite also ive been looking at atlantis in the polynesian or the kingdom of mu ehere they had 7 sages the magic number by the way

August 10, 2019 at 5:56 pm



[…] that survived the catastrophe at the end of the last glacial maximum, they were the children of the builders of Gobekli Tepe, a line of Australian Aboriginals that had once founded a global civilisation. The children of the […]

joe s
October 10, 2017 at 8:28 pm

The mullembimby circles seems to represent the path of the wheel in the sky, it keeps on turning and the ancient sang ‘we dont know where we’ll be tomorrow’ and its funny that, Journey redid their original song.

Susie Holladay
December 10, 2017 at 5:11 pm

Very interesting! I am looking forward to more updates.

January 8, 2018 at 9:04 am

For Bruce:

Stones of the Seven Rays: The Science of the Seven Facets of the Soul
By Michel Coquet

January 8, 2018 at 9:17 am

Those Stone things that look like “Bags” are Teraphim and Ephods

Stewart Ogilby
June 17, 2018 at 4:22 am

Obviously, human history involves both the introduction or creation of civilization and culture on earth as well as its reintroduction following the Younger Dryas extinction catastrophe. We all seem to share a common ancient root which necessarily postulates global navigation. The other logical necessity desired by a worldwide advanced civilization is that of communication. We know of Christopher Dunn’s assessment of Egyptian pyramidal power plants. It is tempting to speculate on the little bags as being communication receptors of some sort with its ancient technology having been transferred following the pre-Gobeckli Tepi catastrophe.

Stewart Ogilby
June 17, 2018 at 4:51 am

Here is what may be a hair-brained related idea. The Tower of Babel narrative just might be communications related. Its builders clearly spoke a single language. After being turned on following its erection myriad languages from around the planet came through from native hunter-gatherer populations around the planet coached by surviving sages. Of course, this myth would be of local origin. Wonder about this next time you see a modern cellphone tower. They obviously had high-tech machine tools indicating use of metals although they opted to build in stone, huge ones for some reason.

June 18, 2018 at 12:37 am

It is 2018, mankind is destroying planet Earth. He is at the moment searching for new planets in the universe to migrate to. What will he carry along in the bag? The human DNA perhaps.

August 10, 2018 at 5:57 pm

Today the world has a storage facility containing seeds from almost every plant on earth in case of a cataclysmic event. Is it possible that humans have done this before the ice age and distributed the seeds around the world to start civilization again? History does repeat itself. Jonny Appleseed carried his seeds in a bag. Seems like Occam’ s razor to me.

James A. Pate
December 10, 2018 at 8:20 am

The “handbag” motif is also found in the SW U.S. “Chacoan” culture. One such handbag has been recovered and it contains a very highly decorated human skull. It resides in the Smithsonian now.

June 10, 2019 at 1:53 pm

The bag is a strong indicator that these were not GODs at all. An all powerful being doesn’t pack a bag. The bag signifies that there is a need for it to accommodate-and be accessorized by the beholder. Therefore, when an accommodation is required, the being can not be omnipotent but dependent.

Shawn Conley Fukuda
June 15, 2019 at 4:04 am

Don’t you hate it when you forget to put your שקל in your satchel?


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