13 March 2016
Short bio and blog intro
Aged 14, I started to study my family history and collect old photos, resulting in a strong connection with my ancestral heritage.
After studying in Amsterdam, I worked for the Dutch union of cinemas and film companies, making statistics and supervising market research.
Disillusioned with the dominating fields of media, politics and science, I rejected the current established order. Since 2004, I travelled and worked on farms, until I met my wife, became father and settled in Germany.
Since 2009, I study the Oera Linda Book (OLB), a controversial manuscript that became well known in the 1870s and had a revival in the 1930s, but is now mostly ignored and forgotten. It is believed by some to be a 13th century copy of pre-Christian texts, while others claim it must be a 19th century forgery.
Fascinated by its language and content, and not convinced by the arguments against its authenticity, I work on a new English translation, which will be published together with a new transliteration and scans of all 190 pages.
Since 2011, I write on the web about the OLB and made a one hour video in English, German, Dutch, Norse and Frisian, refuting the main claims of the hoax-theory.
The web-name Othar Winis that I have used, is based on my family name (Ott) and the name of the village where I was born (Wijdenes).