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1. On Mars and Pestilence [Aeon Journal $]
... apparently, represents a vestige of archaeoastronomical tradition and raises a host of intriguing questions, not the least of which is what other motives associated with the great Venusian goddesses have reference to the appearance and/or behavior of the Cytherean planet? A third strategy, hitherto overlooked, would be to compare ancient reports surrounding the various planets with traditions involving heroes or heroines identified with the respective planets. Ancient beliefs surrounding the planet Mars, for example, might be compared with traditions surrounding Heracles, the identification of the Greek strongman with the red planet being widespread in Hellenistic times. (65) Here, too, it would appear students of archaeoastronomy have overlooked a valuable source of information. Indeed, it was the vast nexus of characteristics shared in common between the planet Mars and Heracles which led me to postulate that the ultimate key to the myriad of mythological traditions surrounding the Greek strongman was the primeval appearance and unusual behavior of the red planet. (66) In this article we propose to expand the horizons of archaeoastronomy by exploring ancient beliefs associated with planets, ...
2. Morning Star* [Aeon Journal $]
... to render a section, honoring Osiris, from the text of Teta as: "They adore thee; do not depart from them in thy name of Tua-neter (i.e., 'Morning Star')." (354) And, as noted, in time this led to an identification of Osiris as the god of the planet Venus. (355) Having now learned that the Egyptian Morning Star is to be identified as Mars, rather than Venus, would it be correct to say that Osiris is also identifiable as the red planet? In view of what we have ascertained above, it actually becomes quite evident that the identification of Osiris as the Morning Star, whether as Venus or Mars, is really due to confusion. True, Osiris was referred to inter alia as Tua-neter but, as we have seen, this term is translatable as "god (or star) of the Dua (or Duat)" and "god (or star) of the Underworld" besides "god (or star) of the Dawn." And, ...
... Immanuel Velikovsky. Have we here, indeed, merely a mythological account of "the miraculous birth of the one universal fire stolen from the sun" as Ananikian suggests, or is it in reality, a description of two great catastrophes blended into one and rendered in the only terminology which the survivors were able to use? A thorough examination of the mythologies of all nations for similar accounts in reference to the various local gods of war may well provide fruitful supports for Velikovsky's hypotheses in regard to the activities of both Venus and the red planet.(18) REFERENCES AND NOTES 1. M.H. Ananikian, Armenian Mythology in the series Mythology of All Nations (New York, 1925; reprint, 1964). 2. Moses of Khoren (Movses Khorenatsi fl. Seventh-eighth century?), History of Armenia (Patmutyun Hayots) (Tiflis, 1913), 1. 3 1. 3. C. Toumanoff, Studies in Christian Caucasian History (Washington, 1963) 109 n. 168. 4. Aram Raffl, Armenia: Its Epics, Folk-songs ...
4. Mars Gods of the New World [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon IV:1 (Apr 1995) Home¦ Issue Contents Mars Gods of the New World Ev Cochrane In previous articles in this series, we have investigated various gods of the Old World, including Heracles, Gilgamesh, Indra, Horus, Cuchulainn, Apollo and others, discovering compelling evidence that each of these figures originally personified the planet Mars, their cults reflecting ancient conceptions associated with the red planet. Throughout each step of the investigation, the cult of Nergal has loomed large, not only because of its antiquity but because it offers a solid link with the earliest astronomical traditions of Babylon. Nergal's well-attested identification with the planet Mars thus serves as a common denominator behind our various researches in comparative religion and archaeoastronomy. As we have sought to document in this series of essays, the distinctive characteristics in the cult of Nergal have their origin in the ancient behavior and appearance of the planet Mars. This opinion, it should be noted, stands in sharp contrast to that of most leading scholars in ancient Near Eastern religions. The prevailing view ...
5. Martian Metamorphosis (Book) [Maverick Science Website]
... PDF) The Stairway to Heaven Samson (PDF) The Dragon-Slayer (PDF) Simply send a check for $20, plus $2 postage, $8 for overseas delivery ($ 1 for each additional item, $5 overseas). Send to: to Aeon, PO Box 1092, Ames Iowa 50014. USA. Pay online with Paypal: Earthlings have long been fascinated by the planet Mars. Well before modern science fiction speculated about advanced civilizations on Mars and the dire threat of invasion by little green men, the red planet was regarded as a malevolent agent of war, pestilence, and apocalyptic disaster. In an attempt to appease the capricious warrior-planet, various ancient cultures offered it human sacrifices. What is there about this distant speck of light that could inspire such bizarre conceptions culminating in ritual murder? And how do we account for the fact that virtually identical beliefs are to be found around the globe, in the New World as well as the Old? The present book will seek to address such questions. For untold millennia prior to the ...
6. The Mars Mystery: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet by Graham Hancock [Aeon Journal $]
... From: Aeon V:3 (Dec 1998) Home¦ Issue Contents The Mars Mystery: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet by Graham Hancock (Crown, New York, 1998) Reviewed by Frederic Jueneman Mars has become as prominent a body in our contemporary book and tabloid literature as it has been a celebrated celestial object in our night skies. The red planet has been recently visited by two space probes: Pathfinder, the lander that bounced its way onto the surface and opened its lotus-like petals for the short-lived wheeled rover to explore the immediate environment, and the orbiting Surveyor that is currently analyzing and mapping the surface to satisfy our insatiable curiosity in a more global frame of reference. The author Graham Hancock should be familiar to the readership as a peripatetic investigator of arcane subjects among his several books, [1 in recent years digging into the peculiar mysteries surrounding ancient civilizations and, specifically, their seemingly intellectually advanced predecessors who vanished under cataclysmic circumstances while leaving a legacy in code for us to decipher. Hancock's latest, half written by ...
7. Indra's Theft of the Sun-God's Wheel [Aeon Journal $]
... the planet Mars? (86) The fact of the matter is, as we have documented elsewhere, that the planet Mars was associated with eclipse-like phenomena by other ancient peoples as well. (87) Ancient texts from Ugarit, for example, associate the god Reseph with a disturbance of the Sun. (88) That Reseph is to be identified with the planet Mars makes this tradition of direct relevance to the present study. Thus Ugaritic scribes identified Reseph with the Akkadian Nergal, the latter god being commonly identified with the red planet in ancient times. (89) Modern scholars have likewise identified Reseph with Mars, although they have yet to appreciate the incongruity of Reseph/Mars' involvement in an "eclipse" of the Sun. (90) In conformance with this report from Ugarit, the planet Mars was also associated with disturbances of the Sun in some of the earliest astronomical texts. Astrological omens from ancient Babylon, for example, specifically mention Mars in association with "eclipses" of the Sun. (91) Consider the following passage ...
8. Indra: A Case Study in Comparative Mythology [Aeon Journal $]
... and Gilgamesh, the latter being the most conspicuous hero in Near Eastern literature. In itself this was nothing new; the same point had been made by numerous scholars before. (3) It was the attempt to trace the traditions of Heracles and Gilgamesh to ancient conceptions associated with the planet Mars that represented a radical departure from the norm in mythological analysis. In short, the thesis was put forward that the mythology of the world's great heroes commemorated-- at least in part-- the ancient appearance and activities of the red planet in relation to its celestial neighbors. If the ancients' identification of Heracles with the planet Mars has a rational basis it will provide us with an invaluable foundation upon which to launch a new analysis of ancient mythology. A case in point is the cult of the war-god. Nearly every ancient culture of which we have sufficient record has preserved traditions of a great war-god whose functions included-- among other things-- leading the battle-charge and defending the kingdom against invasion. The names of several of these gods, such ...
9. The Spring Of Ares [Kronos $]
... par excellence. While, from an astronomical viewpoint, this celestial scenario must appear wildly improbable, it is strongly supported by the world's mythological traditions- so much so that de Santillana and von Dechend, finding a consistent, if inexplicable, relationship between Saturn and the north celestial center, stated their puzzlement by posing the question: "What has Saturn, the far-out planet, to do with the Pole?"(23) It appears that Mars also played a role in this configuration. In fact, research indicates that the red planet was positioned between the Earth and Saturn while sharing their common rotational axis. Because of the fiery debris which flowed between the planets, the Earthly observer was presented with the picture of a towering pillar spanning the heavens between Earth's northern horizon and Mars. It was this visible pillar which led to the symbol of a celestial tree or mountain extending downward from Mars. As unbelievable as this hypothesis might at first appear, it is truly amazing how quickly ancient symbology falls into place once it is accepted. Consider, for instance ...
10. Book Shelf [Aeon Journal $]
... with better photographing techniques, Mars appeared to be an uninhabited and almost lifeless planet, with perhaps a hint of survival in the form of primitive algae which seemed to "bloom" and then fade with the passage of the Martian seasons. The thin atmosphere, as far as was known, couldn't support terrestrial life, even though it possibly contained some water and carbon dioxide as visualized with our telescopes in the frozen whitish polar caps. When Mariner 4 made its fly-by in July of 1965 for a tantalizing first close-up look at the red planet, its photographic results were awaited with anticipation and considerable excitement. Due to dust loading of the Martian atmosphere, however, the returned pictures turned out to be rather fuzzy, leaving far too many lingering questions unanswered. Later in 1971, Mariner 9 made its orbital surveys, sending back curious photos of pyramid-like formations in the Martian Elysium region, thus sparking media conjectures of an ancient Egyptian-like civilization on Mars. Finally, in July and August of 1976, Viking I and 2 went into orbit around Mars and sent their ...
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