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91. Monitor [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... the 500,000 year old tools found recently in Sussex has been discovered. At least, a foot long section of human shin bone has appeared in the same site. Although flights of imagination were used to portray the fellow variously as an upright ape or unshaven modern man, one thing was certain. He was big and strong. Oldest warfare? New Scientist 10.12.94, p. 7 War used to be thought of as a development of advanced urban cultures and no older than 5000 years ago. Now a survey of Australian Aboriginal rock paintings has shown that they were depicting battles with spears at least 10,000 years ago. Why should hunter gatherers have needed to fight? Interestingly, a 'warrior' depicted in an accompanying illustration appears to be wearing a horned helmet. Are these depictions of wars on Earth or in the heavens? DATING Earthquakes affect tree rings New Scientist 3.9.94, p. 7 A study of annual growth rings in pines from the western Himalaya has revealed that a large earthquake in the area showed up as very narrow rings the following ...
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... level in the central Tyrrhenian Sea, as reported by Heezen [5. Fragments of black carbonaceous sandstone were found on the Rocksall Plateau and Orphan Knoll, between Greenland and North America [6. Some legends have been confirmed by geology; many might be confirmed; most are not, because they are vague or misleading. It would be well to examine closely the myths that have proved quite accurate to see in what mythical form they found expression and then to proceed systematically to the translation of similar myths around the world. The aboriginal Australians who live around MacDonnell Bay say that an angry witch once stirred up the waters and flooded the beautiful land to make the Bay. Geologists confirm that the land was high in the ice ages and recently sank to form the Bay. The image of the witch should not be discounted; Velikovsky has described how European and Chinese alike have an image of a witch riding a broomstick, which he traces to cometary images of 3500 years ago. Indians of the area of Crater Lake recalled in their oral history what geologists later ...
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93. Letters [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... about six terraces can be traced, of up to ten metres in width, the vertical faces standing about one metre high, formed from rough, untooled stones of up to 20kg in weight. Europeans first (?) came to the area in 1867, following the discovery of gold nugggets in a dry gully, and the hill has apparently always been referred to as a 'Pyramid'. Various persons and historical society groups have examined and reported on the terracing, producing a variety of theories, as listed below. 1. Aborigines built the terraces. There is no known tradition of Aborigines building structures of this type. 2. White grape growers built the terraces. There is little evidence that grapes were ever grown in the area. From the girth of trees currently growing through the terraces, many must be over 100 years old, so the terraces must be at least that age. This theory, therefore, is unlikely as the earliest Europeans there were much more interested in gold extraction than viniculture. 3. Ancient peoples built the terraces and perhaps ...
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94. On Mars and Pestilence [Aeon Journal $]
... the polar configuration as a whole. Among the most memorable occurrences associated with this event was the release of a vast cloud of meteoritic debris, this debris, in turn, producing a temporary "eclipse" of the ancient sun-god. Thus it is that Mars came to be associated with eclipses throughout the ancient world. (212) Associated as it was with the birth of the ulcer-like Martian hero, the chaotic debris obscuring the ancient sun-god was viewed by some as a great pestilence befouling the celestial kingdom. To this day many aboriginal peoples see a link between eclipses and pestilence. (213) And as Mars was associated with eclipses of the "Sun", so too did it become associated with pestilence, plague, and disease. But if the "birth" and/or youthful indiscretions of the Martian hero resulted in an eclipse-like pestilence overtaking the kingdom of the ancient sun-god, the expulsion of Mars formed a prominent episode in the sequence of events culminating in the restoration of the kingdom of the gods. As Mars moved away from Venus, much ...
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95. On Dragons and Red Dwarves [Aeon Journal $]
... renowned for his brilliant red form-- assumed a miniature form and was reborn from the goblet of Dechtair (a Celtic goddess) as Cuchulainn. (68) That this motive offers a mythic variation upon the motive whereby the red dwarf is swallowed by the dragon is supported by the fact that it is elsewhere reported that Cuchulainn was born bald. (69) Significantly, at least one modern scholar has identified Lug with the planet Mars. (70) And it is well-known, moreover, that more than one of the aboriginal Celtic war-gods subsequently identified with the Latin Mars were explicitly described as being red in color. (71) Summary The myth of the dragon-combat, as we have documented, can be found amongst the sacred traditions of peoples throughout the ancient world. In many cultures these traditions were associated with mimetic rites commemorating the primordial combat. It is well-known, for example, that the myth of the dragon-combat plays a prominent role in countless rites of initiation. A widespread motive in many puberty rites, found among aboriginal peoples of both the ...
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... self from a second self, which includes part of the self and engages in profuse identifications with the outer world. Frequently observed in mind-workers, it evidences heavy pituitary stimulation of the brain as well as insulin and adrenalin 'excesses.' The brain often becomes ungovernable owing to endocrinal disturbances. Notable, too, is the association of fear, aggressiveness, and sexuality in variations of the endocrinal system. It is then reasonable to suppose, for instance, that sexuality is determined more by the stresses of the quantavolutionary period than by the aboriginal oedipal complex or simple sexual drives. Other modes of mutation or transformation also point to the importance of the endocrinal system in developing humanness. Solar radiation stimulates the adrenal system, both directly and indirectly. Hence, abruptly changed levels of solar and other types of extraterrestrial radiation may have prompted humanizing behavior. The types of social imprinting imposed upon the first generations of mankind and all generations since then were, so far as we can tell, the same; delusory, symbolic, obsessional, and aggressive; these are typical products ...
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... . Dr. Fell: Well here's a good one for you. In the middle of Australia there is a group of three or four meteorite craters called the Henley craters. They're like the Arizona meteorite crater,- not so big, but there are several of them- and, like in Arizona, the land was scattered with pieces of iron meteorite. I think the (inaud.) -dating very slow growing desert plants. They believe that the date is about 5000 years ago- the formation of the craters. The Aboriginal name for this area is the "Place Where the Sun Walked on the Earth"- they must have seen it! Editor: Yes. It seems much more reasonable to believe that peoples experienced these things. What we're lacking is general acceptance of the mechanism. But what the actual occurrence of globally effective catastrophes would have done to the mind, to mythology, and all the rest of it has such tremendous explanatory power that it's wrong in doctrinal, Lyellian, uniformitarian way to say that "well, no such thing ...
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... did not Newton read in Plutarch of the Moon removed from the Earth by fifty-six terrestrial radii and impelled by gravitation to circle around the Earth, the basic postulate of Newton's Principia; and did not Halley read in Pliny about comets returning on their orbits? Then why does modern science disregard the persistent reports of events witnessed and recorded in many languages in the writings of the ancients and also transmitted from generation to generation by communities unable to write, by American Indians, by the people of Lapland, the Voguls of Siberia, the aborigines of tropical Africa, the Tahitians in the South Pacific? Why is theomachy the central theme of all cosmogonical myths? Should not a thinking man pause and wonder why the ancients in both hemispheres worshipped planetary gods; why temples were erected to them, and some are still standing; why sacrifices, even human sacrifices, were brought to them? Why was Saturn or Cronos or Brahma the supreme deity to be replaced by Jupiter of the Romans, Zeus of the Greeks, Ormuzd of the Iranians, Marduk of the Babylonians, ...
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... Lunar Observatories: A Critique," in KRONOS, Vol. V,. No. 2, pp. 15-18. Thomas McCreery Responds: May I take up a few of the points offered by Dr. MacKie in his reply to Dwardu Cardona's articles on Ballochroy and Kintraw? I wish to preface my thoughts on these particular sites by making the general and obvious comment that in any discussion of the significance of prehistoric structures, it is axiomatic that we must be suspicious of imposing our twentieth century outlook onto the creations of an aboriginal mind. We should not interpret these monuments exclusively in scientific or practical terms and ignore the probability that they served a number of diverse purposes simultaneously. As Atkinson noted elsewhere: "The distinctions which we make between the rational and the irrational, the practical and the useless, or between religion and science are all part of a universe of discourse which is quite inapplicable in a prehistoric context. To impose that universe of discourse on our remote ancestors is to abolish history, and to people the prehistoric past with ourselves in fancy ...
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... necessary to emphasise the primitive and ritualistic dimensions of the play. If we look at man's art globally, as Jung looked at man's dreams, we discover certain archetypes of action and situation produced virtually everywhere in human history.(l) We may conclude, as Jung did with dreams, that man as a species shows a tendency to produce such narrative archetypes. One of these archetypal patterns is the fertility play, a genre whose roots go very far back into our past and which is accessible to any understanding from the most aboriginal to the most sophisticated because it embodies certain action sequences and characterial relationships which are universally understood and responded to. In the typical fertility play, we are presented with an opening situation which appears to be stable, but contains within itself the seeds of dangerous disruption. There is usually a conflict which has reached an impasse and threatens to cause upheaval. Then, typically in Shakespeare's fertility plays, a certain person who functions as a catalyst is dropped into the impasse, and his or her acts set a sort of chemical reaction ...
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