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171. Venus in Ancient Myth and Language: Part Two [Aeon Journal $]
... Issue Contents Venus in Ancient Myth and Language: Part Two Ev Cochrane In "Venus in Ancient Myth and Language," Part I, we presented a survey of the ancient mythology of the planet Venus. The central hypothesis was that this planet's myths and symbols might serve to illuminate the original significance of the vocabulary surrounding the Latin goddess Venus. Of particular ... form? Moreover, if the goddess evolved in the manner proposed by Schilling-- one unique to the Latin culture-- how are we to account for the plethora of mythological motives which came to be associated with the name of Venus, many of which are shared by other goddesses around the world? Were all these motives simply later accretions added about ... In "Venus in Ancient Myth and Language," Part I, we presented a survey of the ancient mythology of the planet Venus. The central hypothesis was that this planet's myths and symbols might serve to illuminate the original significance of the vocabulary surrounding the Latin goddess Venus. Of particular interest was a hypothetical relationship between Venus and words signifying a "band ...
172. Answers To Critics [Kronos $]
... be concerned. There is no reason to expect the myths or other ancient sources to be complete on any given subject. There may be many things that are simply lacking. Mythic and other ancient materials are highly vulnerable to what John V. Myers has called "the transmogrifications of time" (KRONOS II:2, page 77): we cannot ... not contained in myth. Thus, even if I lacked any evidence at all about the phases, I would still not be concerned. There is no reason to expect the myths or other ancient sources to be complete on any given subject. There may be many things that are simply lacking. Mythic and other ancient materials are highly vulnerable to what John ... enthusiastic. The result was a series of Jueneman 'models for physicists', all of them interesting, some perhaps promising, though more than one seemed to rest uneasily upon the mythical base. Also, in 1974,1 sent to Lynn Rose a paper identifying Saturn as a polar 'sun'. He said it got him thinking about the Central Fire of ...
173. Guidelines To The Saturn Myth [Kronos $]
... all of this is headed. I will address several aspects of the current versions in a subsequent paper in this series. SATURN AND BEGINNINGS In their broadest sense the global Saturn myths suggest a unified origin of civilization and of self-conscious man. The remarkable advances of the first civilizations arose from certain ritual practices, and these drew their formal content from a Saturnian ... . The result was a series of Jueneman "models for physicists", all of them interesting, some perhaps promising, though more than one seemed to rest uneasily upon the mythical base. Also, in 1974, I sent to Lynn Rose a paper identifying Saturn as a polar "sun". He said it got him thinking about the Central Fire ... . 24-44.- LMG The noted Assyriologist Morris Jastrow found that the Babylonians identified their "sun-god" as Saturn. But "solving" the mystery was not difficult: the mythmakers must have needed an imagined sun of night to complement the sun of day, so they gave Saturn the name of the Sun.(1) Finding the same connection of ...
174. Janus: Corrigenda et Addenda [Aeon Journal $]
... idea that the gods are really stars, and that there are no others. The forces reside in the starry heavens, and all the stories, characters and adventures narrated by mythology concentrate on the active powers among the stars, who are the planets. A prodigious assignment it may seem for those few planets to account for all those stories... ... Janus from the Greeks, any more than the Greeks can be said to have derived their Ouranos from the Vedic Varuna who, also, among other things, stood for the mythological sky. I use the term "mythological sky" because, as David Talbott has indicated, what the ancients understood by "sky" and/or "heaven" was ... the gods" and "the first of the ancient gods," while Herodian called him the "most ancient indigenous god of Italy." (10) This has led mythologists to label Janus as "a uniquely Roman god." (11) Guirand and Pierre tell us that Janus "appears in no other mythology." (12) But ...
175. A Word about the Planetary Debate [The Velikovskian $]
... constructor. This is his preference and his grouping, and everyone's grouping can differ. The "record," as it is self-servingly called, is usually drawn from religion, mythology, ancient history, fairy tales, legends, anecdotes and folklore. The process, however, is not at all straightforward, but quirky, irregular and inconsistent. Anthropologist Roger ... a different fourth-stage question and that each one is mutually irreconcilable. Point Three is the data. We agree that there are essentially two major kinds in this debate, cosmological and mythological. Turning first to the cosmological, I believe that there is almost certain cosmological proof for recent solar system catastrophism but that there is almost certainly no cosmological proof for any individual ... more. The theorist simplistically calls what is on his hook the data, which means given, but Wescott urges that nothing in mythology is given. It is taken by the mythologist, so Wescott prefers to call each separate body of evidence capta, in that it is picked and so formed by the theorist. It is his private creation out of the ...
176. Compelling Insights: Concluded in Sorrow [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... nothing. As I demonstrated at the 1991 Haliburton Seminar sponsored by the CSIS, the confusion between the celestial north and the zenith can be traced to mythologists, rather than to mythology; mythology concerns itself with the north celestial, and not the zenithal, placement of the primeval sun god. [9 Zysman's explanation of the South Star not only ignores the ... , let me point out the following: 1. Heinsohn, like Velikovsky before him, believes that planetary catastrophism continued into the historic period, with the greater portion of the mytho-historical record being attributable to that period. Contrary to this view, Cardona holds that planetary catastrophism came to an end before the mytho-historical period and that the greater portion of the mytho-historical ... at the Sea of Passage but the event is nowhere recorded in the historical annals of the nations- not even in the Book of Exodus where it would rightly belong. The mythological dragon-fight on which he relied for his telling of the event is nowhere dated to the time he had in mind. The same is also true of the purported Martian fly-bys which ...
177. Homeric Troy and the Greek Dark Age [SIS C&C Review $]
... was already mature at the time. By then, whatever history it concealed had already been burdened by a hardened crust of mythological motifs borrowed from a much earlier age. This mythology, moreover, did not merely serve to colour the details of secondary occurrences. It was also used as a basis for some of the most important events associated with Troy: ... within this mythological material, one cannot accept as veracity each and every detail supplied by Homer and other writers, even in those instances where the excision, or lack, of mythic material tends to render the narration as bordering on the probable. Even as early as the 5th century B.C., Herodotus had already noted the historical discrepancies between Homer's Iliad and ... leave no room to doubt that the legend of Troy was already mature at the time. By then, whatever history it concealed had already been burdened by a hardened crust of mythological motifs borrowed from a much earlier age. This mythology, moreover, did not merely serve to colour the details of secondary occurrences. It was also used as a basis for ...
178. The Rise of Blood Sacrifice [Aeon Journal $]
... to know more about such circumstances. In Assyriology, the cause of the ritual is vaguely perceived as a "power not of this world." (11) Students of mythology even concede "supernatural objects" (12) or threat of chaos. (13) Are these supernatural causes of fear then supposed to be more powerful than ordinary earthquakes, ... point to catastrophic preconditions for the emergence of a sacrificial elite, are only rarely taken into consideration by students of religion. This paper tries to show the essential correctness of Mesopotamian myths, which claim the first "cult places" and their priestly personnel to have emerged as institutions for "beclouded" people in need of "counseling" after natural disasters had ... be drawn. This is admitted by an eminent student of sacrifice: "We still hate our victims, if you will, but we no longer worship them. This diminished mythical transfiguration certainly accounts for the readability of persecution in our world and the unreadability of myth stricto sensu. We can read persecution because it is objectively easier and we still cannot read ...
179. The Center Holds [Pensee]
... is unique because no other discipline has any access at all to these earlier catastrophes. Celestial mechanics can only go a very little ways back through approximate retrograde calculations, while human mythology and history obviously cannot be expected to contain accounts of events in pre-human times. The geologist, left with a framework of epochs (Cretaceous, Jurassic, Triassic, etc. ... accorded nowadays to primitive thinking. Followers of Velikovsky need have no quarrel with the structuralists. Their approaches are complimentary and await synthesis. Levi-Strauss has shown that the logic of many myths is as rigorous as that of science, Velikovsky that the subjects of many myths are as real as those of science. Their subjects are events, and "the event is ... is not concerned to analyze the mechanisms of myth-making or systematically describe any particular body of myths. These enterprises remain. Anyone who has ever entered the labyrinth of an archaic culture's mythical compendia (the Pyramid Texts, the Vedas, the Theogony) can testify to a desperate suspicion that there is no thread of objective reality. Velikovsky has provided the common thread ...
180. Bel and Dragons [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... Ev Cochrane analyses the nature of various meteorites, believed to have originated from Mars, and undertakes to shed some light concerning their transport to Earth. A General Introduction to Amazon Mythology in the Greco-Roman World In this introductory essay by Tammy Jo Eckhart, we catch a tantalising glimpse of the fabled Amazon nation, a subject concerning which a lot more needs to ... , is interesting. The pool, or world lake, the celestial sea over which God warred with the Devil or St. George grappled with the Dragon, seems pertinent. Mythological parallels are legion- a goddess on a white mare and a goddess on a red mare are a common theme- and we may note that a Red Horse figure cut into ... [3. Irish folklore it seems blames the eye of Balor for the occurrence of black stumps of trees that can be found in bogland. References 1. M Senior, Myths of Britain, BCA, 1979, p. 69 2. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Arthur was son of Uther Pendragon- possibly an artificial relationship. Rhys claims Bran's ...
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