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... unabridged Oxford English Dictionary (surprisingly) recognizes only the third.(7) The O. E. D., however, is less penurious in its definition of "mythology", which it equates with 1. exposition of myths (obs.) 2. interpretation of myths 3. myth 4. body of myths 5. study of myths ... ,(4) or the like but rather to employ a relatively non-committal appellation.) The first article in the series, which appears below, deals with the nature of mythic tradition and its relation to other forms of oral and written literature Later articles will deal with the tradition of the Golden Age, the consequences of the Fall reputed to have terminated ... From: Kronos Vol. IX No. 1 (Fall 1983) Home¦ Issue Contents Aster and Disaster: Toward a Catastrophist Mode of Mythological Interpretation Roger W. Wescott Copyright (c) 1983 by Roger W. Wescott Editor's Note. This paper is an expanded version of one that was first presented at the Princeton Seminar- The Velikovsky Challenge- ...
2. The Saturn Thesis: Questions and Answers [Aeon Journal $]
... dramatic leaps in human imagination the world has ever known. Our work puts a new emphasis on the unusual celestial events reflected in the myths. When you first dive into world mythology, all of your prior training will tell you to dismiss the myth-makers as fabricators or victims of hallucination. But there's another way to see the myths. Ancient man experienced extraordinary ... a language too obscure for rational, feet-on-the-ground folk. Myth is, I believe, a window to early human history, a more intensely dramatic period than we've realized. The myths have their roots in a time of celestial catastrophe, and more often than not the appearance of confusion results from viewing myth as something other than what it is. In the ... I'm sure you'll agree that nothing in the world should be easier. For example: we all know that myriad "sun" signs and "sun" gods populated the ancient mythscape. One could thus refute the Saturn thesis as a unified theory by simply showing that in the early cultures the "sun god" moves about in the fashion of our sun ...
3. Mother Goddess and Warrior-Hero (Part One) [Aeon Journal $]
... of the original planetary assembly. As an introduction to the mother goddess and warrior hero, this series can only adumbrate a subject whose full illumination will require volumes. Taking world mythology and folklore as a whole, the two most active and frequently-occurring figures are (as illuminated by the archetypes of the polar configuration) echoes of Venus and Mars. For a ... 390, H. R. Fairclough trans. (Loeb Classical Library: Cambridge, 1978), Vol. II, p. 87. 88. Joseph Campbell, The Mythic Image (Princeton, 1974), p. 480. 89. Cited in Ibid., emphasis added. 90. Hesiod, "Shield of Heracles," in H ... can there be any doubt as to why this glyph is a common determinative for the root shu, meaning the ejecta or outflow from the sun god. (61) This mythological representation of the polar column can be compared to another glyph which perfectly captures the god Shu's original abstract form. [* !* image This is the glyph for sept, ...
4. The Great Comet Venus [Aeon Journal $]
... to the Venus "comet" to be disturbed in its motions, and a rain of celestial debris descended on our planet. This celestial conflagration, Velikovsky claimed, entered global mythology as the attack upon the world by a cosmic serpent or dragon (and/or overwhelming wars of the gods). The Velikovsky controversy is important today for more than one ... itself provides not a clue as to how anyone (much less skywatchers around the world) could think of the one when confronted with the other. But an analysis of this mythic creature can be advanced dramatically by the Velikovskian methodology. What one looks for is an underlying shared attribute (not of the terrestrial symbols, which offer no shared attribute, but ... scholar Peter Joralemon explained the highly unnatural convergence of symbols on the celestial dragon-- The primary concern of Olmec art is the representation of creatures that are biologically impossible. Such mythological beings exist in the mind of man, not in the world of nature. (67) It's easy to see how one might draw this conclusion. But if the symbolism ...
5. On Models and Scenarios [Aeon Journal $]
... the polar configuration included several additional ideas-- including that of the catastrophic transformation of the configuration into the "world tree" of seven bands, and the idea that many myths which had long been understood in terrestrial terms-- such as, most importantly, the creation and the deluge-- originally described events in the sky. In its original ... , and many new possibilities will doubtless arise from the preliminary papers presented in this issue. Since the researchers involved have suggested varying interpretations of the polar configuration concept or of the mythical data behind it, I wish to briefly state the thesis for which I claim originality. In 1972 I employed the phrase "the polar configuration" (an original phrase at ... be consulted as a test of any major hypothesis. Since I have stated the thesis of the polar configuration as a unified theory of myth, it must be tested against the mythologies of all peoples. Conversely, I have urged others seeking to develop a particular interpretation not to limit their investigation to a narrow regional focus. All too frequently, the local ...
6. The Hermes Connection [Aeon Journal $]
... 1973). 6. Giorgio de Santillana, Hertha von Dechend, Hamlet's Mill (Gambit: Ipswich, 1969), pp. 383-5. 7. New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology (Hamlyn: New York, 1981). 8. Claude Levi-Strauss, The Raw and the Cooked (Harper& Row: New York, 1969). 9. " ... grandson in Greek, from the Sanskrit napat, and with Hermes as the mythical progeny, or grandson of the primal Kronos/Saturn the double-meaning affords a connection with the early mytho-historical events. A later derivation has brought the root word down to our own time as nephew. In Hebrew a messenger or seer is known as nabi, while in Icelandic a ... ancient secrets nearly lost in Lethean forgetfulness. Reality has become surrealistic to the interpreters, and except for these encoded messages, the visions of the column are considered to be imaginative mythic expressions rather than real historic events. The peculiar trace of civilization from a critical juncture about the 9th century B.C. has been something of a puzzle to historians. But much ...
7. Index of Titles [Uncategorised]
... Home and Abroad Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Focus Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts Folklore: Its Stability and Self-correcting Power Followers of Horus: Eastern Desert Survey Report. Vol 1, The Fomenko and English History Fomenko/Illig/Niemitz fallacy, ... Cosmic History, The Record of Success, A Redshift Anomalies Redshift! Reexamination of the Foundations Reflections Of The Persian Wars Reflections on a Third Story Reflections Reflective Canopy Model and the Mytho-historical Record, The Rehabilitation Of Censorinus Reign Lengths of Saul and Labayu, The Rejoinder to Aaronson Rejoinder to Dirkzwager Rejoinder to Velikovsky Relativity Corner Relativity Question by Ian McCausland, The Remarks ... and Method Myth and the Origin of Religion Myth, Mandala, and the Collective Unconscious Myth of the Goddess, Evolution of an image by Anne Baring and Jules Cashford, The Mythic Ireland by Michael Dames Mythical History of the Comet Venus (Part I), The Mythology and Repression Mythopedia Myths, Monuments, and Mnemonics Mythscape Video Series Mythtext: Mythology from ...
8. From Myth to a Physical Model [Aeon Journal $]
... Moon, stars or planets today has lasted only as long as it took the critics to set pen to paper. I offer here some general observations on the character of world mythology, noting a few of the "anomalous" facts one must confront in seeking an explanation of myth as a whole. 1. No recurring mythical theme is explained by the ... . How often have mythologists, reviewing the genesis myths, noticed that the "navel" is the focus of initial activity, then offered only abstractions as explanations. In all mythological systems (and here I mean literally all systems on which we have significant data) creation acquires its form through the activity of the mother goddess and warrior hero. Originally these ... with orbital dynamics through his work with the US Space Program. His recently-submitted model (presented in this issue of AEON) is both simple in concept and remarkably congruent with the myths on which the thesis rests. Mythically-Based Model For over twenty years now, I have argued that a planetary assembly I called the "polar configuration" once moved close to the ...
9. On testing The Polar configuration [Aeon Journal $]
... four quarters. Considering the model in the most obvious terms, how might such a spectacular phenomenon have entered the myths? In applying our model to the well-established themes of world mythology, we encounter several motifs that could only be explained as the four streams. There is, to begin with, the familiar myth of the four rivers of paradise, or ... obvious impression of a luminous cosmic column. 7. The wheel of the sun rested on a great pillar or mountain of fight. It would be impossible to find a well-developed mythological system that does not include this spectacular cosmic mountain as the primeval home of the sun god. Not just a mountain but a column of fire and light, a golden mountain ... Saturn occurs in other Greek texts as well: Originally, Saturn was "the sun." (10) The Latin poet Hyginus, in his enumeration of astronomical and planetary myths, identifies the planet Saturn as "the star of Sol." (11) Other Latin sources repeat the identity. (12) The Hindus knew the planet Saturn as ...
10. The Evolution of the Cosmogonic Egg [Aeon Journal $]
... have been formed. In the meantime, of course, it has long been recognized that Enki-Ea himself was merely a form of Saturn. Thus, on the strength of comparative mythology, Julian Morgenstern came to the conclusion that Enki-Ea was equivalent to El and/or Elos, "also called Kronos." (27) And Kronos, as is well ... about the fructifying rain-- so must the Seed have been. The "mighty penis" in the sky of which Allegro speaks, meanwhile, is actually mentioned in the mytho-historical record as having been as visible as the "seed" of the creator. It was that Saturnian appendage that went down in myth, inter alia, as the Axis Mundi ... and the same event. In other words, the coiling of Ophion around Eurynome was the same as the coiling of the same serpent around the egg she laid. This same mythic theme was later exemplified by the Greek philosopher Epicurus according to whom the pneuma-- that is the soul-- wound itself around the egg like a serpent. (84 ...
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