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1. Thundergods and Thunderbolts [Aeon Journal $]
... . In Swedish lore, for example, thunderbolts were known as thorvigg or thorkil. [16 Figure 3 Adad/Hadad (Illustration by Tessa Rickards.) Figure 4 The thundering Zeus. (From a red-figured amphora.) Figure 5 Thor with his thundering hammer The Finnish god Ukko shares numerous features in common with Thor. He, too, produces ... the fields of the Athenians...A direct epiphany of Zeus is lightning; wherever it strikes, a sanctuary is set up to Zeus Descending, Kataibates. It was as a thunderbolt that Zeus laid his fatal embrace on Semele. The thunderbolt...is the weapon of Zeus which he alone commands; it is irresistible, even gods tremble before it, and ... Issue Contents Thundergods and Thunderbolts Ev Cochrane It is the unanimous view of scholars exploring comparative religion that the peculiar mythical traditions surrounding thunderbolts and lightning originated in primitive man's awe before the thunderstorm. Davidson's opinion may be cited as representing the orthodox position: "To people of an earlier civilization, living in vulnerable houses of wood or in tents and caves, such ...
2. On Thundergods and Thunderbolts [Maverick Science Website]
... on the fields of the Athenians A direct epiphany of Zeus is lightning; wherever it strikes, a sanctuary is set up to Zeus Descending, Kataibates. It was as a thunderbolt that Zeus laid his fatal embrace on Semele. The thunderbolt is the weapon of Zeus which he alone commands; it is irresistible, even gods tremble before it, and enemies ... (PDF) On Thundergods and Thunderbolts It is the unanimous view of scholars exploring comparative religion that the peculiar mythical traditions surrounding thunderbolts and lightning originated in primitive man's awe before the thunderstorm. Davidson's opinion may be cited as representing the orthodox position: "To people of an earlier civilization, living in vulnerable houses of wood or in tents and caves, such ... Perkunas, for example, is said to have obtained his terrible weapon in the following manner: "The source of the lightning is the sun, the heavenly fire: the Thunder-god gets fire from the solar wheel by rotating his lightning-club in the nave of the solar wheel." Once again we are presented with a tradition which emphasizes the indissoluble link between ...
3. IGNIS E COELO [Mythopedia Website]
... to our aid, showing that like conceptions may once have existed. According to Apuleius, the planet Mars was regarded as a fire-star [92. Pliny relates how once a thunderbolt had fallen from the planet Mars on Etruscan Volsinium: A bolt fell from Mars on Bolsena, the richest town in Tuscany, and was not that city said to have been ... A-Z spanning the history of aboriginal mythology from the earliest legends to the present day, 1994: 190 ad ‘ Yulunggul ’. On Taipan, a snake god: He made thunders and lightning. [Mudrooroo, Aboriginal mythology; an A-Z spanning the history of aboriginal mythology from the earliest legends to the present day, 1994: 156 ad ‘ Taipan ’ ... . The Greek Dioscouroi were also closely related with the phenomena of celestial fire: St. Elmo ’ s fire, the electric discharge from the ship ’ s mast during a thunderstorm, was regarded as the corporeal epiphany of the Dioskouroi. These sparks were called Dioskouroi, but were also compared to stars, and so the Dioskouroi themselves were called stars and ...
4. The Double Axe and the Celestial Twins [Aeon Journal $]
... in-depth study of this mythological character is that the thunder god is firmly embedded in a set of interwoven symbols and events which defy all possible analogies in the modern-day world. The thundering god exemplified here by the Greek Zeus (From a Greek Vase.) The method to be followed here will be comparative and structural in nature. Thus, if peoples in ... identified elsewhere as a personification of Mars, wielding the double axe on a so-called razor from Carthage. "On the monuments Adad is represented standing upon a bull, hurling a thunderbolt in his right hand and holding forked lightning in his left. A crouching bull with a two forked bolt of lightning rising from his back, a figure consisting of three forks ... and a dried skin." [44 The Dioscouroi were also closely related with celestial fire: "St. Elmo's fire, the electric discharge from the ship's mast during a thunderstorm, was regarded as the corporeal epiphany of the Dioskouroi. These sparks were called Dioskouroi, but were also compared to stars, and so the Dioskouroi themselves were called stars and ...
5. Jupiter God of Abraham (Part IV) [Kronos $]
... , emphasize the fact that they were "principally" deemed to be the product of the one "which is situated in the middle"- that is Jupiter. Among the thundering planets, in other words, Jupiter seems to have been the prime wielder. The thunderbolt was, in fact, the Jovian god's favorite weapon. Ovid referred to "Jove ... IX No. 1 (Fall 1983) Home¦ Issue Contents Jupiter God of Abraham (Part IV) Dwardu Cardona Copyright (c) 1983 by Dwardu Cardona 20. The Thunderbolt In a separate paper(264) I have indicated that there is nothing in ancient records, myths, or legends, that implicates Mars or Venus as the agent of destruction ... , in other words, Jupiter seems to have been the prime wielder. The thunderbolt was, in fact, the Jovian god's favorite weapon. Ovid referred to "Jove the thunderer".(289) Horace wrote of "Jupiter's great hand dispensing thunder".(290) Homer described how Zeus "held fast in his hands the thunderbolt'' ...
6. The Birth of Athena [Aeon Journal $]
... (49) The Sumerian Inanna, as we have documented elsewhere, offers an especially vivid portrait of the warring goddess. Witness the following description from an early hymn: Loud Thundering Storm... You make the heavens tremble and the earth quake. Great Priestess, who can soothe your troubled heart? You flash like lightning over the highlands; you ... in various Indo-European languages. Consider, for example, the Latin word venetus-- apparently cognate with Venus-- signifying sea-green or blue. (160) Athena of the Thunderbolt As the wielder of the death-dealing thunderbolt, Zeus was feared and revered throughout the Greek world. Aeschylus has preserved for us a vivid portrait of this awe-inspiring figure: "And ... 6) In the past century it was common for scholars to interpret Athena's birth in terms of a nature-allegory. Roscher, for example, compared the epiphany of Athena to a thunderstorm, seeing in the goddess a personification of the lightning. (7) F. M. Muller sought an explanation of Athena's birth in the circumstances attending the daily birth of ...
7. Indra's Theft of the Sun-God's Wheel [Aeon Journal $]
... of the evidence leads to the following conclusion: In whatever form the planet Venus was envisaged by the ancients, whether it be as goddess, star, wheel, eye, thunderbolt, dragon, torch, heart-soul, etc., in that form was it said to have been hurled from heaven. We begin with a brief analysis of Indra's heaven-hurled missile ... Subjects Vol. 2 (Delhi, 1967), pp. 465-466. There it is concluded: "This is possibly a reference to the obscuration of the sun by a thunderstorm." 85. IV:16:14 86. E. Cochrane, "Indra," AEON II:4 (1991), pp. 49-76. 87. ... And, as was the case with regards to Zeus' eye, Shiva's eye is said to have been thrown (pel), calling to mind both the Greek palladia and thunderbolts, both alike regarded as palta: "things hurled or cast down" from heaven. (157) The thunderbolt-bearing eyes of Zeus and Shiva call to mind the fiery Eye ...
8. Saturn's Dragon Storm [Thunderbolts Website]
... central vortex. Credit: NASA/Cassini Jul 14, 2006 Saturn's Dragon Storm The mysteries of Saturn ’ s atmospheric behavior continue to mount as scientists puzzle over a massive "thunderstorm" that has remained fixed in place since it first appeared in 2004. Most people assume that meteorologists understand the weather. But this is not really so. For instance, ... are probably a result of the circuit, which links the morning and evening terminators. The significance of the storm ’ s title will not be lost to those familiar with the Thunderbolts group ’ s exploration of ancient myth and folklore relating to plasma discharge configurations in the ancient sky. Dragon-like monsters soaring across the heavens rank among the most enigmatic and fanciful icons ... Electric Universe perspective, this conclusion simply repeats the inversion of cause and effect in standard explanations of terrestrial lightning. In the EU model as elaborated by Wallace Thornhill and others, thunderstorms themselves are electric discharge phenomena driven by the circuits that link planets to the Sun and the Sun to the galaxy. (See Thornhill's analysis of the Dragon Storm here .) ...
9. Thoth Vol. V, No 4 March 15, 2001 [Thoth Website]
... EDITOR: Amy Acheson PUBLISHER: Michael Armstrong LIST MANAGER: Brian Stewart CONTENTS WHEN LOGIC FALLS SLOPPY DEAD.......... by Mel Acheson THE THUNDERBOLT IN MYTH AND SYMBOL...,,,. by Dave Talbott BIG BANG GENESIS........... .a Kroniatalk Discussion >> ... ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** *** THE THUNDERBOLT IN MYTH AND SYMBOL By Dave Talbott A thunderstorm is a remarkable, often terrifying event. So it's not surprising that few scholars have paused to wonder about the prominent role of lightning in ancient mythology. Archaic images of huge ... historian Pliny, for example, wrote: "Most men are not acquainted with a truth known to the founders of the science from their arduous study of the heavens." Thunderbolts, Pliny wrote, "are the fires of the three upper planets." A vivid description of an interplanetary discharge was also given by Pliny: "Heavenly fire is spit ...
10. ABSTRACTS OCTOBER 2004 [Thunderbolts Website]
... (planetary nebula IC 418) is not the uniform spherical shell of gas blown off by a dying star that conventional theories expect. Oct 21, 2004 Mystery of the Cosmic Thunderbolt(6) Of all the ancient heroes, none achieved greater popularity than the Greek Heracles, (Roman Hercules), son of Zeus. The sculpture on the left above ... Before space probes visited it, astronomers expected it to be ten or more times thicker than it is. Oct 04, 2004 Mystery of the Cosmic Thunderbolt (2) A thunderstorm can be a terrifying event. The lightning flash and thunderclap may indeed awaken a primal fear, and a cursory acquaintance with mythology may elicit a newfound empathy for the mythmakers of ... , 2004 Europa Caught in the Middle If the ancient thunderbolt legends are taken at face value, then we are faced with the possibility that our neighboring planets waged celestial wars with thunderbolts in the time of human myth-makers. If this happened, what "smoking guns" should we expect to find? Oct 18, 2004 Fingers of God Because astronomers believe that ...
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