A Journal on Myth and Science

Publisher: Ev Cochrane
Editor: Dwardu Cardona
Associate Editor: Lewis M. Greenberg & Lynn E. Rose
& Frederic Jueneman
Consulting Editor: David N. Talbott

Science News Reporter: Tania ta Maria

Volume IV, Number 5
ISSN 1066-5145
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Copyright (c) November 1996


Front Cover

Ceremonial mask of Rangda -- the Balinese Kali -- the goddess in her terrible aspect. Photograph by Dwardu Cardona.


Dwardu Cardona

Vox Popvli

Our readers sound off. PAGE 5

Stability and Dimensions of the Polar Configuration

Robert Driscoll adds new perspectives to the alignment of planets dictated by the Saturnian model. PAGE 11

The Cosmic Origin of the Swastika

Dwardu Cardona investigates one of the most pervasive of ancient symbols and offers some preliminary conjectures concerning its genesis. PAGE 17

The Saturn Thesis (Part 2)

The second part of an in-depth interview with David Talbott, in which he continues to illustrate the coherence of mythological motifs as they pertain to the unfolding Saturnian scenario. PAGE 29

Mons Veneris

Why was the ancient sun-god said to have risen and set over the same mountain? Why was this mountain shared by the planet Venus? What is the real identity of the Mesopotamian Sin? Ev Cochrane examines these, and other, topics in an essay that goes a long way in making sense out of ancient astronomical lore. PAGE 63

The Rise of Blood Sacrifice

Gunnar Heinsohn traces the origins of ritual slaughter in ancient times to cosmic catastrophism. PAGE 83

Peruvian Heart

Frederic Jueneman reports on a curious, if somewhat gruesome, discovery in Peru and its similarity to an ancient Egyptian practice. PAGE 109

The Book Shelf

Book reviews by Frederic B. Jueneman, C. Warren Hunt, Tammy Jo Eckhart, and Ev Cochrane. PAGE 111

Volume IV, Number 5


Robert Driscoll studied physics at Caltech and mechanical engineering at Case Tech. Now retired, he is a member of the American Physical Society.

Dwardu Cardona, who studied and practiced electrical engineering at the British Royal Admiralty in Malta, has acted as Contributing Editor for KRONOS and, later, as Senior Editor for the same periodical. He is also a Founding Father of the Canadian Society for Interdisciplinary Studies. An enthusiastic researcher and writer, he has now published over a hundred articles in various periodicals.

David Talbott, the inaugurator of AEON, was also the founder and publisher of Pensée, which produced the series "Immanuel Velikovsky Reconsidered." He is, additionally, the author of The Saturn Myth and various articles which have appeared in KRONOS and AEON. He and his work are also featured in the newly released video, Remembering the End of the World, produced by Kronia Communications Inc., and distributed by Palemesa Ltd.

Ev Cochrane is the author of numerous articles on comparative mythology and archaeoastronomy. He previously served as an Associate Editor of KRONOS and is currently the publisher of AEON. He is presently preparing two manuscripts for publication: The Many Faces of Venus, and The Mars Myth.

Gunnar Heinsohn has pursued sociology, history, psychology and religious studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a university diploma in sociology (1971) and doctorates in the social sciences (1973) and in economics (1982) . Since 1984 he has been a tenured professor at the Universität Bremen, Germany. His research focuses on the history and theory of civilization. He is the author of various books and articles including the groundbreaking Die Sumerer gab es Nicht.

Frederic Jueneman is a consulting industrial analytic chemist, who has served as an Associate Editor of KRONOS, and as a member of the R & D 100 panel for the adjudication of the annual top one hundred products developed by academia and industry, and continues as a contributing editor/columnist for Research and Development. He is also an ardent musician who has composed various classical pieces including September March, which was adopted this year as the official march of Newark, his home town, in California.

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