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... whatever, I have argued elsewhere (in Memories and Visions of Paradise Quest 1995) that " .. . anthropologists and archeologists have uncovered many instances in which myths do unquestionably conceal [or reveal!] elements of historical fact"; there I cited the examples of the Klamath Indians' memory-based myth of the origin Crater Lake, and Aboriginal Australian Dreamtime stories that feature animals that have been extinct for some 10,000 to 15,000 years. Every mythologist knows that tales of ancient catastrophes of one sort or another constitute an extremely widespread and common genre. Examples range from the biblical story of the Deluge to Plato's account of the destruction of Atlantis; from South American ...
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... of their opponents . . .( 109b) `In the days of old the gods shared out the earth among themselves . . . . [109c] . . . Hephaestus and Athena, for instance, being brother and sister . . . obtained this our land as their joint portion. . . [109d] They raised its aboriginal population to the status of a great nation . . . . The names [of these early forefathers of ours have been preserved, but their deeds are no more remembered, partly because those who had carried on the tradition perished, and partly because a long time has passed since then. For, as I have already said, ...
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103. The Origin of Mankind [Books]
... colour of the clay used is not mentioned, we may nevertheless conjecture with a fair amount of certainty that it was red. The Hebrew, word for ground' is adamdh, while the word adorn, which is obviously related, means red'. This is one of the cases of a helpful echo'. The Korkus; an aboriginal tribe living in the Central Provinces of India, tell that Mahadeo (i .e . Siva) created a man and a woman out of a handful of red clay which a crow had discovered at his behest. The Polynesians of Tahiti tell that the god Taaroa made the first man out of red earth. The Melanesian inhabitants of ...
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... the ancestor. Primitive dugouts appear in the tales of Mexico, where Coxcox and his wife Xochiquetzal, or, according to another tale, Nata and Nena, use one made out of a cypress trunk. Dumu, the heroine of the Lobs in Western China, is rescued in a dugout. Canoes are mentioned in this connection by the aborigines of the Andaman Islands; by the Australian aborigines; by almost all North American Indians, and by the Arawaks, Maipuré, Makusis, and Tamanacos of Northern South America. In New Guinea the gods Rokona and Rokola, famous boat builders, built two big double canoes. The Eskimos say that their ancestors saved themselves in kayaks. ...
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105. The Poem of Erra [Journals] [Aeon]
... compel us to consider the possibility that Erra was identified with Nergal precisely because of his identification with the planet Mars, a possibility rarely considered under traditional approaches. (46) The objection will no doubt be raised that this confluence of features around the planet Mars stems from the diffusion of ancient Babylonian astrological beliefs and bears no relationship to the aboriginal Erra or to the past history of the planet Mars. To this critique there are several answers: (1 ) Mars will be found to be associated with war, famine/pestilence, death, and fire in cultures where a Babylonian influence would appear to be precluded (i .e ., the Americas and Northern Europe) ...
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106. On Mars and Pestilence [Journals] [Aeon]
... "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 ...
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107. On Dragons and Red Dwarves [Journals] [Aeon]
... 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 ...
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108. The Cosmic String of Pearls [Journals] [Aeon]
... string of pearls must really have been polar. The tradition of Zeus letting down a rope with all gods suspended on it comes remarkably close to a divine statement made in the Bhagavad-Gita, where the god proclaims that: "All things are strung together on me like a necklace of pearls on a thread." [61] The Dieri aboriginals in Australia narrate a story of Arawotya, "who lives in the sky," and who "let down a long hair cord, and by it pulled up to himself the Mura-mura Ankuritcha and all those who were with him." [62] But African traditions are the most prolific in this regard. In the tradition of ...
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109. Sagan's Folly Part 1 [Journals] [Kronos]
... . ERRORS OF CARELESSNESS AND MISREPRESENTATION Sagan (p . 10): On p. 303 of Worlds in Collision (Section, "Of Preexisting Ideas' in the Souls of Peoples"), Velikovsky wrote: "The migration of ideas may follow the migration of peoples, but how could unusual motifs of folklore reach isolated islands where the aborigines do not have any means of crossing the sea? And why did not technical civilization travel together with the spiritual? Peoples still living in the stone age possess the same, often strange, motifs as the cultured nations. [Cp. Kubler, op. cit., p. 325.1 The particular character of some of ...
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110. Aster and Disaster: The Golden Age - II [Journals] [Kronos]
... When used to describe a hypothesized prehistoric family pattern, however, matricentricity designates a family consisting of a mother with her children in which no adult male has ever been a member. The presumptive reason for the lack of social paternity in this type of family is that physiological paternity is either unknown or disregarded. (Among unacculturated Melanesians and Australian aborigines today, physiological paternity is considered illusory on the grounds that pregnancy is caused by philoprogenitive ancestral spirits. But the social paternity of a husband with regard to his wife's children is considered real and institutionally binding.(76) ) Although none of the family structures known to history or ethnography is matricentric in this hypothesized sense, such matricentricity ...
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