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131. Velikovsky's Legacy [Articles]
... will be impossible to overlook the following facts: (1 ) the latter sign approaches the form of an eye quite closely; (2 ) the ancient sun-god is commonly held to have a single eye; (3 ) the planet Venus was itself compared to an eye by cultures as disparate as the Maya, Polynesian islanders, and Australian aborigines. (The same planet, of course, was regarded as the star par excellence by more than one ancient people.) (4 ) many ancient goddesses, including nearly every Egyptian goddess of renown, were identified with an eye; (5 ) the greatest goddesses of the ancient world, from Inanna/Ishtar to Isis, ...
132. Cosmic Catastrophes and the Ballgame of the Sky Gods in Mesoamerican Mythology [Journals] [SIS Review]
... the other hand, found that, amongst more than 100 Indian tribes which he had visited in North and South America, not one existed which was unfamiliar with the tradition of past flood disasters. Indian traditions', he wrote, are generally conflicting and soon run into fable; but how strong a proof is the unanimous tradition of the aboriginal races of a whole continent of such an event! - how strong a corroboration of the Mosaic account' . Catlin was far from being a bible fundamentalist. In his view, the Indian flood traditions validated the historicity of past natural disasters, not the authenticity of biblical theology. The flood legends of the natives were ...
133. Quantavolutions [Books] [de Grazia books]
... certain destruction the iconography and writings of the original inhabitants of the Americas; astronomers like William Whiston who perceived an exoterrestrial cause for the Noachian deluge; anthropologists like Nicholas-Antoine Boulanger who recognized the symptoms of catastrophic fear in the history of religion; paleontologists such as Cuvier who discovered the layerings of catastrophe; anthropological-biological explorers like Humboldt who accorded respect to aboriginal accounts. Charles Lyell and his supporters thereupon might have had less success in dominating natural history- even allowing that they were riding on the crest of English world power, political power always being consciously or unconsciously imperialistic in the dissemination of ideas. Admittedly there is a world history of science to be written from the standpoint of the sociology ...
134. My Challenge to Conventional Views in Science [Journals] [Pensee]
... not Halley read in Pliny about comets returning on their orbits? Then why does modern science disregard the persistent reports of events witnessed and recorded in many languages in the writings of the ancients and also transmitted from generation to generation by communities unable to write, by American Indians, by the people of Lapland, the Voguls of Siberia, the aborigines of tropical Africa, the Tahitians in the South Pacific? Like the early memory of a single man, so the early memory of the human race belongs into the domain of the student of psychology. Only a philosophically and historically, but also analytically trained mind can see in the mythological subjects their true content- a mind that learned ...
135. Myth and the Origin of Religion [Journals] [Pensee]
... Mythological concepts are the fundamental views of the constitution of the world and of its origin" (2 ). The problem with this theory was that it did not get down to specifics regarding particular myths and how they arose. Were all ancient sources to be equally suspect? Or only those with anthropological overtones that could be revisited in surviving aboriginal groups? Were the sacred tales of the Greeks more respectable than those of the Polynesians? Was the Old Testament a series of myths, or history? In recent years this interpretation of myth has become dominant, and it would appear that almost every ancient source available has fallen under the general category of myth or the mythological. Granted ...
... at that time was already homo sapiens, that is, his mental abilities were comparable to ours. This does not exclude the possibility, of course, that there did not then also exist lower races, which were as far removed from the higher ones as regards their technical, mental, and spiritual development as, say, the Australian aborigines or the African Bushmen are from us. The water-movements of the approach age made the tribes shift their places of settlement, following the sea where it receded, withdrawing from it where it encroached. At the beginning of this period, which probably lasted for hundreds of thousands of years; the changes in the water distribution were very small ...
... contention was that Avebury was erected as a great draconic temple and he accorded it not only to the Druids but to the Phoenicians. Stukeley was a considerable scholar and was far ahead of his times, but he recognized in Avebury (in his work termed Abury) a Temple of the British Druids, not only the origins of "the aboriginal patriarchal religion", but associated Abraham with it. Quite irrespective of Stukeley, and approaching the subject from an entirely different angle, I long ago came to the like conclusion. That, however, is for the moment beside the point, for it is a conclusion which must be led up to by evidence. In support of ...
138. My Challenge to Conventional Views in Science [Journals] [Kronos]
... not Halley read in Pliny about comets returning on their orbits? Then why does modern science disregard the persistent reports of events witnessed and recorded in many languages in the writings of the ancients and also transmitted from generation to generation by communities unable to write, by American Indians, by the people of Lapland, the Voguls of Siberia, the aborigines of tropical Africa, the Tahitians in the South Pacific? Why is theomachy the central theme of all cosmogonical myths? Should not a thinking man pause and wonder why the ancients in both hemispheres worshipped planetary gods; why temples were erected to them, and some are still standing; why sacrifices, even human sacrifices, were brought to ...
139. Thoth Vol III, No. 2: Jan 31, 1999 [Journals] [Thoth]
... produced by a stone which shoots down from heaven to earth." Meteors, in accordance with this belief, were identified with thunderstones throughout the ancient world. G. Wainright, surveying the conceptions of the ancient Egyptians, concluded that: "In religion the meteorite and the thunderbolt are the same thing." Virtually identical beliefs prevailed in aboriginal Mesoamerica. If the original reference for Indra's heaven-hurled bolt was to a meteor-like object, both descriptions of the vajra-rock and metallic rock-would be equally appropriate, many meteorites being composed of iron. The planet Mars, moreover, was regarded as the iron-planet par excellence by ancient skywatchers and medieval alchemists alike. Other hymns suggest that Indra was associated ...
140. Myths of the Great Flood (Moons, Myths and Man) [Books]
... . Hewn into its faces can be seen the figures of animals, as well as symbolic signs. Such hieroglyphic pictures are also frequently found near the town of Caicara, between the Casiquiare and the Orinoco, between Encaramada and Capuchino, carved upon rocky cliffs so high that one could only get there by means of very high scaffolds. The aborigines of these districts, when asked how the pictures had got hewn into the rocks so high up, answered, smiling, as if they were stating a fact of which only white men were ignorant, that their forefathers had carved them there at the time of the Great Water, when they rowed about in their canoes. And, ...
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