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161. Aster and Disaster: Toward a Catastrophist Mode of Mythological Interpretation [Journals] [Kronos]
... the other hand, this apparent arbitrariness is belied by the astounding similarity among myths collected in widely different regions."(22) Myths are at once startlingly bizarre and oppressively repetitious. In atmosphere, they shift quickly from the paradisial to the infernal. In time reference, they oscillate between the etiological, which relates the events of an aboriginally misty past, and the eschatological, which foreshadows the occurrences of an even mistier future. On the one hand, the fideistic aura of myths appears to demand suspension of disbelief, although the tales that they tell strain belief. On the other hand, the mythic quality of "impassioned tonality which makes certain verities vibrate inside us" ...
... parts owing to local and other conditions, there is not the slightest evidence for the assumption of most archaeologists that Palaeolithic and other stages of man in Britain lagged behind the Continent. I contend, on the other hand, that the boot is on the other foot, and that the prehistoric peoples of Britain taught the world. Even had aboriginal man not developed in these Isles of his own volition, they presented such a natural desideratum to mankind as a paradise for the hunter, the fisherman, and the stock-breeder that men from adjoining lands would early gravitate to their shores like the so-called Beaker folk.8 This false notion that they were backward is probably based on the outworn ...
163. SERVANT OF THE SUN GOD [Journals] [Aeon]
... were joined," was seen as a path of communication between the two worlds, and Aiwel the intermediary- though transfixed by the spear-was apparently free to travel the spear-bridge of heaven and Earth. What gives true significance to this myth is the recurring parallels in other lands. A curious counterpart of the heaven-reaching spear appears in a South Australian aboriginal myth of a former "hero" named Waijungari. Like Aiwel Longar, this local hero is pictured "spearing" people with a "fishing spear. ''(15) The legend recalls the time when the god, covered in red ochre and standing in a river "drinking water through a reed stem" was tricked by ...
164. The Races Of Homo Sapiens [Journals] [Kronos]
... general resemblance in blood-group traits between Caucasoids and Africans, as well as [an] occurrence in Africa of certain otherwise exclusively Caucasoid blood-group genes".(23) Moreover, "the teeth of Caucasoids are plain and simple". "Of all races the Caucasoids show the greatest over-all reduction in tooth-pattern details .. . Negro and Australian aboriginal teeth are also relatively simple, although less reduced than those of Caucasoids; indeed Negro teeth seem to be most like those of primitive Caucasoids."(24) A tabulation of our results is in order at this point: 1. Black Africans came into existence "suddenly" in the Upper Pleistocene. 2. The white-skinned Ainu ...
165. Quantalism: the Big Picture [Articles]
... languages, of large numbers of "coincidental" homophones. (Homophones are forms, like English be and bee, which sound the same but have divergent, and presumably unrelated, meanings.) In no few of these cases, the homophony is coincidental only in uniformist terms. In quantalist terms, the homophony may be indicative of an aboriginal synonymy. Examples of such potential synonymy follow: 1. Greek okeanós, "ocean," looks as though its root is the same as that of Greek okús, "swift." But, because oceans move slowly compared with rivers, it has long been assumed that the root resemblance is accidental. The ancient Greeks, however ...
166. Thoth Vol IV, No. 1: Jan 15, 2000 [Journals] [Thoth]
... too, should be part of the mytho-historical record. That is, the tornado would have sucked large amounts of waters from the Earth and ancient man should have been aware of this, if not from observing the column itself, then at least from observing what happened when the column was severed. CARDONA: . . . among the Australian Aborigines, the great python is the most impressive representative of the polar column. It is therefore significant that this python is not only believed to tower up to the level of the clouds, but that he also brings about rain and flood. ' The Efe pygmies of the Ituri forest tell of a deluge of water which gushed forth as ...
167. Interdisciplinary Indiscipline [Journals] [SIS Review]
... Intelligent Life in the Universe (Picador edition, 1977), p. 165. Amusingly enough, the very first assertion in chapter 1 of this much vaunted work is an error of the type highlighted in this article: the cosmology of the Hindu Vedas is attributed to the ancient Vedda culture of Ceylon'. The Vedda are an illiterate aboriginal group: thus the reliability of the astronomer turned anthropologist! 13. Op. cit. [5 ], p. 256 14. See, e.g ., The Bridge Players' Encyclopaedia, International Edition (Paul Hamlyn, 1967), p. 590. The number of possible deals, 5.36 x 10-to-the-power-28 ...
168. Quantalism: The Big Picture [Journals] [Aeon]
... languages, of large numbers of "coincidental" homophones. (Homophones are forms, like English be and bee, which sound the same but have divergent, and presumably unrelated, meanings.) In no few of these cases, the homophony is coincidental only in uniformist terms. In quantalist terms, the homophony may be indicative of an aboriginal synonymy. Examples of such potential synonymy follow: Greek okeanos, "ocean," looks as though its root is the same as that of Greek okus, "swift." But, because oceans move slowly compared with rivers, it has long been assumed that the root resemblance is accidental. The ancient Greeks, however, said ...
169. Society News [Journals] [SIS Review]
... Carrier. Gastor says the coat of many colours is translated from a coat of pasim' = a length, or extensions. It is literally a coat of many lengths, a very long coat. Gastor says the translators took this to mean a garment made from different lengths of material (a patchwork). An analogy with the Australian Aborigine Rainbow Serpent is appropriate and the quetzal tail feathers (multi coloured) which were such an important characteristic of Quetzalcoatl (otherwise a very white god). The same theme pops up in a story associated with St Columba in Ireland (The Illustrated Life of Columba, John Marsden, Floris Books of Edinburgh, 1995). An angel ...
170. A Tale of Two Mountains: Ararat and Sinai [Journals] [SIS Review]
... , I & Quinn, A, Before Abraham Was, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1985, p. 115. 4. Ibid. The authors have found the same basic structure in the Babylonian Creation/ Flood account, Atrahasis and also in Homer's Iliad. 5. Might not, for instance, the fabulous Rainbow Serpent of Australian aboriginal folklore take its origins from the brilliant rainbow that appeared after the Flood (cf. Genesis 9:13)? 6. Fasold, D, The Discovery of Noah's Ark, Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1990, pp. 16-17. This, moreover, is not the only Egyptian version of the Flood. For another example ...
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