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81. The Great Father [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... . A Sumerian epic to Ninurta proclaims, "Anu in the midst of Heaven gave him fearful splendour." Ninurta, according to the text, is "like Anu," and casts "a shadow of glory over the land." (16) All Mesopotamian figures of the primeval god possess this tangible character, and accounts of the god's radiant appearance are more of a historical than a speculative nature. Egyptian and Mesopotamian traditions of the solitary creator find many parallels in later Hebrew, Greek, Persian, Hindu, and Chinese mysticism and philosophy. But it is the earlier imagery which illuminates the later. And however unorthodox the idea may seem, the oldest records treat the great god's birth in the deep and his acts of "creation" as events experienced by the ancestors. "Hearts were pervaded with fear, hearts were pervaded with terror when I was born in the abyss," proclaims the god in the Pyramid Texts. (17) The solitary god, in the presence of the ancestors, brought forth the primeval world or "earth ...
82. Monitor [SIS C&C Review $]
... ago Java was split in two by an almighty eruption of Krakatoa, which sent so much dust into the atmosphere that it caused a world wide catastrophic climatic event which resulted in mass displacement of peoples, the spread of the Black Death and the European Dark Ages. Keys noted that dendrochronologist Mike Baillie had found a major disturbance of tree rings in the 6th century, which indicated frost damage even in summer. This ties in with Roman accounts from Constantinople of bizarre weather around 535/536, a Japanese food shortage in 540 and Chinese records. Greenland ice cores appear to indicate a massive eruption at that time, and Keys traces it to Krakatoa in the Sunda Straits. On the Mongolian Steppes the increased cold made the horse-based economy difficult so vast waves of 'barbarians' swept westward where a cattle-based system was faring better. Conditions became ripe for the rapid transmission of plague. Over in the Americas, the civilisation at Teotihuacan collapsed and burials show a rapid decline of health; tree rings from further south in Yucatan and South America indicate a 30 year drought. ...
83. The Cosmic Mountain [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... axis and visually appearing to hold aloft the great god's home. The signs of the Saturnian mountain are and. Throughout the world one encounters the story of a shining peak which once rose to the centre of heaven. Though this cosmic mountain appears under many different names, accounts from every section of the world tell much the same story. The Egyptians knew the great column as the Primeval Hill, the Babylonians as the World Mountain. The mount passed into Hinduism as the cosmic Meru, into Iranian myth as Hera-Berezaiti, and into Chinese myth and astrology as Kwen-Lun. Mexican cosmology gave it the name Colhuacan. Its most familiar representatives were Olympus and Zion. But does not Olympus refer to the well-known peak in Macedonia, and Zion to the small hill in Palestine? In truth the mythical Olympus and the mythical Zion are the same mountain; only their terrestrial representations differ. When the ancients sanctified a familiar hill, giving it the name of the primeval mount, they sought to characterize their own land as a duplication of the "homeland." The local ...
84. IGNIS E COELO [Mythopedia Website]
... and venerated as such. In his form of Anhur, Shu is represented as the war god and symbolised by the sword or spear [255. The Scythians worshiped Ares or Mars in the form of a scimitar (Herodot 4:62; Solinus). The Alani had no temple, but fixed a naked sword (gladius) in the ground with barbaric rites and worshiped it as Mars, the chief of the steppes through which they roamed (Ammianus Marcellinus, 31.2.23). Apollo was symbolised by swords [256. And Chinese dragons sometimes adopted the forms of weapons [257. The resulting archetypal image of the lightning is that of a radiating orb to which two symmetrically opposed appendages are attached. The radiating orb is described as a stone, as a gemstone or as the god himself and is sometimes placed on top of a pillar. The appendages are interpreted as wings, arms, two blades of an axe or a twin aspect in the divinity. The being as a whole is symbolised as a bird, as a weapon or as a god ...
85. Thoth Vol. I, No. 12 April 29, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... constant as the northern star, Of whose true-fix'd and resting quality There is no fellow in the firmament" The speaker here is Shakespeare's Caesar --whom tradition regarded as the supreme ruler on earth, a replica of the celestial power. Is it significant that he locates this supreme power at the celestial pole? Many centuries before Shakespeare, Hipparchus spoke of "a certain star remaining ever at the same place. And this star is the pivot of the Cosmos." That language turns out to be the very language used by the ancient Chinese in describing the pole star as the "star of the pivot." And this was anything but an abstraction, for Chinese astronomy insisted with one voice that the pivot was the ancient location of the celestial emperor Shang-ti, the ruler of beginnings. To the Polynesians the pole is the station of the "Immovable One." The Pawnee call it "the star that stands still" and regard it as the governor of the sky. This star, they say, "is different from other stars, because it never ...
86. Solar Eclipses and the Historical Record [Horus $]
... number of 13th Century British records; 38. In attempting to explain these startling drops, Newton points to the disastrous effects of the Black Plague in the middle of the 14th Century on all levels of culture in Europe. Many chroniclers and other men of letters had died. Nevertheless, Newton does find in those few annals that were written numerous reports of celestial portents, most particularly comets. Newton wonders if by then annalists were ignoring eclipses, perhaps having become too sophisticated to bother with them. Newton pays special attention to the Chinese record of eclipses. Evaluating the records from the late 8th Century, B.C. through the end of the T'ang Dynasty (late 9th Century, A. D.), Newton finds the most detailed accounts of solar eclipses in the Former Han Dynasty, 206 B.C.- 23 A.D. Given the Chinese reputation for observational accuracy, one is surprised that Newton says, "in about a fourth of the records from the Former Han Dynasty, the date listed is not that of an eclipse visible in China," [ ...
87. On Saturn And The Flood [Kronos $]
... Saturn had devoured his own children. Porphyry records the persistence in some cities of the Greek world of human sacrifices to Saturn well into Roman times.(23) [The worship of Saturn was also reflected and perpetuated in political institutions in many parts of the world. In ancient Egypt the ruling king was identified with Horus, or Jupiter, as the earthly analogue of the reigning heavenly power. Upon his death he came to be regarded as Osiris, or Saturn, a departed but still highly venerated heavenly body. In the Chinese concept of kingship, which persisted till the early years of this century, the Emperor was the earthly representative of the ruling planet Saturn. Ssu-ma Ch'ien, the great Chinese historian of the second century before the present era, in his treatise on The Rulers of the Heavens wrote that Saturn is the planet of the Sovereign, or the Emperor. As Saturn occupied the central place in the sky, even so the Emperor was at the center of his realm on Earth. Thus Saturn came to be connected in Chinese thought with ...
88. Monitor [SIS C&C Review $]
... Oct. 2000, pp. 128-132 Architect Eugene Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc was responsible for many cases of restoration on French buildings in the 19th century. The trouble was that he was so enamoured of the Gothic style that his restorations were largely reinventions from his own imagination. How many other historical restorations are fake? In the world of palaeontology a fossil first heralded in the National Geographic, Nov. 99, as a missing link between dinosaurs and birds, has been revealed as a fake with the tail of one fossil specimen from the famous Chinese deposits having been glued to the body of another, probably by the farmer who found them, as long tails are known to fetch better prices. An investigation by the Geographic revealed 'a tale of misguided secrecy and misplaced confidence, of rampant egos clashing, self-aggrandizement, wishful thinking, naive assumptions, human error, stubbornness, manipulation, backbiting, lying, corruption and, most of all, abysmal communication'. Twisted Facts Science Frontiers 126, Nov .-Dec. 99, p. 2 It seems that one of the classic ...
89. Velikovsky's Martian Catastrophes [Aeon Journal $]
... have been caused by a tidal wave arriving from the Mediterranean or the Red Sea. (36) As Mewhinney cogently argued, an unusual increase "of the monsoon rainfall in East Africa" would be adequate in explaining this aberrant swelling of the annual rise of the Nile. (37) Velikovsky's own argument, that this could not have been the case since the date in the inscription does not conform to the proper Nile season, was counteracted by Mewhinney on the basis of a faulty translation. (38) 5. The Chinese Sources No one has been more diligent than Sean Mewhinney when it comes to exposing Velikovsky's misuse of the Chinese sources as evidence for the world-wide observation of these supposed Martian calamities. Thus, much that has been invoked concerning the postulated commotion of -687 and, more specifically, of March 23rd of that year, (39) has been shown by Mewhinney to have been entirely misunderstood by the author of Worlds in Collision. (40) As Mewhinney noted after an extensive survey of the Chinese sources in question, all that really ...
90. THE LATELY TORTURED EARTH: PART VI: BIOSPHERICS: 29.Spectres [Quantavolution Website]
... on the dragon: The dragon appears in the mythical history and legendary poetry of almost every nation, as the emblem of the destructive and anarchical principle;... as misdirected physical force and untamable animal passions... The dragon proceeds openly to work, running on its feet with expanded wings, and head and tail erect, violently and ruthlessly outraging decency and propriety, spouting fire and fury from both mouth and tail, and wasting and devastating the whole land. The dragon is regarded as a benevolent creature by the Chinese, however. And no people has been so devoted to the symbol. Its iconography was as intense as that of the crucifixion of Christ in Medieval Europe. Recently, Carl Sutherland found that the dragon made its appearance in Chinese art around 1500 B. C. [4 This date is a well-marked catastrophic boundary, known in radiochronometry, archaeology, geology, legend and history. Eliminating bit by bit "all later accretions," he thinks that he has "attained some understanding of the sight observed by the ancient Chinese ...
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