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31. Monitor [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... boundary, and the agents most likely to have caused the catastrophe- supernova or meteorite. The work of Smit& Hertogen and that of Hsu (see WORKSHOP 3:1 p.18-19) are mentioned. To this evidence is added that of Alvarez et al in a review article in Science: deep-sea limestones exposed in Italy, Denmark and New Zealand "show iridium increases of about 30, 160 and 120 times, respectively, above the background level at precisely the time of the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinctions, 65 million years ago". PRIMORDIAL DRAGON- Stonehenge Viewpoint no 35 We last reviewed this publication in WORKSHOP no.3 (Nov. 1978) p.13. At that time we considered that although Stonehenge Viewpoint and the works of Dr. Velikovsky shared a common domain of interest in respect of their enquiries into mythological matters, nevertheless, the Velikovskian interpretation of mythology was a very different one from that pursued by the editors of Stonehenge ViewPoint. As was pointed out in our earlier review, they interpreted most mythological phenomena in terms of a theory of 'ice crystal haloes'. However ...
32. Martian Metamorphoses: The Planet Mars in Ancient Myth and Religion, by Ev Cochrane [SIS C&C Review $]
... is overcome with fury as his strength grew and he became red and of gigantic proportions. Gods of both the Old World and the New World show these characteristics. In his fury he becomes a great destroyer, felling both sides in wars indiscriminately and is consequently often referred to as blind. Samson was also a blind berserker and the Norse Hoder, Oedipus and Bellerophon. Nergal, Indra and Thor of the red beard all shake heaven in their fury. The actual combat myth is universal, with a hero defeating a monster or dragon in myth all round the world. Examples from Polynesia and the north coast of America agree in so many strange details that it can hardly be just coincidence. Basically a monster threatens heaven and is killed by the hero, usually by his entering the belly of the monster and inexplicably, for most explanations of myth, emerging bald, as well as enfeebled or sometimes in his death throes. Jonah and the whale is a biblical example. A drastic change of size is an essential element in the story, with the shape-shifting ...
33. The Cosmic Mountain [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... the prototype does not lie in what we call the natural world today. Emulated is the feat of the Universal Monarch or first ancestor, conceived as the Ideal Man. "He who has one foot has out-stripped them that have two," states the Rig Veda. (240) The statement derives meaning from the supremacy of the one-legged polar god, who, while standing fixed at the cosmic centre yet moved the turning heavens. The great god's single "leg" means the world mountain. (241) The Serpent/Dragon The serpent fills more than one role in the myths of beginnings. While the circular serpent denotes the Saturnian enclosure, there is also a masculine serpent who serves as the foundation or pillar. A comparison of global traditions indicates that while many legends locate the celestial "earth" on the cosmic mountain, this enclosure may also appear as the crown of an erect serpent. In the beginning, according to a creation myth of southeastern Borneo, there was only the sky and the sea, "in which swam a great serpent ...
34. Thoth Vol. I, No. 19 July 16, 1997 [Thoth Website]
... king's or chief's soul appeared in the sky as a comet? Though the issue will not be resolved in a few paragraphs, cross referencing will suggest potentially fruitful lines of inquiry. It is certainly of interest, for example, that the Babylonians employed the phrase "winged star" for the comet. Additionally, as we will see, it is when Venus as soul-bird spreads its wings that the cometary images are most emphatic. FEATHERED SERPENT In our brief list of comet glyphs cited earlier we have also listed the cosmic serpent or dragon, and in Mexico this fascinating theme proves to be crucial. Once the researcher has learned that Mesoamerican stargazers considered a comet to be the ascending heart-soul of a great chief, he can no longer ignore the full range of related symbols: the planet Venus, the rising heart-soul of Quetzalcoatl, is not just portrayed as an ember-like star (= comet), not just depicted as a star with quetzal-tail(= comet), but is said to have taken the form of a great cosmic serpent (= comet both in ...
35. Celestial fireworks [SIS Internet Digest $]
... underworld; the culture Hero or the ancestor comes down from heaven to the earth; the thunder bird descends from heaven with the first fire. Frame 10/17: the bird of heaven descends to the earth or to the underworld; the bright bird becomes black; the psychopomp leading the souls of the ancestors to the underworld; a giant rising from the waters of the deep or descending from heaven; growth of the inverted cosmic tree; the Hero who circumambulates the sacred place; the deity trapped in the coils of the dragon; the embryonic Hero moving about in the womb; the dance of heaven; a plague or a cloud of death spreads over the sacred place. Frame 11/17: descent of the bird of heaven amid death and catastrophe; the deity swells to enormous sizes; the bird in combat with the serpent; the deity captured by the serpent, in the womb of the Goddess, or in the maze; formation of the labyrinth; creation of the seven heavens; eclipse of the former sun god Frame 12/17 ...
36. The Case for Catastrophe in Historical Times [Kronos $]
... of the Sumerian pantheon. They note that "hierodule" might not be an exact translation of the term in Sumerian: "queen-consort" might be more appropriate, and would be totally consistent with Inanna's role as "queen of heaven".(6) From line 9 on, there is a sudden change of mood. Enheduanna is describing the attributes of Inanna and she begins to portray the goddess in uncompromising terms as a deity of destruction, and of the storm. Hallo and van Dijk give: 9. Like a dragon you have deposited venom on the land 10. When you roar at the earth like Thunder, no vegetation can stand up to you. 11. A flood descending from its mountain, 12. Oh foremost one, you are the Inanna of heaven and earth! 13. Raining the fanned fire down upon the nation, 14. Endowed with me's by An, lady mounted on a beast, 15. Who makes decisions at the holy command of An. 16. (You) of all the great rites, who ...
37. On Comets and Kings [Aeon Journal $]
... a well-known parallel in Sumerian literature, where the warrior-goddess Inanna personified the planet Venus. In one Sumerian hymn the goddess was invoked as the Loud Thundering Storm: "You make the heavens tremble and the earth quake. Great Priestess, who can soothe your troubled heart? You flash like lightning over the highlands; you throw your firebrands across the earth. Your deafening commandsplits apart great mountains." (40) The Exaltation to Inanna associates the planet-goddess with a rain of fire, flooding, and great devastation: "Like a dragon you have deposited venom on the land, When you roar at the earth like Thunder, no vegetation can stand up to you. A flood descending from its mountain. Oh foremost one, you are Inanna of heaven and earth! Raining the fanned fire down upon the nationDevastatrix of the lands, you are lent wings by the stormyou fly about the nation. At the sound of you the lands bow down. Propelled on your own wings you peck away at the land. With a roaring storm you roar; with Thunder ...
38. Indra's Theft of the Sun-God's Wheel [Aeon Journal $]
... wheel of the Sun in motion. (104) Confronted with these recurring traditions, Vedic scholars offer vague allusions to some type of nature allegory, if they offer any opinion at all. The most common interpretation of these hymns would regard the tossing of the wheel as a figurative reference to the daily movement of the Sun across heaven. Such an interpretation, however, is hardly satisfactory, as it disregards entirely the identity of Indra and the nature of the cakra's function in ancient myth (i.e., its role in the dragon combat). If we are to get to the bottom of these peculiar traditions we must start at the beginning and ask what it was that the ancients had in mind when they spoke of the wheel of the Sun? The Wheel of the Sun in Ancient Pictographs Throughout the ancient world there can be found prehistoric pictographs which, in the opinion of leading scholars, depict the ancient sun-god. Figure one provides a typical example of these pictographs. The resemblance of the image to a wheel is striking and has not escaped the ...
39. Thoth Vol. IV, No 4 Feb 29, 2000 [Thoth Website]
... early races, for reasons we cannot fathom, simply repudiate all natural experience, in order to celebrate things never seen? Or did the natural world in which the myths arose present a range of sights and sounds unlike anything known in modern times? THE ANCIENT STORYTELLER It's impossible to immerse oneself in the mythical world without realizing that the ancient storyteller himself is certain of the reported events' occurrence, despite the obvious tendency to project imaginative interpretations onto events. A "story" entails both an event and an interpretation. No living dragon ever flew about in the sky. But is it possible that something viewed imaginatively as a "dragon" _did_ appear in the sky? To allow this possibility is to open the door to systematic investigation from a radically new vantage point. The urge of ancient peoples to record and to repeat their stories in words reflected the same fundamental impulse we see in all other forms of reenactment and alignment in ancient ritual, art, and architecture. Recitation of the story momentarily transported both the storyteller and the listener backwards to the ...
40. The Celestial Whirlpool Lake [Migration of Symbols (Book)] [Books]
... "-" Great Bear" as Set who felled Osiris- Pole Star as Babylonian god- Biblical reference- Aryo Indians and Pole Star -" Great Bear" as source of Magic -Magicians as early scientists- Polynesian "mana"- Magical ceremonies Wind and Water only 'mown forms of Energy Spiral as magic-generators- The Northern Celestial Lak-" Whirling Logs" of the Navaho Indians- The Whirling Cross and Spiral-Egyptian Celestial Lake- Situated in the North-Osins as "Water Confiner "-Revolving Stars-Stellar and Solar Cults-Gods of Four Quarter- Chinese World Dragon and Osiris -The Egyptian Revolving Crocodile- The Crocodile Constellation- Tammuz of Sumeria as "Great Serpent of Heaven"- Osiris and Tammuz- The Turning Birth goddess- Greek Underworld- A "Whirlpool Lake"- Four spiral rivers- The Vortex theory of Leucippus and Democritus' Atomic theory- Vortex rejected by Epictirus- Ignored by Lucrecius- Democritus and the spiral nebula- The Ancient Scientists. Before dealing with the source of the energy which was, to the early thinkers, manifested by those spiral gusts the whirl-winds, attention ...
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