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81. Graham Hanock: Adjudication [SIS Internet Digest $]
... comment on the Manhattan example. He would have asked whether there was a religious system in New York which encouraged the construction of monuments in patterns correlated to the stars, and whether the buildings chosen were really aligned precisely, and were of a religious nature. No opportunity to respond to criticism: Angkor Mr Hancock said that the programme had included an interview with Ms Eleanor Mannika, an American scholar, in which she had criticised his argument that the Angkor temple complex in Cambodia had been constructed to correlate with Draco, the "dragon" constellation. Ms Mannika had said that there was no evidence that the dragon was known to the ancient Cambodians. Mr Hancock said that, while the builders of Angkor may not have known of dragons, they had understood the constellation as a cosmic snake. It was unfair that he had been given no opportunity to make this response in the programme. The BBC said that Ms Mannika's point was wider than Mr Hancock realised. It was not just that there was no evidence of the Khmers of ancient Cambodia understanding Draco as ...
82. The Velikovsky Archive [Aeon Journal $]
... aware of any writings specifically composed for this volume. As Velikovsky's assistant, I tried to channel his energies to what I considered more productive projects while trying to steer him away from devoting his time and concentration to such polemical issues. The Grand Ballroom. This refers to the location where the 1974 AAAS symposium in San Francisco on "Velikovsky's Challenge to Science" was held. In a more remote sense, the title also referred to the antics of Velikovsky's critics in trying to impress the media with their "slaying of the Velikovsky dragon." Subsequently, Velikovsky reached an agreement with Lynn Rose, Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Buffalo, to co-author this book with him under a new title. Professor Rose suggested The Sins of the Sons. This title, of course, referred to Professor Mulholland who had rhetorically asked Velikovsky at the sym-posium whether he truly wished to visit the sins of the fathers on their sons. By "fathers" Mul-holland had meant Veli-kovsky's early critics, headed by Harlow Shap-ley, and by "sons" he was referring to himself, ...
83. Thoth Vol. IV, No 13 Aug 31, 2000 [Thoth Website]
... as the god's central, luminous eye, heart, or soul. All of the leading Egyptian and Mesopotamian goddesses, for example, reveal this underlying character. 2) The departure of the goddess begins a series of events leading to a descent into chaos, the onset of world-destroying catastrophe and the perceived "death" of the sovereign himself, whose flaming "soul" rages in the sky in the form of the angry, lamenting, or warring goddess. The most common form of the raging goddess is the female serpent or dragon attacking the world. It will be our contention that the full complex of goddess images answers to the role of Venus in the planetary configuration. With a visual model as a reference we will see that the original "beauty" or "radiance" of the great goddess, her "life-giving" attributes; her role as "star" par excellence; her centrality in relation to the universal sovereign; her birth as an independent power; and her terrible aspect, are all rooted in the highly concrete visual appearances of Venus ...
84. Ear Symbols [Migration of Symbols (Book)] [Books]
... Divine years of Babylonia, India and Mexico- The three magatamas-The three seasons- American and Scottish magatamas. When the concepts that had origin in one particular culture area, were carried to another, the culture-mixing which took place was productive of new developments. As the beliefs were mixed, so were the symbols which illustrated beliefs. Thus the Hindu naga (serpent) rain-god, which was imported into China by the Central Asian Buddhists, exercised a marked influence, as De Visser has shown, 1 in the development of the Chinese dragon This dragon is found to be connected with Chinese natural phenomena; it is depicted according to the conventions of Chinese, in short, it is thoroughly Chinese in every respect, because it reflects Chinese religious beliefs and is prominent in Chinese religious customs. It is a typical Chinese complex. But when dissected, the characteristic Chinese dragon is found to have a history which takes us back to India among other places. The Polynesian peoples who emigrated to their Pacific Islands from Indonesia carried with them many beliefs, customs and symbols which ...
85. The Great Terror [Kronos $]
... the Beginning of Anti-Semitism"(23) has so far failed to provoke little, if any, significant comment in scholarly circles. The Hyksos The hateful conduct of the Hyksos invasion of Egypt has been fully described in Ages in Chaos(24) though, some additional aspects possibly contributing to the loathing in which they were held have yet to be considered. The hieroglyphic inscription on the black granite shrine of el-Arish, discussed rather thoroughly by Velikovsky in Ages in Chaos, reads among other things: "Then the children of the dragon Apop, the evildoers [of Usheru and of the red country came upon the road of At Nebes, invading Egypt at nightfall... They [the gods are the rescuers of Ra from Apop."(25) A nightfall during which the sun was deemed to be in danger must have been an extraordinary event. It had to be a prolonged darkness, since it would have taken several days for invaders starting from the Arabian desert to reach Egypt.(26) To the Egyptians, the ravaging nomads appeared ...
86. The Migration of Symbols and their Relation to Beliefs and Customs [Migration of Symbols (Book)] [Books]
... and with waterspouts. The spiral gusts or whirlwinds were "carriers" of gods and other supernatural beings, because they were "life-givers" which caused the birth of the year, and therefore ensured the food supply and promoted health, longevity, etc. Dragons and "makaras" were likewise" carriers" of gods, and of kings (" sons of the sun"), and of ghosts, because they were products and expressions of a group of complex beliefs similar to that symbolized by the whirlwind spiral. But the dragon and "makara" were not merely complex manifestations of the group of ideas connected with the "air of life" the whirlwind. The dragon was a "thunderer". In Asia the thunder god, in human, animal or reptile form, caused the "birth "of the year by bringing fertilizing and nourishing rain. He was, however, closely associated with the wind god, or a group of wind gods, as was, for instance, the Hindu Indra with Vayu, and also with Rndra, and ...
87. On the Nature of Cometary Symbolism [Kronos $]
... accepted terminology, therefore, our present analysis will draw only upon such natural comet-glyphs as were recognized by early astronomers, classical writers, or later chroniclers. These acknowledged cometary symbols include: 1) a beard, or bearded star. 2) streaming hair, a long-haired star, a lock of hair, a tuft, tress, or curl of hair. 3) a feather or plume. 4) a torch, flame, or torch-star. 5) a rope, knot, or tie. 6) a serpent, dragon, or other fantastic monster. The implications of this comet language must be fully appreciated: in pre-astronomical traditions a "Great Comet" would have been the "Great Beard", Great Flame", or "Great Dragon", etc. But what would happen if a cometary explanation of such themes was allowed? The problem is that these very images are too frequent and too active for translators to consider them as cometary motifs. In world mythology there is no limit to the magical and celestial beards, flames, and ...
88. The Origin of Velikovsky's Comet [Kronos $]
... his fiery serpent".(25a) Examples of this enclosing serpent will be found in every section of the world. Where information is sufficient to allow planetary identifications, the god so enclosed turns out to be Saturn. Hence, in the great systems of astral mythology the sun-like "great father"- whether it is the Babylonian Ninurta or Tammuz, their Egyptian counterparts Ra, Atum or Osiris, the Phoenician El, Hindu Vishnu, Greek Kronos, or Mexican Quetzalcoatl- always rests within the fold of a giant serpent or dragon. Often, the serpentine creature appears with its tail in its mouth, as in the case of the famous Greek Ouroboros. Velikovsky devotes a good deal of attention to the Babylonian serpent-dragon Tiamat; but- in the original Babylonian scheme the "shining Tiamat" forms a vast enclosure, the home of the great god. It is within Tiamat's "belly" that the primordial ruler Kingu dwells. Here, Erich Neumann's conclusion must be our own: "The relation of Tiamat to Kingu shows Tiamat to be the Great Mother ...
89. The Saturn Thesis (Part 2) [Aeon Journal $]
... . And it may well be that this interpretation, which is founded not just on myth but on recorded dreams as well, may have a certain validity in its own right-- one of numerous instances of unconscious correspondence that will have to be confronted. But when it comes to the archaic juxtapositions of the myths, the underlying integrity is obvious: the goddess-womb has rays and these received a mythical interpretation as teeth. You will see this most clearly in the image of the hero housed within the mouth of a serpent, dragon, or chaos monster. Of course, mouth, eye and womb, as noted by Walker and others, are overlapping symbols of the goddess-- and the serpentine character of the goddess was universal. So why shouldn't the female organ have teeth? In the myth of Deucalion, dragon's teeth are sown in the ground to become a primeval generation of warring "men." Our interpretation? The first generation of men, originally the chaos hordes, constituted the projecting teeth of the dragon, set loose in periods of ...
90. Comets & Disasters in the Dark Ages [SIS Internet Digest $]
... heathen again attacked the Christians. 837. A mighty whirlwind kept breaking out, and a comet was seen, sending out a great trail to the east, which to human eyes looked as if it was three cubits long. 838. The winter was wet and windy, and on 21 January thunder was heard, just as on 18 February loud thunder could be heard. And the excessive heat of the sun scorched the earth, and there were earthquakes in some parts of the land, and fire in the shape of a dragon was seen in the air. In that year a wicked heresy arose. In the same year a great peal of thunder was heard on the fifth night before the birth of our Lord, and lightning was seen, and the distress and misfortune of men grew daily in many ways. 839. On 26 December an immense whirlwind arose, so that the waters of the sea burst their banks and bounds over a wide area, and tragically engulfed a countless host of people and buildings in villages and settlements round about. And ...
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