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1. IGNIS E COELO [Mythopedia Website]
... is a red form of the culture hero, who descends from heaven and brings the fire to the first people in the form of lightning or an intoxicating brew. The identification of the culture hero with the planet Mars is an almost irrefutable corollary of the concept. Although the bird is often endowed with a red colour, such is not always the case. This is not to deny the consistency and coherence of the mythical record. North-American traditions in particular describe the lightning as forthcoming from the bird s eyes, whereas African folklore has it issue from its wings. Other traditions, attested in ancient Egypt, Meso-America and northern Europe, insist that the lightning was a writhing serpent in the beak of the bird. All this is to indicate that the lightning was rather a temporary, unstable effect surrounding the appearance of the Hero than a feature completely identical with his nature. Bird and lightning were inseparably linked, but not altogether identical. This is the implication of the material reviewed above. In the symbolism of the hero who brings down the celestial ambrosia ...
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... mythology, human psychology: One of the most terrifying events in the past of mankind was the conflagration of the world, accompanied by awful apparitions in the sky, quaking of the earth, vomiting of lava by thousands of volcanoes, melting of the ground, boiling of the sea, submersion of continents, a primeval chaos bombarded by flying hot stones, the roaring of the cleft earth, and the loud hissing of tornadoes of cinders.(7) In Velikovsky's view, the reason that many similar motifs keep recurring in the folklore and mythology of so many diverse peoples is that "a great many ideas reflect real historical content".(8) This is in sharp opposition to Durkheim, who was convinced that religious thought does not come in contact with reality, except to cover it at once with a thick veil which conceals its real forms; this veil is the tissue of fabulous beliefs which mythology brought forth. Thus the believer, like the delirious man, lives in a world peopled with beings and things which have only a verbal existence. ...
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... note that, though they wrote in Greek, none of the Hellenic mythologists came from Greece. In this respect, they resemble the Islamic scientists of the 9th to 11th centuries A.D., none of whom, though they wrote in Arabic, came from Arabia.(16) Apparently some measure of ethnic or geographic alienation is conducive to the detachment needed by scholars if they are to gain fresh understanding of what others take for granted.) It was not till the 19th century, however, that, following the recognition of folklore as an autonomous field of study, at least a dozen competing schools of mythological interpretation appeared in England, Germany, and Austria. By the 1950s, France, Switzerland, and the United States were also represented, and the number of "jarring sects" had risen to well over two dozen. To simplify this Babel, one could say that most of these modern mythologists are classifiable either as literalists, who hold that myths are imperfect attempts to depict momentous events as they really were, or as symbolists, who maintain ...
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4. The MacCecht and Cuchulainn [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... and the flowing mane and tail of galloping horses. In Latin mare= the sea but in English mare =a female horse [1, thus the link with Marian riding a horse on May Eve (and Lady Godiva)and the idea of night-mare being a comet of the night such as the MacCecht. In the Song of Songs the female (goddess) is not just black and beautiful but she is also described as a mare. An Islamic source records Al Borak, a milk white steed (white light) of folklore, each of whose strides were equal to the furthest range of human vision. In Britain, horses have been cut into the turf of hillsides, their outlines defined by the white chalk subsoil. They are known as White Horse hills and their origins, it is thought, lie in the Celtic period. In Current Archaeology (Spring 1995) the Uffington White Horse has been dated as early as 1,000BC. However the Saxons also perceived deity in the form of a horse and the famous White Horses of Vienna are ...
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... From: SIS Internet Digest 1999:1 (Apr 1999) Home¦ Issue Contents Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts Dozens of online myths and fables from across the globe, including: Aging and Death in Folklore; Air Castles; Animal Brides; Master Builder Legends,& Death of the Seven Dwarfs. ...
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6. Vanishing Goo [Science Frontiers Website]
... were not toxic." (Anonymous; "Vanishing Goo," Fortean Times, no. 43, p. 23, Spring 1985. Extracted from USA Today of December 22, 1983.) Comment. These disappearing blobs represent a typically Fortean phenomenon with a history going back before the first aircraft. The reports are generally ridiculed and quickly written off. Given their historical persistence, perhaps we should pay more attention to them, trivial though they seem. Speaking of falling goo, a detailed historical study of pwdre ser in folklore and science has just appeared. Pwdre ser, as readers of our Handbooks and Catalogs will know, is the Welsh name for star jelly. That jelly-like lumps of materials have been found in the fields after the fall of a shooting star is an integral part of European folklore. Here is a typical poetic mention by Donne: "As he that sees a starre fall, runs apace, And findes a gellie in the place..." (Belcher, Hilary, and Swale, Erica; "Catch a Falling ...
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... From: Horus Vol. 2 No. 2 (Summer 1986) Home¦ Issue Contents Folklore: Its Stability and Self-correcting Power Hildegard Wiencke-Lotz Is our fairy-tale Cinderella an echo of the historical Gudrun, epic heroine and Chief Judge of the Ancient Gothic Federation? Introductory notes Led by Homer's Iliad, in the year 1870, Heinrich Schliemann excavated a mound near Hissarlich expecting to find the remains of Troy. Although possibly mistaken about which of the many levels was Homer's Troy, his conviction that the Iliad contained more truth than fiction was vindicated, and the science of archaeology made a great step forward. According to the consensus of scholars that the Gudrun Epic was little more than a fairy tale in three parts, of which the middle part possibly reflected some historical events. According to its style, it first was committed to writing in the 13th Century A.D. Hildegard Wiencke-Lotz has offered a new view of these traditions and their origins in the history of the ancient world. Through years of travel and study centered on the Gudrun stories, she has developed extensive evidence ...
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8. Does The Moon Really Faze People? [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 14: Winter 1981 Supplement Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Does the moon really faze people? Folklore strongly supports the power of the full moon to disturb people's minds, as underscored by the term "lunatic." The many scientific studies of this supposed lunar effect, however, have come to conflicting conclusions. Templer and Veleber have surveyed previous studies and believe that the discrepancies arise because of different methodologies. By combining new and older data and using a common approach, they confirm folklore by finding a disproportionate frequency of abnormal behavior occurring at the times of full moon, new moon, and the last half of the lunar phase. (Templer, Donald I., and Veleber, David M.; "The Moon and Madness: A Comprehensive Perspective," Journal of Clinical Psychology, 36:865, 1980.) Reference. The moon's putative effect on human behavior is discussed at BHB4 in our Catalog: Biological Anomalies: Humans I. For ordering information ...
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... which her colleagues as well as lesser critics drew freely in formulating their own opinions and in preparing further commentaries on the book. Reproduced below are passages from Gaposchkin's paper that appeared in the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society and the material in Velikovsky's book that she purportedly discredited. The reader may judge for himself who is guilty of faulty scholarship and purposeful misrepresentation. THE CRITICISM: I Gaposchkin: The thesis of the book is scientific, but the evidence is drawn from an immense mass of biblical evidence and Hebrew tradition, myth and folklore, classical literature and the works of the Church fathers. A critic is faced... with the herculean labour of laying a finger on the flaws in an argument that ranges over the greater part of ancient literature. [But when one examines [Velikovsky's sources, his argument falls to pieces... He has not only chosen his sources; he has even chosen what they shall mean. Let me give one example. [Gaposchkin quotes from Worlds in Collision: 'One of the places of the heavenly combat. ...
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10. Origins of the Red Dragon Symbol? [SIS Internet Digest $]
... in other cultures around the world as well. Recently four Morien Institute members attended an excellent lecture at the University of Wales at Bangor by Prof. Mike Baillie, of Queens University, Belfast. As well as focussing on the abrupt climatic disturbances evident in the tree-ring record for these dates, he also stressed the importance of local research being undertaken in Wales in the light of this. This is exactly what we have been doing, and nothing highlights the recording of the mid-sixth century 'event' better than the many references from Welsh folklore and literature. With regard to Myrddin (who was known as Lailoken in Scotland), in Geoffrey of Monmouth's "Vita Merlini" (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 1973, p. 227) we have this interesting piece about the Battle of Arfderydd: "In that fight the sky began to split above me, and I heard a tremendous din, a voice from the sky saying to me, 'Lailochen, Lailochen, because you alone are responsible for the blood of all these dead men, you alone will ...
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