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... We would then be in a position to suggest that faunal and floral change was quicker than originally believed and that some geological events occurred in the very recent past and not millions of years ago. There is an immense amount of material available that can be linked to a planetary scenario but first the material must be taken out of the fictional folklore- myth categories are recognized as valid human memories of real planetary events. The Pacific Northwest is the best area in which to work in this initial stage. The tribes in this region have stories about the various mountains, some of the rivers and lakes, and considerable geological work has been done on individual peaks and volcanoes so that ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 11  -  29 Mar 2001  -  URL: /online/pubs/articles/talks/portland/deloria.htm
... by functional similarities of the two bodies either to each other or to characteristics in nature. This suggests diffusion. One of the semantic connections, i.e ., with "red", has a phonological aspect to it that also suggests diffusion. The case for Old World-New World diffusion, to the extent that it may have affected folklore regarding great catastrophic events and other cosmological themes, suggests- that less weight might be placed upon folklore as evidence of multiple independent witnessing of the same events than as evidence that, at least, somebody saw them and passed the information along. Because Pre-Columbian diffusion to the Americas is still quite controversial in American archaeological circles, and for ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 11  -  05 Mar 2003  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/kronos/vol1201/025venus.htm
163. Homer in the Baltic [Journals] [Aeon]
... , the "Helle Sea"), today's Gulf of Finland. In this area also lies Kurland- the Curians' country, i.e ., the mythical Curetes, linked with the worship of Zeus- where is found the figure of a supreme god, who is called Dievas in Lithuania and Dievs in Latvia. In local folklore he shows features typical of Hellenic Zeus (the genitive case of the name "Zeus" in Greek being "Dis" [18] ). Moreover, Lithuanian has very archaic features and a notable affinity with the ancient Indo-European language. Phthia- Achilles' homeland- lay on the fertile hills of southeastern Esthonia, along the border ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 11  -  09 Jan 2005  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/aeon/vol0602/095homer.htm
164. Quantalism And Prehistory [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... the Big Bang is only millennia behind us would be, in and of itself, traumatic. To place it eons away from us is reassuring: it gives us an enormous sense of chronographic security. Yet that security, however welcome, seems to me to be illusory. MYTHIC EVIDENCE The only narrative record that we have of prehistory is folklore, consisting of myth and legend. Myth describes the remote past, and legend the recent past. For information about world calamities and what preceded them, we must turn to myth which paints on a far larger canvas than does legend. Nearly all mythic corpora that are reasonably comprehensive tell a tale of paradise, long enjoyed but eventually ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 11  -  27 May 2007  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/velikov/vol0304/03quantalism.htm
... brought unusual pathogens in their wake, afflicting cattle as well as man. Whether there is any truth to this conjecture is difficult to say apart from the finding of pathogens in future Mars explorations, but it is intriguing to find that the idea that meteorites could produce sickness or pestilence is surprisingly widespread. Thus, in his discussion of the folklore surrounding meteorites, Frazer refers to the Namaqua tribe of Africa with the words: "[ They] are greatly afraid of the meteor which is vulgarly called a falling star, for they consider it a sign that sickness is coming upon the cattle, and to escape it they will immediately drive them to some other parts of the country ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 11  -  05 Mar 2003  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/aeon/vol0402/057martn.htm
... fact are wrong and, as soon as my arguments appear in print, there will be no question about it. The younger generation, anyway, will realize where is the truth and where it is not. But interesting, also, is their approach, where Velikovsky [is portrayed as having] brought together a very impressive literature of folklore and ancient mythology, ancient legend, and then goes on to destroy [established science]. And with very insufficient means. He even ignored my book, Earth in Upheaval, as if he doesn't know of its existence. Sagan is not familiar with the field of paleomagnetism or with meteorology. And he makes such foolish accusations: ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 11  -  05 Mar 2003  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/velikov/vol0202/Intervu.htm
167. Sin and the Control System [Journals] [Kronos]
... excellent." / Ibid., pp. 39-40. / But such acts of mathematical legerdemain are far from constituting the principal way in which uniformitarian science rewrites history. If there is one thing above all others that we would like the reader to learn from this essay, it is that our sacred texts, our mythologies, and our folklores- as transmuted by the collective amnesia as they may be- contain the prescientific history of the human race. Now, uniformitarian science does not really go to the trouble of actually rewriting all this history. With all the weight of its enormous prestige behind its pronouncement, it simply declares that the stories we find in religious texts, ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 11  -  05 Mar 2003  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/kronos/vol0202/077sin.htm
168. The Hero's Garment [Journals] [Aeon]
... , op. cit., p. 210. [60] D. Pickering, Dictionary of Superstitions (1995), p. 157; N. N. Puckett, Folk Beliefs of the Southern Negro (N . Y., 1969), p. 48; M. Leach (ed.), Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend (1984), p. 621. [61] C. Blinkenberg, The Thunderweapon in Religion and Folklore: A Study in Comparative Archaeology (1911), p. 113. [62] D. A. MacKenzie, op. cit., p. 246. [63] Ibid.; ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 11  -  04 Feb 2007  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/aeon/vol0603/107hero.htm
... scientific community. His historical "facts" depended, for their significance, on how they could be correlated with other facts, how they could be interpreted in terms of a theory. Yet the "facts" themselves were but interpretations, based on such assumptions as that there are reliable accounts of real events at the bottom of myths, folklore, religious texts. Scientists, as a result of sometimes bitter experience, are wary even of facts obtained under strictly controlled conditions with inanimate objects of well-defined character; inevitably they give little credence to eyewitness reports, still less to purported eyewitness reports handed down through many generations, sometimes merely orally. Velikovsky's judgment of what facts are, ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 10  -  04 Dec 2008  -  URL: /online/no-text/beyond/15-realities.htm
... to have been achieved, along comes Velikovsky, not a clean-cut American, not "one of us," (the victors), but a European and a Jew with a thick guttural accent, presenting a hodge-podge of permissible scientific ideas mixed with impermissible myth and religion, and threatening to resurrect the entire pre-1800 pre-scientific past of religion and folklore which America had just destroyed, of fascistic suddenness and violence, even after Shapley had gloated that "As rational practitioners . . . we deplore superstition- the last stronghold of the irrational. But, thanks to man's reasoning, never before has hampering superstition been in retreat on so wide a front." (22) Velikovsky seemed to ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 9  -  26 Mar 2007  -  URL: /online/pubs/books/ginenthal/gould/12rage.htm
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