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... since I shall be leaving for Greece soon, but I would like to talk to you more about them before leaving, if that is possible. My problem was this: the stratigraphic work of Schaeffer and others show heavy ashes and calcinated debris from natural disasters over "Old World" settlements and cities, ending the Old, Middle, and Recent Bronze Ages; that is, effectively terminating these civilizations. Therefore, the "New World" in some likelihood would show the same. If, however, the stratigraphy of American Indian settlements of the Mississippi Valley is continuous and shows no catastrophic effects between, say, 3,000 B. C. and 600 B. C., then the hypothesis of world-wide catastrophe is disproved. (The same would hold for Meso-America, which I am not considering here.) Catastrophes are indicated by effects of violent flood, wind, fire, and material fall-out. Hence I examined your materials for evidence of such effects. First I considered cases without reference to carbon dating, which in all cases produced dates ...
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12. The milky sea a.k.a. "white water" [Science Frontiers Website]
... yet the sky...appeared as black as if a storm was raging. The scene was one of awful grandeur; the sea having turned to phosphorus, and the heavens being hung in blackness, and the stars going out, seemed to indicate that all nature was preparing for that last grand conflagration which we are taught to believe is to annihilate this material world." We selected this account of the milky sea phenomenon because of its vivid verbiage-- something absent from the modern reports: "August 13, 1986. Northwest Indian Ocean. The entire sea surface took on an intense white glow which was not unlike viewing the negative of a photograph." The milky sea is a rather common phenomenon. In fact, the British Meteorological Office has established a Bioluminescence Database, which presently contains 235 reports of milky seas seen since 1915. P.J. Herring and M. Watson have employed this Database in a review paper on these impressive displays. Geographical plotting of the reports shows a strong concentration in the northwest Indian Ocean (see figure). Seasonally, ...
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13. Cuban Prehistory [Kronos $]
... Cuban Prehistory Aurelio Ruiz-Lafont* Editor's Note: This paper was first presented at the West Coast Seminar-- Velikovsky and Secular Catastrophism-- held August 30-31, 1980, in San Jose, and sponsored by KRONOS Other papers from this seminar will be also appearing in the pages of KRONOS.-- LMG (Translation from the presentation in Spanish by Jack W. Pockman.) The prehistory of Cuba is shrouded in mystery. Unlike the great cosmological civilizations, of what the first Iberian conquerors and explorers called Tierra Firme, the Indian peoples of Cuba and adjacent islands of the Caribbean left no vast monumental ritual and urban centers, nor did they possess any system of inscriptions such as the Mayan glyphs that still tantalize scholars, ranging from classical archaeology to computational cryptology. Strangely, in view of the proximity of Cuba's westernmost extension to the Yucatan peninsula, there is not the slightest evidence of any contact between the Maya and the Cuban aborigines. Nor, are their traditions, legends, and myths available to us. As peoples, the Cuban aborigines ceased to ...
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14. Chapter I: The Worship of the Sun and the Dawn [Dawn of Astronomy (Book)] [Books]
... the very earliest Chinese observations show us the Chinese, a thoroughly practical people, trying to get as much out of the stars as they could for their terrestrial purposes. In Babylonia it is a very remarkable thing that from the beginning of things-- so far as we can judge from the records-- the sign for God was a star. We find the same idea in Egypt: in some of the hieroglyphic texts three stars represented the plural "gods." I have already remarked that the ideas of the early Indian civilisation, crystallised in their sacred books called Vedas, were known to us long before either the Egyptian or the Babylonian and Assyrian records had been deciphered. Enough, however, is now known to show that we may take the Vedas to bring before us the remnants of the first ideas which dawned upon the minds of the earliest dwellers in Western Asia-- that is, the territory comprised between the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the Caucasus, the Caspian Sea, the Indus, and the waters which bound the southern ...
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... to the vajra's awesome power. With its aid Indra subdued the dragon: "Thou, Maghavan [Indra, rentest with thy bolt the Dragon who lay against the waterfloods of heaven." (129) A similar passage is the following: "Loud roared the mighty Hero's bolt of thunder, when he, the Friend of man, burnt up the monster." (130) Like the wheel of Surya, Indra's weapon early on became identified with many a terrestrial wheel. Indeed such symbolism played a prominent role in early Indian ritual. Here Sparreboom observes: The chariot was used during Indra's vrtrahatya (cf. RV VI.18.9), his killing Vrtra by means of his vajra. In the explanatory system of the brahmanas, the term vajra is popular in any identification which is made for explaining an act of aggression, but it seems to be particularly suitable for identification with the chariot. In the Vajapeya, at the moment when the chariot is taken from its stand before the ritual chariot race, the chariot is addressed with the following verse (TX ...
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16. Devi And Venus [Kronos $]
... particularly revealing: it is quite simply "star" (tara). She is called "the youngest" (avara). Like Pallas Athene, she is "the virgin" (kanya); also like Athene, she is redoubtable as a fighter whose weapons include a shield and a sword. The very word "Devi" has been translated by some Indologists as "that which is by its nature Light and Manifestation" (thus, e.g., 8, p. vi). True, in the classical Indian sources available to me, I do not find any explicit statement linking the Devi to Jupiter (Zeus) (called in classical Hindu sources, inter alia, Brihaspati), as Pallas Athene is linked to that (planetary) deity from whose head she sprang (see, however, the sections "Sixteen" and "Jupiter and Venus both Brahmins," below). Equally true, there is no explicit statement that the Devi is the planet Venus. Nevertheless, our proposed identification leaves little room for doubt; as ...
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17. Thundergods and Thunderbolts [Aeon Journal $]
... Serpent of the waters, which was devouring mankind." [29 The same idea is attested in South America: "Among the Arawak, Uitoto, and some other tribes in various parts of South America, it is said that a host of birds successfully killed the great water snake." [30 The dragon combat plays a prominent role in many ancient cosmogonies, as we have elsewhere documented, generally serving as a prelude to Cre-ation. [31 Indra's battle with Vritra is a case in point, being central to ancient Indian ideas of cosmogony. Glorious deeds aside, there are clear indications that Indra also had a darker side. Witness the following hymn: "And men have faith in Indra, the resplendent one, what time he hurleth down his bolt, his dart of death." [32 Countless hymns describe the destruction caused by Indra's bolts. Indeed, heaven itself reeled under Indra's onslaught: "Yea, even that heaven itself of old bent backward before thy bolt, in terror of its anger, when Indra, life of every ...
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... bearing the heads of Roman Emperors Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius. These pieces had probably found their way to Southeast Asia via Rome's intensive trade network with India [43. Interestingly, Oc-eo contains the earliest known examples of Brahmi-based script found in Southeast Asia, dating from the 2nd century AD [44, the period when fired brick may have begun to be used at Comalcalco. As Cavalli-Sforza points out, 'The Harappan civilization (of the Indus Valley) did not disappear completely but is likely to have contributed to the development of modern Indian culture' [45. Also, when we consider that Indo-China had a tradition more Indian than Chinese, with strong Hindu and Buddhist influences, a study by Thomas Barthel acquires significant possibilities. Barthel, working at the University of Tübingen, Germany, developed the 'Palenque Program' which argues that Hindu religious impulses reached Mesoamerica, where they fused with the Maya of the Palenque region [46. Considering that certain ideas may have progressed from Comalcalco to Palenque, does Comalcalco itself possesses any evidence of Hindu influence? Neil Steede has ...
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19. Another Indian Ocean Light Wheel [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 2: January 1978 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Another Indian Ocean Light Wheel March 27, 1976. Position 10 N., 101 E. "At 1917 GMT, C.J.A. Cladingbowl, the Second Officer of the s.s. Benattow saw pulsating parallel bands of light rushing toward the ship from 045 T. After two to three minutes, the bands assumed a spoke formation with the center of rotation unseen but in the direction of 315 T. The spokes were about 22 m in width, with 22 m between each spoke. Rotating clockwise, the spokes swept past the vessel at ever increasing speeds, reaching two spokes per second maximum. By 1925, the display had reverted to the parallel band form. Then, the bands changed into a counterclockwise rotating wheel. The performance ended when the display again reverted to parallel bands and faded out altogether. The light from the spokes was white to light green and its intensity increased with the speed of rotation." ...
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... red form. Considering Apollo, Cochrane indicates that, far from being the god of light and culture as later depicted by the Greeks, the earliest myths show him as a god of war and pestilence, described by Homer as the cause of the outbreak of the Trojan war. In fact he has many resemblances to Reseph, Nergal and Erra. Reseph's cult is believed to have originated in Syria but spread throughout the Mediterranean and both Reseph and Apollo have combat myths in which they slay serpents. Apollo also has connections with the Indian war god Rudra, described as the red boar of heaven, and he in turn with the Celtic war god Rudianos (Red) who has long been identified with Mars. Hero gods throughout the European and Near Eastern areas continue to be convincingly caught within Cochrane's Martian web. Even though it may be argued that all these derive from a common source, the complex and consistent picture they build up of the red war god contains many elements which are difficult to explain in any of the usual ways, such as fertility gods ...
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