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... Someone willed, until the sea had closed over us." The "many thoughted" Ulysses is on his way to immortality, even if it has to be Hell. The engulfing whirlpool belongs to the stock-in-trade of ancient fable. It appears in the Odyssey as Charybdis in the straits of Messina-and again, in other cultures, in the Indian Ocean and in the Pacific. It is. found there too, curiously enough, with the overhanging fig tree to whose boughs the hero can cling as the ship goes down, whether it be Satyavrata in India, or Kae in Tonga. Like Sindbad's magnetic mountain, it goes on in mariners' yarns through the centuries. But ...
212. The Repeopling of the Earth [Books]
... severe. Let us return to the narrow interpretation of Genesis i. 27, that the tribe of which the myth tells, or, again according to that manneristic method of interpretation, all mankind, was derived from the union of two unrelated persons. This is a comparatively rare trait in the myths of the world. The Jibaros, Indians of the upper Amazon region, tell in one of their myths that only one man and one woman were saved from the (rain-caused) deluge, and became the ancestors of the present tribe. According to one of the Peruvian myths the whole human race was destroyed, except one man and one woman, who then re-peopled the Inca ...
213. A Cosmic Debate [Books] [de Grazia books]
... Is history but an obsessed recapitulation of disastrous experiences? Is it but a shell-shocked capering? Call the roll of the ancient civilizations: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Crete, Cyprus, the Aegean, Greece, the Etruscans, the Romans, the Megalithic pre-historic humans of Europe, the Olmecs and Mayans, the Peruvians, the North American Indians, China, India, Iran, and so forth. Wherever one ventures equipped with the revolutionary theory, old historical evidence is reshaped and new theories emerge. Matters large and matters small become involved. How did the ballgames of many cultures come to be invented and why were they religious? Why do modern Peruvian Indians put bowls on ...
214. Victory of The Sun [Books] [de Grazia books]
... (3rd ed.), K. Paul, London. Bancroft, Hubert H. (1874-76), Native Races of the Pacific States of North America, D. Appleton and Co., N.Y . Barbeau, Marius (1967), "The Old-World Dragon in America." in Sol Tax, ed., Indian Tribes of Aborginal America, Cooper Square Publ., New York. Bargmann, Valentine & Lloyd Motz (1962), "On the Recent Discoveries Concerning Jupiter and Venus," 138 Science (December 21), 1350-2. Barnes, Thomas (1977), "Recent Origin and Decay of the Earth's Magnetic Field," II ...
215. New Fashions in Catastrophism [Books] [de Grazia books]
... of her "home family and neighborhood" in Ireland; it developed that she had been unwittingly retailing material conveyed to her by her Irish nurse in early childhood and duly registered in her memory. V. had an unusual interest in mnemonic phenomena. One time Deg was visited by a nurse from India accompanied by a high official of the Indian Foreign Ministry. She possessed a rare factual and numerological memory. Given any long set of numbers, she could recall them and reorder them. She could also do tricks such as supplying a person's year of birth, knowing the day and month. When younger, she had possessed only an ordinary mind, then had global amnesia following ...
216. Falling Dust and Stone [Books] [de Grazia books]
... dust" we know from experience. "From dust" - what does geology say? Nothing, of course. Does mythology have something to say? Yes. One of the most popular creation legends has man being made from clay, Hebrew Genesis, for example. The Greek Promethean creation, for another. Moreover, the "Cree Indians believe that the flesh of those who perished in the waters of the Deluge were changed into red pipe-clay. Similar myths or echoes of myths are found in the tales of almost every nation. "So reports Bellamy [8 ] "We are all made from common clay," say egalitarians. Why clay? Because, according to ...
217. Night of the Gods: The Stone [Books]
... and he quoted The Alerchant's Treasure of Stonelore, by Bailak of Kibjak (A .D . 1282), who de visu described the needle of the Syrian pilots as "facing by its two points the South and the North." Bailak had also heard of a hollow iron fish used for the same purpose by the ship-captains of the Indian seas. We have already had a mention of the aquatic compass in China in 1117, which is the earliest by some 80 years of all modern dates about the subject. Nala a monkey-god has in the Ramayana the power of making stones float in water. A too vivid imagination might here pretend to see a natural-magnet floated (on ...
218. Indra and Brhaspati (Forum) [Journals] [Kronos]
... p. 3). (Bracketed passages in the SBE original, i.e ., not added by present writer.) Does Ashton think that the Hindu tradition would accept- let alone assert!- that Brahman and Kshatriya, priest and warrior castes, are personified in a single deity? I am of course aware that later Indian philosophy (for example, in the Bhagavad Gita) does assert such identities at the level of ultimate reality- thus: The wise look with equal eye on a Brahmana endowed with learning and humility, a cow, an elephant, a dog and an outcaste"(6 ) (Lit.: one who cooks and eats dogs ...
219. On the Disproportion between Geological Time and Historical Time. Part Two - of Earth, Fire and Water [Journals] [SIS Review]
... all fossils, that the rocks which surround them formed rapidly. Diatomaceous earth is unstratified rock; it has every appearance of continuous deposition. And as Ager remarks: "When attempts have been made to calculate rates of sedimentation in what look like continuously deposited sediments, the results look ridiculous. Thus the Globigerina ooze on the floor of the Indian ocean seems to be accumulating at between 0.25 and 1cm per 1000 years. A very conservative estimate for the Upper Cretaceous Chalk in northern Europe would give a figure of something over 9000m as an absolute maximum, before consolidation, and about 30 million years for its deposition. That works out at around a third of a millimetre ...
220. Letters [Journals] [SIS Review]
... year old human remains were unearthed; the oldest skull among them was of a young woman whom the scientists named Lucia' (shades of the Kenyan Lucy?). This skull was measured by Walter Neves, a Physical Anthropologist of San Paulo University. He fully expected it to be Mongoloid, the accepted derivative race of the original American Indians, but he was surprised to find, much to his astonishment that it proved to be of an unknown racial type and definitely not Mongoloid - nor European. The skull was sent to the hospital at Rio de Janeiro to have a three-dimensional Catscan done and the cast was sent to Richard Neave, a leading forensic artist at the University ...
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