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321. Collective Amnesia: A Brief History of the Concept [Kronos $]
... similar motifs in so much of the world's mythologies led him to accept, for example, the reality of the Noachian flood as an act of divine providence. This method of mythic analysis also lies behind his influential cyclic view of history. Graeco-Roman myth usually portrays the development of history in terms of the Four (sometimes Five) Ages of Man. The ... a kind of collective amnesia in the long passage of time which makes men... forget the allegorical meanings implicit in the poetic language of the ancients" who authored the myths.(9) Vico never uses the term coined by Velikovsky (i.e., "collective amnesia"), but his ideas on man's failure to understand the human and ... But nothing is of any greater interest for the purposes of the present study than his euhemeristic investigation of myth. The wide occurrence of similar motifs in so much of the world's mythologies led him to accept, for example, the reality of the Noachian flood as an act of divine providence. This method of mythic analysis also lies behind his influential cyclic view ...
322. 'Worlds in Collision' After Heinsohn [SIS C&C Review $]
... Neanderthal Man to Modern Man. 64. Heinsohn op. cit. [4, pp. 49-63 surveys recent astronomical scenarios. 65.On the problem of the 'indeterminacy' of the mythological record see Wescott, R, 'Indeterminacy: Temporary, Permanent, or Indefinite?', The Velikovskian, Vol. 1. No. 1, 1993, pp. 53-55 ... conclusion, Mercury, which had been a satellite of Venus, detached itself and attained its present orbit; this event was perceived by much of the ancient world in terms of myths of the dying and reborn god and of a son in relation to a cosmic mother [4. Given this, he might be classified as a 'planetarist' rather than a ... famous Pyramid Texts, which do not begin till the late Fifth Dynasty, can no longer be used (as Velikovsky and his successors have done), as a body of mythical evidence for the state of the heavens in the 'high antiquity' before the Venus/Exodus event [20. COMPARATIVE CHRONOLOGICAL CHART E= Egyptian G= Greco-Roman H= Hebrew ...
323. Monitor [SIS C&C Review $]
... , and are still awaiting an English language version. Meanwhile a detailed article gives their geological evidence for a recent large impact which gave rise to the catastrophic phenomena depicted in flood mythology the world over. They suggest that myths indicate the impactor was a comet which broke into seven fiery pieces. Caustic blood-coloured rainfall would have been fallout of impact-generated nitric acid. ... be. It seems that collisions are going on all the time and that the entire ring system is in a state of flux. Eric Aitchison reminded his local astronomer of the myths of ancient peoples which described Saturn as giving birth to children unaided and then later devouring them. Mars New Scientist 28.10.95, p. 19, Geology Today Nov .-Dec.95, pp ... Columbus'. Meanwhile, back in England, was the defeat of the entire Viking army in 878 really led by a real Alfred the Great? There is much of the mythical surrounding this figure, mighty in battle but also a philosopher-king in an age when literacy was almost unknown. Bronze Age housing estate Newspaper clipping, date unknown The oldest village in ...
324. Monitor [SIS C&C Review $]
... people, by Gary Greenberg Details of Moses and Akhenaten, which some have used to declare them one and the same historical person, can alternatively be used to suggest their common mythological origin. In particular there is the legend that Moses suffered from leprosy and that plague was widespread at the time of the Exodus. This is interesting in view of the hero ... have been very much ritualistic. One anthropologist who is not convinced by ideas of cannibalism points to the fact that a belief in cannibalism seems to be inherent in humans, with myths such as the Greek tale of Saturn devouring his children. Cannibalism practised for normal nutritional purposes is highly suspect: even the supposedly well-authenticated case of New Guinea tribesmen is doubtful after ... age Africa Scientific American Nov. 97, pp. 62-67 The ruins of the city of Great Zimbabwe testify to a powerful southern African culture, the truth about it obstructed by mythical ideas of Ophir and King Solomon's mines and later by colonial prejudice. It was the culmination of the native Shona civilisation which became wealthy through cattle production and trading ivory and gold ...
325. Indra and Brhaspati- II (Forum) [Kronos $]
... origins we must direct our attention if we honestly wish to identify the deities correctly. Granted that we do not always have access to these prehistoric archetypes, the fact remains that mythology can help us trace back the pertinent divinities to their earliest extant prototypes-- even if we often have to cross the boundaries between the stated beliefs of different races. That ... noted in an earlier article by me, (8) in a footnote which explicitly deals with several of the "identifications". Cardona's own approach to the vexed problems of mythological identifications tends to be nothing if not supremely self-confident. Let me cite a few examples (emphasis supplied) without going any further afield than the issue of KRONOS which carries also ... know them, are of prehistoric origin, but the prototypes out of which they evolved most certainly are. Out of these prototypes, deities took religious shape; and while evolving mythologies were later to encumber them with diverse, complex, and even contradictory tales concerning their deeds and inter-relationship with one another, their basic nature and identity remained true to their origins ...
326. Puzzles of Prehistory [The Velikovskian $]
... into subperiods. My response to this contradiction is to follow the scientific picture of our past, with respect to the fully historic period of recent millennia, but to prefer the mythic picture of protohistoric times. I reject prehistoric gradualism --the current scientific consensus --because I believe it to be based on repressed emotional denial of past catastrophes and unconscious fear of future ones ... reference, since it is highly unlikely that traumata, widespread enough to distort human behavior, would leave the behavior of animals --particularly higher animals --unaffected. Building, therefore, on mythical evidence (to be detailed and explained below) as well as on data from comparative psychology, I infer that, prior to the Pleistocene disturbances, some of the characteristics of ... proportions. Under the influence of uniformitarian theory, the scientific picture of our past as one of historic progress and prehistoric evolution has become incompatible with the picture, provided by the mythologies of every continent, of a human past divisible into the principal periods --a relatively changeless Golden Age, followed by a highly changeable Time of Troubles, itself divisible into subperiods. ...
327. Velikovsky's Dreamwork [Aeon Journal $]
... civil weddings. Jones, the most influential of Freud's biographers and a noted psychoanalyst in his own right-- and one of the first to apply the method to studies of mythic characters-- closed his discussion of Velikovsky by saying that Jones would "not propose to reinterpret any of Freud's dreams, a proceeding which I should stigmatize as at least hazardous ... to his later catastrophism, despite their obvious relevance. One unpublished paper, although not concerned with dreamwork, is quite interesting in light of Velikovsky's later assumptions about the nature of mythological motifs. After reviewing a standard test of witnesses' memories-- a hold-up or some other dramatic event is staged in the lecture hall and then members of the audience are ... other culturally oriented psychoanalysts. From very early on, the Freudians (Abraham, Otto Rank, Geza Roheim, Theodor Reik, and many others) had made the analogy that myths are cultural expressions in the same way that dreams are individual expressions of repression and instinct; therefore, myths are symbolic expressions rather than literal ones. Velikovsky, of course, ...
328. Comets and the Bronze Age Collapse [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... ; each is given as 'the star of': Cronos, Zeus, Aphrodite, etc. Clearly the planets did not inspire the earlier stories which championed these gods. The mythology associated with these names certainly better describes the break-up of a comet with an orbit that crossed Earth's path than the monotonous behavior of planets. As for the bibbus, as well ... trees. In villages and towns trees, ordinary and sacred, are falling down, crushed by mighty winds and struck by lightning." This is, without doubt, a mythological record of an intense meteor storm from the still active Taurid stream which presently peaks around the first of November and appears to radiate from near the Pleiades star cluster. The un-airworthy ... is steeped in ancient myth and tradition. It has always been associated with Samhain, the Celtic observance of the year's turning in November, and this event is well documented. Mythologically, the mound also has associations with the Tuatha De Danann, or the 'Lords of Light'. They arrive from the air and cast a darkness over the sun for three ...
329. The Archangels [Kronos $]
... . cit., Vol. V, p. 154. 86. Ibid., Vol. II, pp. 308. 87. G. Alexinsky, "Slavonic Mythology," New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology (London, 1972), p. 284. 88. M. Fauconnet, "Mythology of the Two Americas," in Ibid ... of this double-headed equation? I, for one, am not. It is said that all roads lead to Rome; and, whether we like it or not, all mythological avenues eventually lead to Saturn. I am about to propose that the identification of Gad and Amon as the Semitic Baal Hamon may be nothing but a mistaken supposition which could have ... , were said to have surrounded, or encircled, god's throne in heaven.(94) Seven celestial rings encircling a brighter heavenly object is a motif met with in the mythologies of almost all races. Those who are familiar with my previous writings can draw the obvious conclusion.(95) REFERENCES 1. Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, ...
330. The Rites Of Moloch [Kronos $]
... Old Testament, in its original version, does not treat of "Moloch" but, rather, of "the Moloch"- that is, "the King". Mythology knows of two great planetary deities who were acknowledged as kings by the ancients who venerated them: Saturn, who was the first king of gods and men, and Jupiter, ... op. cit., pp. 85,108,205,237. 60. R. W. Wescott, "Aster and Disaster: Toward a Catastrophist Mode of Mythological Interpretation," KRONOS IX: 1 (Fall 1983), p. 63. 61. J. E. Pfeiffer, The Emergence of Society: A Prehistory of the ... . That Tanit was also a Saturnian deity will be brought out in Part V of the author's serialization "Child of Saturn". 83. R. Graves, The Greek Myths (Harmondsworth,1955-60), Vol. l, p. 42. 84. W. F. Albright, loc cit. 85. Ibid. 86. W. ...
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