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61. The Naval Stone [Thunderbolts Website]
... is a Hellenistic or early Roman marble copy of the so-called omphalos or "navel", its surface covered with a woolen mesh. It was originally located in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece. The travel writer, Pausanias, wrote the following about this rock: "What the Delphians call the NAVEL is made of white stone: the Delphians maintain, and Pindar writes to the same effect in one of his odes, that this is the center of the entire earth." Countless other surviving reports identify this navel-stone ... different, more active sky than the one we presently see. The available evidence strongly suggests that the ancients were describing the axis mundi, the central axis connecting the poles of heaven and earth, as a visible object. Based on an extensive analysis of ancient rock art, plasma physicist Anthony Peratt has recently proposed that a stupendous glowing plasma column formed in the 4 th or 3 rd millennium BCE as a result of a high-energy disturbance in the geomagnetic field. The known laboratory sequence of phases in the development of such a plasma ...
62. Basalt Synthesis Invented Over 3,000 Years Ago! [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 119: Sep-Oct 1998 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Basalt Synthesis Invented Over 3,000 Years Ago! Basalt is a blackish volcanic rock that is hard and durable. In nature it sometimes occurs in long prisms of hexagonal cross section. In fact, ancient Micronesians quarried multiton basalt prisms to build their fantastic megalithic complex of 92 artificial islets at Nan Madol. (SF#45) The inhabitants of ancient Mesopotamia had no basalt quarries at ... . Indeed, building stone of any kind was exceedingly scarce. What the Mesopotamians of the second century B.C. did have in abundance was alluvial silt. From this unpromising material they were able to make their pottery, writing tablets, and art objects. However, for grinding grain and engineering structures they needed something harder and stronger. Their innovative solution was: artificial basalt made from silt. They simply melted the silt and let it cool slowly. Sounds simple, but three remarkable intellectual and technical advances were required: The Mesopotamians ...
63. Shaft Grave Art: Modern Problems [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... Grave Circle B at Mycenae and a cemetery only about seven miles away at Argos, both of which added new substance to the controversy, and made the gap even more embarrassing. Circle B produced still more ? seventeenth-sixteenth-century ? long pins with globular heads (some of rock crystal) clearly worn at the shoulders of women. 35 The excavator of Argos found similar long dress pins worn at the shoulders, but datable to the late twelfth century. He felt that since they were so similar in style and usage, and so close ... Shaft Grave Art: Modern Problems The Shaft Grave rulers, to judge by their more robust size than that of their followers, by their weapons and by their favorite scenes of art, were hunters and warriors who began consolidating the rather barbaric villages of Greece into a formidable empire. They brought their people from a comparatively backward Middle Helladic existence into the Late Helladic period, aptly named ? the Mycenaean Age.? Their houses, tombs and pottery were at first rather poor, since they preferred to lavish their wealth on precious ...
64. Thundergods and Thunderbolts [Aeon Journal $]
... among the Caribbeans on the northern coast of the continent. Its range indicates a more extensive presence in earlier times than is now the case." [6 The Egyptian Min offers an early example of the thundergod, his defining symbol appearing already on predynastic pottery and rock art tracing to the fourth millennium BCE. In addition to serving as a god of storm and war, Min also featured prominently as an agent of fertility. [7 The ancient Semitic thundergod Hadad/Adad, whose name is thought to be cognate with Arabic ... , "thunder," was likewise represented as a warrior. [8 Illustrations of the long-haired and bearded god holding an axe and/or lightning are common throughout ancient Mesopotamia (see Figure 3). Early epithets of the god, including Bir-qu, Lugal-ri-ha-mun, and Mer-ta-i-mu, identify him as the lightning, King of the Hurricane, and thunderer respectively. [9 Adad is elsewhere represented as a promoter of fertility, a pattern we will discover in other thundergods around the world. Thus, an Assyrian prayer invokes Adad as ...
65. Day Star [Aeon Journal $]
... idea is to be found amongst the Australian Aborigines, the natives of northeast Arnhem Land referring to Venus as "the Lotus" or "lily star." [9 Figure One It is instructive at this point to compare the lingual evidence with the evidence of Neolithic rock art. In previous articles we documented that a central concern of Neolithic rock art was the depiction of various celestial bodies (see the second image in Figure One). [10 Leading scholars, almost without exception, have interpreted these as "sun-images." ... scholars have but a mere handful of reliable tools available. Archaeological digs, such as Schliemann's spectacular finds at Troy or the recent discovery of Hamoukar in northern Syria, can provide valuable evidence with regard to the material level and intellectual life of a particular culture. Ancient art can also supply important information as to how prehistoric man made his living and viewed his place in the cosmos. The beautiful paintings discovered at Altamira in the last century-- and more recently at Lascaux (1940), Grotte Cosquer (1991) and Grotte ...
66. The Crescent II [The Saturn Myth] [Books]
... with the bull or cow of heaven. Prehistoric drawings from Egypt continually relate the ship to a horned creature and later Egyptian art continued the theme. (13) 92. The Mesopotamian great gods sail in the horned ship. The same connection occurs in many Scandinavian rock drawings. A rock picture from the Nubian desert south of Kerma shows the ship so placed on the back of a bull that the boat and the galloping animal are one. (14) The Sumero-Babylonian Nannar or Sin, esteemed as the bull with glistening horns ... . Having observed the "unorthodox" role of the crescent-horn, it is appropriate to note first that ancient symbolism always equates the great god's ship with the bull or cow of heaven. Prehistoric drawings from Egypt continually relate the ship to a horned creature and later Egyptian art continued the theme. (13) 92. The Mesopotamian great gods sail in the horned ship. The same connection occurs in many Scandinavian rock drawings. A rock picture from the Nubian desert south of Kerma shows the ship so placed on the back of a ...
67. Venus, Mars ... and Saturn [SIS C&C Review $]
... transferred to Venus [17- is at odds with the evidence, ignoring as it does the full context of the Venus-comet imagery. If the ancient testimony surrounding Venus is at odds with modern astronomy, that surrounding the ancient sun-god is more incongruous yet. In Neolithic rock art, pictures of the 'sun' constitute a dominant motif, yet these pictures do not conform with its current appearance (Figure 1 provides three images routinely identified with the sun) [18. How are we to account for this? It would appear that ... shaped the recent history of our species. This article seeks to summarise the Saturn-theory as it currently stands [1. The Saturn theory is an attempt to make sense of the testimony bequeathed to us by our forebears in the form of myth, ritual, literature, art, astronomical records and language. In sacred lore from different cultures around the world, certain mythical traditions are to be found virtually everywhere- e.g. the Creation, the 'Golden Age', the Flood, the dragon combat, etc. A systematic analysis of ...
68. Indra's Theft of the Sun-God's Wheel [Aeon Journal $]
... is addressed with the following verse (TX I.7.7.b): "You are the Vrtra-killing vajra of Indra; with you may he slay Vrtra." (131) In addition to the wheel, Indra's vajra is identified with various other weapons, including a club, rock, and thunderbolt. (132) Of the latter weapon O'Rahilly observed: The general idea concerning the lightning stroke or "thunderbolt" was that it was a surpassingly powerful missile or other weapon. Thus it was variously regarded as a (fiery) spear, ... Here van Buren observes: In early times the triple lightning was usually rendered by three undulating lines rising from a straight main line or handle; thus it might easily be mistaken for a trident...In later times the triple lightning was delineated like the thunderbolt of classical art, for it was grasped in the middle, and divided into three wavy forks at each end. (172) The similarity between ancient images of the "thunderbolt" and Poseidon's trident has been noted by other scholars as well. (173) Coomaraswamy, ...
69. Celestial fireworks [SIS Internet Digest $]
... and a vast majority of them exhibit patterns whose meaning is not obvious and lacks a clear reference in the natural world as we know it today. Yet at the same time they come remarkably close to our reconstruction of the former skies. The idea is that ancient rock art, and, in later stages of art history, all sorts of traditional sculptures and decorations, attempted to represent the age of the gods. It must constantly be remembered that the pictures I offer in the slideshow are only a very small selection from what ... age of the gods The presentation consists of three parts, which enable you to familiarise yourself with the imagery of world mythology in 10 minutes: a general presentation of the pictures that appeared in the sky; a presentation where such pictures are compared to works of ancient art; and a presentation in which the anatomy of the celestial configuration is studied. All were produced in close cooperation with my beloved wife, Seong-Hee Jo, to whom many thanks. First read the explanation below. Then go to the general slideshow 'celestial fireworks' ...
70. The Saturn Theory [SIS C&C Review $]
... myth and folklore, the artistic record likewise provides compelling evidence that the planets only recently moved on radically different orbits. Consider, for example, the three images depicted in fig. 2. As I have documented [10, such images are ubiquitous in the prehistoric rock art of every inhabited continent. Hitherto they have been interpreted as drawings of the Sun by virtually all leading authorities on ancient art and religion, despite the fact that they do not have any obvious resemblance to the current solar orb. Figure 2 Sun drawings Figure ... Akkadian seal showing eye-like Shamash disc Figure 4 Shamash disc as an eight-pointed star It is noteworthy that the ancient sun-god was depicted in the very same manner by the earliest civilisations in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Fig. 3, for example, shows an Akkadian seal in which the Shamash disc is represented as an 'eye-like' object, as in the first image in figure two. Fig. 4 shows the Shamash disc as an eight-pointed star or wheel. Fig. 5 shows the Shamash disc as an eight-petalled flower. Numerous other variations on ...
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