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... rather the similarity in their symbolical systems, of which I regard the machinery of creation, the multiplication of gods, and the investing of them with attributes, as parts. Upon some of these points the aboriginal monuments of the continent are eminently suggestive; and, as illustrated by the recorded conceptions, known doctrines and rites, and trasmitted traditions of the ancient inhabitants, in many respects, conclusive. Upon these unimpeachable witnesses I have for the most part relied, in arriving at the hypothetical conclusions put forward in these chapters. It has been remarked by the illustrious Humboldt, that in investigating these subjects, "we shall be surprised to find, towards the end of the ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 215  -  19 Jul 2007  -  URL: /online/pubs/books/serpent/index.htm
... evidence without prejudice. The chronological notes in the book are one of its weak points, but I may safely say that I have placed the various dates as low as I fairly could, considering the evidence, and I have aimed to do this rather than to establish any system of chronology. I believe that time will show the Babylonian traditions of Genesis to be invaluable for the light they will throw on the Pentateuch, but at present there are so many blanks in the evidence that positive conclusions on several pints are impossible. I may add in conclusion that my present work is intended as a popular ac~unt, and I have introduced only so much explanation as seems ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 213  -  19 Jul 2007  -  URL: /online/pubs/books/chaldean/index.htm
13. Mars Gods of the New World [Journals] [Aeon]
... , Cuchulainn, Apollo and others, discovering compelling evidence that each of these figures originally personified the planet Mars, their cults reflecting ancient conceptions associated with the red planet. Throughout each step of the investigation, the cult of Nergal has loomed large, not only because of its antiquity but because it offers a solid link with the earliest astronomical traditions of Babylon. Nergal's well-attested identification with the planet Mars thus serves as a common denominator behind our various researches in comparative religion and archaeoastronomy. As we have sought to document in this series of essays, the distinctive characteristics in the cult of Nergal have their origin in the ancient behavior and appearance of the planet Mars. This opinion, ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 204  -  05 Mar 2003  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/aeon/vol0401/047gods.htm
... to the world today, and it is to these same writings that the Jews must look for information relative to their own past and for the basis of their beliefs, which have set them apart as a distinct people, both racially and religiously. Certainly those who think that the Scriptures represent only a conflation of myths, legends, and traditions of highly limited value historically should be interested in a critical examination of the evidence which is presumed to demand such an evaluation of these writings. Scholars on either side of the controversy over the origin of Scripture should find the developments of unusual interest. The evidence and arguments presented in this volume are in support of, and in further ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 193  -  19 Jun 2005  -  URL: /online/no-text/exodus/exodus-v2.htm
... such a Primitive Earth, as we pretend, the fame of it would have sounded throughout all Antiquity. The Eastern and Western learning consider'd; the most considerable records of both are lost; what foot steps remain relating to this subject. The Jewish and Christian learning consider'd, how far lost as to this argument, and what Notes or Traditions remain. lastly, How far the Sacred writings bear witness to it. The Providential conduct of knowledge in the world. A Recapitulation and state of the theory. CHAPTER X Concerning the AUTHOR of NATURE, CHAP. XI. Concerning Natural Providence. Several encroachment of natural Providence, or misrepresentations of it, and false methods of contemplation ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 191  -  04 Mar 2006  -  URL: /online/pubs/books/sacred/index.htm
16. The Spring Of Ares [Journals] [Kronos]
... association with Ares, the indomitable god of war. Kadmos' celebrated palace, the Kadmeia, was built upon a hill of Ares near the Areia, a spring sacred to the war god. These two items, the spring and hill of Ares, are integral elements of the Kadmos legend. Kadmos and Ares are closely associated in Theban tradition. Ares was the father of Kadmos' wife, Harmonia, as well as the progenitor of the dragon slain by Kadmos.(1 ) Kadmos' relation to Ares has drawn little attention, presumably because Ares was known to be a god while most commentators have proceeded upon the assumption that Kadmos was a mortal. But if, ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 190  -  05 Mar 2003  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/kronos/vol1103/015ares.htm
17. The Cosmic String of Pearls [Journals] [Aeon]
... task to find out what sort of unusual events are encoded in the myths, it behooves us to take the greatest care when we collect, classify, analyse and interpret data. As the ancient myth-makers did not have recourse to a refined technological jargon to express their experiences, the images they witnessed and wished to convey to the memory of tradition could not be expressed directly, but indirectly- in the form of symbols. Symbolism became the "interface" of mythology where every object, event, or appearance mentioned in the myths must potentially be treated as a symbol used to denote something looking very similar, but not identical. This is a third principle we have to reckon ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 187  -  25 Mar 2007  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/aeon/vol0604/019cosmic.htm
... the careers of other heroes might be compared. (2 ) For example, we documented numerous parallels between Heracles and Gilgamesh, the latter being the most conspicuous hero in Near Eastern literature. In itself this was nothing new; the same point had been made by numerous scholars before. (3 ) It was the attempt to trace the traditions of Heracles and Gilgamesh to ancient conceptions associated with the planet Mars that represented a radical departure from the norm in mythological analysis. In short, the thesis was put forward that the mythology of the world's great heroes commemorated- at least in part- the ancient appearance and activities of the red planet in relation to its celestial neighbors. ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 185  -  30 Jul 2008  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/aeon/vol0204/049indra.htm
19. The Birth of Athena [Journals] [Aeon]
... . (14) It goes without saying, however, that if Velikovsky's reconstruction of the events surrounding the birth of Athena is valid other cultures can hardly have failed to witness the same celestial events and thus one might expect to find confirmation of Venus' "infancy" and cometary past in the mythology of other peoples, particularly in the traditions surrounding the great goddesses. Despite repeated claims to the contrary, there is mounting evidence that Velikovsky may have been on the right track after all. (15) We seek at the outset of our investigation some indication that Athena was associated with cometary imagery. We begin with a consideration of several epithets of the great goddess, it ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 184  -  30 Jul 2008  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/aeon/vol0203/005athen.htm
... civil life were maintained. In the earliest records many of the standard constellations were recognised and used with others to chart the starfield and track the paths of sun, moon, and planets. The early complexity of astronomical lore suggests prehistoric recognition of astronomical cycles and the development of basic techniques of observation. Scholars generally attribute widespread distribution of astronomical traditions and practices to the selective advantage of astronomical time reckoning. Groups which achieved some degree of astronomical skills in timing the change of seasons had a greater chance of survival than groups that did not. Anthropology links measurement of time by astronomical cycles with mastery of controlled agriculture and the rise of full civilisation. Tied to religion, ancient concerns ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 178  -  05 Mar 2003  -  URL: /online/pubs/journals/kronos/vol0204/029psych.htm
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