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21. On Mars and Pestilence [Journals] [Aeon]
... (Dec 1993) Home | Issue Contents On Mars and Pestilence Ev Cochrane The recent emergence of archaeoastronomy as a science has produced a wealth of information about the various celestial bodies. To date, however, the collection of information has proceeded at a faster pace than has analysis. This is nowhere more apparent than in comparative analyses of ancient traditions surrounding the planets. One wants to know, for example, what to make of the fact that the ancient Mesoamerican skywatchers- like their Babylonian counterparts- represented the planet Venus as a great warrior or as a fire-breathing dragon. (61) Or why the Babylonians together with several other advanced cultures described the planet Saturn as a " ...
22. Indra's Theft of the Sun-God's Wheel [Journals] [Aeon]
... darkness; preparing a space within which it could rise; propping it up with a pillar; etc. The following hymn may be taken as typical: "Ye found the Sun, ye found the light of heaven;...Ye stayed the heaven with a supporting pillar." (79) It was on account of such traditions, no doubt, that many investigators have sought to understand Indra's mythos in terms of some sort of nature allegory. (80) A recurring theme speaks of a violent confrontation of some sort between Indra and Surya. Several passages, for example, suggest that Indra's assault of the ancient sun-god resulted in an eclipse-like disturbance. Consider the ...
23. The Female Star [Journals] [Aeon]
... actions. In other words, a myth is a true history of what came to pass at the beginning of Time, and one which provides the pattern for human behaviour...Clearly, what we are dealing with here is a complete reversal of values; whilst current language confuses the myth with fables', a man of the traditional societies sees it as the only valid revelation of reality." [1 ] According to Eliade, myth commemorates the momentous circumstances surrounding Creation, the latter event clearly understood by ancient man as something that "really happened, as an event that took place, in the plain sense of the term." [2 ] Central to ...
24. Earthquakes in the Early Irish Tradition [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... From: SIS Chronology and Catastrophism Workshop 1987 No 1 (Sep 1987) Home | Issue Contents Earthquakes in the Early Irish Tradition by Emmet J. Sweeney In a compendium of extremely old traditions, compiled at various periods during the medieval era, the Irish claimed to trace the history of their country back to the earliest times. A whole mass of literary and genealogical material, much of which was transcribed from earlier documents, has survived. The most famous of these works - the "historical" books - have names that are familiar to modern students of Irish history: these include the Lebor Gabala - (or Book of Invasions), the Annals of the Four Masters ...
25. Heracles and the Planet Mars [Journals] [Aeon]
... a mystery remains. Our purpose here will be to present the outlines of a comprehensive theory of Heracles' origins, one capable of accounting for the vast majority of the hero's characteristics. Of the canonical 12 labors we will have little to do at this time. (1 ) Our strategy, rather, will be to investigate the earliest traditions associated with Heracles. The reason for this approach is simple: the earlier sources tend to preserve the myth in its purest form, free from the rationalizations and extraneous accretions which characterize later accounts. If we look at the earliest accounts of Heracles' career we find that they frequently describe a murderous rogue, in striking contrast to the ...
26. Egyptian Influence Upon Early Israelite Literature [Journals] [Aeon]
... From: Aeon Volume VI, Number 6 Home | Issue Contents Egyptian Influence Upon Early Israelite Literature Jay D'Ambrosio Introduction This thesis will show that Egyptian literary and scribal tradition had a significant influence upon the early Israelites. Ancient Israelite culture and society has been the topic of study for countless writers, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists. This has been due in part to the impact Israelite traditions and writings have had upon the development of what is commonly referred to as Western Civilization. Specifically, Christians, Jews, and Muslims presently exhibit the monotheistic religious features derived from Israelite tradition. The following will focus on the time period between the journey of Abram from southern Mesopotamia to the ...
27. Heracles as Cross-Dresser [Journals] [Aeon]
... From: Aeon Volume VI, Number 4 Home | Issue Contents Heracles as Cross-Dresser Ev Cochrane Heracles is a hero to whom all sorts of bizarre traditions have attached themselves. Indeed, the Greek strongman seems to embody a wealth of contradictions. Most familiar as the invincible champion of the gods, Homer described Heracles as a malicious force oppressing Olympus. Although typically described as a giant- his prodigious weight is said to have all but sunk the Argo- Heracles is elsewhere represented as a dwarf. Scholars investigating such incongruous traditions have typically assumed that originally independent tales have coalesced around the popular Greek hero. In my various studies on Heracles, in contrast, I have suggested that ...
28. VELIKOVSKY AND OEDIPUS [Journals] [Aeon]
... an apostle of Akhnaton's (since Moses would presumably have predated Akhnaton in Velikovsky's reconstruction); and (2 ) Akhnaton's supposed priority with regard to origins of monotheism.(6 ) Indeed, cannot both Worlds in Collision and Ages in Chaos be interpreted in similar manner, i.e ., as a rejoinder to the widespread revision of traditional Jewish history? A major portion of the former work, for example, is devoted to providing a physical explanation for the extraordinary circumstances which attended the Jewish exodus from Egypt. Clearly evident in the latter book is the attempt to bring the histories of the Near East more into line with the history outlined in the Old Testament. Can ...
29. Kadmos: The Primeval King [Journals] [Kronos]
... From: Kronos Vol. XI No. 3 (Summer 1986) Home | Issue Contents Kadmos: The Primeval King Ev Cochrane INTRODUCTION In a few of' his various works, Immanuel Velikovsky discussed the myths and traditions surrounding Kadmos, the legendary founder of Thebes. It was Velikovsky's belief that Kadmos had a historical background. He suggested that Kadmos was actually the Ugaritic king Nikmed who, having suffered a forced migration at the hands of Assyrian conquerors, brought the Hebrew alphabet to Greece in the first millennium B.C .E . It is the purpose of this paper, however, to show that a far more ancient figure lies behind the myth of Kadmos. PLANETARY ...
30. The Great Father [Books]
... god-king's towering form the ancients perceived the Heaven Man, a primordial giant whose body was the newly organized Cosmos. The legends often present the figure as the first man or "primordial man," whose history personified the struggle of good and evil. Whether emphasizing the great father's character as creator, first king, or Heaven Man, widespread traditions proclaim him to be the planet Saturn. In investigating the traits of the archaic god we must give greatest weight to the oldest astral religions- those which are closest to the original experience. The best material, coming from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, provides a remarkably coherent picture of the god and enables one to see the development and ...
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