Happenstance?

21 Sep 2011

At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2011/09/12/mythology-at-stake/ ... mythology is interpreted in many ways especially when societies and cultures seem to record almost the same phenomena but live many miles apart without any apparent contact. One idea popular in some quarters is that the use of plants and fungi to produce hallucinogenic visions in some way reproduce similar images from the depths of the human collective unconscious - a similarity in shapes and form. Others have suggested the phenomena was in the sky and therefore visible in diverse regions of the world, a commonality of visual experience - by many different peoples. Rens van der Sliujs looks at two traditions, one from Sumeria as recorded on clay tablets written around 4000 years ago, and then he draws a parallel with oral transmissions by Australian Aborigines (before 1925). In both of them a mythical being with the ability to lift up the sky by means of a golden rod like instrument, features. In the first it is the Storm god Enlil that separates heaven and earth with such an implement - its head, blade like, likened to a battering ram - and it was associated with fire. The colour of blue (the full spectrum of light) is another feature associated with the implement, as well as gold and silver etc. In Australia people living on the Murrumbidgee River also mention a rod made of gold that enable a former 'chief' to lift up the sky. Interestingly, the rod seems to have gone higher and higher - as if moving further away.

At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2011/09/14/shots-in-the-dark-part-one/ ... it is noted that puzzling apparitions dominate traditional tales, legend, and what is classified as myth. In this piece the author focuses on chains of arrows or spears or by a formation of birds joined together as if on a string, beak to tail. Sometimes it might be a rope in the sky, developing into a ladder or stairway. Are these things all related - and what do they mean?