Mythology news

Legend and Scripture

At ... is the second of Rens posts on the way myth and legend around the world was influenced by the spread of the Bible - and reinterpreted accordingly (but still retaining independent features not found in Genesis). He returns again to the Tower of Babel and in an interesting manner as even the Bible has reinterpreted an original myth. The tower was perceived as a human endeavour.

Towers in the Sky

Rens van der Sluijs has a look at Hebrew myths at ... and how they affect tribal myths as a result of missionary activity in the 19th century. He sees this as a matter of bits grafted on to original similar stories - and recounts one from Tanzania. In this tale there are distinct differences to the Biblical Tower of Babel. The builders are beligerent, thee is also an earthquake, and the sky is lifted away from the Earth, motifs not in the Genesis version. There is also an absence of the confusion of tongues.

The hard and the soft of it

Cadbury's Milk Tray, brought by a hunk to a swooning lady, was depicted with a selection of hard and soft centres, chocolates to suit any taste. At ... it asks, do the centre of planets contain molten magma or a rocky slush? A gravity map of Titan made by the Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn suggests its interior is a mixture of rock and ice with no layering. Variations in the gravity seem to imply a variationin density - unlike the body of Earth's Moon.

Wizards and Rain

A fascinating post at ... the rain doctor was a shaman, a rain sorcerer used to bring bountiful harvests and intercede with the gods to manipulate successful outcomes in major events. He was also used to reverse bad luck and bad events. He was the leader during sacred dance and as such, influenced the gods. He was also able to exorcise demons and diseases, pray for rain when in drought, and so forth.

Easter, the Goddess (once again rears its head)

This crops up every year somewhere - this time at ... Easter is supposed to be derived from the goddess of spring, Oestra. She was associated with rabbits and eggs, we are led to believe - or is this a mantra that is endlessly repeated that is never checked out properly.

Sun verses Saturn - who was Ra?

At there was a bit of a splat between Gary Gilligan and the Saturnists in which some basic problems endemic to the Saturn theory and likewise of Gary's interpretation of Egyptian texts and monumental inscriptions, were aired in public. Leroy has of course been rabitting on about these kind of things for years - banging his head against the wall.


At ... 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.


Gary Gilligan has sent in another link, this time to an article and on-line book on flint mythology (go to where there is an abstract of the paper  and where you can also download (via Scribd) some 500 pages of text (including notes) on the subject. Or you can of course trawl down and print out individual pages at your leasure (scanning the document as you go).

Indra - and Rig Veda

Ravindra Godbole's book, accessible at is some 340 pages long - a very big download. However, it is an extremely useful addition to the mythological library as his interpretation of Rig Veda is challenging as far as mythologists are concerned. Those who don't have trouble reading text online rather than printed copy will of course be at an advantage as there will be no need to actually download all those pages. Simply by reading one chapter a day, or even one chapter a week, might be more manageable, but make no mistake this book is remarkable.

Gary's updates

Two new pages have been uploaded by Gary at and and as always he has some lovely images of genuine Egyptian statuary which are worth looking at solely for that reason. The text is an ongoing story, and represents a completely novel way of interpreting Egyptian mythology and history. Readers can make up their own minds - but as in all these things, a receptive or open mind is an attribute.