Because, and this is actually an extremely important point for understanding human history as it has unfolded since the period we designate as “antiquity,” it is primarily in the cultures of “the West” (those cultures controlled by the western Roman Empire, and the later colonies of the western European cultures) where the break with the ancient wisdom given in the myths was the most abrupt. At some point in what we call the first four to five centuries AD (or CE), the ancient Oracles were shut down, the ancient Mysteries were discontinued or disbanded or outlawed, and the understanding – that the myths are in fact esoteric celestial metaphors which point us towards the understanding that there is an Invisible Realm, the realm of the gods, with which we and all of nature are always connected at all times – was declared to be heretical. Instead, the stories were to be understood literally – an approach that tends to lead people to interpretations of the ancient sacred texts which (I believe) is 180-degrees out from their esoteric and celestial message
As we recover our understanding of their celestial and esoteric structure, I believe that this esoteric and celestial message, which can also be accurately described as a shamanic message (although that word can be over-used and does require some qualification) has been the intended message all along. The overwhelming evidence that the stories are based on the heavenly motions and celestial cycles suggest that it is the literalistic message that is the misinterpretation.
“Why” the ancient myths of the world, all around the globe, would be built upon celestial allegories. I believe that whoever imparted the ancient wisdom in the sacred myths were consciously using the stars as a sophisticated metaphor to impart profound knowledge of the Invisible Realm and our connection to it. The celestial players in the heavenly realm above our heads – the sun, moon, stars, and visible planets, along with their intricate cycles – were used to convey truths about the infinite realm, which is in fact real, and of vital importance to each of our lives, and to the collective survival of all life on earth, even though it cannot be seen
The title of the series is Star Myths of the World, and how to interpret them. Volume One was published in October 2015, and covers a very brief sampling of representative myths and sacred stories from Australia, Africa, ancient Egypt, ancient Sumer and Babylon (the Gilgamesh-Enkidu series), ancient India, ancient China and Japan, and from the indigenous cultures of the Americas and the Pacific Islands.
Volume Two was just published in February 2016, and focuses entirely on the myths of ancient Greece. It contains a complete celestial analysis of the Iliad and the Odyssey, with completely new insights that I believe are only revealed as we begin to understand the celestial metaphors within the two incredible poems. In addition, Volume Two explores the celestial nature of many of the primary gods and goddesses, as well as some of the critical myths outside of the Homeric epics, such as the story of Perseus and Medusa.
It is my contention that not only do the myths of the world speak the same language (which points to conclusions which absolutely demolish the conventional paradigm of humanity’s ancient past), but an understanding of their celestial language enables us to also understand these myths and their messages in ways that are otherwise simply unavailable to us.
In the future, it would be possible to write multi-volume studies of the myths found in the ancient Sanskrit epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata (some episodes of the Mahabharata are explored in Volume One), as well as of the Gilgamesh-Enkidu series at greater length, and of other bodies of myth where much primary material is still available for analysis. Once the system is understood, the amount of celestial material to be found in the ancient myths and sacred traditions of the world is truly overwhelming. One of the main purposes of this series is to enable readers to pursue this analysis for themselves, as they learn to “converse with” and “question” the myths in the language that the myths themselves are speaking.
The amount of material that could be offered as evidence to support the assertion that virtually all of the world’s myths, sacred texts and traditions are Star Myths, based upon the motions of the stars and planets, is truly overwhelming. I believe that an honest examination of the evidence leads inexorably to the conclusion that the world’s myths – across great distances, intervening oceans and millennia – employ the same language and system of celestial metaphor. This evidence strongly argues for a radical re-evaluation of the conventional narrative of human history. – David Warner Mathisen
Pawnee Star chart
Many Native American tribes of the Great Plains, notably the Pawnee, Shoshone, Arikara, and Wichita, had complex beliefs which included the use of a Star Chart & Astrology. Tribes such as the Cherokee believed that everything in the world is an earth reflection of the stars. The Pawnee believed that stars were deities who once lived on Earth and then were transformed into stars at death. Comets, meteorite showers and novas were viewed as omens of great disasters. The pictures depict a Pawnee Star Chart with clearly recognizable constellation patterns, as shown in the picture below. Instead of measuring the location of stars in order to calculate a location the Native Americans used the location of stars and constellations in the Star Chart & Astrology maps to signal seasons and events of the year.
In these myths, the flood takes place in the Heavens, not on the Earth ~ although our ancestors would have also experienced great flooding on the Earth after the last Ice Age, which is possibly why they used it as a metaphor in their Mystery teachings for the end of an Age.
It’s impossible to tell which is the oldest flood myth of the 30 or so listed below – but officially, it’s the one about Atrahasis which is dated to the 18th century BCE. However, it is my educated guess that the Egyptian and Indian ones are equally old, if not older -Annie Dieu-Le-Veut
Mahabalipuram’s early history is completely shrouded in mystery. Ancient mariners considered this place the land of the Seven Pagodas. There are others who think that Mahabalipuram suffered from a great flood between 10,000 and 13,000 BCE. Controversial historian Graham Hancock was one of the core members of a team of divers from Indian National Institute of Oceanography and the Scientific Exploration Society based in Dorset, UK who surveyed the ocean bed near Mahabalipuram in 2002 CE. He is more inclined to believe the flood theory. His exploration also afforded him a fair glimpse of the vast extent of submerged ruins of the city. After his underwater exploration, he reportedly commented, “I have argued for many years that the world’s flood myths deserve to be taken seriously, a view that most Western academics reject … But here in Mahabalipuram, we have proved the myths right and the academics wrong.”
There is another curious structure known as Sri Krishna’s Butter Ball that fascinates everyone in Mahabalipuram. It is not a sculpted piece but more of a handiwork of nature. Today, Mahabalipuram is trying to re-create its image as the country’s premier beach resort but it has not completely lost touch with its past cultural exploits. Every year, it hosts classical dance and drama festivals to preserve and promote the heritage of a very ancient culture.
Ironically, while the tsunami in 2004 CE created substantial damage to the existing structures and left the city water-logged for days, it also unearthed some of the treasures long hidden in the bosom of the sea. Granite sculptures, bronze statues and ruins of what seem to be manmade structures came to the fore. Underwater archaeologist Dr Alok Tripathi commented, “As the tsunami waves receded, they scoured away sand deposits that had covered these sculptures for centuries.” The underwater survey of Mahabalipuram is an ongoing process that promises to reveal many more of the city’s grand edifices and solve some of the long standing questions about its past. -Dola RC http://www.ancient.eu/user/dolaraic/
Lion statue that appeared after the December 26, 2004 tsunami on the beach of Mahabalipuram, India. ( Public Domain )
Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram , Tamil Nadu, India. ( CC BY S
The Four Yugas of Time in Hindu Mythology
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