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The Mythology of the World Axis; Exploring the Role of Plasma in World Mythology

ByMarinus Anthony van der Sluijs

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Towards the end of the Stone Age, the sky was ablaze with awe-inspiring forms not seen today. Dominant among these was a towering, life-like pillar of light stretching from near the horizon to high up into space - the tree of life, the world mountain, the ladder to heaven. This message is heard in virtually every ancient society on earth, but while this 'world axis' is familiar enough to scholars, little sense could be made of the stories. The most conspicuous feature of the ancient cosmologies also remained the most elusive. From a modern scientific perspective, such traditional accounts no longer sound preposterous. Our growing knowledge of devastating events in recent earth history substantiates the possibility that prehistoric people witnessed a violent and prolonged display of high-energy auroras. This colourful book is an edited slideshow that was intended as an accessible 'appetiser' to the series 'On the Origin of Myths in Catastrophic Experience'.

Details

Publication Date
Aug 7, 2007
Language
English
ISBN
9780955665509
Category
Reference
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Marinus Anthony van der Sluijs

Specifications

Pages
93
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Color
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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