People, THIS is how you aerospace.
Off the top of my head, it’s that everything is playing off everything else.
The “Noah cameo” in the epic of Gilgamesh, for example, is more accurately thought of the other way ‘round. Utnapishtim makes a cameo in the Hebrew Bible, if anything. Buddhism, Hinduism, Egyptian myth, Sumerian myth—the list goes on a long time—they’ve all got deluge myths.
We pass these stories on generation to generation, and use their images in our daily conversations. The stories grow and move with the tellers, and we get arbitrarily different pantheons and religions.
In the same way, images and specific stories appearing at different points and times throughout the history of the world are pointed to by some as evidence of extra terrestrial interference in the lives of our ancestors.
I mean, yeah, sure. It’s possible, but it’s not likely. Wouldn’t it be far more plausible that, rather than an alien race telling the same thing to two different sets of people, particularstories and images existed in the cultural thought-space as a result of diffusion?
Ancient Aliens is a serious problem. Their “proof” is the same proof as bible thumping ultra-creationists’.
As for sweet mythological easter eggs, they all lie in finding these ancient connections. Really, you’ve just gotta read up—they’re all over the place! Here are a few little gems off the top of my head:
The Germanic god Frey may have begun as a proto-Hindu deity in the Indus valley thousands of years before.
The Fomorii in Irish mythology—enemies of the reigning gods, the Tuatha de Danann—may have originally been the early pagan deities of Gaul and Celtic Germania.
The opening lines of the book of Genesis are loaded; in Genesis 1:2, it says something to the effect of (based on the translation) “God moved on the face of the waters.” Some scholars believe that in the original Hebrew, this reflects the triumph of Yahweh in battle over the Sumerian Tiamat, the great primordial goddess of salt water. In the early days of Yahweh/El/El Shaddai, (the god that would eventually morph into the modern Judeo-Christian God) he would not have been seen as the only divine entity, but as the mightiest among his divine Mesopotamian peers.
Points of interest:
1) Utnapishtim is great and I love how grumpy he is
2) I liked Yahweh when he was just a cranky desert storm god #hipstermythology
3) In Greek mythology, Tiresias is THE BEST. He lived part of his life as a man, then as a woman before ultimately changing back to a man again and just shows up in misc. Classical works to drop some sass or knowledge (usually both).
collections that are raw as fuck ➝ rami kadi f/w 2013-14
queen myriam fares rocks rami kadi like no other :’)
I don’t even understand what’s happening but I know I need all of these dresses to live.
Excavations in 1986 and 1987 at the early Neolithic site of Jiahu, located in Henan Province, Northern China, yielded six complete bone flutes as well as fragments of approximately 30 others.
Tonal analysis of the Neolithic flutes revealed that the seven holes they contain corresponded to a…
Pump up the Neolithic jams!
When the von Trapp family fled the Nazi regime in Austria, they traveled to America. Eventually, the entire family—except for the husband, Georg—-became American citizens.In the early 1940s the family settled in Stowe, Vermont, where they bought a farm. They ran a music camp on the property when they were not on tour. In 1944, Maria and her stepdaughters Johanna, Martina, Maria, Hedwig, and Agathe applied for U.S. citizenship by filing declarations of intention at the U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont. Georg apparently never filed to become a citizen; Rupert and Werner were naturalized while serving in the U.S. armed forces during World War II; Rosmarie and Eleonore derived citizenship from their mother; and Johannes was born in the United States and was a citizen in his own right.
If you are planning on watching the new version of the Sound of Music this week, make sure you brush up on all your von Trapp trivia here: http://go.usa.gov/WFbh
If you didn’t know, Maria and the Captain were real people. If you follow the links above, you can read some of the differences between the movie/play and real life. Maria also wrote an autobiography (The Story of the Trapp Family Singers) and several books about her religious faith.
The former South African president died today at age 95. Remember him through his uplifting and revolutionary words.
Bad perm job
The margin of this religious book, copied in a 12th-century monastery in France, contains two lovely doodles, placed there by a (contemporary) reader. They look like individuals who just returned from the hairdresser. Both seem to have ordered a perm job, but neither is very happy with their hairdo, judging from their faces. What a great doodle to place in the margins of a serious medieval book, whatever it is suppose to express: a reader with a sense of humour.
Pic: Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale, MS 1383 (early 12th century).
Oh my god the faces
Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela.
18 July 1918 − 5 December 2013
Guinea Pig’s First Portrait
Art historians believe this is the first portrait ever painted of a guinea pig. Although today guinea pigs make for popular pets, in the 16th century they were considered exotic (they are native to South America) and were much sought after by Elizabethan aristocrats. [Source]
O. M. G.
I can’t handle this coin. This is too beautiful. Too perfect.
For the ladies
Archaeologists have found some of the most curious canine burials ever unearthed in Egypt — two well preserved dogs buried in pots some 3,000 years ago.
Nicknamed Houdini and Chewie, the dog pots were discovered at Shunet ez Zebib, a large mud-brick structure located at Abydos — one of…
Awww ancient dogs! Ancient Egyptians really did love their pets. Just another example of the long relationship humans and dogs have enjoyed over the centuries :)