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The Golden Age

The study of religious or heroic legends and tales. One constant rule of mythology is that whatever happens amongst the gods or other mythical beings was in one sense or another a reflection of events on earth. Recorded myths and legends, perhaps preserved in literature or folklore, have an immediate interest to archaeology in trying to unravel the nature and meaning of ancient events and traditions.

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Postby Forum Monk » Sat Jun 14, 2008 5:39 pm

You are a heretic, and you will burn in hell.

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Postby john » Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:11 pm

"Man is a marvellous curiosity. When he is at his very, very best he is sort of a low-grade nickel-plated angel; at his worst he is unspeakable, unimaginable; and first and last and all the time he is a sarcasm."

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Postby john » Sat Jun 14, 2008 8:39 pm

"Man is a marvellous curiosity. When he is at his very, very best he is sort of a low-grade nickel-plated angel; at his worst he is unspeakable, unimaginable; and first and last and all the time he is a sarcasm."

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Postby Ishtar » Sat Jun 14, 2008 10:50 pm

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Postby Ishtar » Sat Jun 14, 2008 11:09 pm

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Postby Ishtar » Sun Jun 15, 2008 4:11 am

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Postby Ishtar » Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:45 am

My apologies, Forum Monk.

I said that I didn't think there was a flood in the Rig-veda, and I had forgotton about Indra defeating the serpent Vrita and releasing the floodwaters thus:

I was Manu, and I was the Sun...
I gave the earth to the Aryan.
I gave rains to the mortals as an oblation.
I led forth the roaring floodwaters.

Drunken with Soma, I shattered
The 99 fortresses of Shambara.
Decimating its enormous population...

Oh Maruts, this bird shall be
Supreme among all birds...
For, with its mighty wings it has
Brought down to men the drink divine...

Fluttering as it brought down the Soma,
The bird swift as thought shot down from above,
Stretching out in flight, holding the branch,
The bird brought down the Soma from heaven.
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Postby Minimalist » Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:06 am

Monk's point is well taken....

Yes, oral traditions can exist for thousands of years but can we be certain that the "last version" of the story is identical to the original? Bart Ehrman has convincingly demonstrated that even with written documents there can be errors which creep into the text over time and that doesn't even begin to address the question of deliberate changes, just errors.

It's really unthinkable that an oral tradition could remain unchanged. The only people who tell us that they are unchanged are the people who claim not to have changed them!


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Postby Minimalist » Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:53 am

Something is wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed.

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