06-05-2007, 09:56 AM
by Giorgio De Santillana and Hertha Von Dechend.
i've seen this book cited more that any other in my journey. anyone read it?
06-05-2007, 12:57 PM
Hi yes I have a copy and have waded through it; it certainly a very full and rich exploration of ancient myth, but as it's written as an essay, the arguments ramble on and probably different people will find different things. Basically it's about how myth is the suppressed knowledge of ancient civilisations, taking as a starting point Hamlet (Amlodi of Norse legend) and linking this to Persian, Chinese and many other traditions, Shakespeare alluded to it, who all share the view that Orion in the sky represents a man turning a mill, this mill is the precessional sky. The message of myths is that something about our past is encoded in this notion of precessional time; but that it has been forgotten as it has become buried under successive more modern cultures, and I'd say it's a very rewarding book stuffed full of very useful information about myth and astronomical explanation of myth: Orion/Hamlet will continue turning his mill but only so long, until the sky (or rather, the Earth) "shifts" once more on its axis.
06-05-2007, 06:21 PM
Yeah, its amazing how many ancient stories/myths make more sense when you look at it from the precession angle.