Astronomy and catastrophes through myth and old texts

Stojić, Igor and Bon, Edi and Ćirković, Milan and Gavrilović, Nataša (2011) Astronomy and catastrophes through myth and old texts. Memorie della Società Astronomica Italiana : Journal of the Italian astronomical society, 15. pp. 219-223. ISSN 1824016X

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In the old myths and iconographies there are some motives that indicate at least one cataclysmic event that influenced many old religions and myths, that could be linked to the impact of the celestial object. We investigate the ypothesis of coherent catastrophism put forward in recent years by Clube, Bailey, Napier and others from both astrobiological and culturogical points of view. The conventional idea that the quasi-periodic break-up of celestial bodies influence terrestrial conditions can today be placed in both wider (astrobiological) and deeper (historico-culturological) context. In particular, we point out that the link between the Neolithic history of astronomy, and origin of Mithraism. We speculate that the main icon of Mithraic religion could pinpoint an event that happened around 4000 BC, when the spring equinox entered the constellation of Taurus. We also, link some motives in other old religions and myths to the same event, or to some similar events that inspired those myths

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: archaeo-astronomy – history and philosophy of astronomy – Earth: general
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Q Science > QB Astronomy
Depositing User: Slavica Merenik
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 11:13
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2023 14:28

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