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Connecting a Global Flood with the Mystery of Mankind's Ancient Past (cont.)
By David Warner Mathisen

The preponderance of legends, legends, and sacred writings around the world appear to preserve knowledge of such a flood, indicating that (as difficult as it may be to believe for some) this catastrophe may have taken place within human memory. Interestingly enough, many of these ancient texts speak of the floodwaters coming up from under the earth, consistent with the hydroplate theory (Genesis of course speaks of the “waters under the earth” and the “fountains of the great deep,” and the book of Job speaks of it breaking forth as if it had “issued out of the womb,” but other traditions seem to maintain similar memories, such as the legends of the Cuna people of Central America – modern Panama – who spoke of the flood as being due to great jars of the underworld being broken up by a god).

If human beings were present during the rotation of the entire globe that took place as one consequence of that flood (due to the formation of the Himalayas and their impact described above), then it would certainly have radically altered the view of the heavens and the constellations, putting an entirely different set of stars along the line of the ecliptic. Many who study alternative theories for mankind’s ancient past are aware that myths and legends from around the world indicate a connection between the “chopping down of the axis” of heaven and the initiation of the flood – Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend discuss much of this evidence in their indispensable 1969 text Hamlet’s Mill: an essay on myth and the frame of time. My book discusses that and other mythological evidence of a connection between the two events.

The unhinging of the axis of heaven, of course, is also connected with the phenomenon of precession. If the earth did indeed experience a “Big Roll” during human memory, then the constellations on the ecliptic that enable us to perceive the effects of precession would have changed (to the now-familiar zodiac constellations we have today). It is certainly likely that those who lived through that event and afterwards would have paid great attention to the new markers of the celestial phenomena and it may explain why they were so careful to preserve their knowledge of it in myth and monument. It is certain that myths around the world describe this great unhinging of the axis as something that took place at a distinct point in time (often due to the chopping down of a tree by a god or a hero) and never as “the way things have always been.”

Of course, the conventional timeline of human history does not allow for the possibility that mankind was capable of understanding sophisticated processes such as precession at the early dates that myth and monument indicate that they understood it. Again, the connection between geological theory and theories of mankind’s ancient history is evident. The conventional view posits long geological ages, a view which corresponds to a vision of biological life that moves slowly but steadily from very primitive to more and more complex and advanced. Anthropologically, this view proposes “early humans” which are not far removed from apes, who then become more and more modern, eventually arriving at modern humans who still behave in very primitive hunter-gatherer fashion for well over a hundred thousand years before discovering the benefits of agriculture and then settling down into villages which evolve into the first cities.

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