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Velikovsky ... assumed that mankind's myths, symbols and other purported forms of mimesis of an original might not be sheer creations of man's imagination reworked and finally recorded by the generations, but experiences overlaid first by authentic images of their originals, then by images of images.  He assumed that by stripping away the overlay, the primary image could be brought to light, and a strong curiosity led him to do this regarding the Hebrew scriptural image of the sun and moon standing still. - Horace M. Kallen, Creativity, Imagination, Logic: Meditations for the Eleventh Hour (Gordon and Breach, New York, 1973), pp. 115-116.

A Perspective on Myth
Updated: 05/28/2021

One point of the collection of articles on this site is to show that the disunity and confusing diversity of myth and religious belief around the world is dismaying and daunting. On the other hand it has been firmly shown that the comparative approach applied to the earliest myth winnows out a valid account of what the ancients were telling us about what they saw and experienced in the world of that time.

At some point, when science or cosmological theory comes up against the ancients telling us, it is this scientism that must give way and accede. In other words, when the ancients are describing what really happened in their time, science theory can't come along and say it didn't. As in any reality-check scientific experiment, what is observed must take precedence over what was expected.

However, neither globally traumatized ancient Man nor still traumatized modern Man has been intellectually responsible in looking at the comprehensive picture from sound philosophical principles applied to the ultimate issues. Thus ancient Man presents us with a welter of confusing and incompatible myth-based religions, and it seemingly is just getting worse.

Myth from Around the World

Every inhabited continent of the globe has presented us with huge amounts of ancient myth from different cultures and eras. The myth from each continent would fill libraries, and more is being added from a reservoir that is actually greater than what has already been assayed. To a great extent, cultures around the world have settled down into the countries that we have today but there are plenty of exceptions, where some countries have more than one culture, and some cultures transcend the borders of countries.

African Myth

Dogon myth
Egyptian myth
Ethiopian myth
Bahá'í Faith
Nubian myth

Asian Myth

Chinese dynasties–Tang,
A wide variety of Japanese  myth.
Indian major religions are: Hinduism, Islam, with small contingents of Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.  Hindus worship a single god with different forms.
Indus Valley Harappan civilization worshiped the Mother Goddess

Australian Myth

The Aboriginal people of Western Australia had their mythology and religions centered around the "Dream Time" practices, and now most Aborigines identify with Christianity.
The Bora culture of Eastern Australia
The Maori people of New Zealand had an elaborate system of cosmogonic mythology

European Myth

Minoan civlization with unique religion and myth
Etruscan polytheism
Roman mythology
Greek and Hellenistic mythology
Germanic
Norse mythology, Anglo-Saxon mythology, Continental Germanic mythology

Mesoamerican & Central American Myth

The Aztec empire and culture had a unique myth and religion that had a focus on human sacrifice.
The Mayan kingdom and culture had about 3 dozen languages and a religions that was heavily infused with supernatural. Their Mythology was transcribed into Latin in the famous Popul Vuh
The Olmec mythology is unknown
The Toltec kingdom and culture had at least 8 languages and a unique religion
The Zapotec people had a polytheistic religion and myth

North American Myth

Inuit myths and religions with various deities, creatures and spirits, often associated with aspects and animals of their environment.

About 540 original tribes in the United State.  Current major religions are: Christianity, Earth Lodge, Ghost Dance, Indian Shakar, Longhouse, Mexicayotl, Native American Church, Waashat.

South American Myth

The Incan empire was probably the largest in the world at the time, and had a unique religion, one that believed in reincarnation. This Empire was the last chapter of thousands of years of Andean civilizations. This civilization was one of five in the world deemed by scholars to be "pristine", that is indigenous and not derivative from other civilizations. The Inca Empire was preceded by two large-scale empires in the Andes: the Tiwanaku (c. 300–1100 AD), based around Lake Titicaca and the Wari or Huari (c. 600–1100 AD)

Christendom essentially dismisses this extensive corpus of religio-myth as a false narrative, and doesn't pay much attention to it. The Old Testament is only a part of the Judeo-Hebrew culture's ancient writings that stand right alongside all of the other mythologies of the world. Protestantism accepts this material as the word of God purely because the perception is that Yeshua put his stamp of approval upon it. Yet this conclusion can be challenged and found to be unsustainable.

Just because the Father entity chose the Israeli culture within which to give the great demonstration doesn't mean that God put his stamp of approval on their mythology as being the truth. In most ways, it is as bizarre as the balance of the others.

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