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Many cultures around the world have ancient myths, legends and folktales about 'sky gods', and in ancient times, before the advent of the written word, astronomer-priests would 'personify' natural phenomena, the better to tell stories about them. Celestial bodies, comets in particular, were personified, and were often the central theme of these stories - the ancient scientific explanation of their interactions being handed down in oral traditions, the vestiges of which we call today mythology. To these peoples science and religion were often inter-linked, and their expression of these beliefs were much more poetic than the dry, unimaginative jargon that dominates modern scientific language ...

Owen Morien Morgan began gathering the druidic traditions, astro-myths, and legends of Wales in the mid-1800s, translating them into the ancient natural science they were composed to impart, and comparing them with star lore, sky myths and the astro-mythology of other ancient cultures worldwide ...

 

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"From Earth Spirits to Sky Gods" by Bruce Lerro

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"In this thought-provoking new book, Bruce Lerro offers a speculative reconstruction of the sacred beliefs and practices of cultures existing between 30,000 and 500 B.C.E. Lerro describes how material changes in various social formations--including hunting-gathering bands and horticulturalists in villages--were responsible for the shift from magic to realism, from the belief in earth spirits to faith in sky gods. Drawing from such diverse theorists as Marx and Engels, Vygotsky, Piaget, and George Herbert Mead, Lerro critiques and transforms mechanical, humanistic, new age, and countercultural perspectives on the history of sacred traditions. This study of comparative religion and mythology has important applications for the fields of archaeology, evolutionary anthropology, sociology, political science, and comparative psychology."

 

"Gods in the Sky: Astronomy, Religion and Culture from the Ancients to the Renaissance" by Allan Chapman

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"Gods in the Sky reveals that, despite the common presumption that astronomy started with Galileo, the ancient civilisations were acutely conscious of the night sky. By demystifying their mythologies, we see how their understanding of the heavens led to the development of complex calendars, sophisticated navigational techniques and the grasp of deep mathematical principles. Central to the development of astronomy as an exploratory science was the emergence of the idea of one creator God who designed the universe and human intelligence in accordance with rational principles an idea found in ancient Jewish thought as well as the Greek idea of the logos. And when these ideas came together in early Christianity around AD 200, and then in Islam four centuries later, they made possible a radical new understanding of nature as a rational whole that the human mind could comprehend."

 

"Conversing With the Planets: How Science and Myth Invented the Cosmos" by Anthony Aveni

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"How ``the common sense of one era becomes the superstition of another,'' by Aveni, astronomer-anthropologist at Cornell and author of Empires of Time (1989). Aveni wants to understand how our ancestors made scientific discoveries, in order to know how we make them. The key is imagination, which ``makes visible that which before was invisible.'' In the minds of ancient Greece and Maya, he contends, nature was not compartmentalized, and humans and nature were intimately linked. Aveni traces this worldview through the history of naked-eye astronomy, focusing on the planets, especially Venus. He shows how ancient astronomers were first-rate observers, able to trace the strange motions of our sister planet through the skies. But unlike modern astronomers, who describe these motions in mechanical terms, the ancients saw them through the lenses of metaphor and analogy."

 

"Beyond the Blue Horizon: Myths and Legends of the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Planets" by E.C. Krupp

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"Dr. Edwin C. Krupp in his latest book, Beyond the Blue Horizon, examines the myths and legends of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. He addresses questions such as: What is the moon's role in lunacy?; How is a match made in heaven?; and Is Santa Claus a modern shaman? More than 200 black-and-white photos. Beyond the Blue Horizon is a treasure trove of myths, legends, and stories in which people have, through the ages, attempted to understand the cosmos and its meaning for humankind. Collecting an astonishing amount of lore between the covers of a single book, Krupp explains why our ancestors were so intrigued by the heavens, and what their celestial stories meant."

 

"Parallel Myths" by J. F. Bierlein

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"A religious scholar and lifelong student of mythology, Bierlein (The Book of Ages) has done an outstanding job both in tracing the parallel themes of world mythology and then gathering a wealth of information vital to understanding thir importance. He recaps not only the well-recognized Greek and Roman gods but also the lesser-known Norse, Indian, Chinese, Native American and Oceanic gods, detailing fascinating similarities among pantheons. Bierlein weaves spell-binding tales through his examination of creation myths, flood myths, tales of love, morality myths and myths of heroes and the underworld. He devotes an entire chapter to four stories, two of which tell almost identical tales of two brothers-one myth is from the Native American Blackfoot nation, the other from ancient Egyptians."

 

"The Secret of the Incas: Myth, Astronomy, and the War Against Time" by William Sullivan

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"At its peak, the Inca empire was the largest on Earth. Yet in the year 1532, it was conquered by fewer than 200 Spanish adventurers. How could this happen? Approaching the answer clue by clue, William Sullivan decodes the myths of the Incas to reveal that they embody an astoundingly precise record of astronomical events. In the 15th century, the Inca priest-astronomers read the sky and saw signs of an apocalypse. So the Incas took a desperate gamble: If events in the heavens could influence those on Earth, perhaps the reverse was true. In The Secret of the Incas, Sullivan shows that the Inca rituals of warfare and human sacrifice were nothing less than an attempt to stop time, to forestall the cataclysm that would sweep away their world. This is a work of rare erudition and imagination that will reshape our understanding of the past."

 

"Atlantis of the West: The Earth's Rotation in Mythology and Prehistory" by Paul Dunbavin

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"Do Welsh legends of lost cities beneath the sea match Plato's descriptions of the island civilization of Atlantis? Do Irish myths of a golden age when the eastern Irish Sea was a flowery plain describe the same place Herodotus said disappeared beneath the waves during a single day and night of geological upheaval millennia before Ancient Greece? Author and researcher Paul Dunbavin has embarked on a multidisciplinary investigation into how science could explain such a catastrophe and how modern archaeological findings point to a possible location for lost Atlantis. This book theorizes that the Middle Neolithic period around 5,000 years ago was a time of dramatic climate and sea-level changes all around the world. From an up-to-date scientific perspective, Dunbavin distills an array of significant geological theories and then examines the archaeological and mythological record-which together leads to a lost land thousands of years ago in the Irish Sea that was still mentioned in ancient Welsh histories recorded in the sixth century."

 

"The Moon: Myth and Image" by Jules Cashford

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"With its subtle light illuminating the night sky, the Moon has always been an object of fascination, from its phoenixlike cycle of birth and death to its association with the female body and fertility. Jules Cashford explores the myths, symbols, and poetic images of the Moon throughout history, starting from early Paleolithic markings on horn and bone, up to present-day poetry. This captivating book traces our customs and secular events back to their sacred lunar source explaining how we have evolved to think in some of the ways that we do and why. Accompanied by 175 beautiful illustrations, The Moon investigates how the lunar image helped shape our mind, and more importantly, it examines what these myths and images tell us about our own consciousness. This is the most comprehensive and in-depth look at the moon and its vast influence on the structure and function of mythology, religion, and consciousness."

 

"Moon Lore: Lunar Tales of Wisdom and Magic"
by Elizabeth Pepper

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"Seven is the Moon's mystic number, because each one of its four phases is completed in seven days. Nineteen is a sacred number in Old Irish and Celtic lore, for the sequence of Moon phases within a single zodiac sign is repeated every 19 years. As both the largest and the brightest object in the night sky, and the only one to appear in phases, the Moon has been a rich source of myth for as long as there have been myth-makers. Elizabeth Pepper's Moon Lore is a compendium of lunar tales, charms, chants, and curses from ancient time to the present."

 

"Moon Lore: Myths and Folklore from Around the World"
by Gwydion O'Hara

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"Moonlore is a collection of authentic tales brimming with mythical characters from diverse times, places and cultures. The universal connection of each story is the lore of our Moon, the heavenly body that has guided humans from the beginning of time. IN the grad tradition of oral storytelling, Moonlore weaves past, present and future in classic stories that entertain and inform. Is there a difference between a January Moon and a June Moon? How do we celebrate a Harvest Moon? See what the Hindi Wisemen saw in the Moon long ago. Revisit "Jack & Jill" in an old Germanic legend that casts them as the Moon['s dark spots. Recognize a Wort Moon, a Wolf Moon, and a New Moon. Meet ancient lunar dignitaries and find out what some people do "once in a Blue Moon. " Practically all cultures hold dear some myth about the Moon."

"Earth Under Fire: Understanding Mythology as the Science of the Past"

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"Myths and Moundbuilders"

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"Maya Temples, Tombs and Time"

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"Astronomy - Changes in Human Outlook from Ptolemy to Einstein"

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"Eyewitness - Planets"

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