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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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"Exodus to Arthur: Catastrophic Encounters with Comets"
by Mike Baillie

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"Based on the scientific analysis of tree rings, this text argues that the Earth has undergone several catastrophic encounters with comets and their debris in the last five millennia, with mythology preserving the story better than history. It reveals extraterrestrial bombardment events. This intriguing challenge to traditional views of history, provides explanations for many of the myths and legends that continue to haunt humankind. In particular, it argues that, in the last five millennia, the Earth has undergone several catastrophic encounters with comets and their debris--and that mythology has preserved these events better than so-called "factual" records."

 

"Megaliths, Myths and Men: An Introduction to Astro-Archaeology"
by Peter Lancaster Brown

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"Noted British astronomerís fascinating study of early astronomical knowledge through the interpretation of Stonehenge, Carnac, other megalithic sites. Stone Age sculpture, astronomical computations, radiocarbon dating, many other topics. Over 140 maps, photos, illustrations. The author has very comprehensively analysed several sites and shown how they can be used as astronomical machines. He discusses the different interpretations of the sites and includes many diagrams of sites including the important astronomical alignments. Very enjoyable overview of archaeo-astronomy. Brown neatly debunks the lunatic fringe, reveals some of the unsung heroes of the field, and provides a clear summary of current ideas for the lay person."

 

"Astro-Mythology: The Celestial Union of Astrology and Myth"
by Valerie Vaughan

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"While this unusual book seems to drift all over the sky, it is basically coherent and definitely well-written. If you're looking for a book to better understand the underpinnings of astrology, then this book offers insights not found elsewhere. Each zodiac sign is examined in the context of myths from several cultures. The last third of the book is a collection of articles that deal with myth-making, the cycle of year, personal myths in the horoscope, etc. This book is appropriate for newcomers to astrology who will appreciate all the connections drawn between signs and planets and the things of everyday life - like language and calendars."

 

"Riddles in Stone: Myths, Archaeology and the Ancient Britons"
by Richard Hayman

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"Who built Avebury and Stonehenge? Why and when were more than 600 stone circles, and thousands of barrows and cairns, erected in prehistoric Britain? What were they used for and what do they tell us about the beliefs and culture of their builders? Riddles in Stone is a history of the extraordinary variety of answers that have been given to these questions, by amateurs and professionals, archaeologists and astronomers, mystics and systems theorists. The puzzles that intrigued the antiquaries John Aubrey and William Stukeley, and the gentlemen barrow diggers of the nineteenth century, are in some ways still as elusive today as they were in the seventeenth century."

 

"The Arctic Sky: Inuit Astronomy, Star Lore, and Legend"
by John MacDonald

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"John MacDonald lives in Igloolik, North West Territories, where he manages the Igloolik Research Centre for the Nunavut Research Institute. Over the past decade, in collaboration with the Inuit elders of Igloolik, he has been closely involved in the collection and documentation of the area's oral history and traditional knowledge. The Arctic Sky stems primarily from this collaborative work. A tour of the arctic universe awaits readers of The Arctic Sky. Constellations, star lore, legends and mythology, the sun, moon, planets, "shooting stars," and atmospheric phenomena such as aurora borealis, are explored from a variety of perspectives. Combining interviews with the Inuit elders and the historical records of arctic explorers and other keen observers, The Arctic Sky is a memorable journey through the Arctic night."

 

"Star Lore of All Ages: Myths, Legends, and Facts"
by William Tyler Olcott

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"1911. A Collection of Myths, Legends, and Facts Concerning the Constellations of the Northern Hemisphere."

 

"Star Names and Their Meanings"
by Richard Hinckley Allen

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"1899. This volume of star names is not intended for the professional astronomer, but as a reference to fill a vacancy in popular astronomical literature. It contains a sketch of the lunar and solar zodiacs which are constantly alluded to in the treating of individual constellations; as well as a detailed list of the constellations, their history among the nations, cataloging and early treatment by authors and their connection with astrology, art, folklore, literature and religion."

 

"Wonders of the Sky (Wonders of Nature: Natural Phenomena in Science and Myth)"
by Tamra Andrews

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"Examining natural phenomena through the lens of ancient mythology and from the perspective of modern day science, this unique title encourages students to appreciate the magic in both myth and in science, as well as to understand the commonality of all human experience with nature, across cultures and throughout time. Eight myths, each from a different cultural background, are accompanied by scientific explanations. In comparing the different explanations for such occurrences as comets, meteors, and eclipses, students will learn to appreciate both the similarities in human experience with these phenomena, as well as the differences based on one's current understanding of the world. Helpful diagrams and engaging illustrations enhance student interest and understanding, while ideas for activities, projects, and field trips and lists of recommended bibliographies and Web sites provide springboards for further study."

 

"Tales of the Constellations: The Myths and Legends of the Night Sky"
by Marianne McDonald

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"The Astrological Foundation of the Christ Myth"
by Malik H. Jabbar

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"The author does a good job of identifying the astrological symbolism in the New & Old Testaments, including the solar mythos that parallels many other religious fables of the world. The author attempts to identify multiple levels of interpretation of Biblical passages, although the book is rather slim and really just scratches the surface of the levels of information encoded in the Bible. Besides the astronomical symbolism, there is also historical/racial propaganda, social engineering/moral persuasion, reference to extraterrestrial factions and activities, alchemical/spiritual symbolism for initiates, sacred geometry, and other types of coded information, involving multiple groups and agendas. A whole encyclopedia would be needed to thoroughly cover these topics."

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

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"Myths and Moundbuilders"

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"The Lost Civilisation: Heaven's Mirror"

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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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