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Rens van der Sluijs - Plasma Mythology, The Axis Mundi & The Ouroboros
February 17, 2008
Marinus Anthony van der Sluijs is an independent researcher and writer, and a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia. He received a Master’s Degree in Comparative and Historical Linguistics at Leiden University, The Netherlands (1999), specializing in the Indo-European and Semitic language families. Since then, he has combined extensive travels around the world with an intensive study of comparative mythology, cultural astronomy, archaeoastronomy and the history of astronomy, religions and art. While publishing articles on these subjects in academic journals, he prepared a comprehensive textbook of worldwide traditions concerning the axis mundi and its possible origins in historical fluctuations of the earth’s electromagnetic environment. Another forthcoming monograph examines the widespread symbol of the ourobóros or ‘tail-biting dragon’ in the light of electromagnetic disturbances of the geomagnetic field. In this program, we discuss “Plasma Mythology” and concepts from Rens’ books, "The Mythology of the World Axis; Exploring the Role of Plasma in World Mythology" and ""The World Axis as an Atmospheric Phenomenon". Topics Discussed: axis mundi, language, mythology, electric universe, catastrophe, the world tree, Neolithic catastrophe related to plasma, sun activity, Kristian Birkeland, creation myths, the Maya, auroral pillars, archetypes, zodiacal light and much more. In the second hour of the program, we dive deeper into the mythology and origins of the dragon myth. We talk about the ancient symbol of the snake eating its own tail, the Ouroboros. Later, we discuss Venus, the winged disk, Yggdrasil and Immanuel Velikovsky. More Topics Discussed: the nine and seven step pyramids among cultures around the globe, Jacob's Ladder, the serpent rope, scalable plasma, shamans and electromagnetic sensitivity, Saturn the “Lord of the Rings” and much more.


Relevant links



Axis mundi

Plasma (physics)

Why The Electric Universe Matters

The Lightning Wheel in Ancient Times

Mammoths and Other Great Beasts Peppered with Material from Space

Massive Impact in the Kuiper Belt 4.5 Billion Years Ago

Giant impact added to Earth's core

The Exploded Planet Hypothesis

Velikovsky's Ghost Returns

The Comet Venus

Books & DVDs

The Mythology of the World Axis; Exploring the Role of Plasma in World Mythology

The World Axis as an Atmospheric Phenomenon

Comments (2)

The Velikovski confusion
When Velikovski made his "Worlds in Collision" he FIRST studied the myths (i.e. the myths of creation) and THEN he superimposed the mythical telling onto the planets because these much later than the ancient creation myths were given some of the same names.
With such interpretation of myths, outright replacing celestial myths to the different objects of planets, these authors of course also have to distort their citing of text and cherry picking words and sentences out of context.

From - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet#Mythology_and_naming

The names for the planets in the Western world are derived from the naming practices of the Romans, which ultimately derive from those of the Greeks and the Babylonians.

In ancient Greece, the two great luminaries the Sun and the Moon were called Helios and Selene; the farthest planet (Saturn) was called Phainon, the shiner; followed by Phaethon (Jupiter), "bright"; the red planet (Mars) was known as Pyroeis, the "fiery"; the brightest (Venus) was known as Phosphoros, the light bringer; and the fleeting final planet (Mercury) was called Stilbon, the gleamer.

Here, the planets are named after their natural appearances and not after any prime creation gendered deity from the Stories of Creation as with Velikovski and his followers. To replace the ancient deities of creation for the planets is of course pure nonsense, which distorts both the myths and the logical astronomy.

If Velikovski and his followers have read this Greek natural description of the planets, they never would have written any of their books at all, and even if they had analyzed the mythical texts thoroughly, plain logics should have hindered them from writing their books in the first place.
#2 - Ivar Nielsen - 08/10/2014 - 15:25
The Forgotten Milky Way Mythology
I fully can understand Rens van der Sluijs skepticism of the planet Saturn Myth, but if he took the ancient Roman Saturnus myth, this would fit very well into other cultural comparisons of the creation myths. The very same goes for the ancient Roman Venus myth which is compared to the Greek Aphrodite and the Egyptian Hathor, who without any doubts is directly connected to the Milky Way and to the story of creation as well.

That is: The mythical Venus does not deal with planet Venus at all. This of course discard the whole idea of �comet Venus� and other planetary speculations.

Henrik tried to hold onto the Ouroboros as a symbol of the white/"shining" contours of the Milky Way galaxy, which is observable all around the Earth. This is in my opinion the correct interpretation indeed. But of course, if the Rens van der Sluijs' message is "plasma cosmology" all over the place, no other interpretations and answers are at play.

Rens van der Sluijs' argument that: "Ancient society's couldn't have seen the structures of the Milky Way galaxy" doesn't hold water. Anyone with a normal eyesight powers can observe the seemingly revolving crescent Milky Way contours around the celestial poles on a clear night and on a favorable season of the year.

In fact, this Milky Way "bended pillar" is the correct "polar configuration" which can be observed in different positions in the night Sky, thus given origin to the myth of the dying and rising hero, god or the goddess om the southern Earth hemisphere, the so called Under-World.

In fact, all the cultural myths of creation and their primordial deities are connected to an elementary stage before and under the formation of our Milky Way galaxy.

When focusing on the plasma cosmology, Rens van der Sluijs throws out the "whole creation baby" with the bathing water, ignoring the very contents and importance of the Creation Myths and its direct connection to the Milky Way and all its symbolism, which of course is not good for a comparative mythologist.

The Milky Way Hathor and Venus - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hathor#Relationships.2C_associations.2C_images.2C_and_symbols

Northern Milky Way Contours and Symbols

The Polar Crescent Ship Configuration - https://drive.google.com/#folders/0B_ze4R9xrRgzVVlsWGdMQ3kyU2M
#1 - Ivar Nielsen - 27/09/2014 - 20:25
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