so, I was really loving this thread until about page 25 or so, when it really went off on a wild tangent. And I love speculation as much as the next
person, but I think Skyfloating was really onto something with the start of that post, and getting out into the murky waters of speculation seemed to
divert this thread off of that.
Much of what is contained in this thread (at least until it got into channeled material and the like,) are things which I have researched extensively
from a number of angles. In fact, I think I had a bit of a U2U chat about that with Skyfloating once upon a time. lol Now, I'm working on a book
about this, so I don't precisely want to give away everything I've concluded...But I do want to share some of the paths I have taken, and see what
talk that might spark.
To begin, about the Rainbow Serpents...I think there are two things to keep in mind when looking at ANY "mythology." One, as Skyfloating points out,
there are certainly verifiable facts contained in these mythologies. (The Bible is another prime example of this.) At the same time, there is
something else to consider...most mythologies began as oral traditions. The most useful, historically, are those like the aboriginal and hebrew
traditions, where there was strict enforcement concerning accuracy. BUT...as oral traditions, they are not designed to be precise accounts of history.
That sort of thinking and that sort of content does not lend itself to oral tradition. The human mind does not work that way. What DOES work is
turning knowledge, be it historical facts, science, mathematics, what have you, into stories that can either teach the concepts to all or preserve
them to the initiated through symbols.
So then, what of serpents and rainbow serpents? Well, first off, I would conclude that the rainbow aspect is probably something attached to the
serpent concept as a tool for story-telling and visualization. Correct me if I am wrong, but the nature of the landscape in many areas lends itself to
rainbows around water, does it not? I believe I have read so, though I have not had the pleasure of verifying this for myself. If this is the case,
rainbows would then be vital to survival, as they would mark out a water hole. Esp so for "rainbow serpents," ie, prismatic reflections low to the
ground near water, that would seem to dance along the horizon. This, I would imagine, is probably pretty close to the standard interpretation.
However...as Skyfloating brings up, serpents are EVERYWHERE in ancient history/mythology/prehistory. So much so that, with no other analysis even, its
pretty hard to write it off as coincidence. So, it comes down to...what's the deal with these serpents?
This is getting a bit wordy, so Im going to try to pare it down a bit here...after all, this is a large portion of a book Im trying to make into a
post, but....I have taken an approach that begins with symbology. What has the serpent represented throughout time and cultures? Change.
Wisdom..usually secret or forbidden wisdom. A staff of power, in the form of the caduceus and the nehushtan. Water/life, the tree of life. The cross.
And so on.
Seeming quite mundane, so far? Don't worry, it's not. To stick with the aspect carried through this thread, that of ancient interaction with
non-native beings, the serpent is often a symbol intertwined with stories of secret knowledge from various "gods" and god-like beings. In most
mythologies, the serpent is in fact synonymous with such knowledge, even where it is not blatantly so. The "problem," if you will, comes with trying
to pin down both what this knowledge is, and who shared it. This is where my conclusions begin to diverge from this thread a bit.
First, we need to discard preconceptions and look at the evidence with an unfiltered perspective. Im not going to list evidence in this post; we can
dig into that later, should anyone be interested. But the particular preconceptions that I believe are leading to the academic dead-end into
understanding "prehistory" are first the preconceptions we often carry about origins; I am of the opinion that we should believe truth, no dogma,
nor speculation. As such, I have set aside any religious beliefs, and critically examined the "science" of evolution. In particular importance to
the topic of prehistory, in this case, that touches on both religion and evolution, is the timelines that have been set for events. Even in history,
there are a number of gaps that are set up to fit preconceived notions of when various things occurred. Part of my book addresses this, and attempts
to use correlating facts between cultures and unbiased dating to bring history into a more streamlined and coherent tale. That is still an ongoing
process, I might add. In the end, though, what it brings us to is something that might not be so startling to those of us in this thread, but very
startling to many others, I think.
At this point, my preliminary conclusions are that, some time shortly preceding the rise of historical civilizations, a SERIES of calamities occurred.
One in the range of 3500 BC, and one in the range of 8000-10000 BC. As I said, I am still deep in the process of pinning these things down. The
earlier calamity, coinciding with the short ice age, (yes, I am aware of the conventional dating for that event
) was the fall and nearly complete
destruction of a world that was highly advanced, but NOT in the way we think of advancement. Without getting into that, there are other roads to
advancement that do not entail machinery and synthetics, as we are just now beginning to understand. Secondly, I have found much reason to believe
that there were drastic changes in the very physics of life on earth at that time, resulting in changes in gravity, electromagnetics, and atmosphere.
(This, in fact, has led me on a trail of what might be the first inkling of a GUT, as well.) This catastrophe would also account for a number of
significant discrepancies between mythology and scientific dating. (Think man and dinosaurs together, for one.)
After this event, I think we have the first "gods" and the rise of the serpents. In a matter of a few generations, all memory of the previous level
of advancement have become folklore and oral traditions being passed down by those who cannot comprehend the things which they are trying to impart.
Isolated groups, though, would likely have maintained a greater level of knowledge. Can you see where I am going? (cont...)
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