If myth is fiction, then why, as the opening post shows, have aboriginal myths turned out to know scientific facts of which we are told they
were "discovered" just recently?
This fact invites us to re-define the meaning of mythology entirely.
Quite so! And so it is being done... Though the origins appear to be quite different from what might have been expected.
(The Origins of Myth...; overview)
These are a few entries that deal specifically with the "cosmic dragon" or "rainbow serpent" motif in mythology around the world. Many widely
dispersed, non-interacting cultures all record much the same motif. How is this possible if the cultures are so widely dispersed as to have had no
contact with one another in remote regions of the world? The answer appears to be that all may have witnessed plasma events in the ancient sky that
took on forms not unlike the most archaic descriptions of dragons and chaos monsters, many of which are described with "fiery manes," "glowing
feathers," "flaming beards," etc. etc. Not all that far off the mark when one considers that electrical formation in plasma naturally form glowing
(The Feathered Serpent)
(Mystery of the Cosmic Dragon)
(The Dragon and the Pearl)
(Ossified Dragon Theories)
Just one interpretation, but a rather interesting one. Keep in mind this is non-mainstream, and a a subset of a much larger topic. Though it is
ostensibly based upon attempting to interpret ancient symbolic language through the lens of the modern field of plasma physics.
Other mythological and / or petroglyph images appear to support a plasma explanation as well.
(Plasma Formations in the Ancient Sky)
(The Meeting of Myth and Science)
(Plasma in the Lab and Rock Art; [Petroglyphs])
(Plasma On Stone)
P.S. Has NOTHING to do with aliens. Which is not to say I do or don't believe that aliens exist (it's a big universe; make up your own mind)... Just
that ancient descriptions of dragons, rainbow serpents, chaos monsters had NOTHING in common with modern reports of UFOs or aliens.
P.P.S. This also has nothing to do with verifying or refuting any one myth, religion, spiritual belief, etc. It has more to do with a cross-cultural
comparison, leading to a possible explanation of the cross-cultural similarities underlying the wider realm of ancient myths.
[edit on 19-5-2008 by mgmirkin]