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Zoroastrianism is uniquely important in the history of religion because of its possible formative links to both Western and Eastern religious traditions. In the opinion of Mary Boyce, as "the oldest of the revealed credal religions", Zoroastrianism "probably had more influence on mankind directly or indirectly than any other faith".
In Greek times, the debate was largely philosophical and did not conform to present notions of cosmology. Cosmic pluralism was a corollary to notions of infinity and the purported multitude of life-bearing worlds were more akin to parallel universes (either contemporaneously in space or infinitely recurring in time) than to different solar systems. After Thales and his student Anaximander opened the door to an infinite universe, a strong pluralist stance was adopted by the atomists, notably Leucippus, Democritus, and Epicurus. While these were prominent thinkers, their opponents—Plato and Aristotle—had greater effect. They argued that the Earth is unique and that there can be no other systems of worlds. This stance neatly dovetailed with later Christian ideas and pluralism was effectively suppressed for a millennium
Originally posted by Indigo_Child
The only mention of ET in the Bhagvad Gita is the mention there are many planets with life. It is not very definitive. I think you mean the Mahabharata which is full of references of space travel, inter-dimensional travel and what we call ET life is considered common in much of the Sanskrit yore.
Anyway I think the oldest mention of the ET concept comes from an Indonesian tribe, I can't remember what the name of the people is anymore, but their legend says that they are the descedents of an interstellar people.
I think there are similar legends in Australia and Native America. I am sure someone here could help flesh out the details for you.
[edit on 29-3-2009 by Indigo_Child]
Originally posted by whaaa
Origin myths of Native American and First Nation peoples are filled with what might be construed as ET, inter dimensional, metaphysical beings.
Who knows the age of these myths as they are not written and only passed down by oral tradition.