Eye, thanks for the comments but I was being sarcastic.
Ancient Greeks were highly symbolic and, one can say, "poetic" in their myths. there are some patterns that repeat through the centuries even if the
seeming themes look different.
Take the most "difficult" of the examples I presented, Talos. He looks like a robot, he acts like a robot, yet there is a slight problem with his
"mechanics". He is made entirely out of copper and his body is run through by one single vein filled with "ichor", the blood of the Gods - which
is what keeps him alive. Now, copper is highly conductive, if we assume some sort of electric power running him, there's a problem of short circuits
with a copper body (plastic was not known back then, this we can safely assume!). Not to mention parts of him that even today are almost impossible to
implement, let alone in that scale! I am referring to the "control" mechanism, whatever it was.
What is offered as an explanation for the myth of Talos is this. Talos represents the fading age of copper, thus he is made out of copper. Talos is
guarding Crete, the last stronghold of copper age civilizations in the Aegean area. He is finally subdued by mainland Greeks (Jason) which symbolizes
the overpowering of Cretan civilization by Myceneans who were iron-armed.
I am a firm believer of Occam's razor, if there's a simpler, logical and viable explanation for something that buffles us I will give it a thought
and more often than not my "vote" too
About the Vimanas (ancient Indian aircrafts) works4dhs, the problem is that the level of destruction to erase any and all physical remnants not only
of them but of the whole infrastructure needed to develop them is such that it would most likely wipe humans off the face of the Earth completely.
Agreed, New Guinea stone age tribes replicate British and Dutch aircraft today in hopes that it will bring them (and their "gifts") back. From this
point though to the point of claiming that all the advanced manifestations of humanity we have today disappear and ONLY some drawings/paintings
survive in some jungle cave is highly unlikely (I am not saying impossible but I bet you will agree with me that it is highly unlikely).
Entertaining "romantic" thoughts of an advanced antiquity has always been prevalent, either as a means to preserve some "national" heritage and
enhance it or to strengthen the belief in our own capability. The mere fact that the species has survived all that's been thrown its way the past
200,000 years (ice ages, Toba eruption, climate instability, feel free to add what escaped me) and flourished to the point of being almost ready to
colonize other celestial bodies is nothing short of a miracle. to "explain" this without our modern technological achievements we employ alien
intervention, super advanced ancestors (the more ancient the better
) and who knows what more. It is not that we "owe" it to aliens (I don't
believe in aliens, if anyone has hard, solid proof I will consider their existence, until then they simply are not around!), it is hard to believe we
could "lose" so much of what we used to know.
Let's go down a path for a while, in an attempt to explain some of the wonders of antiquity. We stand in awe in front of the Pyramids (in whatever
continent they are), the Great Wall of China, megalithic structures all over the world, sophisticated devices like the Antikythera mechanism, awesome
medical breakthroughs that are not in use today, extremely accurate maps and other "things" from the past. We wonder "how" and "why" they were
made, and in many cases by whom. There's little to be said about the "why", we have grown so far apart from the ancient mindset that grasping why
someone would devote his life or break his back to stack 10-ton stone blocks one on top of another. There are, in some cases, theories (some tested
enough to be very plausible) that explain the "how" and where we are lucky enough to find something that works as evidence we can have a good idea
who built/made those things. The fact remains, there is not one "unified" theory that explains all of them satisfactory, to do that we need more
undeniable evidence (mere references in scriptures won't do, if we find a piece or two it is far better - after all the Antikythera mechanism wasn't
mentioned anywhere until found!).
To the OP:
Back on topic, there's one striking "theme" included in many mythologies that survived as such until Newton explained how light behaves when it
passes through clear bodies (clear as in non-opaque, my English fails me!). so, was the Bible wrong that the rainbow was the promise of God to Noah
that He would never again drown the world in water? Was it some advanced technology that created the first rainbows that inspired the references?
If you are going to dismiss this example as being a natural phenomenon included in a myth, what prevents the rest from being such? It is very
convenient to "separate" parts that fit your theory and discard those that do not but it is generally a good thing to warn us that you will do that.
When you open your thread asking "Do you know Mythologies is real" I can answer that finding only 1-2 examples of mythical references that cannot be
advanced technologies (simply because they are natural phenomena) and "shoot" you down. If you wanted to ask "do you know that some mythologies
have parts that could be real?" then it would be a whole different conversation