To add as a note, I think the kind of theory put forth by Talbott is what one may rightly call a historical-materialist theory of mythology in the strongest form: myth is a record of real objects and events transfigured by a human mind trying to find reason in a catastrophic world. In this transfiguration much is lost and added, but the material origin is still there as the basic form which is embellished by culture. The issue is—according to Talbott—that we forgot the key to understand the myths; we forgot that they were not metaphorical. This book is a systematic re-interpretative account of the ancient world myths connected to the planet-god Saturn through a thorough integration of empirical mythological record. Perhaps the most interesting aspects of the account is the unification of symbolism not merely on meaning, but also in the most unintelligible aspect: the symbols themselves. The unifying concept is not to be found in conceiving the ancients as mere fantastical dreamers mistaking a world of altered consciousness as real, nor as erudite metaphysical sages using difficult metaphors, but instead as simply a historical planetary formation and order.
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Goltisida Views Read Edit View history. The book examines similar tales in comparative mythology and states that thousands of years ago, earth was a former satellite of Saturnand that a vastly different solar system alignment existed. We would have to accept catastrophism, a name for the possibility that the past of the world is sathrn likely irretrievable beyond our own memories of it.
Matthew Crome marked it as to-read Jul 27, Well not quite — and I will be finishing this book. David Talbott — RationalWiki Thanks for telling us about the problem. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.
These myths are about events in the order of 12, years ago and the Roman God Saturn had nothing to do with it!!! This is also a CRASS error, because he makes the point quite forcefully that he is trying to home in on the visual experience of the victims of the disaster.
There is one crucial bad argument about the identification thf Saturn with Helios. The spectacular appearance, unpredictable behaviour, and Earth-threatening movements of davd bodies provoked an explosion of human imagination.
This proto-Saturn, devoid of its current rings, was much closer to the sun. Perhaps the most interesting aspects of the account is the unification of symbolism not merely on meaning, but also in the most unintelligible aspect: Crothers Ted Holden ZetaTalk v — t — e. This still leaves the problem of disentangling the maze of correct and incorrect identifications made through half a dozen stages of syncretism.
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English Choose a language for shopping. The Revolutionary Theory of Reality. Showing of 11 reviews. See all customer images. Pepaile added it Aug 06, After this faulty logic he goes on to simply repeatedly state the identification of so many other Gods jyth Saturn, it becomes quite mind boggling — literally. TOP Related Posts.
The Saturn Myth - David N. Talbott (1980)
Talbott Intrigued by Velikovskys claim that Saturn was once the pre-eminent planetary god, David Talbott resolved to e amine its mythical character! David N. The 1! Int od! The great gods, Velikovsky observed, appear e plicitly as planets! In the titanic wars vividly depicted by ancient chroniclers the planets moved on erratic courses, appearing to wage battles in the sky, e changing electrical discharges, and more than once menacing the earth!
The Saturn Myth - David N. Talbott (1980), Kindle
Learn how and when to remove this template message The Saturn Myth: A Reinterpretation of Rites and Symbols Illuminating Some of the Dark Corners of Primordial Society is a non-fiction book written by David N Talbott which speculates that early humanity witnessed a much different celestial alignment. According to the book, Earth was a former satellite of Saturn before a hypothesized cataclysm, which caused the earth, Saturn, Mars, and Venus to lose their previous orbits. Synopsis[ edit ] The book examines similar tales in comparative mythology and states that thousands of years ago, Earth was a former satellite of Saturn , and that a vastly different solar system alignment existed. This proto-Saturn, devoid of its current rings, was much closer to the sun. According to the author, a major cataclysm disfigured the previous planetary configuration and unleashed major chaos on a formerly advanced human civilization.