Friday, April 15, 2011

The Seven Sisters and Monogenism

"The Pleiades are the only [star grouping] noted and named by every culture on Earth, past and present, from the most advanced to the most primitive," observed Stan Gooch, quoted by Colin Wilson, who notes also "the similarity of the legends of Australian aborigines, Wyom­ing Indians and the ancient Greeks" — A 100,000-Year-Old Civilisation? Mr. Wilson continues:
    In the Greek legend, Orion the Hunter pursues the six maidens and their mother through the forest, until Zeus takes pity on them, and changes them all (including Orion) into stars. In the Australian legend, the hunter is called Wurunna, and he captures two of the seven maidens; but these escape up trees that suddenly grow until they reach the sky, where all the maidens live forever. According to the Wyoming Indians, the seven sisters are pursued by a bear, and climb up a high rock, which grows until it reaches the sky.

    Gooch goes on to mention that the Seven Sisters play an equally important role in the legends of the Aztecs, the Incas, the Poly­nesians, the Chinese, the Masai, the Kikuyu, the Hindus and the ancient Egyptians. This worldwide interest in the Pleiades, he argues, surely indicates that it originated in some very early and once central culture.
On a related note, an earlier post on Dennis Bonnette, author of a book which, noting that "authentic Catholics and many traditional Protestants understand that theological monogenism -- which holds that all mankind is descended from a single pair of ancestors -- must be maintained in order to confirm the reality of Original Sin, and the consequent need for the Redeemer," attempts to "offer a detailed explanation of how the current theory of human evolution might be fully consistent with sound scriptural interpretation" — Origin of the Human Species.

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