sâmbătă, 4 aprilie 2009

NewScientist: On the trail of mythical beasts

WHAT makes so many people want to believe in fabulous creatures? Chris Lavers and Joshua Blu Buhs set out to explore this question, and although one tackles an ancient myth and the other a modern one, they come up with remarkably similar answers. Full story:

* Zecharia Sitchin, The Twelfth Planet: "The deity Belus ('lord') - also called Deus (' god') brought forth various hideous beings, which were produced of a two - fold principle. They had one body but two heads, the one of a man, the other of a woman... Other human figures were to be seen with the legs and horns of goats ; some had horses' feet, while others united the hind quarters of a horse with the body of a man, resembling in shape the hippocentaurus. Bulls likewise bred there with the heads of man ; and dogs with fourfold bodies, terminated in their extremities with the tails of fishes. In short, there were creatures with the limbs of every species of animals. Of all these were preserved delineations in the temple of Bellus at Babylon. The tale's baffling details may hold an important truth, the mythological animals, those from the temples were real creatures made in laboratory, monsters that populated the Earth. Sumerian texts, too, speak of deformed humans created by Enki and the Mother Goddess (Ninhursag)in the course of their efforts to fashion a perfect Primitive Worker. Details: