Article - Laura Knight-Jadczyk
As we study these myths and legends, we notice the ubiquity of the universal theme of a Golden Age which was destroyed in some terrible way - a deluge, a fall from grace, a punishment. We see now that there is a similar story of a terrible disaster, followed by the building of Stonehenge, and how this tradition was interwoven cleverly with the story of King Arthur by Geoffrey of Monmouth. In most cases, the stories then go on to talk about the world before, giants, the gods and their doings, in terms that seem to be utterly fantastic. The usual explanation ascribes such stories to any number of theories based on the fearful and ignorant state of the howling savages of the Stone Age who imaginatively created myths to explain the inexplicable forces of nature around them.
Many "alternative" researchers and theorists have already expounded at great length on the idea that many myths represent an archaic reality. Among the ideas they have proposed are those that follow the pattern that there was a time in human history when the planets interacted violently and these became the foundational myths of the "wars of the gods." In such scenarios, the "thunderbolts" of Jove are the exchanges of electrical potentials between planets.
Others have proposed that the gods were simply the memory of a technologically advanced civilization. Others have proposed that they are aliens or alien-human hybrids with advanced technology. In these theories, the "thunderbolts" of Jove are nuclear weapons and Jove was just a regular guy with a big bomb.
After considering the fact that history is often mythicized, and myth is then later "historicized," we have some idea that both of these approaches could be true. In the case of the Grail Stories, we are dealing with the same problem many times over. However, in the Grail stories, there are repeated references to the same symbols or "objects of cultic value" that we have already mentioned: a cup or dish, a lance or sword, and a stone. If we begin to search through myth and legend, finding one of them here, another there, and then reassemble these elements, we come to a certain idea: that they all are part of an ensemble. Jessie L. Weston writes in From Ritual to Romance:
When I read Ms. Weston's remark that myths might be the remnants of a vanished civilization, I thought it was an interesting hypothesis, and I began to play with it. I began to think about how it might be possible that scientific knowledge might be what is being portrayed in these stories, and how such knowledge might be "mythicized" over time if the infrastructure of civilization was destroyed. Naturally, the story "Lord of the Flies" immediately comes to mind as one example, but there are certainly many other situations where this process can be examined. In any event, the more I thought about this, and the more examples I studied, the more I began to think that Ms. Weston was definitely onto something. I began to think of the "Grail Hallows," appearing repeatedly in myth and legend, as elements of an ancient technology. I began to observe how these objects were utilized, and the magical powers that were attributed to them. I noted that all of these abilities were the attributes of a mastery of Space-Time manipulation. And if so, it was a stunning view of the universe as well as very exciting technology that was being described in myth and legend.
Imagine, if you will, a worldwide civilization such as our own. Imagine further that a great cataclysm is realized too late to make proper preparations to preserve the civilization itself. Or, perhaps the calamity is so devastating that it cannot be preserved. Imagine that the infrastructure of the civilization is destroyed. Imagine that, over the entire globe, out of say, six billion people, only 20 million survive, so terrible is the cataclysm. Furthermore, the survivors themselves are so widely scattered, and all means of travel and communication have been destroyed, so that any idea of them gathering together to re-implement the infrastructure that formerly existed is impossible. What is more, many of those who survived are not even technically capable of doing so.
But, in four or five locations, a small handful of people with higher educations did survive. But the unfortunate thing is, their education is so specialized that they are able to re-implement only limited and selected elements of the former civilization. And so, they do the best they can. They become the Lords of the Flies, so to speak. And they seek to find a way to re-create what was lost; to seek out the additional knowledge, to rebuild the world from the ashes.
Having only uneducated and technically deficient people to do all the necessary work, and knowing that when they die, what they do know will be lost, they attempt to pass on as much knowledge as they can to as many as they can, knowing that even this is incomplete, but hoping that it will survive until someday the infrastructure is rebuilt.
In such a situation, what knowledge would be considered the most valuable to pass on? What would be in the mind of such a person? Would they not be thinking that a better world may come if they can only pass on what they know, and leave it up to those who come after to add the missing pieces? And would not this be not only the knowledge of the important things about the civilization itself? It's infrastructure? It's modes of communication, of travel, of laws and ethics; its high science; and most of all, the terrible information that was revealed at the very last, just before everything was blasted back to stone age conditions: the knowledge that the earth regularly and cyclically undergoes cataclysm.
Imagine the sighting of an oncoming disaster, such as a barrage of comets, in our own civilization. The first thing our scientists would do would be to make measurements and observations; study path and trajectory; and soon they would announce on television, to the world, that we are about to go through a dangerous period that, apparently, is part of a long period cometary shower. They would announce their numbers to the world, and everyone would know, just a short time before the destruction, that what they are facing has been here before. And that knowledge, revealed too late, would be the one thing that the survivors of such destruction would want to pass on to their children. And so, in such an environment, under such conditions, myths would be born consisting of memories of the world before and all its glorious technology, how it ended, and that disaster will come again.
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