Maria, my only objection (for now) to connecting ancient Hindu and AE texts is precisely from the standpoint of this astronomical knowledge. It's not native, IMHO, to any of them. I think there's a much later linkage in this regard through the Pani Gene refers to and through the Phoenicians Segestan and Perseus refer to. These were a people, it has been alleged, who travelled all the world's flat, featureless oceans, who had colonies on every continent. Astronomical knowledge makes sense for them; not for the Hebrews. As far as the AE: Maybe they were an original colony of these sea-peoples, but I tend to doubt it -- there's just too many critters wrapped up in their lore. I would, however, suggest that at one time they may have been dominated by these sea-peoples or perhaps highly influenced by these merchants' wares, both intellectually and aesthetically. One must ask the question, why are the French so up in arms today over a couple of McDonald's and a Disneyworld in their country . . . syncretism happens.
I don't know why, but for some reason every time a see a picture of the GP these days I think of an island. Who knows, maybe there are three prominent seamounts out there in the ocean somewhere that used to be these sea-peoples' homes . . .
>>And yes you are probably right that replacing oral tradition with a written script was the first step to a devolution. We got a dead letter without the symbolism explained. There was a book about it few years ago, that argued that the written word (left brain hemisphere/masculine) replacing the visual and auditory (right/feminine/intuitive) has done exactly that, not to mention established the superiority of patriarchal values.<<
No argument here. None. That's exactly where I was going with that. Have you other thoughts in this regard?