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Hi Rick

What is certainly convincing is that mythology was a way of communicating and preserving information through countless generations and if it can be identified so readily in some myths, then surely it is worth considering in others.

Take, by way of example, the translation by Frank Cole Babbit of classical historian Plutarch's "Isis and Osiris" who writes:

"The Egyptians have a legend that the end of Osiris's life came on the seventeenth of the month, on which day it is quite evident to the eye that the period of the full moon is over.

Some say that the years of Osiris's life, others that the years of his reign, were twenty-eight; for that is the number of the moon's illuminations, and in that number of days does she complete her cycle. The wood which they cut on the occasions called the "burials of Osiris" they fashion into a crescent-shaped coffer because of the fact that the moon, when it comes near the sun, becomes crescent-shaped and disappears from our sight. The dismemberment of Osiris into fourteen parts they refer allegorically to the days of the waning of that satellite from the time of the full moon to the new moon. And the day on which she becomes visible after escaping the solar rays and passing by the sun they style "Incomplete Good"; for Osiris is beneficent, and his name means many things, but, not least of all, an active and beneficent power, as they put it. The other name of the god, Omphis, Hermaeus says means "benefactor" when interpreted.

They think that the risings of the Nile have some relation to the illuminations of the moon; for the greatest rising, in the neighbourhood of Elephantinê, is twenty-eight cubits, which is the number of its illuminations that form the measure of each of its monthly cycles; the rising in the neighbourhood of Mendes and Xoïs, which is the least, is six cubits, corresponding to the first quarter. The mean rising, in the neighbourhood of Memphis, when it is normal, is fourteen cubits, corresponding to the full moon."

So, here is an explication of the astronomoical encoding in the Ancient Egyptian myth of Osiris' murder and Isis' attempts to gather the remains of her husband.

Let's not forget that there is an almost universal belief in the idea of gods and goddesses being "celestial" beings. In other words, they are typically associated with the heavens and the stars. Little wonder, then, that myths about them might encode important astronomical information pertaining to them.


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