> I still can see it, sorry guys, it seems I am very
> bad at this. I can only see what can be described
> as an octopus face, which is obviously not
> This, however, makes the lid even more impressive!
I'm also having trouble seeing what Susan is referring to - I've even made a crude overlay of the left and right hand borders but nothing is registering.
However if anyone is reporting an octopus, I AM intrigued. Some months ago I found an octopus motif on a lintel from one of the Maya temples at Tikal in Guatemala, right beneath what is probably a good example of the Mayan "Bee God" - the Bee God is thought to have probably started at eastern coastal sites and migrated inland toward major sites following trade routes.
Once I began to notice the motif, I started finding octopus and squid designs everywhere, although in at least some cases I imagine scholars would debate with me that they are corn leaves or tendrils of smoke. I quickly found so many examples that I ended up posting a very informal paper about it to Academia.edu because I couldn't really find where scholars had pointed out any octopi or squid designs previously, they seemed to be more or less unheard of in Mayan cosmology or myth.
I've suggested the motif in the 8-legged form (I think the squid design usually features only the front two tentacles) refers to the planet / deity Venus. Some scholars have suggested that the number 8 is sacred to Venus because 8 Solar calendar years = 1/2 of 10 Venus Synodic Periods. (365 x 8 = (584 x 10) / 2). On the very example they use (a detail from the Venus Platform at Chichen Itza) I observed there were two tentacles that both seemed to be composed of 8 circles.
I won't go on about it further since most of thoughts on it are already in my Archaeoastronomy thread next door in Mysteries, but I thought I would mention it as I am very curious as to how well these considerations might carry back to Greece and to Old World mythology in general, especially since they made me think of Crete so much.
rodz and DavidK Ancient Measures - Jim Alison on the Remen [grahamhancock.com] - Jim Wakefield From The Rollrights to Stonehenge
Peter Harris Visions of Time - Megalithic Foot - Megalithic Portal - Geoff Bath An Alternative Route to the Megalithic Yard
Mercurial Mercurial Pathways - Glanymor1948 Skhane.org - Jiri Mruzek Prehistoric Science
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12-Aug-21 01:43 by thinkitover.