Semanticus F. Alpaerts suggests in De Denkbeeldige Ruimte (1980) that the I Ching or Book of Changes, originating from mythical antiquity, is the first semantic lexicon of mankind. In this Chinese classic, unquestionably one of the most influential books in the world's literature, 64 chapters are coded with a double triplet line code called hexagrams. Alpaerts … Continue reading Book of Changes, first semantic lexicon
Thor, God of ThunderIllustration for the board game Mythalix, artist David Ceballos Originally the god Perun, also the common Slavic word for thunder, was nothing more than the Germanic Thor in a Slavic disguise. Later texts equate Perun with Zeus. In Mansikka p. 202, the 'Conversation of the Three Church Fathers' Perun is referred to, … Continue reading Thunder gods in old Scandinavian and Slavic mythology
The phallus is found as an object of worship in cultures all over the world. It is regarded as a fertility symbol, but mainly has a protective function. It repels the evil forces and thereby brings prosperity (fertility) to the clan. The phallus is depicted in many colours, but a strikingly common one is red-on-black, … Continue reading The protective phallus
From the Byzantine Chronicle of Malalas we read: "First, Mestrom began to rule … after him Feosta, who was also called Svarog by the Egyptians. When this Feosta reigned in Egypt, pincers fell from heaven during his reign, and he began to forge weapons, for before that people fought with sticks and stones. The same … Continue reading Slavic sun-king gods in the Semantic Colour Space
The concept of the cyclopes as one-eyed giants, always coming in three, uncivilized and wild, builders of wall's and of the thunderbolt of Zeus, orientated in the Semantic Colour Space. I. Michiels, red.
Head of a Cyclops Colosseum. First century CE. In Hesiod the Cyclopes were storm genii, as their names indicate: Brontes, thunder; Steropes, lightning; Arges, thunderbolt. As for the Hecatoncheires or Centimanes-the 'hundred-handed'-their names are sufficient to characterise them. They, too, were three in number: Cottus, the Furious; Briareus, the Vigorous; Gyges, the Big-limbed. Titans, Cyclopes … Continue reading Cyclopes in Greek mythology