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Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Kaeser

From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 14:15:45 -0500
Fwd Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2004 10:10:15 -0500
Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies? - Kaeser


>From: Trevor Seguin <h0riz0n.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 19:05:59 -0500
>Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies?

>>From: Ray Dickenson <editor.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 17:55:44 +0000
>>Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies?

>>>From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
>>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 08:51:26 -0500
>>>Subject: Re: UFOs & Fairies?

><snip>

>>So, coming back to your "Father Nature" figure (which is how I'd
>>previously seen "the green man" myself) - that would be valid
>>_if_ there was no nature god in the pantheon when the green man
>>first arose.

>>I'll have to re-look at Greek/Roman stuff to be sure but that
>>doesn't seem to be the case, and if so either the green man is a
>>much older "nature Myth" - or was invented to explain something
>>anomalous (& also very ancient).

><snip>

>The reference to The Green Man as father nature is very ancient.
>He is not represented so much in Greek and Roman mythos, but
>more, in British and Gaelic Myth and folklore. The people of
>that area evolved with a great affinity to nature. They knew,
>being farmers that there lives depended on the seasons and on
>the crops of that year.

<snip>

Very good explanation, Trevor. I think the 'Green Man' is likely
to be unrelated to modern 'Little Green Men', who are (I
believe) mentioned more in UFO literature than they are by UFO
witnesses. Of course, a number of people have written about the
background of that phrase, and its a discussion that has not
ended (I'm sure).

This discussion alludes to the question of myths and how they
might relate to what we are today calling "UFOs". Joseph
Campbell (author of The Power of the Myth) speaks of very basic
myths that may be programmed into our brain at birth. These may
be little more than impressions and vague beliefs, but he found
that all cultures seemed to have a few very similar mythological
beliefs in spite of no known relationship between those
cultures. How these vague impressions or beliefs evolved in each
was determined in part by the technology and the structure of
that society, but there were often basic common threads. One
example is that of the 'Great Flood', which appears to exist in
all pre-historic cultures in one form or another. It has become
a central part of the Old Testament, but the flood is also
mentioned in the early history of other cultures.

I think there is much to be learned from an examination of how
man's beliefs have evolved over time, and what has effected that
evolution of ideas. When we understand how we identify that
which we believe to be true, we have a better chance of
understanding that which we can't readily identify. We all view
the world around us through the filter of our beliefs and faith,
which we can't help. A better understanding of how that filter
is contructed would be most beneficial (albeit a little boring
for most of those who already "know" the answers).


Steve




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