by Nigel Blair
from "When the Earth Nearly Died"
Phaeton, "The Shining One"
Ancient Myths Of The Cosmic Body Of Destruction
They call it Phaeton [Phaethon], after the ancient mythical name. It occurs
first in the original accounts from Hyginus, Euripides and Ovid. It was
described as the son of the sun-god Helios, and literally means "the shining
one". They quote extensively from ancient legend and mythology, from which a
few examples follow.
The ancient Hindu account of Brahma and his followers has him
noting the arrival in the sky of a very small white body which, within an
hour, grew to seem as big as an elephant before hitting the Earth and
causing a worldwide flood.
They were said to have three offshoots, the equally terrible "sons of Muspelheim". In ancient Persian myth, Earth suffered greatly from two bodies, Ahriman and the snake-like Azhidhaka, otherwise known as Zohak and Iblis.
In the Bible, there was of course the heavenly war between Lucifer, usually identified by Christians (and by the Book of Revelation) with Satan, and Michael and his angels.
Lucifer was beaten and "cast down onto Earth".
Battle Of The Planets In Mesopotamian Legend
cylinder-seals show eleven planets circling the Sun. Even including the Moon
as a planet, this still leaves one planet unaccounted for. When and how was
In aid of their astrology, Assyrian, Chaldean and Sumerian astronomers kept precise ephemerides - tables that listed and predicted the future locations of the planets and other heavenly bodies.
Amongst other things, they knew of the planets Neptune and Uranus and the constellations of,
So we know that astronomers in what we
think of as prehistoric times were in fact keeping fairly accurate records
of the sky, especially in the Middle East.
The Assyrians referred to him as "Bel", who was identified with the cosmic hero-figure Marduk, in turn identifiable with Phaeton.
In Sumerian mythology, "Enlil" was thought to be second only to the supreme sun god Apsu. However, later he disobeyed divine laws, and was banished to the underworld.
Allan and Delair see this as another rendering of the remarkably similar Lucifer legend, in which this being, originally second only to God, was thrown into "a bottomless pit"; or the Phaeton legend in which a very similar being, nearly as radiant as Helios (the Sun), was destroyed, his remains cast down from the sky and buried under the Earth.
argue, is therefore apparently another name for Phaeton.
Usually regarded as purely allegorical and portraying the eternal struggle between light and darkness, it can also, according to Allan and Delair, be seen as an account of the Phaeton near-miss of the Earth and all its results. In Part Four Chapter 16, "War in Heaven", page 218, they describe the extraordinarily close parallels.
does not permit their repetition here, but suffice it to say that readers
will probably agree that they make a good case for such an interpretation,
in general outline if not always in detail.
The authors argue that its rotation was retarded or stopped by electrical discharges from Marduk, and its outer shell was split open leading to the disintegration of the entire planet. Marduk then dragged a lot of the debris along in its wake, possibly creating the asteroid belt that we know today. Some of the asteroids orbit in groups suggesting that they had at one time been parts of one or more larger bodies.
Meanwhile, Marduk acquired "Kingu",
the Akkadian word supposedly denoting Tiamat's satellite, and some of the
debris, which were later to provide ammunition for the fearsome bombardment
They think it refers specifically to the passage of Marduk (Pallas Athene) past the planet Mars, which they say has certain inexplicable anomalies, notably an eccentric orbit and extensive fracturing of its crust, which they argue could be caused by similar treatment meted out to Mars as later was inflicted on Earth.
The two peculiarly shaped Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos, could be captured fragments of the shattered Tiamat.
One other point about this myth
is important: a planet, "Electra", left the heavens never to be seen again.
They are generally connected with water and floods; they are frequently described as serpents or dragons, and often as multi-headed, with such attributes as gaping jaws, horns, sparkling crowns, glowing manes, speckled bodies, great jets of fire, clouds of pestilence, poisonous blasts or streams of "blood"; with hissing, roaring or explosive sounds.
They were all gigantic and
shining, often with glowing haloes or trails. These descriptions, the
authors convincingly argue, closely resemble what we would expect from a
cosmic body coming close by Earth, accompanied by other smaller ones some of
which may have hit the planet, and surrounded by blazing methane clouds
shooting out burning hydrocarbons and poisonous blasts.
We know that heavenly objects and stellar
alignments feature frequently in megalithic structures and carvings, such as
Stonehenge and Callanish. It would therefore be surprising, the authors
argue, if such a cosmic and shattering event, even at so distant a date,
went unrecorded in carvings.
This name was specifically mentioned by the Egyptian priests who gave him the account of Atlantis, as a myth whose real meaning was a drastic disturbance of the planetary bodies bringing catastrophes to Earth.
Atlantis was destroyed, they said, in just
such a disaster.
The Near-destruction Of Life On Earth
Ancient descriptions of them, especially Persian, say the ominous group of bodies in the sky constantly changed shape, for example sometimes resembling a human shape, sometimes a golden-horned bull, and sometimes a horse.
This the authors put down to the
changing angles from which the objects were seen. As they approached, the
Earth began to wobble and shift on its axis. Their evidence is from
charges still detectable in igneous rocks of this period, which are
apparently between ten and a hundred times stronger than anything which
could have been caused by unaided internal Earth movements.
In particular, the
waters of the world's rivers, oceans and lakes were removed en masse from
their normal homes and concentrated in the area closest to the cosmic
bodies, causing gigantic tidal waves and floods. As the Earth's rotation
slowed down, terrifying winds blew up which bodily transported whole masses
of loose rocks and surface materials enormous distances, flattened entire
forests, and whipped up vast volumes of water to great heights.
Amongst these new ranges were the Andes, on which could have been the ancient precursor of the great stone city of Tiahuanaco, pushed up to about 13,500 feet by the cataclysm.
In some places clouds of volcanic gas
carried large stones for miles, making marks on the surfaces of the rock
often confused by experts with those caused by glaciers. Along with
high-pressure steam full of grit, these carved out whole valleys and rock
surfaces. Hot mud in voluminous torrents cascaded down hillsides taking
giant boulders with it. Countless creatures were trapped underground, in
useless refuges, and animals, humans and plants on the surface had no chance
Frozen liquids from this would initially have cascaded down on
the Earth: vast sheets of water and hail, as in the Noah's Flood story
The largest fragments, what the Norse sagas called the "sons of Muspelheim", would have inflicted great craters on the planet. Some of these may be the ones recently discovered, subtly hidden in the contours of great landmasses as in northern Canada.
Following this would have been fearsome worldwide bombardments of rocks, iron pieces and the like. Sheets of sand and dust, blazing fluids and sticky liquids probably followed. The crater fields of South Carolina would have been caused at this time, together with similar craters or "bays" in Holland.
Allan and Delair believe that a series of
"lakes" all aligned from north-west to south-east are the basins formed by
the impacts in that distant time.
Countless stories from mythology described the waters advancing like a wall of irresistible power and awesome height.
They submerged not only valleys but hills and the slopes
of mountains, being stopped only by the highest mountain ranges. Collapsed
parts of the Earth's crust became new ocean basins.
It adds a great deal to the already plentiful evidence for a global catastrophe that not only destroyed Atlantis, but fundamentally interrupted the evolution of the Earth and of humanity, somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000 B.C. It combines scientific and mythological evidence in an impressive manner.
little doubt that the very existence of civilization was threatened, and
that humanity's survival was in the balance.
"Chapter 1 - The Age of the Earth"
This culture still survived as the colonizers of the remnants of the Atlantean empire.
Like other colonizers in history who have lost their homeland, they preserved what they could of the language, technology and culture, but they were attacked by predators, hungry and cold in the new dark age after the floods and dust cloud.
They were unable to maintain their original culture and, like Britain after the Romans left, declined into a long period of chaos, isolation and racial amnesia: