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Alphabets, Elements and Cosmologies Abstract

This article explores links between alphabets, elements and cosmological systems. The word ‘alphabet’ is generally said to derive from Alpha, Beta. Part one offers a close reading of the letters in alphabet and reveals connections with Sanskrit roots. Part two explores links between alphabets, especially vowels, elements and cosmologies.

Alphabets, Myth and Tourism

Alphabets, Myths and Tourism, First International Workshop. Human-Computer Interaction, Tourism and Cultural Heritage (HCITOCH 2010), Brescello, 7-9 September 2010, Bergamo: Blue Herons, 2010, pp. 1-6.

Alphabets of Life. Introduction

The alphabet is often described as a European achievement linked with Semitic languages of the Mediterranean: Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, Latin. This study explores a much larger picture that includes all of Eurasia, with Slavic roots in pre-history, and Sanskrit providing a model for Indo-European and other language families.

“The Eye of the Needle”: The Rhythms of the Sacred: time of the monk, time of the tourist on the global scene’ (2007)

Throughout the Middle Ages monks studied a cumulative corpus of knowledge by copying manuscripts, and making commentaries. These activities assumed that the roots of Christianity lay in the Greco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian tradition, i.e. in Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic in the Near East. From at least the time of Isidore of Seville there were attempts at etymological treatment of words. 

Lines Knots, and Dragons: Astronomy as a Key to Cross-Cultural Mythology (2006)

Western Culture has traditionally been seen in strictly Western terms with its roots in Greece and to some extent in Egypt. The 19th and 20th centuries widened the scope of these roots to the Near East and especially Sumer. Aby Warburg created his famous institute to explore the continuity of these traditions (Das Nachleben der Antike). The 19th and 20th centuries also explored the traditions of India and China. It was assumed that these developed in parallel and in isolation. A few individuals such as Blavatsky1 claimed that there were deeper connections, but dubious practices undermined their work. 

Stories of the Sky: Astronomy, Myth, Religion and World Cultures. Initial Draft (2005)

It is common knowledge that the individual constellations of the sky are linked with myths in the form of anecdotes about the lives of the gods. It is often assumed that there is no underlying story with a coherent narrative. One such a coherent narrative exists and is linked with the Bible. Scholars have claimed that both the cultures of Sumer and India copied this basic model in order to explain why there are parallels between the Bible, Gilgamesh and Vedic Texts.