Intervening ‘gods’ – myth or history?

“Three of Earth’s primary ancient civilisations share common themes in their creation myths. In each case, gods descended from the heavens to create human beings and to give humanity the gifts of civilisation. After creating humans in their image, the gods then instructed the embryonic race on how to live and left behind a theocracy based on the idea that the king was descended from the gods or had been appointed by the gods.”

Comment: For years I sought unsuccessfully to discover how kingship had originated; and why kings tended to be deified. The above extract from Will Hart’s ‘The genesis race’ is therefore interesting.

More from Hart: In relation to the Inca, the following quote by him tells about their origins and how Viracocha led them to civilisation. ‘… people lived like brute beasts without religion nor government, nor towns, nor houses, without cultivating the land nor covering their bodies … (Viracocha) sent a son and daughter to give them precepts and laws by which to live as reasonable and civilised men, and to teach them to dwell in houses and towns, to cultivate maize and other crops, to breed flocks, and to use the fruits of the earth as rational beings …’

Hart continues: “No disembodied gods, angels, or spiritual forces could have done that. Viracocha is always described as a man who stayed with the people and taught the arts of civilisation, much as the gods clothed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and sent them out to cultivate the land.

Moving from Peru to Mexico, we find that the Aztecs and Maya held a similar belief. Quetzalcoatl (Kukulkan) – a white bearded man with a long cape and an entourage who came ‘on a boat without oars’ – brought them the gifts of civilisation.

The Sumerians tell the same story. Our modern Western civilisation is an offshoot of the ancient Sumerian civilisation, via the branch of ancient Greece and Rome.

… all of the accounts of the gods who intervened agree that these gods were human.”

Hart concludes: “If we accept the genius of Sumerian innovation in mathematics and agriculture, in their ability to build great monuments, invent the wheel, and know the planets in the solar system, can we dismiss their own history of their creation and acquisition of this genius? We may ask the same question relative to the Aztecs, Incas, Egyptians, and Olmecs.”

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