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Pardon me for digressing totally from the thread, but still within the scope of this board...


P.S. I would love to learn more about the Babylonian calendar; do you know anybody that could teach me? :)


There is some interesting information at this site:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/

In The Book of the Cave of Treasures which is an early Christian text the "modern time" editor has inserted a Babylonian zodiac with cuneiform names of Zodiac and months, plus transliteration and translation. Several words are very similar to Aramaic (kalbu rabu = great dog; tu'ame = twins; shame = heaven; nuni = fishes; u = and) and those who know Hebrew will probably find the same kind of likeness.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/bct/bct09.htm (find the place by searching for "Zodiac")

The following text also contains some material of interest about the relationship between gods, heavenly bodies and months:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/rbaa.htm (search: The gods and the heavenly bodies )

Btw today's Assyrians who are Christians count the year 6754, not from the creation of the Universe but from creation of the god Ashur. 6755 will begin on the first of Nis(s)an which has for practical purposes been synchronised with April 1.

Another text which contains discussions of remarkable similarity to what's going on on this very board, just more than a hundred years ago;-)
http://www.sacred-texts.com/the/sd/sd2-3-04.htm (Blavatsky: The Secret Doctrine):
"They are now also able to obtain time for the silting up of the head of the Persian Gulf, which demands a lapse of between 5,000 and 6,000 years since the period when Eridu, now twenty-five miles inland, was the seaport at the mouth of the Euphrates, and the seat of Babylonian commerce with Southern Arabia and India. More than all, the new chronology gives time for the long series of eclipses recorded in the great astronomical work called 'The Observations of Bel'; and we are also enabled to understand the otherwise perplexing change in the position of the vernal equinox, which has occurred since our present zodiacal signs were named by the Earliest Babylonian astronomers. When the Accadian calendar was arranged and the Accadian months were named, the sun at the vernal equinox was not, as now, in Pisces, or even in Aries, but in Taurus. The rate of the precession of the equinoxes being known, we learn that at the vernal equinox the sun was in Taurus from about 4,700 years B.C., and we thus obtain astronomical limits of date which cannot be impugned."*
(and lots of funny arguments about evolution from the perspective of late 19th century)

Gunnar
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