Australian scientists Ray Norris and Barnaby Norris have discovered the traces of the oldest myth about the starry sky. It may go back to the period before the migration of Homo sapiens from Africa and their spread in the world.
He drew the attention of the worlds, the strangeness found in many myths, about the Pleiades star group, which includes a few thousand stars, of which only six can be seen with the naked eye. But in ancient times this group was called Seven Sisters, not Six.
The Greeks described the Pleiades group the “Seven Sisters” as seven daughters of the giant Atlas. To save them from the lustful hunter Orion, Zeus turned the daughters into stars and placed them in the sky. But one of the girls fell in love with a young man and left heaven for him, so we only see six stars in the chandeliers, not seven.
The native Australian called the Pleiades the girl group, and the neighboring Orion group the men’s group. Such stories exist among many peoples of Europe, Africa, Asia, Indonesia and America. Each of these stories indicates that the number of girls in the chandeliers was seven, but one of them ran away or died, or disappeared for some reason.
This similarity in the stories is striking. Because how could people, tens of thousands of years ago, spread out in different regions of the world, arrive at the same story. Why do the stories all refer to seven girls, and why do we only see six stars in the Pleiades?
In order to search for an answer to these questions, the two scientists reconstructed the shape of this star cluster that was a hundred thousand years ago and discovered something very exciting.
The stars of Playon and Atlas are close to each other in the sky, and they are visible to the naked eye as one group. And the same was over thousands of years. But a hundred thousand years ago and earlier, they could be distinguished as separate star groups. So people used to see seven stars in it, not six.
Was the legend of the Seven Sisters born at least a hundred thousand years ago? If so, it would explain why they are seven, not six. In addition to this, at that time Homo sapiens began to spread around the world, as the age of the oldest remains of Homo sapiens that was found outside Africa is 177-194 thousand years, but its widespread spread in various regions of the earth began much later, reaching Australia only 60 thousand years ago and spread to Europe 40 thousand years ago, and then in America.
If the legend of the Thuraya group was a hundred thousand years old or more, it is not surprising that the people who spread around the world carried it with them. And others.
It is reported that the two Australian scholars have published full details of this issue in Advancing Cultural Astronomy. The article can also be found in the -PDF file
Source: Veste. Ru