Resolving the Mystery of the Lost World Atlantis

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 3, 2020) *** When I was in college, I was fascinated with the legend of Atlantis.  I remember buying some paperbacks dealing with the issue after my classes in the 80’s.  It was one of the “in” topics at that time, the others being the so-called ancient astronauts theories andContinue reading “Resolving the Mystery of the Lost World Atlantis”

Depictions of Gods or Humans Killing Reptiles Explained

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 1, 2020) *** Today I will discuss the puzzle that has been bugging many minds for ages.  Why have there been so many depictions of gods (or men) killing dragons (or serpents)?  We can mention a few:  The sun god Ra battling the world serpent Apep in ancient Egyptian texts,Continue reading “Depictions of Gods or Humans Killing Reptiles Explained”

Hidden Meaning of the Epic of Ramayana

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 28, 2020) *** The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic of India that follows the story of Prince Rama’s quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the custody of Ravana, the demon-king of Lanka, with the help of an army of monkeys.  The epic is considered to have been written byContinue reading “Hidden Meaning of the Epic of Ramayana”

The Labyrinth and Ariadne’s Thread

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 26, 2020) *** The story of Ariadne and the Labyrinth was compiled from very old oral traditions of Greek-speaking people.  Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete.  According to the story, Minos’ son was killed in Athens. To avenge the killing, King Minos attacked Athens and was victorious. He then imposed an obligation on the city. HeContinue reading “The Labyrinth and Ariadne’s Thread”

Ancient Symbols with Deep Meanings

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 23, 2020) *** We often see the above symbol because it is being used to represent the medical profession.  The caduceus is an ancient symbol composed of two snakes intertwined around a rod, two wings in the upper portion of the rod, and a small disk at the top endContinue reading “Ancient Symbols with Deep Meanings”

Churning the Ocean of Milk for the Nectar of Immortality

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 22, 2020) *** When we visited the Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia, I was able to see and touch some bas-reliefs of major stories from the Hindu scriptures.  One of them is the Churning of the Ocean of Milk.   The story goes like this.  The devas (gods) invited the asurasContinue reading “Churning the Ocean of Milk for the Nectar of Immortality”

The Tree of Life: What the Symbolism Is All About

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 10, 2020) *** The symbolism of the Tree of Life is ubiquitous in ancient literature, cylinder seals, clay tablets, sacred books, and cultures, yet it seems that nobody is telling us about what it really means.  It has been mentioned in the Bible’s Genesis as the tree in the middleContinue reading “The Tree of Life: What the Symbolism Is All About”

The Origin of the Two Sections of the Mind

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 8, 2020) *** Folks, in my last blog post I have mentioned in my interpretation of the holy mountain allegory that the human mind column appears to have two sections: the lower and the upper.  I have tried looking for ancient sources that are relevant to that discussion.  I haveContinue reading “The Origin of the Two Sections of the Mind”