Myths & Legends

All over the world there are extraordinary stories—stories that once upon a time were believed to be true but are today limited to the sphere of ancient myths and legends. The question remains, are those myths and legends stories something that existed in the minds of our ancestors, or were they based on true events? It is true that most of those ancient myths and legends stories appear to the scientific world as fictitious products of vivid imaginations whose goals were purely to explain phenomena beyond their comprehension. Yet is it not arrogant to accuse our ancestors of being uncivilised and ignorant in one breath, then offer them praise and admiration over their monuments, buildings, art, sculptures, and societies in the next? This only proves that our modern society has two contradictory attitudes toward our past.

In this section we will explore some of the most amazing myths and legends from around the world—legends that may hold truths that can unlock the secrets of our ancient origins.

Chinese Flood Myth - Gun Hu

Gun-Yu and the Chinese Flood Myth

Watery chaos is nothing new to creation—or re-creation—mythology, as in the case of the Great Flood. This tale has been recounted by numerous civilizations and religions, causing supporters to cite...
Harvesting - Aliens

The ETs, the Harvesting of Souls & the Sanskrit Texts

In the March 27, 2013 post on Ancient Origins website, William Bramley author of 'Gods of Eden' has said : "Based upon some of the Ancient Astronaut evidence, the Great Flood legend, and the UFO...
Zeus and Poseidon

The Mighty Gods Zeus & Poseidon

The Greek gods had much in common with Sumerian deities. Zeus was the Greek equivalent of Enlil (later Ammon), Babylonian God of Heaven and Earth. Poseidon was the Greek equivalent of Oannes , the...
Daedalus and Icarus

Daedalus and Icarus - Constructors of Flying machines?

Daedalus was a great and respected architect, inventor and sculptor, and descendant of the royal family of Cecrops , the founder and first king of Athens. Half man and half snake (or dragon), Cecrops...
Perseus - Greek Mythology

Perseus: Powerful Demigod wth Mighty Weapons

The story of Perseus is adventurous, as indeed befits a demigod. His grandfather was the king of Argos, Acrisius , who with his wife, Eurydice, had a daughter Danae . But Acrisius wanted a son. He...
Mount Meru

Mount Meru – Hell and Paradise on One Mountain

Mount Meru (or Sumeru, or Shumisen) is a huge, sacred golden mountain in the centre of our universe which supports the heavens and passes through the centre of the Earth—or at least this is what the...
Legendary Kraken

The Legendary Kraken

According to the Scandinavian mythology, the Kraken is a giant sea creature (said to be 1 mile long) that attacks ships and is generally described as an octopus or squid. According to some tales, the...
Australian Aboriginals Creation Myth

Australian Aboriginals - Creation Myth

At the beginning it was only darkness and a bare land… The Aborigines of Australia are considered one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. Many different creation stories exist among the...
Minotauros

The Myth of the Minotaur

One of the most intriguing myths of ancient Greece is the myth of the Minotaur on the island of Crete . King Minos was one of the three sons born to Zeus and Europa. When their step-father, King...
King Minos

King Minos of Crete

The most important king of the Cretan civilization was King Minos, for whom the civilization was named. Minos ruled during the peak of the Minoan civilization, and the city of Knossos was the largest...
Timaeus and Critias

Atlantis

A lost continent that may have existed many thousands of years ago and has become the topic of numerous studies, books and movies, is still to be found: the lost continent of Atlantis. The legend of...
The City of Caesars

The City of Caesars

The City of Caesars is a mythical city that is said to have to existed in Patagonia, in between present-day Chile and Argentina. According to the legends, it was a city rich with gold and diamonds,...
The story of Jonah

The story of Jonah

One of the many peculiar stories of the Bible is the story of Jonah and the Whale . The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because...
The Cataclysm of Ra

The Cataclysm of Ra

The concept of cataclysm is very common in almost all mythologies and religions. It is when the ‘god’ or ‘gods’ decide that humanity is not serving them anymore and, thus, they order humanity’s...
Talos – Crete

Talos – Crete

The Greek Myth of Talos (‘Τάλως’)—the first ‘robot-like’ creature in human mythology—is certainly a fascinating one. Talos is a name which, according to ancient descriptions, is related directly to...

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Human Origins

The lower jaw of the 7.175 million-year-old Graecopithecus freybergi (El Graeco) from Pyrgos Vassilissis, Greece (today in metropolitan Athens).
A new analysis of two 7.2 million-year-old fossils belonging to a hominin species nicknamed “El Graeco” from Mediterranean Europe, suggests that mankind emerged in Europe and not in Africa. The new study could reshape history, since it openly challenges the “out of Africa theory.”

Ancient Technology

The Antikythera Mechanism, National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece
Every time ancient Greece is mentioned most people automatically think of democracy, the Olympic Games, mythology and philosophy. It seems that not many are aware of how advanced the ancient Greeks were on a technological level as well and the Antikythera Mechanism, known as the world’s first analog computer, is the brightest example of all.

Ancient Places

View of the “Cueva del Pirul”, one of the largest systems of interconnected caves to the East of the Pyramid of the Sun. One can notice the many rough pillars left to support the roof and a number of side passages branching out in different directions.
Few of the modern visitors to Teotihuacan are aware of the vast and mysterious underworld of caves and man-made tunnels that extends under much of the ancient site and for miles around. The existence of these tunnels has been known for centuries, but not even the most recent research has been able to solve the mystery of their origin and purpose. Very much like at Giza, in Egypt, these tunnels are rumored to connect all the main pyramids by means of underground passageways, and perhaps even lead to the records of a lost civilization.

Opinion

View of the “Cueva del Pirul”, one of the largest systems of interconnected caves to the East of the Pyramid of the Sun. One can notice the many rough pillars left to support the roof and a number of side passages branching out in different directions.
Few of the modern visitors to Teotihuacan are aware of the vast and mysterious underworld of caves and man-made tunnels that extends under much of the ancient site and for miles around. The existence of these tunnels has been known for centuries, but not even the most recent research has been able to solve the mystery of their origin and purpose. Very much like at Giza, in Egypt, these tunnels are rumored to connect all the main pyramids by means of underground passageways, and perhaps even lead to the records of a lost civilization.

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At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

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View from the Castle Gate (Burgtor). (Public Domain)
Door surrounded by roots of Tetrameles nudiflora in the Khmer temple of Ta Phrom, Angkor temple complex, located today in Cambodia. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cable car in the Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)