Paleolithic MythologywithBernie Taylor

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Bernie Taylor, a naturalist and archeoastronomer, is author of Biological Time as well as Before Orion: Finding the Face of the Hero. His website is

Here he describes the wide range of mythological figures, going back almost 40,000 years ago, that he sees in the walls of the El Castillo Cave in Northern Spain. He discusses the extent to which pareidolia – i.e., projecting meaning on to random patterns – plays a role in the creation of mythology. He notes that the same process is involved in the projection of mythological stories on to the constellations in the night sky. He describes the hero’s journey as he sees it depicted in the earliest human records.

(Recorded on February 8, 2022)

Published on February 23, 2022


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