3 comments on “Episode 148 — The Sixth Gun

  1. The original mythic crossroads is in the skies. It’s the place where the plane of the ecliptic — the band of the constellations which is the celestial “Earth” — crosses either the Milky Way or the imaginary lines of the equinoxes and gives the mythic traveler access to the heavens above or the underworld below. (It is, for example, the location on the shore of the world-circling Ocean where Odysseus summons the spirits of the dead.)

    Also, as a note to Adam, seeing caves as a route to the underworld was not just a thing in the Americas. The best known Western example is the Greco-Roman site of “Pluto’s Gate” in Turkey, but it was far from the only one. There’s a more comprehensive roundup here.

    And there were certainly ley lines in the Americas — of which the Nazca Lines are only the best known. All these things are remnants of a single, prehistoric, globe-spanning system of belief.

  2. And one more that I couldn’t come up with earlier. Gary Urton’s At the Crossroads of the Earth and the Sky: An Andean Cosmology, which attests to the importance of crossroads imagery in Peru. See review here.

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