Re: virus: Happy Birthday Sun/Son
Mon, 18 Nov 1996 17:59:16 -0600 (CST)

On Sun, 10 Nov 1996, Eva-Lise Carlstrom wrote:

> On Tue, 28 Aug 1956, David Leeper wrote:
> > ...and, accordng to "The Golden Bough", Jesus's
> > his birthday was orginally Jan 20th! It was
> > moved to Dec 25th in order to take over the
> > celebrations of, drum roll please, Lucifer!,
> > the Sun God.
> Hello? I just finished reading _The Golden Bough_, and while I noted
> the date change and its purpose being to subsume pagan winter solstice
> celebrations, I did not see any mention of Lucifer's name in this context,
> nor am I familiar with Lucifer being referred to as a 'Sun God'.
> Certainly he is identified with a star, and with certain aspects of Light,
> but the equation star=sun is surely a modern reading from the new
> understanding of stars as distant suns (rather than sun, moon, and stars
> being separate and disparate sources of light). Now, I did read the
> abridged version, not the original 13-volume set, so maybe Lucifer was
> mentioned as a sun god in the latter, and if so, I will accept a pointer
> and be suitably chastened.
> Eva

Of course Lucifer is naturally a sun god--in the OT mythos. An expurgated
translation is "light-bringer"--but the 17th century may have been less
expurgated. The first name for a modern match was "lucifer".
Ironically, war has provoked many inventions, including said match.

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