Myth and catastrophic reality: using myth to identify cosmic impacts and massive Plinian eruptions in Holocene South America

@article{Masse2007MythAC,
  title={Myth and catastrophic reality: using myth to identify cosmic impacts and massive Plinian eruptions in Holocene South America},
  author={W. Bruce Masse and M J Masse},
  journal={Geological Society, London, Special Publications},
  year={2007},
  volume={273},
  pages={177 - 202}
}
  • W. Masse, M. J. Masse
  • Published 2007
  • Environmental Science
  • Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Abstract Major natural catastrophes such as floods, fire, darkness, and ‘sky falling down’ are prominently reflected in traditional South American creation myths, cosmology, religion, and worldview. Cosmogonic myths represent a rich and largely untapped data set concerning the most dramatic natural events and processes experienced by cultural groups during the past several thousand years. Observational details regarding specific catastrophes are encoded in myth storylines, typically cast in… 

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