The thematic journey of the book / Myth and nature religion of sacred mountains
- The search for the spiritual origins of sacred mountains leads to Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus, the original home of the settlers of the Julian Alps.
- Atmospheric phenomena there establish the idea of the mountain of the gods with its connection to the universe.
- The mythical world mountain Meru takes earthly forms as mountain “Elbrus” (“tree cone”, symbol of fertility).
- The invasion and expansion of the Indo-Europeans leads to the fall of the megalithic empire in Western Europe, which is described in the handed down Atlantis legend.
- Above the sacred mountain (the Mangart in the Julian Alps) dwelled the sun god. The pilgrims sacrificed to him at watersheds and ritual places like at the Luschari mountain.
- The oldest names of the rivers (Fella, Isonzo, Sava, Gailitz/Gail) refer to the sun god above the Mangart.
- Unsolved historical mysteries find an answer (the Celtic Noreia, the “Tumuli of the Noric Alps”, the Via Belloio).
- A pilgrimage path, a mandala around the mountain of the gods Mangart (comparable to the one around Mount Kailash in Tibet), is reconstructed.
- Mirages provided the motif, shaped by nature, for the Trinity and the inverted otherworld.
- With a triple deity, a self sacrificing God and a Mother of God, Christianity carries on essential symbols of the natural religion, adapted to its epoch.
About the author:
Helmut Tributsch grew up in San Leopoldo (Leopoldskirchen), Valcanale (Italy), within sight of Monte Lussari. The legend and the spiritual background of this place of pilgrimage in its breathtaking mountain landscape have moved him since childhood. After a working life as a natural scientist and university professor in the wide world, he has returned to his native farmhouse. Now he found the time and felt experienced enough to get to the root of this myth of a sacred mountain. www.helmut-tributsch.it