Plasma discharges as “ancestors?”:
These curious ‘ancestors’ are frequently accorded the faculty of great magical power, like that of gods or mighty shamans. A “very widespread” tradition among the tribes of New South Wales, Australia, was “that the earth was originally peopled by a race much more powerful, especially in the arts magic, than that which now inhabits it. … The Wathi-wathi call them Bookoomuri, and say they were famous for fighting, hunting, &c., and were eventually changed into animals …” Along the Thompson River, of British Columbia, one used to be told that, “The beings who inhabited the world during the mythological age, until the time of the transformers, were called spêtā´kL. They were men with animal characteristics. They were gifted in magic, and their children reached maturity in a few months.”
In comparative mythology, cross-cultural patterns lead the way. A vital clue to the nature of these mystifying – and apparently radiant – beings is the complete interchangeability of the first ‘animals’ or ‘people’ with stars. Practically universal is the conviction that the ‘stars’, including the sun and the moon, dwelled on earth before taking up residence in the sky. The Makiritare, of Venezuela, provide an example in case: “In the beginning, the night sky was empty, black. The Stars were people. They lived on the Earth …” The Chamacoco, of Paraguay, recall “the time when the sky was near … There was no sun and no stars; all these were living among the people. Sun and Moon lived like human beings …” “In those days the sun and the moon and everyone were human beings and lived on this earth” – add the Sikuani, of eastern Colombia.
Yet, such stories are neither about real animals nor about actual celestial bodies. A Mongolian variant of a Buddhist creation myth portrays the first ‘living beings’, amoeba-like, as luminous floating entities, blessed with the gift of longevity, that multiplied through a simple process of splitting: ‘Though the people lived on the surface of the earth, they did not employ feet when moving about, but floated through the air. They did not feed on the impure terrestrial foods, but on the pure Ssamādhi-food, and they were not born from the body of a mother, as there was yet no gender distinction between male and female, but through emanation. For seeing they required neither the sun nor the moon, as they saw everything by means of their own radiation. Nor was the designation ‘human’ used for them at the time, as their common name was ‘living beings’.’
Perhaps even more perplexing, though a crucial piece of the puzzle, is the widespread tradition that all forms of life originally jostled for space on a narrow piece of ‘earth’ dominated by the axis mundi, in its form as a sky-reaching tree, mountain, pillar, and so on. The Waorani, of equatorial Amazonia, contended that bobehuè or the giant Ceiba tree (Ceiba pentandra) “contains all forms of life … All that was alive dwelled in the giant tree …” Prominent in the mythology of Kiribati, Micronesia, was “the First Tree, the Ancestor Sun, and ancestors grew from it … these heroic beings, sprung from the branches and roots of a single ancestral tree”. On Sumatra, the Toba Batak knew a tree of life, “reaching from the underworld into the upperworld … and at the same time we read that all men, animals, birds, fishes, etc., have originated from it.” What is more, these entities derived their sustenance from the sky column, earning it the familiar title of ‘tree of life’; Sikuani storytellers, for instance, would point out that Kalievírnae, the tree of life, was once the only repository of food in the world.
Traditions of this kind, though all preposterous at first, make sense as attempts to describe certain curious plasma forms that appeared on the screen of the sky at a time when the earth experienced intense electromagnetic disturbances. Over the past decade, scientists at Russia’s Kurchatov Institute have made much headway in the modeling of so-called “self-similar skeletal structures” that arise in electrically discharging plasmas in various fusion devices, in space and during “severe weather phenomena”. They defined heteromacs as “strongly twisted magnetic flux ropes”, almost closed, that emerge in heterogeneous magneto-plasma configurations and turn an initially single filament into “a fractal, dendritic structure”. Kukushkin and Rantsev-Kartinov envisioned the development of “cellular, and bubble-like clusters” from these heteromacs as a possible concomitant effect of a highly enhanced aurora such as might have developed during the Neolithic or the Early Bronze Age. If true, these forms might be the bizarre creatures universally identified in mythology as the ‘ancestors’. The physical attachment of the heteromacs to the central z-pinch plasma column strongly reminds of the universal belief that the first ‘people’ dwelled in the direct vicinity of the axis mundi, while their battle for space reflects the fractal capacity of infinite growth. The same disaster that caused the collapse of the plasma column also annihilated this first brand of ‘people’.
As you can see, “ancestors” not in the literal sense, but perhaps a tie-in to “sky-god” mythologies?