Berossos, whom we have already had occasion to name, gives all ten kings again, but with a total of 432,000 years--which is an extrememly interesting sum. For in the Icelandic Poetic Edda it is tolk that in Odin's heavenly warrior hall there were 540 doors:

Five hundred doors and forty there are,

I ween, in Valhall's walls;

Eight hundred fighters through each door fare

When to war with the Wolf they go.

The 'War with the Wolf" in that mythology was the recurrent cosmic battle of the gods and antigods at the end of each cosmic round ( the Gotterdammerung of Wagner's Ring), and as the reader--ever alert--has no doubt already realized, 540 times 800 is 432,000, which is the number given by Berossos for the sum of years of the antediluvian kings. Furthermore, in the Indian Mahabharata, and numerous other texts of the Puranic period (c.400A.D. and thereafter), the cosmic cycle of four world ages numbers 12,000 "divine years" of 360 " human years" each, which is 4,320,000 human years; and our particular portion of that cycle, the last and worst, the so-called Kali Yuga, is exactly one-tenth of that sum. So that we have found this number, now, in Europe, c. 1100 A.D., in India, c. 400 A.D., and in Mesopotamia, c. 300 B.C., with reference in each case to the measure of a cosmic eon.

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