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Posted on 2006.06.26 at 21:36

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ehowton
ehowton at 2006-06-27 15:41 (UTC) (Link)

Re: poem

The twelve colonies are named after the astrological signs of the Greek zodiac; for example, Scorpia (Scorpio), Caprica (Capricornus), and Aquaria (Aquarius). Several of the characters in the series have names corresponding to significant characters in Greek mythology, including Apollo and Cassiopeia. The word "Adama" in Hebrew (though pronounced differently) means "Earth."

In the 1978 pilot episode, the president of the Colonies referenced that they were "approaching the seventh millennium of time." Some Bible scholars assert the seven days of creation described in the Book of Genesis occurred in the fourth millennium B.C. If the universe began then, the 21st century would have marked the seventh millennium.

Less apparent are references to the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (more commonly known as the Mormon church). Original series producer Glen Larson is a member of this church. Parallels include:

  • Central to the plot of the series is a legendary thirteenth colony, somewhere far distant from the twelve that are known. In Mormonism, there is no doctrinal or cultural reference to a 'Thirteenth Tribe'. But there are some parallels that may have inspired this 'Thirteenth Tribe' idea:



    • In the Old Testament, Israel had twelve sons. As Israel's favorite son, Joseph received a double inheritance. Therefore, when Moses led them from Egypt back to their promised land, they are divided into thirteen tribes for purposes of inheritance.

    • In The Book of Mormon is the teaching that during the reign of king Zedekiah (about 600 BC), two separate groups left (Helaman 8:21, 22) Jerusalem and ended up in the Americas (Helaman 6:10); a remnant (or 'thirteenth tribe') of the twelve tribes of Israel.


  • A Council of Twelve, headed by a president, governs the colonies. A president who is assisted by two counselors and a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles preside over the Mormon Church.

  • Marriages in the Battlestar Galactica mythos as well as in the Mormon religion are sealed for eternity.

  • The beings on the Ship of Light say, "as you are, we once were; as we are, you may one day be", a parallel to the Mormon belief that even God was once a human being.

  • The system which is believed to be the original home of the human race is Kobol. In Mormon theology, the star closest to the Throne of God is called Kolob.

  • The Battlestar Pegasus was commanded by the ruthless Admiral Cain, who shares her name with the Cain of Judeo-Christian mythology and religion. This is significant as a possible reference to her "murder" of her fellow humans, when she stripped for parts and abandoned the civilian ships travelling with the Pegasus. Interestingly enough, there is a Pegasus bridge officer with the surname Abel, who was still alive at the end of the second season.

  • The series often refers to the Gods. Mormon theology often refers to the Gods, referring to the Godhead, in reference to creation.

  • In the 1980 series, a character says "The Glory of the Universe is knowledge." This mirrors the entry to Brigham Young University, which says that "the glory of God is knowledge."


Other mythical references include:

  • The gods predominantly worshipped by the people of the colonies, the twelve Lords of Kobol, appear to mirror the Twelve Olympians of Greek Mythology (the twelve principal gods in the Greek pantheon). This is drawn from references by the characters to worshipping such deities as Artemis and Apollo.

  • An important plot point in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica is that the humans of the Twelve Colonies worship a pantheon of gods, similar or identical to the Greek pantheon, whereas the Cylons worship a single god.

  • The show's concept, that of a group of refugees searching for a new homeland and led by a famed military commander, could arguably have its roots in Virgil's Aeneid, part of the mythology surrounding Rome's beginnings.

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