General - Periods distinguished by major. Changes in lifestyle, environment, etc. Many cultures regard time as being divided into distinct ages: Aztec (1) Age of Conistal (2) Age of Coneuztuque (3) Red Age (4) Age of Black Hair During the Age of Coniztal, man lived on maize. The end of this period came in the form of a flood. The next age, known also as the Golden Age, saw man living on the fruits of the forest. This age ended with violent wind storms and men were changed into trees. The third (Red) age, when men lived on the fruit of the tree of life, ended in fire. The final period, the Age of Black Hair, was characterised by great wickedness, earthquakes and famine, resulting in the destruction of many people. It is said that Tezcatlipoca will usher in the next age, which will bring eternal light. Babylonian The Babylonians refer to four ages; at the end of each, humans were destroyed respectively by flood, wild animals, famine and pestilence. Greek (1) gold (2) silver (3) bronze (4) iron In the Golden Age men lived in the Garden of Eden, free from care and provided with all they needed without working for it. This led to the Silver Age when men had become licentious and, refusing to worship the gods, were destroyed by them. The subsquent Bronze Age was a period of internal warfare leading to the Iron Age when the rule of law had broken down and all was anarchy. Some accounts postulate a Heroic Age between the Bronze and Iron Ages in which survivors attempted to return to their previous state of grace but failed. Hindu (1) white (silver) (Krita) (2) red (bronze) (Treta) (3) yellow (gold) (Dvapara) (4) black (iron) (Kali) Norse (1) Axe Age (2) Sword Age (3) Wind Age (4) Wolf Age North American (1) The Navaho refer to four ages: the first was when their progenitors ascended from the underworld; the next was the age of heroes, when the world was set in order and light appeared; then came the age of the gods who destroyed all the monsters, while the fourth age saw the growth of the Navaho nation. (2) The Tualati people of Oregon also tell of four ages; at the end of each, humans were respectively turned into stars, stones and fish or just disappeared. Roman (1) gold (2) silver (3) copper (4) iron No evil existed in the Golden Age, ruled by Saturn; during the Silver Age, ruled by Jupiter, agriculture started and evil first appeared; under Mars, in the Copper Age, war came into the world; Pluto ruled the Iron Age, which was characterised by man's decadence. Occasionally identified as ages, sun, sun, Fifth Sun, First Sun, Fourth Sun, Second Sun, Third Sun, Ages, sun, sun, also yuga or also yuga.

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