Use of the Sacred Scrolls of Pythia throughout the BSG series

in “The Hand of God”, Elosha explains more about who Pythia really was:

…One of the Oracles in the Sacred Scrolls. 3.600 years ago, Pythia wrote about the exhile and rebirth of the human race.

Used constantly throughout the series (also in the “Caprica” spin-off series, episode “The Imperfections of Memory”, from Sacred Scroll component The Cycle of Time :

All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.

…or any variation thereof

Laura Roslin, in “Kobol’s Last Gleaming (pt. 1) was quoted saying:

If you believe in the gods, then you believe in the Cycle of Time, that we are all playing our part in a story that is told again and again and again throughout eternity.

The Prophecy of the Dying Leader was discussed plenty throughout the series. In “The Hand of God”, Elosha explains more about it:

… And the lords anounted a leader to guide the caravan of the heavens to their new homeland…

Elosha (Cont’d):

… She also wrote that the new leader suffered a wasting disease and would not live to enter the new land.

While the prophecy of the Dying leader was mentioned and paraphrased throughout the series, Laura Roslin sums it up in “Kobol’s Last Gleaming (Pt. 2):

The scriptures tell u a dying leader lead humanity to the promised land.

A vision of Serpents and the Serpents that would lead the people into Battle. Both of these are from “The Hand of God”, one by Elosha, the second by Six:

… And unto the leader, they gave a vision of serpents numbering two and ten, as a sign of things to come

…Led by serpents numbering two and ten…

The Sacred Scrolls also spoke of a lower demon (by many believed to be the Caprica Eight Copy of Sharon Valerii). Elosha said in “Home (Pt. 1):

The scrolls of Pythia do speak of a lower demon who helped the people in a time of crisis.

The persuing blaze was mentioned during “Home (Pt. 1)”, by Elosha, then continued by Sharon Valerii afterwhich Elosha finishes it:

…And the blaze persued them. And the people of Kobol had a choice: to board the great ship or take the high road through the rocky ridge…

…And the body of each tribe’s leader was offered to the gods in the Tomb of Athena. And the great ship was the galleon tat departed from here, where we’re standing. And it took the founders of the 13 colonies to their destiny. And those that didn’t board the galleon took the high road, a rocky ridge that lead to the tomb….

The path is supposed to be marked by gravestones.

Roslin tells about the Arrow of Apollo in “Home (pt. 2)”, then the Arrow is once again mentioned by both Elosha and Roslin in “Kobol’s last Gleaming”:

…And the Arrow of Apollo will  open the Tomb of Athena…

The scriptures tell us that Kobol points the way to Earth…

…According to the scriptures, if we had the Arrow of Apollo, we could take it down to Kobol and we could use it to open the tomb of Athena and find our way to Earth.

Sharon Valerii about The Gates of Hera:

That’s the spot where your god supposedly stood and watched Athena throw herself down onto the rocks below, out of despair over the Exodus of the thirteen tribes. Athena’s tomb, whoever or whatever she really was, is probably up there.

In “Home (Pt. 2) Adama speaks of Kobol and the Blood Price:

…And Zeus warned het learders of the twelve tribes that any return to Kobol would exact a price in blood.

in “The Hub” Baltar paraphrases about Pythia and a flood:

Pythia talks about the flood…wiped out most of humanity…nobody blames the flood…flood is a force of nature…through flood, mankind is rejuvinated, born again…

Elosha about Kobol, before the exodus (in “Kobol’s last Gleaming (Pt. 1):

This place is Kobol, birthplace of mankind, where the gods and men lived in Paradise until the exodus of the 13 tribes.

Billy Keiykeya responds to the age of the ruins, after the exodus –  “Kobol’s Last Gleaming (pt. 2)”:

Well, we don’t know for sure until we send a ground team, but the initial estimates have it on the order of approximately 2,000 years.

About the thirteenth tribe on Earth, in “Home (pt. 2) Starbuck had this to say:

The scriptures say that when the thirteenth tribe landed on Earth, they looked up into the heavens and they saw their twelve brothers.

In The Miniseries, Adama quotes the first words of the Sacred Scrolls:

“Life began out here.” These are the first words of the Sacred Scrolls…

In “Exodus (Pt. 1)”, Adama speaks of another verse during the Salt Line Ceremony aboard Galactica:

Their enemies will divide them. Their colonies broken in the fiery chasm of space. Their shining days renounced by a multitude of dark sacrifices. Yet, still they will remain, Always together.

Both Adama and Cavil quote from the Scrolls. Adama in “Home (Pt. 2), Cavil in “Lay down your burdens (Pt. 1):

The gods shall lift those who lift each other.”

…or any variation thereof.

“Duck” takes a more liberal approach to the same quote during “The Resistance”:

The Gods help those who help themselves.








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