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Kobol

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Kobol is the ancestral homeworld of humanity that populates the worlds known as the Twelve Colonies in both the Original Series and Re-imagined Series.

Similarities of Kobol between Original and Re-imagined Series

Etymology

  • "Kobol" originally appears derived from "Kolob" which, according to the Mormon Book of Abraham is the "star nearest unto God". Glen A. Larson, creator of the Original Series, is a member of the of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As such, he used Mormon imagery within the show, together with elements of Egyptian imagery that tend to reflect the time of Abraham and the Israelites. The Book of Abraham also claims that Abraham taught the Egyptians astronomy and that Kolob is the central star of the universe and thus controls the revolutions of all other stars and planets. The connection seems to come from Kolob/Kobol as the (so to speak) "original starting point".
  • Kobol could also have been derived from the Greek word Kobalos, meaning "mine or source." The name may suggest that Kobol was originally a planet with a wealth of natural resources (or, in the case of the Tomb of Athena, information).
  • Kobol also shares its pronunciation with COBOL, an older programming language (whose programs are reputed to still be widely used.)

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