Religious Syncretism: iconotropy…


… “Is he meant to be a giant?”

“In the story he is two-thirds divine, one third-man.”

“Which doesn’t actually answer my question.”

“I don’t know, is he meant to be a giant?”

“Ah, I see… Well, if that is a full grown lion, then he is very definitely a giant.”

“The Hebrew story-tellers saw fit to make the lion, a cub.”

“With the express aim of de-gigantisising him I expect.”

“Is that a word?”

“I shouldn’t think so.”

“So why would they downsize him?”

“Because the strength of their hero didn’t come from his size. It came from God.”

“The Spirit of the Lord.”

“The Spirit of the Lord, that’s right.”

“But if Gilgamesh is two-thirds divine, doesn’t his strength come from ‘God’ too?”

“Gilgamesh has a divine mother, Ninsun, and a father who was born human but later became divine.”

“Ninsun, is a name to conjure with,” murmurs Wen and then, “this becoming divine business is interesting.”

“And the crux of their reasoning for a change. The Hebrews did not go in for that kind of truck with the Gods. Their God was transcendent. Only his feminine aspect was immanent and because of that she was not regarded as a Goddess. She was known as the Shekinah but even this, later became all but forgotten. At least officially.”

“That is not the jaw-bone of an ass is it?”

“I very much doubt it.”

“Do we have any idea what it actually is?”

“Nope. None whatsoever, but I expect it will reveal its identity at some point during the proceedings.”

“Research!” proclaims Wen, triumphantly.

“If you insist,” but this is a form of research too. The Greeks called it dialectic… three, six, nine… lots of maybe’s, lots of supposes…”

“So, why should transcendence be considered the ‘be all and end all’?”

“I don’t know, why should transcendence be considered the ‘be all and end all’?”

“Well, it has to do with the outer, and hierarchy, and objectivity.”

“None of which are intrinsically unsound concepts.”

“Until they are regarded as ends in themselves and not as integral parts of process and cycle. I like his hair.”

“Not so sure about the chain-mail beard though.”

“Did Samson have a beard?”

“I expect so, although I suspect the ban on the razor only extended to his head.”

“Oh really, and why would one suspect that?”

“I’m not totally sure, but I think it has something to do with the sun, and its rays.”

“If most of the Hebrew males wore long hair and beards anyway, why was there a need for the razor ban?” pondered Wen.

“Ah, is that the sound of trumpets scaling the ramparts of heaven?”




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8 thoughts on “Religious Syncretism: iconotropy…

  1. An interesting aspect of the whole giant question can be found in Genisis which proclaims that the giants were the children of fallen angels who found the women of earth attractive and had intercourse with them (hence “divinity” of another sort). However, these giants and their descendants throughout the old testament were definitely not benevolent but rather satanic (a possible reason for God’s instruction to wipe out nations with this contaminated DNA)


  2. I want to thank you and Stuart and Steve for all the things you have done to help us take back our own lives in the most positive ways. This has come at a wonderful time in my life (Not that any time is not special for this) so that as I am growing older, my life has time to be lived in a most meaningful and conscious way that deals not only with the lives of others, but first and foremost my own life. Thank you one and all forever.

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