Re: The Face Of God
|From:||Padraic Brown <elemtilas@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, December 29, 2002, 23:18|
--- Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> wrote:
> Reminds me sort of Tolkien's |Ainulindale|
> where Melkor's rebellious
> chords in the music of creation are coopted by
> Iluvatar in order to make
> a music of creation more beautiful and
> meaningful than it was originally.
I was happy to read Silmarilion recently, to find
ways I could formulate and mythologise some of
these things. I immediately fell in love with the
idea of Creation through music. That made sense -
and makes sense in many of The World's cultures,
where music is a medium through which story
worlds are created and in those worlds things are
magicked into existence via music.
Evil - the sense of divergence from the Path -
needs explaining. A combination of the Fall of
Iblis and the rebellion of Melkor forms the basis
for The World's big troublemaker and his origins.
The rest of prehistory - origins and appearance
of Man (and the other races); early migrations;
foundation of archaic cultures and civilisations
- all that is drawn from ancient myths, and
Tolkien once again. For some reason I'm not
entirely sure of, Attila the Hun has scored a
role in these myths. Oh well: no ever said Man's
recollection of such ancient history was perfect!
> What are demons in the Greek sense?
Spirits. I will have to find the book I read this
in - "Origin of Satan" or "History of the Devil"
or something like that. Apparently, early
Christians took the Greek word daimon, a divine
power or spirit, and altered the meaning from
that to a specifically satanic and evil sort of
The Path doesn't have a Devil per se - though
there are Powers that fulfill the adversarial
function. The Dark One is a being we should pity
and pray for - for it is still within him to see
his own folly and get back on the trolley.
To him that seeks, if he knock, the door will be opened;
if he seeks, he shall find his way; if he searches for a way, he shall find his path.
For though the Way is narrow, it's wisdom is written in the hearts of all:
if ye would seek and find Rest, look first within!