The Glamour of God - Scott Irvine
To get away with raping Mother Earth of all her gifts, first the population had to be ‘programmed’ into believing they served a superior higher intelligence that was not the Mother Goddess. Humanity would have to be ‘enchanted’ by the ‘Gods’ through their messengers, the priests who were the Gods voice on Earth.
Whether civilisation was a natural progression for humanity or not, it became a reality 6,000 odd years ago when Sumer was constructed out of fired mud bricks in the marshy lands of Mesopotamia between the rivers of Euphrates and Tigris. Sumer comprised of several city states, each one a province of an Anunnaki god or goddess, ruled by a king under the advice of priests. At the centre of every city was its most important building, the temple, stepped pyramids called ziggurats. It was here that the city deity resided and where the king’s subjects would bring offerings and cattle for sacrifice to the gods for protection from evil. The priests where onto a good little number, not only free food but they also wrote god’s word into city laws that everyone had to adhere to or face severe penalties.
The priests were the teachers of the Sumerian children who would grow up to teach their children what they believed to be the truth. Even the dead were not free from the heavenly propaganda. One Babylonian text reveals how the sun god Shamash, after his day’s journey across the sky would enter a great gate in a mountain to the west and travel through the underworld towards morning in the east. During his subterranean journey, Shamash would deliver food and gifts to the recent dead, given to him by the priests collected from the grieving families. Since when did bodiless spirits require physical sustenance and expensive trinkets to exist?
It was the same in India, who rose as an empire around the same time as Babylon. The first ‘man’ to discover the Indian underworld and find a way out was Yama, the god of the dead. Because he saw the workings of the realm of the dead, could reveal that those who had a proper funeral rite performed by priests were living in paradise with their fore fathers, and those that did not lived in a hell of eternal nightmare. Which would you prefer for your deceased loved one, heaven or hell?
The Babylonian giant Enkidu, the great friend and companion of Gilgamesh said pretty much the same thing. After Enkidu was punished for killing the ‘Bull of Heaven’ and sent to join Ereshkigal in the underworld, the sun god Shamash drew back the veil between the realms of the living and dead to allow the two friends one last conversation. When Gilgamesh asked Enkidu what it was like in the realm of the dead, Enkidu replied that those who had proper funerary rites lived in peace with their ancestors while those that did not were subjected to pain and suffering until the end of time.
By not commissioning priests to oversee the funeral of a loved one meant castigation, suspicion and discommunication from society and labelled as an enemy of the state, an enemy of god and an enemy of the people. Conform or be shunned for being inhuman, uncaring and possessed by demonic forces. It gave society no choice but to do the ‘right’ thing. By the time of the Greeks, the priests had pretty much converted all of their citizens to the way of the Gods. They embellished the stories of the Babylonians to suit their own story. With Zeus prepared to punish anyone who disagreed with the priests, the Greek population generally (so history informs us) obeyed the ways of the state. No one wanted to upset the mighty sky god, the god whose passion was to chase and seduce every beautiful goddess, nymph or woman he took a fancy to. Was it right for him to act like a predator because he was a God? It is no wonder people of power can get away with such crimes against women because it has been hard wired into the human psyche since the beginning of civilisation.
The rape of Gaia by the grandfather of Zeus, the god of heaven Uranus was stopped in his tracks by having his genitals cut off by Zeus’s father Kronos according to the classical Greek myths about the Titans (the Anunnaki). Was Uranus raping the Earth a metaphor of the early destruction of nature by the early Mesopotamian gods for power and wealth?Was the Titan’s youngest child Kronos against the continued destruction of Mother Earth and in a position to challenge it? The Greek myths reveal that Gaia asked Kronos for help and gave him a silver sickle to use to sever Uranus from her. After lopping off his father’s genitals, love arrived into the world in the form of Aphrodite who was born in the foam that formed when Uranus’s penis fell into the Mediterranean Sea. Gaia was safe for a time under the protection of the god of time. Gaia warned her son Kronos that one of his children would wrestle the control of the Earth from him, which made Kronos paranoid enough to eat his children as soon as they were born. He also saw his fellow Titans as a threat to his power and had them all imprisoned in the underworld realm of Tartarus. By the time of his sixth child, his wife Rhea had had enough and gave Kronos a rock covered in a baby blanket to swallow and bought the child up secretly in a cave on the island of Crete. That child was Zeus, who when upon coming of age, confronted his father and forced him to drink a potion that made Kronos spew up his siblings, Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Poseidon who made up the bulk of the Olympians. Kronos, fearing for his kingship of Earth released the Titans from Tartarus to wage war against Zeus and the Olympians. Some of the Titans were still enraged with Kronos for imprisoning them and sided with Olympians. The Cyclops’s gave Zeus a thunderbolt, Poseidon a trident and Hades the helmet of invisibility helping the Titans to be quickly defeated and returned to the underworld. With Zeus the new Lord of the Earth, the way was open again for humanity to take advantage of the gifts that Gaia had to offer giving wealth and power to the kings and priests once more.
Big corporations sanctioned by kings and managed by priests and wealthy merchants opened quarries where there was good stone, felled forests to make way for factories and mined underground for precious stones and metals. Furnaces to melt and mix metals to manufacture superior weapons and tools became part of the cities expanding industrial sites.
Rome followed suit to become a major threat to the rest of Europe, eventually gaining control of most of Europe, North Africa and West Asia. They renamed their gods after the planets we know today but put the emphasis on a god manifest on Earth as their emperors and finally in a man crucified on a cross we know as Jesus Christ. Mortal men like the Egyptian pharaohs centuries earlier became the new gods on the block. Empire building was their game and the resources of Terra Mater belonged to them. God forbid anyone who stood in their way, Mother Earth had no chance.
Ishtar and Ereshkigal by Scott Irvine
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