39) Sexual Abominations

“Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land. And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the Lord our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?” (Exodus 8:25-26)

Clearly there is a far more significant meaning to abomination than simply disgusting / toebah or even profaning the sacred. Both Pharaoh and Moses, raised in the royal household, understood this and accepted it at face value. No disrespect intended, none taken, just a fact.

Khnum was not represented simply by the sheep that the Israelites were planning to sacrifice. His image was a combination sheep and human.  (Fourth from the left in the image below.)

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Most of the Egyptian gods were represented as combination animal and human. Are these god portrayed in this way because the original artists were attempting to portray abstract concepts like fertility, as interpreted by determinedly materialistic modern anthropologists doing their best to eliminate spirituality from history? Or was it something more concrete?

When abomination is translated from the Hebrew word Shiqqutẓ it has a very proscribed meaning. In each of its 28 occurrences it refers to manifestations of the gods in physical form, and invariably involves sexual reproduction, as opposed to asexual cloning. The following passage is just one example.

“So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart…But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in loveAnd he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth t52lg0and after Milcom the abomination of the AmmonitesAnd Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon

1722_moloch2And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,” (I Ki 10:23-24, 11:1-9)

“Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations? For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day:” (Eze 20:30-31)

Notice the hybrid features of the Canaanite gods as with the Egyptian.

Gods in animal form are consistent with the biblical portrayal of angels. Seraphim are serpents and dragons. Cherubim and other heavenly beings described with compost human-animal features bear such striking similarities to the mythical creatures in pagan religions that it must be considered that each account validates the others. Ancient carvings of cherubim by Assyrians, Babylonians and Syrians all depict cherubim as guards of the tree of life, just as reported Genesis 3, as well zoomorphic features described in Ezekiel and Revelation – man, calf, eagle and lion.

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  • the hands of a man under their wings…
  • the face of a man,
  • and the face of a lion,
  • and the face of an ox…
  • the face of an eagle…

This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel…they were the cherubims.” (Eze 1:10, 10:10-20)

“…and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts [i.e. unknown species of living creature, similar to but different from Ezekiel’s description of cherubim]…10600

  • And the first beast was like a lion,
  • and the second beast like a calf,
  • and the third beast had a face as a man,
  • and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him…(Revelation 4:6-8)

A chimera is an individual containing a mixture of two genetically distinct types of cells. As detailed in the post Transformers, it can only be accomplished by sexual reproduction.

Chimeras are reported in numerous myths and by many secular historians.

Most significantly, a chimera, i.e. ancient hybrid, is reported in a scientific discovery.

As with the resolution of the many Unsolved Mysteries, the advent of DNA analysis has allowed scientists to determine that hybridization was practiced by the earliest civilization in Mesopotamia.

The genetic identity of the earliest human-made hybrid animals, the kungas of Syro-Mesopotamia

SCIENCE ADVANCES • 14 Jan 2022 • Vol 8, Issue 2DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abm0218

[I]in the late third millennium BCE, contemporary cuneiform tablets and seals document intentional breeding of highly valued equids called kungas for use in diplomacy, ceremony, and warfare. Their precise zoological classification, however, has never been conclusively determined. Morphometric analysis of equids uncovered in rich Early Bronze Age burials at Umm el-Marra, Syria, placed them beyond the ranges [i.e. larger than] reported for other known equid species.

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We sequenced the genomes of one of these ~4500-year-old equids, together with an ~11,000-year-old Syrian wild ass (hemippe) from Göbekli Tepe and two of the last surviving hemippes. We conclude that kungas were F1 hybrids between female domestic donkeys and male hemippes, thus documenting the earliest evidence of hybrid animal breeding.

And not just animals with animals, but humans with animals.

The amatory adventures of the Roman gods under the outward semblance of animals cannot but be regarded with the suspicion that an undercurrent of truth runs through the fable, when the general laxity of morals of that age is taken into account.

  • Jupiter…under the form of a bull…an eagle…a swan…a speckled serpent…a satyr (half man, half goat),
  • Neptune, transformed into a fierce bull, raped Canace; he changed Theophane into a sheep and himself into a ram, and begat on her the ram with the golden fleece. As a horse he had connection with the goddess Ceres, who bore to him the steed Arion…took the form of a bird…as a dolphin.
  • Saturn begat the centaur (half man, half horse) Chiron on Phillyra whilst he assumed the appearance of a horse;
  • and many more examples could be added to the list.
  • According to Pliny, Semiramis [incestuous mother/wife of Nimrod and “Mother of Harlots” who instituted what became world-wide paganism at Babylon] prostituted herself to her horse;
  • and Herodotus speaks of a goat having indecent and public communication with an Egyptian woman. Strabo and Plutarch both confirm this statement.
  • Pausanius mentions Aristodama, the mother of Aratus, as having had intercourse with a serpent,
  • Such was the case also with Olympias, the mother of Alexander, who was taught by her that he was a God, and who in return deified her.
  • Venette says that there is nothing more common in Egypt than that young women have intercourse with bucks [male sheep and goats].
  • Plutarch mentions the case of a woman who submitted to a crocodile;
  • and Sonnini also states that [male] Egyptians were known to have connection with the female crocodile.
  • Vergil refers to bestiality with goats.
  • Plutarch quotes two examples of men having offspring, the one by a she-ass, the other by a mare.
  • Antique monuments representing men copulating with goats (caprae) bear striking testimony to the historian’s veracity;
  • and the Chinese are notorious for their misuse of ducks and geese.

The fallen angels / gods were imprisoned for this sexual abuse when God sent the Flood to wipe out their creations.

As detailed in the post Fathers of Giants, the post-Flood rulers attempted to increase their power by re-generating these monsters, using various breeding methods to pass the spirits of the giant hybrid sons of the gods into familiar hybrid zoomorphic bodies.

Hani Miletski argues that the abundance of information from around the world leaves no doubt that bestiality has been an “integral part of human life” since the dawn of civilization…Cave drawings from the stone age…Paintings and carvings of human-animal sexual acts in ancient religious temples…

Bestiality was practiced in Babylonia, the ancient Empire in Mesopotamia…during the Spring Fertility Rites of Babylon, dogs and other animals were used for constant orgy for seven days and seven nights. The Book of Leviticus describes bestiality as being very widespread in the country of Canaan…

Ancient Greeks and Ancient Egyptians both incorporated bestiality into their religious practices. Ancient Egyptians engaged in “worshipful bestiality” with the Apis bull in Memphis, Egypt, and with goats at the Temple of Mendes. Similarly, Ancient Greeks engaged in bestiality during religious celebrations and festivals…several Egyptian kings and queens had a reputation for engaging in bestiality, and Egyptian men were known to have sexual intercourse with cattle, other large domesticated animals, crocodiles, and goats…

Although bestiality was particularly widespread among the shepherds, Roman women were also known to keep snakes for sexual purposes. Bestiality flourished as a public spectacle in ancient Rome, where the rape of women (and sometimes men) by animals were used to amuse the audience at the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Similar to Ancient Egyptian leaders, many Roman emperors and their wives were known to engage in bestiality or to enjoy watching others engage in bestiality, including Emperor Tiberius and his wife Julia, Claudius, Nero, Constantine the Great, Theodora, and Empress Irene…

Arab men believed that intercourse with animals increased virility, cured diseases, and enlarged their penises. Likewise, among the Muslims in Morocco, fathers encouraged sons to practice sexual intercourse with donkeys to make their penises grow. Some nomad tribes in Africa incorporated intercourse with cattle as a ritual of passage for young males. Adolescent males in Ibo (Nigerian tribe), for example, had to “successfully” copulate with specially selected sheep in front of a circle of elders. Among other tribes, it was custom for hunters to engage in sexual acts with freshly slain animals while they were still warm. This custom was seen among the Yoruba (tribe in Nigeria), Plains Indians, the Canadian Indian tribe of the Saulteaux, and the Crow Indians. As for the Native Americans and Eskimos, bestiality varied from tribe to tribe, but was largely socially acceptable and went unpunished among Navajo Indians, Crow Indians, Hopi Indians, Sioux, Apache, Plains Indians, the Canadian Indian tribe of the Saulteaux, as well as the Kupfer and Copper Eskimos.

The Egyptians were known to practice zoophilia. 

And then there were perversions of sexual behavior between humans.

The earliest known springtime public sex rituals took place in ancient Egypt. Early Egyptian mythology includes a tale similar to the story of Noah. The sun god, Ra, recoiled from humanity’s wickedness and killed almost everyone along the Nile…the few survivors…engaged in public, orgiastic sex that repopulated Egypt.

In commemoration, every spring as the Nile flooded, the Egyptians held fertility festivals involving public drunkenness, dancing, and group sex. It’s not clear what proportion of the population participated, but according to ancient historians, many did.

Ancient Greece, where Dionysus was the god of wine, pleasure, fertility, and religious ecstasy…Dionysus rides a chariot followed by dancers—the women naked, the men with huge erections. The god’s acolytes…celebrated him during festivals called orgia (orgies). 

In early Rome, the fertility god was Liber…Liber’s springtime festivals culminated in a sacred ritual involving a married noblewoman and a priest doing the deed in public with the community watching.

Around 200 B.C., the Romans adopted Dionysus, changing his name to Bacchus…Bacchanalia…took place monthly featuring public drunkenness and communal lasciviousness. Ultimately, Bacchanalia devolved into mass rape of both women and men…In 186 B.C. when Rome had almost one million inhabitants, Livy reported the arrest of 7,000 Bacchanalians, around 1 percent of the population, most of whom were executed…

springtime fertility rituals continued. In some, priests petitioned the gods for good harvests during ceremonial public sex with temple prostitutes. In others, some revelers repaired to newly planted fields for drunken orgies.

“Sermons from the Mound”, an unmistakable sexual play on words, describes the inevitable convergence of sexual depravity with false gods.

Every religious tradition has rules—spoken and unspoken—around sexuality, and sacred texts come into play as these rules are navigated in dating and marriage. What does your faith tradition really say about the meaning of our sexuality and sexual activity? What role does sex play in the life of the spirit?

“The Charge of the Goddess,” penned by Wiccan priestess Doreen Valiente (1922-1999), is a piece of liturgy so powerful that its influence has reached far outside Wicca into spiritual feminism, the sex-positive community, and contemporary Paganism as a whole. When used in ritual, the Charge is spoken by a priestess who is embodying the presence of the Goddess. She says:

And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye are really free, ye shall be naked in your rites…

I just have to break in here and point out “as a sign that ye are really free ye shall be naked.” WHAT A LIE! My spirit and emotions are so hyper charged by this utterly outrageous distortion of reality I’m having trouble breathing and its a good thing I haven’t eaten yet this morning.

Hello!!! Sex trade??!! In the course of my career I’ve taught and advocated for awareness of trafficking of adolescents forced into depraved prostitution. Try this on for a reality check, and I’m not linking to the website below for obvious reasons that I don’t want my computer flooded with offers to immerse myself in the filth that so many find themselves addicted to. Freedom? No. Bondage.

Slave market in the ancient world / Watch online https://www…….slave-market-in-the-ancient-world « gr8 scene …it is so satisfying to see the five naked female slaves chained together and being paraded in the slave market – completely stripped of all dignity » 0 +1 -1 MFANO 5 years ago. « Wow, what a divine [now there’s Wicca for you] time. White sluts tied and sold in all public how cattle. Wonderful. Would like to buy some sluts for me as female slaves and…

Keep this in mind as you continue reading the Adversary’s lies.

and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise.…for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals...

Many Wiccans and witches believe that all things contain a primal energy or vital life force that moves within and among them. This energy is most easily experienced through sexual activity, especially when it is raised with spiritual intent. Through their sexual intimacy, practitioners can participate in a primal moment of creation: a moment when two divine forces or beings—imagined as a many-gendered God/dess making love with her mirror reflection; or a lunar Goddess and a solar God; or a genderless yin and yang, nothing and something—communed together in an erotic union whose vibrations continue to animate the universe.

Obviously that is claiming to be the alternative to the Singularity.

This gives the logical reason why promiscuous sex is an irreducible part of any attempt at increasing one’s spiritual life energy / power apart from the irreducible Singularity.

“Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex and family, and in the process, transforming the very fabric of society.”

–National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy director,
Paul Ettelbrick (Kurtz, 2003)

Michelangelo Signorile describes the campaign “to fight for same-sex marriage and its benefits and then, once granted, redefine the institution completely–to demand the right to marry not as a way of adhering to society’s moral codes, but rather to…radically alter an archaic institution.”...

study showed that 28 percent of homosexual males had had sexual encounters with one thousand or more partners. Furthermore, 79 percent said more than half of their sex partners were strangers…Almost half of the white homosexual males…said that they had had at least 500 different sexual partners during the course of their homosexual careers,”…

Since part of the compulsion of homosexuality seems to be a need on the part of the homophile to “absorb” masculinity from his sexual partners, [emphasis added] he must be constantly on the lookout for [new partners].

Gay life is most typical and works best when sexual contacts are impersonal and even anonymous…far more preoccupied with sex than heterosexuals are, and far more likely to think of a good sex life as many partners under many exciting circumstances….

It must be remembered that in the gay world the only real criterion of value is physical attractiveness…The young homosexual will find that his homosexual brothers usually only care for him as a sexual object.  Although they may invite him out to dinner and give him a place to stay, when they have satisfied their sexual interest in him, they will likely forget about his existence and his own personal needs [emphasis added]…

Childhood sexual abuse is a subject that has received much attention in recent years. Twenty-eight to 33% of women and 12 to 18% of men were victims of childhood or adolescent sexual abuse (Roland, 2002, as cited in Long, Burnett, & Thomas, 2006). Sexual abuse that does not include touch and other types of sexual abuse are reported less often, which means this number of individuals who have been sexually abused in their childhood may actually be greater (Maltz, 2002)…

Childhood sexual abuse has been correlated with higher levels of depression, guilt, shame, self-blame, eating disorders, somatic concerns, anxiety, dissociative patterns, repression, denial, sexual problems, and relationship problems…

A study found that women survivors reported significantly more medical concerns than did people who have not experienced sexual abuse…often related to pelvic pain, gastrointestinal problems, headaches, and difficulty swallowing (Ratican, 1992).

Stress and anxiety are often long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse…A study compared the posttraumatic stress symptoms in Vietnam veterans and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The study revealed that childhood sexual abuse is traumatizing and can result in symptoms comparable to symptoms from war-related trauma (McNew & Abell, 1995).

Check out the dates on those articles. Let’s update this: © 2021 The New York Times Company

Pictures of child sexual abuse have long been produced…But it has never been like this

More than a decade ago [say 2005], when the reported number was less than a million, the proliferation of the explicit imagery had already reached a crisis point. Tech companies, law enforcement agencies and legislators in Washington responded, committing to new measures meant to rein in the scourge. Landmark legislation passed in 2008.

Yet the explosion in detected content kept growing — exponentially.

Exploited

Articles in this series examine the explosion in online photos and videos of children being sexually abused. They include graphic descriptions of some instances of the abuse.

An investigation by The New York Times found an insatiable criminal underworld that had exploited the flawed and insufficient efforts to contain it…many tech companies failed to adequately police sexual abuse imagery on their platforms, or failed to cooperate sufficiently with the authorities when they found it.

Law enforcement agencies devoted to the problem were left understaffed and underfunded, even as they were asked to handle far larger caseloads.

The Justice Department, given a major role by Congress, neglected even to write mandatory monitoring reports, nor did it appoint a senior executive-level official to lead a crackdown…

A paper recently published [by] the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, described a system at “a breaking point,” with reports of abusive images “exceeding the capabilities of independent clearinghouses and law enforcement to take action.” It suggested that future advancements in machine learning might be the only way to catch up with the criminals.

In 1998, there were over 3,000 reports of child sexual abuse imagery.

Just over a decade later, yearly reports soared past 100,000.

In 2014, that number surpassed 1 million for the first time.

Last year [2020], there were 18.4 million, more than one-third of the total ever reported. Those reports included over 45 million images and videos flagged as child sexual abuse…

The surge in criminal activity on the dark web accounted for only a fraction of the 18.4 million reports of abuse last year. That number originates almost entirely with tech companies based in the United States. The companies have known for years that their platforms were being co-opted by predators, but many of them essentially looked the other way…it was clear more than two decades ago that new technologies had created the biggest boon for pedophiles since the Polaroid camera…

In interviews, victims across the United States described in heart-wrenching detail how their lives had been upended by the abuse. Children, raped by relatives and strangers alike, being told it was normal… Many of the survivors and their families said their view of humanity had been inextricably changed by the crimes…“I don’t really know how to deal with it,” said one woman who, at age 11, had been filmed being sexually assaulted by her father. “You’re just trying to feel O.K. and not let something like this define your whole life…

law enforcement agencies across the country said they were often besieged. Some have managed their online workload by focusing on imagery depicting the youngest victims.

“We go home and think, ‘Good grief, the fact that we have to prioritize by age is just really disturbing,’”

“the most gruesome and violent images of child pornography…”

“The predominant sound is the child screaming and crying,..”

images of very young children being sexually abused, and in increasingly extreme and violent forms.

“Historically, you would never have gone to a black market shop and asked, ‘I want real hard-core with 3-year-olds,’”

Hypersexualized models of femininity in the media affect the mental, emotional and physical health of girls and women on a global scale

the term ‘rape culture’came to be used extensively as late as the 1970’s in media and the public. First by feminists to explain the shameful state of normalising sexual violence by modern societies. This also highlighted a prominent presence of ‘rape culture’ in some of the oldest and so called glorious civilisations of the past…

Almost all mythologies have stories of women/youth being “taken” by Gods as punishment, pleasure or as a conquest, thereby making “consent”, agency and/ or “sexual identity” of the victim/survivor almost redundant in the whole scheme of things…

The glorious stories of Ancient Greek mythology are deeply sexist and misogynist and seem to not just verify the existence of brutal sexual violence therein, but almost justify it…The rape of women was a common theme throughout Greek mythology. The chief Greek God Zeus himself is part of many rape stories – he is believed to have ‘sexually violated’ several women, namely, Antiope, Europa, Hera, Leda and several others…

In the Roman context, The Rape of the Sabine Women, which was nothing other than forceful sexual violence perpetrated by Roman men, is often normalised as an important step in Roman history that helped them achieve a fairly “blended” population where some kind of consent and treaty was achieved after the said incident…

The Rape of Lucretia by Tarquinius is one that brings to focus the notion of chastity and consent among women back then. During those times, adultery was punishable by death for women, whether they willingly participated in it or not. After her rape Lucretia committed suicide, a choice that is often made by several victims of sexual violence even now, due to the lack of laws in their favour and the gross societal notion of being ‘defiled by rape’. Lucretia was blamed by several historians for having committed the ‘sin of involuntary sexual pleasure…’

In Indian mythology, there are several instances of sexual violence. Ahalya’s story is one of the most known ones where Indra disguised himself as her husband Gautama, had sexual relations with her, for which both of them were cursed by Gautama when he found out. She was turned into a stone…

Then there is the story of a demon called Jalandhar. He used his special powers of disguise to meet women as their respective husbands and thus deceived them into having sexual relations with him.

In the course of diagnostic assessments, I routinely and casually ask about abuse. Almost invariably my patients just as casually relate their experiences. Unless one is aware of how prolific abuse is in our Christian country, one could assume all these patients are just attention seeking. No. Abuse really is pandemic.

Collateral information in Leviticus also links “unclean” and “abomination” with reproductive and non-reproductive sexually aberrant acts associated with pagan practices.

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel:

  • And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife…
  • And the man that lieth with his father’s wife…
  • And if a man lie with his daughter in law
  • If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
  • And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.
  • And if a man lie with a beast, 
  • And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
  • And if a man shall take his sister… 
  • And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness / menstruatingthey shall be cut off / quarantined or banished to avoid contaminating others in the sight of their people:
  • And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister, nor of thy father’s sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.
  • And if a man shall lie with his uncle’s wife…
  • And if a man shall take his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing…they shall be childless.

And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.” (Leviticus 20)

Before condemning the one ancient law code most people have any awareness of at all, consider the alternative. There was a time when all members of society were required to subject themselves to the gods’ demands through worship practices and rituals to meet their objectives.

This can be understood through the traumatic experiences of persons who have performed in porn movies, been gang raped  or subjected to orgies for the sadistic pleasure of cruel tyrants.

The shocking new upcoming documentary-series, Secrts of Playboy, is set to lift the lid on the dark side of the notorious brand and its founder, Hugh Hefner, including accusations of him ‘demanding orgies’at the mansion five nights a week, which became ‘protocol’.  

She also witnessed first-hand how his sexual demands would turn nasty, and admitted he ‘scared me at the end…

“He (Hefner) really did believe he owned these women. We had Playmates that overdosed, that committed suicide.”

These are all common elements of pagan rituals.

Perhaps the Mosaic law doesn’t sound so prudish anymore?

Collaboration of humans with the hyper-dimensional gods inevitably allows the gods to take in human spiritual / life energy for the gods’ purposes. Because the gods, disconnected from the infinite source of energy, have no other means of sustaining themselves than by obtaining it through living beings.

And once the god is up and running it’s a chainsaw massacre. This concept is the logical climax of the historically-grounded Game of Throne series.

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There is much to be learned by matching the terse biblical account with the common elements found in other more expansive records. The key feature is that, just as YHVH collaborated with humans, the gods colluded with humans in their wars to claim dominion over heaven and earth.

An updated version of this concept is fantastically – in every sense – presented by the celebrated author Neil Gaiman in American Gods. His gods are not only based on historic records, but consistent with the scientific understanding of energy beings as detailed in the post Sons of God.

an incarnation of Odin the All-Father…is recruiting American manifestations of the Old Gods, whose powers have waned as their believers have decreased in number, to participate in a battle against the New American Gods – manifestations of modern life and technology, such as the Internet, media, and modern means of transport…

Shadow is bound by his contract…to hold his vigil by re-enacting Odin’s time hanging from a “World Tree” while pierced by a spear for nine days…he is visited by Horus, who has become mad from living too long as a hawk. Shadow…learns that he is…Odin’s son, conceived as part of the deity’s plans…

Shadow realizes…that Odin and Loki have been working a “two-man con“…Loki had arranged for Odin’s murder, thus making the battle between the New and Old Gods a sacrifice to Odin, restoring Odin’s power, while also allowing Loki to feed on the chaos of the battle…

Whether or not Neil Gaiman believes in gods, he absolutely understand the concept that the gods’ interaction with humanity is all about power. Not just emotional and intellectual influence over what people believe and act on, but literally transfer of life energy necessary for the gods disconnected from the infinite Singularity to replace their energy as it is used. Think of it like the Walking Dead. The exploitive potential of bodily energy life is just as applicable in the spiritual domain.

Animismthe commonly held indigenous peoples’ belief that spirits inhabit all elements of nature, is consistent with the purely scientific understanding of the energy needs of spirit beings, as well as the biblical.

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption / merged with evil spirits into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” (Romans 8:18-20)

But humans are definitely at the top of the food chain. We not only provide physical life energy, but are the prime source of soul energy – emotions, creativity, intellect, relationships. This clarifies the rituals demanded by the gods, in addition to the sacrifices, especially heightened feelings experienced with music and being whipped into a frenzy by preaching, dancing and sex. Who wants to exist as a lump on a log when scintillating human experiences are ripe for the taking?

It is estimated that 108 billion people have been born on planet earth. What a buffet!

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