- April 4, 2013: Invitation to view the Cornerstone Characters introduction as found on pH-Webworld
- April 22, 2013: Better than the Devil(s) You Know
- June 23, 2013: Mithras Mocks Myths — No ‘petra genetrix‘ for Mr Myth
June 23, 2013
Mithras Mocks Myths
Some of the myriad characters who appear (and more than just occasionally reappear) throughout the PHANTACEA Mythos are not exactly respectful of their devil gods. (As per here, devil = little god.)
They have for example been known to refer to one of Phantacea’s cornerstone characters, Thrygragos Varuna Mithras, as Mr Myth.
Interestingly, as per the following blockquote extracted from “Feeling Theocidal“, he can be somewhat disrespectful himself. Particularly about myths regarding those <cough! — scoff!> other ‘Mithrases’ …
And that in turn reminded him of the strangest story the deviant Legendarian, whom Mithras regularly consulted with respect to current events on the Outer Earth, recounted of his nativity.
Crack! Sky-Father Varuna’s spermatic lightning hit the Mother Earth virgin’s ovum in the form of a raised, navel-like boulder or omphalos – an egg hardboiled to the point of petrifaction – and, voila, he was born. Ha!
Certain misconceived Outer Earth mythologies aside, as well as his occasionally cripplingly severe and sometimes regrettably long-lasting schizophrenic episodes, he and Varuna weren’t separate beings. Varuna was just his first name.
The Legendarian, who claimed to have copied the entire library of Alexandria with his devic half-father’s power focus, had even learned a term for the event: ‘petra genetrix’. Not only that, he’d come back with a date for it: Year of the Dome 3800, or thereabouts.
Ha, again! As if! To cite just one example of how nonsensical the notion of him being born a mortal, only to go on to become humanity’s saviour, he gave Hammurabi his famous code of laws, minus the state-sanctioned executions, when the Babylonians revered him as the Sun God Shamash.
And that was something like 1600 years before he was supposed to have been born.
BTW: 3800 YD is roughly the equivalent of 200 BC. (There’s more on how time is counted on the Hidden Headworld here.)
April 22, 2013
Better than the Devil(s) You Know
Interestingly to many, some myths aren’t just that. They’re Faiths or Religions. Mithraism was one such. (The Great God Thrygragos Varuna Mithras is featured on the cover of “Feeling Theocidal“, above — full cover here).
And, after what the upstart Christians did to his cave temple atop Vatican Hill in AD 376 (Year of the Dome 4376), Mithras wasn’t the only one suddenly feeling theocidal.
But before I get going on that, here’s something from www.phantacea.com (which has colours, lynx, graphics and images galore — more specifically, it’s from here). As also per here, here, here and 14,000 other hits on google, it ties in with the notion that the word ‘devil’ just means ‘little god’.
Define your terms …
“god, good spirit” in Hindu religion, from Skt. deva “a god,” originally “a shining one,” from *div- “to shine,” thus cognate with Gk. dios “divine” and Zeus, and L. deus “god” (O.Latin deivos).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper
Origin: bef. 900; ME devel, OE déofol < LL diabolus < Gk diábolos Satan (Septuagint, NT), lit., slanderer (n.), slanderous (adj.), verbid of diabállein to assault someone’s character, lit., to throw across, equiv. to dia- dia- + bállein to throw
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
a. (capitalized) the supreme spirit of evil; Satan.
b. (not-capitalized) a subordinate evil spirit at enmity with God (the Blob – at least according to devil-gods featured within the PHANTACEA Mythos), and having power to afflict humans both with bodily disease and with spiritual corruption (at least so claims dictionary.com).
To which I’m obliged to note that, in the PHANTACEA Mythos anyhow, third generational devils (not-capitalized = little gods) are often referred to as Master Devas whereas their All-Father may well be the inspiration for the Devil (capitalized).
April 4, 2013
The Cornerstone Characters
Come back here at your leisure, for your pleasure, and I may well have put up some more lynx re Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos. In the meantime here’s a great place to start: THE CORNERSTONE CHARACTERS