Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple of Bel is the most complete structure among Palmyra’s ruins. Built in the 1st century A.D., it was dedicated to the superior Babylonian god Bel, adapted by the Greeks as Zeus and by the Romans as Jupiter.
Abraxas: do you believe in any higher power? If so, what?
Guess that depends on what you mean by that. After being turned immortal and everything, kinda hard not to believe there are ‘higher powers’ out there now, innit? Okay, sure, better than half of ‘em want to eat your soul or destroy the world or remake it in their own bloody terrifying image or whatever, but they’re ‘higher’, ain’t they?
I mean, gods and demons and shit… they ain’t just myth or theory, not to anyone in the Secret World.
But if you mean do I actually believe in any of the religions in particular? Nah. I mean, ‘Hell’ exists, but it ain’t necessarily the same Hell in the Christian Bible, right? Plus, ain’t like the Babylonians and the Egyptians and the Norse and the Native Americans and everyone else can all be right about how the world was created.
I kinda wish I did identify with one; having someone to offer a prayer up to on the field ain’t necessarily a bad thing, even for an immortal.
But I don’t. So if you mean what do I put my faith in, that would be the human will to bloody survive. It lets us stand up to gods—and bring them down if we have to—and spit in the face of the monsters waiting in the shadows. That stubborn refusal to give up is what’s gotten us this far, right? And it’s what’s going to get us through the dark days to come, too.
OUCH! I’m loving the vehement, almost archaic tone here. It’s a medieval feeling you’ve evoked, a Babylonian throwback if u will. Work on your sentence structure and one day U might actually do some damage (you won’t, U crusty piece of shit)
I am genuinely so grateful to live in an age when we have such ready access to music, from re-creations of ancient Babylonian songs to Nicki Minaj’s latest hit. We don’t have to be mega-rich and hire musicians, we don’t have to wait for grandpappy to get out his fiddle and play a tune by the fireside after supper. We have the musical history of humanity at our fingertips, for our listening pleasure, just a few keyboard clicks away.
Literally, unironically – what an amazing time to be alive.
Found in the ancient city of Larsa, this baked clay plaque depicts two boxers in the middle of a fight on the left side, and two musicians on the right side. One of the musicians is playing a drum while the other beats clappers together.
Such baked clay plaques were mass produced in Mesopotamia, though their exact purpose or function is not clear. They often depict informal scenes and aspects of private life, such as this one which depicts an erotic scene. (Source)
The Lost Years of Nabonidus, Last King of the Neo-Babylonian Empire
Nabonidus was the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire who, a few
years into his reign, disappeared into the Arabian oasis of Tayma,
returning years later and just in time to lead his armies against the
ascendant forces of Persia under Cyrus the Great. Why he abandoned the
city he was ruling over, and what happened in the lost years of
Nabonidus remain a mystery.
So you know how the Bible is a record of the Jews and their dealings with God? The Book of Mormon is basically the same idea, except it starts with a couple of families being inspired by God to leave Jerusalem right before the Babylonian invasion (about 600 BC). They sail to the Americas and there split into two main groups, the Nephites and the Lamanites. In general throughout the book the Nephites are the ones that keep the commandments and the Lamanites are the ones that don’t.
It’s really just a very abridged record of their civilization. It’s called the Book of Mormon because a prophet named Mormon took the thousands of Nephite records and abridged them into one set of records.
Like the Bible, it has stories of people choosing right and wrong, the inspired words of prophets, records of wars, etc.
The crowning part is when Jesus Christ visits the Americas after his ascension in Jerusalem. It’s really, really beautiful. He basically taught the people the same stuff he taught the people in Jerusalem. Instituted the sacrament, called twelve apostles to preach and baptize, blessed children, and healed the sick.
Eventually the Nephites become super wicked and there’s a HUGE war where the Lamanites destroy all the Nephites except for one, a guy named Moroni, who finishes the record, seals it, and buries it.
Later Moroni, now an angel, leads a boy named Joseph Smith (if you know anything about Mormons then you’ve heard of him) to the records, and Joseph Smith translated them through the power of God.
That’s pretty much a crash course in very basic Mormon doctrine. We consider the Book of Mormon to be the keystone of our religion. As a missionary I invited people to read it and pray to know if it was true. Basically it’s what holds our religion and our claims together. If the Book of Mormon is a true record and was really translated by Joseph Smith, then that means Jesus Christ is the Savior and Joseph Smith was a prophet, called in the same way the prophets of old were. If it’s not true than we’re all deluded loonies. It’s really that simple.
One of my favorite stories is one where Ishtar, a Babylonian goddess, goes to visit her sister, the queen of the underworld, but the gatekeeper won’t let her in so she says “open this fucking door or I will rip it off its hinges and release the dead”. So ishtar’s sister goes “omfg, let her in but make her take all her clothes off”. So ishtar got pissed and attacked her, and then her sister sent all these plagues after here and imprisoned her in the underworld. And then since ishtar is the goddess of sex and she was imprisoned, people on earth stopped having sex, and the rest of the gods were like “um”. So the king of the gods created this intersex messenger being who moseyed on over to hell, delivered ishtar her clothes, set her free, and got people to start having sex again. And all was well.
'While population transfers were effected in the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian periods, most of the indigenous population remained in place. Moreover, after Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70 the population by and large remained in situ, and did so again after Bar Kochba’s revolt in AD 135. When the vast majority of the population became Christian during the Byzantine period, no vast number were driven out, and similarly in the seventh century, when the vast majority became Muslim, few were driven from the land. Palestine has been multi-cultural and multi ethnic from the beginning, as one can read between the lines even in the biblical narrative. Many Palestinian Jews became Christians, and in turn Muslims. Ironically, many of the forebears of Palestinian Arabs may well have been Jewish.’
The Grand Cross has nothing to do with Greco-Roman myths, it’s both an astrological event on August 17-18, 1999
as well as a connection to the Christian Tetramorph.
What connects Tatsuya, Lisa, Jun and Eikichi to the Grand Cross are the four fixed Zodiacs (Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio) which are also present within Sudou’s Masked Circle as well as the four temples.
The origin of the symbols of the four fixed zodiacs are the Babylonian symbols for the fixed Zodiacs. The symbols are: LION (Leo) ; HUMAN (Aquarius), OX (Taurus) and Eagle (another symbol for Scorpio)
-Vision of Ezekiel
There are also two instances in the Bible in which these four symbols are mentioned namely in the Vision of Ezekiel as well as the Revelation of John.
The four beasts are also the symbols of the 4 Evangelists.
Mark has the lion, Luke the ox, Matthew the human/angel and John the eagle.
In fact there are two instances in the game in which the IS party are aligned like Christian Tetramorphs:
The Grand Cross spell
and shortly before the final boss fights.
Maya in this case takes the place of Jesus in the Tetramorph while the others are aligned like the Evangelists in Tetramorph pictures.
Since the four fixed Zodiacs formed the Grand Cross in 1999 many people did fear an apocalypse due to the four beasts being mentioned in the Revelation.
In fact it’s the fixed Zodiacs of Tatsuya, Lisa; Jun and Eikichi which also fit their Ultimate Greco-Roman Personas.
Tatsuya is a Leo which is ruled by the Sun, henceforth why Apollo fits.
Lisa is a Taurus, ruled by Venus, henceforth why Venus fits as her Persona.
Eikichi is a Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, henceforth why Hades fits.
Jun has the sister sign to Tatsuya’s Leo, namely Aquarius. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus actually. Jun however got a Chronos/Cronos mixture as his Ultimate Persona. Chronos is the god of time, and Cronos was the son of Ouranus, he castrasted his father and disposed of him representing Jun’s daddy issues.
Also notice that Maya (IS and EP), Ulala (EP), Katsuya (EP), Baofu (EP) also have Greco-Roman deities as initial and ultimate Personas not only Tatsuya, Lisa, Jun and Eikichi.
And the P2 Personas were chosen to have similarities to the characters without a doubt:
In IS: Maya is older than Tatsuya and has a dualism bond with him corresponding to the Apollo/Artemis myth of their Personas. Jun sees Maya as a replacement mother, Maia from the Pleiades in myth is the mother of Hermes. Lisa does get a little jealous sometimes like Aphrodite/Venus in myth. Jun and Tatsuya do have a gift exchange like Hermes and Apollo (lighter and watch in Tatsuya’s and Jun’s case and staff and lyre in Hermes and Apollo’s case .
Maya is older than Tatsuya and has a dualism bond with him corresponding to the Apollo/Artemis myth of their Personas.
Ulala has bad luck with men like Callisto. Ulala takes care of Maya’s and her’s apartment, Callisto was Artemis’ servant Baofu has an endless journey and is restless like Odysseus. Katsuya’s Persona Helios is an older solar deity than Apollo.
The list goes on and on these are just a few examples.
Archetypical is also not the same as stereotypical. You can’t make a game about Carl Jung’s theories and not include or talk about his theory of archetypes. Archetypes are elements of the Collective Unconscious and are the basis for legends, myths, fairy tales, visions. The P2 characters do share similar experience as their Personas in the myth.
Lachish was the second most important city in the southern kingdom of Judah, part of the Kingdom of Israel.
Occupation at the site of Lachish began during the Neolithic period and during the 10th and 9th centuries BC it was settled by the Israelites. It was heavily fortified, surrounded by two walls and ramparts and a royal palace was built on a platform in the center of the city.
In 701 BC, during the revolt of king Hezekiah against Assyria, Lachish was besieged and captured by the Assyrian king Sennacherib. The Assyrian forces, in his invasion of the city, constructed the only siege ramp excavated in the ancient Near East. More than 1000 iron arrowheads were found in the ramp as well as a chain for catching the battering rams. Excavations also revealed approximately 1500 skeletons of men, women and children in one of the caves
near the site, indicating the ferocity of the battle. The survivors were mass deported to Assyria, where they were forced to work as slaves.
The city was rebuilt in the late 7th century BC during the decline of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, but it fell to the greatest king of the Neo-Babylonian Dynasty, Nebuchadnezzar II in his campaign against Judah in 586 BC. After the fall of the Achaemenid Empire at the hands of Alexander the Great the site was abandoned and it has been unoccupied since then.
The events surrounding the conquest of Lachish by the Assyrians are recorded in the Lachish reliefs. The reliefs were part of the decoration of the South-West Palace of Sennacherib in Nineveh.
Honestly though, this post illustrates so much how the modern meme era has mimicked the past 2000-3000 years of the history of western knowledge.
First there’s the ancient Greeks, Babylonian scholars, and the like, all of which convene in the Library of Alexandria, or in this case, social networking sites. But these fall temporarily out of fashion, and thus, the concept of shitposting and memes are burnt to the ground - these are the dark ages.
But light is restored through the Renaissance, and memes begin to flow again, before the rise of capitalism takes our beloved memes out of our control. No longer are memes seen as long-standing fact, like Aristotle’s philosophies. No, memes come and go like the rise and fall of the stock market.
Where will the future of memes take us? Only time will tell
The beauty of atheism is that it allows us to appreciate all religions and not believe any of them. Atheism allows me to live a wonderful life, to spend time learning about different religions, and actually develop an appreciation for all of them equally, because to me, none are divinely inspired, but they are all fascinating. I respect them, from the ancient Assyrian, Egyptian, Greek, and Babylonian religions, to the Abrahamic religions, to the indigenous African, American, and Australian religions, to the Eastern religions, and many others, including thousands of religion that have gone extinct because no political system forced them on anybody. It is wonderful to be able to live this wonderful life and not hold a single one of these thousands of beliefs to be the one and only absolute truth, most likely by the mere accident of one’s birth or surroundings. Religions are absolutely fascinating. But to be an atheist to enjoy the great beauty of all religions is truly remarkable.