christian loring

For all of you that work with angels, or just like to know the mythos.  (I also just like making charts.)

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Jezebel
→Daughter of Ethbaal of Tyre, Wife of King Ahab, Queen of Israel

Jezebel was outspoken when women were quiet, she questioned patriarchy, was loyal to her husband and to her beliefs and she faced certain death with dignity.

I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long.

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for the bible tells me so: C A I N  &  A B E L

“The Lord said, ‘What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.  When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you.You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.’” Genesis 4:1-26 (NIV)

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Lucifer/Helel (Part 1)

Apparent name that was given to Satan before he fell from heaven in Christian lore. The name Helel is said to be Hebrew for the ‘shining one’ or ‘light-bearer’ and was translated in the ‘King James Bible’ as Lucifer, which was known to mean the ‘morning star’ or ‘Venus’.

The name itself was occasionally used to describe certain people including Christ Himself, before eventually become to refer to an angel. This is possibly due to the fact that the passage in which the name is first mentioned describes the morning star which was said to have been cast down to earth.

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Lucifer/Helel (Part 3)

(Continued from Part 2)

Being in Christian lore who fell from heaven and became Satan, also known as The Devil. The name Lucifer is a translation of the word Helel which meant ‘light-bearer’ and was used to describe a fallen star. It was Lucifer who caused a third of the angels to fall, who tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit and who tried to turn both Christ and Job away from God.

In the Cathartic religion, it is believed that there were two gods, one of light and one of darkness. The god of darkness was equated with The Devil and was said to have created the physical world. The Catholic Church states that Lucifer and those who follow him are able to possess people in order to drive them to evil. These possessions can only be broken by a holy exorcism. Other traditions teach that the black magic of witches comes from Lucifer and that he is also the Biblical creature, Leviathan.

Lucifer has become a highly influential figure in the world, appearing in many pieces of media, such as books, films and video games. One popular appearance is in the 1987 film ‘Angel Heart’  based on the 1978 novel ‘Falling Angel’. In the film, Lucifer is played by famous actor Robert De Niro, under the pseudonym, Louis Cyphre.

Another famous appearance of The Devil is in Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy’ where he is depicted trapped in ice and with three heads. In contrast to the modern interpretation that Lucifer is sly and manipulative, he is instead portrayed as ignorant and stupid. The beating of his flapping wings causes his ever-flowing tears to freeze around his waist, trapping him forever.

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Sambucus Nigra, or Elder

Most of you’ll know that you can make some really nice juice out of its flowers, but what more can be learned from this tree?

- In folklore, the elder is best known as a fairy tree, and it was connected to heathen gods and spirits. Frau Holle, from German folklore, is its most notable inhabitant. Note: the German word for ‘elder’ is ‘Holunder’.

- Elder isn’t only a fairies’ tree, but also protects against evil. Because it is such a powerful tree, one can not cut it, except under certain circumstances and while showing your utmost respect. Also: never burn elder wood, because the sprits that inhabit it will haunt you.

- Much heathen folklore has a bad rep in christian lore, and this maybe why it was an elder tree that Judas chose to hang himself from. Also, many say that the cross on which Christ was sacrificed, was made of elder wood. In my opinion this shows how powerful this tree still was.

- It’s probably because of the above, that a cross of elder wood was often hung in home and stable for protection.

- The English call the elder the ‘pipe-tree’ since its soft branches are perfect for making flutes. It’s use is very old - Pliny the Elder (yes, really) already mentions that the wood of the elder is best fit for making whistles and horns.

The above is all general folklore - I don’t have particular sources, but you can find them out for yourself if you google around a bit.

For me, it took me a while to appreciate this tree. It was only when I started to really look around, that I noted that the elder is everywhere, where I live. I’ve really made a connection with it, and through it with Holda. It’s such an elegant tree, with it’s white, sweet flowers and delicate, dark berries. And despite its look, there’s this connection to the under- and otherworld that I really appreciate.

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for the bible tells me so: S A L O M E

“For when Herodias’s daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”  And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.” Mark 6:22-28 (ESV)

Fiend Trumpeter

One of the seven angels in Christian lore who will blow trumpets at the end of the world, when the seventh of the seven seals has been broken. When the first trumpet plays, a rain of hail, fire and blood will fall to the earth, burning a third of the trees in the world and all the grass that had existed. The second trumpet sounding will send a object like a burning mountain crashing into the sea, where the water will turn to blood, and a third of all its creatures and ships will die.

When the third trumpet rings out, the star named Wormwood will fall and poison a third of all freshwater which will kill all who drink it with it’s bitter taste. The fourth trumpet will block out a third of all the light from the sun, moon and stars. Afterwards, complete darkness will cover the world for a third of the day and night.

Before the fifth trumpet will sound, an angel will warn of their coming with three woes. Then the fifth trumpet comes, that will cause a star to fall from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit. When this pit is opened, Abaddon and his swarm of locusts will be released. The sixth blast will release four angels from their prison in the river of Euphrates, where they will command an army of two hundred million men and their horses that will kill a third of mankind with the plague that they spread.

The last and final ring of the seven trumpets will open the temple of God so that the Ark of the Covenant can appear. When this happens, the world will be ravaged by a thunderstorm, an earthquake and a hailstorm.

Shinigami Suicides: Their Civil Servitude

I know there have been some users upset with how suicide is portrayed in the new chapter. I have some thoughts on this - potentially touching on what Toboso-sensei has in mind for the shinigami and their future.

ATTENTION: I do not think she is in any way describing those who committed suicide as cowardly or weak.  

Christian Lore: The idea that suicide is a sin is borrowed from the idea that one who takes their own life will be sent to Hell (as someone raised in this faith, I was taught this). Instead of going immediately with this route, Toboso-sensei sends them to a purgatory where they could work off their debt (?) and potentially go to Heaven (?) once they’re forgiven. That’s what the fans have drawn from the information given thus far.

Another thought is that choosing death somehow messed up the death count records. since one “technically” isn’t supposed to choose their death, it messes up the paperwork and this could be a reason for the punishment.

We don’t know what forgiveness means: 

Does it mean their sentence is served in a count of years?  Or does it mean a council (or God) decides on their fate when they feel like it?  Is that’s the truth, then I don’t blame deserters for leaving.  I think once the shinigami realize the absolute futility of their situation, then they decide its not longer worth it. 

Deserters: On this note, the Dispatch’s methods work too well and have the Shinigami not only appreciating life, but wanting to live among humans again. But the Dispatch won’t allow it after telling them to appreciate life. WTF? What happens to the deserters if caught? I smell a rotten bureaucracy…

What I think she’s saying: The deserters’ side shows Shinigami washing their hands of the Dispatch - pretty much declaring, “I’m not doing this shit job anymore.  I’m not watching humans die to prove a point.” Because when shingami like UT desert, it shows a side to the situation that illuminates how fucked up the Dispatch is.  We’re not supposed to like the situation. We’re supposed to cheer for the deserters.

That’s my two cents. If this offends, or makes someone angry, feel free to ask further questions.  I really don’t know how it will play out in the end, but I wanted to clear up what could be a potential story line.

(Then there’s always the Beetlejuice allusion.)

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been developing a headcanon for canonical christian lore with these guys. my angel characters pretty much all start out as expressions of myself in some way and then sorta morph into their own thing and that’s what happened with these guys. i am not 100% accurate on my angel/bible lore because i only read enough to get the brain goin in a manner of speaking, usually, then i alter things to fit in with what i want to see from angel characters. i WANT to get more into actual biblical lore because it’s very interesting to me, but reading is really hard for me for whatever reason. oh well.

Fiend White Rider

The first of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse that featured heavily in Christian lore. According to the ‘Bible’ when the world ends, the four horsemen will be released with the fourth of the seven seals is released by the Lamb of God.

The white rider was described to be sat above a white horse, holding a bow and wearing a crown. When he was released he went out to conquer the world, leading people to symbolize him as Conquest. One scholar identified the white rider as Christ Himself but this portrayal is heavily contested by other religious figures.

As some point, by unknown means, the white rider became the symbol of disease, Pestilence. Another believed that he was the Antichrist while another interpretation had him the symbol of prosperity for the Roman Empire.

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Lilith
→ chaos, seduction and ungodliness
First mentioned in Babylonian demonology, Lilith is a winged demon that preys on pregnant women and infants. She is later mentioned in the Gilgamesh legend, the Bible and the Talmud. 7 C.E she is called Adam’s first wife for the first time in the Alphabet of Ben Sira. It is said she left the garden Eden because she wouldn’t tolerate being treated as an inferior to Adam.
She is seen as the opposite to the culture of men and lives in shadows and bareness. Some legends even call her a succubus. The owl as an animal represents her.

BIBLICALLORENET’S WEEKLY SERIES
      week 4:
favourite parable –> The Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13:6- 9)

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.