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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Ishtar


Temple Of Ishtar

Ritualistic mutilation, ancient symbol of castration
A Syrian priesthood neophyte stands in the temple of Ishtar.
The hunter gored, Adonis’ life is resurrected by his wife
His lover Ishtar, Aphrodite, Isis, Venus, shining star.

Through sands of time the temple closed, Adonis hanging ever posed,
Fixed nailed to a crossed upright, side gored and bled by the bitter spar.
Forgotten now by kith and ken, why cleave away the sacred skin?
For His rebirth at Easter time, in the temple of Ishtar.

Bob Huck, 1995

4 Comments:

Blogger Jim Liebgott-Osinga said...

I never tire of this poem. Thanks, Bob. People need to be more curious about the ancient origins of our observances. Thinking that the most recent religious incarnation (Christianity, in this case) is the true origin of myth and salvation leads to bigotry and small-mindedness.

9:21 AM  
Blogger hucktunes said...

Thanks Jim. I did try to cover them all with that Easter poem. Most folks don't get it.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jim Liebgott-Osinga said...

I once read "The Masks of God" -- vol 3, "Occidental Religion" by Joseph Campbell. The richness of our religious heritage is amazing once one's eyes are open to it. Too bad the latest "sacred skin" has been so successful in covering up the deeper origins.

I am convinced that the peace one gets from realizing that these myths are eternal and part of all humanity is much greater than the peace one gets from adhering to the latest dogma.

Personally, I feel that these myths are hard-wired into our brains at the genetic level. It seems so much simpler and more satisfying an answer in this modern age.

10:46 AM  
Blogger hucktunes said...

It's easy to understand the success when you read about all the book burnings, library and temple destructions, rapes, stonings, beheadings and roastings that accompanied for the spread of Christianity. They destroyed the classical Roman society and institutions and built a new one based on fear and ignorance. So many great classical texts burned in the fire of the Library in Alexandria. And that was just the beginning.

12:53 PM  

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