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Mythic Easter Story
The-Saviour could now set about his saving work because The-Son (who is the body of all who are one with The-Saviour) was established and growing in The-Womb of The Universe.
“The New-Tree is planted. The old tree may now perish.” he said to them.
He allowed those who didn’t like him to hang him from a tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the World-Tree.
Hanging then from the tree The-Saviour saw a vision of The-Woman (who is Mother-Nature, our Universe) and of all those who he loves, who are one in him (The-Son).
He said to The-Woman, “Woman, behold, your Son!”
Then He said to all those he loves, who are one in him, “Son, behold, your Mother!”
Death of The-Saviour and the symbol of the tree
The presence of the tree in the death of the The-Saviour is a symbol...
...honouring the death and regrowth of The-Tree in the beginning.
...foreshadowing the death of the World-Tree, our universe and the growth of the New Tree that is coming to replace her.
“If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance.799
And when they had platted a crown of thorns they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand with which they also whipped his head: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!800
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”— in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.801
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.802
I know that I hung on the windswept tree all nine nights
With spear I was wounded and given to Odin
Myself to me
On that tree which no one knows from which roots it grows.
Bread I was not given, no drink from the horn, downward I glared; up I pulled the runes, screaming I took
them, from there I fell back again.803
Buyagoma of Burundi
God sent a beautiful angel to help the first people. The people saw the angel fly down on wings of thunder and they were terrified. “Do not fear me. God has sent me to help you. Ask what you wish.” The people asked for farming animals. God smiled and animals fell from the clouds. The Angel of God stayed on earth for many years to help people with their troubles but then one day evil men seized the angel and nailed him to a tree with iron spikes! God pulled out the spikes and healed the angel’s wounds. God sent a storm that blew the angel back to heaven.804
Bushmen of Southern Africa
Cagn was the first being, he gave orders and caused all things to appear. One day Cagn sent Cogaz his chief son to cut sticks for bows but he was caught by baboons. They asked him who sent him there. Cogaz told them. So they said “Your father thinks himself more clever than we are. He wants to kill us with those bows so we will kill you.” and they killed Cogaz and tied him up in the top of a tree and they danced around the tree singing. Then Cagn took Cogaz down and gave him canna and made him alive again.805
There was a poisonous serpent called Kaliya in the waters of Jamna. For four leagues about him the water the boiled and bubbled with the serpent poison. No bird or beast could get near him without dying of poison. Only one solitary Kadamba tree grew on the river bank. Krishna had just healed some herdsman who had drunk from the waters and was now inclined to subdue the wicked serpent. He climbed the lone tree and hung from it over the water. With his belt well fastened, he slapped his arms and dropped into the poisonous water. Kaliya rose up with his hundred and ten hoods vomiting poison. But Krishna played in the water with no fear. Furious with Krishna’s lack of respect Kaliya bit Krishna’s tender parts and wrapped himself around Krishna’s body. Seeing Krishna lying motionless in the coils of the serpent his dear friends collapsed in great distress, they were overcome with sorrow and pain because they thought Krishna had met his death.806
Then Balarama went to the ocean and resorting to yoga he fixed his mind on the Supreme Being and departed from the world of mortals. Krishna saw his departure and placed himself down upon the lap of the earth under a banyan tree and was manifested in his four armed god-form dispelling the four quarters of darkness by his radiance. As he sat he placed his reddish lotus foot on his right thigh. Just then a hunter named Jara, who had approached the place, mistook the Lord’s foot for a deer’s face. Thinking he had found his prey, Jara pierced the foot with his arrow, which he had fashioned from the remaining iron fragment of Samba’s club. Then, seeing that four-armed god-form, the hunter became terrified of the offense he had committed, and he fell down, placing his head upon the feet of the enemy of the demons. Jara said: O Lord, I am a most sinful person. I have committed this act out of ignorance. O purest Lord, please forgive this sinner. O Lord Vishnu, the learned say that for any man, constant remembrance of You will destroy the darkness of ignorance. O master, I have wronged You! Therefore, O Lord of, please kill this sinful hunter of animals immediately so he may not again commit such offenses against saintly persons. The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear Jara, do not fear. Please get up. What has been done is actually My own desire. With My permission, go now to the abode of the pious, the spiritual world. Krishna’s charioteer Daruka soon arrived and upon seeing Lord Krishna resting at the foot of a banyan tree, surrounded by His shining weapons, Daruka could not control the affection he felt in his heart. His eyes filled with tears as he rushed down from the chariot and fell at the Lord’s feet.807 Without employing the mystic agni meditation to burn up His transcendental body, which is the all- attractive resting place of all the worlds and the object of all contemplation and meditation, Lord Krishna entered into His own abode.808
This was the manner of Buddha’s death, called Parinirvana, or Final Release. In the forty-fifth year of his ministry the Buddha suffered from a severe illness, and declared that he would not live long. All this was endured that others might be reminded that none are exempt from old age, decay, and death. Buddha lay down on a couch in a grove of sal-trees near Kushinagara. Then he said : “Now fourty five years have passed for me. While i lie on the bed of final enlightenment In between the two sala trees. Now I depart to Nirvana; I leave with you my ordinances ; the elements of the all-knowing one will indeed pass away, but the three gems will remain.” But Ananda broke down and wept bitterly. Then Buddha continued : “ O Ananda, do not let yourself be troubled ; do not weep. Have I not taught you that we must part from all that we hold most dear and pleasant? No being soever born or created can overcome the tendency to dissolution inherent in itself; a condition of permanence is impossible. For a long time, Ananda, your kindness in act and thought and speech has brought you very near to me. You have always done well; persevere, and you, too, shall win to perfect freedom from this thirst of life, this chain of ignorance.” Then he turned to the other mourners and commended Ananda to them. He said also that the least of those present who had entered the path to Release should never entirely fail, but should at last prevail and reach Nirvana. After a pause he said again: “Mendicants, I now impress it upon you that the parts and powers of man must be dissolved; work out your salvation with diligence.” Shortly afterward the Buddha became unconscious and passed away. He thus finished all the duties of a Buddha. While lying on the bed of final enlightenment between the twin sala trees in the sala grove.809
Attis was a boy of marvelous beauty. The tale goes on that Agdistis fell in love with him. The savage deity took the grown lad out hunting, led him into the most inaccessible wildernesses and gave him spoils of the chase. Midas, King of Pessinous, sought to separate Attis from Agdistis, and to this end gave the boy his own daughter to wife. Agdistis appeared at the wedding and drove the participants mad with the notes of a syrinx. Attis castrated himself beneath a pine-tree, crying out: “Unto thee, Agdistis!” And thus he died.810
A handsome and brave young man, who was skilful in the chase, one day pursued a large bear into the recesses of the mountains. On and on ran the bear, and still the young fellow pursued it up heights and crags more and more dangerous, but without ever being able to get near enough to shoot it with his poisoned arrows. At last, on a bleak mountain-summit, the bear disappeared down a hole in the ground. The young man followed it in, and found himself in an immense cavern, at the far end of which was a gleam of light. Towards this he groped his way, and, on emerging, found himself in another world. Everything there was as in the world of men, but more beautiful. There were trees, houses, villages, human beings. With these, however, the young hunter had no concern. What he wanted was his bear, which had totally disappeared. The best plan seemed to be to seek it in the remoter mountain district of this new world underground. So he followed up a valley; and, being tired and hungry, picked the grapes and mulberries that were hanging to the trees, and ate them as he trudged along. Happening suddenly, for some reason or other, to look down upon his own body, what was not his horror to find himself transformed into a serpent! His very cries and groans, on making the discovery, were turned into serpent’s hisses. What was he to do? To go back like this to his native world, where snakes are hated, would be certain death. No plan presented itself to his mind. But, unconsciously, he wandered, or rather crept and glided, back to the entrance of the cavern that led home to the world of men; and there, at the foot of a pine-tree of extraordinary size and height, he fell asleep. To him then, in a dream, appeared the goddess of the pine-tree, and said: “I am sorry to see you in this state. Why did you eat of the poisonous fruits of The Underworld? The only thing you can do to recover your proper shape is to climb to the top of this pine-tree, and fling yourself down. Then you may, perhaps, become a human being again.” On waking from this dream, the young man,—or rather snake, as he still found himself to be,—was filled half with hope and half with fear. But he resolved to follow the goddess’ advice. So, gliding up the tall pine tree, he reached its topmost branch, and, after hesitating a few moments, flung himself down. Crash he went. On coming to his senses, he found himself standing at the foot of the tree; and close by was the body of an immense serpent, ripped open so as to allow of his having crawled out of it. After offering up thanks to the pine-tree, and setting up the divine symbols in its honour, he hastened to retrace his steps through the long, tunnel-like cavern, through which he had originally entered The Underworld. After walking for a certain time, he emerged into the world of men, to find himself on the mountain-top, whither he had pursued the bear which he had never seen again. On reaching his home, he went to bed, and dreamt a second time. It was the same goddess of the pine tree, that appeared before him and said: “I have come to tell you that you cannot stay long in the world of men after once eating the grapes and mulberries of The Underworld. There is a goddess in The Underworld who wishes to marry you. She it was who, assuming the form of a bear, lured you into the cavern, and thence to the Underworld. You must make up your mind to come away.” And so it fell out. The young man awoke; but a grave sickness overpowered him. A few days later he went a second time to The Underworld, and returned no more to the land of the living.—(Written down from memory. Told by Ishanashte, 22nd July, 1886.)811
Then the most horrifying thing happened to The-Saviour. The connection of his mind to the mind of The-Man was broken.
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” He cried
This is much like what happened with The-Woman only she was the one who took her mind away from The-Man.
This time The-Man took his mind away from The-Saviour.
When the The-Mind of The-Man receded from The-Saviour so also did The-Spirit recede from full connection with The-Saviour’s bodily soul.
“I am thirsty!” he cried.
This is much like what happened with The-Woman only she was the one who took her bodily soul away from The-Spirit. This time it was The-Spirit who moved away from The-Saviour. The-Saviour was left hanging there with his bodily soul still focused on the memory of his Father.
In the day when The-Woman’s bodily soul dropped away from The- Man and from The-Spirit, it changed from being like a vine to being like a serpent.
It changed from being rooted in and growing into The-Spirit to being a lone entity.
In the same way, with the full connection to his father severed, the bodily soul of The-Saviour also became a serpent.
And for the first time, darkness fell over the whole of creation.
The bodily soul of The-Saviour had become just like the many who are one with the serpent power of The-Woman.
Death of The-Saviour and the Symbol of the Serpent
Inanna Queen of heaven ascended from the underworld, the Galla, the demons of the underworld, clung to her side. The galla were demons who know no food, who know no drink, who eat no offerings, who drink no libations, who accept no gifts!...
...When Inanna arrived in Uruk, and came upon her husband, Dumuzi, she found him sitting on his magnificent throne, dressing in his finest garments. Dumuzi did not move. Inanna told the Galla: “Take him! Take Dumuzi away!” The Galla seized him by his thighs, breaking the reed pipe which he had been playing. They beat him and gashed him with axes. Whereupon Dumuzi let out a wail, raising his hands to heaven to Utu, the God of Justice, and beseeching him to change him into a snake so that he could escape his demons. Merciful, Utu accepted Dumuzi’s tears and changed him into a snake.... 812
Asclepius, the Greek physician is traditionally depicted as a bearded man wearing a robe and holding a rod with a single serpent coiled around it. The Rod of Asclepius is our symbol for Medicine
The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.” And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.
I am a worm, and not a man, A reproach of men, and despised by the people. All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying,
“ Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”…..
For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me. 814
Jesus said “No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.”815
Maori of New Zealand
Te Tuna the Monster Eel said to Maui: “We shall have to fight a duel, and when one of us has been killed the other will take the woman for himself.”
“What sort of duel would you like it to be?” Maui asked. And Te Tuna said: “We shall first engage in a contest in which each goes completely into the body of the other, and when that is over, I am going to kill you, take my woman, and return with her to my own land.”
“Let it be as you wish,” Maui agreed. Then he asked: “And who is to be the first?”
“I’ll begin,” the Monster Eel replied, and when Maui consented, Te Tuna stood up and commenced chanting his incantation:
The Orea-eel swings and sways, The Orea-eel balances his head lower and lower: He is a mighty monster who has come hither across the ocean from his distant isle. Your phallus will urinate from fright!
The monster contracts, becoming smaller and smaller. It is I, Te Tuna the Monster Eel, who now enter, O Maui, into your body!
And Te Tuna disappeared completely into Maui’s body, where he disposed himself to remain. However,
after a long while, he came out again. Maui had not been disturbed in the least. “Well, now it is my turn,” Maui said. 816
And The-Saviour, cried out with a loud voice, saying,
“Father, Into Your hands I commit my spirit!”
He bowed His head and breathed His last.
With his physical body now dead he found that he was The-Seed of The-Man once again with all the authority of The-Man. His mission as a human was complete. No longer did he have to submit to the powers of our world.
He saw that he was bound to the underworld because he was one with the serpent power. But death could not hold The-Seed of The- Man as it does humanity. He cut off his serpent power and was no longer one with The-Woman or with humanity.
Casting off the serpent power to escape the Underworld
Here the hero must die by tree and in doing so his own serpent power is circumcised from him; he is then able to escape the underworld.
A handsome and brave young man, who was skillful in the chase, one day, pursued a large bear into the recesses of the mountains. On and on ran the bear and still the young fellow pursued it up heights and crags more and more dangerous, but without ever being able to get near enough to shoot it with his poisoned arrows. At last, on a bleak mountain-summit, the bear disappeared down a hole in the ground. The young man followed it in, and found himself in an immense cavern, at the far end of which was a gleam of light. Towards this he groped his way, and, on emerging, found himself in another world. Everything there was as in the world of men, but more beautiful. There were trees, houses, villages, human beings. With these, however, the young hunter had no concern. What he wanted was his bear, which had totally disappeared.
[Little did he know The bear was a goddess of The Underworld who wished to marry him. She it was who assumed the form of a bear, lured him into the cavern, and thence to the Underworld]
The best plan seemed to be to seek it in the remoter mountain district of this new world underground. So he followed up a valley; and, being tired and hungry, picked the grapes and mulberries that were hanging to the trees, and ate them as he trudged along. Happening suddenly, for some reason or other, to look down upon his own body, what was not his horror to find himself transformed into a serpent! His very cries and groans, on making the discovery, were turned into serpent’s hisses. What was he to do? To go back like this to his native world, where snakes are hated, would be certain death. No plan presented itself to his mind. But, unconsciously, he wandered, or rather crept and glided, back to the entrance of the cavern that led home to the world of men; and there, at the foot of a pine-tree of extraordinary size and height, he fell asleep. To him then, in a dream, appeared the goddess of the pine-tree, and said: “I am sorry to see you in this state. Why did you eat of the poisonous fruits of The Underworld? The only thing you can do to recover your proper shape is to climb to the top of this pine-tree, and fling yourself down. Then you may, perhaps, become a human being again.” On waking from this dream, the young man,—or rather snake, as he still found himself to be,—was filled half with hope and half with fear. But he resolved to follow the goddess’ advice. So, gliding up the tall pinetree, he reached its topmost branch, and, after hesitating a few moments, flung himself down. Crash he went. On coming to his senses, he found himself standing at the foot of the tree; and close by was the body of an immense serpent, ripped open so as to allow of his having crawled out of it. After offering up thanks to the pine-tree, and setting up the divine symbols in its honour, he hastened to retrace his steps through the long, tunnel-like cavern, through which he had originally entered The Underworld. After walking for a certain time, he emerged into the world of men, to find himself back on the mountain-top, whither he had pursued the bear. .—(Written down from memory. Told by Ishanashte, 22nd July, 1886.)816
The True Circumcision
The-Saviour cut off the serpent from himself, this is the first true circumcision.
The serpent has always been seen as a phallic symbol and so circumcision or indeed full emasculation is a symbol of the cutting away of the serpent power, the true circumcision to come.
Some gnostics describe the negative aspects of the serpent power within the individual as “kundartiguator” which means the “abominable organ” 817
Jesus’ disciples said to Him, “Is circumcision beneficial or not?” He said to them, “If it were beneficial, their father would beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become completely profitable.”818
Death, Circumcision and Emasculation
Here we see that true circumcision/emasculation comes after death or in connection with death.
Aranda Aboriginal youths are decorated and placed under blankets as a symbol of death. Then the sacrificial operation of circumcision is performed.819
The Xhosa of Africa
A Xhosa boy is considered to be a man by the others of his tribe, after he has gone through the initiation of the circumcision lodge, which can take more than a week. During the time of the initiation, the young men live in special huts, secluded from the rest of the tribe and especially from any females. The boys cover themselves all over with white sandstone and wrap themselves in a reed skirt and a reed cone headdress with a fringe-like mask. When the day of the circumcision comes the symbols of the death of the child begin; they burn all the items that they have used in the rituals including the huts. They circumsize the boy and after the circumcision they are required to bury their foreskin and are driven to the river while being beaten by the initiators. Finally all the white sandstone is washed from their bodies and with it the last vestiges of their youth. They return to their villages and are daubed with red ochre which is not removed for another three months. After this, they are considered to be men. 820
Cybele loved the beautiful shepherd, and made him her own priest on condition that he should preserve his chastity inviolate. Attis broke the covenant with a nymph, the daughter of the river-god Sangarius, and was thrown by the goddess into a state of madness, in which he unmanned himself. When in consequence he wanted to put an end to his life, Cybele changed him into a fir tree, which henceforth became sacred to her, and she commanded that, in future, her priests should be eunuchs.821
Attis was a handsome youth loved by the goddess Kybele. However when she discovered that he had been unfaithful, she forced him to castrate himself and transformed him into a silver fir. The tree was decorated at the centre of her orgiastic rituals, its phallic cone representing the castrated members of her lover.822
Adonis pricked the boar with a swift-turned spear. The fiery boar tore out the slender splinter And rushed the boy, who saw his death heave toward him. With one great thrust he pierced the boy’s white loins. And left him dying where one saw his blood flow into rivulets on golden sands.823
Set found the coffer of Osiris as he was hunting a boar one night by the light of a full moon. And he knew the body, and rent it into fourteen pieces, and scattered them abroad. But Isis sailed up and down the marshes looking for the pieces and she buried each limb as she found it so that if Set searched again for the body he might not be able to find it. However, the genital member of Osiris had been eaten by the fishes, so Isis made an image of it instead.824
“But the Aigyptians (Egyptians) in their myths about Priapos [i.e. the Egyptian god Min] say that in ancient times the Titanes formed a conspiracy against Osiris [who was identified with Zagreus] and slew him, and then, taking his body and dividing it into equal parts among themselves, they slipped them secretly out of the house, but this organ alone they threw into the river, since no one of them was willing to take it with him. But Isis [Demeter or Io] tracked down the murder of her husband [or son in the Greek version], and after slaying the Titanes and fashioning the several pieces of his body into the shape of a huma n figure, she gave them to the priests with orders that they pay Osiris the honours of a god, but since the only member she was unable to recover was the organ of sex she commanded them to pay to it the honours of a god and set it up in their temples in an erect position. Now this is the myth about the birth of Priapos and the honours paid to him, as it is given by the ancient Aigyptians.” “This god [Zagreus] was born in Krete (Crete), men say, of Zeus and Persephone, and Orpheus has handed down the tradition in the initiatory rites that he was torn in pieces by the Titanes. And the fact is that there have been several who bore the name Dionysos.”825