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Mythical Sexism & Cults. Wheeeee.. [Dec. 18th, 2007|11:04 am]
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In an ancient Japanese book, called the Nihongi, there is an old myth about the creation of Japan. This book was written in Chinese because it was the Chinese who taught the Japanese how to write, and part of this myth comes from China.
At first, the book says, the world was like the inside of an egg and had not quite formed. Slowly the clear liquids rose to become the sky. The heavier bits sank to form a jellylike Earth. Land floated across the jelly just like oil floats on water.
Then a reed grew out of the Earth and turned into two spirits. These spirits created seven pairs of Gods called Kami. The last pair was Isanagi and his wife Izanami.
The other Kami gods gave Izanagi and Izanami a spear. The Heavenly Jeweled Spear with a shaft made from coral. They ordered Izanagi and Izanami to finish creating the world with it. Izanagi and Izanami stood on a rainbow called the Heavenly Floating Bridge. They stirred the liquid beneath them with the tip of the spear and when they lifted it up, a drop of liquid fell from the spear and formed an island. Izanagi and Izanami built a palace and a sacred pillar on the island. According to Japanese tradition, they walked around the pillar. Izanagi went one way. Izanami went the other. When they met on the other side, Izanami said to her husband, "How handsome you are. " "How charming you are," said her husband. But he was unhappy because the rule was that the husband should speak first to his wife, not the other way around. This rule is still observed by some people in Japan.
When Izanami had a baby, it turned out to be a baby leech. She put it on a reed in the water-- where leeches live today -- and left it. Izanagi and Izanami asked the gods why they did not have the kind of children they wanted. The gods told them that it was because Izanami had spoken to her husband first. So Izanagi and Izanami went back to the island and walked around the pillar again. This time Izanagi spoke first to his wife. When Izanami next had a baby she gave birth to eight islands, which grew into the land of Japan -- a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean.
After all their hard work, Izanagi and Izanami were hungry. So Izanagi created the god of rice to give them some food to eat. Rice is the most important food in Japan today.
The last child Izanami had was the god of fire but as he was born, he burned her so badly that she died. Now alone, Izanagi went tot he river to wash his face. As he washed, the Sun was born out of his left eye and the Moon out of his right. And from his nose-- where sneezes come from -- the storm god was born. Izanagi had finished creating the world and was glad that Izanami had helped him create such a beautiful place.



How to become a cult leader. If any of you do this, and trace it back to me, I'll make you drink the koolaid... ;)

From: shineyredrhinos
2007-12-18 05:11 pm (UTC)
I took a class on cults in college. The final exam was telling how we would create our own cults.

I got an A.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-18 05:13 pm (UTC)
lol! Now that is kind of cool. What an interesting class!

Want to share your A ideas with the rest of us aspiring cultists?

I'm totally kidding about the aspiring cultist part, but I am curious. :)
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From: ebourland
2007-12-18 05:58 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-18 06:03 pm (UTC)
;) Lots to ponder?
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[User Picture]From: crashusmaximus
2007-12-18 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thats actually a very sad story. I liked it.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-18 06:19 pm (UTC)
*nod* I thought it was really interesting. Long, but worth the read.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-18 06:39 pm (UTC)
Cults terrify me, but Powers Boothe was from Deadwood, right? I just might have to check that one out. They don't show any hurt children, do they?
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[User Picture]From: beatle9
2007-12-18 06:40 pm (UTC)
If any of you do this, and trace it back to me, I'll make you drink the koolaid... ;)
I saw an American Experience on Jonestown, which was so disheartening. The people who followed him truly wanted better lives and didn't realize that he was a cult leader. The Kool Aid part was the saddest of all--he made the kids drink it first.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-18 06:56 pm (UTC)
Just fucking horrible. :(

I shouldn't have been joking about it.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-18 08:40 pm (UTC)
I think that's freaking cool, personally. :)
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[User Picture]From: rochellestarr
2007-12-18 09:23 pm (UTC)
We replaced this cult leaders poisoned kool-aid with the normal kind... let's see if he notices...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-18 09:30 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: sensibleken
2007-12-18 11:51 pm (UTC)

Bow in deference to whatevers closest to you!

i propse we start a cult of randomness.
we could elect leaders by throwing a dart at a phone book.
Our comandments could be the first ten things we read off billboards (you ARE worth it!, she is NOT born with it)
our uniform could be the first thing we saw when we got up in the morning
(although this could lead people to wearing lampshades, alarm clocks and their partners on their head)

by the way since its my idea, all the moneys mine
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-18 11:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Bow in deference to whatevers closest to you!

LOL! Love it!!! I support it!
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2007-12-19 12:09 am (UTC)
That video was terrifying. I've seen that stuff first hand, and they were spot on.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-19 12:10 am (UTC)
Have you really? *Hugs*
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[User Picture]From: geminiwench
2007-12-19 01:14 am (UTC)
Most humans are so silly and weak minded, aren't we?

Apparently Stephen Colbert wrote many papers in college and was very outspoken about his plans to become a cult leader... and I think he's succeeded wonderfully to the point that most people would be happy to join up;)

I've always loved the Ancient Greek myths... there were actually two generations of Greek myths and the oldest are the best...

First there was Chaos... Chaos is cosmic and divine but not sentient. Chaos has no beginning or end and has always existed. Chaos gave birth to Nyx (night), Gaia (earth), Erebus (darkness) and Eros (love),... and from their unions they birthed the underworld and The Titans (ie: sadness, disaster, time, fertility, harvests, forethough) and THOSE birthed the Olympian Gods (you know them)
who, along with the Titans (forethought/Prometheus and wisdom/Atheena) created mankind.

The Greeks may have owned their women like all other ancient societies,... but they certainly respected them a lot none the less.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-19 01:16 am (UTC)
lol! So right about Colbert.

That's awesome. I'll see if I can find some specific things to post from those myths too.
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From: skittish_derby
2007-12-20 06:38 pm (UTC)
lol... i love these creation myths. mostly because of the social issues around creationism. they don't want evolution taught in school unless "the other side" is taught. i am willing to bet that they won't use this book you keep referencing about different creation stories.

anyway. what is the book called? i wouldn't mind picking something like this up to read to hazel when she is older.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-20 06:53 pm (UTC)
lol! Right?!

Damn, it's upstairs. I'll findit, I'm just not feeling too well right now so I can't get it. I'll find it soon though.
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