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Well, if you got here via the bi-chromatic Universe and "Dez", thanks. Their being available means they can be rented out, so to say, to vendors. For example, they'd be great in promoting pastries. Kids love cookies, so do adults. As for that ascending numeral three, it came about by way of ignorance. More than once, I'd see that same numeral with wings or a halo or both even on this or that pickup truck. And, dumb me, I'd think they were like golden horse shoes or four-leaf clovers ... good luck charms. It wasn't until later, I found out those threes are meant to commemorate one posthumously charismatic NASCAR driver. To inspire all those signs of grief, that guy might've had the makings for ... well, that's likely better left to the intuition of NASCAR votaries.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

aphrodite of tabor

Oh, alright (!) already, I'll own up to it. Yes, I am piggy.backing on the phenomenon of THE DA VINCI CODE. Well, here's something that its fans might find interesting. The source for this little tidbit is found in a science-fiction book, titled STEPPING STONES. ya'know, it's too darn bad the United States Postal Service saw it to burn all the copies its agents could get their hands on. Had its author Avram Beilitzsyn been allowed to distribute it, the present imbroglio between Muslim and Jew, children of Abraham, might've been avoided.

Well, here was part of the problem with Avram, a disbarred lawyer. Whatever the government, its authorities found him a bit much. Well, all that's a story for another time. For now, let's focus on the tidbit from his book.

In an appendix, he claimed that archaeologists uncovered a certain manuscript in the ruins of a church that had been built centuries earlier by Nestorian Christians in China. How they got there so far from their country of origin in the Middle East is a story for another time.

In the manuscript, one finds an account of Christ's ministry that's profoundly different from that found in the traditional gospels. There was a reason why Jesus failed to marry, in accordance with the custom of his time and place. He had taken up with the daughter of a pagan. And she was no ordinary pagan, being a temple prostitute.

One should remember that, in certain cults of the time, a temple prostitute was considered a physical intermediary between worshippers and their deities. In those certain cults, a temple prostitute was a woman, who commanded immense respect. More than a few of those prostitutes amassed a nice piece of change. In the time of Christ, whereas it may not have been official policy, there was a strong taboo against marrying a gentile.

As I remember the story, Christ met his true love, during the re-building of Sepphoris. Whether she ever considered converting to the Jewish faith, the way I read the story, is indeterminate. What is not indeterminate, according to the story, Christ and his true love had a daughter, who grew up to be a head-strong and exceedingly beautiful young woman.

When she attained the age of fourteen, she began calling herself Aphrodite. What's more, she insisted that was her new name. Evidently, Jesus loved her so much that he permitted her that indulgence.

Now here's the kicker. Wherever the incident is mentioned in the gospel, it is reported incorrectly. Along with the apostles mentioned as present at the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, Aphrodite was there, and she was cajoling those men to take courage.

No doubt about it, she was something else. Supposedly, she led the ass, on which her father rode into Jerusalem, and to his eventual crucifixion.

. . . . he who is known as sefton

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