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Sunday, 08. June 2008
Decoding The Past: The Anti-Christ
How would you recognise the most evil person on Earth? According to many historical texts, you should look for a brilliant, enigmatic public figure who transforms the world for good, for a while. Basically, the last person you'd tap as Satan's human emissary.
While many believe the Anti-christ has come and gone, just as many believe he will soon arrive, if he's not already in our midst. Join us for harrowing look at an evil so obscure that he answers only to Satan.
Our group of prophecy believers and historical experts will help to sort out if the Anti-Christ is real. We follow the emergence of the Anti-christ from pre-Judaic texts, through the Book of Daniel and Revelation, into Christian writings of the Middle Ages, and other religious traditions as well.
Aided by interviewees both religious and secular, comprised of eminent clergy, scholars, historians, psychologists, and culture makers, we'll examine the evil enigma from every conceivable angle.
Part 1 - Runtime: 45 Minutes
Part 2 - Runtime: 45 Minutes
Tuesday, 29. April 2008
The Art of Travis Louie
This fastidious Krampus always has a pair of disembodied hands levitating in front of it, constantly gesturing like some vaudeville magician(at times, even performing "slight of hand" tricks) For the most part, he uses his hypnotic gaze to put children into a trance, convincing them that they are chickens or chartered accountants working for a firm about to be audited by some large, ruthless government agency(scary stuff).
Spooky pop surrealist Travis Louie created his own imaginary world that is grounded in Victorian and Edwardian times.
It is inhabited by human oddities, mythical beings, and otherworldly characters who appear to have had their formal portraits taken to mark their existence and place in society.
The underlining thread that connects all these characters is the unusual circumstances that shape who they were and how they lived. Some of their origins are a complete mystery while others are hinted at.
He's created portraits from an alternate universe that seemingly may or may not have existed.
Travis Louie is also one of 50 Artists featured in the second publication entitled Metamorphosis 2.
Friday, 18. April 2008
World Population to Hit 6,666,666,666 in May 08
To many people, this means nothing. But of course 666 refers to the Beast in the Bible. Heaven knows what ten sixes means.
I don’t know who first noticed this looming numerical curiosity, but it was mentioned today on the Drudge report. To see the projection, go to the U.S. Census Bureau’s World POPClock Projection page [link]. There you’ll find these projections among others:
So sometime in between May 1 and June 1, the gaggle-of-sixes milestone will be passed. (I say gaggle rather than googol, which is a 1 followed by 100 zeros. I could also have used a gazillion or a jillion or a bazillion, all of which are just figures of speech meaning “a lot.” Clearly, the number of people on Earth is a lot more than umpteen.)
The Census Bureau of course never knows exactly how many people are on the planet, or even in the United States for that matter. It’s all estimates. Just fun.
The last big “six scare” was 06/06/06 (June 6, 2006). We survived that, so I imagine we’ll get through this one.
(For the record, 07/07/07 came and went last year without any documented cases of extreme luck directly attributed to the date, and coming up later this year: 08/08/08.)
Wednesday, 16. April 2008
Hell - It’s Representation Through The Ages
A fiery vault beneath the earth or as Sartre put it, other people - it seems our ideas of hell are inevitably shaped by religious and cultural forces. For Homer and Virgil it’s a place you can visit and return from, often a wiser person for it. With Christianity it’s a one way journey and a just punishment for a sinful, unrepentant life.
Sandro Botticelli - Chart of Hell - ca. 1480-95 / Click the picture for a larger view
Writers and painters like Dante and Hieronymus Bosch gave free rein to their imaginations, depicting a complex hierarchical world filled with the writhing bodies of tormented sinners. In the 20th century hell can be found on earth in portrayals of war and the Holocaust but also in the mind, particularly in the works of TS Eliot and Primo Levi.
So what is the purpose of hell and why is it found mainly in religions concerned with salvation? Why has hell proved so inspirational for artists through the ages, perhaps more so than heaven? And why do some ideas of hell require a Satan figure while others don't?
Melvyn Bragg's guests are:
Margaret Kean, Tutor and Fellow in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford
Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum
then listen to this programme in full here (43 minutes):
Broadcast was on December 2006 at BBC 4, 'In Our Time'.
Also available for RealPlayer.
You may also like:
Dante's Inferno by The University of Texas at Austin - a multimedia journey - combining images, textual commentary, and audio - through the various regions of hell described in Dante's Inferno.
Heaven and Hell by The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Tyger of Wrath: William Blake in the National Gallery of Victoria.
Saturday, 29. March 2008
The Devil’s Dictionary
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, is a satirical book published in 1911. It offers reinterpretations of terms in the English language which lampoon cant and political double-talk. Fun to read as well as thought-provoking. Just because the dictionary is 90 years old doesn't make it any less apropos for modern readers.
First published as The Cynic's Word Book (1906) and later reissued under its preferred name in 1911, Bierce's notorious collection of barbed definitions forcibly contradicts Samuel Johnson's earlier definition of a lexicographer as a harmless drudge. There was nothing harmless about Ambrose Bierce, and the words he shaped into verbal pitchforks a century ago--with or without the devil's help--can still draw blood today.
The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
Oxford University Press, 1999 | 179 pages | PDF | 1.08 MB
Tuesday, 25. March 2008
The Obakemono Project
This squat creature, with his grotesque, potato-like head and straw-coat covered body is said to live on a certain mountain pass in Kumamoto prefecture.
Hakutaku also known as: Bai Ze
The Hakutaku or Bai Ze (as he is known in China) appears as a bovine creature with nine eyes and six horns, placed in sets of three and two on both his flanks and his man-like face.
Yōkai, or youkai, also known as obake or bakemono, are the folk monsters of Japan. They constitute a hundreds-strong menagerie of bizarre and varied creatures. They are magical, nebulous beings that exist in some strange state halfway between spirit and flesh, and are often the physical manifestations of extreme mental states, or the monstrous alteration of some ordinary object, animal, or person. They are just as varied in temperament as they are in form, and range from strange but personable goblins, to harmless pranksters that love scaring people, to dangerous ghouls that feast on human flesh.
The Obakemono Project
The Gaijin's Guide to the Fantastic Folk Monsters of Japan.
Thursday, 16. August 2007
Diableries are wonderfull examples of the fascination for death in 19th. Century photography and made with a lot of imagination and humour. Death in photography is seen in many different ways but here we see the subject in a less serious interpretation.
Click the picture for a larger view
Diablerie Introduction by Thomas Weynants.
To my knowledge, only one book is devoted interely on these fascinating views, written by Jac Remise, the same author of the well known "Magie Lumineuse" illustrating the Pre-cinema.
This book mention 72 different Diableries as one complete set. Perhaps this is true, Although I feel that some of the views do not all belong to one single set. Several other views mentioned in the 139 title list could be part of the majority of views depicted in Jac Remise's wonderfull publication.
Diableries : La Vie Quotidienne Chez Satan a la Fin du 19e Siecle. by Jac Remise.
Publisher: André Balland. Place Published: France. Date Published: 1978
Visual index: 72 different Diableries as one complete set.
Same set in stereo examples.
Other Stereo diableries NOT in the book by Jack Remise.
Most of the Stereo Diableries are anonymous, although 25 images depicted in the book have a signature in the plaster. The same names are occasionally also found on the diableries in the extented diablerie list wich proves their connection.
Three different names are found in the plaster of the "72" series. Hennetier (14), Habert (10), Cougny (1). I supose these names where not the creators of the Diablerie series but the sculptors who made the mouldings on demand. Cougny turns up only one time. Hennetier is mostly seen in this set and also in the other Diableries, subsequent to the number 72.
"Les odalisques de Satan"
View in 3D
"Le tribunal de Satan" Sculpture de Habert, 1863
More pictures at La collection d'appareils photo anciens de Sylvain Halgand.
Tuesday, 10. July 2007
Dante’s Inferno - A Virtual Tour Of Hell
For those of us who have not been forced to read through Dante's Inferno: The Eastern Kentucky University's philosophy department offers an excellent Flash presentation of the geography of Dante's hell, the characters he meets and the delineation of the damned.
Friday, 19. January 2007
For the original meaning of the word is "shining one", and it comes from a primitive Aryan root div, which is likewise the source of the Greek Zeus and the Latin deus. But whereas the devas of Indian theology are good and beneficent gods, the daevas of the Avesta are hateful spirits of evil.
Tuesday, 05. December 2006
The Fantastic in Art and Fiction
Magic The Black Arts and the Occult: The basis of many a fantastic tale involves an invisible world of secrets, accessible with a particular kind of knowledge.
This and more: The Fantastic in Art and Fiction by Cornell University Library.
Thursday, 27. April 2006
Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
These presented a challenge to their own ideas about the omnipotence of God, and they wrote many pages to reject what was unacceptable in their eyes.
Natural history and bestiaries
The examples above and much, MUCH more you'll find at
Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Lirary of the Netherlands) and the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum.
Thursday, 13. April 2006
Each world religion or tradition seems to have its own idea of what is considered evil. In some cases, these ideas are similar if not identical, whereas in other cases, these ideas are almost as complete opposites.
This page is a study in world perceptions of "evil." Thoughout these pages, you'll find descriptions of different "demons." I realize that some of these "demons" can be considered gods or mythological beings. I've chosen those I found to demonstrate the trickster archetype or have been described as possessing "evil" traits in a predominent belief system.
DeliriumsRealm by Krista Baker. (English)
Good vs Evil, God vs Satan, Angels vs Demons
You'll find also interesting articles.
Sunday, 16. October 2005
666: What’s in a Number?
The issue of FATE magazine that you are holding in your hands right at this moment is issue number 666. The 666th word in this article is "dead." Does this make you just a little bit nervous?
If it does, you are not alone. There is a name for your condition - "Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia" - the fear of the number 666.
Everyone has at least one or two superstitions that we feel somehow comfortably obliged to observe. My father was a geologist and a high-degree Freemason. He was for the most part a very logical and scientific man. Still, he was oddly superstitious about little things like spilling salt and walking under ladders.
Read more ...
Sunday, 24. July 2005
A Woman Possessed?
Shirley Wallace believes as many as 10 demons have possessed her in the past 23 years.
Demonic possession is a condition recognized across religions worldwide going back to humans’ earliest existence. Traditional Christianity believes the universe has two sources of supernatural power. First, there is God, along with Christ, the Holy Spirit and angels, who combine to make up the forces of good; second is the power of Satan and his demons, who comprise the forces of evil. A demon is defined as an evil spirit, which can possess a person, or is a malignant supernatural being.
Read also: A primer on possession.
Tuesday, 07. June 2005
The World of Demons - Die Welt der Dämonen
In the following you shall find information about demons in mythology, religion, fairytales and stories of different culture and epochs. Mind that the belief in demons is just as old as the belief in gods. There is no religion that does not have its own evil spirits. Many of these demons have entered the world of movies and literature; and maybe you will recognize some of them within yourself.
The World of Demons (English version)
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