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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

ALLEGORIES GONE WILD – JUST BEAT IT!

“You have to show them that you’re really not scared
You’re playin with your life, this ain’t no truth or dare
Theyll kick you, then they beat you,
Then they’ll tell you its fair
So beat it, but you wanna be bad” – Michael Jackson, Beat It

I was reading a Hellblazer graphic novel Empathy is the Enemy (Yeah, yeah, I read comic books for the fun of it, I’ve also read Dawkins, Shakespeare, Ellison, a plethora of divergent topics: get over it, onwards), and I came across a bizarre word – Circumcellions.

The shadows cast by the Christian world are more oft than not bizarre, even grotesque at times.


The Circumcellions, also known as the "agonistici", were a donatist sect in North Africa that overvalued martyrdom and had a special devotion for the martyrs, rendering honors to their graves.”

I find this obsession with death…morbid, to say the least.

The Circumcellions had come to regard martyrdom as the true Christian virtue (as the early Church Father Tertullian said, "a martyr's death day was actually his birthday"), and thus came to disregard chastity, sobriety, humility, charity, and other virtues. Instead, they focused on bringing about their martyrdom-- by any means possible.”

Yeesh, there’s a birthday party I’d gladly skip. Who gets to be the piñata? The birthday boy?

Since Jesus had told Peter to put down his sword in the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:11), the Circumcellions piously avoided bladed weapons and instead opted for the use of blunt clubs, which they called "Israelites." Using their "Israelites", the Circumcellions would attack random travelers on the road, while shouting "Praise the Lord!" in Latin.”

Err…ummm, did these clowns know how to read?
Matthew 26:52. "Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."
Vs.
Luke 22:36. "Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one."

Hmmm…I wonder if these fellows migrated to Ireland?

The object of these random beatings was the death of the intrepid martyr, who hoped that hitting someone over the head with the club would provoke the victim to attack and kill them.”

I take it that the concept of ‘turning the other cheek’ was somewhat foreign to them?

They survived until the fourth century in Africa, when their desire for martyrdom was fulfilled due to persecution.”

Gee, THAT’S a surprise. I rather doubt they were too popular by half.
I’d call that poetic justice, of a sort.

Just another boy’s club gone defunct, I guess.

Till the next post, then.

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4 comments:

remy said...

That is funny; people walking up to others, hitting them in the hope that they'd kill them. Monty Python?

The bible seems to be a source book for whatever crackpot scheme pops into certain heads; swords or snakes or.... Why didn't anyone incoporate the Lily into their worship? Guess it wasn't hostile enough.
(Reminds me, have you seen the Sunday Heroes series on you tube?aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh)

Krystalline Apostate said...

remy:
Yes, the bibble is indeed the source of all sorts of nutness.
It was actually in the hopes that the attacker would be 'martyred'.
I'll check out the Sunday heroes thingmabob soon, thanks.

karen said...

I got the same impression as remy--that the attacks were meant as the drawn pistol in a "death by cop" scenario.

It does sound vey Monty Python. ;-)

When I saw the word "circumscellion" connected with martyrs, I must admit, my mind went in a different direction. I thought it was going to have something to do with death by loss of foreskin!!!
Shucks.

Krystalline Apostate said...

karen:
I got the same impression as remy--that the attacks were meant as the drawn pistol in a "death by cop" scenario.
Oops, misread that remy. Sorry.
When I saw the word "circumscellion" connected with martyrs, I must admit, my mind went in a different direction. I thought it was going to have something to do with death by loss of foreskin!!!
I had 1/2 a thought that you might, love.
& you're right - it's bizarre enough for an MP skit.