A blog on the Ancient Aliens, Gods and Goddesses, Annunaki, Serpent Mythology, Priests and Priestesses who used blood in their temple rites, and the relics they have left behind.
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Review for The Ways of the Stygia—Banner
Author: Donny Swords
An explosive read that will be sure to antagonize mythological ‘purists’ and those with strong religious sentiments based on the Jehovah faiths.
A powerful description of the horrors of Purgatory and what awaits the damned, not unlike Dante’s work. Not for those who prefer romance-based or light fantasy.
Yet at the base of it is the age old question of nature vs. nurture when reason is added. Can a soul, birthed in darkness and raised where all is horror, feel an antipathy to what is occurring around him, rejecting his ‘father’, or is he doomed to follow a pre-ordained path? Banner does not succumb to the horrors around him, does not become part of the atrocities, but flees it and receives aid from powerful allies, who, unlike the Mad God, perhaps value a being that can think for himself. They are cold, driven and capable of inflicting carnage of an epic scale, yet they also can be fair, though I suppose one in his right mind would trust them as much, say, a warlord one hears about on the news nowadays.
As a novella it worked well in that it left me wanting to read the books in the series to find out more of the characters and the events Banner alludes to, as he skims over a lot, dropping little nuggets of information here and there. Highly recommended (though I would suggest getting the series rather than reading Banner as a standalone piece).
A mythical tale of the quest for one’s own Holy Grail. A journey beset with deprivation, adversity, trepidation that can only be overcome through the conquering of one’s fears and listening to the inner voice. The three main protagonists must learn this in three different timelines, connected by a mystical book. I love the symbolism of dragons in Pursuit—what they represent to each individual and to humanity as a whole.
Threaded throughout the book were philosophies found in Esoteric and Mystical schools of thought, such as the Hermetic Principles, which teaches us that what we perceive, we believe—what we believe, we become. This principle is presented so beautifully and with such deftness in the book that it is easy to comprehend. Other principles are: Pilgrimage and Quest, Consciousness and Mystical Dreams, Being One with the All, and Attuning to your Higher Self. All this and much more is found in this well-written, thought-provoking, highly enjoyable read.
A couple of weeks ago, a tourist desecrated a Buddhist statue at Bayon Temple, in Cambodia, claiming the Temple belonged to Innana and she was cleaning up rubbish.
A lot of people have remarked that Innana would have no place in Cambodian culture as it was the wrong place, wrong time.
I beg to disagree. If the Sumerian records are true, then Innana waged a war over a vast area against other Annunaki, winning the initial battles with the aid of Sargon, the King she'd appointed. Her Empire would have encompassed most of Asia and the Middle East. We already know that there are a lot of similarities between Sumerian and Indian mythology, and the Temples at Siem Reap were originally Hindu. Indeed, Sanskrit has influenced Khmer language and culture. Hence the connection between Innana and Cambodia
Another point is Innana began the ritual of choosing Kingly lovers. Her favourite would have to visit her nightly or risk the desolation of his Kingdom (presumably by her waging war on the unfortunate people). This practice was continued in Cambodia in a temple dedicated to the 'Serpent Goddess, as recorded by the Chinese traveler Zhou Daguan, who told the story of the Khmer king’s nightly visit to Golden Temple Mountain (Baphoun Temple) to make love to a serpent woman in order to keep peace in his land.
Innana was a member of the Serpent Cult, so it stands to reason this 'serpent woman' would have been her spiritual descendant, one of her priestesses.
And finally: Innana was renowned for her style of dress: bare-chest, flowing skirts, lots of jewelry. A look at the bas-reliefs of the dancing Apsara's suggests they may have originated as her dancing girls, or the Priests liked her choice of adornment so much they had the dancing girls dress the same .
(this is by no means a validation of the tourist's actions)