The ancient Egyptians had no word for death. “Westing” is the closest word to death they had. It relates to the setting of the Sun disk in the west. It invokes the cyclic imagery that appears so common in ancient cosmology.
This terminology reveals how powerful words can be. In modern cultures, the word death invokes a sense of fear as it carries a sense of an end to life. Westing reflects a sense that what is now setting will rise again later. I believe Tolkien had some very clear ideas about how language and its usage affects our “world view.”
I learned of this Egyptian term while watching an interesting series called “The Pyramid Code.” A basic premise of this series is that our own world views are stumbling blocks to our understanding of these ancient people, and how they constructed the pyramids. It is suggested that one of our greatest stumbling blocks is in thinking that we are the most advanced generation of humankind.
The Mayan calendar is discussed as an ancient work that supports this theory. It isn’t just that the calendar is technically sophisticated, but also that it indicates the golden age of humankind was actually thousands of years ago. We supposedly entered a dark age some time ago. The recently sensationalized “Mayan doomsday” of 21 December 2012 is actually supposed to be the bottom of the dark cycle.
There does appear to be merit to this theory. We (humankind) have managed to dissect the physical world to gain the knowledge to make the most wonderful gadgets. There is little evidence that modern people have any insight into life or the nature of their existence, though. Coincidentally, a hallmark of the current age may be the destruction of ancient writings because it threatened particular ideologies.
I’m sharing this because it seems as relevant today as when the song was first composed… apparently, some things never change!
When interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine, John Fogerty was asked, “Does ‘Who’ll Stop The Rain’ contain lyrically specific meanings besides the symbolic dimension?” His response: “Certainly, I was talking about Washington when I wrote the song… (Songfacts)
“[T]his blog definitely qualifies as a little bit of lovely,” writes the Lady of Rains. I do not normally accept blog awards, but she has been my muse on more than one occasion. For this reason, I feel compelled to appreciate her charming sentiment.
The price of this honor is that I must pass it on, which should not be a problem considering the number of excellent blogs available. There are a few light “obligations” that come with this award that I must honor and list as:
1) Thank the one who nominated you.
2) Answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3) Post 11 random facts about yourself.
4) Pass the award on to 11 other blogs, excluding the one that nominated you.
5) Pass 11 questions on to be answered by your nominees.
6) Paste the award picture in your blog.
1) Assuming that cost is no object, what is one thing that your dream house absolutely MUST have? A greenhouse.
2) Everyone has that song that they hear and crank up the radio- what’s yours? “Jump Into the Fire” – Nilsson
3) How many of those phone apps do you actually use? None
4) What’s a technology you absolutely couldn’t do without? Agriculture
5) What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate
6) Sunset or sunrise? Sunset
7) What’s your favorite woodland (desertland, mountainland, anything not typically domesticated) creature? Deer
8) What’s your favorite season? Spring
9) What’s your favorite musical genre? Classic Rock
10) What is your favorite plant? Mugwort
11) Silver or gold? Silver
The Random Facts
1) The many uses of herbs and their essential oils is fascinating.
2) The company of indigenous wild life is enjoyable.
3) Observation: Reality is the foundation of the man-made world; do not confuse the two.
4) Observation: “Incredible” means something lacks credibility.
5) Observation: Congress is incredible.
6) Observation: Chaos (or confusion) is the refuge of the incompetent.
7) Observation: To be “charmed” or “enchanted” is not necessarily a bad thing.
8) The sound of a Native American flute is enchanting.
9) The laughter of children is charming… before they think they know it all!
10) Observation: The past is but a memory, and the future is merely speculation; only the present has substance.
11) I can function when the power goes out.
1) Do you have a hobby?
2) What is your favorite animal?
3) What is your favorite book?
4) What is your favorite movie?
5) What is your favorite television program?
6) What is your favorite music?
7) What is your favorite season?
8) Do you have a favorite charity?
9) Do you have a personal crusade?
10) What makes you laugh?
11) Who is your favorite comedian?