Monday, June 12, 2006

"The Da Vinci Code" & The Sacred Feminine


As an avid fan of The Da Vinci Code and as someone who saw the film adaptation a couple weeks ago, I was asked by P. Lincoln to add my two cents...

The DaVinci Code is a thrilling and fascinating novel in which a Harvard professor of religious symbology discovers a secret hidden in DaVinci's painting "The Last Supper"- the Holy Grail is not the legendary chalice that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper but the actual combined bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

Besides being criticized for its blurry line of fact and fiction, the novel introduces this conspiracy theory - for 2,000 years the Catholic Church has suppressed that Mary Magdalene was the wife of Jesus Christ, mother of his royal bloodline, and ordained by him as head of the Church after his death.

Many men, intimidated by and jealous of Mary's "priestly" appointment, threatened her life, forcing her to spend the rest of her existence in hiding. Supposedly Saint Peter was one of those jealous men, and he (and a long long succession of men!) went on to take her place as pope of the Church.

As a Christian, I found the conspiracy fascinating yet faith-conflicting, but as a feminist I found myself more fascinated with the book's explanation of "the sacred feminine" and the repression women have faced as a result of Christianity.

This book mentions many pre-Christian religions - Egyptian, Roman, Greek - that celebrated the spiritual role of women (or goddesses) and their fertility. Somehow with the rise of Christianity the reverence of women became equated with evil, and such women were labeled as witches or heretics.

Not being totally familiar with the "sacred feminine" concept, I am fully aware of the oppression women have faced in the hands of religion and misogyny- the insistence on calling God a "He", the Spanish Inquisition, the exclusion of women from leadership roles in the Church, and the Pope's ban of birth control, etc.

It was pretty coincidental to me that my Philosophy professor last semester (and also a disenchanted, reformed Catholic) insisted on calling God - "She."

Radical thoughts popped in my head as I read the novel:

- How different would our society and our culture be if women were respected in a spiritual sense (beside the Virgin Mary); if women weren't just seen as the sin-causers (i.e. Eve's world-changing bite of the apple)?

- Would women be allowed to be priests, reverends, popes, etc? Would priests be allowed to marry, as did Jewish rabbis during Jesus time? How would this affect priest behaviour? Would the priest/child molestation scandals exist so prominently?

- Would a church headed by a woman be more merciful, compassionate, and more tolerant? Would it consistently stick to Jesus' ideologies - compassion and unconditional love? Would it have the heart to kill millions of people who didn't share the same religious beliefs? Would it exclude and judge people who didn't fit the mold of a "perfect Christian"?

Even if The DaVinci Code doesn't hold one bit of truth and is instead a complete mishmash of historical legends and Biblical conspiracy theories, I believe it has accomplished the most important thing that a book can do - make me think, challenge my beliefs, and inspire me to pick up another book. (Okay that's more than one, but you get the point!) I have already looked up a couple articles on the "sacred feminine" and I hope to read more in-depth books this summer.

For those interested, here are a couple resources, some found on author Dan Brown's website and others through a search on Amazon.com:

Recommended reads:
The Feminine Dimension of the Divine by Joan Chamberlain Engelman

From Amazon search:
Holy Blood, Holy Grailby Michael Baigent,
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

From Dan Brown's site:

The Woman with the Alabaster Jar : Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail
The Goddess in the Gospels : Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine by Margaret Starbird
When God was a Woman
by Merlin Stone

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3 comments:

  1. for more on this subject, i'd also recommend the extensively sourced The Alphabet Versus the Goddess and The Creation of Patriarchy.

    -andrew

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  2. Hello all,
    Here's some detailed insight into the backstory and subplot of the DaVinci Code and related books and texts.

    Most have totally missed the point that the Gnostic texts and others are making. First, they refer to symbolic males and females, hence the philosophical masculine and feminine nature and character. All the Gnostic texts are philosophical and symbolic treatises, not literal narratives. When you try to interpret any of these ancient texts (including the Bible) as literal, you will always come to the wrong conclusions.

    You may not initially agree with everything I reveal, but please be a little patient with my long-winded presentation of what I have waited a very long time to be able to say. I promise to amaze and enlighten.

    Contrary to those who strive to assert that the DaVinci Code created the term, symbology is an ancient philosophical technology and I am a real life symbologist. Likewise, the upper-level members of secret societies such as Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Illumanti, and the Vatican are symbologists. Keeping their "craft" secretive and misunderstood is a purposeful ploy designed to hide the truth about ancient wisdom and the symbology used to model, encapsulate, and encode it. The title "mason" is itself a symbolic allusion to those who work with the "Philosophers' Stone" which is the symbolic name given to an ancient body of symbology, hence "Masons" are workers of "stone."

    Read Proverbs 9:1 below to better understand this allusion.

    Wisdom has built Her house. She has carved out Her seven pillars.

    Notice that "wisdom" is referred to as "Her" and "She", as in Sophia and Miriam (the Magdala), and that "She" has "hewn" "Her" "seven pillars" (of stone)? Read my Home Page to see what those seven pillars of "stone" have always referred to, contrary to what religions and mysticism have said for millennia.

    Here is the key to understanding what the Vatican and Papacy truly fear...

    Pay close attention, profundity knocks at the door, listen for the key. Be Aware! Scoffing causes blindness...

    Here's a real hot potato! Eat it up, digest it, and then feed it's bones to the hungry...

    There's much more to the story of the Vatican's recent machinations than meets the eye. It's not the DaVinci Code or Gospel of Judas per se, but the fact that people have now been motivated to seek out the unequivocal truth about an age of deception, exactly when they expect me to appear. These recent controversies are spurring people to reevaluate the Vatican/Papacy and the religions that Rome spawned, at the worst possible time for them.

    Remember, "I come as a thief..." ?

    Read verse twelve of the Gospel of Thomas to understand who I am...

    The DaVinci Code novel and movie are no more inaccurate as literal versions of history than the New Testament. The primary sub-plot involved purposeful symbology being used to encode hidden meanings, exactly like the Bible and related texts. In other words, none of these stories represent the literal truth. This is the common and pivotal fact of all such narratives about ancient Hebrew and Christian history. Debating whether the DaVinci Code, Gnostic texts, or the Bible are accurate history is a purposeful ploy designed to hide the truth by directing your inquiry away from the heart of the matter.

    There is a foolproof way to verify the truth and expose centuries-old religious deceptions. It also proves why we can no longer let the Vatican tell us what to think about ancient history or much else. It is the common thread connecting why the ancient Hebrews, Yahad/Essene, Jews, Gnostics, Cathars, Templars, Dead Sea Scrolls, DaVinci Code, and others have been targets of Rome’s ire and evil machinations. The Vatican and its secret society cohorts don’t want you to understand that the ancient Hebrew symbology in all of these texts purposely encodes and exposes the truth about them. Furthermore, the structure of ancient wisdom symbology verifiably encodes the rules to decode messages built with it. This is what they most fear you will discover.

    If the Bible represented the literal truth or even accurate history, there would be no need for faith in the assertions of deceptive and duplicitous clergy and their ilk. It is undeniable the New Testament is awash with ancient Hebrew symbolism and allegory. The same is evidenced in the Old Testament, Dead Sea Scrolls, Gnostic texts, biblical apocrypha, Quran, DaVinci Code, and other related sources. All ancient religious, mystical, and wisdom texts have been shrouded in mystery for millennia for one primary reason: The ability to understand their widely evidenced symbology was lost in antiquity. How do we finally solve these ages-old mysteries? To recast an often-used political adage: It’s [the] symbology, stupid!

    It is beyond amazing that the Vatican still tries to insist the Gospels are the literal truth. Every miracle purported for Jesus has multiple direct symbolic parallels in the Old Testament, Apocalypse, Dead Sea Scrolls, and other symbolic narratives and traditions. Recasting the symbolism of earlier Hebrew texts as literal events in the New Testament is one of the central deceptions associated with Christianity. This is part of the secret knowledge held by the ancient Gnostics, Templars, Cathars, and others, which is presented with dramatic effect in the DaVinci Code. None of these narratives or stories were ever intended as the literal truth. This fact is the key to unraveling many ages-old mysteries and exposing the truth about the Vatican's long-term deceptions.

    Moreover, the following Washington Post article (The Book of Bart) describes how many changes and embellishments were made to New Testament texts over the centuries, unequivocally demonstrating they are not original, infallible, or truthful. When you combine proof that the New Testament Gospels are not wholly literal with proof that these texts were heavily reworked in the early years of Christianity, you are left with only one possible conclusion. The Vatican has long lied to everyone about the central tenets and history of Christianity. This revelation also proves they are not the Creator’s representatives but Her long-time opponents. The recent hoopla over the Gospel of Judas and DaVinci Code demonstrates they are still desperately trying to deceive the world and obfuscate their true nature and activities.

    It's no wonder the Vatican fears the truth more than anything else. As further proof of these assertions, seek to understand the symbolic significance of my name (Seven Star Hand) and you will have proof beyond disproof that Jews, Christians, and Muslims have long been duped by the great deceivers I warned humanity about over the millennia. What then is the purpose of "faith" but to keep good people from seeking to understand the truth?

    Now comes justice, hot on its heels... (symbolism...)

    Not only do I talk the talk, I walk the walk...
    Here is Wisdom!!

    Revelations from the Apocalypse

    Peace...

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  3. Anonymous4:04 AM

    "Lord, I have a problem!"
    "What's the problem, Eve?"
    "Lord, I know you've created me and have provided this beautiful garden and all of these wonderful animals and that hilarious comedy snake, but I'm just not happy."
    "Why is that, Eve?" came the reply from above.
    "Lord, I am lonely. And I'm sick to death of apples." "Well, Eve, in that case, I have a solution. I shall create a man for you."
    "What's a 'man,' Lord?"
    "This man will be a flawed creature, with aggressive tendencies, an enormous ego and an inability to empathize or listen to you properly, he'll basically give you a hard time. He'll be bigger, faster, and more muscular than you. He'll be really good at fighting and kicking a ball about and hunting fleet-footed ruminants, But, he'll be pretty good in the sack."
    "I can put up with that," says Eve, with an ironically raised eyebrow.
    "Yeah well, he's better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick. But, there is one condition."
    "What's that, Lord?"
    "You'll have to let him believe that I made him first."
    :D :D :D

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