Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know that I consider all religions to be mythology, which people are usually fine with unless it’s their own personal religion I’m examining. At any rate En No Ozunu is revered as the founder and most active mythical figure in the belief system called Shugendo, and in some offshoot cults of Shugendo as a virtual patron deity of ninja practices and ancient weather forecasting.
Practitioners of the Shugendo faith are called Yamabushi and their belief system fuses elements of Shinto, Ainu, Buddhism and Taoism along with features of shamanism and the ancient Japanese reverence for mountains, all of which are considered sacred ground in Shugendo. The ninja connection is very big in popular culture but actually the Ainu are more technically the originators of many ninjutsu practices. For an even bigger pop culture tie-in there are versions of the En No Ozunu myth in which he is the father of Sadako (Neil Sadako?), the female figure in the Ringu novel plus its Japanese and American film adaptations.
En No Ozunu supposedly began his existence on Earth when he was born to a mortal woman who was Continue reading
I don’t recall Christians committing acts of violence en masse when tax dollars financed anti- Christian works like the photo of the crucifix soaked in urine or of figures from Christian mythology sculpted in feces.
When Jesus, the central figure of Christian myths gets mocked and is virtually a recurring character on shows like South Park nobody gets killed and there are no savage masses of Christians storming buildings over it.
When cowards like Ricky Gervais pretend to be “edgy” by posing as Jesus on the cover of a magazine no Christian mobs fill the streets carrying out acts of violence.
No, superstitious savagery like that is perpetuated in the Muslim world alone, just as Islam is the most homophobic, misogynist and backward belief system in the world.
The press coverage of the latest barbaric behavior from the Muslim world is typically cowardly and is loaded with snide references to “the Israeli American” who made a film treating Islam with the kind of irreverence that Christianity gets treated with on a daily basis.
There is even a Broadway comedy called The Book of Mormon, ridiculing Mormon beliefs but since Mormons are civilized there were no Continue reading
Plenty of gullible people believe the world will end this coming December 21st, so Balladeer’s Blog has been examining various end of the world predictions and scenarios from the past.
Block books from centuries ago were a form of illustrated storytelling, most often associated with religious topics. Naturally in a period of limited literacy the graven woodblock picture- stories made theological tales even more popular with the masses. In approximately 1455 – 1480 these “proto- comic books” addressed the Antichrist and the End Times.
These particular block books depicted the Antichrist being Continue reading
With December 21st loonies insisting that’s when the world will end Balladeer’s Blog has been looking at previous end of the world scares, one of which just passed.
But you'll notice not one person was killed over this picture.
I was informed by a sincere commentor on my Criswell post that the feast of Purim, celebrated March 7th, 8th and 9th this year, was supposed to be the date that Jesus returned to claim his people and usher in the end times. The person, from Continue reading
This time around Balladeer’s Blog will be examining the incredibly detailed end of the world scenario presented in Hal Lindsey’s 1970 book The Late Great Planet Earth. The book’s interpretation of Biblical “prophecies” in terms of contemporary geopolitical events was so thoroughly researched that it still provides good reading fun as pure escapist fiction. The book was a phenomenal hit and was later made into a documentary (snicker) narrated by Orson Welles in his “anything for money” phase.
Here is a brief outline of the way in which Lindsey’s book depicted the End Times:
1. The Antichrist, posing as a human politician, finally brings peace to the eternal problem child of the world, the Middle East. This accomplishment enhances his political Continue reading