Friday, October 1, 2010

Pagan mythology in the Jesus Story

Here is one example of pagan myth and Babylonian star lore in the New Testament from my book.  This excerpt describes the action in Mark chapter 5:

“As Jesus continued his trip in this quadrant of the zodiac, he drove a herd of demon possessed swine into the sea. Jesus and his apostles crossed the sea from Pisces and headed for Gadara (or Gerasa,) deep in the lower left quadrant of the sky chart. They found a man possessed with demons in a graveyard. Jesus casts his legion of demons into a herd of swine and drives them into the sea. This story is very clearly illustrated in the stars. In the lower left quadrant of the sky, stands Mad Dog (Figure 1.) Directly in front of Mad Dog is the Wild Boar, representing the demon filled swine. The Wild Boar is headed for the Abyss constellation, the sea where the demon swine drown. This same pig in the Wild Boar constellation did not kill Joshua, on his adventure with the twelve spies. Caleb, the eunuch faithful dog of Joshua, also takes part in Jesus story, as the Mad Dog constellation. He was the man in the graveyard possessed by the legion of demons. The Mad Dog illustrated the crazed Galli priests, who performed frenzied rituals during festivals. The story of Jesus healing the demon-possessed man reflects precisely the rituals of the Galli. The eunuch priests used loud music to treat psychological disorders (Roscoe 1996). They were equated with the Cabeiri type dancers who performed the same rituals. The growing public dislike for the Galli is also noted in Mark. After healing the crazy man, the locals tell Jesus to leave their region. The Mad Dog whom Jesus cured asked to follow Jesus. But, Jesus tells him to go home to his friends and tell how Jesus cured him. The Mad Dog became a Galli priest and his home was the Mad Dog constellation, just like Caleb. The Galli priests were the traveling preachers of savior theology, like the apostle Paul.

Some New Testament scholars have scratched their heads about the swine story, because the geography makes the swine running all the way from Gadara to the sea seem far-fetched. (Apparently, a legion of demon possessed swine does not defeat logic.) Probably the real reason for this tale happening in Gadara was because of Dionysus’ popularity in the Decapolis region. In a couple myths, Dionysus drives men mad and they fall into the ocean and turn into dolphins. The story matched star lore and popular myth, not the geography of Gadara.”

The star map below is borrowed from:

Note Mad Dog standing behind the Wild Boar, running towards the Abyss, in the lower left quadrant of the map:

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