Hereís a strange rhetorical question for
you: What do SF Carnaval and The Da Vinci Code have in common? In case
youíve been sleeping under the covers for the last year, The Da Vinci
is the blockbuster novel thatís been at the top of the Bestseller list for
months and has sold something like six
Among other things, it is about a fanciful French secret society, the
Priory of Sion, whose task it has been to guard the bloodline of Jesus and
Mary Magdalene. You see, they had children and their descendents have had
to play hide and seek with the Church, as the Church is none too thrilled
with having their power and the official storyline threatened.
If youíve not read the book, I wonít give the plot away, but one of its
assumptions is that Mary Magdalene Ė often identified as the fallen woman
who repents and follows Jesus Ė is actually a symbol for the Divine
Feminine. So what is the Divine Feminine and what does that have to do
with Carnaval? Patience, my friend, weíre getting there.
The Divine Feminine is simply a name for the aspects of God, the Universe,
and the Earth that manifest to us as feminine qualities: fertile,
merciful, nurturing, wise, and sensuous. Of course, as Feminism has been
telling us for the last thirty-some years, traditionally identified
feminine or masculine qualities are not the exclusive possession of either
gender. But thatís beside the point here. The Divine Feminine is a
spiritual force, for want of a better word, that has had to take the back
seat to the masculine characterization of God the Father, which has been
the primary way of looking at the Divine for the past two millennia.
'This is not merely another liberal "revision."
It is nothing less than the claim that Christianity has been a
deliberate fraud almost from its beginning, that the true story of
Jesus was suppressed, and that only now are we finally learning what
it was all about.'
the Arlington Catholic Herald
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Once upon a time, in traditional societies, (and even in the present in
polytheistic religions such as Hinduism or Vodoun, Macumba, or Yoruba),
there were both gods and goddesses, both feminine and masculine
representations of universal qualities. This exuberant spiritual panoply
has always seemed a trifle, oh, unruly, to the monolithic powers that be.
And thatís where Carnaval comes in.
Carnaval represents the unstoppable celebration of beauty, rhythm,
enthusiasm, movement, color, and joy that at least once a year gets to
boil over and energize the community. Both men and women and boys and
girls of all ages get to participate and dress up in fantastic plumage and
bright scanty costumes. No offense to the Father, but Carnaval sure seems
like a celebration of the Divine Feminine, a feast for the senses, and a
surrender to the beat.
2004ís Carnaval theme is ďAll Life Moves in Rhythm,Ē and what better
illustration of the energies Iíve been speaking of than the Carnaval logo
of a mermaid at the top of a drum with drummers circling? If you give
Astrology any credence, youíve probably heard of the notion that we are on
the cusp between two ages, the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius. The
mermaid archetype serves as a bridge between the ages, and not entirely
coincidentally, also works as a symbol for the Divine Feminine. (Think of
Imanja, the Goddess of the Waters, as yet another example.)
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In these dark days, when it often seems like the reigning god of the
moment is Mars, God of War, it does us good to remember that there are
other energies out there besides anger and aggression. Carnaval represents
another way, a recognition of the interconnectedness of all life: the
rhythms, cycles, the steady pulse of blood in our veins, and the recurring
tides of the ocean.
Move in rhythm and surprising things can happen. When the Bay Area
celebrates Carnaval, the day is devoted to a collective groove, a psychic
unity that can unleash positive energy to help heal the wounds that our
so-called leaders cause.
at Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper, Brown proposes
that the figure on Jesus' right, the "beloved disciple," is Mary
married Jesus, bore him a child, and was Jesus' real choice to
succeed him as leader. Moreover what she represents (the goddess,
the eternal feminine, sexuality) is the "Holy Grail," the real quest
of every heart.
While the Church does
not refute the importance of Mary and no longer refers to her as a
saved prostitute it joins most scholars in rejecting the idea that
Jesus was married to her and they had a child together.
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hallowed act of Hieros Gamos--the natural sexual union between man
and woman through which each became spiritually whole--had been
recast as a shameful act. Holy men who had once required sexual
union with their female counterparts to commune with God now fated
their natural sexual urges as the work of the devil, collaboration
with his favorite accomplice ...woman'
The Da Vince Code pg 125 par 3
Hieros Gamos or Sacred Union: the 5500 year old Sumarian ritual
Hieros Gamos according to wikipedia
is an ancient ritual in which participants
believed that they could gain profound religious experience through
sexual intercourse. Participants assumed characteristics of
channeling the deities in question, and by their union provided
symbolic and literal
fertility for themselves, the land, and their people. This was
often done by the monarch and
hierodule of the dominant