From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: Re: (urth) mishima death cult Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 23:32:29 -0000 ----- Original Message ----- From: "maa32" > Mantis wrote: > What would Wolfe feel about this? Wolfe can be transcendent, and death is the > most obvious apotheosis ... but destroying yourself would not seem to be a > good manner of going about things ... Wolfe would identify it as demonic, aand parabolically condemn it as such. Specifically, the real-life Japanese kamikazi is an expression of a religion which literally deifies a tribal leader - the Emperor. Catholics regard this with horror. See the mystical/Catholic poetry of Charles Williams, TALIESSIN THROUGH LOGRES and THE REGION OF THE SUMMER STARS, for a powerful expression of this horror. Typhon is **specifically** this: a man who tries to raise himself to divine stature and power, and demands *worship*, including suicidal worship. Thus, all kamikazis die in the service of "Typhon" Our disccussion of "Hour of trust" has used "kamikazi" in a slightly different and kinder sense. There, people die voulntarily as an expression and agent of tribal war: but the blasphemy of the human-as-god demanding this is not present. hartshorn --