From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: RE: (urth) Gnostic Wolfe Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 12:22:00 -0700 > >But I was not speaking of the pantheon (which is, more or less, > >universal to the Whorl) but of the Chapter; and the forms > >and rituals of the Chapter (and especially that of the sacrificial > >rite) very much resemble those of the Middle East. > > What do you feel is specifically Middle Eastern about them > rather than Hellenic? The description of the sacrificial rite is very remniscent of what is known of the rites of sacrifice in the temple at Jerusalem, including the business about splashing the blood on the altar, the regulations about what gets burned and what gets eaten ... I'm admittedly making the assumption that the Jerusalem sacrifice was typical of the Middle East; much of Hebrew religion was, though repurposed for monotheism. If these things are typical of Greek sacrifice, then I'm simply wrong. --Blattid --