12 Feet as Spirit Tender

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In 2014 this blog begins an explication of text excerpts from the penultimate draft of the second novel in the Cowmaker Trilogy – Cowmaker’s Seed

Cowmaker’s Eve – the first novel in the trilogy, is available at: cowmakerspirit.com

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Explication

Theme: the contradictory notion of “feet” as “unredeemed flesh” and “tools of spiritual propagation” drawing from several sources in religious and mythical lore:

Feet as: a point of divine contact, a holy junction where Human being and Earth meet.

Feet as: the lowest, most impure part of the body; farthest from the heavens, and in constant contact with the dirt of the earth, hence physically and spiritually unclean.

Feet as: symbol of both the male and female genitals as in the Book of Ruth 3:4 “It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do”; and Deuteronomy 28:57 “Her afterbirth comes out from between her feet.”

Feet as: a repository of badness, symbol of passivity, initiator of movement, and site of self-mutilation in Freudian dream analysis.

Feet as: the last members of his Church ready to bless the world of mankind; Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings.”

Feet as: object of veneration; Luke 7:45 “You did not welcome me with a kiss, but she has not stopped kissing my feet since I came.”

Search for meaning: see “reflexology”  in GLOSSARY.

11 A Mother’s Stick

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In 2014 this blog begins an explication of text excerpts from the penultimate draft of the second novel in the Cowmaker Trilogy – Cowmaker’s Seed

Cowmaker’s Eve – the first novel in the trilogy, is available at: cowmakerspirit.com

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Explication

In the history of religious belief, the cloistering and indoctrination of impressionable youth was often sustained by the “stick” of  an authority figure directing the subordinate into a condition of self-reproach for acts or attitudes contrary to the “spirit” of a community. In the fictional narrative, young postulants are enjoined to secretly baptize the infants of Muslim mothers for the sake of advancement of the NeuCrist culture in Europe and the Americas. In other episodes, the reader is led to believe that in some instances the “womb transplant” technology in use was not a free choice of the young mothers.

Search for meaning: see “houri” – “chapter of faults”- “matumah”  in GLOSSARY.

10 An Old Friends Murder (part 2)

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In 2014 this blog begins an explication of text excerpts from the penultimate draft of the second novel in the Cowmaker Trilogy – Cowmaker’s Seed

Cowmaker’s Eve – the first novel in the trilogy, is available at: cowmakerspirit.com

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Continued from previous blog, “An Old Friend’s Murder” (part 1):

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Explication

An alliance between Mexican drug cartels and Jihadist elements aiming to establish terrorist bases in the Americas leads to the assassination of a cardinal too familiar with one of the cartel families when it is discovered the cardinal is gathering information on cartel plans through the confessional. Inspired by real events during which Mexican religious leaders supported cartel interests in exchange for the construction of shrines and churches.

Search for meaning: see “Los Empresarios” in GLOSSARY.

09 An Old Friend’s Murder (part 1)

May 24, 1993. Cardinal JUAN JESUS POSADAS OCAMPO is assassinated at Guadalajara International Airport, by members of the ARELLANO FELIX drug clan.

May 24, 1993. Cardinal JUAN JESUS POSADAS OCAMPO is assassinated at Guadalajara International Airport by members of the ARELLANO FELIX drug clan.

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In 2014 this blog begins an explication of text excerpts from the penultimate draft of the second novel in the Cowmaker Trilogy – Cowmaker’s Seed

Cowmaker’s Eve – the first novel in the trilogy, is available at: cowmakerspirit.com

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Thanks to members of the GW Workshops and other Writers’ Networks who provided feedback on these excerpts in their incipient stages. As per your requests, I will include  a

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Explication

In real life a Mexican drug cartel guns down a Catholic Cardinal, an ostensibly holy man. In the fiction, the Cardinal, a boyhood friend of Pope Sebastian is assassinated by Jihadist elements allied with the cartel. The Pope requests a viewing of the re-creation of the event acted out by the Benfagiri players.

Search for meaning: see “Benfagiri Players” in GLOSSARY.

08 Conjunctive Spirit

In the Showers, Karel Fleischmann (1943)

In the Showers, Karel Fleischmann (1943)

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In 2014 this blog begins an explication of text excerpts from the penultimate draft of the second novel in the Cowmaker Trilogy – Cowmaker’s Seed

Cowmaker’s Eve – the first novel in the trilogy, is available at: cowmakerspirit.com

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Explication

A female Imam dreams of ancestral memories regarding the Holocaust; serves with her partner, a Rabbi, in a tent used as a convertible synagogue/mosque.

Search for meaning: see “Karel Fleischmann” – “dikkas” – “b’seder” – “mikvah”  in GLOSSARY.

07 Papal Immolation

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Cadaver Synod – A dark hour for the Papacy

Probably around January 897, Stephen (VI) VII ordered that the corpse of his predecessor Formosus be removed from its tomb and brought to the papal court for judgement. Eventually, the corpse was found guilty.Pope Stephen had the corpse stripped of its papal vestments, cut off the three fingers of his right hand used for blessings, and declared all of his acts and ordinations invalid. The body tied to weights, and cast into the Tiber River. The macabre scene is reproduced here by Jean-Paul Laurens, 1870.

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In 2014 this blog begins an explication of text excerpts from the penultimate draft of the second novel in the Cowmaker Trilogy – Cowmaker’s Seed

Cowmaker’s Eve – the first novel in the trilogy, is available at: cowmakerspirit.com

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 Explication

 In the staged reenactment, introduced by the ambivalent wailing of a cantor, historic papal depravity is portrayed in various action tableaus played on the VidMaci that Zlacha and Father Sydney are viewing. Zlacha comments on Cardinal Maussinger’s recent unholy alliances and the scene of the attempted immolation of the pope is staged by the Benfagiri players.

Search for meaning: see “NeuCrist” – “Zlacha” – “Wailing Woman of Bulgaria” – “VidMaci” in GLOSSARY.

06 La Petite Mort

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In 2014 this blog begins an explication of text excerpts from the penultimate draft of the second novel in the Cowmaker Trilogy – Cowmaker’s Seed

Cowmaker’s Eve – the first novel in the trilogy, is available at: cowmakerspirit.com

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Thanks to members of the GW Workshops and other Writers’ Networks who provided feedback on these excerpts in their incipient stages. As per your requests, I will include  a

GLOSSARY

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Explication

On the surface it appears as if a man and a woman had sexual intercourse on the main altar in the Sistine Chapel under Michelangelo’s fresco of the “Last Judgement” sanctioned and blessed by a somewhat confused Pope Sebastian. The truth goes deeper than that. The moments of ecstasy they experienced originated not from fleshy sensations, but from a moment of existential intercourse based on a spirit of mutual giving. The back and forth utterances they vocalized in Aramaic during this spiritual intercourse reveal the message of hope that will be revealed at the end of the novel.

For real life examples of this type of ecstasy see St. Teresa of Avila:

Beside me, on the left, appeared an angel in bodily form…. He was not tall but short, and very beautiful; and his face was so aflame that he appeared to be one of the highest rank of angels, who seem to be all on fire…. In his hands I saw a great golden spear, and at the iron tip there appeared to be a point of fire. This he plunged into my heart several times so that it penetrated to my entrails. When he pulled it out I felt that he took them with it, and left me utterly consumed by the great love of God. The pain wasso severe that it made me utter several moans. The sweetness caused by this intense pain is so extreme that one cannot possibly wish it to cease, nor is one’s soul content with anything but God. This is not a physical but a spiritual pain, though the body has some share in it—even a considerable share.

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The Ecstasy of St. Teresa by Bernini

 As regards Pope Sebastian’s enigmatic “biting the skin … licking the feet” remark, one might interpret it to mean accepting at once the self-inflicted pain and pleasure of one’s mission in life. See Luke 7:38 (And she stood behind him at his feet, and she was weeping and she began washing his feet with her tears and wiping them with the hair of her head. And she was kissing his feet and anointing them with ointment.

Search for meaning: see “la petite mort” in GLOSSARY.