Saturday, January 12, 2013

Kings used to be sacrificed

Reading Robert Graves Greek Myths, some kings used to get sacrificed. Some were smart buggers and had a child sacrificed to buy time instead! Later they started to use animals...

from a wiki: "The notion has prehistoric roots and is found worldwide, on Java as in sub-Saharan Africa, with shaman-kings credited with rain-making and assuring fertility and good fortune. On the other hand, the king might also be designated to suffer and atone for his people, meaning that the sacral king could be the pre-ordained victim of a human sacrifice, either regularly killed at the end of his term in the position, or sacrificed in times of crisis (e.g. Domalde)."

I'm not saying we should kill off governments lol, but some form of consequence for running a country into the ground would be nice. And don't say "losing the election" is one, seriously. In Belgium it's a bunch of families doing a table dance every election, representative democracy is a joke.


Brizdaz (Darren) said...

My friend Alan Abbadessa-Green is currently writing a book on the
King Kill theme titled
"Suicide Kings"

He previews a chapter at the end of his "The SYNC Book 2".

Looks intriguing.

Jester-Inquistor said...

I have a Robert Graves edition of the Greek Myths from the Folio Society. I would say a reason exists why kings were sacrificed and it would not be beyond the pale to wonder if we would do well to consider reviving the practice -- perhaps not in a literal sense.

The Greeks had a practice where they would pass around shards of pottery and scratch names of ill-favored politicians onto the same -- a piece used in this manner was an ostracon. If a person received a certain number of votes, they were exiled from the city for a period of 10 years. We might do well to consider passing the ostracon around in 2013 and exiling some of these clowns for 10 or more years.

Dedroidify said...

lol, I totally agree!