Saturday, April 01, 2006

A Time For Heresy

This is long, and it is sickening.
Thanks to Steve for sending me this.

Excerpts from Bill Moyers' speech at Wake Forest. I suggest you read the whole thing, though.
"...Joseph Campbell told me a story ... about the Australian tribe that used the bullroarer to keep people in awe of the gods. The bullroarer is a long flat board with notches, or slits, at one end, and a rope at the other. When you swing it around your head, the action produces a musical humming. The sound struck the primitive tribes as other-worldly, causing them to tremble in fear that the gods were angry. So the elders would go into the forest and come back with word of what it would take to placate the gods. And the people would oblige.

Now when a young boy in the tribe was ready to become a man, a ritual took place. Wearing masks, the elders would kidnap him and take him into the woods, tie him down, and with a flint knife slice the underside of his penis. It was painful, but the medicine man said this is how you became a man.

It meant shedding one’s innocence. At the end of the ritual one of the masked men dipped the bullroarer in the boy’s blood and thrust it in his face, simultaneously removing his mask so the boy could see it’s not a god at all – it’s just one of the old guys. And the medicine man would whisper, 'We make the noises.'"

Wow. Analogy overload.
closing paragraph:
"This is the heresy of our time – to wrestle with the gods who guard the boundaries of this great nation’s promise, and to confront the medicine men in the woods, twirling their bullroarers to keep us in fear and trembling."


Anonymous Karaoke Follows said...

Those crazy Gods once told me to sheath my penis in a coke bottle that mysteriously fell from the sky.

Sadly, it almost fit.

11:53 AM  
Blogger rp said...

The village! The Village! It's totally the fucking Village! I, for one, like that movie. Big ups to JC and MNS.

1:20 AM  
Blogger rp said...

Oh, and so long DeLay. See you in PMITA Prison.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Machinistscott said...

Next season on OZ.........The Hammer gets nailed.

I tried to embed a vid from UTube.Like you have done so cooly in the past. I think I watched the Colbert oscar adds a hunnerd times.
They make me hahahahah.
Any how, no luck.
Do you have to change the code?
Help me maryk, your my only hope

10:20 PM  

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