Friday, March 1, 2013

Human sacrifice at Joppe

There are some scholars who suggest that Canaanites actually sacrificed a virgin once every seven years to the sea monster and that this took place at the rocks in front of Jaffa.

Phoenician sailors heard about this and the message reached the refined Greeks. As was their habit, they created a fabulous web of stories involving vivid characters and dramatic events around the rather cruel core.

The Greek version of Perseus, Pegasus and Andromeda is unforgettable and inspiring and has reached the stars above us!

So when the Greeks converted to Christianity they carried this gem of myth with them to the new religion.

But ah, the process required that also the ancient story is converted to Christianity and so Perseus became a mighty night fighting the devil and Andromeda a pure virgin symbolizing the holy church.

What a story - what a history!

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