Here's where you just can't grasp reality, Nick227. Not only is it about the sun, it's about many aspects of the sun.
As Acharya writes in her book Suns of God
, the ancients perceived the sun in a variety of ways, including but not only
the PHYSICAL SUN. I don't give a shit what Manly Hall says in that one sentence. Nor do I care what mental masturbation you are obsessed with that prevents you from enjoying the natural world. Nor do I have any interest in your bigotry and prejudice that insists Jewish mythology and mindgames are superior to Pagan religious ideas - that's Old World, Nick. Old Testament supremacy of the Yahweh cultists - not interesting, not enlightened, nothing new... dull and boring.
If you knew anything about the subject matter you pretend to be an expert in, you would realize that the Egyptians, for example - who would not only laugh at *YOU*
but would find you blasphemous in your stupid and insulting remarks about their religious beliefs - worshipped or revered every aspect of the sun that could be perceived, INCLUDING THE PHYSICAL DISK OF THE SUN, which is called by the sacred name ATEN. Ever heard of AkhenATEN? No, of course, you haven't, because in your all-knowing expertise, you've got your nose so far in Jewish religious supremacy texts that you can't see through your bigotry. The existence of the god Aten - the divine solar disk - proves your selection of Manly Hall's quote to be WRONG, as does the mythology of many other nations. The ancients were interested in every aspect of the sun, 227 - they weren't the world- and matter-hating Gnostics that you love so much. Why do you hate the world, Nick? Are you afraid of it? Are you running away from yourself? You belong to a world-hating cult, Nick - you can free yourself and love this world. This is HATE SPEECH against the world.
And, while you're in kindergarten trying to lecture the grad students, Acharya covered this business of different aspects of the sun within solar mythology and astrotheology many years ago, including not only the physical sun/disk itself but also the power behind the sun
- Acharya's discusses that often. And she knows that people obsessed with Jewish supremacy are constantly trying to force other people to believe that the Jewish god Yahweh is that power behind the sun, so they can destroy the Pagan beliefs. But you wouldn't know any of that, because, as is typical of a rabid egotist, you haven't studied Acharya's work but merely pretend to be an expert on it (and other subjects).
You're just Church father Eusebius in disguise, with the same boring and insulting arguments put out by him and others, in order to destroy the religions of other peoples. Here's a quote describing YOUsebius from Suns of God
(pp. 48-49) -
One of the most influential of Christian writers, Church historian Eusebius (c. 230-c. 341) likewise asserted the superiority of Christianity, while acknowledging that its competitor Paganism was astrotheological. In "THE ORATION [OF] EUSEBIUS PAMPHILUS, IN PRAISE OF THE EMPEROR CONSTANTINE," Eusebius calls Jesus "the Sun of righteousness," a common designation based on the biblical text Malachi 4:2, a book and verse immediately preceding the New Testament, which shows that the gospel story was to be based on a hero with solar attributes.
In his plea, Eusebius addresses the astrotheological and element-worshipping Pagans, disparaging them and considering them absurd for givng such things "equal honor with the Creator of them all..." In fact, Eusebius speaks many times of sun worship, apparently in an intensive effort to convince the Emperor into switching his religious allegiance from Sol Invictus--the Unconquered Sun--to the power behind the sun, i.e., "God."
In his condescending propaganda dismissing the wisdom of the ancients in order to impose the supposedly "superior" Christian ideology, Eusebius further confirms that astrotheology was the dominant form of religion, calling those who practiced it "our ignorant and foolish race," who were "incapable of comprehending him who is the Lord of heaven and earth..." Instead, he complains, they "have ascribed the adorable title of Deity to the sun, and moon, the heaven and the stars of heaven," as well as "deifying the earth, elements and creatures themselves."
If the snarky Eusebius is right, then your selection of Many Hall's statement is WRONG, because the ancients quite clearly worshipped the creation itself. So do millions of Hindus, for example, even today. But, the ancient peoples that you and your Christian counterpart Eusebius are spitting on ALSO knew very well about the POWER BEHIND THE SUN. They weren't stupid, but the snide disparagers trying to set themselves up as superior always try to make everyone believe that.
And here's another quote from Suns of God
(p. 121) - in that 600-page book Acharya writes about ALL the aspects of the sun.
...Osiris was the "moon god" insofar as he was the light in and power behind the moon.
You see, Acharya - and we who have read her work - KNOWS about the power behind the sun, as did the ancients themselves. Yes, they saw the disk as a SYMBOL of deity, AND they worshipped that symbol as well, because, unlike you, they didn't HATE THE WORLD.
Do we get it yet? No? Here's some more from SOG (p. 125) -
Symbolizing the light and power behind the sun, once in Babylon the Persian Mithra was infused with the more detailed astrotheology of the Babylonians and Chaldeans...
So, in your bigotry towards astrotheology, you also disparage the Babylonians and Chaldeans. Who's next, the Incas? Let's burn them all at the stake!
As you can see, the ancients built entire cultures around astrotheology - hey, let's hate them all!! Woo hoo! I get to hate!
Here's another quote from Suns of God
(pp. 61-62), which displays a far greater knowledge of the subject than you will ever have, because you've already expressed that you despise it and are utterly ignorant of it.
In many cultures, the sun has been considered not only the "savior" but also the great healer and physician, of both bodily and spiritual illnesses. The sun has also been believed to prevent nightmares and protect against demons. He (or she) is the bringer of good fortune, peace and prosperity. The sun was also the spiritual head and keeper of the mysteries. As Indian scholar V.C. Srivastava states in Sun-Worship in Ancient India, "it is said that as the Sun is veiled by his rays, similarly the ultimate reality is concealed in ignorance." The sun officiates over betrothals and weddings, as well as initiations, including into the priesthood or other mystery school/brotherhood. At such times, he is invoked through prayer and devotion; daily prayer is also commonly prescribed in the sun cult. Likewise, he is invoked during construction, of hearth and home, as well as destruction, when the body dies. The sun presides over death; he is the conveyor and purifier of the dead. The sun has been invoked as the Angel of Death against enemies, and, although mainly perceived as good and benevolent, in areas plagued with excessive heat he was considered evil and malicious as well....
"In Russian folklore the Sun possessed twelve kingdoms - the twelve months or signs of the Zodiac. He lived in the solar disk and his children on the stars. They were served by 'solar daughters' who bathed them, looked after them and sang to them."
And finally -
For a long period of prehistory and history, the religious mind of the world has been focused on the "sun of righteousness," both the visible solar orb and the cosmic, divine power behind it.
So, while you continue to ignorantly split hairs and insult our intelligence, we've already got these bases covered. Talk about a BORE!
nick227, your denying everything due to your ignorance, bigotry, prejudice and Pagan hatred has grown old and boring. Take yourself a break from this forum - the time has come for you to acknowledge these facts and to make the necessary adjustments. Come back when you've moved out of the trollhood.