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about the Daimonas
The word ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑΣ ("daimonas", or Δαιμών) is the word "demon". It is a Greek word and is pronounced "demonas". The Greeks of antiquity worshipped not only the gods of the heavens (mount Olympus), but also the chthonic gods of the underworld, as well as disembodied deifications of abstractions, what we today might call "spirits". "Right" and "Wrong", were no mere concepts but daimones, demons; sacred ideas, spirits, with divine power.
to Christianity's religious book:
This reinforces the message of the Old Testament; Psalms 96.5 in the Septuagint reads "πάντες οι θεοί τών εθνών δαίμοναι, ό δέ κύριος τους ουρανού εποίησεν." ("eternally are the gods of other nations demons, since it is the lord who moves the heavens." my translation). It should be noted that the "Old Testament" now in use in western Christian churches is the Septuagint re-written in the 10th century AD by Jews who claimed to have corrected what are said to be errors in the Greek. This 10th century AD Jewish OT replaces demon with idol.
The Mesopotamian inheritance of Jewish belief defined "demons" as "asakku"; illness and misfortune personified; evil afflictions which take "possession" of the "soul". With Christianity, all that once represented good was rendered a representation of evil, and all that was once considered bad, became good. Greek "demons" came to be associated with evil.
It was this Judaic creed and its intolerance of other faiths, or philosophical views, which was first adopted by, and then imposed, by Roman force of arms. With Christianity as its official faith, a pluralist syncretist understanding of the cosmos came to be seen as a disavowal of Christian thought and as a consequence the Classical world came to be disembowelled. Theodosius closed down the Sarapeum in Alexandria, and in Greece, the Sacred Oak of Dios (Zevs) at Dodona was closed down. This was the intolerance that was to come.
Centuries earlier, when the Dorian invaders overthrew the Mycenaean civilization of Greece a new representation of Dios (Zevs) came about; his symbol was the trident. Hesiod, in his Theogony, tells us that his power lay in the 3 manifestations of the storm: the lightning bolt, lightning flash, and the sound of thunder. This figure of the trident wielding god appeared from Greece through Anatolia and Syria [on the trident]. In addition, in antiquity divinity was represented by the wearing of the bull-horns: symbol of the crescent moon. It meant that the god was the master of the heavens. The Greek Dios (Zevs), as per Hesiod, was the god of Order, Righteousness and Reason, having created them from Chaos . The symbols of the bull-horned, trident-wielding, divine figure of God, was inverted by the Christians to became a monster, the symbol of the Devil, of unspeakable evil. In the Latin West the old Greek component of Roman civilization was obliterated, thanks largely to Augustine (considered by Catholics to be a "saint"). In the Greek east the Christian was merged with the Greek philosophical past in a syncretist reinterpretation of Christianity. (It was this Greek Byzantine version, via Greek philosophers from Mistra - like Gemistos Plethon, and John Argyropoulos - that the birth of the Renaissance in Florence was able to come about; before the Muslim Turks reduced Mistra, Greece's Florence, into an abandoned wilderness.)
From England, Boniface travelled to Germany, to expunge the Germans of their syncretist version of Christianity. His most notable achievement was the tearing down of the Sacred Oak of Donnar (or Thonnar, who came to later be known as "Thor"). The most notable consequence was that Germany, via the efforts of Boniface, was introduced to absolute intolerance. The Oak of Donnar was destroyed (as had been the Greek oak at Dodona) because the Old Testament demands that the altars to other gods be demolished lest they become "a thorn in one's side". The Old Testament also forbade astrology, & "sorcery". In the New Testament, the Jews were deemed to have been responsible for the "murder" of the Christian's prophet. Germans went from destroying the pagan places of worship, to expunging heretics & "infidel", (those who denied Jesus, for example, Jews), and the "vols" who came to be defined as "witches" (hexen). Boniface's greatest achievement lies, then, in the eventual Holocaust undertaken by Hitler in the 20th Century AD. Boniface, an intolerant abomination, is remembered as the "patron apostle" of the Germans.
title of this site celebrates the Δαίμονες Daimones
(Demons) of my ancestors, and the spirit that entailed
that rather than the daimonas of "truth" (with "Truth"
being an abstraction that is deified, therefore a
demon) being only that allowed by official religious
dogma, that "truth" instead could be arrived at by our
capacity to reason. In times past, different views, even
ones that might at first appear to be logically
contradictory were considered to be equally valid views
of an entire whole (that is, ideas were understood as
part of greater wholes: holistically). In the
past syncretism meant that there was no such thing as
wrong beliefs. Rome's bequest to us is that state's
adoption of a religion which offers no such liberties.
The cause celebre of Christianity is its intolerance of
other faiths. The Judaic/Christian legacy is refelcted
in the meaning δαίμνονας has come to acquire; even in contemporary Greek. The online Greek dictionary (Λεξικό
της κοινής νεοελληνικής) defines δαίμονας as "the spirit
However, Christian intolerance pales into insignificance when compared to the religion of Islam, a religion which maintains that the purpose of this life is to wage perpetual war against non-Islamic societies, and in which the only way to guarantee one's soul going to heaven is to die in the process of so killing those not of the Islamic faith (Koran 9.38-52). For the religion of Islam the intolerance of our capacity to apply reason is absolute; if reason contradicts the Koran, destroy reason.
The right to the freedom to seek out one's own answers, and apply reason in so seeking those answers, accept or reject religion came to be seen as evil, the domain of those possessed by the demon. This is the demon's site.
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