Further evidence that the developed world, including Beijing, is on the threshold of a New Dark Age. From (Australian) ABC:
Anger in South Korea is growing over violence during Sunday’s torch relay, recorded on widely circulated video clips, in which Chinese students attacked Koreans staging protests against Beijing’s rights record.
“Some Chinese students came out to safeguard the dignity of the torch. I believe that’s natural,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said when asked to comment on the clashes.
The “dignity of the torch”? And they’ve also been calling it the “Sacred Torch”. So now the Communist Party has begun to worship fetishes and idols.
Here at the Jacaranda Tree we have posted several pieces regarding the neo-pagan Nazi origins of the Olympic Torch, and our friend MAJ has contributed several passages of ample and incisive commentary on the torch and the Olympics as “hyper-real” (or as I say, “hypo-real”) fetishes of vulgar commercialization – which is really another kind of paganism. Jesus was killed because he scourged the moneychangers in the Temple. Yet even the radical materialist, Marx, despised the fetishisation of material objects; how much more would he be outraged by China’s current fetishisation of Lenovo and Coca Cola?
Alright then. If the Chinese Communist Party really want everyone to regard the Torch as “sacred”, then they ought to learn a few things about what the Torch meant to the Nazis. The Nazi SS, whose mission was to re-paganise Germany, were instructed in Runelore. Runes, as you might know, were ancient Germanic glyphs, derived from the Greek and Roman alphabets circa 200 AD; the ancient barbarian Germans who came in contact with the Roman Empire were fascinated by this new thing called “writing”, which seemed magical to them. They adapted Roman letters to be used for magical inscriptions, generally on bones or stones. Gradually the barbarian German shamans began to attribute particular magical meanings to each rune, each “letter” of their barbarous “alphabet” which was used – let me emphasise – not for literature, science or history, but for magical scrawling upon fetishes.
Now, the rune named “kenaz”, with a phonetic value of “k”, was the magical symbol for “torch.” As one contemporary rune enthusiast writes,
Kenaz, or Ken, is seen as the shaman’s rune, or the rune of the shaman’s magic. It is the rune which both heals and brings sickness, and the Scandinavian shamans of old were known to do both according to what the spirits, and the people required. Kenaz is a ‘higher mystery’ rune, and it is a good rune to meditate on during thunder journeys. Historically, or mythologically, Kenaz represents Odin’s ordeal between the two fires in Grimnismal.
So that’s what the Chinese Communist Party is buying into. That’s what they want the world to respect as “sacred”: a symbol of the German god Odin’s ordeal between the two fires in Grimnismal.
I just wish that for the sake of integrity, China would authorize some German pagans to pray to Odin during the Olympics’ opening ceremony. Of course Chancellor Merkel won’t be there, but some neo-Nazis certainly would attend.
As for me, I think the best response of all civilized persons to China’s calling the torch “sacred” would be the words of the Muslim saint, Rumi:
“Come, come again, whoever you are, come!
Heathen, fire worshipper or idolatrous, come!
Come even if you broke your penitence a hundred times,
Ours is the portal of hope, come as you are.”
(Ned’s note: The picture Catherine has added to this post is a drawing of Dervishes of the (Muslim) order of Rumi.)