Listen: Prince Prospero, Europe, Memento Mori discussed on The Strange and Unusual
"Memento Mori as mentioned in the previous episode means remember death or remember, you must die, and it has found its place in modern western culture in our celebration of Halloween with styrofoam gravestones swirled and missed from fog machines dotting wants to greet trick or treaters Pasig, skeletons dangling from trees opposed John Kelly and costumed ghosts and zombies ringing doorbells begging for treats, we flirt with facing death. Well, at the same time holding it at arm's length in playful denial, and this is not unlike prince Prospero and nobles of the mask of the red death after witnessing devastating plague sweep through the land in great denial reality, they hide from the sickness with an abbey believing. They're safe as those just outside their walls, die horrifically. They think they can conquer death even as a market and their bizarre, costumes and ghastly core denial and believe that they've outwitted death is so great in fact that they gleefully take part in a masquerade ball, the seven rooms in which the party takes place are arranged east to west like the course of the sun and are thought to represent seven different stages of life with the colors of the room meant to evoke those stages blue for birth purple for youth green for out leci-, orange for adulthood, white for old age violet for imminent, death and a block and scarlet room representing death itself. The last room with its eerie light streaming through blood red windows is dominated by a huge. Ebony clock that strikes fear into the hearts of everyone there when it China's the hour the trimming of the clock does not disrupt a masquerade for long, however as one in all. Turn to dancing and celebration until it strikes midnight. The Cox chiming is my mental Maury in itself. As music disrupts all Mary meant to say that time is running out and death will eventually find you death holds aluminum dominion over all prince Prospero mask ball is also reminiscent of the dance of death portrayed in medieval paintings and murals as a skeleton or many skeletons laid wrongs of people to the grave, just as the prince leads his guests to the red death. Don, McNabb the of death developed after the block plague hit Europe as referenced in the last episode. And it's what's inspired are images of skeletal grim reapers on Halloween, but then another epidemic different sort spread through Europe not long after the plagues began to strike beginning. And if team. And century, a sinister fear infected reactionary minds resulting in widespread devastating witch hunts which lasted well into the eighteenth century. Thousands of people mostly women were imprisoned tortured burned at the stake beheaded or hanged during his period of time, and it would be through these witch hunts that some of Halloween most endearing icons and imagery would be unwittingly added help came in. Establishing these symbols of Halloween when the infamous Mallya smell of care was published in fourteen eighty seven translated into English, the book's title means hammer of witches, and it was an instant smash hit a best seller, especially among the witch hunting set and within its pages, which is forever became explicitly linked to the devil so much show. In fact, that it was claimed that which is and the devil even engage in sexual activity during some of these which trials allegations were made the accused participated, and they're demonic Sabbath on all. Hollows? And there is a theory that the choice of all hallows as a major holiday for witches and devils was no accident, but was actually done it where they specific political agenda in mind during king Henry eighth reign which lasted from fifteen nine through fifteen forty seven. He saw two separate the church of England from the Vatican mission which continued into the reign of his daughter. Elizabeth I and both monarchs viewed All Saints day as a loathsome. Paypal holiday and issued proclamations attempting to quell it celebration, so linking the devil which is with that day suited their plans. Just fine. Then in fifteen ninety came to north Barrick which trials which would notably associate which is with Halloween linking the two forevermore when King James the sixth of Scotland sailed to Denmark to retrieve his betrothed Princess Anne storms raged at sea making his journey. A harrowing and dangerous won several Scots were then accused of employing witchcraft in order to prevent the marriage.."