Holy Mountains, Mountain Top, Mount Of Purgatorio discussed on Stuff To Blow Your Mind
We, of course have the three books right we. We begin with the inferno with eventually in book three. Wind up in paradise, but to get there. Dante and Virgil have to scale the mount of Purgatorio. The earthly purgatory so this is a mountain that is. That extends from Earth to the Threshold of Heaven and at the very top of the mountain at the very peak. That's where the earthly paradise is located, the Eden of of the Old Testament and Christian traditions. Okay, so this does. This makes more sense also, if you know something about like Medieval, Catholic theology right, which which had this belief in the idea of purgatory where it wasn't hell, you know you weren't condemned there forever, but you were basically good. Christian, but you did some sins that were not atoned for in. So you have to go to purgatory before you can get to heaven right, so you spend some time there in. You know. It's not hell, but it's not nice. It's not pleasant. and. You're stuck there until you essentially serve out your sentence, your purified of your sin, and then you can be admitted into heaven, right? It is a literary symbolic representation of penitent Christian life. Again no one holds that the amount of purgatory is a real place. It Very Much A. Part of literature here. But does service kind of a nice example of some of the same ideas of of mythological holy mountain, well one thing I do like about the idea of of Holy Mountains including purgatory, actually the amount of purgatory is that they do seem like an indication of older versions of religion that were more that could be situated on earth, because the lots of parts of earth. We didn't know about right. You know so like. Could say well. Yes, you can enter hell through a cave here and you go down then you can go up the mountain of purgatory, and that's over here, and that would be okay because you know. There's lots of the earth that he didn't know what was there. You could just assume it's somewhere undiscovered. Yeah! Now they're of course, plenty of actual mountains that are considered sacred, either by association with a Mythical World Mountain you see that from time to time where there's a mythological mountain in. Nearby mountain becomes associated with the same ideas through traditions, and then if we if we as we have explored in past episodes, there's also the added dimensions. Various Pyramids ziggurats that have been constructed as sort of artificial mountain, allowing the people who built them to participate in Mountain Top sacred rites and observances in some cases in regions where such peaks are are not readily available well. Yeah, and just like in the case. Say like in Mount Kailash where it is believed. Believed that Lord Shiva and part of our dwell on top of the mountain. The Ziggurat I think is interpreted by many modern scholars to have been thought to be a home of the gods by the people who use them so like. Maybe the priests would go up there and do some kind of right, but it was also believed that the God would come down and like sleep. The night on the top of the Ziggurat may made even live there for some period. Absolutely and another quick thing I want to mention in looking at various mountainous I noticed that you know primordial beings for mountains out of the soil, or as we mentioned earlier, they their bodies, or the bodies of. Loved ones become the mountains and you know. It's it's easy to sort of take the formation of mountains for granted with even just sort of. You know a casual. Understanding, say tectonics and so forth daily basically. A surface level understanding of geology, but imagine trying to understand what mountain was. If you really had no idea about any of these things I mean unless you. Were witnessed to volcanic eruption are there there are. Mountain formation processes that are going to be readily observable, and so it makes as much sense of anything to turn to some of these these these these purely mythological and cosmic explanations for why they're there well, you can get even weirder with it. I mean one of my favorite examples is the coolest place I've ever been the Mount Stephen Trial by beds up in Britain Mount, Stephen, British Columbia which is part of the Burgess Shale formation that I went to a couple of years ago and so you try to imagine that not having a any kind of scientific understanding you go. Go up a mountain, and then up near the top, there's just like a cliff where pieces of of Rocker shearing off, and got the imprint of strange undersea monsters on them, and it's like you. You'd have no idea of figuring out how so this once was sedimentary rock at the bottom of an ocean, and it has been pushed up and made into a mountain over hundreds of millions of years. Yeah, even knowing the geologic geological processes in in in place here it's still amazing to behold, and well beyond the scope of a human lifetime, and and really sort of natural human perception absolutely. So Ran Through some more examples here, holy mounds it. Kinda give nice overview of some of these different different ideas. I was reading about the Hey Bonday the Navajo creation myth complete with the creation recreation of the sacred mountains across five worlds, so that involves the idea that four other worlds proceeded the one that we live in now, and this is an idea that POPs up various Mesoamerican in native American religions and For the Aztecs Kawata Apac served as the mythical sacred mountain the serpent. In their mythical homeland ascalon, and according to Nicoletta mastery on thought Co. the Great Temple of Tanakh knocked. Dhillon is thought to be a replica of this holy mountain, so another example of recreating the Holy Mountain, an artificial holy mountain created. In the likeness of mythological form. In norse mythology, human bureau is the mountain where the by Frost Connects Asgard and mid guard, and this is home of the God him doll, and then there's also perhaps the less famous nearby org, and this is the hiding place of the mead of poetry. Oh, yeah..