NB: Rarely is scripture to be taken literally. ~ oz
And the woman saw that the tree was good for food and was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to give intelligence, and she took of the fruit thereof and did eat, and she gave also to her husband, and he did eat. ~ Gen: 6.
“Good for food” signifies cupidity ; “pleasant to the eyes,” fantasy ; and “desirable to give intelligence,” pleasure. These are ‘of our own’, i.e., of woman. The “husband eating” signifies rational consent (n. 265).
Man’s own [self] is all the evil and falsity that springs from the love of self and of the world, and from not believing in the Lord or the Word (scripture) but in self, and from supposing that what cannot be apprehended sensuously and by means of memory-knowledge [sensualiter et scientific] is nothing.
In this way men become mere evil and falsity, and therefore regard all things pervertedly; things that are evil they see as good, and things that are good as evil; things that are false they see as true, and things that are true as false; things that really exist they suppose to be nothing, and things that are nothing they suppose to be everything. They call hatred love, darkness light, death life, and the converse. In scripture, such are called “lame” and “blind.” Such then is the own of man, which is infernal and accursed.
~ Swedenborg, Arcana Coelestia, vol 1, 105
Thus was a woman appointed by Cain (Chief High Priest) in ancient Dravidia (Nod; a land of wondering vagabonds) as Mediatrix (goddess). He reasoned her into being out of memory knowledge (evil). This false hierarchy made it easier to plunder—in a more civilized manner—an ignorant population descended from savage cannibals and headhunters. Hence, was Shakti born. Eventually, all blame was cast onto real women as religions failed to produce peace on earth. Pseudo-Faith in an incestuous Virgin-Wife—Mother of God & eventually her Son of God has since been maintained by similar fantasies.
Japan is so busy with the goddess business they’ve automated her. The famed 400-year old Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto recently unveiled her modern makeover. The world’s first sutra-chanting android deity, modeled after Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, was introduced to the public last week. Kannon is worshiped by thousands of temples in Japan as a deity who helps people in distress; now the country’s fascination with robotics has made its way into worship.
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