What means Oriental?
There is always difference between Japanese and Westerners the way to understand
Culture and Tradition of "Near and Middle" Asia. Always Islamic
and Ancient Memories about Fertile Crescent Area and Egyptian Air swarming
are Current of Westron History because that Area was their Source of religion
and culture, we needed only them for understanding Europian civilized Culture
with indirectly. If we will truly conceive about Asians, we also should
categorize our own situation about these "cousins" or "barbarians".
Asia is Very Wide and Composite, and Long History overwhelming Europian "Penisula". We eastislander in rural locality, always need some points and foci for limited perspective, but unless we accept wholeheartedly Continent, we would not need to say understanding True-self.
What means Mysticism?
In Religion, Founders cannot become Orthodoxy, because if they belong to
they aren't Founders. Passive Attitude toward World Affairs is required
for Seclusion from Pursuit of Orthodoxy and Need for attracting Disciples,
can gather enough disciples, they cannot change attitude to more warlike
positive attitude toward Conservatives.
The Japanese Term applied to English "Mysticism" vaguely and
negatively means illogical, superstitious, or unorthodox. (or overlook-positively
means parodoxical, fantastical, non doctrinal) Europians generally used
this word for Gnosticism which contains almost
all of non-orthodox, but non-paganistic creeds. In elder Age, this word
some supernatural creed which both Saints who sometimes secluded for Learning
Meditation and Witches who hid from Orthodox Society for Evil Acts handle
using their Power over Ordinary Structure of Society. And we can concept
such status requires Orthodox Belief and Religion against Unorthodoxy...in
modern World, Science plays this role as Churches in Feudal Europe. And
Main Famous Sects of Gnosticism
were generally having secluded and passive nature to Ordinary World in
Creed, it shapes the Image of term "Mysticism".
In Islamic Society, Unorthodoxy weren't oppressed much not-like Christians.
For Founder Muhammed in life could take positive attitude toward Arabian
they could maintain Unity of Politics and Religion until Technology derived
from Science overwhelmed this flexibility. They could not use letterpress
scientific Image Trainings for Religious Matters.
Some of Islamic Unorthodoxy took the form of Sufism, creed of close Connection
between Allah and Sufis. We can guess Influence of "Paganistic"
Buddhism and Hinduism.
So if we had to apply similar phenomena in our World, our passive and secluded
attitude to ordinary world movement as Taoist, Buddhist and Shinntoist
must be considered. Confucianism took the Role of Christian Church of Feudal
Europe and Technology of Modern Industrial Society. So in conclusion, we
can vaguely apply Secluded Nature and
pseudo-Hermit Priest, Risis in Hinduistic and Taoistic Scheme to the term
"People of Books" (Ahl al-kitab) and Pagans
Moses wreaked havoc to his own People because he knew his God is very Jealous
and his People revered Golden Statue of Bull as Aaron taught them while
his absence. He didn't say his God is the Only God Pancreater, maybe such
Idea wasn't invented in his Age. So we can freely explain God of Moses
as merely a Desert Jealous God.
Think about Ancient Judaeans and Baali-Phoenchians, we saw fundamental
gap attitude differed to nature and human, God spoke to only Righteous
People and killed many Outsiders. Isaiah could perfectly justify his Act.
Zoroasternism seemed greatly to precede before Judaean Monotheism, maybe
they only had Jealous Dessert God and didn't Concept One who needn't any
other Deities. And Idea of "people of book" appeared from Islamic
Teachings. Saracens tolerated existence of them as far as they paid specific
tax. But Saracens ultimately try to think defeat Out of their Teaching
with Jyhad...And like Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese Polytheism were included
by this category. Timur once tried to conquer Ming Dynasty before his Death...under
the Name of Allah.
Dualism and Almighty Being
Concept of Duality between Soul and Flesh, Light and Darkness, Good and Evil derived from Oriental Area for complex-perplexed Hierophants of Ancient Days. Indian Trimulti of Creator, Maintainer and Destroyer maybe preceded Concept of Struggle of Angels and Demons as Indian Idea of Fifth Element quintessence,
while Easterners generally sought Communication and Harmony of Dualism
represented in Model of Yin and Yang, Western belligerence want more hard
Explanation of Change and Solution.
God of Plant and Curse of Martyr
"Christ cursed Jerusalem and Peter and Paul cursed Rome with their
coherent strongest magic, their death."
So Roman Army of Vespasian and Hadrian destroyed Jerusalem and Vandals
and Goths sucked Rome as Later Charles Vth's Mercenaries sucked Holy Rome.
Such Magic was called "Martyr" by their Heritages. Even though
Self-Sacrifice of God obviously and oftenly appeared in the Every Oriental Mythologies. Jews believed Abraham sacrificed blood of Antelope instead
of that of his own son...Isaac, Christians believed Jesus sacrificed himself
for Atonement of Adam Father of All Human's Folly.
Islamic Orthodox didn't stressly attach such heritage before Polythiestic
Culture as Christians, but Shiite restarted the Idea of Martyr for their
Iranic sense about Religion...
Baal and Anat
After migration of Canaan after long Exile from Egypt and Sinai, Judaeans
repeatedly struggled against more lowland / fertility culture as Nomad-style
Fundamenttalists. Many Native Canaanite honoured Storm Fathers and Earth
Goddesses as Babylonian Parallel. But many cultural and linguistical resemblance
could not be avoided even from most fundamentalistic Jews, such as explanation
of God as "El", Lord as "Baal".
See here more about their Story.
Gnosticism is greatly influenced from the Eastern Mediterranian Influence
during cataclysm and rise of Christianism. Gnosticism never haven't been
Unified Existence...And opposition of Greek Hellenistic Culture and Jewish
Culture caused the shape of Orthodoxy and Un-Orthodoxy. Even 12 Disciples
of Christ were forced to abandone (or reform) traditional way of Judaism
for Missionary to Outsiders. Esoteric Cults flourished in the scheme of
sophisticated and Skepticism to Traditional Way...so Gnosticism could not
be counted from the Start. We can count many varieties of Gnosticism outskirt
of Orthodox Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Kabbalism, Christianism, Islam, etc...
Neo-Platonic Mysticism systemized Concept of Emanation, and in this Idea,
Pancreator isn't separated from the Materialistic World. In the attitude
to Anti-Judaism, some of Gnosticism Sects contradicted to Jewish Teachings
and incited to Orthodoxy directly to cut off from Judaism, and they taught
about Idea of Evil Creator (Cathari called him Ialdabaoth) and Good Spiritual
Existence of Feminine and Serpentine Existence.
The Bible the Revised Standard Version
Old Testament Apocrypha
Nag Hammadi Library
World Wide Gnosis
The Gnostic Archive Resources
The Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras
The Virtual Mithraeom
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Chantry of Mithras
Temple of Set
Syncretism of Deities