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Just because I’m weird...

I see that tomorrow is Epiphany. Now I have the hymn “We Three Kings” running through my head. Now I’m wondering if I’m the only person who thinks what a seriously pagan hymn this song is - not to mention the story in Matthew. The themes – the gold (kingship), the frankincense (divinity) and the myrrh (death) seem to fit in perfectly with the archetypal concept of the sacrificial king.

BTW, the kings sure didn’t have a clue as to good gifts for a baby....



We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

Refrain
O star of wonder, star of light,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.

Refrain

Frankincense to offer have I;
Incense owns a Deity nigh;
Prayer and praising, voices raising,
Worshipping God on high.

Refrain

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.

Refrain

Glorious now behold Him arise;
King and God and sacrifice;
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Sounds through the earth and skies.
Refrain

Comments

Totally pagan, and three? Come on - the three faces of the goddess. *g*
Good point! I hadn't even thought of the significance of three!

BTW, one of my New Year's resolutions was to keep up with LJ. Other people can resolve mundane stuff like dieting; I'm making fannish resolutions. :-)
Well, as you know, the Bible scribblers basically purloined pagan themes and converted them into Krisstyanity.

And the direct Aramaic translation of the prayer from which they draw the phrase "Our father, who art in heaven" actually comes closer to "The one who gave birth to the universe" which certainly sounds more matriarchal to me.

And you're right about the gifts thing -- what the hell's a baby going to do with myrrh? A year's worth of Pampers, hell yeah, but myrrh?
Well, as you know, the Bible scribblers basically purloined pagan themes and converted them into Krisstyanity.

They were a busy lot, weren't they? Which is why those grim Puritans in New England outlawed Christmas in the 1600s.

And the direct Aramaic translation of the prayer from which they draw the phrase "Our father, who art in heaven" actually comes closer to "The one who gave birth to the universe" which certainly sounds more matriarchal to me.
>>>And the direct Aramaic translation of the prayer from which they draw the phrase "Our father, who art in heaven" actually comes closer to "The one who gave birth to the universe" which certainly sounds more matriarchal to me.

Lovely quote...! I've seen some translations of the early Hebrew references to G*d and they come out as Father/Mother. And the Holy Spirit was often referred to in early (heretic) Christian writings as a mother spirit.

>>>And you're right about the gifts thing -- what the hell's a baby going to do with myrrh? A year's worth of Pampers, hell yeah, but myrrh?

Phew! I don't think Mary would be much on it either; she'd have her hands full with more mundane chores.