Artist: Loki Freign
Track: Oddly Quiet
we had all forgotten her entirely
she’d never left, that’s a certainty
… the method simply didn’t exist, at that time…
…and point at the dark areas with gentle grave emphasis
it would be better, though, if you never learn what we are discussing
lungs of old man standing between two resisted compulsions, resigned to being driven by brutal survey
Artist: Lance and Loki
Track: See You In the Trees, take 1
Album: Tell Harry I Didn't Cry
I think original belief systems can and will survive - I think it’s part of the innate human neurological compliment to seek truth beyond what the conscious physical senses report. We “know” there is more to the universe than what we can detect and scientific findings help us reason through that terrain of data, but it’s the questions that science can’t (ever) address that necessitate spiritual behaviors and notions. I think the “aboriginal” religion - pick any extant today or known about - is easily seen as a blueprint for how human society works best. I see religion as part of our biological toolset.
The dimension of material is insufficient for the whole human mind. We’ll always need another world to exist partly in, and religion is one of the ways in which we manage and meet that need. The conundrum we face now is that we must find a world that agrees with what we know, or we’re guilty of delusion, fabulism, insanity - bizarre tyrant-gods that demand we love them but hate each other.
The good thing about organic, innate spiritual clades and belief systems is that they do morph, that they can. The concept of ‘holy scripture’ that must never be reviewed is a deadly one, by me.
On the Loki point, before the Norse spear-religion (O∂hinn) destroyed previous cultures of sword-god (Tyr), which destroyed (among other things) the protoculture now sometimes referred to as ‘Rokkr’, Loki was the Human figure in the religious story - much the way Prometheus, Yeshua of Galilee (the Christ), and Osiris were. He was also a light-bringer like Lucifer, capricious like Coyote or Anansi, and a big-time Creator like YHVH or Ptah or Zeus, though entirely minus their ‘divine wisdom’. The primordial Loki (not the “god” Loki of the Asa mythology - the precursor to that figure) was an emblem of humanity-entire seen as a single personality (which is a good hint as to why Loki is the gender-switchy entity in those more familiar / later stories about giant horses and…… being late for work). After O∂hinnic apotheosis, Loki’s pre-O∂hinnic metaphysical aspects were collapsed into O∂hinn (and to a lesser extent other gods and figures). Loki was ultimately made into more of a kind of Satan, a monster, a liar, Campbell’s “trickster”, and then given the responsibility of touching off the End, by escaping his prison. If I look at my own life as a cipher for Lokean mythology………
I find a lot of meaning, there. Some of it is scary. But I like that - I like concepts that scare me. Fortunately I’m fairly rational, most of the time.
For me it is more helpful to focus on that old, aboriginal-Human emblem than the O∂hinnic / Old Norse flavored Satan: the Laughing God, the Blushing Boy, the inventor of jokes, and nets, and law, and language. Yes: Loki’s cheeky as fuck, but no: s/he ain’t lying to anyone. I always like to imagine that the reason the Aesir all call him a liar is that they’re all sort of dimwitted, and Loki exploited that without reserve or shame.