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  1. Slim,
    Lol! yes, I willingly stuck my life in the shit tank of psychopathy and didn’t notice the stench. *sigh*. The good thing is now I recognize the slightest whiff.

    On a side note, Erik Buys, a Belgian blogger who sometimes comments here, has posted an interesting article about what he calls: femiphobia (fear of women).
    http://erikbuys.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/temptresses/

    It’s an encompassing article on the roles of women, as scapegoats.

    This kind of article couldn’t be written by a woman or she would be accused of being a feminazi. But from a man, it must be taken for what it is.

    Whether Erik realizes or not, he has described a male culture that is psychopathic and that by extension, all culture is psychopathic. Which is to say, it is built on lies, jockeying for power, fear of rejections and shame.

  2. Skylar, Just wondering if you’ve looked at Dr. Phil’s book LIFE CODE. a friend bought it for me, so sweet of her!! Anyhow I’m 30 pages into it and its pretty good so far.
    D

  3. I hadn’t heard of it. It sounds like Dr. Phil is trying to write about spaths without actually writing about spaths. The book might have done me some good when I was younger and still had my head buried in the sand… on the other hand, no, nothing would have helped. My spath had his sights locked on me and he wasn’t about to let go.

    • He actually mentions the words psychopath ans sociopath among other names but briefly. I’m undecided about his perspective. The book is fairly easy reading but so far I’m not sensing the appropriate impact level.
      So, here’s the thing….reading about these types is like reading about space travel. Until you are in outer space, via a rocket ship or a Spath…..reading about it just ain’t like actually experiencing it. You can read all you want about what it feels like to stick your hand in fire, once you get burned, then you know about fire.

  4. Skylar, i love this article! LIttle is known about Central American mythologies. Mythology, Mexico and Psychopathy all in one article. What’s not to love about it. As for the gospels… thump… thump… thump 😉

  5. Jill,
    glad you liked it. Tezcatlipoca is an interesting guy! Reminds me so much of my exspath! not kidding!

    I read somewhere that the Aztec religion is the only major religion in history to openly worship the dark side rather than the light. They believed that the “good” god Quetzalcoatl, had been deposed by his brother the evil Tezcatlipoca, so that’s why they had to sacrifice so many victims to the evil one.

    They also believed that Quetzalcoatl would return. So it was that when Cortez showed up looking all light skinned, they hoped it was him. How is that for abdicating responsibility? They HAD to be evil because it was demanded of them but COULD have been good if someone would tell them to be?

    Here’s a little video that I really enjoy. It shows the evil Tezcatlipoca as a cute little kitty!!!
    He plays with fire, but he’s afraid of the light.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7a8hmoOsx0

  6. Love the video, Sky, thanks for that one. It’s not really a little kitty, that though… but an adult jaguar. LIke the ‘play with fire’ reference, and how he tries to escape the returning light.

    His jaguar aspect was the deity Tepeyollotl, which means “Mountainheart”, hence why he turns to stone at the end, and plays around in the heart of the volcano.

    The sacrifice to him is reminiscint of many sacrifice rituals all over the world: one man is chosen and lives like a god/king incarnate, with women to choose from, food, etc… wanting for nothing for a whole year. It comes with a price: his life at the end of the year. Once death, he’d be eaten.

    A famous fairytale story mirrors that age old scapegoat custom: Hansel and Gretel. These two siblings are left in the woods by their poor parents who can’t afford to feed them anymore. Each time they find a way to come back, but eventually the third time they are lost and come upon a house made of candy and cookies. They’re in child heaven so to speak. But the house is the home of a watch, and her candy house is a trap for children. She locks Hansel up and feeds him with nothing but fat and sugar so he can become really juicy. Hansel eats everything offered to him, not even fighting his imprisonment. The witch intends to kill him in her oven and eat him, once he’s fat and juicy enough. Because she’s blind they finally manage to trick her. She checks Hansel’s fingers each day to measure how edible he’ll be. So, Gretel who’s become the witch’s workslave tells him to stick leftover bones out of his cage. Eventually the witch opens the cage to check why the boy isn’t getting fat. Hansel escapes and they push the witch in the oven, and are welcomed by their father. It helps the witch had a treasure, so they aren’t poor anymore.

  7. Well of course Jill! this guy was known by many names, just like my spath! lol!
    I’m not kidding, besides his real name, he used Jerry. Later I found out he was Steve in the casino. When we met, he told me there were various ways to spell his last name…wtf?

    I had never thought of Hansel and Gretel in terms of “getting fattened up for the slaughter” but I see it now. Thanks for that analogy, I’ll never forget it.

  8. But Girard is right that Christianity is one of the few religions that turns sacrificial ritual into an abomination. Whether atheist or christian: if you’re brought up in a country with a heavy European background then sacrifice is something we’ll tend to see as barbaric: whether it’s a chicken, a sheep, and certainly a human.

    There are but few religions in the world that do not involve sacrifice, and even when compared to those Christianity still at least does a symbolical sacrifice: Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism which are all religions with a high emphasis on self-responsibility and ratio, and some religions of hunter gatherer societies. Religions stemming from agricultural societies though contain a high degree of sacrifice and imo superstition. These are societies that feel a need to have control over stuff they cannot ever truly have control over: weather, wildlife eating the crop or herd animals, epidemical diseases that infect the animals (and humans: most of our epidemical diseases stem from keeping and living with animal herds). Ancestors become the guardians of the territory; their burrial sites become the landmark: this here is the territory of this or that clan. Being so dependent, dying of hunger and sickness becomes a big risk and so there must be a reserve of children who are workforces. And since all of this can be so easily destroyed by disasters, appeasing gods and ancestors becomes a way of trying to attain control over the uncontrollable. The scapegoat sacrifice fulfills this role.

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