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Across The Boundaries Of Time And Space…We Will Remember Them…   34 comments

 

At The Going Down Of The Sun And In The Morning

We Will Remember Them….

The Cenotaph_London 2013_Europa's Icewolf '13

Lest We Forget…

 

United Prayer

Living God, by whose love we are united with one another across the boundaries of time and space, we thank you for this day of remembering and reflection.

We remember before you the men and women of all nations who have died as a result of war – those we have known and those whose memory we treasure; those we never knew; and those who have died unknown.

As we remember them, we also remember those families who grieve today and those who suffer still as a result of conflict.

We ask that you would help us to learn how to live in peace with each other.

In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.”

“They shall not grow old…” United across the boundaries of time and space…

“Let us pray that we may be worthy of the sacrifice made on our behalf.”

“They shall grown not old as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them”

Mars–the Ancient Roman god of War   33 comments

 

There are many myths and legends referencing Roman history extolling the virtues held in particularly high regard by the Romans: duty, self-sacrifice, honour, bravery, and truthfulness. These were also characterised in Roman gods, minus the very human weaknesses and vices displayed by the Greek gods, from which most of the Roman gods were poached. Names were changed such as for the twelve Olympian Gods and Goddesses who ruled the universe from atop Greece’s Mount Olympus.

Mars is the ancient mythological Roman God of War (Mars Gradivus), (Ares in Greek myth, Tyr in Norse myth) Depicted as a fearless warrior he was the god of war, murder and bloodshed. He was also the god of spring, god of agriculture, and protector of cattle. mars

Mars, the son of Juno and a magical flower was the Roman god of fertility and vegetation. Roman soldiers offered sacrifices to Mars before and after combat and it was said he appeared on the battlefield with the warrior goddess Bellona. Mars unlike his Greek parallel, the god Ares, was hold in higher regard than any of the other Roman gods, partly because of the importance of military achievement in the republic and the Roman Empire, conquering Northern Africa and much of Europe and the Middle East. Mars ranked second only to Jupiter, probably because his twin sons Romulus and Remus by Princess Rhea Sylvia were said to have founded Rome. Consequently the Roman people called themselves the Sons of Mars. Together with Jupiter and war god, Sabine Quirinius, he was one of the three great guardians of Rome. mars2

Mars is portrayed as a full battle armoured warrior, sporting a crested helmet and carrying a shield. The planet Mars and the male gender are both represented by ♂, which also represented Mars’ shield and spear. The wolf and the woodpecker are sacred to Mars and he is accompanied by Fuga and Timor, portraying flight and fear. (Phobos and Diemos in Greek mythology –moons of the planet Mars).

The month March originates from Roman month Martius is named after Mars. The Romans honoured him with festivals throughout March, when new growth begins in the fields and military conflicts restarted. March 1, saw the celebration the Feriae Marti (“Festivals of Mars”). On March 14, the annual horse race of the Equirria was held, on the army’s and athlete’s training ground, the Campus Martius (“Field of Mars”). On March 23, the Tubilustrium was celebrated by purifying weapons and war-trumpets. October 19, was the Armilustrium festival celebrated in Mars’ honour, when the weapons of the soldiers were cleansed and stored.

In the Regia on the Roman Forum, the hastae Martiae (“lances of Mars”) were kept in a small chamber. If Rome was heading into conflict, the warlords shook their lances fiercely while repeating the words Mars vigila (“Awaken, Mars!”).

Structures such as statues and temples, associated with Roman gods and myths can be found far from the ancient capital Roman mythology’s influence extending farther and lasting longer than the Roman Empire. In Britain an old mosaic displays the she-wolf feeding Romulus and Remus. It is a reminder of the days when Rome ruled Britain and a mark of how far Roman mythology spread.

Posted November 26, 2010 by europasicewolf in Mythology and Symbolism

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Jah Rastafari   8 comments

Jah Rastafari

Equal Rights and Justice

RASTAFARI

Rastafari developed in the 20th century amongst oppressed and poor Jamaicans of African descent. They teach that JAfrica, is where Zion, or paradise, shall be created and is a land that Jah promised to them. Jah is the God that Rastafari worship. They see Jah as being in the form of the Holy Trinity, that is, God being God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Rastafari is not a highly-organized religion; it is a movement and an ideology. By 1997, there were around one million Rastafari faithful worldwide. About 5-10% of Jamaicans identify themselves as Rastafari. Their dreadlocks are linked to a spiritual journey.  It is taught that patience is the key to growing locks, a journey of the mind, soul and spirituality.

  

 

HAILE SELASSIE

Emperor Haile Selassie I, “Jah Rastafari”.was crowned “King of Kings, Elect of God, and Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah” in Addis Ababa on November 2, 1930. The lion is a symbol of Haile Selassie. Jesus Christ is described as “the lion of Judah” in the Bible, and for this reason, he is seen as the reincarnation of Jesus. He visited Jamaica April 21, 1966 Grounation Day and for Rastafari,remains their God and their King.

 

 

                                                   National Flag of Jamaica                                    “The Conquering Lion of Judah”

 

During his famous UN address (which provided the lyrics for the Carlton Barrett and Bob Marley song “War“), Haile Selassie made the following statement:

On the question of racial discrimination, the Addis Ababa Conference taught, to those who will learn, this further lesson: that until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; that until there are no longer first class and second class citizens of any nation; that until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; that until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; that until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained. And…until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; until that day, the African continent will not know peace.”