Part 3 of 5
When it comes to supernatural sex, “sistas” aren’t the only ones involved among humans. Yes, “brothas” are dragged into the illicit orgy of events. (Okay, maybe not “dragged”) Anyway, millions of men and women of all races participate in the seemingly innocuous day we call Valentine’s Day. But, while I hate to break hearts, not only was there the relatively recent historical spoiler dubbed the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, ancient history calls it the St. Valentine’s Day Monsters.
A quick look at the nebulous origin of St. Valentine’s Day gives a clue as to why “monsters” are involved. Concerning Valentine’s Day, The World Book Encyclopedia (1973 edition) notes: “Valentine’s Day comes on the feast day of two different Christian martyrs named Valentine. But the customs connected with the day have nothing to do with the lives of the saints. They probably come from an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia which took place every February 15. The festival honored Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage, and Pan, the god of nature.” Okay, just who exactly is “Pan, the god of nature”?
Pan is ‘an ancient Greek god of pastures, flocks, and shepherds usually represented as having the legs, horns, and ears of a goat’ according to one dictionary. In fact, the word “panic” comes from “Pan.” The same dictionary defines “panic” as being “of, relating to, or resembling the mental or emotional state believed induced by the god Pan.” Under a separate entry, “panic” is further defined as “a sudden overpowering fright...a sudden unreasoning terror.” Sounds demonic to me. Why do I say this?
Well, in reality, Pan was a demon. In fact, when you combine “Pan” with the word “demon,” you get a brand new word that we’re all familiar with: “Pandemonium.” As per our dictionary, included in the etymology of this word is “evil spirit.” In fact, Pandemonium (spelled with a capital “P”) is “the capital of Hell in Milton’s Paradise Lost.” Emanating from the same source as the word “panic,” it shouldn’t be surprising that “Pandemonium” is defined as “a wild uproar,” and is synonymous with “hell” and “tumult.” And, I hate to tell you, but Mother Africa may be involved “brothas” and “sistas.”
One well-known reference works states that “Herodotus (II, 46) claims that from such Egyptian worship the Greeks derived their belief in Pan and also in the satyrs, woodland gods of a lustful nature, who were eventually depicted as having horns, a goat’s tail, and goat’s legs. Some suggest that such half-animal form of these pagan gods is the source of the practice of picturing Satan with tail, horns, and cloven feet, a custom prevalent among professed Christians in the Dark Ages.” Wow. Even in the Bible we find the expression “goat-shaped demons.” (Leviticus 17:7, which also mentions “immoral intercourse”; 2 Chronicles 11:15, New World Translation) We have Satan, “sistas,” supernatural sex, and now “satyrs.” Whoa. What in the world (or, is it “underworld”?) are “satyrs”? Well, a “satyr” is defined as “one having satyriasis.” And just what is “satyriasis”? An “excessive or abnormal sexual craving in the male.” Hello.
Several other Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant Bible translations also use the word “satyr” in one or both of the above texts. (Revised Standard, An American Translation, Jerusalem Bible, and Jewish Publication) Academically, all of this shouldn’t sound too farfetched. After all, we have the word “theriomorphic,” which means “having animal form.” The example the dictionary uses is “theriomorphic gods,” of demons.
Of course, we all know what a “nymphomaniac” is. Yep, “excessive sexual desire by a female” says the same dictionary. And, somehow, Black people are implicated in these definitions. How so? I’m glad you asked. Enter Pan (aka the Devil) again. Another related word that comes from “Pan” is “pander.” A “pander” (noun form) is a person (now get this Valentine love birds) who is “a go-between in love intrigues”; or, according to the dictionary, a “pimp.” That’s right, a PIMP. Yes, a pander is, as the dictionary says, “someone who caters to or exploits the weaknesses of others.” And who do we associate pimps with? That’s right, Darnell. But this Valentine thing isn’t really a Black or White matter. It is, in fact, a Black and White matter. All we have to do is rewind back to Hollywood’s treatment of supernatural sex that I talked about last week.
Speaking of the St. Valentine’s Day Monsters, do you remember the TV sitcom The Munsters? (1964) Was Lily Munster (Yvonne De Carlo) fine or what? And what about the rival sitcom The Addams Family? (1964) Was Morticia (Carolyn Jones) sexy or what? Just like Vampira and Elvira, these mysterious women were major hotties. But, guess what boys and girls? They all represented dead women. Unless you’re into necrophilia, they probably shouldn’t appeal to you. (Okay, us.) But where did this whole idea of sexy sinister women come from?
In the book Sex & the Paranormal (1999) Dr. Paul Chambers writes: “The most important of the Judaic demons credited with the ability to have sex with humans is Lilith, who is often given the title ‘queen of the demons.’ According to Judaic tradition, she is the oldest of the world’s demons, and it is felt by some scholars that her legend actually pre-dates that of the first Old Testament writings. She was certainly around in Babylonian times and still forms a part of Judaic tradition. In modern times, Lilith is best known for her association with the story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.”
In the satirical work entitled The Alphabet of Ben Sira by an anonymous author, she is said to have “pronounced the Ineffable name” of God, namely, “Jehovah.” The Kabala (spelled various ways), a mystical book accepted by a small part of the Jewish population, talks extensively about Lilith the succubus. Some would argue that she’s mentioned even in the Bible itself at Isaiah 34:14. True enough, the Hebrew word “lilith” is in the text. The footnote of one translation says that the “Hebrew Lilith, [is] possibly a reference to a mythical demon of the night,” while yet another translation says “the lilith also shall settle there, and find for herself a place of rest.” (Stay out of my bed Lilith.) Glory Jesus.
Finally, one source says that “February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture...as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus...The priests would...sacrifice a goat, for fertility... The Roman ‘lottery’ system for romantic pairing was deemed un-Christian and outlawed.” So, you could say “Happy Valentine’s Day” to people you greet. Or, you could just as well say, “Happy Halloween.” Both days, boys and girls, are as demonic as they come. Stay tuned for penultimate Part 4: “A World Wide Web of Intrigue”! You aren’t going to want to miss this one...Amen.
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