Thursday, August 14, 2014

Of Hell and Oneiros

     So, i'm doing, or I should say completing my latest playthrough, Clive Barker's Undying.   I've had this game for quite awhile and did a few video's earlier this year, but after the mad dash, for some weird reason, to finish Doom3 and then Doom3 Resurrection of Evil, I wanted to complete this one.   I hadn't played it for some time before doing a playthrough on it and it is every bit as enjoyable now, as it was then.

     I am on my return trip to Oneiros in the game and just struck with that deja-vu feeling that I had been here before and the resemblance to Hell in Doom3 and Oneiros in Undying was just to synchronistic to not pick up on.

Interesting Information about both Oneiros and Hell:

Wikipedia - Oneiros
In Greek mythology, the Oneiroi (Ὄνειροι, Dreams) were, according to Hesiod, sons of Nyx (Night), and were brothers of Hypnos (Sleep), Thanatos (Death), Geras (Old Age) and other beings, all produced via parthenogenesis. Cicero follows this tradition, but describes the sons of Nyx as fathered by Erebus (Darkness).

Euripides calls them instead sons of Gaia (Earth) and pictures them as black-winged daemons.

The Latin poet Ovid presents them not as brothers of Hypnos, but as some of his thousand sons. He mentions three by name: Morpheus (who excels in presenting human images), Icelos or Phobetor (who presents images of beasts, birds and serpents), and Phantasos (who presents images of earth, rock, water and wood).

In Homer's Iliad, an Oneiros is pictured as summoned by Zeus, receiving from him spoken instructions, and then going to the camp of the Achaeans and entering the tent of Agamemnon to urge him to warfare.

The Odyssey speaks of the land of dreams as past the streams of Oceanus, close to where the spirits of the dead are led (Hades). Statius pictures the Dreams as attending on slumbering Hypnos (Somnus in Latin) in a cave in that region.

In another passage of the Odyssey, dreams (not personified) are spoken of, by a double play on words, as coming through a gate of horn if true (a play on the Greek words for "horn" and "fulfil") or a gate of ivory if false (a play on the Greek words for "ivory" and "deceive"). For this image and its echoes in later literature, see Gates of horn and ivory.

Wikipedia - Hell
In many mythological, folklore and religious traditions, hell is a place of eternal torment in an afterlife, often after resurrection. It is viewed by most Abrahamic traditions as a place of punishment. Religions with a linear divine history often depict hells as eternal destinations. Religions with a cyclic history often depict a hell as an intermediary period between incarnations. Typically these traditions locate hell in another dimension or under the Earth's surface and often include entrances to Hell from the land of the living. Other afterlife destinations include Heaven, Purgatory, Paradise, and Limbo.

Other traditions, which do not conceive of the afterlife as a place of punishment or reward, merely describe hell as an abode of the dead, a neutral place located under the surface of Earth (for example, see sheol and Hades). Modern understandings of hells often depict them abstractly, as a state of loss rather than as fiery torture literally underground, but this view of the concept of a hell can, in fact, be traced back into the ancient and medieval periods as well.[citation needed] Hell is sometimes portrayed as populated with demons who torment those dwelling there. Many are ruled by a death god such as Nergal, Hades, Hel, Enma or the Devil.

Clive barker's Undying - original trailer - PC videogame

Doom3 - Trailer

Doom3 Resurrection of Evil - Trailer

and for some reason these people kept coming to mind.

Children of the Sun: Kurdish Yezidis, (2009) Part 1/2

Children of the Sun: Kurdish Yezidis (2009) Part 2/2

I have been interested in the Yazidi ever since I read about them and this is as good a site as any on them:  Genesis Secret: the Yezidi  


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