Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Gods or Mere Men? Marshall Best Discusses the Ancient Gods

     One of the fundamental background issues in the Guiamo Chronicles are the role of the gods. Today, we typically think of the Roman and Greek gods to be like what we find in movies like Percy Jackson. For instance, Hades is seen as the arch-villain with diabolical powers from the depths of fiery hell. Yet, the Romans record him to be quite the opposite. He was considered by the Romans to be a gentle and benevolent person who cares for the souls of the dead. More importantly, the ancients recognized openly that the gods were mere men who, upon their deaths, were given the honors of godhood. It is a form of ancestor worship.
      They gave their ancestors (particularly their inventive ancestors) the position of god, demigod, hero or man based upon the degree of their discoveries. If for instance, someone invented music, they would become the god of music. If someone invented a subset of this, for instance a flute, they would be honored as a demigod. If they invented a lesser thing, such as a particularly beautiful song, they would be a hero. Many of the gods were great inventors and are described as so in the ancient writings.  Even the Egyptians recognized much of this. They divided their own history into four ages. The age of the gods, the age of the demigods, the age of the heroes and the age of the pharaohs.
     Now in ancient Britain, the gods were found in the hundreds. They would also be an ancestor honored with godhood. Their domain might simply be over a particular stream or well, or perhaps a village, or if they were significant enough to the entire tribe, they would be a great tribal god. But in truth, the gods of old were mere men and women who were honored with godhood.

This is how they are portrayed throughout the Guiamo Chronicles and I think the reader will find this very intriguing.


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Saturday, September 5, 2015

People are People are People, No Matter From Where They Come

     One thing I have found true in my life from the small amount of travel I have done outside of the United States, is that at their core, people are basically the same.  Sure, they may have different color skin, wear different clothing, eat different food, live in different houses, share different customs, but they are not all that different.  Everyone longs to belong and be loved.


     The human spirit, no matter where it resides in the world can overcome great obstacles, rising above seemingly insurmountable odds.  At other times, it may sink in despair having been seemingly beaten by life's circumstances.  The circumstances each must face can vary drastically depending on where a person is born; however, the spirit within remains the same in so many ways.  Humanity loves to laugh, to be a part of something, to learn, to grow, to excel.





     The amazing technological world that we live in is the reason my thoughts have returned to this fact.  We are thrilled to have welcomed people from all over the world to our blog.  I'm sure to many our numbers may seem small, but each person matters, no matter their country, their circumstance, their culture.













     We thank you for choosing to take even a small moment of your life to spend with us.  Time is precious to us all.  We hope you have enjoyed your short stay.



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