Did Tai Chi exist before 1850? In this episode we begin a new series of episodes on this subject by setting the scene and historical background to the mythmaking around the origins of Tai Chi that occurred starting from the middle of the Nineteenth Century in response to social turmoil and unrest exemplified by the Taiping Rebellion and Opium Wars.
Returning to our series on Genesis, we examine the supposed events surrounding Cain and Abel, and their social context in the ancient civilisations of ancient Mesopotamia. Link.
We continue our journey into the Chymical Wedding, discussing why shamanic experience can come as a surprise even to people who are well prepared for it. We also look at the influence of Erasmus, and consider his outlook on the esotericism vs exotericism issue.
Forbidden fruit, cruel gods and the Apocryphon of John.Listen to “#34 The Heretics Bible: Genesis 3” on Spreaker.
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls revealed that Jesus and Christianity were much less unique developments than previously thought. In this episode we start to explore these ancient documents and what they can tell us about the origins of both Christianity and Judaism. https://www.spreaker.com/user/9404101/dead-sea-scrollsListen to “#33 Dead Sea Scrolls” on Spreaker.
A discussion of how ancient elites used the figure of Adam’s first wife Lilith as the ancient “Bogey Man” to preserve their position in society, and examples of the same strategy employed by modern media and politicians to the same ends.Listen to “#32 Lilith” on Spreaker.
We continue our investigation of the Book of Genesis, looking at the ways in which Genesis 2 contradicts Genesis 1 and both modern Christianity and Judaism. We also start talking about the figure of Lilith, in legend Adam’s first wife before Eve was created.Listen to “#31 The Heretics Bible: Genesis 2” on Spreaker.
The Book of Genesis disagrees in many ways with both modern Christianity and modern Judaism. It also incorporates many earlier traditions, including those of Mesopotamia, and even China. This is the originally intended first episode of the Heretics Podcast (before we got sidetracked).
Our sister podcast, Woven Energy, has just released a new episode that I think Heretics listeners would enjoy because it has lots of fascinating insights into religions and spirit dance. In this episode you’ll learn about:
- Yan Yi – a spirit dance tradition from Malaysia which is taught alongside the martial art of Xing Yi.
- What the terms Qi, Shen, Xin and Yi mean in Damon’s martial teaching and how they are expressed in Yan Yi.
- How to tell real from fake spirit dance.
- The Tanna island in the Pacific and the strange John Frum religious tradition that evolved there.
- What Cargo Cults are and what the Prince Philip Movement is.