Black Spirituality Religion : Gan-Aeden

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  1. delsydebothom

    delsydebothom Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Greetings all!

    I was recently welcomed quite warmly to this community. For those who may be bothered to interest themselves in me, a man of little consequence, I would invite you to read my first post (I cannot currently post a link to it; I don't have enough posts). Should you be as disinterested in me as I am, feel free to ignore it. The same holds true for this post, although I suspect it will tickle the fancy of at least a few folks (especially those who would, on any random day, fancy a tickle).

    It was a little over two years ago that I started work on Gan-Aeden, a dramatic adaptation of the Hebrew account of the life of Adam and Eve. Since the finished novelette manuscript is only 115 pages long, it should come as not surprise that most of that time was spent in research.

    When I started, I hadn't the foggiest notion about where Eden was, what the ethnicity of Adam and Eve was, when they lived, or any of the other important questions for which I needed an answer. Without knowing these things, I could not expect to write the book in a manner that remained aligned with true history.

    Thus began the research. I poured over linguistic studies, consulted online with archaeologists, palaeontologists, theologians, and even geneticists, to build a accurate image of the time, place, and people I would be working with. Since such things are usually only interesting to those whose job it is to be interested in it, I will bore you with the details only if you ask for them. The upshot of it all is that I have a religious book nearly ready for publication. I'm posting this here because I think several of my conclusions will make this book, and what I wish to do with it, a boon for those of African descent.

    First off, the time: Having followed what I judge to be the best arguments, I am persuaded that Adam and Eve lived approx. 200,000 years ago.

    Next, the place: Using the limited geographical information about the location of Eden, I read it through an Egyptian "lens". Since I hold the traditional view of an Egyptian--rather than Mesopotamian--background for the bulk of Genesis (a view which I am prepared to defend), I thought this was the best course of action to take.

    Using the Egyptian language and culture as an interpreter for the Hebrew, I determined a probable location for Eden: somewhere southeast of Egypt, and close enough that Egyptians would have been familiar with it. East Sudan was a possibility, but it didn't seem to completely fit all the Egyptian idiom found in Genesis. Pushing further south, I wound up in Ethiopia. Just to allow the Garden to truly be "in the East", I settled on the Horn of Africa. It was a coincidence that this happened to be within in the range of geography that most paleoanthropologists think humankind was born.

    Finally, when I discovered that my conclusions were accidentally coming into alignment with modern science, I began to consult with modern scientists for help. Spencer Wells gave a coherent and convincing argument that the Khoisan represent the earliest ethnicity extant. Since, anatomically speaking, the Khoisan are fairly well identical to Homo sapiens idaltu, I decided to use the Khoisan as the model for Adam and Eve.

    So why might you be interested in all of this? Don't worry, I'm not trying to sell my book here! I'm sharing this because I don't want the book to end with the book. I want to bring it to life.

    I've taken the first steps to form an online community of collaborative artists. Working together, I wish to form a media company on the guild model. It is called The Ezra Media Project. Here is the mission statement:

    "The Ezra Media Project is a company dedicated to reinvigorating traditional Christian art and aesthetics, philosophy and theology, using the tools of media. Bearing witness to Christ, we wish to reintroduce Him to the world. We will do this directly, and also by celebrating joyfully the cultural heritage He has given us.

    At the same time, we wish to strengthen friendships among Christians of differing traditions by using what we have in common to increase the sum amount of goodness in the world. We do this in hopes that someday the face of Christ will no longer be obscured by the shattered mirror of thousands of denominations, but be seen clearly by the common witness of a united whole.

    Nor do we wish to exclude from collegiality and collaboration those members of other faiths who find that they have something in common with Christians. Seeking after beauty and recognizable goodness, we can together move forward unto a world more concerned with the question of truth, and more committed to finding its answer.

    Let these be our goals, and let this be our prayer. Amen."


    All of that is grand enough in its own vague way, but it practically means doing something. That something will take the form of an experimental series based upon my book. I've described to others the look I envision: "Ghibliesque", pushed a bit more towards the realistic side. Erin Holloway, a friend of mine, has already completed the designs for two characters, Satan and Eve.

    My question to all is whether anyone here would be interested in collaborating with me in this religious project. Ask me any questions you might have on your mind! Pax!

    +JMJ
     
  2. delsydebothom

    delsydebothom Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Hey all! I'd like to update this tread, hopefully to drum up a bit more interest in it. First, let me show you Erin Holloway's design for Satan: [​IMG]. Here is her design for Eve (not shown because she is nude, although it is not pornographic at all): http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/9959/everough.jpg

    Eve needs a voice. Anyone here interested? If so, you can PM me for more details. Pax!