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Editor’s Note:  One most certainly has to ponder the perverse sexuality and predisposition of a culture that promoted such savagery in the name of piety, including Muslims who gelded their slaves that eventually turned on them as well. Gelded African slaves are still in demand to this day in the Middle East.  What follows is, in essence, precedent for the Catholic cum Christian Credo.  Classicists traditionally have hidden perversions and homosexuality behind facades of dignity [1] and superior knowledge banks – often in Ivory Towers, shadowy halls of governance and monkish domains – or in the barracks of private armies.  The Catholics in particular have done this, much to the dismay of their congregations who still don’t perceive these ancient Satanic origins that were once quite public.  Supposing superior intellect and talent must be “worshipped,” the world’s fan clubs embrace this as an apology for the sinfulness of so-called gifted-persons.  One must bear in mind that some gifts are contracted with demons for temporal gain while other perversions have been dropped from the list according to man’s heedlessness in conformity to contemporary morality.

Pagan Origin of the Christian Eucharist

Attis was a typical “god without a father,” the Virgin’s son.  He grew up to become a sacrificial victim and Savior, slain to bring salvation to mankind.  His body was eaten by his worshipers in the form of bread [the Eucharist of Attis].  He was resurrected as “The Most High God, who holds the universe together.” — [Hindu and Christian Claim for their saviors] Like his priests he was castrated, then crucified on a pine tree, where his blood poured down to redeem the earth. [i]

On Semen (oros): A quick introduction:

The Greek ouros (Latin urus) was a wild bull, and the bous ouros was the “primeval bull” of life (Latin bos primigenius), corresponding to the oriental Bull of Heaven Taurus; his life-giving water was ouron or urine and oros, semen, vital fluid. It was carried by the ouros or wind from the lofty sky or ouranos, which was a mountain or oros (oureos), that limits and guards (ouron, ouros) the world and from which the guardian (ouros) keeps watch. Sacramental ingestion of semen was practiced in ancient Thrace and Greece, where they believed that in homosexual love “the virtues of the lover were transferred to the beloved. It was believed that this happened physically through the transmission of the semen which contained [a part of] the essence of the soul…” (Wellesley 1973).  This idea contributed immensely to the ideal of man-boy love in ancient Greece, (although such devotion later fell into disfavor, and eventually led to the execution of Socrates).

 See Campbell’s Mithraic Iconography, p. 248-49.

Author’s Note:  We will see later how this became the Gnostic Communion rite.

On the Castrati

 It has just been announced (mid-July, 2006) that the remains of the castrato, Farinelli have been exhumed so scientists can study what made the voices of the castrati (besides castration). Born Carlo Broschi in 1705, but known as Farinelli, he is the man who cured the King of Spain of his depression by singing to him…  Farinell’s stage career lasted from 1720 to 1737.  At the height of the popularity of the castrati, he was one of the most famous.  The best castrati were as rich and famous as a rock star today… The castrati (that’s the plural) were boys who were castrated before puberty to preserve the purity and sweetness of the little-boy voice… With voices frozen in time, they went on to develop a huge lung capacity, giving the voice a special quality. They were often quite large and sometimes fat. An unfortunate analogy is to the ox (a castrated bull), which is generally bigger and stronger than a bull, with more endurance…  Farinellli was no mistake.  He was beautiful in appearance and his voice was truly exceptional by reports made at the time. He reputedly had a range of more than 3 ½ octaves, could sing 250 notes in a single breath, and sustain a note for more than a minute. [ii]

Castration as a means of subjugation, enslavement, or other punishment has a very long pedigree, dating back to ancient Sumeria.  In a Western context, eunuch singers are known to have existed from the early days of the Byzantine Empire.  In Constantinople, around 400 C.E., the empress Eudoxia had a eunuch choir-master, Brison, who apparently employed the use of castrati in Byzantine choirs. By the ninth century, eunuch singers were well known (not least in the choir of Hagia Sophia), and remained so until the sack of Constantinople by the Western forces of the Fourth Crusade in 1204. Their fate from then until their reappearance in Italy more than three hundred years later remains unclear, though it is likely that the Spanish tradition of soprano falsettists may have hidden castrati…  In the 1720s and 1730s, at the height of the castrati craze, it has been estimated that upwards of 4000 boys were castrated annually in the service of art… The whole of Europe was infatuated with castrati. They were adored where ever they performed. In Austria, England, Germany, Poland and Russia they were received as deliriously at the courts of Emperors and Tsars as at public theatres.  They were idolized as much as today’s androgynous rock stars such as Michael Jackson, David Bowie or Prince who, two centuries later, have the same international notoriety and delight crowds around the world… Castrati tended to be volatile, conceited, and almost impossible to get along with. Composer George Frederick Handel’s notorious shouting matches with his castrato Senesino, for instance, were well-known throughout England. Many of the castrati’s well-documented personality disorders were a direct result of their disfigurement, as well as their inability to lead normal sex lives. Despite public admiration for their singing, they were also prone to much ridicule regarding their physical condition.

(New World Encyclopedia See Endnote [iii] for bibliography)

… [In China] Parents would send their boys to aristocratic households for sexual use – if volunteered as a eunuch, the parents would have their boys’ genitals cut off, which the parents carried with them in a jar. In some areas, male marriage to boys was so popular that there are records of sacrifices to patron deities of pederasty.

Sex for boys in the Middle East is said to begin in infancy and continue throughout childhood. Parents and others masturbate the infant’s penis in order “to increase its size and strengthen it,” and older siblings have been observed playing with the genitals of babies for hours at a time. As the boy gets older, mutual masturbation, fellatio and anal intercourse are said to be common among children, particularly with the older boys using the younger children as sex objects as a reaction to the over stimulation of the family bed. Pederasty of boys by the men in and near the extended family is said by an Arab sociologist to be common, since “the mere sight of pretty boys is regarded as disturbing and terribly tempting.” Moralists often find it necessary to issue warnings such as these: “A man should never spend the night in a house with beardless boys” and “Do not sit next to the sons of the rich and noble: they have faces like those of virgins and they are even more tempting than women.”

“The Universality of Incest” by Lloyd DeMause; Journal of Psychohistory 19 (2) Winter 1991

[1] Frederic Mitterrand (pic above) the Culture Minister, denied that passages of his book, The Bad Life, described sexual encounters with underage boys… he condemned sex tourism and paedophilia, saying he had only paid for sex with men his age.   How nice! (BBC News 8 Oct 09)

[i]       Walker, The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, p. 77

[ii]          Body of Farinelli Exhumed to Study Castrati   by Susan Dunn

[iii]             Castrati: References:

Bontempi, G. Historia Musica. Perugia, 1695.

Casanova, G. Memoirs. Translated by A. Machen. London, 1894.

Clapton, N. Moreschi, the Last Castrato. London, 2004.

Haböck, F. Die Kastraten und ihre Gesangskunst. Berlin, 1927.

Heriot, A. The Castrati in Opera. London, 1956.

Scholes, P., ed. Dr Burney’s Musical Tours in Europe. London, 1959.

Pleasants, H. “The Castrati.” Stereo Review, July 1966.

Rosselli, J. The Castrati as a Professional Group and a Social Phenomenon, 1550-1850. Basel, 1988.

Moran, N. Byzantine castrati. Cambridge, 2002.

Tougher, S., ed. Eunuchs in Antiquity and Beyond. London, 2002.