Destiny plays a large and subtle part in the Soul of the Beast, Destiny is the invisible force that controls history and, through a series of preordained events, leads to inevitable outcomes. The words Destiny and Fate are used interchangeably but have a subtle difference. With Destiny, events and outcomes are determined by the inherent nature of the universe and “fixed in stone”. With Fate, events and outcomes are determined by the actions of people or a force, such as a god, and can be changed. Fate in ancient times was represented by the image of three women weaving the lives of humans into a fabric.
(Regarding a poker game) It’s not cheating when all the money on the table is yours. (Mick)
When there is only one choice, choose it. (Mick)
When you got people afraid of you, you’ve got real power. (Mick)
Getting you in won’t be hard. But getting you out, that’s the tricky part. (Mick)
(Also about a poker game) That wasn’t cheating. That was livening up the game. (Mick)
The only remedy for a bad defense was a good offense. (John)
Living on the streets teaches you where the bodies are buried. (Mick)
The live dog is better than a dead lion. (Mick quoting the Bible.) Continue reading
The second book in the Beast series, Awakening the Beast, talks about an ancient building called the Tower of Babel. This comes from the Bible and the book of Genesis 11:1-9. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia that explain more about the tower:
WHAT IS THE TOWER OF BABEL?
The story of the city (and tower) of Babel is recorded in Genesis 11:1-9. Everyone on earth spoke the same language. … People [built] a city and a tower with its top in the sky, to make a name for themselves… God … remarked that as one people with one language, nothing that they sought would be out of their reach. God … [made the people speak] in multiple different languages). Unable to] understand each other … the people drifted apart and ) scattered …over the face of the earth… they stopped building the city. [The name of the city was Babel from which we get the word babbling.] Continue reading
The Jackal plays an important part in Awakening The Beast. However, the animals in the story are fiction. Real jackals are much smaller and none of them are pure black or have blue eyes. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia about real jackals.
The jackal is a small- to medium-sized …[dog-like animal. There are] three species: the black-backed jackal, the side-striped jackal of sub-Saharan Africa, and the golden jackal of northern Africa … Continue reading
Soul of the Beast takes place in 1886 during the time of the British Empire. At the time, many Irishmen were convicted of the same felony. Their crime? Stealing food to feed their starving families. For punishment, they were sent to the penal colony in Australia. Below are excerpts from an online article on the subject by Independent Australia. You can read the article by clicking on the link.
In the early [1800's], …Australia became the first [British] colony to build a society [based] on the labour of convicted felons…Between 1787 and 1852, more than 150,000 convicts were transported to eastern Australia … around 50,000 prisoners being of Irish origin… minor thefts [like stealing food to survive were the predominant reasons for the Irish convictions]… Continue reading
In Soul of the Beast, John and Mick call each other mates. What does that mean?
Being mates means you are more than friends. You are brothers and sisters who will never desert each other and would die for each other if necessary.
How do people become mates? By going through extreme situations with other persons. For men that can be fighting side by side in wars and battles. Men and women become mates when they go through the challenges of married life together. These include disease, money struggles, aging, and the raising and sometimes death of children.
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Pyramids play a major part in Awakening the Beast. Below are excerpts from an article on pyramids in Wikipedia.
A pyramid … is a structure whose outer surfaces are triangular and converge to a single point at the top… The base of a pyramid can be [3 or 4 sided] and has at least three outer triangular surfaces… The square pyramid, with a square base and four triangular outer surfaces, is a common version.
…Pyramids have been built by civilizations in many parts of the world…. the Great Pyramid of Khufu [in Egypt is] the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still remaining. … The largest pyramid by volume is the Great Pyramid of Cholula [in Mexico.] Continue reading
The immediate response from most of us is NO.
Then why are Dragon myths in cultures all around the world? There are the Chinese dragons and the English story of St. George and the Dragon. The Bible talks about a dragon in the book of Revelation. The aborigines of Australia have a verbal history about a dragon like creature that they hunted to extinction. Native cultures in North, Central and South America have legends of dragons. The most famous example is the Aztec god, Quetzalcoatl.
Dinosaurs are dragon like creatures. Could dragon myths be a cultural memory about dinosaurs? For people to remember dinosaurs, dinosaurs and people would have to exist at the same time. Scientists tell us that’s impossible because dinosaurs were extinct long before man walked the earth. Dinosaurs lived up until 250 million years ago. Man has only been on the earth for 5 million years.
The experts are wrong about this, and it’s easy to prove.Because DINOSAURS ARE ALIVE TODAY. These living dinosaurs are so familiar that we don’t recognize them for what they are. Below is a partial list of living dinosaurs with their pictures. Look at each picture and ask yourself, could this be a living dinosaur? The answer for each is obviously yes, and the fossil record confirms it. Continue reading
Animal (and human) sacrifices have been a terrible reality of many cultures for thousands of years. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia about the subject.
Animal sacrifice is the ritual killing of an animal as part of a religious event. It is practiced as an act of obedience and as a means of appeasing a god or gods and changing the course of nature. Animal sacrifice has [been a part of] almost all cultures [to include the] Hebrews … Greeks… Romans … Ancient Egyptians [and] Aztecs.
[Human sacrifice has[also] been practiced by many cultures. The reasons include:
…death of a king, high priest or great leader; the sacrificed [humans] were supposed to serve or accompany the deceased leader in the next life…
…times of natural disaster. Droughts, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc. were seen as a sign of anger or displeasure by deities, and sacrifices were supposed to lessen the [god's anger]…
The Aztecs practiced human sacrifice on an unusually large scale; a sacrifice [was] made every day to aid the sun in rising… the dedication of the great temple at Tenochtitlán [required the sacrificing of thousands [of people]….
The Phoenicians of Carthage were reputed to practice child sacrifice…, there is archaeological evidence of large numbers of children’s skeletons buried … with sacrificial animals.
Human sacrifice still happens today as an underground practice …Human sacrifice is no longer officially condoned in any country, and [is now] regarded as murder.
The Valley of the Kings plays a large part in Awakening the Beast. it is the burial site of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and royalty. The best known pharaoh to be buried there was Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut.
Below is an excerpt about the Valley from the Supreme Council of Antiquities [http://www.sca-egypt.org/].
Nestled in the cliffs on the west bank of the Nile [River is the] Valley of the Kings, home to the tombs of the great pharaohs… (1550 – 1070 BC). They are hidden within a wadi (or valley)… Continue reading