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 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
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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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 main characters in Soul Of The Beast and Awakening Of The Beast, are forced to go without sleep for days. Below are excerpts from the website SLEEPIO:
[How long can we survive without sleep? We don't actually know. What we do know is sleep, like breathing] is a fundamental human requirement. It has even been said that one could survive for three times as long without food as one could without sleep. [One animal experiment] found that depriving rats entirely of sleep resulted in their death, or near-dying state, within 11-32 days…
Thugs were very real. They were an Indian assassin cult. Their name for themselves was Thuggee, but the British called them Thugs. Here is what the Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained says about Thugs:
No organized cult of killers has ever murdered as many people as the Thuggees. In the 1830s this Indian secret society strangled upward of 30,000 native people and travelers as sacrifices to their goddess Kali… Continue reading
…”a member of some religions (such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) who delivers messages that are believed to have come from God.”
[The messages spoken by prophets are frequently the repeating of the messages and prophesies ... already given by God through other prophets. Their words can also be new messages and prophesies from God. There are multiple prophets in the Bible such as Moses, Jeremiah, Isaiah, John, Elijah, Elisha and Daniel. Islam is based on the prophesies and teachings of the prophet Muhammad.]
What Does A Prophet Talk About? Continue reading
In SOUL OF THE BEAST, there is an ancient map that shows an ocean separating India from the Asian continent.The map is fiction, but the ocean was real and is called the Tethys Ocean.
The ancient ocean existed until the land mass of India shifted north and collided with Asia. When India and Asia came together, that eliminated the ocean and forced the land up. This elevation of the land is known today as the Himalayan Mountains. The movement of continents is called continental drift or tectonic shift and is still happening today.
Tectonic drift didn’t just happen between Asia and India. If you look at a map of the world, you’ll see that the continents of Europe, Africa, North America and South America fit together like large pieces of a puzzle. That is because they were once part of a single and much larger land mass called Pangaea. (See the map above.) Unlike the collision of the Asia and India continents eliminating an ocean, here the movement of tectonic plates created large bodies of water and split the “super continent” into smaller continents.
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The age of old things is most often taught as fact. What teachers and scientists don’t tell us (and often don’t know) is the techniques used to determine the age of old things are often based on assumptions [educated guesses] and can be wrong. Below are some examples of how old things are dated and how the dating can be wrong.