Please visit my friends website. She is a beautiful soul. So lovely and astonishingly talented!
The World's Great Religions: an educational multi- media presentation in visual art, essay, and word paintings by Contemporary American Historical Illustrator Howard David Johnson. The following is an excerpt from his page.
...the Queen of Heaven is a great example: the goddess was referred to by many names including Semiramis, Isis, Mama, Hera, Ishtar, (Easter), and others. The Queen of Heaven had such a strong cult following at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. that the Roman Catholic Church re-invented Mary in her image- completely embracing polytheism & pagan goddess worship. Even though they persecuted Pagans, Roman Catholicism combined Christianity with Paganism and many Protestant Churches retain her polytheistic doctrines to this day. The Protestant Reformation was more about where the money went than doctrine. "De'esse et chime're" below from the Book of Revelation portrays a mystic vision of this Christian/Pagan hybrid (For more related spititual art & themes visit the World Mythology or Symbolist Art Galleries below.) By the mid 20th Century Western Paganism was widely thought to have faded into history.
In spite of the highly technological environment of the 21st century revivals of ancient pagan goddess worship, animism, and nature worship in new forms are appearing all over the world.
Like all faiths, Pagans have also at times been systematically and brutally persecuted...
"I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won;
there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible,
but in the end they always fall."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
This is bizarre, disgusting and strangely compelling of interest. This guy is totally whacked and yet lucid and rational. Got to give him credit for being himself and putting himself out there... *shudder* The creepiest thing is the other people on this guys website!!! Need to go get another shower now. I feel unclean
Bolster'd with down, amid a thousand wants,
Pale Dropsy rears his bloated form, and pants;
"Quench me ye cool pellucid rills," he cries,
Wets his parched tongue and rolls his hollow eyes.
So bends tormented Tantalus to drink
While from his lips the refluent waters shrink;
Again the rising stream his bosom laves
And thirst consumes him mid circumfluent waves.
Divine Hygeia from the bending sky
Descending, listens to his piercing cry;
Assumes bright Digitalis dress and air;
Her ruby cheeck, white neck and raven hair;
Four youths protect her from the circling throng,
And like the Nymph the Goddess steps along,
O'er him she waves her serpent wreathed wand,
Cheers with her voice and raises with her hand
Warms with rekindling bloom his visage wan,
And charms the shapeless monster into man.
~Dr. Erasmus Darwin
Open The Door!
A KNOCK AT THE DOOR ~Inspirational and poignant movie, with beautiful artwork!
Protester Immolation Virtually Unnoticed