Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Rig Veda-mancy

Is it a bit of a prophecy? The cryptic answer to a question from an oracle? Or something else? Is it received in a fantasy land or a future setting? You decide and use it as a 10-15 minute writing prompt.
"... are found the bonds that bind man last.

5 O'er Sire and Mother they have roared in unison bright with the verse of praise, burning up riteless men, Blowing away with supernatural might from earth and from the heavens the swarthy skin which Indra hates.

6 Those which, as guides of song and counsellors of speed, were manifested from their ancient dwelling place ..."

Maybe it was TV or the movies where I saw someone open the Bible randomly to get a passage to help them solve a problem they were having. Facade offers all sorts of divining methods: Tarot, I Ching, Runes, as well as Bibliomancy (which is what pulling a random passage from the Bible is called). They also will pull random excerpts from The Koran (Islam), the Rig Veda (Hinduism) and the Tanakh (Judaism). (I got evocative stuff from all except the Koran which was very wordy. I couldn't quite figure out what point all those words were getting at!)

The above is an excerpt from the Rig Veda (which means something like "praise verse of knowledge").
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