Saturday, September 28, 2019

Sheikha A. writes

When a laugh crinkles  my eyes to glint wild, know I hold you close. To nights dedicated to dreaming you into the pores of my being, I keep you prisoned. In between the layers of skin, of my face, I have you enshrined. A mausoleum of buried tears that surge out no more. The identity I now am, just one, is an independence of heart from its chest of safety’s escapism.
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Iosias sepultus in mausoleum patrum (2 Chronicles 35:24) -- Salvador Dalí

("Josiah Buried in the Mausoleum of  His Fathers" -- His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah. -- King James Bible)

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  1. Yosiyahu ("Josiah" -- "healed by Yah) was the grandson of Manasseh, the king of Judah who had restored the worship of Baal and Asherah, sponsored the Assyrian astral cult, and participated in sacrificing children to Moloch. When his son Amon, who had continued his father's religious practices, was assassinated by his servants,he was succeeded by his 8-year-old son Josiah. After a decade of rule he ordered the kohen gadol,the high priest, to renovate the temple, which led to the discovery of the lost Book of Deuteronomy which Joshua had received from Moses. Josiah responded by removing the worship of Baal and Asherah, destroying shrines in Beer-sheba and Samaria, reinstituting Pesaḥ (Passover celebrations), returning the Ark of the Covenant (which held the 10 Commandments and other artifacts) to the temple, executing pagan priests, and exhuming the bones of dead priests and burning them on their altars. The last righteous king of Judah, in 609 BCE he was mortally wounded at Megiddo by Egyptians who passed through his kingdom to support the Assyrians against the Babylonians. "And [the prophet] Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations" (2 Chronicles 35:25).


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