Weeping for Tammuz: The Queen of Heaven and the dying god. (via Queen of Heaven)

I thought this was an outstanding post for Good Friday. I hope someone else enjoys it as much as I.

Weeping for Tammuz: The Queen of Heaven and the dying god. The Queen of Heaven mourns her loss

Nothing sums up the meaning of the Christian Good Friday like Michelangelo’s gorgeous sculpture of Mary grieving over her crucified son. Scenes like this, called pietas, or lamentations, became popular especially among women in 14th century Europe. Perhaps without even realizing it, the artists who created these images were restoring the Queen of Heaven to one of her oldest roles – that of the one who sheds tears over the loss of the dying god who will conquer death.  This is a very old motif, far older than Christianity.   Read More

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4 thoughts on “Weeping for Tammuz: The Queen of Heaven and the dying god. (via Queen of Heaven)

  1. Hey Xcntrik, thanks for the link. Glad you liked it. You talked me into reading Who Wrote the Bible, BTW. It’s very clear and engaging and I’m enjoying it.

    Posted by Carisa | April 26, 2011, 8:52 pm
    • I did enjoy “Weeping for Tammuz” and thought it quite appropriate for the Easter season. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

      I would always greatly enjoy discussing anything you may find interesting in Friedman’s book.

      Posted by Xcntrik | April 29, 2011, 5:46 pm
  2. There is a program running on the History Channel Easter Sunday morning called “Banned from the Bible,” in which scholars discuss the exclusion of books such as Enoch and the Gospel of Mary, if anyone is interested. Should be on for several hours as it will be followed by “Banned from the Bible, II.” Hey X, this site looks different every time I come here! It seems easier to find everything now. I like it. Keep up the good work, brother.

    Posted by Fish | April 24, 2011, 9:12 am

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