The Creation Challenged The Gods’ Bane
The Creation challenged the ‘Gods’ Bane’, an unquenchable thirst for self-satisfaction, but without purpose. Moreover, to pass their waking hours,and grasp sought after satisfaction most gods plotted, fought, hunted, gambled, gorged, and engaged in loveless rampant sex. In many ways, the gods resembled a bunch of crack heads. Each fix was less effective than the last. As a result, of injuries sustained in the pursuit of meaningless self-satisfaction, the older gods could not recreate the excitement of their youth. Hence, their despair and a desire to die ensued. As each day arrived, the horror of their immortality dawned upon them. To avoid their sad existence, many slept and dreamed of youthful glory days. Consequently, some did not bother waking up, their only true means of escape.
Two young gods, Rigantona and Belenus lay exhausted from their tender yet passionate love-making. Thereafter, cradled in each other’s arms, they searched for a purpose. A purpose designed to give them more than fleeting satisfaction and avoid the fate of their elders. In a moment of mutual inspiration, they decided to create a garden imbued with love and the Essence of the Gods. They planned it with loving care because they intended live there.
The Creation Cauldron
Firstly, they mixed the Elements with the Essence of the Gods in the large Creation Cauldron, and then distilled the concoction, thereby attempting to remove all evil. The cauldron’s contents spilled into the void, and gave birth to the heavens, with an unformed garden at its centre. The young gods ceaselessly stirred the heavens igniting them; light permeated the darkness and they beheld its beauty. They separated light and dark, so creating day and night.
Secondly, they separated the garden from the heavens, which cooled and took shape. Thereafter, they named their garden Gaia and the firmament above Heaven.
Thirdly, sculpturing Gaia, they separated the waters from the land, thereby creating six continents with mountains and valleys. From the land and seabed, they brought forth every kind of plant. The largest land mass where humankind would live they named Mangaia. The gods would live on Mona, an island northeast of Mangaia. At its centre, they built the Black Tower, which reached to the heavens, and would be home for themselves and 24 other young gods, the Acolytes.
Fourthly, they placed lights in the firmament to divide day and night and to act as signs for the days, seasons and years. Following this, they formed two great lights, the greater the sun to rule the day and give warmth, and the lesser the moon to rule the night.
Creatures Of The Creation
Fifthly, they filled the seas with fish, great whales and other wondrous creatures that moved through the waters. Then they filled the skies with birds, and added the beasts of the fields and the forests.
Sixth, they formed the Impenetrable Mist to protect Mona. Most important, they fashioned the Acolytes’ Crystal and Round Table to place at the centre of the Black Tower. Through this, they could view all of Mona. Lastly, they created man and woman, in their own images, to whom they gave dominion over all the plants and the beasts of the fields.
Resting, they marvelled at their creation. The gods walked among Mona’s tribes, and humankind was grateful for the gift of life and the talents bestowed upon them.
The Creation’s Laws
The Creation’s laws were inherent in the Essence that, in the beginning, Rigantona and Belenus had added to the Creation Cauldron. Subsequently, to each tribe they gave a copy of the laws, inscribed on tablets of pure gold.
- Respect all others.
- Respect and replenish the land.
- Respect and care for the plants and beasts over which you have dominion.
Thou shall not
- Commit murder.
- Commit incest.
- Speak falsely.
- Envy another’s possessions.
Thou shall never
- Hunt for sport.
- Kill the creatures of Rigantona, the elephants, or the creatures of Belenus, the tigers.
Rigantona, Belenus and the 24 acolytes retained their immortality provided they remained on Mona. However, short visits to the mainland made no difference, but if they stayed there longer than one hundred years their divine powers dwindled; they aged and died. By coincidence one hundred years was the time allotted to the men and women of Gaia. The main risk to an acolyte’s immortality was falling in love with a mortal resulting in death from a broken heart. Ten of the original acolytes suffered broken hearts in the first ten millennia, but children of those remaining replaced them, including the four daughters of Rigantona and Belenus
Of the four tribes on Mona, The Viriyana was closest to the gods, in spirit. These hunter-gathers occupied the central forest area and blessed with unrivalled creativity. With this, they produced exquisitely crafted woodwork and metalwork. The other tribes were farmers and fishers, occupying the eastern, western and southern plains. Over time, each developed their own distinct culture and societies. Yet, all lived in peace and harmony within their own communities and with each other.
The gods never asked for adoration and worship, although it pleased them to be welcomed wherever they went on Mona. Their reward was to see humankind fulfilling and enjoying the gift of life. The Viriyana built a temple to thank the gods for this gift; it also served as nursery and school for their children. In return, the gods gave the Viriyanian women the power of spiritual and physical healing. Over time, the temple would attain greater importance in maintaining the spiritual purity of the tribe and Mona. Other tribes celebrated the changing of the seasons, the most important event being the winter solstice at which they welcomed the rebirth of the cycle of life.
Land of the Ancestors
All the tribes shared the same fundamental concept of perpetual rebirth; it was not the reincarnation of multiple lives or an afterlife in Heaven. They believed the body returned to the elements, whilst the soul returned to the essence. Besides, the essence absorbed each life’s wisdom and experience passing it on to future generations. Humankind euphemistically referred to the Essence of the Gods as the ‘Land of the Ancestors’, the true meaning of which would eventually be lost.
The author Russell Chapman, makes no apology for using the essential elements of Genesis.