A Window on History, a Royal Wedding, Immigration, and
William and Kate Marry
Photos, Side Issues
Westminster Abbey Boy's Choir. Assimilation, immigration, colonialism in the positive.
1. On location.
London: A City of vast history, remaining its own distinct entity, divided into several London Boroughs, rather than participating in an overall county system. Counties and boroughs. Those apparently in the know say that parts of London may happen to be in a particular county geographically, it may be in another London borough economically. See http://www.englishforums.com/English/WhichCountyDoesLondonBelong/zjmjr/post.htm. And a basic source, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_of_London
2. An Event. The Wedding.
London is, of course, the site of Royals. Here is our update on London: a look at old Mithraism showing there, the Telly and the Wedding, Immigration seen in Westminster Abbey, and Hats. We sat with coffee, in bed, snapping pix. Credits. Photos by This Commoner at the Telly, fair use of tiny snaps. Wavy lines by Telly people going up and down the screen probably to discourage home photos. Undaunted, see here,
- The Balcony Kiss.
- Topics at the wedding:
- Integration and immigration at the Boys' Choir,
- The Telly and Changing mores (Elton John);
- Institutional religion's compromises with Mithraism early on, leading to non-christian beliefs.
- Hats. These also attend the Wedding: Royal, Wedding, Commoner, Clergy and Queen Victoria.
Best first. Nice cuppa, a little toast, a few pillows and enjoy. This, in case you could not tell, is a Commoner's home.
See FN 2; and an overview of Mithraism. Was that among the first major religious system that excluded women from participation, that primary religion of Rome, old as 2800 BCE. It appears that that element, among others of the old Roman State Religion, its militance, administrative skill, turf interest, was simply absorbed in order to get more converts for salesman Paul, regardless of its consistency with theology of the new Founder, whom Paul never knew.
Our traditions are more Paulian influenced Mithra, to woo Rome; than Christian, so it would appear.
So there it probably is. It appears that discrimination against women was not Jesus' idea, but was Paul compromising on theology with the Mithraists. Anything to get a convert, even misrepresenting a founder and twisting into a new doctrine.
What do the ribbons on the clergy signify? Curls? Long hair? What is the history of the mitre, the hat with two pointies.
These were Church of England clergy, but the two-horned mitre has a long history in the Roman Catholic church from which the protestants Sprang for various reasons. See its pagan origins at http://www.onlinechurch.com.au/pagan-origins-of-catholicism-the-fish-hat-mitre-2 That site tracks the two-horned mitre to the priests of Dagon, fish god of the Philistines. See also http://www.tofm.org/papacy/pope_mitre.htm. Of interest also are the vestiges of gnosticism, dualism that had been declared "heretic" because texts were interpreted other than the Roman orthodox wanted, see about horns of Mithra at http://www.gnosis.org/library/grs-mead/grsm_mythra.htm FN 1
Bride's hat: veil. Everyman's history is at http://www.veilubridal.com/history-bridal-veil.htm The sites are commercial, so need to find a more historical view.
Bishop's hat: Mitre from top view, all red inside. Now, that is weird and rather suggestive.
Other hats attract other kinds of attention.
William about to step into the carriage. Prince's hat, military. Is that the Welsh Guard?
More royal hats. And, in the Commoner's area, is that Queen Victoria? It looks like a Queen Victoria crown.
William entering carriage, Westminster Abbey
Telly view. Excellent.
FN 1 Mitre and the Two-Horned Hat
Why do traditional churches keep women out, but wear their clothes. Keep the part of history that bolsters your own status, but forget the rest. Progress only on fronts that benefit. Pass on the ruffles, for a religion founded by an anti-authoritarian itinerant pauper. Wealth. Hoard it. Show it. Maybe we need that?
Do we? We do know that the status of women in the Christian church, the traditional ones, is Outside.
Check your theological history.
This reflects, perhaps, Paul's need to placate the Mithra-ists of Rome, Mithraism as the State Religion before Christianization; and that took centuries. In about 300-400 CE Christianity was adopted (Constantine as emperor 306-337 CE) and a tenet of Mithraism was no participation by women, and much secrecy. The bull (see the double horned hat here?) also featured. See http://mithra2004.tripod.com/Cult%20of%20Mithra.htm. Click around for history, see also http://www.cais-soas.com/CAIS/Religions/iranian/Mithraism/mithraism_and_christianity.htm
See also Horns of Mithra, or other meaning, at Church of Saint Mary in Gdansk, Poland
Black Madonna, Horns of Mithra? Cathedral of St. Mary, Gdansk, Poland