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    This is the vision of the hero Esfular, by whose hand the apostasy of Suranty is cast down.

    And an angelos of fiery visage came to me and took and brought me to a place in which those who were there were like flaming fire, and, when they wished, they appeared as men. And they brought me to the place of darkness, and to a mountain the point of whose summit reached to the highest place in heaven. And I saw the places of the luminaries and the treasuries of the stars and of the thunder and in the uttermost depths, where were a fiery bow and arrows and their quiver, and a fiery sword and all the lightnings. And they took me to the living waters, and to the fire of the west, which receives every setting of the sun. And I came to a river of fire in which the fire flows like water and discharges itself into the great sea towards the west. I saw the great rivers and came to the great river and to the great darkness, and went to the place where no flesh walks. I saw the mountains of the darkness of winter and the place whence all the waters of the deep flow. I saw the mouths of all the rivers of the earth and the mouth of the deep.

    And I proceeded and saw a place which burns day and night, where there are seven mountains of magnificent stones, three towards the east, and three towards the south. And as for those towards the east, was of coloured stone, and one of pearl, and one of jacinth, and those towards the south of red stone. But the middle one reached to heaven like the throne of Makanos, of alabaster, and the summit of the throne was of sapphire. And I saw a burning wind, and knew that I looked upon the seat of Orlathos.

    And the angelos said to me: ‘Here stand the fourteen, the emanations of Makanos, who make known the unknowable: Acos, the unmoved; Nakala, the cold; Uleria, the warmer; Orlathos, the highest, the lord of change; Gatanalda, mistress of bounty; Lhankorenoaros, truthspeaker; Elimalos, the orb; Erematos Salphos, the treacherous; Karganos Umathos, the disruptor; Megastamakos, the flood; Adkoranatos, the champion; Elissarios, the gatekeeper; Chalana Arilora, mistress of healing; the Vessel, who shall not be named.

    And she showed all things to me and wrote them down for me: also their names she wrote for me, and their laws and their companies.

    [Critics of this pericope argue that it names 15 deities, or 28, or 29, or that interpretation in terms of a defined number of deities is problematic.]

    #7243
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    Jeff, thought this was great. Do the Esvulari follow a similar tradition? (I had them down as pretty much on this page also.) No reference here to the “Chariot” part of the movement’s title. One would be tempted to speculate that this perhaps resonates with the mystery traditions of the ancient near east and levant which involved ritualised ascent to the deity, often passing through the various gates or parts of heaven, and concluding with the worshipper blessing her or his god. In Judaism these practices came to be “merkavah [chariot] mysticism”. Interestingly these traditions are branded as ‘theurgic’, not in the sense of divine intervention in human affairs, but rather in the sense of humanity shaping the divine. Sounds very much like Surantyr’s experience…

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    Gentlemen, in a similar vein, there seems to be no link to the Red Line Histories “Zero Wane” page that works…

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