EUROPEAN MALES’ SUPERNATURAL “CASTLE”–OVERVIEW
An impression from my research of primitive European males is that warring concepts filled up their mindsets about the Seen World while metaphorically using a “Castle in the air” as their Supernatural Unseen Realm place of residence. The reason for this setting is that an “Air Castle” is so easy to build; is untouchable compared to real things; is completely hidden and protected from attack; serves as an escape in which family members can take refuge; and, once at “home,” one is refortified in the rules and in renewing alliance relationships. This “Air Castle” was said to be a Mansion of the Beyond as well as the entrance to the “Other World.” It was like an enclosure or walled city designed to be a fortified stronghold of defense—the way in which the word “Castle” came to mean a fort. However, the spotlighted feature of an “Air Castle” is that it has no real Base upon which it rests–a feature which enhances the ability of its embattled Contingent Being “Lord” to ever be on the watch “all over.” Over time, this “Lord” was viewed by one group of Europeans in a religious sense; by another in a “warrior” sense; and by a third in a combination. The nature of this “Lord” varied significantly as each European civilization started formulating concepts of Unseen realms. A recorded crystallization of these three groups was done by the ancient Greeks.
A dominant version among them is that the “Castle of Darkness,” inhabited by a “Black Knight” became symbolic of the abode of Pluto (also called Hades and ‘Dis Pater’ by the Romans)– the Greek god of the lower world. Pluto’s palace is described as many-gated and crowded with innumerable guests. The plants sacred to him were the cypress and narcissus; black victims were sacrificed to him, as to all underworld powers; and he gradually evolved into a world of all things signifying riches–thereby being a personification of riches (the precious metals hidden in the earth). He ruled over the other powers below (a polytheistic conception of Supernatural Order) and over the dead–sternly and pitilessly. Yet, the spirits of the dead needed not to undergo only gloom and horror. Worthy spirits might go to a special section of Hades where all was blissful and happy. Subsequent evolving concepts of the “Lord” are varied and complex. For example, in the earliest sections of the Hebrew OT, the Black Knight or Satan is not an independent personage, nor even a maleficent being. In C6 BC, Satan appears in the OT as an individual angel, subordinate to God, and thereafter gradually becomes the source of all evil as a result of disbelieving in God and acknowledging no law except of man–concepts affected by extra-national influences. Throughout European history people who possessed hateful thoughts and demonstrated evil deeds were thought to be possessed by demonic spirits, including the Devil. Thus, a summary and gross oversimplification is that on the one hand, the underlying symbolism of all mediaeval tales and legends about a castle owned by a ‘wicked knight’ who holds captive all who approach his domain, refers to the Lord of the Underworld. On the other hand, the Castle of Light‘ is the ‘redemption’ aspect of this same image–symbolized in mediaeval art as causing the transcendent Soul.
The Castle’s splendor was said to be the achieving of the inconceivable and materialization of the unexpected (the eternal essence of Supernatural riches). Still, spotlighted interlocked Religion and Warrior traits include: (1) since “Air Castles” have no base upon which they rest, Believers must have Faith and Believe, without questions allowed because “knowledge,” leaders said, is the wisdom of these Faiths–and such Faith surpasses Reason; (2) there is the common disastrous error of saying: “my religion and/or warrior ways is/are the only true and wholly original one or, at least, is far better than all others”–“what I believe is the only right belief and what I do is the only correct practice”; (3) since “all outsiders” are heathen, pagan, ‘primitive,’ and savage, they must be suppressed or wiped out.” Such beliefs for their dogma resemble the megalomania mindset of the African god Set–e.g. outrageous self-importance; the ultimate in self-conceit; and obsession/compulsive infatuation of ones false, illusory, most petty and paltry egoistic self. Their Killing of others at the request of only the Catholic Church, according to Voltaire’s calculations, was no less than 10 ‘heretics’. Other religions killings are unrecorded. jabaileymd.com