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Letting go of ghosts
A huge part of my heart wants to be married to fantasies and ghosts, to bury myself in past hopes.
I don't trust that reality could ever write me a lover as perfect as I could, so I hold on to brief moments of sunsets and poetry, dreaming that if I keep tending to those fires, maybe one day you'll exist as I wrote you.
But the welcoming fire I think I'm tending in this hearth is actually cold ash that keeps my heart from being able to breathe.Part of me knows this, and chooses my heart's death over the disappointment of loss.
Come on, heart, help me clear out enough space to embrace what's real.
Hello dear friends, may I present the recently shown in the making photo of my new sculpture The Lost Boy Of Venice. But tonight I show this shot as a colour photograph, very soon I will be able to present photo no 5 , as the sculpture is slowly moving forward.
I will look forward to showing further developments on this project and I'm hoping this will get interesting as I start to develop the little ghost boy's face . Hope you're having a good week so far , keep well and Take care dear friends 🙌🙏🤗🖐️
The Alastor [Greek mythology; Christian demonology]
In Greek mythology, the name ‘Alastor’ refers to several individuals, including Zeus. It also the name of a specific group of malicious spirits or demons. In particular, an Alastor is an avenging spirit and is associated with a specific family, punishing the members of that bloodline for crimes and misdeeds. These punishments are dissed out on behalf of the Alastor’s host and were said to be the avengers of the dead.
When the Persians invaded Greece, the slave Sicinnus deceived Xerxes, making him send his troops right into an enemy ambush. Poets later claimed that Sicinnus was told to do so by an Alastor, implying that these spirits manipulate people into making decisions that end in bloodshed.
Note that the word ‘demon’ carries a distinctly negative connotation in English, but this wasn’t necessarily the case in ancient Greece: the word daimon (plural daimones), according to Hesiodos in the 8th century B.C., referred to the undead spirits of the people who lived in the mythical ‘golden age’. After dying, these people would return to the world of the living as invisible spirits. They were benevolent, distributing wealth to the living, as long as they were respected. But malicious demons also existed and in some cases, demons were associated with a particular individual and punished them for bad deeds. Or in the case of Alastor demons, with an entire family.
The name ‘Alastor’ was later carried over to Christian demonology as a specific demon: in this iteration, the devil Alastor delivers the sins of fathers onto their children. He also tempts mortals into committing murders. According to Jacques de Plancy’s 1818 Dictionnaire Infernal (see image), Alastor is the executor of decrees in Lucifer’s court of justice. Even among the demons of hell, he is said to be exceptionally cruel and severe.
Hastings, J. E., 1911, Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics, Volume IV, p.591, which you can read here.
Saniotis, A., 2004, Tales of Mastery: Spirit Familiar in Sufi’s Religious Imagination, Ethos, 32(3): pp 397-411.
De Plancy, J. C., 1818, Dictionnaire Infernal ou Recherches et Anecdotes sur les Démons, les Esprits, les Fantômes, etc., Paris, France.
Bane, T., 2014, Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures, McFarland, 416 pp.
Jones, L., 2005, Encyclopedia of Religion, Volume 4, Macmillan Reference USA, USA, 112 pp.
(image source: Louis le Breton, illustration for 1863 edition of ‘Dictionnaire Infernal’)