Artist: Roxana Paul
A mature man in a red cassock walks into a temple through the high door decorated with the Babylonian bas-reliefs. He wears a horned cap and carries a cueniform, the simbol of knowledge, in his left hand, while he lift his right hand high in a blessing gesture. Two lamps decorated with bull heads on pedestals illuminate his path. The word Hierophant comes from the Greek word ‘hierophantes’ which means ‘one who shows or brings the light. The Hierophant is the archetype of education, organized religion and institutions. The Hierophant is also the guide between the world of humans and the spiritual world.
Nebo (sometimes known as Nabu), the son of Marduk, is the Babylonian god of wisdom, prophesy and writing. He was the personification of knowledge, and his name meant “the Announcer” which refers to his prophetic abilities. Nebo acted as a scribe to the gods, and he was in charge of the Tablets of Destiny. He also determined the destiny of each human according to the gods’ decisions, writing it on the tablets of the sacred record. Nebo had powers to prolong or cut human lives.
The Hierophant is an official leader of the belief system and a ruler of the religious establishment. He also is a keeper of religious traditions and rituals, as well as a gateway to secret knowledge and ancient wisdom. The Hierophant impersonates an exoteric orthodox doctrine, rules, and rituals. Following procedures and ceremonies, the Hierophant keeps cultural traditions, maintains discipline, honors rituals, and introduces taboos.
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