I have a question...when Nuli and Sima Yi change dominance over the body do they change appearances or does it remain with Nuli's appearance? I was just wondering as it seems that both Master and Servant seem to possess the same body. Scold me if I am wrong u____u;
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Not unrelated, persay. Humans can array time in two main ways, Teleologically (from beginning to end) or cyclically (move in circles with neither a beginning or end). Mayans and Hindus and to a degree babylonians fall under cyclical motifs, where as Christianity and, indeed, most western religions, tend to be teleological. So, while Mayans neither influenced nor were influenced by babylonians they do result from a common human method of explaining history.
Keep in mind the categories are broad and one can easily possess both. (Babylonian is an example of a belief structure that is both cyclical and teleological.
This might be totally unrelated but somehow this sounds like the belief of the Mayan mythology on how our world has "cycles" and what not.
Yeah it was a come idea in that time period. The Manicheans held to a similar idea though they played of the war between the good and evil gods more heavily and evenly. It may all stem back to babylonian roots based on the wars of Ahriman and... I forget what their good god's name was, but the point is Babylonian held that the good and evil gods had their powers wax and wane in millenia long cycles. Of which there would be... 13 if my memory serves.
^^7 That was a lot to digest for a visual arts major...but that's interesting that our world could be created by lesser deities and not by the supreme being.
Anyway, the problem I've been dealing with is that "gnosticism" is a category defined ENTIRELY by anti-heretical writers like Iraneus who had no real desire for an accurate depiction of rebellious sects. As such when the Nag Hammadi texts were found around 1945 scholars pointed and said "Gnostic". However, its not clear exact what should and what shouldn't be really considered Gnostic and whether that category had any meaning with the time period (we have little evidence that anyone actually called themselves "gnostic").
I was a religion/philosophy major for my Under graduate degree but I'm doing religious studies in my graduate work.
Anyway, Gnosticism is a belief system who origins are unclear but became associate with a "heretical" christian movement in the 2nd century. Its name derives from the belief in "gnosis" which is not just knowledge but a form of redemptive knowledge known only to a chosen few. Generally the cosmology focused on how the world was created by an ignorant lesser diety (Yaldabaoth, Samael, Saklas are some names used though he is often associate with the Hebrew God). However, some aeon (greater diety, Christ in the christian forms) brought knowledge to mortals of the greater realm of Gods. This knowledge acts as salvation. Thats sort of the penny version the Gnosticism.
^^ Are you an history major? Oh hmm never heard of that but after a quick search I sort of understand it. But care to explain it to me?
ps: Be gentle on the scholarly terms... ^^;
Oh okay. Interesting. Well, I study a lot of late period stuff since its my focus in grad school as I endeavor towards a professorship. I work a lot in egypt mostly dealing with the category known as "Gnosticism" (something I'm currently trying to deconstruct).