English Fantasies Put Real People To Work: The Art & Crafting Of Mock Historical Architecture
"In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or of such extravagant appearance that it transcends the range of garden ornaments usually associated with the class of buildings to which it belongs."
"18th century English gardens and French landscape gardening often featured mock Roman temples, symbolising classical virtues. Other 18th century garden follies represented Chinese temples, Egyptian pyramids, ruined abbeys, or Tatar tents, to represent different continents or historical eras. Sometimes they represented rustic villages, mills, and cottages to symbolise rural virtues. Many follies, particularly during times of famine, such as the Irish potato famine, were built as a form of poor relief, to provide employment for peasants and unemployed artisans."
"The Irish Potato Famine of 1845-49 led to the building of several follies. The society of the day held that reward without labour was misguided. However, to hire the needy for work on useful projects would deprive existing workers of their jobs. Thus, construction projects termed "famine follies" came to be built. These included roads in the middle of nowhere, between two seemingly random points, screen and estate walls, piers in the middle of bogs, etc."
Architecture - An English Folly source: ESL and Popular Culture
Walt Disney Crafted Worlds of Wonder Are Nothing New
The Triangular Lodge Folly
33: The Number of The Catholic Trinity?
Seems a bit masonic to me, but what do I know? I guess this guy was really into the power of three.
"The Triangular Lodge is a folly, designed and constructed between 1593 and 1597 by Sir Thomas Tresham near Rushton, Northamptonshire, England. It is now in the care of English Heritage. The stone used for the construction was alternating bands of dark and light limestone.
The lodge is Grade I listed on the National Heritage List for England. Tresham was a Roman Catholic and was imprisoned for a total of fifteen years in the late 16th century for refusing to become a Protestant. On his release in 1593, he designed the Lodge as a protestation of his faith. His belief in the Holy Trinity is represented everywhere in the Lodge by the number three: it has three walls 33 feet long, each with three triangular windows and surmounted by three gargoyles. One wall is inscribed '15', another '93', and the last 'TT'. The building has three floors, upon a basement, and a triangular chimney. Three Latin texts, each 33 letters long, run around the building on each facade."
Architectural Mythology & Freemasonry Explored:
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Frank Albo discussed Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan with Chris and John. Just recently this headline popped up online:
"Face/Off? Nic Cage seems more Moonstruck at Kazakh film festival"
"Actor’s bizarre garb and expression in photograph inspires internet meme"
"It’s not always easy being Nicolas Cage. One minute you are donning traditional dress at a film festival, the next a meme mocking your expression has quickly spread across the internet.
The Hollywood star was pictured in Kazakhstan, where he is reportedly attending the 13th Eurasia international film festival, and Twitter went into meltdown.
Many expressed mock-concern for Cage’s rabbit-in-the-headlights expression captured on Sunday, and questioned whether he was fully complicit in his visitto the central Asian country not renowned for its film production."
"This Viral Photo Of Nicolas Cage Perfectly Encapsulates 2017"
"Last weekend, Nicolas Cage visited Kazakhstan, donned a traditional outfit and then stared vacantly into the distance."
"Cage was a long way from home and, draped in heavy, fur-lined garments, appeared literally engulfed by a thing he didn’t understand. Like many Americans in 2017, he seemed entirely checked out, captivated only by the void."
"Cage was in Kazakhstan to attend the 13th Eurasia International Film Festival, which took place in the capital city of Astana."
An Asian Hollywood Evolves
Apparently Kazakhstan is known for its film production.
"Kazakhstan is utilizing its thriving film industry to define its own image on the international stage. The Almaty-based Kazakhfilm company has brought the work of young actors and directors to international audiences through the means of numerous scholarships and grants. Already it has created some of Kazakhstan’s biggest critical and commercial hits including the award-winning films “Harmony Lessons” (2013), “Shal” (2012) and “Myn Bala” (2011).
According to Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Culture and Sport , the company collaborates with various institutions like Zhurgenov National University of the Arts, the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, the New York Film Academy and the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television, in order to train budding film makers and actors in all technical and creative aspects of the art. “National film production” is a part of the national budget, and young filmmakers who fare well in the international film festival circuit are often given support from Kazakhfilm to create their next project if there is a script on a socially significant theme."
”Kazakhstan's film industry launched prominently in 1942 – 1944, when Soviet filmmakers Vsevolod Pudovkin, Dziga Vertov and Sergei Eisenstein were evacuated to Almaty during the Second World War."
Hallowed or Hollowed Towers
Steel Replaces Stone
The Two Become A One World Pillar: Commercialized Freedom Ain't Free
Walt Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Builds Sky Scrapers
"In Disney's 2004 action-adventure film National Treasure, Nicolas Cage plays a historian hunting for fortune hidden by Founding Fathers who were Freemasons, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. The baroque plot, with its allusions to far-reaching power across time and geography, plays into the public's long-running, conspiracy-minded fascination with the male secret society's lore.
As it happens, Walt Disney himself was a member of a Masonic offshoot youth organization, and many of the founding fathers of the entertainment business — including Louis B. Mayer, Tom Mix and Cecil B. DeMille – were Masons. When California membership peaked at 245,000 in the mid-1960s, L.A.'s nexus for the group, the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, had just been erected on Wilshire Boulevard in tony Hancock Park. (It later was used as a location in National Treasure.)"
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit - Sky Scrappers source: TresorsDisney
3 Disney Crafted Club 33's: Disney's World of Follies
"Club 33 is a set of private clubs located in three of the Disney Parks. The original is in the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland. Originally maintained as a secret feature of Disneyland, the existence of the club is now well known, with similar locations in Tokyo Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland, and new locations coming to Walt Disney World's four parks. Membership of the clubs is non-transferable between resorts."
"Of the many stories regarding the origin of the name of Club 33, two stories are the most prominent. The first and official explanation states Club 33 gets its name solely from its address of 33 Royal Street in New Orleans Square at Disneyland."
"Club 33 members and their guests have exclusive access to resort experiences, which vary depending on type of membership. In addition to the Club 33 restaurant, access may also include Le Salon Nouveau, a jazz lounge within New Orleans Square, and 1901, a lounge in Disney California Adventure; neither are open to the public. Club 33 is the only location within Disneyland Park to offer alcoholic beverages, although the park has a park-wide liquor license and has set up bars for private events—and alcohol is served at several locations within Disney California Adventure (DCA). However, DCA is a separate amusement park with its own admission turnstiles, so the tradition remains that alcohol is not available within Disneyland Park itself during normal operating hours."
source: Club 33 - Wikipedia
Disney's Oswald The Lucky Bunny Gets A JFK/Warren Commission Shout Out:
Lee Harvey "Oz" or "Ozzy The Rabbit" Oswald.
"He reminded me very much of a cartoon character at that time."
Kerry Wendell Thornley on Lee Harvey Oswald, Warren Commission Report
The Warren Commission Testimony Of Kerry Wendell Thornley
The Wizard of Oz Meets Disney
"Mr. JENNER. Did Oswald have a nickname?
Mr. THORNLEY. Not that I know of except Oz sometimes.
Mr. JENNER. Did you ever hear him referred to as "Ozzie Rabbit" ?
Mr. THORNLEY. Well, yes; I didn't realize that anybody else referred to him as such but I always thought of him as such. He reminded me very much of a cartoon character at that time. It was kind of pathetic. There was something about this little smile of his, and his expression on his face and the shape of his head, just the general, his general appearance established a definite association in my mind with some Warner Bros. cartoon character, I believe Warner Bros. And I, very recently, in a discussion with someone, describing Oswald mentioned that he reminded you of--I said: "I think there is a character called Oswald Rabbit who appears in movie cartoons." And they shook their head.
Now, I know where I got that particular example so I probably heard him referred to as "Ozzie Rabbit," though I don't recall specifically."
Kerry Wendell Thornley: 1962's Idle Warriors
"Kerry Wendell Thornley (April 17, 1938 – November 28, 1998, is known as the co-founder (along with childhood friend Greg Hill) of Discordianism, in which context he is usually known as Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst or simply Lord Omar. He and Hill authored the religion's seminal text Principia Discordia, Or, How I Found Goddess, And What I Did To Her When I Found Her. Thornley was also known for his 1962 manuscript, The Idle Warriors, which was based on the activities of his acquaintance, Lee Harvey Oswald, prior to the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Thornley was highly active in the countercultural publishing scene, writing for a number of underground magazines and newspapers, and self-publishing many one-page (or broadsheet) newsletters of his own. One such newsletter called Zenarchy was published in the 1960s under the pen name Ho Chi Zen."Zenarchy" is described in the introduction of the collected volume as "the social order which springs from meditation", and "A noncombative, nonparticipatory, no-politics approach to anarchy intended to get the serious student thinking."
Raised Mormon, in adulthood Kerry shifted his ideological focus frequently, in rivalry with any serious countercultural figure of the 1960s. Among the subjects he closely scrutinized throughout his life were atheism, anarchism, Objectivism, autarchism (he attended Robert LeFevre's Freedom School), neo-paganism, Kerista, Buddhism, and the memetic inheritor of Discordianism, the Church of the SubGenius."
Never Forget 9/11: The Mythic Power of World Trade & The Apocalypse of Jacob's Stairway Like Ladder To Heaven
All That Glitters is Not Always Backed with Gold: Money Makes The World Spin
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven - Live - Madison Square Garden New York - from the film, The Song Remains The Same
"I think this is a song of Hope."
This is where Bob Hope's endless World War USO Tours Led: The Modern Pop Concert
Ours is a world so absurd that Hollywood stars flew around the globe during a world war on a continuous comedy and entertainment tour.
Hollywood really love selling war to the public. It is profitable business.
Hollywood is a propaganda wing of the United States Government.
Hollywood has long been militarized and mobilized and the public is the target of this particular weapon.
"After being formed in 1941, in response to World War II, "centers were established quickly... in churches, barns, railroad cars, museums, castles, beach clubs, and log cabins." Most centers offered recreational activities, such as holding dances and showing movies. And there were the well-known free coffee and doughnuts. Some USO bases provided a haven for spending a quiet moment alone or writing a letter home, while others offered spiritual guidance and made childcare available for military wives.
But the organization became mostly known for its live performances called Camp Shows, through which the entertainment industry helped boost the morale of its servicemen and women. Camp Shows began in October 1941, and by that fall and winter 186 military theaters existed in the United States. Overseas shows began in November 1941 with a tour of the Caribbean. Within five months 36 overseas units had been sent within the Americas, the United Kingdom, and Australia, and during 1942 1,000 performed as part of 70 units. Average performers were paid $100 a week; top stars were paid $10 a day because their wealth let them contribute more of their talents.
These overseas shows were produced by the American Theatre Wing, which also provided food and entertainment for the armed services in their Stage Door Canteens. Funds from the sale of film rights for a story about the New York Canteen went toward providing USO tours of shows for overseas troops.
After the Invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, Edward G. Robinson was first movie star to travel to Normandy to entertain the troops. He had already been active back home selling war bonds, and donated $100,000 to the USO. During his show, he said, "This is the most privileged moment of my life, the opportunity to be here with you." The following month, Camp Shows began in Normandy."
Mythical 9/11 Gold Treasure: Money Makes The World Go Mad
"Gold, Recovery of The Towers’ buried treasure."
"Earlier in the morning, before the attack, an armored truck had made its way through an underground tunnel below the World Trade Center. Inside the truck was millions of dollars’ worth of bullion. Through a maze of underground tunnels, the truck had just left a vault in which Comex, the commodities exchange, kept thousands of gold [G2] and silver bars stacked on pallets, a warehouse of megariches beneath the city surface."
"The armored truck and the bullion inside were found in the first couple of days of the recovery effort, crushed along with other cars in the subbasement by falling steel; the driver had evidently escaped before the collapse. People thought the gold in the vault might be accessible to looters. But it turned out that the most difficult problem was bringing in electricity to rewire the vault doors. Soon, under the watch of dozens of armed guards, thousands of bars of gold and silver were hauled out of the bi-level 6,000-square-foot vault. All told, there were 379,036 ounces of gold, stacked in 30-pound ingots. There was much more silver, in bars as big as bread loaves, weighing 70 pounds per loaf. Eventually, workers hauled out all 29,942,619 ounces.
All the precious metal under the Towers was accounted for. At one point, as workers were hauling out the treasure, they broke for lunch. There were no tables or chairs. Instead, they ate their meals on stacks of gold bars."
Crafting the Myths We All Love: Recommended Reading Authored by Joe Campbell
Get yourself a copy of the Masks of God: Creative Mythology.
I also recommend the entire series.
"Creative Mythology is Volume IV of Joseph Campbell's The Masks of God. The book concerns "creative mythology", Campbell's term for the efforts by an individual to communicate his experience through signs, an attempt that can become "living myth"."
"Campbell writes that in "creative mythology", "the individual has had an experience of his own - of order, horror, beauty, or even mere exhilaration-which he seeks to communicate through signs; and if his realization has been of a certain depth and import, his communication will have the force and value of living myth-for those, that is to say, who receive and respond to it of themselves, with recognition, uncorked.” Campbell gives as examples Thomas Mann and James Joyce."
The Masks of God
"The Masks of God concludes with the volume Creative Mythology, in which Campbell shifts his attention from the myths of the past, created by anonymous authors, to those of the present, which have been created by such artists and writers as Dante, Joyce, and T. S. Eliot. He argues that a new mythology is needed, one that speaks to the entire human race in modern terms, and one that is created by the individual artist from his own life. The book, the New Yorker critic summarized, "deals with the modern `secular' use of myth to express individual experience." Gerald Sykes of the New York Times Book Review saw a "major implication" of the book to be that "although we were once given our myths by the group that nurtured us, now we must mine them painfully from the depths of our own experience." Newlove claimed that in Creative Mythology Campbell "is out to show the face of God burning away the received masks of culture and to herald the birth within." A Choice reviewer called Creative Mythology "a landmark in its field," while Bram concluded that it was "a major work of inspired scholarship that no student of mythology will be able to ignore.""
Three Times Three
"Joseph Campbell’s understanding of the monomyth as the common pattern that lies hidden within the great mythologies of man can be useful in helping to understand the role of the nine muses in this great mythological wisdom tradition underlining all cultures. This is the music and melody of the mystical lyre of Apollo and David. Campbell also in his writings writes about the nine muses. He states: “…so are the Muses-clothed in the garments of this world-not opposed to the unclothed Graces, but in triple rhythm (3 times 3) the earthly heralds of their paradisial dance. And they are nine because (as Dante tells of his own Muse, Beatrice) their root (the square root of nine being three) is in the trinity above. Beyond the frightening visage of all-consuming time, the arts-the Muses-initiate us to the enduring harmony of the universe, the planes or aspects of which are controlled by the planets and their spheres…” "
Isis, Osiris, Horus & Twin Towering Totem Pylons
"Pylon is the Greek term (Greek: πυλών) for a monumental gateway of an Egyptian temple(Egyptian: bxn.t in the Manuel de Codage transliteration). It consists of two tapering towers, each surmounted by a cornice, joined by a less elevated section which enclosed the entrance between them."
"In ancient Egyptian theology, the pylon mirrored the hieroglyph for 'horizon' or akhet, which was a depiction of two hills "between which the sun rose and set."
"Consequently, it played a critical role in the symbolic architecture of a cult building which was associated with the place of recreation and rebirth. Pylons were often decorated with scenes emphasizing a king's authority since it was the public face of a cult building. On the first pylon of the temple of Isis at Philae, the pharaoh is shown slaying his enemies while Isis, Horus and Hathor look on. Other examples of pylons can be seen in Luxor and Edfu."
source: Pylon (architecture) - Wikipedia
The 9/11 Twin Pillars of Truth: Never Forget The Mythical & Magical Power of Money
Buildings need to be built, torn down and built back up again. Busy workers need to get paid. The coin of the realm keeps the wheels of industry turning.
Artistically crafted bills of currency reinforce notions of National identity.
Dead Presidents become mass-produced idols for the commercial enterprise & secular religion known as National Government.
What is a Dollar? A History of the United States Dollar source: HistoricalSpotlight
THE ARTIFACT KNOWN AS MONEY REINFORCES FAITH IN FEDERAL POWER
Rockin The Pylon
"The Pillars of Hercules (Latin: Columnae Herculis, Greek: Ἡράκλειοι Στῆλαι, Arabic: أعمدة هرقل / Aʿmidat Hirqul, Spanish: Columnas de Hércules) was the phrase that was applied in Antiquity to the promontories that flank the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. The northern Pillar, Calpe Mons, is the Rock of Gibraltar (part of the British overseas territory of Gibraltar). A corresponding North African peak not being predominant, the identity of the southern Pillar, Abila Mons, has been disputed throughout history, with the two most likely candidates being Monte Hacho in Ceuta and Jebel Musa in Morocco."
Gibraltar: The British Overseas Territory That Borders Spain
"In ancient times, the two points marked the limit to the known world, a myth originally fostered by the Greeks and the Phoenicians."
A Monolithic Limestone Rock Altar
"The Rock of Gibraltar (Spanish and Llanito: El Peñón de Gibraltar, which stems from the Arabic Jabal Ṭāriq, "Tariq's Mountain"; originally called Calpe) is a monolithic limestone promontory located in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, near the southwestern tip of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. It is 426 m (1,398 ft) high."
"The Rock is Crown property of the United Kingdom, and borders Spain. Most of the Rock's upper area is covered by a nature reserve, which is home to around 300 Barbary macaques. These macaques, as well as a labyrinthine network of tunnels, attract a large number of tourists each year."
"The Rock of Gibraltar was one of the Pillars of Hercules and was known to the Romans as Mons Calpe, the other pillar being Mons Abyla or Jebel Musa on the African side of the Strait. In ancient times, the two points marked the limit to the known world, a myth originally fostered by the Greeks and the Phoenicians."
source: Rock of Gibraltar