It's a Sunni** day in Iraq, winds from the north, and ISIS resurrects her fallen husband

Well ok -- every time they say ISIS I think of the goddess.

And interestingly enough, the ISIS religion was dominant throughout Europe until 5th century C.E. when the loving Christians crushed what they called paganism.

Until then, they were in competition, and as delineated by one John Faulkner, since no religion emerges in a vacuum, any reading into both religions, however cursory, will make obvious how many tenets of early Xtianity were directed at the Isiaic religion -- you don't have to do this, you can do that, etc.

Of course this isn't the same ISIS as the goddess who -- most marvelously -- resurrected her dismembered husband by assembling all the pieces scattered by Set -- except one missing piece -- Osiris' penis, which had been devoured by an oxyrhynchus fish*
-- she carved one out of wood (pause for obvious "woody" joke here) and "blew the breath of life into him."  (And as most of the boys would say: 
"Son --if that don't make you stand up and shout, nothing will.")

Finally, in the 5th century, as Xtian missionaries wandering through Europe discovered a centuries-old statue of a woman with a child in arms in one town after another (to date, 11 or 12 such so-called "black madonnas" have been found).

They were clever enough to leave the statue in place and just change the name ("No, we don't call it Isis and Horus anymore, it's Mary and baby Jesus.")

And since the demons of pretty much every religion come from the religions of those who gave them trouble, imagine the surprise of the citizens of the city of Oxyrhynchus on the Nile, who worshiped the fish (or at least held it in high esteem for whatever reason -- food source, bringing rain, whatever) when the ISIS people swept down on them and killed everyone and destroyed their city.

*a species of fish of the Nile River which was important as the fish that ate the penis of Osiris, though it is not known exactly which species of fish this is. One possibility is a species of mormyrid, medium-sized freshwater fish that figure in various Egyptian and other artworks. Some species of mormyrid have distinctive downturned snouts, lending them the common name of elephantnoses among aquarists and ichthyologists. A figurine from Oxyrhynchus of one of these sacred fish has many attributes typical of mormyrids: a long anal fin, a small caudal fin, widely spaced pelvic and pectoral fins, and of course the downturned snout.

**As bizarre as religions can be, for all we know, the Sunni's of ISIS are a violent memorial tribute band for Bobby Hebb who died a few years ago.
Remember? Bobby Hebb? Sunny? 
Maybe what they're chanting is the lyrics translated into Arabic.
Remember what Mr Manson did with the lyrics to the Beatles' Helter Skelter.
Or a whole lot of violent folk did with Onward Christian Soldiers.
Or the cute little Singing Nun and her chirrupy little song, Dominique --
about how good old Dominic and his band of sociopaths killed several hundred thousand Cathars for disagreeing with something-or-other papal. (From which regional genocide came one of the most cynical retorts ever connected to mass murder. When Dominic asked the papal envoy supervising the slaughter: "How will we know to tell the true believers from the heretics?" The Pope's boy said: "Kill them all -- God will know his own."

So if the ISIS troopers ARE singing the Bobby Hebb song, maybe THAT's what the late Casey Kasem meant when he referred to "The Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah."


(OK, you tell me, if not what I'm saying, how any of this ISIS SUNNI SHITE business makes any sense any other way)

Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain
Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain
Now the dark days are done and the bright days are here,
My sunny one shines so sincere
Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny, thank you for the sunshine bouquet
Sunny, thank you for the love you've brought my way
You gave to me your all and all
And now I feel ten feet tall
Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny, thank you for the truth you've let me see
Sunny, thank you for the facts from A to Z
My life was torn like a wind-blown sand
Then a rock was formed when we held hands
Sunny one so true, I love you.

Sunny, thank you for that smile upon your face
Sunny, thank you thank you for that gleam that flows with grace
You're my spark of nature's fire
You're my sweet complete desire
Sunny one so true, yes I love you.

Sunny, yesterday, oh, my life was filled with rain
Sunny, you smiled at me and really really eased the pain
Now the dark days are done and the bright days are here,
My sunny one shines so sincere
Sunny one so true, I love you


Oh, one more bad semi-pun:  "And the Kurds have already gone a-whey."

It's as if everyone changes places or changes faces but the names all remain the same -- or as Randall Jarrell said many years ago:

"The tide goes in and out, but the sea and the sand remain the same."


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