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Aug 4, 05 - 1:21 PM

It is very enjoyable reading the daily progress of the Tiggrs on Mount Kilimanjaro. This is a very educational forum, as now I know that this mountain is in Africa, when I had always thought it was in Japan!

Anyway, it led me to think that the Aristasian scholars might have some interesting things to say about the symbolism of mountains and of climbing them, in Aristasian philosophy. And the meaning of "from the mountain's rayant pinnacle" as quoted from a song recently. If it is something you would like to talk about, dear Ladies, I would very much like to hear.

Yours sincerely,

Suzanna Meredith
Sushuri Novaryana

Aug 4th, 2005 - 9:42 PM
Re: Mountains

Thank you for your question, Miss Meredith. In response, we have prepared for Elektrasace an old and very important essay entitled The Apple and the Mountain. I do hope you will find it valuable. It is written from a Filianic perspective, but the symbolism is, in any case, universal.

I shall comment on the verse that contains "the mountain's rayant pinnacle" shortly. In the meantime, however, in relation to the Imperial symbolism of the Mountain, you may be interested to re-read the symbolism of the Aristasian Flag (or Empress's Standard). I suggest you read The Apple and the Mountain first and then re-read the flag piece.
Sushuri Novaryana

Aug 5th, 2005 - 1:09 PM
Re: Mountains

As promised, a word on that verse. It is the first verse of an Aristasian patriotic song which has rather a catchy tune. I would hum it to you, but I am not very good musically! The verse is as follows
From the mountain's rayant pinnaclé
To the troublèd waters of the sea,
O Rayan, thy rule doth run
As coursers of the sun,
We pledge allegience unto thee.
As you will no doubt perceive, the symbolism of this verse relates closely to the symbolism of the Sacred Mountain and its surroundings, especially as outlined in the essay on the Aristasian Flag.

"The mountain's rayant pinnaclé" is the summit of the mountain as centre of the world. Rayant (or radiating) indicates its influence raying out in all directions (symbolised in the Flag by the four radiating arms of the cross). At a higher level this would refer to the radiating influence of Dea Herself, the Supreme Centre of being in creating and sustaining all the manifest world. At this level it refers to the Empress as the Princess regent - Dea's representative on earth - spreading her influence over the whole Empire.

"The troublèd waters of the sea" represent the outermost bounds of being. The chaotic realms furthest from the centre (beyond the circle on the Flag). While the Centre is still, the unmoved Mover, the periphery, by contrast is the most turbulent and agitated area. One recalls the Aristasian Scriptural passage "Earth moves but Heaven is still. The rim revolves but the Centre remains without motion".

The association of the radiating (rayant) rule with sun-rays is natural, and the depiction of sun-rays as horses is a very traditional association (we must speak soon of the symbolism of the horse).

Rayan was the legendary first Empress of the pre-Cairen Empire, from whom all later empresses derive their authority. She is said to be the earthly daughter of Sai Raya, the sun.