COMO TRADUZIR A BÍBLIA: THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TRANSLATION (Vol. VIII) – NIDA, Eugene & TABER, Charles, 1969 (1982)

Os 7 primeiros volumes são devotados a controvérsias bíblicas.

GLOSSÁRIO POLIGLOTA

heap: monte (amontoado)

quiasmo: “(do grego khiasmós, -oû, disposição em cruz, arranjo diagonal) substantivo masculino; (Retórica) Figura composta de um paralelo ou uma dupla antítese cujos termos se cruzam (ex.: é preciso comer para viver e não viver para comer).”

PREFACE

This volume on The Theory and P. of Tr. is the logical outgrowth of the previous book Toward a Science of Translating (1964)” “In this vol. the illustrative data are drawn primarily from the field of Bible translating. (…) Bible transl. has a long tradition (it began in the III BC), involves far more languages (1393, by the end of 1968[!]), is concerned with a greater variety of cultures, and includes a wider range of literary types (from lyric poetry to theological discourse) than any comparable kind of translating.”

1. A NEW CONCEPT OF TRANSLATION

It is estimated that at least 100.000 persons dedicate most or all of their time to such work (translation), and of these at least 3.000 are engaged primarily in the translation of the Bible into 800 languages, representing about 80% of the world’s population.”

One specialist in translating and interpreting for the aviation industry commented that in his work he did not dare to employ the principles often followed by translators of the Bible (…) Unfortunately, translators of religious materials have sometimes not been prompted by the same feeling of urgency to make sense.”

A pequeno-burguesia da rima (nem pobre nem rica!)

On translating Hegel (from his idiom to our idiom!)

A expressão “montes de carvão em brasa em sua cabeça” (que seria a tradução literal de um trecho em Romanos 12) significa, dentro da tradição hebraica, estar profundamente envergonhado de sua conduta. Seria fácil errar ingenuamente ou manipular a informação, removendo seu caráter de metáfora (vd. além).

Não use, no entanto, a língua como prova e testemunha de defesa no seu ofício de Advogado de Deus!

in the American Standard Version (1901), 2 Corinthians 3:10 reads, <For verily that which hath been made glorious hath not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasseth.> The words are all English, but the sentence structure is essentially Greek. The New English Bible quite rightly restructures this passage to read <Indeed, the splendour that once was is now no splendour at all; it is outshone by a splendour greater still.>”

moniThor guia-para-o-portal-de-mármore

inkissidor do abraço fúnebre

João 1:14

a. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”

b. “So the word of God became a human being and lived among us. We saw his splendour (the splendour as of a father’s only son), full of grace and truth”

c. “The Word became a human being and lived among us. We saw his glory, full of grace and truth. This was the glory which he received as the Father’s only Son”

DIS|SECTION

a. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (30 palavras) (2 repetições de ênfase ou para facilitar o entendimento) (1 oclusão – parênteses) (1 sentença) Father

dwell – origem: pelo menos 900, conectado à idéia da loucura (cf. The Thing That Should Not Be), sedução, perdição, prevenção, estorvar, chocar, fumaça, nuvem, vapor, erro…

behold – origem: pelo menos 900, ligado à idéia de conservar no campo de visão, pertencer, amarrar-se a… (cf. Eye of The Beholder)

begotten – origem: pelo menos 1000, ligado à idéia de derivar de, gênesis, criação, pertencimento, advento (inclusive se usa Advento em Português para se referir ao mês de dezembro, antes do Natal)…

significados mais implícitos: valorização da Eleição; mas todos somos irmãos de Jesus e portanto filhos de Deus.

b. “So the word of God became a human being and lived among us. We saw his splendour (the splendour as of a father’s only son), full of grace and truth” (30 palavras) (2 repetições de ênfase ou para facilitar o entendimento) (1 oclusão) (2 sentenças) God-father

A estrutura frasal evita o verbo no particípio no meio do versículo.

significados mais implícitos: valorização da paternidade de um filho homem sem outros co-descendentes, humanização do fato (da Vinda).

c. “_The Word became a human being and lived among us. We saw his glory, full of grace and truth. This was the glory which he received as the Father’s only Son” (31 palavras) (1 repetição de ênfase ou para facilitar o entendimento) (0 oclusões) (3 sentenças) Father

Inversão frasal não verificada nos itens a e b.

Os parênteses são trocados pelo conectivo.

Primeira referência “genérica” a Jesus como “he”.

receive – origem: de 1250 a 1300; ligado à idéia de bênção, dom, recuperação (quem recebe também toma, ou antes poderíamos dizer que neste caso Deus tem o poder de dar ilimitado, é Ele mesmo quem recebe, mas em prol de Suas criaturas, que no fim O São, mesmo quando ainda não O sabem); ao contrário dos demais verbos, a etimologia é francesa.

significados mais implícitos: O “as” já despido de “of” possui menos valor poético, e mais valor “possessivo”: o legítimo herdeiro, deus em carne e osso de fato. Logo, Son precisa ser enaltecido (como nome próprio).

UNIVERSALITIES (a&b&c): and, among us, as, full of grace and truth, only, a idéia da Palavra (sendo necessariamente) Divina. João remete ao primeiro versículo do Antigo Testamento, sem dúvida.

CONTRASTE COM TRADUÇÕES DO PORTUGUÊS:

“E o Verbo se fez carne, e habitou entre nós, e vimos a sua glória, como a glória do unigênito do Pai, cheio de graça e de verdade.”

Aquele que é a Palavra tornou-se carne e viveu entre nós. Vimos a sua glória, glória como do Unigênito vindo do Pai, cheio de graça e de verdade.”

“A Palavra se tornou um ser humano e morou entre nós, cheia de amor e de verdade. E nós vimos a revelação da sua natureza divina, natureza que ele recebeu como Filho único do Pai.”

COMENTÁRIOS:

Verbo no lugar de Palavra: Ação, no lugar de Contrato. Prefiro palavras. Prefiro as escolhas da terceira tradução encontrada, que inclusive também realiza uma inversão frasal, denunciando sua provável origem (c). A supressão do termo “graça” também foi muito feliz, devido ao duplo sentido moderno presente na palavra, ainda mais em minúscula. Unigênito me soa forçado e esquisito. Veja que pouco se entra em concórdia sobre o verbo inicial (Jesus entre nós): morar, viver, habitar. Particularmente, é a única coisa que eu modificaria na 3ª opção. “Aquele” e “carne” para mim subtraem e ocultam sentidos de forma desnecessária. Outro mérito da 3ª: glória se tornou um termo muito secular e degradado. Em sua passagem na terra (enquanto cá morou, habitou, viveu), Jesus Cristo teve uma vida que foi exatamente o avesso da glória temporal.

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A promessa se materializou. Bíblia para crianças superdotadas e adultos retardados. Para o rico, para o pobre e para o preto (RPP). LGBT your neighbour.

Ele esteve Aqui. Foi um ser-aí. Mas não há provas dessa discreta e efêmera luz, seja você um leigo ou um perito. Padre no tiene hijo. Que trágico! E a Mãe nisso tudo, recebeu P.A.?

E se descobríssemos, aliás, que tudo não passou duma grande pegadinha (uma pegada ou pegadona) de José mais 12 amigos (um quis caguetar no final e quase levou outro junto) para não pagar P.A. à Maria, com a ciência e colaboração do filho do casal, Jesus O (C)anastr(ão)?

Tem gente que adora um flash, mas não conseguimos mesmo é viver sem flesh, sejamos francos. Mesmo que sejamos até saxões ou bárbaros… Visigodo. Vizinho gordo. À refeição grátis não se olha os pentelhos nem dentes de alho, muito menos caroço ou alface no dente após o arroto consagrador da missão.

Jesus precisou comer, cagar e pagar aluguel. Não foi fácil pra NINGUÉM, nem pro filho do dono!

Quem não vê com os Olhos do Coração, o que é que faz, hein?!

Mas no final, vocês sabem, né: é tudo Verdade!

vivencivivi.alexandre.cesar.gloriatemporal.ig.pt/estantismo

Clicai e sê feliz!

No sofá? Not so far… so bad. So war!

3 Romanos em 1 Bar

Paulo 1:71: “No dia do Juízo Final eu pago a Conta! Enquanto isso, pendura aí, que ninguém é de ferro!”

Pra que serviram os profetas do Antigo Testamento? Não houve raça mais imunda e inútil sobre a terra! Um bando de farisaicos!

Now,

com o passar dos milênios, se transforma em

in these days (tá chegando, você não tá sentindo? Hm, talvez você tenha perdido seus poderes espirituais ou seu nen)

all them that believe

//

upon everybody without distinction, if…

Descartes, me diz aí: Ser é Acreditar?

Todo ser humano é realmente humano?

Mentir e rezar, é só começar…

God’s ways

at last

Oh, but that is always a <but>!

Secular butts

Só sei que não sei de ná-digas

Raul Seixas esqueceu de dizer que é tudo da Fé também!

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Finalmente voltamos ao livro de Nida. Toda essa excursão? Não foi NADA!

Eu acho que pirei, meus pés saíram do chão, Pai!

Each language is rich in vocabulary for the areas of cultural focus, the specialities of the people, e.g., cattle (Anuaks in the Sudan), yams [batata doce] (Ponapeans in Micronesia), hunting and fishing (Piros in Peru), or technology (the western world).”

one missionary in Latin America insisted on trying to introduce the passive voice of the verb into a language which had no such form. Of course, this was not successful. One must simply accept the fact that there are many languages which do not have a passive voice. They merely choose to report actions only as active.” “we do not have such a match even in translating from Hebrew or Greek into English, with all its wealth of vocabulary (more than a million words if one includes all the technical terminology).” “Similarly, when the Gospel of John uses the Greek word logos, <Word>, in the prologue, there simply is no English word (and certainly not Word itself) which can do justice to the variety and richness of meaning of the Greek term.”

loving-kindness” “covenant love” partículas literais hebraicas

A ALMA EXISTE: “in the 3rd chapter of John, Jesus speaks of the <wind> and of the <Spirit>. In Greek a single word, pneuma, is used with both meanings. This results in a very significant play on words, but it cannot be reproduced in English. The best we can do under such circumstances is to use a marginal note to call the attention of the reader to the fact that in the source language one and the same word has both meanings.”

sacrifice the form or the meaning? Here it seems obvious and evident that the preservation of rhymes in poems is a dull and fool thing to do. some people would imply the exact opposite.”

Às vezes é importante converter substantivos (mais escassos) de uma língua em verbos na TL (mais profusos).

Quite naturally the easiest transitions (those with the least amount of formal change), occur when one translates from a language such as English into German, or Fante into Ashanti, closely related languages. Moreover, English and German represent the same general cultural setting, Western technological, and Fante and Ashanti represent the same cultural setting, West African.”

EXPRESSÕES INTERESSANTES PARA ANÁLISE:

a. “if she pass the flower of her age” I Cor. 7:36b

b. “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance” Mat. 3:8

c. “which devour widows’ houses” Lucas 20:47

d. “our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us” Atos 7:38b

a.

“quando ela já for avançada em idade”

“se ela já estiver na idade da sabedoria”

“Se já contar mais verões que ovos em três caixas”

b.

“Só é digno de mim aquele capaz do arrependimento”

“Sede humilde; não sejais presunçoso”

c.

“destruidor de órfãos, pregador hipócrita (sentido contextual)” // “Afasta-te da gentalha e do oportunista” // “Cuidado com os demagogos” // “Evite os falsos professores de moral” // “Certa vez conheci um crente chamado Davi…” – tradução pessoal

d.

“nossos pais (os contemporâneos de Moisés, os judeus, os primeiros crentes, etc.) foram encarregados de nos dar as boas-novas”

Hebrew is regarded as a special esoteric tongue for the theologians, and Greek is a <mystery>, or <the finest instrument of human thought ever devised by man>. On the contrary, Greek and Hebrew are just <languages>, with all the excellencies and liabilities that every language tends to have. They are neither the languages of heaven nor the speech of the Holy Spirit.”

A IMANÊNCIA DA PALAVRA: “in the Greek Gospels there are some 700 grammatical and lexical ambiguities, but of course, as in most languages, a high percentage of these are resolved by the linguistic context.” “the words of the Bible were all current terms. Our problem today is that many of the cultural contexts of Bible times which provided meanings for those words no longer exist and therefore we often cannot determine just what a word means.”

Writing to be understood might seem to be a truism, but for some persons it is a startling revelation, for many individuals have assumed that the Bible is not a book to be understood [só sentida!]. One person, for example, who began to read Today’s English Version remarked, <This must not be the Bible; I can understand it.>1

some persons insist that in translating the Greek of the New Testament one must go back to the Aramaic and understand Jesus’ words in terms of what he must have said in Aramaic. But the translator is bound to ask himself: What was it that Luke, writing in his day, understood by the Greek that he used? If we are to make a faithful translation of Luke’s Gospel, this is what must be our viewpoint. Otherwise, we will not only be involved in interminable controversy, but we will inevitably tend toward unwarranted harmonization. For example, in the Lucan form of the Beatitudes it is the <poor> who are blessed, but in Matthew they are the <poor in spirit> (or <those who recognize their spiritual poverty> [which is, indeed, a richness!]). Luke employs an expression which is a direct reference to poor people, but Matthew puts it into a more <spiritual context>. To try to reconstruct the Aramaic, and to reinterpret both Luke and Matthew on the basis of this reconstruction of the Psalms have important Ugaritic parallels,¹ and much can be understood in the Psalms as the result of such studies, but one does not translate these Psalms as though they were Ugaritic ritual songs, but as hymns used in the temple of worship of Yahweh.”

¹ Ugarítico: idioma hebreu extinto oralmente; redescoberto em escritos apenas no século XX.

A TARA PELA GENEALOGIA CEGA A ANÁLISE: “the Greek term pistis, <faith>, came to have the meaning <content of faith>, or <creed>, in the later parts of the New Testament and especially in the writings of the early Christian Fathers. But it would be quite wrong to read this meaning back into the Gospels, e.g., in Luke 18:8. Similarly, we must not read back into the Genesis account of creation our own <world view> and translate the days as <geological ages>, or the <dome of the sky> (wrongly translated in English as <firmament>) as <the ionosphere>.”

ARMADILHAS COMUNS DA EVOLUÇÃO DO INGLÊS: the case of “event nouns”: “baptism of repentance” é um arcaísmo; traduzi-lo por “repent and be baptized” // “obedience of faith” é nonsense: no lugar, “be obedient and have faith (or be faithful, embora o verbo, seja no passivo ou ativo, seja sempre uma alternativa mais segura)”. Mais simplesmente ainda, “believe and obey”.

Deus atravessa como uma adaga. Ele é pungente e efetivo.

FILOSOFANDO E TECENDO TEIAS D’ARANHA

mestre trágico do existir

vi, vivi, venci

o profeta vitorioso da vivência

dominei, sofri, logo sou

penso, logo excito

materializo minhas luxúrias

a solitária existência

Você cumpriu os requerimentos e requisitos formais estatuídos pelo regimento da fé!

3 Gal. 2:6: linguagem moderna: não importa se puta ou ladrão ou tratante ou patife, ou gay ou sodomita, se eles entenderam a Mensagem, como foi enunciada pelos que conviveram com Jesus Cristo, acredite no que eles dizem. Não confie em togas e cargos. Investiduras não são consideradas pelo Espírito e no dia do Juízo.

2. THE NATURE OF TRANSLATING

In trying to reproduce the style of the original one must beware, however, of producing something which is not functionally equivalent. F.e., Mark employs typical Semitic Greek in the use of the conjunction kai, <and>, to begin many sentences. This is perfectly appropriate Semitized Koine Greek, in that it accurately reflects the corresponding use of the Hebrew conjunction waw. In the RSV, however, most of these conjunctions are reproduced literally, with the result that 26 sentences in Mark 1 begin with <And>, producing a kind of style completely contrary to good English usage. In fact, it gives the impression of being <childish>. This is, of course, not the case with the original Greek text of Mark. This means that reproducing style, even on a formal level, may not result in an equivalence, and it is functional equivalence which is required, whether on the level of content or on the level of style.”

In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, made a couple of centuries before Christ, Jewish scholars used the Greek term kurios to render both Adonai and YHWH. This use was carried over into the Greek New Testament, with the result that there is a kind of divine ambiguity in the use of the same term to apply both to God and to Jesus Christ.

It is interesting that in the English tradition, the term <LORD> has consistently been preferred to <Jehovah> (the use of <Jehovah> in the Revised Version and the American Standard Version never proved especially popular), and the RSV has returned to the King James use of <LORD>.

Some persons assume that a translation which is well done in the aspect of its printed form will be quite easily read aloud, but this is by no means always true. In fact, if one is to anticipate the problems of the hearer, it is necessary to bear in mind a number of very essential matters”

in I Chronicles 25:1, the RSV reads, <prophesy with lyres,>, but people will almost inevitably think of liars and not lyres, since the latter is such an uncommon term. The problem of the written form of language is very acute in the case of Chinese, in which a written text may be quite clear, but a spoken text of the same passage can be very ambiguous.

Lyres used to be liars instruments for lying chants in people’s ears and minds.

in American English the word ass does not seem so vulgar in a printed text, but in pronunciation the term carries strongly unfavorable connotations.”

In some languages, e.g., Portuguese, it is quite common for people to listen for combinations of sounds (usually the endings of words combined with the initial portions of following words) which have vulgar or obscene meanings. This means that one must carefully read all translations of the Bible so as to avoid any combinations of sounds which can be reinterpreted as a different and unacceptable word.”

In order to preserve some of the special phonological contrasts in Hebrew and Greek, some languages have employed artificial sound distinctions and combinations of sounds, which are very misleading to the average reader. As a result, many persons hesitate, or even refuse, to read the Scriptures in public, for they do not know how to pronounce these unusual letters of combinations of letters.

One could always caution the reader that the meaning of the verse is uncertain. But as a principle it is best at least to make sense in the text and put the scholarly caution in the margin, rather than to make nonsense in the text and offer the excuse in the margin.”

it is not only legitimate, but also necessary, to see that the rate at which new information is communicated in the translation will not be too fast for the average listener.”

P. 31 (in-book): os 3 tipos de tradução da Bíblia:

  • eclesiástica ou litúrgica (formal clerical);

  • contemporânea literária (formal laica);

  • contemporânea popular (no limite do informal publicável – formal/informal).

the Scriptures must be intelligible to non-Christians, and if they are, they will also be intelligible to Christians.” They aren’t up to today.

The use of language by persons 25 to 30 years of age has priority over the language of the older people or of children. (…) At the same time, one should not accept the language of children or teenagers as a norm, for this does not have sufficient status to be fully acceptable. Such forms often including slang and fad words are generally rejected by the young people themselves, who may be offended by being adressed in a style which seems substandard or paternalistic.

Vamos fazer um teste com Gên. 1 (tradução do Português mais formal encontrado para um Português que eu considere “jovial” nesta faixa):

KITSCH(GAY): EVANGELIZE

A pedagogia do Tudo para os retardados.

No começo de tudo, Deus criou todas as coisas.

Nosso mundo não tinha forma nem matéria nem substância, tudo era o Breu e as Águas do Oceano Primordial.¹

Deus disse: Luz!²

E fez-se luz. [segundo Eugene Nida, ênclises estão proibidas porque causam confusão na leitura para uma audiência!]

Fizeram luz, pronto! Fizeram um abajur sem forma. Antes da língua francesa sequer existir.

A luz era o bem; as trevas primordiais ficaram sendo o mal. Quem pode, pode.

Este foi o primeiro dia do universo.

Deus disse: Agora divida-se o Oceano em dois, e acima fique o Céu e abaixo fiquem as Águas (H2O)!

Este foi o dia 2.

Deus disse: Agora é hora de haver continentes e oceanos!

A parte seca Deus chamou de terra; a úmida são os mares. Deus era um artesão e tanto e gostou do que fez.

Deus disse: Brote vegetação da terra, e cada fruto se multiplique na superfície!

A flora era o bem.

Este foi o dia 3.

Deus disse: Não está bem que o Céu fique indiferenciado. Criarei as estrelas, o Sol, e a Lua, e que bem e mal se alternem no Céu!³

Este foi o dia 4, quando Deus criou “o dia”.

E a Deus, muito admirado da própria inteligência, agradou esse arranjo (tanto que depois desmembraria em duas coisas esta palavra, criando o “ar” e criando o “anjo”).

Deus disse: Nasçam bichos na água e aves no ar!

Deus criou as espécies animais, que eram também o bem.

Deus comandou: Procriai-vos!

Deus achou o panorama muito bonito. Melhor do que antes.

Deus disse: Mas falta alguma coisa! Que tal um clone meu, mortal? Como num espelho (mas antes Deus também teve de pensar um pouco e criar o primeiro espelho)…

Deus decretou: O homem será o rei dos peixes, o rei das aves, o Antônio Fagundes (charada), e independente de gênero ou ideologia ou identidade, até o rei das cobras!

Deus se masturbou e desse germe indiferenciado (o sêmen auto-fecundado) pulularam, formadinhos, Adão e Eva.

Deus pediu: ‘Bença!

– ‘Bença, nhô!

– ‘Bença, nhôzinho!

Deus disse: Agora que sois meus animais prediletos, sejam meus primeiros atores pornôs. Comam este afrodisíaco e tenham um filho (ainda não inventei a impotência, a camisinha nem essas viadagens que-tais…)!

Deus era muito tagarela e antes de Adão e Eva poderem realizar qualquer gesto, continuou (falar, até Papagaio fala):

– O destino de vocês é serem os Senhores deste planetinha. Com mãos de ferro e de pelica, tanto faz, por isso na verdade criei dois diferentes de vocês, e não uma bola perfeita, com pinto e boceta!

Peixes são pra pescar; aves pra adestrar e engaiolar; cavalos são pra cavalgar!

Ainda não inventei isso que chamarão um dia de “dosar”! (malditos epicureus, por que vou criar esses troços?!)

Maldito Seja Eu!

Retomando a compostura:

– Cof, cof! (Inventando a aspirina)

Fauna e flora são serventia da casa, “rapaziada”… (inventou a gíria)

Vou ter que inventar um relógio, puta merda, falei tanto que já tá terminando o sexto dia.

As pálpebras foram baixando…

Tirou um ronco e enquanto isso (enquanto SEXTAVA) nem os gemidos de Eva acordaram o Patrão…

¹ Aristóteles fotografou este momento e depois analisou-o com retidão em sua “Metafísica”.

² Aí nasceu a expressão arrogante dos diretores de Cinema: Luz, Câmera, Ação!

³ GÊNESE do materialismo histórico.

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3. GRAMMATICAL ANALYSIS

P. 21 (PDF): Alice Através do Espelho

Jabberwocky

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves,

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

The syntactical meanings here indicated are subsequently confirmed in Through the Looking Glass by Humpty Dumpty, who, in answer to Alice’s enquiry, also assigns a lexical meaning to each of the items concerned.”

THE BOOK OF MOSES: “If one employs the normal possessive construction, Moses’ book, then it is the book that Moses had in his possession, rather than the one he was regarded as having written.”

Verbos tocam mais o Espírito

Pronomes pessoais também

P. 24 (PDF): Problem 9: resolução:

I.

John I

Colossians I

Hebrews II

KJV (King James), RSV (Revised Standard) (old translations)(a) X NEB, Phillips, TEV (modern translations)(b)

John I

James

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

[—]

5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin [once and for all?].

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

substantivos com significados (relevância) (18):

beginning (of time)

eyes

Word of life

(manifested) life

eternal life

the Father

fellowship

his Son Jesus Christ

your joy

the message

light

darkness

the truth

the blood of Jesus Christ

all sin, our sins, all unrighteousness

a liar

his word

in us

dividir em (substantivos) concretos e abstratos:

C / A

eyes, Jesus / almost all!

No começo kantiano dos tempos alguém proferiu discursos verdadeiros, dos quais só nos restam escombros e indícios de indícios. Muito se fala duma tal vida, mas ninguém a “experimenta”, nem sabe o quanto dura. Na verdade, nunca se a provou, se é que me entende, detetive! Uma irmandade de estranhos fala em sentimentos de terceiros, como alegria, contentamento… O que eles sabem? Luzes, trevas, confusão… Alegorias sem sentido para perpetuamente cegos… Cafonas que acham que o sangue de alguém purifica alguma coisa! O que é pecado? Não preste ouvido aos mentirosos. Menina-dos-olhos do pastor é a ovelha, cuide bem das suas.

Phillips

1 1-4 We are writing to you about something which has always existed yet which we ourselves actually saw and heard: something which we had an opportunity to observe closely and even to hold in our hands, and yet, as we know now, was something of the very Word of life himself! For it was life which appeared before us: we saw it, we are eye-witnesses of it, and are now writing to you about it. It was the very life of all ages, the life that has always existed with the Father, which actually became visible in person to us mortal men. We repeat, we really saw and heard what we are now writing to you about. [!!!] We want you to be with us in this—in this fellowship with the Father, and Jesus Christ his Son. We must write and tell you [thrice!] about it, because the more that fellowship extends the greater the joy it brings to us who are already in it.

Experience of living <in the light>

5-10 Here, then, is the message which we heard from him, and now proclaim to you: GOD IS LIGHT [SHOUT!!! I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!! LOUDER!!! ONE MORE TIME, MOTHERFUCKERS!] and no shadow of darkness can exist in him. Consequently, if we were to say that we enjoyed fellowship with him and still went on living in darkness, we should be both telling and living a lie. But if we really are living in the same light in which he eternally exists, then we have true fellowship with each other, and the blood which his Son shed for us keeps us clean from all sin. If we refuse to admit that we are sinners, then we live in a world of illusion and truth becomes a stranger to us. But if we freely admit that we have sinned, we find God utterly reliable and straight-forward—he forgives our sins and makes us thoroughly clean from all that is evil. For if we take up the attitude <we have not sinned>, we flatly deny God’s diagnosis of our condition and cut ourselves off from what he has to say to us.”

verbos vicários (29):

to write

to exist

to see and hear

to have

to observe

… hold

know

be

appear

become

REPEAT

want

must

tell

extend

bring

LIVE (“invented”)

proclaim

enjoy

go

SHARE

keep

refuse to admit

forgive

make

take up

DENY

cut

GIROS ALÉM!

Colossians I

Revised

Salutation

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ at Colos′sae:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

Paul Thanks God for the Colossians

3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love which you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing—so among yourselves, from the day you heard and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 as you learned it from Ep′aphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

9 And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Supremacy of Christ

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; 16 for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [Then why Caesar?] 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent. 19 For in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

21 And you, who once were estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him, 23 provided that you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Paul’s Interest in the Colossians

24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now made manifest to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, striving with all the energy which he mightily inspires within me.”

substantivos concretos:

apóstolo

Timóteo

santos

irmãos

Epafras

tronos (dúbio)

autoridades

toda criatura mortal

São Paulo

meus sofrimentos

minha carne

os pagãos

Nada mais abstrato do que “a imagem do deus invisível”.

Phillips

1-2 Paul, messenger of Jesus Christ by God’s will, and brother Timothy send this greeting to all faithful Christians at Colossae: grace and peace be to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

We thank God for you and pray constantly for you

3-6 I want you to know by this letter that we here are constantly praying for you, and whenever we do we thank God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ because you believe in Christ Jesus and because you are showing true Christian love towards other Christians. We know that you are showing these qualities because you have grasped the hope reserved for you in Heaven—that hope which first became yours when the truth was brought to you. It is, of course, part of the Gospel itself, which has reached you as it spreads all over the world. Wherever that Gospel goes, it produces Christian character, and develops it, as it had done in your own case from the time you first heard and realised the amazing fact of God’s grace.

7-10 You learned these things, we understand, from Epaphras who is in the same service as we are. He is a most well-loved minister of Christ, and has your well-being very much at heart. As a matter of fact, it was from him that we heard about your growth in Christian love, so you will understand that since we heard about you we have never missed you in our prayers. We are asking God [terrível telemarketing!] that you may see things, as it were, from his point of view by being given spiritual insight and understanding. We also pray that your outward lives, which men see, may bring credit to your master’s name, and that you may bring joy to his heart by bearing genuine Christian fruit, and that your knowledge of God may grow yet deeper.

We pray for you to have real Christian experience

11-14 As you live this new life, we pray that you will be strengthened from God’s boundless resources, so that you will find yourselves able to pass through [zzz] any experience and endure it with courage. You will even be able to thank God in the midst of pain and distress because you are privileged to share the lot of those who are living in the light. For we must never forget that he rescued us from the power of darkness, and re-established us in the kingdom of his beloved Son, that is, in the kingdom of light. For it is by his Son alone that we have been redeemed and have had our sins forgiven.

Who Christ is, and what he has done

15-20 Now Christ is the visible expression of the invisible God. He existed before creation began, for it was through him that every thing was made, whether spiritual or material, seen or unseen. Through him, and for him, also, were created power and dominion, ownership and authority. In fact, every single thing was created through, and for him. He is both the first principle and the upholding principle of the whole scheme of creation. And now he is the head of the body which is composed of all Christian people [Mega Zord da Paixão]. Life from nothing began through him, and life from the dead began through him, and he is, therefore, justly called the Lord of all. It was in him that the full nature of God chose to live, and through him God planned to reconcile in his own person, as it were, everything on earth and everything in Heaven by virtue of the sacrifice of the cross.

21-23 And you yourselves, who were strangers to God, and, in fact, through the evil things you had done, his spiritual enemies, he has now reconciled through the death of his body on the cross, so that he might welcome you to his presence clean and pure, without blame or reproach. This reconciliation assumes, of course, that you maintain a firm position in the faith, and do not allow yourselves to be shifted away from the hope of the Gospel, which you have heard, and which, indeed, the whole world is now having an opportunity of hearing. [AGUARDE NA LINHA ENQUANTO RESOLVEMOS O SEU PROBLEMA, SR.!]

My divine commission [$$$]

24-27 I myself have been made a minister of this same Gospel, and though it is true at this moment that I am suffering on behalf of you who have heard the Gospel, yet I am far from sorry about it. Indeed, I am glad, because it gives me a chance to complete in my own sufferings something of the untold pains for which Christ suffers on behalf of his body, the Church. For I am a minister of the Church by divine commission, a commission granted to me for your benefit and for a special purpose: that I might fully declare God’s word—that sacred mystery which up to now has been hidden in every age and every generation, but which is now as clear as daylight to those who love God. They are those to whom God has planned to give a vision of the full wonder and splendour of his secret plan for the sons of men. And the secret is simply this: Christ in you! Yes, Christ in you bringing with him the hope of all glorious things to come.

To preach and teach Christ is everything to us

28-29 So, naturally, we proclaim Christ! We warn everyone we meet, and we teach everyone we can, all that we know about him, so that, if possible, we may bring every man up to his full maturity in Christ. This is what I am working at all the time, with all the strength that God gives me.”

Hebrews II

James

1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;

3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.

6 But one in a certain place [ouvi dizer, um dragonight me contou…] testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him [pra que te importas com isso]? or the son of man that thou visitest him? [SON OF A BITCH MAN]

7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.

9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”

substantivos concretos:

tempo (?)

contratantes

a descendência de Abraão

rid of arid rides

Phillips

The angels had authority in past ages: today the Son is the authority

1-4 We ought, therefore, to pay the greatest attention to the truth that we have heard and not allow ourselves to drift away from it. For if the message given through angels proved authentic, so that defiance of it and disobedience to it received appropriate retribution, how shall we escape if we refuse to pay proper attention to the salvation that is offered us today? For this salvation came first through the words of the Lord himself: it was confirmed for our hearing by men who had heard him speak, and God moreover has plainly endorsed their witness by signs and miracles, by all kinds of spiritual power, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, all working to the divine plan.

5 For though in past ages God did grant authority to angels, yet he did not put the future world of men under their control, and it is this world that we are now talking about.

6-7 But someone has said: ‘What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you take care of him? You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honour, and set him over the works of your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet’.

8 Notice that the writer [?] puts ‘all things’ under the sovereignty of man: he left nothing outside his control. But we do not yet see ‘all things’ under his control.

Christ became man, not angel, to save mankind

9-12 What we actually see is Jesus, after being made temporarily inferior to the angels (and so subject to pain and death), in order that he should, in God’s grace, taste death for every man, now crowned with glory and honour. It was right and proper that in bringing many sons to glory, God (from whom and by whom everything exists) should make the leader of their salvation a perfect leader through the fact that he suffered. For the one who makes men holy and the men who are made holy share a common humanity. So that he is not ashamed to call them his brothers, for he says: ‘I will declare your name to my brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will sing praise to you’.

13 And again, speaking as a man, he says: ‘I will put my trust in him’. And, one more instance, in these words: ‘Here am I and the children whom God has given me’.

14-18 Since, then, ‘the children’ have a common physical nature as human beings, he also became a human being, so that by going through death as a man he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might also set free those who lived their whole lives a prey to the fear of death. It is plain that for this purpose he did not become an angel; he became a man, in actual fact a descendant of Abraham. It was imperative that he should be made like his brothers in nature, if he were to become a High Priest both compassionate and faithful in the things of God, and at the same time able to make atonement for the sins of the people. For by virtue of his own suffering under temptation he is able to help those who are exposed to temptation.”

A diferença entre Velho Testamento e Novo Testamento (antigas e novas traduções) é nítida: No VT há um grande contraste; mas os capítulos do NT são praticamente idênticos ao longo dos séculos.

III (última parte da tarefa da P. 24).

double expressions kernel (cerne mais simples possível)ver a definição lingüística de kernel na p. 105 do PDF

hardness of heart: incredulity, skepticism

flow of blood: ilness, tumour

the prophets of old: Hebrew heralds, Yaweh priests, yester oracles, soothsayers, blessed

the washing of cups: washing-up, do the dishes, domestic ablution

precepts of men: vain knowledge, mundane wisdom

the commandment of God: Law

the eye of a needle: the straightest path, the smallest hole

Mount of Olives: altar, sacred site

the master of the house: the Judgement Day, the hour appointed

the King of the Jews: Messiah, last prophet

the day of Preparation: fast, eve, mourning day

men of little faith: incredulous, blasphemers, unbelievers

men of violence: sinners

fishers of men: preachers, teachers

Now with verbalizations (except the first two terms)…

1 who prophecized/prophesied before/used to prophecize/prognosticate

2 the cups are washed

3 the given precepts / laws once told / lessons they taught / doctrines they taught

4 the things God commanded

5 crossing through the inside of a needle

6 the mount where olives flourished / the place where they prayed

7 he who commands and owns

8 he who leads, who reigns over

9 preparing for the Sabbath

10 who trusts not / believes not

11 those that search for power, those who dominate, those who do wrong

12 fish(es) men / talk to the laymen

* * *

What makes Today’s English Version, published by the American Bible Society, so popular and helpful to translators is that it is frequently restructured in the direction of kernel expressions, and is thus more readily understandable and provides a useful basis for transfer to other languages.”

Da tradução mais erudita e elusiva à mais simplificada, popular e moderna, vai muita labuta:

Efésios 1:7

in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” “God redeemed us through Christ’s shedding of blood, and God forgave our sins. All this indicates how richly God showed his grace.”

Efésios 2:8

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” “For it is by his grace you are saved through trusting him. It is not your own doing. It is God’s gift, not a reward for work done. There is nothing for anyone to boast of.” “God showed his grace to you, and in this way he saved you through your trusting in him. You yourselves did not save yourselves. Rather, God gave you this salvation. You did not earn it by what you did. Therefore no one can boast about what he has done.”

Em breve teremos umas gordas 500 páginas a mais, se continuarmos nesse ritmo…

Analfabetismo funcional transcendental

Fé dispensa

trabalho

compensa

dispensa férias

diz e pensa aquilo

que crê

recompensa

a falta de crença

e energia

descompensado

atabalhoado

disperso

nada temente

às Doze Tábuas

gravadas

com sucesso

no disco rígido

do coração

fé desacreditada

despida de energia

ritmo truncado

coro desafinado

missa fúnebre

informal

sem carteira assinada

para o defunto

da ocasião

intemporal

P. 31: Problema 15

By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you…”

1. God pardons abundantly

2. God can change our lives

3. Only they who believe are changed by God

4. We are heirs to God’s indestructible gifts

5. God is able to turn mortals into immortals, fix, heal and create ex nihilo

6. Our prizes are waiting for us (the believers) in the Heavens

7. You have free will to persecute these prizes or not

8. God is watching

Go(o)d e(no)ugh?

And because God forgives us, we are as purified individuals, because we believe that Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead that day. And as a gift he, in the name of God, gave us a seat in the Heavens, the only eternal realm, after this corrupted life.

So as God resurrected Jesus Christ His Son, God resurrects our bodies, our souls and our hearts, because we do believe in Them…

MISISON BRIEF: Diga o que os versículos a seguir querem dizer:

King James diz:

Mateus 7

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

Podemos considerá-lo um fragmento de existencialismo de século XX, com conclusões tão óbvias quanto duras. Talvez sejam sutis e reconfortantes, afinal.

DEONTOLOGIA EM MATEUS, PROTÁGORAS E NA FENOMENOLOGIA

Você pode julgar, com certeza. Todo homem pode ser juiz. Porém, isto não sai de graça: serão, decerto, juízes contigo. E o juiz severo irá se deparar com juízes igualmente severos. Mas eis que alguém que enxerga o mundo como um poço de maldade só terá olhos para a maldade dos outros. Mesmo que se imagine a única fonte a emanar benignidade. E eis que a ovelha não saberá reconhecer os lobos, e pensa que mesmo os piores arbítrios direcionados contra si sejam apenas a devida paga por ser um pecador impuro. Assim talvez seja simples viver, pensa o fraco. Ou pensou o primeiro fraco pelas próximas gerações de fracos. E nisso o fraco ainda tinha muitos resíduos do forte. Protágoras certamente se poria de acordo com os versos. Porque o homem é a medida de todas as coisas. Porque a coisa que somos nós é o parâmetro para todos os homens; e todos os homens nos julgam como nós os julgamos. Portanto é o prêmio (a colheita) do poeta ser tratado com a mais sobeja das indiferenças. É a recompensa por seu talento anômalo. Incompreensão de berço gera desprezo no jovem adulto em relação aos pais, e saudades de todos os lados. Nada mais pragmático que Mateus neste início. Apenas agüenta as conseqüências de ser, ou dissimula quem tu és para teu próprio bem-estar. Maldiga o vizinho sim, ora! só esteja com pedras na mão para quando o assalto alheio começar… Porque não há nada mais certo que o apedrejamento dos vizinhos que pensam diferente. O problema do ansioso e severo demais: não é que ele o seja conscientemente consigo próprio. É que os outros, na medida em que o tempo passa, de vidro passarão a espelhos. E tudo quebrará, revelando novas essências. Quem se pensa lixo e frágil, e que não persistiu o bastante, é teu próprio pai. Mas ele não o é; ou não o seria se se convencesse menos disso. É verdade que eu gostaria de ser mais reconhecido, mas não bajulado nem lisonjeado feiamente. Tenho um tamanho, e não é do monte Rushmore. É menor. Posso engolir certa medida de despeito multidirecional. Certa medida. Preciso de pausas em que enxergo futuros brilhantes nos outros. Mas como eu poderia mentir para mim mesmo que este mundo ocidental não está condenado, quando sei que vou morrer?! Pelo menos eu posso escolher que juízes terei em cada recinto em que adentrarei, e não esperar como numa antessala de consultório que dure a vida inteira… Paradoxalmente, este aforismo nos diz que não há quem interceda por nós, sejamos arrogantes ou humildes, mas que todas as relações pessoais são imanentes. Todo repolho gera peido, diria o escatológico gourmet. Se te dissessem: Não respires e não tomarás o oxigênio dos outros, far-te-ia este conselho mudar de postura? Pois bem. Por isso, quem exige demais de si mesmo não consegue ter amigos. Porque ninguém parece ter valor, e não o contrário. Talvez seja por isso que todo velho que fez um balanço de sua existência é indulgente acima da média com a juventude de seus tempos idosos.

4. REFERENTIAL MEANING

Marcador sintático e marcador semotático do significado semântico-contextual do termo. (mais simples do que parece)

os “etic” e os “emic” pseudodomains.

Folk classifications are often relatively unsystematic, without the neat classifications employed by the specialists (compare, f.ex., the average English-speaker’s classification of plants and animals with those the technically trained botanist or zoologist employs). (…) most English-speaking people can name various kinds of dogs without being able to describe systematically what the distinguishing features are.”

VENERAÇÃO PELO SÁBIO DA MONTANHA

Sujeito meditabundo não é fervoroso

vagabundo não é rancoroso

decoroso não é ser deste mundo

louvar é comungar dum leito

conspurcado com o fluido

da pureza da eminência

divina

venero o Nero que há em

você

nunca a bajulação

nos custou um só

tostão

psicanálise não é devoção mística mas

canônica

verbal

diga-se a palavra tabu e a maldição

será arrancada.

SEM MALDADE SAFADEZA

verso branco

cintura dura

sem malemolência

frente rosa

cadeira cheirosa

da negra que se

esfrega

no carnaval

comunhão

de todos

righteous, as found in Matthew, turns to be hierarchically subordinate to good, that is to say, it is a special subclass of good, namely, the goodness which is in conformance to the standard established by God. At the same time, righteous as used by Paul is quite distinct from righteous as used by Matthew, for rather than being ethical behavior, it is essentially a right relationship made possible by God, and thus characteristic of the man who has been <justified>, i.e., put into a right relationship with God (cf. Today’s English Version).”

figure 10

Diagrama-síntese da interrelação entre sinônimos

mother and father share all essential components except that of sex, but on that one the contrast is polar, and the 2 terms are antonyms.”

Compreendendo um pouco da carga negativa dos cristãos ortodoxos (ou misticistas!) associada à palavra “desgraça”. Fora de alcance mesmo da fé…

The two Greek terms agapao and phileo, both translated <love> in most contexts, have been extensively discussed by exegetes as instances of near synonyms, which are supposed to have certain important distinctions of meaning.” “phileo is never used in the imperative.” “one can <love> (agapao) without <liking> (phileo), but this is likewise too strong a contrast.”

Amor ao primeiro cogito

Certainly there is no clear-cut contextual contrast in John 21:15-17

Though agapao and phileo do occur in similar semotactic frames [contextos semânticos], the great preponderance of uses of agapao in certain types of contexts does point to the divine element of love.”

assoma um corpo somático

SESSÃO CATEQUESE

It should be noted that in the Bible the <holiness> of God differs from holy as applied to the gods, in that God possesses a moral quality, for he is expected to act justly quite apart from any propitiation. Note the exclamation of Abraham in Gen. 18:25: <Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?>”

Henotheism means that there is one supreme god over other gods (a belief which is reflected in some passages of Old Testament), while monotheism means that there is only one God and that other gods simply do not exist.”

the word Elohim is plural in form but is used of God as well as of gods; a typical case is Psalm 138:1, in which different versions interpret the word differently. But such cases are relatively rare.”

this contrast between the meanings of a single word becomes even more startling when one compares the <meanings> of Jesus and Isa, the Christian and Muslim name for the same historical personage. In a number of translations employed in the Muslim world some persons have insisted that Isa must be used because this is the historical person referred to both in the New Testament and in the Koran. On the other hand, other persons have insisted that some adaptation of Jesus must be used since Isa is entirely inappropriate.”

To overcome the perennial problem of people’s twisting and changing the meaning of words (e.g. Communist use of terms such as peace, democracy, and republic), some persons want to set up some all-powerful language academy which would rule on all terms once and for all. But this will never work, for words are always subject to reshaping as circumstances and conditions change. In fact, such capacity for growth and change in language is essential to the very nature of language. Therefore, to enjoy the advantage of a living language we must also take the risks of its being perverted. Furthermore, even if it were desirable, so-called language engineering would still be in almost all cases a futile effort, simply because there is no effective authority which can impose its will on the way people speak. Cases as diverse as those of the French Academy and the efforts to impose Hindi in India are ample proof of this. Apparent exceptions, as in Israel or Turkey, result from the fact that official efforts happened to coincide with a powerful trend in the social history of the peoples involved, which would no doubt have come to fruition without any official pronouncements.”

BATIZO MINHA OBRA!

Mark 10:38: “Are you able… to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”

the essential components of Christian baptism are normally regarded to be: (1) the use of liquid (though as to the exact amount there is considerable disagreement), (2) the religious nature of the rite (this is not a secular act of dipping or washing), (3) the name in which the act of baptism is done, and (4) the function of the rite as a symbol of initiation into the Christian community. These are the same essential components of meaning which have continued to be generally recognized by most Christians through the ages. There are, however, some supplementary components of the rite which have in some instances competed for priority. For example, some churches have insisted that baptism cannot be valid unless one is actually totally immersed under the surface of the water, though even in the Didache, coming from the 2nd century, the possibility of pouring is allowed in cases of necessity. For other persons, baptism must not only be immersion, but immersion 3 times in order to be in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. For some Christians the precise form of the verbal formula employed in the rite of baptism is also an essential part, without which the baptism is not efficacious or valid; while for other persons the real issue is whether the individual is a <believer>, that is, a person of accountable age (not an infant) who accepts baptism as a believer. In the case of certain churches the giving of a name is such an important part of baptism that the name for the rite has become <to give a name to>. (…) the most extreme form of restructuring of the meaning of baptism takes place among groups such as the Quakers and Salvation Army churches, who in reaction against ritual formalism have <spiritualized> the meaning of baptism and rejected the use of water entirely. The event of baptism among Quakers is, however, an important religious experience, and it marks initiation into the community, but not as a rite conducted by man but as an act of the Spirit of God. Quakers do not hesitate, however, to say that in a passage such as Acts 2:41 water was employed.”

fox is assigned the component <deceptively clever> only in Western European culture (note the Reynard stories); in other cultures the same trait is, just as arbitrarily, assigned to the rabbit, or to the spider, or to some other animal.”

The figurative sense of any term rests on the fact that it has an almost entirely distinct set of components, but that it also has a link to the primary sense through some one component, usually a supplementary one. This supplementary component can be actually relevant to the referent of the primary sense, or only conventionally assigned, but in either case it is not one of the essential, distinctive features by which the primary sense is distinguished from others.”

The terms circumcised and uncircumcised in Galatians 2, though literally object-event words, actually function primarily as object-words, and can more correctly be translated <Jews> and <Gentiles>. Their reference is to ethnic groups rather than to the physical operation (or its lack) which typically characterized these groups.” Particularmente discordo.

In some instances, one must deal with special Semitic usages, which may pose certain difficulties. F.ex., the common phrases children of… and sons of… frequently identify persons who are characterized by the term which follows the of: thus sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2) means simply <people who disobey (God)>, and children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3) refers to <persons who will experience the wrath of God> or, better, <those whom God will judge>.”

<horn of salvation> must be restructured semantically as <a great savior>”

5. CONNOTATIVE MEANING

the phrase thus saith the Lord is not merely equivalent to the Lord says, but carries with it the connotations of King James language and ecclesiastical intonations. Certainly once upon a time no longer means literally <once upon a time>.”

the Toity-toid and Toid Avenue dialect of New York, with its special pronunciation of bird as boid, girl as goil and third as toid is quite understandable and after a little practice one can readily <restructure> the sounds. However, these forms do carry certain associative meaning of being substandard.”

<Living forever> is in the Buddhist view one of the greatest of tragedies, for this means being trapped in the physical world of delusion and thus never permitted to escape into the eternal bliss of Nirvana, which is the logical and metaphysical opposite to the physical world.”

the Guaica Indians of southern Venezuela were entirely unmoved by the story of Jesus’ trial and death, for they regarded him as a complete coward for not having put up a fight in the Garden of Gethsemane. Anyone who would not fight or attempt to escape was regarded by the Guaica as deserving death.”

6. TRANSFER

Um problema comum entre os tradutores é que eles distorcem a mensagem não por saberem de menos, mas por saberem DEMAIS da matéria, algo que contraria a noção vulgar. Com efeito, eles tendem a se equiparar ao público-alvo, quando na realidade quase sempre são um técnicos-especialistas que superestimam o nível de compreensão do leitor típico. Creio que tomei a escolha correta nas minhas traduções de Platão ao me alongar em trechos que pareceriam inteligíveis tão-somente a estudantes de Filosofia; sempre penso nos meus amigos mais íntimos nestes momentos-chave: “Como será que eles processarão a informação ‘x’? Não fará qualquer sentido para eles se eu não adaptar dessa e daquela maneira!”.

translationese”

But if all the laymen can understand the Bible, what will the preachers have to do?” Por isso é altamente benéfico se especializar em Heidegger ou Shakespeare: sempre teremos algo a ensinar a alguém!

One of the particularly unfortunate ways of translating the Bible is to proceed verse by verse, for the verse divisions are often quite arbitrary units.”

Of course there are some situations in which one individual, unusually gifted in a knowledge of the original languages and skilled in the style of the receptor language, can undertake the task of Bible translating alone. But such one-man translations are increasingly less possible.”

expressões como ‘heap coals of fire on his head’ (Rom 12:20) [pilhas de carvão deixam sua cabeça em brasa] se transformam, na tradução, em <o envergonharão>.” CONTRA-EXEMPLO DE TRADUÇÃO, PORTANTO: “Portanto, se o teu inimigo tiver fome, dá-lhe de comer; se tiver sede, dá-lhe de beber; porque, fazendo isto, amontoarás brasas de fogo sobre a sua cabeça.

In some languages, Holy Spirit means little more than a white ghost, for holy has been equated with cleanness or whiteness, and Spirit is more readily understood in such a context as ghost rather than as the Spirit of God. An even worse situation was encountered in a language in which holy was rendered as that which makes taboo and spirit meant primarily an evil or malicious spirit.”

the phrase Son of man in discourses by Jesus must be modified to read I who am the Son of man, since in some languages such a 3rd person reference could not be to Jesus. § Some persons have argued that Jesus did not actually speak of himself as <the Son of man>, but that this is a wrong attribution made to him by his disciples. Regardless of what position one might take with respect to such a reinterpretation of the data, it is evident that the Gospel writers themselves made this identification, and it is their text which we are translating rather than any presumed underlying original.”

Whenever a language has an obligatory order, the situation is somewhat easier than when there are a number of optional patterns, for though the different choices may appear to be substantially identical, there are usually certain subtle distinctions which are only mastered by long association with and close study of a language.”

In Quechua, a term may occur in the plural form at the beginning of a paragraph but any later references to the same term normally do not have the plural suffix. To keep attaching plural suffixes regularly to every occurrence of a plural word seems awkward and childish in Quechua.”

SABER TRANSCENDENTAL E SABER MUNDANO: “Judge not so that God will not judge you.” Intenção judaica original: “Não julgue outros homens para que Deus não o julgue desfavoravelmente.”; Provérbio que se tornou popular e uma referência como conselho para a vida: “Não julgue-os para que eles (os homens) não o julguem também.” Porém, sabemos que é-se julgado independentemente de querer ou divulgar seus julgamentos, seja numa instância fenomênica, seja na Prestação de Contas Derradeira (C://Memorando nº 666-PCD/PURG/Post-Morten/DEUS)!

Ah, que isso, os humilhados estão descontrolados (exaltados)!

cuscuz levantará os shinobi afogados.

He is greater than I must be rendered in some languages as He is greater than I am great, while in other languages the equivalent is He is great, I am not.”

O Black Sabbath foi feito para o homem, não o homem para o Black Sabbath.

beheaded fool

sejacabeceado tologordo

descabeçado

descabaçado

circuncidado

pelas circunstâncias

In some languages, one cannot say Jesus arose from the dead, but rather Jesus got up and left the dead, for such a language simply does not employ a preposition from but rather a verb indicating an event of movement.”

In the Guaica language of Venezuela, each complete sentence must end with one of the aspectual particles which indicates whether the described was seen by the speaker, was heard from reliable persons, or is purely legendary or imaginary.”

PAULO, O MAU ESCRITOR: “in Colossians 1:1-12 the we forms are essentially exclusive, but at verse 13 Paul evidently shifts viewpoints and includes his audience, and in verse 21 there is another shift back to the I-you or the we-you distinction. In Ephesians the problem is somewhat more acute.”

CRISTO, O 1º ZUMBI (d.C.?): “Some languages mark continually the differences between persons who are dead (or have died) and those who are still alive.”

In the recasting of borrowed words, including proper names especially, one normally attempts to follow the phonological structure of the receptor language. This may mean, for example, that Mark may become Maliko and Peter may become Petelo. There are, however, two principles which tend to alter a systematic adjustment to the phonological patterns of the receptor language: (1) the prestige of the orthography of a dominant language and (2) the problems of accidental correspondences.” “in many of the Indian languages of Latin America the people insist that the forms of common proper names must be like Spanish or Portuguese. (…) The same is true in many situations in Africa where French, English and Portuguese tend to dominate.”

Messiah in one language of West Africa turned out to be identical with an indigenous expression meaning death’s hand.”

7. RESTRUCTURING

figure 12

The solid lines in each instance represent the producer language, that is to say, the type of language which the person X or Y is able to produce, whether in speaking or writing. The broken lines represent the corresponding <consumer> language, that is to say, the range of language which these same persona are able to understand. It should be noted that in each instance, the spread or range of the consumer language is greater than that of the producer language. In other words, one is generally able to hear or read more than he can say or write.” “It is important to realize, however, that speaker X does not usually understand the total range of Y. That is to say, there are certain substandard forms which he probably can neither understand nor use correctly.”

In fact, if persons in class X employ substandard forms in writing to or for persons of class Y, the latter are quite understandably offended, and usually refuse to accept such communications”

The diagram employed in Figure 12 is not, however, adequate, since it does not reveal the historical perspective, and in all languages with a literary heritage there are many documents which reflect earlier stages of language. This is specially true of the Bible, which so often reflects long-established literary associations and well-entrenched stylistic usages.”

REDUBLAGEM & ESQUECIMENTO: “It is altogether possible that with the advent of recording we shall experience quite a different role for the oral language, but anything which is likely to be preserved over any long period of time is also likely to be relatively close to acceptable written style.”

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Ovelha não pode ler a Bíblia

The King James Version is listed at the extreme of the historical dimension, even though, of course, it was preceded by others. However, it is the only translation from the early period that exerts a significant continuing influence. § The RSV represents a somewhat middle position between the KJV and contemporary usage. As far as vocabulary usage is concerned, however, it is not on such a high literary level as the NEB. On the other hand, the NEB is stylistically much simpler in sentence structure, so that in some measure these 2 factors produce an average which makes the RSV and the NEB somewhat parallel. It is, of course, quite impossible to represent all the finer grades of contrast in a diagram of this type. § Phillips’ translation may be said to dip a little further than the NEB into the language of overlap between the upper and lower languages.”

In languages without literary traditions, one should attempt to produce a translation in the <popular> form of language, which represents the usage between the technical levels at the top and the vulgar speech at the bottom. The artificial forms of translationese should certainly be rejected as not representing the true genius of the language, and speech which is only used by the older generation should be largely rejected. However, in these situations one is generally able to employ a relatively wider range of the total resources of the language than in the case of <common language translations>, in which usage must be restricted primarily to the specific area of overlap [sobreposição – formal ou informal, tabuísmos, tecnicismos, etc.].”

whereas in case of languages with long literary traditions one is faced with the problems of socioeconomic and educational <dialects>, in the case of languages only now being reduced to writing, the problems are not those of vertical (sociological) dialects but of horizontal, or geographical, ones. Without the normalizing influence of a national educational program, local geographical dialects quite naturally proliferate, and one is confronted with certain very serious difficulties.”

in some instances the written language may almost be a <foreign language>, as in the case of written Arabic, which differs so markedly from the colloquial form of speech that a child must go to school for several years before being able to read standard written Arabic with ease.”

One well-known linguist has compared this relationship [between oral and written languages] to that between a person and a dog being walked on a long elastic leash. The dog (written language) can get quite far from the man (oral language), but the leash imposes limits, and the elasticity of the leash forces the dog to return to the man from time to time.” Alguns homens parecem cães (Kikuchi).

Lyric poetry should sound like poetry and not like an essay; letters should read like letters and not like some technical treatise on theology.”

<To hell with you and your money>, which is really an excellent equivalent of the Greek term apollumi. In Bible translating perhaps the greatest distortion in style comes in the rendering of the Epistles, for so often instead of producing letters the translator becomes so hopelessly entangled in technical theological language that the results sound more like a legal document than a letter.”

The first part of Romans appears in some languages to sound something like the following: <I, Paul, a slave of said master Jesus Christ, have been specifically called and summoned by God to be sent for a particular purpose and have been commissioned to that end, appointed to serve as a preacher of what is commonly known as the Good News, a message disclosed and published prior to final pronouncement in the Scriptures, widely known as the Old Testament.> Of course, no one translates quite so badly as this, but the heavy, involved, and ponderous style of some translations is equally out of place and poorly designed to represent something of the <spontaneous fullness> with which Paul speaks.”

If, for example, languages differ by more than 15% in their basic vocabulary (the central core of vocabulary which tends to be the most conservative), it is almost impossible to bring such dialects together, for they represent a linguistic separation, in glottochronological terms, of more than 700 years.”

Unfortunately, it often happens that translators have attempted to solve the problems of geographical dialects by a kind of <democratic method>, by which they select certain words and forms from one dialect, other words and forms from a 2nd dialect, and so on, until presumably all the dialects have been democratically represented. Such a procedure results in a hopeless mélange, a kind of language that no one speaks and all persona unanimously reject.”

some languages have a 4th person, but it is a specialized kind of 3rd person, not a really distinct one.”

The essential differences between languages are thus not in what can be said, but in what are permissible and/or probable combinations, and especially in what categories are marked obligatorily and what are purely optional.”

The most effective translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are now in prose, not in poetry, for poetic translations seem rather unnatural and even, at times, <silly>, but as prose, translations of Homer can be full of life, vigor and punch (e.g., Rieu’s). On the other hand, in India the poetic form is still much appreciated in many of the languages, and one of the very popular accounts of the life of Christ has been done in Malayalam verse by a skilled poet.”

phillips

Evitar a tradução Phillips

It is the job of a pastor and teacher, not of the translator, to make the cultural adaptation. This is also one of the major differences between an exegetical commentary and a homiletical or devotional commentary.”

RSV X NEB em Lucas 15:

1. The Greek text reads literally <and he said>, but this expression is used frequently by Luke as a marker of discourse transition, that is, to signal the shifts from one story or account to another. Accordingly, the NEB is thoroughly justified in introducing an equivalent marker in English. Stylistic feature: Discourse-transition marker.

2. The use of <once> in the NEB suggests the discourse type, i.e., the fact that this is a parable, rather than the account of a particular person and his two sons. In Greek this is clearly marked by the indefinite pronoun tis, <some>, <any>, <a>. Stylistic feature: Discourse-type marker.

(…)

4. Though the phrase <that falls to me> is a literal rendering of the original, the NEB has avoided a phrase which is semotactically unnatural. Stylistic feature: Semotactic appropriateness.

5. The use of <so> in place of the literal translation <and> is used to mark the intra-discourse transition. This is a perfectly legitimate translation of the Greek conjunction kai. Stylistic feature: Intradiscourse transition.

6. Though <living> is a literal rendering of Greek bios, it is misleading in present-day English, for <living> would refer to <income> and not to one’s entire estate. The NEB rendering is basically not a matter of style but of correctness in rendering, based on the principle of dynamic equivalence and not on the principle of formal correspondence.

(…)

8. The NEB is a more idiomatic rendering and is fully justified by Koine usage. Moreover, it results in a much more understandable account.”

Para mim foi o contrário (facilidade maior da RSV).

13. The phrase <loose living> implies immorality, but this element in the story does not come out until one hears the accusation of the elder brother. The NEB <reckless> seems a much better rendering of the Greek asotos. This is essentially a matter of interpretation.

14. The RSV construction, <when he … spent …, a great famine arose…>, suggests that the first action took place with anticipation of what was to follow. The NEB, however, makes the second clause the dependent clause to emphasize the unexpectedness of the famine. The Greek sentence would normally be translated as in the RSV, since the <spending> is a dependent participle. However, it is by no means necessary to treat all Greek participles in this rather mechanical fashion. Therefore, the NEB rendering can be justified as a much more effective and semantically appropriate means of showing relationships between clauses. Stylistic feature: Interclause markers.” Mas quem em santa consciência creria que um só hedonista, por mais rico que fosse, produziria um estado de penúria e fome geral num país? E que o jovem hedonista tinha fins suicidas em suas ações destemperadas? Não vejo qualquer desvantagem na primeira tradução; para se ler a Bíblia, é preciso ter algum raciocínio lógico – e não é uma tradução mais “exata” ou didática que o fará pelo leitor! Não pensei que a situação de falta de comida fosse um só instante condicionada pela dilapidação da fortuna do jovem…

16. The adjective <great> normally suggests something valuable or important, and is not so semotactically appropriate with <famine>. Stylistic feature: Semotactic appropriateness.

17. Normally so-called natural calamities are said to <fall>; they do not <arise>. Stylistic feature: Semotactic appropriateness.” Ok, já está quase me convencendo…

FINALMENTE UM GANHO DE CAUSA PARA A RSV (no décimo oitavo ponto, i.e.!): “The phrase <to be in want> is obsolescent, but <to feel the pinch> is rather weak. This suggests to many Britishers rising income taxes rather than being completely out of money. Stylistic feature: Contemporary usage (but misleading).

19. The expression <joined to> suggests a meeting of equals or an association, while <attached to> shows dependency relationship. Perhaps a better rendering would be <went to work for>. Stylistic feature: Semotactic appropriateness.

27. The phrase <bread enough and to spare> is obsolescent.” A Bíblia é obsoleta! O mal do homem é prolongar algo fadado ao fim há milênios…

36. The verb <embraced> seems not only somewhat stilted, but to many people it carries a rather heavy sexual connotation.” HAHAHA!

RSV X NEB X TEV em Hebreus 1:

3. The usage of <fathers> is obsolescent (and translationese), while <forefathers> is rather technical. <Ancestors> is more normal (at least for American English). Stylistic features: Contemporary usage and level of language.

The use of a term such as <effulgence> is likewise typical of the lexical high level of academic or technical style.”

12. The term <purification> is very seldom used with <sins>, except in certain traditional religious contexts. The word <purgation> is even less used in such a context and is understood, if it is known at all, by most persons as applying to <purgation of gastrointestinal wastes>.”

Some modern writers have introduced calculated formal confusion in order to suggest by the style something of the confusion and <absurdity> of the action or the responses of the participants.”

One might assume that well-known words would automatically all be high-frequency words. That is not, however, always the case. For example, headache and knee are not high-frequency words, but they are quite well known by any user of English. On the other hand, words such as matter and object are relatively frequent, but they are not always easy to comprehend.”

For special effects obsolescent or archaic words may be useful”

New and striking combinations of words make a writing fresh and give the impression that the ideas are also new and important.”

Some exegetes insist that en with <Christ>, <Son> or any other designation of the 2nd person of the Trinity can only mean <in Christ> in a very special Pauline sense. The principal difficulty with such a rendering is that it simply does not make much sense, if any, in English. (…) Even in the more than 400 years that this expression has been used in the English language, Christian preachers and scholars have been quite incapable of making it really meaningful. (…) It is precisely for this reason that even in this passage various translators have translated en as <by means of> or <by>.”

O novo testamento só quer saber de agência: ele é imensamente espírita.

If a stylist is to be employed either for the initial work or for later revision of the manuscript, it is important that he have certain very essential qualifications: (1) he must be a good writer, (2) he should not have too much acquaintance with the traditional forms of the Scriptures, (3) he should be sympathetic with the message of the Scriptures (though not necessarily a <believer>), and (4) in general he should work as a special consultant or assessor, and not as a member of a committee.

Being a good writer must mean much more than his having turned in a couple of publishable articles for a church paper. If at all possible a stylist should be a professional writer. It is not even enough that he be an editor or a corrector of other people’s writing. He should have creative writing abilities himself, for in the process of providing stylistic help for a translation he must do more than spot awkward sentences; he must be able to provide the creative assistance which is so essential.”

The really 1st-rate stylist usually does not survive as a member of a committee, for his job is an aesthetic type of contribution, and aesthetics is something many theologically trained persons simply do not understand. (…) he is usually ill equipped to defend his suggestions against the onslaught of those who claim to know just what the original means. The fact that what the committee is rendering may not make sense to the common man or that, if it is intelligible, it is painfully awkward, seems not to be too important to many theologically trained people translating the Bible. Accordingly, it is probably better for the stylist to do his work alone, in circumstances in which he can be far more creative.”

ETNOGRAFANDO: “To understand something about the style of oral literature in a language, it is essential to make thorough studies of the literary forms of legends, myths and stories from candidly recorded texts. That is to say, recordings should be made when the speaker is unaware of the fact that a recording is being made. Otherwise he will almost inevitably introduce a number of artificialities into the material. The translator who comes to the receptor language as a foreign language must alto <soak up> the language by saturating himself in hearing and speaking the language. And to do this he will need a number of years. (…) The average person can quite well master the syntactic structure of a language in 4 or 5 years, but it is the rare individual who masters the semotactic structure of a foreign language in less than 20 years, especially if he begins this process after he has become an adult.”

TRAINING STYLISTS FOR LANGUAGES LACKING A LITERARY TRADITION

Many persons have insisted that stylists, like any other artists, are born, not made, and in very large measure this is true. However, even persons with artistic talent need to have their capacities developed, and even those persons who seemingly have limited abilities can improve their output immensely through careful and consistent practice under guidance.”

For the most part such persons should have (1) good oral ability in the language, (2) creative imagination, i.e., the capacity to put words together, (3) some evidence of ability to write their own language reasonably well, (4) pride in their own language, (5) knowledge of the oral literature, i.e., of the legends, myths, etc., or a keen desire to study them, and (6) willingness to listen to and carefully consider suggestions made by others. Without these minimal qualifications [!] it is unlikely that a person will really succeed in doing quality work as a stylist, regardless of how much help he may be given in trying to learn how to write and to edit.”

The selection of potentially qualified persons is, however, only the beginning. They must also be carefully guided through a relatively long and carefully [QUANTOS CAREFULLY!] worked-out series of steps [não basta passos, tem de ser SÉRIES DE PASSOS!] in learning how to write [contradição em termos]. (…) writing for different levels of audience, writing for different degrees of impact, writing for differences of response, adaptation of articles and stories, learning to respond to orally given alternatives (…)”

Perhaps one of the most serious problems to overcome in the completely new writer is his tendency to be unbearably brief.” Nunca – N-U-N-C-A – tive esse problema!!

Nunca vou entender o pressuposto de que oralidade e escrita são absolutamente dependentes entre si. Realmente os autores nunca conheceram alguém como eu em toda sua longa vida!

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8. TESTING THE TRANSLATION

As has already been intimated at several points in the preceding chapters, there is a tendency for all good translations to be somewhat longer than the originals.” “This tendency to greater length is due essentially to the fact that one wishes to state everything that is in the original communication but is also obliged to make explicit in the receptor language what could very well remain implicit in the source-language text, since the original receivers of this communication presumably had all the necessary background to understand the contents of the message. Moreover, there seems to be a relatively fixed tendency for languages to be approximately 50% redundant, not only in the sounds which are used but also in the flow of lexical information. From all evidence we have it is also assumed that most languages have approximately the same rate of flow of information for corresponding types of style and levels of usage.” Será que uma tradução que volte um texto traduzido da própria língua (3ª versão) [ex: LIVRO ALEMÃO LIVRO INGLÊS (2ª versão) LIVRO ALEMÃO], traduzido por uma terceira pessoa, por esporte, ou por desconhecimento da fonte original, seria necessariamente maior que a 1ª versão? (Parece que a resposta é não, a julgar pelo estudo realizado e descrito em VINAY & DARBELNET no tocante ao backtranslating; vd. próximas publicações.)

Some expressions, however, are so semantically condensed in the source-language text that they often require considerable expansion in the receptor language. For example, <I am a jealous God> (Exod. 20:5) can be badly misunderstood if translated literally, for it may only suggest that God acts like some jilted lover or that he has a mean, possessive disposition. More often than not, a literal rendering introduces quite unwarranted sexual connotations. Accordingly, in some languages this sentence must be semantically restructured by expansion to read <I am a God who demands that my people love no one else other than me>.

among some of the tribes in South America gambling is not known nor are there any devices for <selecting by lot>. Accordingly, in order for readers to comprehend the significance of certain accounts in the Scriptures, some supplementary information must be given in marginal notes.”

simplification of highly repetitious style, often associated with stateliness of form and importance of the theme, e.g., the first chapter of Genesis. While in Hebrew such repetitions and pleonasms may have a valued liturgical significance, a close formal parallel in another language may seem awkwardly heavy.”

it is just as important to employ the proper reductions as it is to introduce the proper expansions”

Actually the only linguistically sound [confiável] test of ease of comprehension is the Cloze Technique, which is based on the principle of transitional probabilities. That is to say, the easier it is for the reader to guess the next word, the easier it is to comprehend the word in such a context. This matter of <degree of predictability> (being able to guess the right word is only another way of talking about predictability) is essentially a concept derived from Information Theory. In its written application the Cloze Technique provides the reader with a text in which every 5th word is deleted and a blank space is left in its place. The reader is then asked to fill in those words which seem to fit the context best. (…) In general, one only needs about 50 such blanks in any text to provide a very satisfactory guide as to the relative comprehensibility of the text.”

As the text is read, the translator should note carefully those places at which the reader stumbles, hesitates, makes some substitution of another grammatical form, puts in another word, or in any way has difficulty in reading the text fluently. Of course, some of the problems in reading may be due to inexperience in public reading”

Despite all the tests that one might wish to make of a translation it seems that only the actual publication of sample materials can provide the kind of test necessary to judge the acceptability of a translation. But even the analysis of reactions to a published text is not a simple matter. The popularity may be for a number of different reasons: price, illustrations, format, marketing, and even quality of paper. (…) This is especially true of the Bible, which is so often bought as a prestige symbol or as a kind of <fetish of the faith>. The fact that a Bible with particularly small types sells well may not mean that it is greatly read (in fact, some small-type Bibles are practically illegible)”

Does his face show real interest and understanding (or is he only going through a devotional practice)?”

APPENDIX

AUTHORIZED CANONICAL BABEL GOSPEL: “In an earlier day, it was commonly supposed in Christian circles that translations of the Scriptures would be required for all the languages of the world. The most recent guesses, based on reliable though fragmentary data, suggest that there are somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 languages and significantly different dialects now spoken in the world. The Bible has already been translated into some 1,500 languages, and these represent fully 97% of the world’s population.”

In many constituencies the very word <revision> often troubles people, for revision of the Bible means changing it, and this seems to call into question its inspiration and authority. (…) A new translation is so different from the old that it more or less disarms the attacks of the traditionalists.”

TATUAGEM RECURSAL INFINITA: “Revising an unsatisfactory translation has been compared to painting over the dirty spots on a wall.”

Testemunhas do Bem-Estar, um grupo de democratas fanáticos loucos que bate de porta em porta perguntando se os moradores não gostariam de ouvir a palavra da Constituição Federal de 1988, disseminando a Lei para Todos, convertendo almas degeneradas para o vade mecum da salvação.

enormormon

Increasingly, Roman Catholics and Protestants are working together on joint Bible translation projects. In order to facilitate such cooperation, a document has been prepared entitled Guiding Principles for Interconfessional Cooperation in Translating the Bible. This document issued jointly by the United Bible Societies and the Vatican’s Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, spells out in considerable detail the way in which such cooperation can be made to work harmoniously.”

assess their asses.

Experience has indicated that the ideal number of translators is between 3 and 5. When the group is larger, its procedures become excessively cumbersome.” “In case after case it has proved virtually impossible to make satisfactory progress when translators are working only part time.” Realmente a tradução não irá cair do céu!

Most of their work is done individually, each working in his own manner. From time to time they meet together as a group to compare and evaluate their work and to decide the final form of the translation.

The reviewers usually number 8 to 10 and are especially chosen either because of their competence in the original languages and in Biblical studies, or because of their ability as writers in the receptor language. They are often persons who have the technical capability to translate but who, because of other responsibilities or because they do not work well in a team, cannot serve effectively as translators.”

In order for the project to proceed efficiently, it is necessary that one person be designated as secretary or coordinator of the project.”

Livros com as passagens mais difíceis: Gênesis 1, Salmos 1, Isaías 53, Mateus 5 a 7, Marcos 1, João 1, Romanos 1 e Efésios 1.

Uma seleção de princípios de tradução para línguas denominadas <Bantu meridionais>

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Para o Antigo Testamento o comitê deve basear seu trabalho no texto Masorético [Tanakh, a bíblia considerada original e mais completa] conforme fornecido pela terceira edição de Kittel, com a previsão formal de que em trechos particularmente problemáticos dever-se-á empreender uma releitura comparada de versões reputadas, recorrendo-se excepcionalmente, na persistência de divergências, a tradições hebraicas alternativas e, em último caso, a emendas [trechos que as autoridades reconhecem como ilegítimos conquanto válidos do ponto de vista da facilitação proporcionada pelo escriba e intérprete ao leitor comum].

Para o Novo Testamento o texto publicado pela United Bible Societies (Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas) é o recomendável. Para as passagens carentes de autoridade, recomenda-se a inserção de palavras entre parênteses ou colchetes, com o acréscimo de observação introdutória indicando que tais passagens não se encontram nos primeiros manuscritos canônicos e foram acrescidas depois.

(…) Ajudas de exegese: The Revised Standard Version (RSV), The New English Bible (NEB), Today’s English Version (TEV) e The Translators’ Translation (TT). (…)

Answers to rhetorical questions should be introduced unless the following expressions clearly imply the proper answer.

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The basic unit of translation should be the paragraph

(…)

1st-person plural references to the 1st-person singular should be changed to 1st-person singular.

(…)

In case of genuine ambiguity, either in the source or receptor texts, one alternative should be given in the text and the other in the margin.

(…)

Proper names should in general be transcribed on the basis of receptor-language phonological structures, taking into consideration syllabic patterns, sequences of vowels and length of words.

(…)

Todos os termos para pesos e medidas que não forem familiares deverão ser explicados numa Tábua de Pesos e Medidas à parte.

Deverão ser incluídos mapas com as principais localizações apresentadas. [!!]”

Translating in committee is not only highly inefficient and wasteful of time, but it rarely produces an acceptable style.”

It is important not to break up books of the Bible and assign parts of them to different people, for the resulting will be too uneven.”

when a serious issue strongly divides the group, it is often advisable to set the problem aside until it can be discussed with a translations consultant. (…) The reason is that in the heat of argument the issues seem much more important than they do several days or weeks later when more experience has been gained and the problems are seen in a wider perspective.”

In some projects the reviewers have insisted on meeting together as a committee and going over the whole draft verse by verse. This is rarely a desirable approach. Not only can such a committee spend endless hours debating over details, but the end results are rarely as good as the work of the translators which was the basis of the discussion. The reviewers and the consultative group should remember that it is not their work to be censors.” Irônico… Um CHEFE DE TRADUÇÃO INQUISITIVO, he-he…

Versões para comparação instrutiva:

(*) American Bible Society

ASV – American Standard Version, 1901

ANT – The Amplified New Testament, 1958

TEV, 1966 (*)

KJV I, 1611

NEB, 1961

Livros/artigos de ajuda em técnicas de tradução, tópicos bíblicos, lingüística geral e antropologia:

Ackroyd & Knibb, Translating the Psalms, 1966

Benveniste, Problèmes de Linguistique Générale, 1966

Bratcher, Review of the 20th Century New Testament, 1962 (artigo)

______, Review of New American Standard Gospel of John, 1960 (artigo)

Chao, Yuen Ren. How Chinese logic operates, 1959 (artigo)

Clements, Divine Titles as a problem of Old Testament Translation, 1966 (artigo)

Garvin, L’analyse linguistique automatique: un problème heuristique, 1964 (artigo)

Hall, Pidgin and Creole Languages, 1966

Hess, A study of glossa in the New Testament, 1964 (artigo)

Hjelmslev, La stratification du langage, 1954 (artigo)

Hockett, Ethno-linguistic implications of studies in linguistics and psychiatry, 1960 (artigo)

Lamb, Ervin & Horowitz, Navaho color categories, 1960 (artigo)

Meek, Translating the Hebrew Bible, 1965 (artigo)

Newman, The Meaning of the New Testament, 1966

Pickett, Those problem pronouns: we, us and our in the New Testament, 1964 (artigo)

Smalley, La Version Populaire: a new version in simplified French, 1961 (artigo)

______, Phillips and NEB: some comments on style, 1965 (artigo)

Swellengrebel, Puzzles in Luke, 1966 (artigo)

Wonderly, La Versión Popular: a new version in simplified Spanish, 1961 (artigo)

1 Nunca esqueça do valor da nota de rodapé!

Anúncios

TEMPORALIDADE E ESPACIALIDADE NA ESTRUTURA DO SELF NAS ABORDAGENS SEMIÓTICA E DIALÓGICA – Mariane Lima de Souza & William B. Gomes (in: Psicologia em Estudo, vol. 14, n. 2, abr.-jun., 2009, pp. 365-73, UEM.)

#Epistemologia #Filosofia #Psicologia #Antropologia #Sociologia #Geografia #História #Linguistica #Ética

Wiley é citado em David Harvey, daí o interesse desencadeado. Estudos em compressão do espaço-tempo na pós-modernidade.

O pensamento enquanto processo reflexivo direcionado do presente (Eu) para o passado (Mim) de Mead é combinado ao pensamento enquanto processo interpretativo, direcionado do presente (Eu) para o futuro (Você) de Peirce. Tem-se, então, um processo semiótico mais abrangente, representado na conversação triádica Eu-Mim-Você. (Wiley, 1994)”

Os hóspedes de Goethe ou os visitantes de Wiley são constituídos de pessoas próximas, com as quais se desfruta maior (permanentes) ou menor (temporários) convivência. A instância inconsciente recobre os estados não conscientes e os estados limítrofes, como devaneios ou fantasias da imaginação. Segundo o autor, ela foi incluída apenas como artifício para dramatizar o problema de localizá-la na conversação interna e não com a finalidade de trazer um entendimento acabado sobre o inconsciente.”

Os visitantes temporários pertencem à segunda pessoa e à conjugação presente, são subjetivos e objetivos. Eles são mais livres que os visitantes permanentes e menos aliados ao outro generalizado que os visitantes permanentes. São disponíveis para o Eu como cossujeito. Os visitantes permanentes pertencem à segunda pessoa e à conjugação presente. Eles são objetivos e não livres, aliados e constitutivos do outro generalizado. São disponíveis para o Eu como cossujeito, mas sedimentados no outro generalizado. Por fim, o inconsciente é uma instância de terceira pessoa, atemporal, de todos os casos (objetivo, subjetivo, bem como objetivo e subjetivo, simultaneamente), determinado, livre da relação com o outro e está oculto do eu por barreiras lingüísticas semiporosas.”

As perspectivas dialógica e semiótica de self concordam com relação à definição do self como um signo. A perspectiva semiótica afirma que o senso de self humano é um processo semiótico de autoprodução (Pickering, 1999, p. 70), por ser racional, simbólico e linguístico (Wiley, 1994).”

A noção de diálogo na perspectiva dialógica do self, resultante do esforço de traduzir a distinção de James entre Eu e Mim <em um arcabouço narrativo e no arcabouço conceitual do romance polifônico em particular> (Hermans & Kempen, 1993, p. 44), também é semiótica. Contudo, a distinção de James entre Eu-Mim traduzida na distinção narrativa entre autor-ator, no tipo especial de relação sugerido por Bakhtin (1929/1973), aponta para uma semiótica diádica.”

O pragmatismo americano fornece a base para uma teoria do self tanto quanto ele o faz na perspectiva dialógica, porém, no lugar de uma distinção entre Eu e Mim de James, a perspectiva teórica semiótica descreve uma integração do eu-você de Peirce e do eu-mim de Mead”

A natureza espacial do self, na teoria dialógica, é expressa nos termos posição e posicionamento. De acordo com os autores Hermans, Kempen e Van Loon (1992), estes termos são mais dinâmicos e flexíveis que o tradicional termo papel (role). O self é definido como uma multiplicidade de posições do Eu que dialogam entre si, mas em um espaço comum, onde a simultaneidade das vozes envolvidas no diálogo é a expressão da descentralização do self.”

A espacialização do tempo é uma forma de responder à fraqueza das concepções tradicionais de narrativa e de autonarrativa, as quais são excessivamente pautadas por um viés temporal.”

A fraqueza que eu vejo na formulação corrente da abordagem teórica de Hermans é a pressuposição de que um indivíduo pode adotar uma instância narrativa ou autoral, de alguma forma acima das personagens que compõem o self polifônico e dialógico, e pode mover a narrativa da posição do eu livremente, de uma personagem a outra, para dar a cada uma a sua própria voz.” Barresi, 2002

Se o self pode assumir tal instância autoral, então a relação dialógica fica comprometida, uma vez que esse eu, acima dos outros caracteres, fica sozinho e sem interlocutores. Na concepção semiótica de self este problema é evitado, uma vez que a narrativa é sempre uma expressão comunicativa do eu, no tempo presente, em primeira pessoa.”

A perspectiva dialógica de Hermans se diferencia da perspectiva pós-moderna, que entende o self como uma ilusão produzida ideologicamente a partir de uma fragmentação e pluralidade de identidades. Nesse sentido, o self dialógico está completamente em acordo com a posição de Wiley (1994) sobre o self semiótico”

Conforme Grant (2004), a comunicação deve ser conceitualizada em termos da impenetrabilidade da mente do outro, isto é, as pretensões transcendentais devem ser abandonadas em favor de pretensões destranscendentalizadas. (…) Para o autor, o que marca a comunicação é a contingência e a complexidade e não a intersubjetividade.”

A dialogicidade é, portanto, a qualidade essencial desse processo, que é tanto interno ou reflexivo (a consciência voltando sobre si mesma) quanto externo ou flexivo (a consciência dirigindo-se a outras consciências). Nesse sentido, segue-se a linha de Morin (1993), que define como sinônimos os conceitos de fala interna, diálogo interno e fala consigo ou fala do self (self-talk); de Blachowicz (1997), quando argumenta que a fala interna é genuinamente um diálogo e não um monólogo; de Bertau (1999), ao sugerir que o pensamento verbalizado ou audível (índice mais aproximado que se pode obter da fala interna) funciona como um processo dialógico e de Bakhtin (1929/1973), que define as relações dialógicas como ato comunicativo.”

A perspectiva dialógica volta-se à aplicabilidade do conceito recortando um contexto de pesquisa aplicada direcionada para a psicologia clínica e para as relações interpessoais; em contraste, a perspectiva semiótica volta-se para a funcionalidade do fenômeno, recortando um contexto de pesquisa inserido na psicologia dos processos básicos e da ética. Por conseguinte, a argumentação do self semiótico parece trazer uma fundamentação ontológica mais elegante. O conceito faz uma distinção entre a função evolucionária e a função cultural do self. A função evolucionária, comum a todos os seres humanos em todos os tempos e lugares, é a propriedade básica de geração de signos, sem a qual não haveria humanidade. Como gerador de signos, o self é uma estrutura, dialógica e a-histórica. Como especificador de signos, o self é um conteúdo emergente ou sedimentado com matizes culturais e históricas.”

Um provocativo debate entre as duas abordagens pode ser encontrado no número inaugural do International Journal for Dialogical Science, publicado em 2006.

Bakhtin, M. (1973). Problems of Dostoevsky’s poetics (R. W. Rotsel, Trad). Ann Arbor: Ardis (Original publicado em 1929).

Barresi, J. (2002). From ‘the Thought is the Thinker’ to ‘the Voice is the Speaker’. Theory & Psychology, 12, 237-250.

Bertau, M.-C. (1999). Spuren des Gesprachs in innerer Sprache. Versuch einer Analyse der dialogischen Anteile des lautes Denkens. [Marcas da fala em conversação interna. Uma análise da arte dialógica do pensamento em voz alta], Zeitchrift für Sprache & Kognition 18 (1/2), 4-19.

Blachowicz, J. (1997). The dialogue of the soul with itself. Journal of Consciousness Studies 4, 485-508.

Grant, C. B. (2004). Complex communication and the self at the edge. Theory & Psychology, 14, 221-237.

James, W. (1990). The principles of psychology. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica (Original publicado em 1890).

Mead, G. H. (1934). Mind, self and society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Morin, A. (1993). Self-talk and self-awareness: on the nature of the relation. The Journal of Mind and Behavior 14, 223-234.

Peirce, C. S. (1958). Collected Papers of C. S. Peirce. Vol. I-VIII, C. Hartshorne, P. Weiss & A. Burks (Eds.). Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Pickering, J. (1999). The self is a semiotic process. In S. Gallagher & J. Shear (Eds.), Models of self (pp. 63-79). Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic.

Schutz, A. (1967), The phenomenology of the social world (G. Walsh & F. Lehnert, Trans.). Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press (Original publicado em 1932).

Vico, G. (1999). A ciência nova (M. Lucchesi, Trad.) Rio de Janeiro: Record (Original publicado em 1744).

Wiley, N. (1994). The semiotic self. Chicago: The Univ. Chicago Press. [Em português: Wiley, N (1996). O self semiótico (L. P. Rouanet, Trad. – tradução com ressalvas de acordo com o artigo). São Paulo: Edições Loyola.

CRÍTIAS OU DE ATLÂNTIDA

Tradução de trechos de “PLATÓN. Obras Completas (trad. espanhola do grego por Patricio de Azcárate, 1875), Ed. Epicureum (digital)”.

Além da tradução ao Português, providenciei notas de rodapé, numeradas, onde achei que devia tentar esclarecer alguns pontos polêmicos ou obscuros demais quando se tratar de leitor não-familiarizado com a obra platônica. Quando a nota for de Azcárate, haverá um (*) antecedendo as aspas.

(*) “O preâmbulo, do qual nenhum diálogo de Platão carece, inexiste em Crítias. Seria porque trata-se de um manuscrito inacabado? Ou seria porque não é outra coisa senão a continuação da conversa dos mesmos interlocutores do Timeu, sem intervalo de tempo narrativo?”

“O estudo e a história das coisas antigas se introduziram pelo ócio das cidades, quando certo número de concidadãos, tendo as coisas necessárias para a vida asseguradas, não tiveram depois de preocupar-se com sua subsistência. E eis como os nomes dos antigos heróis se conservaram sem a lembrança de suas ações.”

“Nessa época as mulheres guerreavam junto com os homens, e por isso é que Atena era representada nas imagens e estátuas de armadura; era como uma advertência, a indicar que desde o momento em que o varão e a fêmea estão destinados a viver juntos devem também, de acordo com a natureza, exercer indistintamente todos os trabalhos da espécie.”

“A Ática está de certa forma desanexada do continente, parecendo-se um promontório, muito mais em conexão com o mar. Fica como uma vasilha envolta por um mar bastante profundo. Em meio às numerosas e terríveis inundações que tiveram lugar durante 9 mil anos, porque 9 mil anos se passaram desde aquela época, as terras, que as revoluções faziam deslizar das maiores alturas, não se amontoavam no solo, como nos demais países, mas, escorrendo pelo litoral, acabavam por perder-se nas profundezas do mar. Assim, como sucede nas ilhas pouco extensas, nosso país, comparado com o que era então, parece-se agora com um corpo exaurido pela enfermidade. A terra com vegetação foi toda para o fundo do mar e ficou apenas um corpo esfolado e estéril.”

“As chuvas enviadas por Zeus a cada ano não se perdiam inutilmente, como hoje; pelo contrário, a terra, retendo as águas abundantes, as conservava em seu seio, as tinha em reserva entre camadas de argila; deixava-as correr das planícies aos vales, e por toda parte viam-se milhares de fontes, rios e canais. Os monumentos sagrados, que naquela época estavam todos perto dos leitos dos rios, atestam a veracidade de minhas palavras.”

“a Acrópole estava muito distante de ter o aspecto atual. Numa só noite torrentes de chuva arrastaram a vegetação deste sítio e desnudaram-no e despojaram-no, em meio a tremores de terra e à inundação repleta, a terceira antes do dilúvio de Deucalião.”

“O filho mais velho, o rei, de quem a ilha e este mar, chamado Atlântico, tomaram seu nome, tendo sido o primeiro a ali reinar, era chamado Átlas.”

“Tal era a imensidão de riquezas que possuíam que nenhuma família real jamais possuiu nem possuirá volume semelhante.” “Cobriram de bronze, como verniz, o muro do cerco exterior em toda sua extensão; de estanho o segundo recinto; e a Acrópole em si de oricalco,¹ que reluzia como fogo.”

¹ Metal precioso fictício, invenção grega.

“Duas fontes, uma quente e outra fria, abundantes e inesgotáveis, graças à suavidade e à virtude de suas águas, satisfaziam admiravelmente todas as necessidades”

“Notai que a terra dava duas colheitas por ano, porque era regada no inverno pelas chuvas de Zeus, e no verão era fecundada pela água dos estanques.”

“Quanto ao governo geral e às relações dos reis entre eles, as ordens de Poseidon eram sua regra. Estas ordens lhes foram transmitidas pela lei soberana; os primeiros reis as gravaram numa coluna de oricalco, levantada no centro da ilha no templo de Poseidon.” “Além das leis, estava inscrito nesta coluna um juramento terrível, e imprecações contra aquele que as violasse. Verificado o sacrifício e consagrados os membros do touro segundo as leis, os reis derramavam gota a gota o sangue das vítimas numa taça, atiravam os demais restos no fogo e purificavam a coluna. Retirando em seguida o sangue da taça com um copo d’ouro, e derrubando parte de seu conteúdo nas chamas, juravam julgar segundo as leis escritas na coluna, castigar a quem as houvesse infringido, fazer observar as mesmas leis dali em diante com todo seu poder, e não governar eles mesmos nem obedecer ao que governasse em desconformidade com as leis de seus pais.”

“Aqueles que sabem penetrar nas coisas compreenderam que se haviam feito maus e perdido os mais preciosos de todos os bens; e os que não eram capazes de ver o que constitui verdadeiramente a vida ditosa creram que haviam atingido o auge da virtude e da felicidade, justo quando se encontravam dominados por uma paixão frenética, a de aumentar suas riquezas e seu poder.”

O POLÍTICO OU DA SOBERANIA

Tradução de trechos de “PLATÓN. Obras Completas (trad. espanhola do grego por Patricio de Azcárate, 1875), Ed. Epicureum (digital)”.

Além da tradução ao Português, providenciei notas de rodapé, numeradas, onde achei que devia tentar esclarecer alguns pontos polêmicos ou obscuros demais quando se tratar de leitor não-familiarizado com a obra platônica. Quando a nota for de Azcárate, haverá um (*) antecedendo as aspas.

Ficino, escolástico do século XV, foi um dos primeiros tradutores de Platão, às portas do “ressurgimento moderno da Filosofia”. Victor Cousin, filósofo francês, 4 séculos mais tarde, faria uma tradução bem parecida. Falo isso porque em traduções de trechos difíceis eles costumam concordar.

(*) “Amon, i.e., o Zeus dos habitantes do litoral africano. Amon significa areia [embora haja controvérsias – e tem proveniência egípcia]. O Teodoro do diálogo é oriundo de Cirene [colônia grega situada na atual Líbia].”

(*) “Conforme o testemunho do mesmo Platão, o diálogo intitulado Teeteto precede O Sofista, que é por sua vez seguido pel’O Político, cujo plano é que fosse continuado em O Filósofo. [Este último não foi produzido antes da morte de Platão. Os diálogos, portanto, devem ser estudados como uma unidade, e não como independentes entre si.]

O ESTRANGEIRO – (…) Procedemos como aquele que, pretendendo dividir em dois o gênero humano, fizesse como os nativos da Ática, que distinguem os gregos de todos os demais povos como uma raça à parte; a seguir, juntando todas as demais nações, ainda que numerosas, quase infinitas, sem sequer se conhecerem muitas delas, as designam pelo singelo nome de <bárbaros>. (…) Quão mais sábio e veraz não seria dividir por espécies e por metades, se se dividisse o número em par ou ímpar, e a raça humana em varões e fêmeas; sem distinguir os lídios, os frígios ou qualquer outro povo, nem opô-los a todos os demais, a não ser quando não houvesse meio de dividir por espécies e por partes!”

O ESTRANGEIRO – Toda a parte da ciência especulativa que se refere ao mando, como já dissemos, que tem por objeto a educação dos animais, dos que vivem em rebanho. De acordo?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM¹ – Sim.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Assim, já dividimos todo o reino animal, pondo de um lado os selvagens, e doutro os que se pode amansar; pois esses animais que são suscetíveis de amansamento nós denominamos animais domesticados, em contraste com os selvagens.”

¹ Este é apenas um xará do grande Sócrates, estudante novato de Filosofia.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Nestas divisões da educação dos animais que andam, é preciso se valer de perífrases¹ para designar as diversas partes; porque querer dar a cada uma um nome próprio seria prestar-se a um trabalho desnecessário.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Então como se deve dizer?

O ESTRANGEIRO – Desta forma: dividida a educação dos animais que andam em duas partes, uma se refere à espécie de animais que vive em grupos e que tem chifres; e a outra à espécie que não os tem.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Se estabelecermos isso, tudo bem, não será mais preciso voltar a este assunto.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Muito bem: é óbvio que o rei conduz um rebanho desprovido de cornos.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Mas por que isso é óbvio?

O ESTRANGEIRO – Decomponhamos esta espécie; façamos de forma que designemos aquilo que lhe pertence.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Estou conforme.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Queres dividi-la segundo os animais que têm ou não a pata fendida; ou segundo o critério da geração, i.e., aquelas em que a geração pode se produzir mesmo que não se trate dos mesmos animais e aquelas em que a geração só se dá entre os semelhantes? Compreendeste a questão?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Não exatamente.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Vou dar um exemplo: os cavalos e os asnos podem reproduzir entre si.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Ah, compreendo.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Ao contrário, os demais animais domésticos, que vivem em rebanho, engendram cada um sua própria espécie dentro de seus confins, não se mesclando nem engendrando híbridos.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Sim, isso é exato.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Mas e então: te parece que o político cuida de uma espécie que engendra em comum com outras, ou de um animal puro, que não se mescla com nenhum outro?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Evidentemente, de uma espécie que não se mescla.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Agora é preciso, ainda, dividir em duas partes esta espécie eleita, como já fizemos outras vezes.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Com certeza.”

¹ Substitutos na mesma língua, i.e., poder-se-ia chamar “animal que produz e se alimenta de mel” no lugar de “abelha”. Nem tudo que não tem nome carece por isso de uma descrição exata.

O ESTRANGEIRO – (…) os cachorros não devem ser incluídos entre os animais que vivem em sociedade.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Não, decerto. Mas então como obteremos nossas duas metades desta vez?

O ESTRANGEIRO – Procedendo como vós faríeis; refiro-me a ti e Teeteto, posto que vós vos ocupais da Geometria.¹

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Ainda não entendo aonde queres chegar.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Pelo cálculo da diagonal. E depois pelo da diagonal da diagonal.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Ainda não compreendi!

O ESTRANGEIRO – A natureza própria da espécie humana, quanto a seu modo de andar, não consiste em ser exatamente como a diagonal, sobre a qual pode-se construir um quadrado de 2 pés?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Sim, exato.

O ESTRANGEIRO – E a natureza da outra espécie, relativamente ao mesmo objeto, não é como a diagonal do quadrado do nosso quadrado, posto que tem 2×2 pés?”

¹ Isto não está em contradição com a nota anterior sobre o jovem Sócrates: um dos pilares da dialética platônica é justamente o conhecimento matemático, que é preciso dominar primeiro em sua generalidade a fim de filosofar com conseqüência.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Eis nossa espécie humana ao lado e em companhia da mais nobre e ao mesmo tempo a mais ágil das espécies.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – É verdade que se trata de uma conseqüência bem ridícula.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Não é o mais natural que o mais lento chegue sempre mais tarde?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Irrefutável.

O ESTRANGEIRO – E não seria mais ridículo ainda apresentar o rei correndo com seu rebanho, e disputando corrida com o homem mais atlético, um corredor nato?”

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Nada concebo de mais ridículo.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Já vês às claras, Sócrates, o que disséramos quanto ao sofista.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – O que exatamente?

O ESTRANGEIRO – Que este método não considera o que é nobre e o que não o é, nem considera se o caminho é curto ou comprido, apenas concentra todas as suas forças na busca pela verdade.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Já o aprecio.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Pois bem: depois de tudo isto, e antes de que perguntes-me qual era esse caminho mais curto do qual falavas antes, que conduz à definição do rei, eu mesmo me adiantarei.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – De acordo.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Teria sido necessário começar por dividir os animais que andam em bípedes e quadrúpedes. E, como à primeira categoria só pertencem os pássaros – ademais do homem –, seria preciso dividir esta nova espécie de bípedes em bípedes nus e bípedes com pena;¹(*) por último, feita esta dupla operação, e deixado às claras o modo de educar ou de conduzir os homens, situamos, numa terceira etapa, o político e o rei à cabeça desta arte, confiando-lhes a renda do Estado, como legítimos possuidores desta ciência.”

¹ Este trecho é muito famoso e parodiado, já por contemporâneos (vd. Aristófanes), já por modernos muito mais próximos de nós. Aristóteles e Diógenes Laércio, este último nem que fosse de forma distorcedora ou descontextualizadora, também tornaram essa passagem ainda mais célebre.

(*) “Esta passagem deu origem sem dúvida à famosa anedota de Diógenes o Cínico. Diógenes Laércio [um dos primeiros historiadores da Filosofia, ainda do mundo antigo, que acabo de citar], num comentário sobre a vida de seu xará, nos diz: <Como ele tinha ouvido a definição platônica do homem (um animal de dois pés sem penas), pegou um galo e, depenando-o, levou-o à Academia, e ao apresentá-lo afirmou: ‘Eis aqui o homem de Platão.’>.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – Uma das antigas tradições, ainda recordadas e que se recordarão por muito tempo, é a do prodígio, que apareceu na querela entre Atreu e Tiestes. Tu com certeza já a ouviste, então te será fácil dizeres o que se sucedeu então.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Creio que falas da maravilha da ovelha de ouro.(*)

O ESTRANGEIRO – Não se trata disso, meu jovem! Falo da mudança do nascer e do pôr do sol e dos demais astros, os quais se punham no mesmo ponto de que agora nascem, e nasciam do lado oposto. Querendo o deus testificar sua presença a Atreu, por uma mudança repentina foi que estabeleceu a ordem atual.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Ah, já ouvi esta estória também.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Também é muito popular aquela do reinado de Cronos.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Já perdi as contas de quantas vezes a escutei!

O ESTRANGEIRO – Mas não se diz por aí que os homens doutros tempos eram filhos da terra, e que não nasciam uns dos outros?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Sim, sim, essa é outra de nossas antigas tradições orais.”

(*) Cuja determinação necessitaria de 3 divisões sucessivas em 2 partes, como as realizadas pelo Estrangeiro até aqui.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Escuta! Este universo é às vezes dirigido por Deus mesmo, que lhe imprime um movimento circular; mas em outras Ele o abandona, como quando suas revoluções já preencheram a medida do tempo marcado. O mundo, então, dono de seu movimento, descreve um círculo contrário ao primeiro, porque é um ser vivo e recebeu a inteligência daquele que desde o princípio o ordenou harmoniosamente. A causa deste movimento retrógrado é necessária e inata ao mundo, e vou dizer-te qual é esta.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Estou curioso!

O ESTRANGEIRO – Ser sempre da mesma maneira, na mesma forma e sendo o mesmo ser é privilégio dos deuses por excelência. A natureza do corpo não pertence a esta ordem das coisas. O ser a que chamamos céu e mundo foi dotado, desde seu começo, de uma multitude de qualidades admiráveis, porém participa ao mesmo tempo da natureza dos corpos.” “Mover-se por si mesmo por toda a eternidade só pode fazê-lo aquele que conduz tudo o que se move, e este ser não pode se mover simultaneamente de duas maneiras antitéticas. Tudo isto prova que nem se pode dizer que o mundo se dá a si mesmo o movimento por toda a eternidade, nem que recebe da divindade dois impulsos e dois impulsos contrários, nem que é colocado alternativamente em movimento por duas divindades contrárias.”

sua massa imensa, suspensa igualmente por todas as partes, gira sobre um ponto de apoio muito estreito.” Antes ou depois do Eureka! de Arquimedes?

Então necessariamente há uma grande mortandade entre os demais animais, e dentre os homens são poucos os que sobrevivem. Estes últimos experimentam mil fenômenos surpreendentes e inauditos; mas o mais extraordinário é o que resulta do movimento retrógrado do mundo, quando ao curso atual dos astros sucede outro, contrário.” “a idade dos diversos seres vivos se deteve repentinamente” “Os cabelos brancos dos anciãos se tornaram negros” “e o corpo e a alma se metamorfosearam juntos. Ao fim deste progresso tudo se desvaneceu e entrou no nada.” “Se os anciãos voltavam às formas da juventude, era natural que os que haviam morrido e estavam enterrados ressuscitassem, voltassem à vida e seguissem o movimento geral, que renovava em sentido contrário a geração” “Os animais, divididos em gêneros e em grupos, eram dirigidos por daimons, que, como pastores divinos, sabiam prover a todas as necessidades do rebanho” “Deus mesmo conduzia e vigiava os homens; da mesma forma que hoje os homens, como animais de uma natureza mais divina, conduzem as espécies inferiores. Sob este governo divino não havia nem cidades, nem casamentos, nem família. Os homens ressuscitavam todos do seio da terra sem nenhuma lembrança passada. Ignorantes de nossas instituições, coletavam nas árvores e nos bosques frutas em abundância, sem para isso aprender o cultivo, pois a terra era fecunda. Nus e sem abrigo, passavam quase toda a vida ao ar livre; as estações, temperadas, eram-lhes agradáveis; o espesso céspede que cobria a terra lhes propiciava leitos macios. Eis aqui, Sócrates, a vida dos homens sob Cronos.”

Quando terminou a época que compreende todas estas coisas, sobrevindo uma revolução, e a raça nascida da terra já havia perecido quase por inteiro, e cada alma já havia passado por todas as gerações, entregando à terra as sementes de que ela era tributária, sucedeu que o senhor deste universo, à guisa do piloto que abandona o timão, lançou-se para fora, passando a ocupar apenas um ponto de observação; e a fatalidade, bem como seu próprio impulso, arrastaram o mundo num redemoinho contrário.”

Enquanto o mundo dirige, em concerto com seu guia e senhor, os animais que encerra em seu seio, produz pouco mal e muito bem. Quando chega a separar-se do guia, no primeiro instante de seu isolamento governa ainda com sabedoria; mas à medida que o tempo passa e que o esquecimento chega, o antigo estado de desordem reaparece e domina; e, por último, o bem que produz é de tão pouco valor e a quantidade de mal, que se mescla com ele, tão grande, que o mundo mesmo, com tudo o que encerra, se põe em perigo de perecer. É então que o deus, que ordenara o mundo, ao vê-lo em perigo, e não desejando que sucumba na confusão e chegue a se perder e dissolver no abismo da dessemelhança, é então, repito, que, assumindo de novo o timão, repara as alterações que sofreu o universo, restabelecendo o antigo movimento por ele (este deus) presidido, protegendo-o contra a caducidade, e fazendo dele imortal.” “tendo o mundo adentrado no caminho da atual geração, a idade se deteve de novo e se viu que reaparecia já a corrente contrária. Aqueles animais que por sua pequenez estavam quase reduzidos ao nada começaram a crescer; e os que tinham saído da terra encaneceram de repente; morreram e voltaram à própria terra. Todo o demais sofreu a mesma mudança, imitando e seguindo todas as modificações do universo.” “Privados da proteção do daimon, seu pastor e senhor, entre animais naturalmente selvagens e que se haviam feito ferozes, os homens débeis e sem defesa eram despedaçados por eles. Viram-se desprovidos, além disso, da arte e da indústria nestes primeiros tempos, porque a terra havia cessado de oferecer-lhes o alimento, sem que tivessem meios de procurar-se-o, pois esta era uma necessidade nova. Por isso acabavam vivendo na maior escassez, até que os deuses nos proporcionaram, com as devidas instruções e ensinamentos, estes presentes de que falam as antigas tradições: Prometeu, o fogo; Hefesto e a deusa que o acompanha nos mesmos trabalhos, as artes; outras divindades, as sementes e as plantas.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – A meu ver, só quando já se tiver determinado a natureza do governo do Estado é que nos convenceremos de que o homem político chegou a sua definição completa.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – Alimentar seu gado é um dever de todos os pastores, mas não do político, ao qual atribuímos, assim, um nome que não lhe convém; e o que se devia fazer era escolher um que fosse comum a todos os pastores de uma vez.”

confundimos o rei com o tirano, figuras tão diferentes, seja em si mesmas, seja pela maneira exterior de governar.”

Chamemos, pois, a arte de governar mediante a violência de tirania; e a arte de governar voluntariamente os animais bípedes, governo esse prestado com gosto, de política”

a exposição já se fez demasiado comprida, e não pudemos pôr termo a nossa história.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – Até que fim, caro Sócrates! Mas por quem, em vez de responder de uma vez que a arte do tecedor é a de entrelaçar a trama e a urdidura, demos tantas voltas e procedemos a mil divisões inúteis?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Me parece, querido estrangeiro, que nada do que dissemos é inútil.”

nenhuma dessas artes nega a existência do justo meio, para o bem ou para o mal; pelo contrário, as artes forçosamente a admitem, se bem que com desconfiança”

O ESTRANGEIRO – Se suprimirmos a política, como poderíamos indagar depois no que consiste a ciência real?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Isso seria impossível.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Pois bem; da mesma forma que no Sofista provamos que o não-ser existe, porque não sendo assim não se poderia conceder existência ao discurso, provaremos agora que os excessos, o mais e o menos, o bem e o mal que escapam do justo meio da política, são comensuráveis; e não só entre si, como justamente em referência a este justo meio.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – O quê? Mas será possível?! Nos consagraremos a esta indagação sobre a política só para aprender política, ou fá-la-emos para chegarmos também a ser dialéticos mais hábeis acerca de todas as outras coisas?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Evidentemente que com o segundo fito.”

Acrescentemos que, se se encontra um homem que, neste tipo de discussões, censura todos os discursos longos e não aprova estes perpétuos rodeios e reviravoltas, é preciso impedi-lo de ir-se embora depois de haver simplesmente criticado a extensão de nosso discurso. Peçamos-lhe que comprove claramente de que modo uma discussão mais breve faria dos contendores melhores dialéticos e mais hábeis perscrutadores das razões por trás das coisas! (…) Voltemos ao homem político, aplicando ao caso nosso exemplo do tecedor de que acabamos de falar.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Todas as artes que fabricam instrumentos para o Estado, grandes ou pequenos, é preciso que as consideremos como artes auxiliares. Sem elas, na verdade, não haveria nem Estado nem política; no entanto, nenhuma delas integra a ciência real.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Certamente que não!

O ESTRANGEIRO – (…) se alguém disser que não há nada que não seja instrumento de outra coisa, enunciaria uma proposição muito provável, porém há uma entre as coisas que o Estado possui que não tem este caráter.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – Não colocaremos numa quinta espécie a arte da ornamentação, a pintura, a música, todas as imitações que se realizam com a cooperação destas artes, que têm por único objeto o prazer, e que, com razão, poderiam ser chamadas por um só nome?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Sim, mas qual?

O ESTRANGEIRO – As artes de recreio.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – E não formaremos uma sexta espécie com esta outra que fornece a cada uma das artes de que acabamos de falar os corpos, com os quais e sobre os quais elas operam, espécie muito variada e que procede de outras muitas artes?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Aonde queres chegar?

O ESTRANGEIRO – O ouro, a prata e todos os metais que se extraem das minas; tudo aquilo que a arte de cortar e esculpir as árvores fornece à carpintaria e à marcenaria; a arte de extrair tocos das árvores; a do curtidor que despoja os animais de sua pele; todas as artes análogas que nos preparam a cortiça, o papel e as maromas (cordas grossas); tudo isso fornece espécies simples de trabalhos com os quais podemos formar espécies compostas.”

Tudo o que se pode possuir, com exceção dos animais domésticos, parece-me que está categorizado nestas 7 espécies.”

Quanto à posse de animais domésticos, sem contar os escravos, a arte de educar o gado, que distinguimos anteriormente, abarca a todos os animais, de modo indubitável.

(…)

Só nos falta a espécie dos escravos, e em geral a dos servidores, entre os quais, pelo que me consta, incluem-se os que competem frente ao rei pela elaboração mesma do tecido que é seu desígnio elaborar; à maneira que vimos antes: que os que fiam, os que cardam e os que executam alguma das operações supracitadas competiam entre si pelo título de tecelões.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – Aqueles que se adquire por dinheiro podemos sem dificuldade batizar de escravos, e dizer que não participam, absolutamente, da ciência real.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Sem dúvida.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Mas todos esses homens livres, que voluntariamente se filiam com os anteriores na classe dos servidores, transportando e distribuindo entre si os produtos da agricultura e das demais artes; fixando-se nas praças; ou comprando e vendendo de cidade em cidade, por mar ou por terra; trocando objetos por moeda, se é que não moeda por moeda; os cambistas, os comerciantes, os locadores de embarcações, os traficantes, como os chamamos; teria toda essa gente a pretensão de aspirar à ciência política?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – No máximo, à ciência mercantil.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – A classe dos pregoeiros, dos homens hábeis em redigir escritos, e que freqüentemente nos prestam seu ministério, e outros tantos muito versados na arte de desempenhar certas funções perante os magistrados; que diremos deles todos?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – O mesmo que disseste antes; que estes são servidores, mas não chefes de Estado.

O ESTRANGEIRO – No entanto, não fui, pelo menos não conscientemente, mero títere quando afirmei que nesta categoria veríamos aparecer os que têm as maiores pretensões à ciência política; eis o que é estranho: que tais pretendentes pertençam à classe dos servidores.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – (…) Encontramos os adivinhos, que têm uma parte da ciência do servidor, porque se os considera intérpretes dos deuses entre os homens.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Exatamente.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Temos também a classe dos sacerdotes, que, segundo se opina, sabem oferecer, em nosso nome, sacrifícios aos deuses a fim de agradá-los, e sabem também pedir-lhes bens, intercedendo em nosso favor.”

Com efeito, a ordem dos sacerdotes e adivinhos tem-se em alta conta e inspira um profundo respeito dada a nobreza de suas funções. No Egito ninguém pode reinar sem pertencer à classe sacerdotal; e se um homem de uma classe inferior se apodera do trono pela violência tem necessariamente de salvaguardar-se ingressando logo nesta ordem. Entre os gregos, em muitas cidades, são os primeiros magistrados que presidem os principais sacrifícios.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – O que não se conhece é sempre surpreendente. Isso se aplica a mim. Tive um momento de estupor a primeira vez que vi o grupo que se ocupa dos negócios públicos.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Que grupo?

O ESTRANGEIRO – O maior mágico de todos os sofistas, o mais hábil nesta arte, e que é preciso distinguir, por mais difícil que seja, do verdadeiro político e do verdadeiro rei, caso queiramos contemplar com clareza o objeto de nossas indagações.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – Mas estas três formas não são de certo modo cinco, já que duas delas criam para si mesmas outros nomes?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Quais nomes?

O ESTRANGEIRO – Ao considerar estes governos sob a perspectiva da violência ou do livre consentimento, da pobreza ou da riqueza, das leis ou da licenciosidade que neles aparecem, divide-se-os em dois; e como se encontram duas formas de monarquia, são denominadas como tirania e reinado.

(…)

Analogamente, todo Estado governado por uns poucos se chama ou aristocracia ou oligarquia.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Nenhuma objeção.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Quanto à democracia, que o povo governe com o uso da força ou com o consentimento dos demais, que os que a exercem observem escrupulosamente as leis ou não, a rigor não faz diferença, pois não a conhecemos por nomes distintos.”

É necessário examinar agora em qual destes governos se encontra a ciência de mandar nos homens, ciência, por acaso, a mais difícil e mais preciosa de todas as que se pode adquirir.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – Mas será possível que, numa cidade de mil homens, cem, ou somente 50, possuam-na de maneira suficiente?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Neste caso, de todas as artes, seria esta a mais fácil. Sabemos, positivamente, que de mil homens não extrairemos nem 100 jogadores de xadrez que possam ser considerados mestres entre os gregos, quanto mais 100 reis! Afinal de contas, governe ou não, quem possui a ciência real merece ser chamado de rei, e nisso estamos bastante de acordo.

as diferenças que separam todos os homens e todas as ações e a incessante variação das coisas humanas, que sempre estão em movimento, não permitem a uma arte, qualquer que seja ela, estabelecer uma regra simples e única, que convenha em todos os tempos e lugares.

(…)

E no entanto sabes que é este o caráter da lei, como o de um homem obstinado e falto de educação, que não tolera que ninguém faça nada contra sua vontade, nem questione, ainda que alguém descubra algo inusitado e genial.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Com certeza; a lei impera sobre cada um de nós indistintamente, como acabaste de expor.

O ESTRANGEIRO – E não é impossível que o que é sempre o mesmo convenha ao que não é sempre o mesmo?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Temo que sim.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Doravante, como é que pode ser imprescindível criar leis, se as leis não são as melhores? Investiguemos este problema!”

Aquilo que convém ao maior número de indivíduos e de circunstâncias será o que constituirá a lei, e o legislador o imporá a toda a comunidade, seja formulando-o por escrito, seja estipulando-o via costumes dos antepassados transmitidos oralmente.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – Não seria de crer que um médico, e também um professor de ginástica, ao empreender uma viagem e, quiçá, ausentar-se por um longo período, tenha razões para temer pelo futuro de seus doentes e alunos, caso não tome o cuidado de deixar suas prescrições por escrito, para que não se as esqueçam? E afinal, é o melhor deixar suas disposições e convicções assim por escrito, ou haveria outro expediente mais recomendável?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Não, nada melhor que deixar tudo por escrito.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Mas se acaso volta mais cedo do que havia planejado, não se atreverá a substituir as prescrições que havia deixado por outras novas, caso perceba que estas são mais saudáveis aos doentes graças ao que aprendeu sobre os ventos ou sobre mudanças de temperatura nos lugares em que esteve, em que o curso ordinário das estações era diferente?”

Se alguém, sem ter convencido os outros, impõe-lhes pela força aquilo que é melhor, diga-me, que nome recebe esta violência?

(…)

Se um médico, sem ter recorrido à persuasão, em virtude da arte que conhece tão a fundo, prescreve que o doente, criança, homem ou mulher, tome agora um remédio melhor que o que estava tomando (porque era o que estava escrito), qual é o nome desta violência? Qualquer um menos o de um pecado contra a arte médica, ou será que seria precisamente um atentado contra a saúde? E o paciente desta violência acaso poderá dizer que tal tratamento é daninho e anti-medicinal?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – O nome é qualquer um menos o de pecado contra a medicina ou dano contra o doente.”

O ESTRANGEIRO – (…) não seria o cume do ridículo criticar esta violência, da qual tudo se poderá dizer, exceto que obrigara o doente a executar qualquer coisa vexatória, injusta ou má?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Sim, seria.

O ESTRANGEIRO – E a violência, é justa se seu autor é rico, e injusta se ele é pobre? Ou, pelo contrário, se um homem, valendo-se ou não da persuasão, rico ou pobre, com ou contra as leis escritas, faz o que é útil, não se deve dizer que esta é a verdadeira definição do bom governo, e que ela pautará o homem sábio e virtuoso, que acima de tudo respeita o interesse dos governados? Assim como o piloto, preocupado constantemente com a segurança de seu navio e da tripulação, sem escrever leis, mas criando por assim dizer, e seguindo, uma lei inerente a sua arte, protege seus companheiros de viagem; assim, da mesma forma, o Estado se veria em prosperidade, caso fosse administrado por homens que soubessem governar desta maneira, fazendo prevalecer o poder supremo da arte sobre as leis escritas!”

O ESTRANGEIRO – Que nenhum membro do Estado se atreve a fazer nada <contra as leis>; e se alguém a isso se atrevera, seria castigado com a pena de morte e com os maiores suplícios. Esta regra é muito justa e bela, se consideramos apenas o segundo tipo de punição e descartamos o primeiro. Expliquemos de que maneira se estabelece essa regra, que, em nossa opinião, só se justifica mesmo com a remoção da pena de morte. Ou tu pensas doutra forma?

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – De forma alguma!”

O ESTRANGEIRO – (…) Suponhamos, imbuídos do espírito destas idéias, que determinássemos, depois de uma detida reflexão, que se proibisse que a medicina ou a arte da pilotagem mandassem, como senhoras absolutas, nos escravos e nos homens livres; que se formasse uma assembléia, fosse constituída tão-só por nós (os políticos governantes), fosse constituída por todo o povo, fosse constituída só pelos ricos (forma censitária); e que os ignorantes e os artesãos possuíssem o direito de dar seu parecer sobre a navegação e sobre o tratamento das doenças, sobre como se deveria empregar os remédios e demais instrumentos médicos para o bem dos adoentados, e como se deveria dispor dos navios e dos instrumentos marítimos a fim de navegar; sobre o que se deve fazer nos momentos de perigo, proceda este dos ventos e das ondas, ou de encontros com piratas; e sobre se conviria, numa batalha naval, opor embarcações compridas com outras embarcações compridas ou não. E, depois disto, suponhamos, ainda, que o que tivesse sido aprovado pelo povo, não importa se oriundo dos médicos ou pilotos, ou dos ignaros nestas artes, fosse por nós inscrito em tábuas triangulares e em colunas, ou então consagrado como costumes orais de nossos antepassados (por mera convenção), e que doravante se navegasse e se tratasse dos doentes exclusivamente conforme estas novas regras.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Mas eis uma suposição perfeitamente absurda!

ESTRANGEIRO – Cada ano tiraríamos a sorte para eleger os chefes entre os ricos ou entre o povo inteiro, e os chefes assim eleitos, ajustando sua conduta às leis estabelecidas da forma que dissemos, dirigiriam os navios e cuidariam dos doentes.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Isso é ainda mais impossível de admitir.”

“O ESTRANGEIRO – (…) Aquele que quiser poderá acusar os magistrados [governantes] de não terem dirigido os navios durante o ano de mandato segundo as leis escritas ou os antigos costumes dos antepassados. E o mesmo com os doentes. Aquele que for condenado, os próprios magistrados decidirão seu castigo.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Aquele que de espontânea vontade chegasse a exercer magistratura semelhante seria, por sua vez, muito castigado, e justamente – e aliás mais justo quão mais rigoroso fosse o castigo!

O ESTRANGEIRO – Será preciso ainda estabelecer uma lei ordenando que, se há alguém que, independentemente das leis escritas, estuda a arte do piloto e da navegação, a arte de curar e da medicina, relativamente aos ventos ou ao quente e ao frio, e se dedica a indagações profundas sobre isto, deve-se começar por declará-lo, não um médico ou piloto, mas um vaidoso extravagante e um sofista inútil. Após o quê, quem queira poderá acusá-lo de corromper a juventude, ao ensiná-la a praticar a arte do piloto e do médico sem ter em mente as leis escritas, e ao dirigir os navios conforme seus próprios caprichos e tratar os doentes da forma mais arbitrária; e nem preciso dizer que um tal subversivo será citado diante de um tribunal de justiça.

“os homens não consentem, de bom grado, em ser governados por um só, por um monarca, pois assim perdem a esperança de que um dia um homem comum digno de exercer esse poder apareça, um homem dotado simultaneamente de vontade e força para mandar com virtude e conhecimento, tanto quanto para distribuir eqüitativamente a justiça, que é o que se chama bem.”

“E como hoje em dia já não se vê nas cidades, tal qual sucede na colméia, um rei como o que descrevemos, que sobressaia a olhos vistos a todos os demais, na alma e no corpo, não resta outro recurso senão reunir-se em conselho a fim de redigir as leis, seguindo as pegadas do verdadeiro governo.”

“Não deveríamos antes de tudo nos admirar de que um Estado como este seja tão sólido e poderoso? Porque faz muito tempo que os Estados são vítimas desses males; e, no entanto, permanecem de pé, estáveis e firmes. É verdade que muitos, submersos, como os navios naufragados, perecem, pereceram e perecerão pela nescidade dos pilotos e tripulantes, que no que toca às coisas mais importantes são rematados ignorantes; sendo completamente estranhos à política, crêem que de todas as ciências esta é que melhor dominam.”

“O ESTRANGEIRO – Deves reconhecer, pupilo Sócrates, que as três formas de governo fazem uma, que é ao mesmo tempo a mais fácil e a mais difícil.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Como é?

O ESTRANGEIRO – As três formas de governo de que tratamos desde o princípio deste discurso, i.e., o monárquico, o dos poucos e o da multidão.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – De fato.

ESTRANGEIRO – Dividamos cada uma delas em outras duas, a fim de que tenhamos por fim 6 e, acrescidas à mais distinta, a sétima, fazemos 7; o sétimo sendo o único e verdadeiro governo.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Mas como?

O ESTRANGEIRO – Da monarquia dissemos que nascem o reinado e a tirania; do governo dos poucos, a aristocracia, que é um nome de bom agouro, e a oligarquia; quanto ao governo das massas, optamos por chamá-lo só de democracia; mas veja, é chegado o momento de dividi-lo em duas partes por sua vez.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – E qual será o método empregado?”

“desde que amarrada com estes sábios regulamentos, que chamamos de leis, a monarquia é o melhor dos 6 governos; sem leis, é o mais duro e mais insuportável.” “quanto à multidão, sua essência é a debilidade, então ela não é capaz nem de um grande bem nem de um grande mal, pelo menos em comparação com os outros governos; ali, o poder está dividido em 1000 partes entre 1000 indivíduos; por está razão é que é o pior de todos os governos, quando se observa a lei, isto é; mas é o melhor dos 3 quando as leis são violadas. Quando o povo é licencioso, o melhor é viver sob a democracia”

“a ciência que julga se é preciso ou não persuadir tem de mandar na que tem o poder de persuadir”

“Certos governantes são extremamente moderadas por natureza, inclinadas a viver uma vida pacífica, cuidando por si mesmos e de seus negócios, atuando em suas relações internas e externas do modo mais condizente para a manutenção da paz entre os seus e os Estados vizinhos. Mas, enganados por este amor excessivo ao repouso e pela satisfação de seus desejos, não reparam que assim se incapacitam para a guerra, que educam os jovens na mesma molície, e que se colocam à mercê do inimigo; de maneira que ao cabo de poucos anos eles, seus filhos e o Estado inteiro, de livres que eram, caem, insensivelmente, na escravidão.”

“E que é que diremos dos outros, que se inclinam mais para o lado da força? Não lançam sem cessar sua pátria em novas guerras, à conta de sua paixão imoderada por este gênero de vida? E, à força de suscitar inimigos, não a conduzem à ruína total ou então à perda de sua liberdade?”

“O ESTRANGEIRO – Os homens moderados buscam nos demais o seu próprio caráter; se casam, tanto quanto seja possível, com mulheres das mesmas condições e casam suas filhas da mesma maneira; e os homens fortes e enérgicos fazem o mesmo: buscam nos demais o seu próprio caráter; tudo isso quando o mais conveniente seria que estas duas classes de homens fizessem o exato contrário.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – Mas como o fariam e por que razão?

O ESTRANGEIRO – Porque tal é a natureza do caráter forte e enérgico que, repleto de vigor no princípio, se se reproduz sem misturas por muitas gerações, acaba-se deixando arrastar a incríveis acessos de furor.

SÓCRATES O JOVEM – É bastante provável.

O ESTRANGEIRO – Por outro lado, a alma que se deixa levar por um pudor excessivo, que não se associa a uma audácia varonil, e que se reproduz assim durante longo tempo, faz-se mais débil do que seria aconselhável, e acaba caindo em completo desfalecimento.

“esta é a única tarefa, e ao mesmo tempo toda a tarefa do tecedor real: não permitir jamais que o caráter prudente se divorcie do caráter forte e enérgico” “Os chefes moderados têm, com efeito, costumes prudentes, justos e conservadores, mas carecem da energia e da audácia que a ação reclama.” “Os chefes fortes e enérgicos, por sua vez, deixam algo a desejar em termos de justiça e da prudência, mas sobressaem quanto à ação.”

“Não era possível, estrangeiro, definires melhor o rei e o político.”

LORD[S] OF CHAOS: The bloody rise of the satanic metal underground (1998), revised & enlarged (2003) [Ou: uma biografia obviamente não-autorizada do delinqüente eternamente juvenil Varg. V. de VVinter e VVar / & outras estórias não-relacionadas] – Moynihan & Søderlind

Our world, increasingly homogenized and with the entire spectrum of its cultural creations adulterated for palatable mass-consumption, needs dangerous ideas more than ever. It may not need the often ill-formed and destructive ideas expressed by some of the protagonists in Lords of Chaos, but we felt all along that this is an issue for the individual reader to decide.”

The notion of a Protocols of the Elders of Zion-style Jewish cabal running the world is absurd to begin with, but all the more so in a country with practically no Jewish population, and we felt the need to point this out.”

The Satyricon single Fuel for Hatred received heavy air-play on one of Norway’s 3 biggest radio stations, and just before this revised edition went to press we heard that Dimmu Borgir’s new album will be hawked to the public through TV advertising spots.”

William Pierce – The Turner Diaries

Heavy Metal exists on the periphery of Pop music, isolated in its exaggerated imagery and venting of masculine lusts. Often ignored, scorned, or castigated by critics and parents, Heavy Metal has been forced to create its own underworld. It plays by its own rules, follows its own aesthetic prerogatives. Born from the nihilism of the 1970s, the music has followed a singular course. Now in the latter half of the 1990s it is often considered passé and irrelevant, a costume parade of the worst traits in Rock. Metal is no longer a staple of FM radio, nor are record labels pushing it like they used to. Watching MTV and reading popular music magazines, one might not even realize Heavy Metal still existed at all.”

Arthur Lyons – The Second Coming: Satanism in America

In the first half of the twentieth century, Jazz was considered particularly dangerous, with its imagined potential to unleash animal passions, especially among unsuspecting white folk. (…) In his book on the Rolling Stones, Dance With the Devil, Stanley Booth quotes the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 1918: <On certain natures sound loud and meaningless has an exciting, almost an intoxicating effect, like crude colors and strong perfumes, the sight of flesh or the sadic pleasure in blood.>”

More directly tied to deviltry than Jazz, and likewise imbued with the potency of its racial origins, was Blues. Black slaves often adopted Christianity after their enforced arrival in America, but melded it with native or Voudoun strains. Blues songs abound with references to devils, demons, and spirits. One of the most influential Blues singers of all time, Robert Johnson, is said to have sold his soul to the Devil at a crossroads in the Mississippi Delta, and the surviving recordings of his haunting songs give credence to the legend that Satan rewarded his pact with the ability to play. Johnson recorded only 29 tunes, some of the more famous being Crossroads Blues, Me and the Devil Blues, and Hellhound on My Trail. The leaden resignation of his music is a genuine reflection of his existence. Life for Johnson began on the plantations, wound through years of carousing and playing juke joints, ending abruptly in 1938 when at the age of 27 he was poisoned in a bar, probably as a result of an affair with the club owner’s wife.”

A DÉCADA QUE COMEÇOU 26 DIAS MAIS CEDO: “The Stones took their diabolical inspiration seriously, deliberately cultivating a Satanic image, from wearing Devil masks in promotional photos to conjuring up sinister album titles such as Their Satanic Majesties Request and Let it Bleed. The band’s lyrics ambivalently explored drug addiction, rape, murder, and predation. The infamous culmination of these flirtations revealed itself at the Altamont Speedway outdoor festival on December 6, 1969. Inadvertently captured on film in the live documentary Gimme Shelter, it was only moments into the song Sympathy for the Devil before all hell broke loose between the legion of Hell’s Angels <security guards> and members of the audience, ending with the fatal stabbing of Meredith Hunter, a gun-wielding black man in the crowd. The infernal, violent chaos of the event at Altamont made it abundantly clear the peace and love of the ‘60s wouldn’t survive the transition to a new decade.” 7, o mais belo número.

Page’s interest in Crowley developed to a far more serious level than the Satanic dabbling of the Stones; his collection of original Crowley books and manuscripts is among the best in the world. Page held a financial share in the Equinox occult bookshop (named after the hefty journal of <magick> Crowley edited and published between 1909–14) in London and at one point even purchased Crowley’s former Scottish Loch Ness estate, Boleskine. The property continued to perpetuate its sinister reputation under new ownership, as caretakers were confined to mental asylums, or worse, committed suicide during their tenures there.” “If there is any early Rock band bearing exemplifying the basic themes that would later preoccupy many of the Black Metal bands in the ‘90s, it is Led Zeppelin.”

I read a lot of Dennis Wheatley’s books, stuff about astral planes. I’d been having loads of these experiences since I was a child and finally I was reading stuff that was explaining them. It lead me into reading about the whole thing —black magic, white magic, every sort of magic. I found out Satanism was around before any Christian or Jewish religion. It’s an incredibly interesting subject. I sort of got more into the black side of it and was putting upside-down crosses on my wall and pictures of Satan all over. I painted my apartment black. I was getting really involved in it and all these horrible things started happening to me. You come to a point where you cross over and totally follow it and totally forget about Jesus and God.” GZR, Seconds Magazine, #39, 1996, pg. 64.

Groups further from the spotlight than Black Sabbath—such as Black Widow and Coven—could afford to be even more obsessive in their imagery. The English sextet Black Widow released three diaphanous Hard Rock albums between 1970–72, and later appear as a footnote in books that cover the history of occultism in pop culture. The chanting refrain of their song Come to the Sabbat evokes images of their concerts which featured a mock ritual sacrifice as part of the show. Beyond sketchy tales of such events, and the few recordings and photos they’ve left behind, Black Widow remains shrouded in mystery.

Coven are just as obscure, but deserve greater attention for their overtly diabolic album Witchcraft: Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls. Presented in a stunning gatefold sleeve with the possessed visages of the three band members on the front, the cover hints at a true Black Mass, showing a photo with a nude girl as the living altar. The packaging undoubtedly caused consternation for the promotional department of Mercury Records, the major label who released it, and the album quickly faded into obscurity. Today it fetches large sums from collectors, clearly due more to its bizarre impression than for any other reason. The songs themselves are standard end-of-the-‘60s Rock, not far removed from Jefferson Airplane; the infusion of unabashed Satanism throughout the album’s lyrics and artwork makes up for its lack of strong musical impact. In addition to the normal tracks, the album closes with a thirteen minute Satanic Mass.”

To the best of our knowledge, this is the first Black Mass to be recorded, either in written words or in audio. It is as authentic as hundreds of hours of research in every known source can make it. We do not recommend its use by anyone who has not thoroughly studied Black Magic and is aware of the risks and dangers involved.” Coven, Witchcraft, Mercury Records, SR 61239.

Coven included the attractive female lead singer Jinx as well as a man by the name of Oz Osbourne, who bore no relation to the British vocalist Ozzy. In an additional coincidental twist, the first track on the Coven album is titled Black Sabbath.”

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”

Stories persisted for a time of a planned Satanic Woodstock in the early ‘70s where Coven was to play as a prelude to an address by Anton LaVey, High Priest of the Church of Satan.”

King Diamond, the singer and driving force behind Mercyful Fate, one of the most important openly Satanic Metal bands of the ‘80s, acknowledges he received dramatic influences from a Black Sabbath concert he attended as a kid in his native Denmark in 1971. He also tells of finding inspiration from Coven’s lead vocalist Jinx: An amazing singer, her voice, her range… not that I stand up for the viewpoints on their Witchcraft record, which was like good old Christian Satanism. But they had something about them that I liked…

Anton Szandor LaVey made headlines when he founded the first official Church of Satan on the dark evening of Walpurgisnacht, April 30, 1966. The fundamentals of the Church were based not on shallow blasphemy, but opposition to herd mentality and dedication to a Nietzschean ethic of the antiegalitarian development of man as a veritable god on earth, freed from the chains of Christian morality.”

We played to skinheads and punks and hairies—everybody. Where some guy with long hair couldn’t come into a Punk gig, all of the sudden it was really cool to go to a Venom gig for anybody. That’s why the audience grew really quick and became very strong; they were always religiously behind Venom and they’ve always stayed the same.” Abaddon

I never thought we’d be able to enter a studio again after that because we were really dirty sounding. But it turned out that 85-90% of all the fan mail that came to the record company from that record (the compilation was titled Scandinavian Metal Attack) was about our songs. So the guy from the record company called me up and said, <Hey, you really need to put your band together again and write some songs, because you have a full-length album to record this summer>. (…) Everybody seems to think that I’m a megalomaniac with a big head or something, but it wasn’t really my fault —I should have been born in some place like San Francisco or London where I would have had a real easy time putting this band together.” Quorthon

Much of the explanation for this sound was simply the circumstances of recording an entire album in two-and-a-half days on only a few hundred dollars. The end result was more extreme than anything else being done in 1984 (save maybe for some of the more violent English Industrial <power electronics> bands like Whitehouse, Ramleh, and Sutcliffe Jugend) and made a huge impact on the underground Metal scene.”

Aplicável ao “projeto ATS”: “I’m not one inch deeper into it than I was at that time, but your mind was younger and more innocent and you tend to put more reality toward horror stories than there is really. Of course there was a huge interest and fascination, just because you are at the same time trying to rebel against the adult world, you want to show everybody that I’d rather turn to Satan than to Christ, by wearing all these crosses upside down and so forth. Initially the lyrics were not trying to put some message across or anything, they were just like horror stories and very innocent.”

Like any style hyped incessantly by the music industry, Thrash Metal’s days were ultimately numbered. The genre became too big for its own good and major labels scrambled to sign Thrash bands, who promptly cleaned up their sound or lost their original focus in self-indulgent demonstrations of technical ability.”

The whole Norwegian scene is based on Euronymous and his testimony from this shop. He convinced them what was right and what was wrong.”

Norway’s official religion is Protestantism, organized through a Norwegian Church under the State. This has deep historical roots and a membership encompassing approximately 88% of Norway’s population. However, only about 2-3% of the population are involved enough to attend regular church services. A saying goes that most Norwegians will visit church on three occasions in their lives—and on two of them, they will be carried in.”

An example of the conservative Christian influence in Norway was the banning of Monty Python’s classic comedy The Life of Brian as blasphemous. The amicable rivalry and fun-making between Norwegians and Swedes led to the movie being advertised in Sweden as <a film so funny it’s banned in Norway>.” “While America has figures like Edgar Allan Poe as a part of the literary heritage, and slasher movies are screened on National TV, Norway’s otherwise highly prolific movie industry has produced but one horror film in its 70-year history. Horror films from abroad are routinely heavily censored, if not banned outright. This taboo against violence and horror permeates every part of Norwegian media. In one case, Norwegian National Broadcasting stopped a transmission of the popular children’s TV series Colargol the Singing Bear on the grounds that the particular episode featured a gun.”

When denied something, one tends to gorge on it when access is finally gained. Black Metal adherents tend to be those in their late teens to early twenties who have recently gained a relative degree of freedom and independence from their parents and other moral authorities.” Aqui, ao contrário, o pré-adolescente se rebela e o adultinho adere ao sertanejo e forró, arrependido e tosado, quando não rebola no axé.

One strange aspect of the Black Metal mentality of the earlier days was the insistence on suffering. Unlike other belief systems, where damnation is usually reserved for one’s enemies, the Black Metalers thought that they, too, deserved eternal torment. They were also eager to begin this suffering long before meeting their master in hell.”

I think Norway, being a very wealthy country with a high standard of living, makes young kids very blasé. It’s not enough to just play pinball anymore. They need something strong, and Black Metal provides really strong impulses if you get into it.” Desse ponto de vista, era pro Aloísio virar o metaleirinho do mal e eu ser o normal dos 2, concentrado em objetivos “realistas”. Conquanto… o jovem frustrado acaba caindo de barriga no fascismo quando vislumbra o “poder-na-máquina” e sente que pode tocá-lo e participar dele… Bolsonaro é seu goregrind e nada lhe faltará!

A MAN’S DEAD BODY MUST ALWAYS HAVE BEEN A SOURCE OF INTEREST TO THOSE WHOSE COMPANION HE WAS WHILE HE LIVED…”

GEORGES BATAILLE, DEATH AND SENSUALITY

Do the names eerily reflect the karma of the personalities they denote? Or are the people destined to fulfill the fate foretold in titles they (ir)reverently adopt?”

Mayhem began in 1984, inspired by the likes of Black Metal pioneers Venom, and later Bathory and Hellhammer. Judging from an early issue of Metalion’s Slayer magazine, Aarseth initially adopted Destructor for his stage name as guitarist. The other members of the earliest incarnation of the band were bassist Necro Butcher, Manheim on drums, and lead vocalist Messiah. Not long after this Aarseth took on Euronymous as his own personal mantle—presumably it sounded less comical and more exotic than his previous pseudonym. His new name was a Greek title mentioned in occult reference books as corresponding to a <prince of death>.”

Mayhem played their first show in 1985. Their debut demo tape, Pure Fucking Armageddon, appeared a year later in a limited edition of 100 numbered copies. By 1987 someone called Maniac replaced the previous singer, whom Aarseth henceforth referred to as a <former session vocalist>, despite his appearance on the demo as well as the first proper release, that year’s Deathcrush mini-LP.” “Dead, the distinctive singer for the Stockholm cult act Morbid, joined Mayhem and moved to Oslo. A new drummer was found in Jan Axel <Hellhammer> Blomberg, one of the most talented musicians in the underground. Even with the mini-LP selling briskly, and Mayhem’s bestial reputation increasing, the band and its members remained dirt poor.”

Euronymous found him. We only had one key to the door and it was locked, and he had to go in the window. The only window that was open was in Dead’s room, so he climbed in there and found him with half of his head blown away. So he went out and drove to the nearest store to buy a camera to take some pictures of him, and then he called the police.” Hellhammer, the drummer

He just sat in his room and became more and more depressed, and there was a lot of fighting. One time Euronymous was playing some synth music that Dead hated, so he just took his pillow outside, to go sleep in the woods, and after awhile Euronymous went out with a shotgun to shoot some birds or something and Dead was upset because he couldn’t sleep out in the woods either because Euronymous was there too, making noises.”

It might sound a bit weird, but Mayhem was the band that everyone had heard of, but not many people had actually heard because they had released the demos which were quite limited and the mini-LP itself was very limited. But I was lucky because I knew Maniac, the vocalist, so he had some extra copies of the mini-album and he gave me one. I was very impressed because it was the most violent stuff I had ever heard, very brutal. I remember I thought that these people like Euronymous, Maniac, and Necro Butcher were very mysterious, because they didn’t do many interviews but they were always in magazines and I saw pictures of them. They had long black hair and you couldn’t see their faces, it was mysterious and atmospheric.” Bård Eithun

WHEN DID YOU FIRST MEET EURONYMOUS?

I met Euronymous and Dead at a gig in Oslo in 1989; it was an Anthrax concert and I met them outside”

Dead hated cats. I remember one night he was trying to sleep. A cat was outside his apartment, so he ran outside with a big knife to get the cat. The cat ran into a shed [galpão] and he went after it. Then you heard lots of noise, and screaming, and there was a hole in the shed where the cat came out again, and Dead ran after it with his big knife, screaming, hunting the cat, only dressed in his underwear. That was his idea of how to deal with a cat.”

I remember Aarseth told me, <Dead did it himself, but it is okay to let people believe that I might have done it because that will create more rumors about Mayhem>. (…) But he did use some stuff from the brain to make necklaces.”

There is a bootleg of the Sarpsborg show [1990] called Dawn of the Black Hearts: Live in Sarpsborg [vídeo?], released by someone in South America.” Metalion

That’s one thing about worshiping death—why worry when people die?”

I see Dead, people.

Where?

Oh, everywhere on the stage!

She told me that the first <plane> in the astral world has the color of blue. The earthly plane has the color of black. Then comes a gray that is very near the earthly one and is easy to come to. The next one further is blue, then it gets brighter and brighter till it “stops” at a white shining one that can’t be entered by mortals. If any mortal succeeds in entering it, that one is no longer mortal and can not come back to the earthly planes nor back to this earth.” Morto, o Místico

No one speaks ill of him, which is rare in such an insular and competitive realm as the extreme music underground. As many will testify, however, Aarseth appeared to feel little sorrow over the loss of Dead, instead glorifying his violent departure in order to cultivate a further mystique of catastrophe surrounding the band.”

This has nothing to do with black, these stupid people must fear black metal! But instead they love shitty bands like Deicide, Benediction, Napalm Death, Sepultura and all that shit!! We must take this scene to what it was in the past! Dead died for this cause and now I have declared war! I’m angry, but at the same time I have to admit that it was interesting to examine a human brain in rigor mortis. Death to false black metal or death metal!! Also to the trendy hardcore people… Aarrgghh!” Euronymous “manifesto”

Dead died wearing a white T-shirt with I ❤ Transylvania stenciled across it.”

if we ever come to, for example, India, the most evil thing that we can do there that I have in mind will be to sacrifice a holy cow on stage.” Euro.

HELL IS FULL OF MUSICAL AMATEURS;

MUSIC IS THE BRANDY OF THE DAMNED.”

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, MAN AND SUPERMAN

I’d rather be selling Judas Priest than Napalm Death, but at least now we can be specialized within <death> metal and make a shop where all the trend people will know that they will find all the trend music.”

O que vocês fazer hoje, Cérebro Mole e Solto?

O que fazemos todas as noites, Blacky… Tentar conquistar o mundo para Satanás!

Aarseth also kept in touch with a growing number of extreme bands from outside Norway whom he likewise encouraged and made plans to release records by: Japan’s Sigh, Monumentum from Italy, and the bizarre Swedish entity Abruptum. Only a few of these schemes would ever be realized before Aarseth’s death, mostly because he was never cut out to be a businessman. He ran his label ineptly, and the capital to invest in new releases was simply not there.”

WHAT SORT OF IDEAS DID VARG HAVE WHEN YOU FIRST MET HIM?

He was a Devil worshiper and he was against Nazis, for reasons I don’t know, but that’s what he said. After the arrest in early ’93 then he got into this Nazi stuff.” Eithun

the shelves contained bands like Metallica and Godflesh.”

he had a specific taste for German electronic music like Kraftwerk.”

Politically, Aarseth was a long way from the nationalist and often pseudo-right-wing sentiments that are so prominent in Black Metal today. He proclaimed himself a communist, and for a while had been a member of the Rød Ungdom (Red Youth), the youth wing of the Arbeidernes Kommunist Parti (Marxist-Leninistene) —The Marxist/Leninist Communist Workers Party. Though rather few in number, the party had an appeal for intellectuals, including many prominent writers and politicians, and thus maintained a strong grip on Norwegian cultural life for many years. Rød Ungdom was aggressively anti-Soviet, and looked to China and Albania for inspiration. Despots like Pol Pot were also viewed as models of resistance against Western imperialism.”

Some of the treasured objects in his collection were heroic photographs of Nicolae Ceaucescu, the former dictator of Rumania and one of Aarseth’s idols. <Albania is the future>, he would muse to anyone willing to listen.”

Varg came to Oslo for a time and moved into the basement of the record shop, living in the barren space there along with Samoth, the guitarist of Emperor.”

On the second Burzum release, Aske (Ashes), bass playing would be done by Samoth, but with this sole exception Vikernes maintained his project entirely alone.”

Very few such corpse-painted portraits of Vikernes exist—the fashion seems to be something more particular to Aarseth. If it is true that Vikernes introduced the ideology of medieval-style Devil worship to Norwegian Black Metal, it must be also acknowledged that not a moment was lost before Aarseth began trumpeting it as his own.”

As many as 1,200 stave churches may have existed in the early Middle Ages; only 32 original examples survived in the second half of this century. That total has since been revised to 31.”

News of the destruction of one of Norway’s cultural landmarks made national headlines. It would not be long before other churches began to ignite in nighttime blazes. On August 1st of the same year the Revheim Church in southern Norway was torched; twenty days later the Holmenkollen Chapel in Oslo also erupted in flames. On September 1st the Ormøya Church caught fire, and on the 13th of that month Skjold Church likewise. In October the Hauketo Church burned with the others. After a short pause of a few months’ time, Åsane

Church in Bergen was consumed in flames, and the Sarpsborg Church was destroyed only two days later. In battling the blaze at Sarpsborg a member of the fire department was killed in the line of duty. Some would later consider this death the responsibility of the Black Circle.” “The authorities are reluctant to discuss the details of many of these incidents, fearing that undue attention may literally spark other firebugs or copycats to join the assault which Vikernes and his associates began in 1992.”

In eleventh-century England, arson was a crime punishable by death. Later, during the reign of King Henry II, a person convicted of arson would be exiled from the community after they had suffered the amputation of one hand and one foot.”

Lewis & Yarnell – Pathological Firesetting

True pyromaniacs tend to have a sexual impulse behind their action, according to psychologist Wilhelm Stekel, whose Peculiarities of Behavior covers the affliction in detail.”

It’s not a Satanic thing, it’s a national heathen thing. It’s not a rebellion against my parents or something, it’s serious. My mother totally agrees with it. She doesn’t mind if someone burns a church down. She hates the Church quite a lot. Also about the murder (of Østein Aarseth), she thinks that he deserved it, he asked for it. So she thinks it’s wrong to punish me for it. There’s no conflict between us at all about these things. The only thing she disliked was that I liked weapons and wanted to buy weapons, and suddenly she got a box of helmets at her place because I ordered them! Bulletproof vests, all this stuff…” Varg

TEENAGERS GONNA TEEN:

I said, I know who burned the churches, to the journalist, and I was making a lot of fun with him because we told him on the phone, we have a gun and if you try to bring anybody we’ll shoot you. Come meet me at midnight and all this, it was very theatrical. He was a Christian, and I fed him a lot of amusing info. Very amusing! Of course he twisted the words like usual. After he left we lay on the floor laughing.

We thought it would be some tiny interview in the paper and it was a big front page. The same day, an hour or so after I talked to him on the phone, the police came and arrested me. That was why I was arrested. I didn’t tell them anything. I talked to the police that time and I told them, I know who burned the churches —so what? They tried to say, We’ve seen you at the site, and all this, and I said, No you haven’t!

I’d already killed a man so it’s okay to be involved in this too, to burn down a church.” Eithun

VON [americana] were merely an obscure group who managed to release one raw-sounding demo tape, Satanic Blood, which became legendary within the Norwegian scene.” O primeiro full length (Satanic Blood, idem) dos caras é de 2012!

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IMAGEM 1. Kerrang!, 27/03/1993

The Kerrang! exposé is also notable as it appears to be the first media story which labels the Black Metal scene as <neo-fascist>. Arnopp quotes members of Venom and mainstream UK Metal band Paradise Lost (who the article claims were haphazardly attacked by teenage Black Metalers while on tour in Norway), referring to the Satanic Terrorists as Hitlerian Nazis.”

I support all dictatorships—Stalin, Hitler, Ceaucescu… and I will become the dictator of Scandinavia myself.” V.V. Mau-Mau

I didn’t care much about the value of human life. Nothing was too extreme. That there were burned churches, and people were killed, I didn’t react at all. I just thought, Excellent! I never thought, Oh, this is getting out of hand, and I still don’t. Burning churches is okay; I don’t care that much anymore because I think that point was proven. Burning churches isn’t the way to get Christianity out of Norway. More sophisticated ways should be used if you really want to get rid of it.” Ihsahn (Emperor)

I told them, why not burn up a mosque, the foreign churches from the Hindu and Islamic jerks—why not take those out instead of setting fires to some very old Norwegian artworks? They could have taken mosques instead, with plenty of people in them” Hellhammer o Batera

The epidemic mostly afflicted poor black churches in the South (States), and public outrage against a presumed conspiracy of racist terrorism resulted in the President’s formation of a National Church Arson Task Force in June, 1996. The Task Force has since concluded that no nationwide conspiracy exists, and suspects arrested in relation to the the fires have been blacks and Hispanics as well as whites. The motives in specific incidents have ranged widely, from revenge to vandalism to racial hatred.”

I understood that he was a homosexual very quickly. He was asking if I had a light, but he was already smoking. It was obvious that he wanted to have some contact. Then he asked me if we could leave this place and go up to the woods. So I agreed, because already then I had decided that I wanted to kill him, which was very weird because I’m not like this—I don’t go around and kill people. (…) He was walking behind me and I turned and stabbed him in the stomach. After that I don’t remember much, only that it was like looking at this whole incident through eyes outside of my body. It was as if I was looking at two people who were having a fight—and one had a knife, so it was easy to kill the other person. If something happens that is obscure, it’s easier for the mind to react if it acts like it is watching it from outside of yourself.” Eithun

The bizarre duo Abruptum (SUE), who allegedly recorded their music during bouts of self-inflicted torture, was praised by Aarseth as <the audial essence of Pure Black Evil>. He released their debut album Obscuritatem Advoco Amplectère Me on Deathlike Silence in 1992. Østein had also managed, with financial assistance from Varg Vikernes, to release the first Burzum CD on DSP. The second Burzum effort, Aske, was released in early 1993, some months after the burning of the Fantoft Stave Church. It was around this time, in the first months of the year, that bad blood arose between Vikernes and Aarseth. Their disagreement appears to come at the same period when Øystein was also arguing with members of the Swedish scene, causing a general animosity to surface between Black Metalers in the two neighboring countries.” “There was a certain degree of cooperation between the two groups, but the recent frictions had been strong enough that when Øystein Aarseth was found slaughtered in the stairwell of his apartment building on August 10, 1993, the initial suspicion of many was directed at the Swedes.”

People who never knew what Black Metal was, or Death Metal, or Metal at all, were attracted to this because they thought it was cool. People who never knew Grishnackh and never knew Euronymous. Oh yeah, Black Metal—that’s the new thing. There were so many new bands starting at this time in ’93 who were influenced by the writing in the newspapers.” Metalion

Aarseth had been forced to close the Helvete store a few months earlier, due to overwhelming attention from the media and police after the initial Black Metal church fire revelations. His parents were upset about all the negative publicity and, since they had helped him finance the shop, they successfully leaned on him to shut it down. Vikernes sarcastically points out how Aarseth’s inconsistent nature often resulted in deference to his parents’ wishes instead of adhering to the black and <evil> image he supposedly embodied: <Øystein once came to one of the newspapers wearing a white sweater, and later apologized to the scene, in case he had insulted anybody! It was all because of his parents. He was 26 years old!>

Øystein owed Varg a significant sum of royalty payments from the Burzum releases on Deathlike Silence, although given the poorly-run nature of the record label, this was hardly unusual or unexpected. Vikernes denies there was any monetary motive behind his actions. Others claim the attack came about as a result of a power struggle for dominance of the Black Metal scene, although astute insiders like Metalion are skeptical: That’s stupid reasoning, because you can’t expect to kill someone and have everyone think of you as the king and forget about him. That’s very, very primitive. It’s something more than that, I think.“Also Grishnackh’s mother paid for the studio recording of the first album, and Euronymous owed her money which she was supposed to get back.”

When he was sitting in his shop drinking Coca-Cola and eating Kebab from the Paki shop next door, it was all our money he bought everything with. It was dishonest pay. He was a parasite. Also he was half Lappish, a Sami, so that was a bonus. Bastard!” V.

They told the police they heard a woman screaming! I was laughing when I read about it. He ran away, pressing the doorbells and calling Help!

Bam! he was dead. Through his skull. I actually had to knock the knife out. It was stuck in his skull and I had to pry it out, he was hanging on it—and then he fell down the stairs. I hit him directly into his skull and his eyes went boing! And he was dead.”

NONE OF THE NEIGHBORS OPENED THEIR DOORS?

They didn’t dare. They thought it was some drunken fight. It’s the worst neighborhood in Oslo—60% colored people.”

When three people are going to tell the same story to the police, in interrogations lasting seven hours, it will go to hell.” Snorre Ruch, o Cúmplice

Varg was saying that what Bård had done was uncool, but inside the scene Bård’s actions commanded respect.”

The truth of the matter is that Snorre had shortly before joined Mayhem as a second guitar player. It is difficult to believe that he could have cared less about killing the founder of the band he was in—doubly difficult given Mayhem’s position as such a legendary group in the underground. In hearing his and Vikernes’s versions of the story, both are flawed. With his history of mental problems, one far-fetched explanation may be that Snorre was too daft to comprehend what he was actually participating in.”

The only foolish thing I did and the only thing I regret, is not killing (Snorre) as well. If I’d killed him as well I would not have gotten any more punishment if I was caught, and secondly, I wouldn’t have been caught. That’s what I regret.”

What is striking about members of the Scandinavian Black Metal circles in general is how little they cared about the lives or deaths of one another. When Dead killed himself, it became merely an opportunity for Aarseth to hype Mayhem to a new level. When he himself died violently two years later, his own bandmates speak of the killing with a tone of indifference more suited to a court stenographer.”

With the exception of Darkthrone, the major Norwegian Black Metal bands were now in hiatus, their key members facing prison sentences for arson, grave desecration, and murder. The legal proceedings that would follow disrupted the entire scene and pitted different factions against one another. People felt forced to choose sides: pro-Vikernes or pro-Euronymous. At this point a cult developed around the memory of Euronymous, hailed as <the King> or <Godfather of Black Metal>. As many have commented in the preceding interviews, much of this was hyperbole, emanating from a second generation of musicians trying to gain credibility by riding on the back of the legend of Aarseth’s Black Metal legacy.”

He simply refused to cooperate with the authorities, and maintained he was innocent until proven guilty. He followed the advice of his lawyer and never testified in court. The same cannot be said of the other offenders, most of whom confessed in detail once they were pressured by the police. On the one hand, this is understandable given their young age, relative naivety, and fear of worse punishments if they refused to admit their wrongdoing.”

ERROS E PUERILIDADES DA POLÍCIA NORUEGUESA: “Especially difficult to take seriously is the alleged calendar of <Satanic holy days> reprinted in the report, with many of the dates involving the sexual molestation of minors—something that is strongly condemned by all established Satanic organizations. And while it might be argued that fringe religious phenomena like Satanism are often so bewildering that it’s hard to accurately assess their practices, even complete novices in the study of New Religious Movements should begin to suspect something is wrong when they see references to dates that don’t exist, such as April 31. Unless, of course, Satanists are so evil that they follow their own calendar.” ZAGALLO (OLLAGAZ) AMOU.

Kirkebranner og satanistisk motiverte skadeverk also refers to stories that never really reached the media when the Satanic furor was at its height.”

But despite his smart-ass remarks and mental capabilities, Vikernes was no match for the seasoned investigators of the Kripos [FBI norueguês]. He sensed that the police net was tightening around him and that he was no longer in control of the situation, especially as the Oslo police dispatched its Church Fire Group to Bergen in 1993 to follow the goose steps of the Count and his subjects around Bergen.”

Lendas a respeito de Vikinho: “Vikernes knocked on the door of the police investigation’s impromptu headquarters in Room 318 of the Hotel Norge in Bergen, and seems to have virtually forced his way into the suite.”

A M O R A M O R A M O R A M O R

A M O R A M O R A M O R A M O R

A M O R A M O R A M O R A M O R

A M O R A M O R A M O R A M O R

The word Varg has a great meaning for me. I could speak about this matter for an hour.”

Grishnackh is an evil character on the side of Sauron.”

That’s typical trial bullshit. Like my psychiatrists who examined me, one of them was a Jew and a Freemason! The other was a communist. My lawyer was a homosexual. The other lawyer was a Freemason. The one single Christian faith healer in Norway was in the jury! Can you imagine? In other words, a person who says, I can look through you and with the power of Jesus pull out the evil spirits who make you sick!

There is one person who has always stood by Varg’s side and spoken out rigorously in his defense: his mother Lene Bore. Not only has she attempted to improve the public perception of her son, she also visits him frequently, helps him deal with correspondence, and assists in business matters relating to Burzum.

A number of Burzum albums have been released since his imprisonment and all have sold admirably well on the worldwide market. Royalties for the record sales are received by Lene Bore, a fact that allegedly allowed for the development of serious trouble in the future. Lene Bore also helped provide the money for recording and releasing the early Burzum releases on Aarseth’s Deathlike Silence label, and as a result she had occasion to meet a number of Varg’s friends in the Black Metal scene. Her comments are interesting, for she has dealt with an amazing amount of unrest as a result of her son’s actions over the years, and some of her impressions of Varg’s life are quite different from his own.”

YOUR FAMILY SPENT A YEAR IN IRAQ. WHAT WAS THIS LIKE FOR VARG?

I think it might be here that Varg’s dislike toward other peoples started. He experienced a very differential treatment. The other children in his class would get slapped by their teachers; he would not be. For example when they were going to the doctor, even when there were other children waiting in line, Varg would be placed first. He reacted very strongly to this. He could not understand why we should go first when there were so many before us. He had a very strongly developed sense of justice. This created a lot of problems, because when he saw students being treated unfairly, he would intervene, and try to sort things out.”

DID VARG’S RACISM INTENSIFY AT A CERTAIN POINT?

If he had racist tendencies to begin with, I am sure that they came to the surface when he lived in Oslo.”

LONG-HAIRED SKINHEADS: “It’s difficult to say. When I was three years old we moved to a road named Odinsvei, Odin’s Walk, and we were playing with the neighbor. He had German toy soldiers, but he always wanted to have the American soldiers, because they were the big heroes in his view. So I ended up with the German soldiers, as he was five years older than I. And I actually came to like them. It developed from soldiers to running around with SS helmets and German hand grenades and a Schmeizer with a swastika on it. In time we tried to figure it out —what the hell does this mean? That’s how it really began, and it developed. I was a skinhead when I was 15 or 16. Nobody knows that. People say that suddenly I became a Nazi, but I was actually a skinhead back then. It was in waves—in ‘91 I was into occultism, in ‘92 Satanism, in ‘93 mythology and so on, in waves.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR FATHER?

I have very little contact with him. They’re divorced. He left about ten years ago. There wasn’t any big impact. I was glad to be rid of him; he was just making a lot of trouble for me, always bugging me. He was in the Navy. We were raised very orderly; it was a good experience. I had a swastika flag at home and he was hysterical about it. He’s a hypocrite.¹ He was pissed about all the colored people he saw in town, but then he’s worried about me being a Nazi. He’s very materialistic, as is my mother really, but that’s the only negative thing I can say about her.² The positive thing is that she’s very efficient, and in business I have to have someone take care of my money and I can trust her fully. I know she will do things in the best way.”

¹ Yeah, that prettily sums it up for all of us – satanists, pagans, nihilistics, depressed, guilty or innocent boys… with bad dads! Apenas troca “Nazi” por “PT” e “pessoas de cor” por “corrupção” (que ele pratica) e aí tens.

² This is war! UHHH

WHAT WAS SCHOOL LIKE?

It was an Iraqi elementary school. The English school couldn’t take us because they were full. I went to a regular Iraqi school. I could use some basic English. I think it was my mother’s idea, because she didn’t want us to stay home, bored. We couldn’t go out too much because of the rabid dogs and all this, so she put us in school, just to keep us active.”

In Bergen it’s a more aristocratic society I was part of, because of my mother mainly. I had very little contact with colored people, really. In Bergen we are still blessed with having a majority of whites—unlike Oslo, which is the biggest sewer in Norway.”

When I was a skinhead there still weren’t any colored people, but there were these punks—that was more the reason I went over to the other side.” He-he

We liked the Germans, because they always had better weapons and they looked better, they had discipline. They were like Vikings. The volunteers from America were tall, blond guys, who looked much more like the ones they were attacking than some Dagos who were waving them good luck when they left home. It’s pretty absurd.”

Our big hope was to be invaded by Americans so we could shoot them. The hope of war was all we lived for. That was until I was 17, and then I met these guys in Old Funeral.”

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TOWARD THAT?

I got interested in occultism through other friends. We played role-playing games, and some of these guys (all older than me) started to buy books on occultism, because they were interested in magic and spell casting. They showed me the books and then I bought similar things. But the music guys weren’t interested in that stuff at all, they only cared about food. [QUE PORRA É ESSA? HAHA]

WHAT WAS THE MUSIC LIKE?

Originally it was Thrash Metal, and then it became Death-Thrash or Techno-Thrash, and I lost interest. I liked the first Old Funeral demo. It had ridiculous lyrics, but I liked the demo and that was why I joined with them. They developed into this Swedish Death Metal trend; I didn’t like that so I dropped out. But I played with them for two years.” The fart(Varg) that should’ve been.

We were drawn to Sauron and his lot, and not the hobbits, those stupid little dwarves. I hate dwarves and elves. The elves are fair, but typically Jewish—arrogant, saying, We are the chosen ones. So I don’t like them. But you have Barad-dûr, the tower of Sauron, and you have Hlidhskjálf, the tower of Odin; you have Sauron’s all-seeing-eye, and then Odin’s one eye; the ring of power, and Odin’s ring Draupnir; the trolls are like typical berserkers, big huge guys who went berserk, and the Uruk-Hai are like the Ulfhedhnar, the wolfcoats. This wolf element is typically heathen. So I sympathize with Sauron. That’s partly why I became interested in occultism, because it was a so-called <dark> thing. I was drawn to Sauron, who was supposedly <dark and evil>, so I realized there had to be a connection.”

Just like democracy claims to be <light> and <good>, I reasoned that then we obviously have to be <dark> and <evil>.” J.R.R. se revira no túmulo.

SALADA DE MAIONESE ESTRAGADA NA CAIXA ENCEFÁLICA: “I never said I will become the dictator of Scandinavia myself. I did say that I support Stalin, Hitler, and Ceaucescu, and I even said that Rumania is my favorite country—an area full of Gypsies! But the point is that Rumania is the best example of communism, and when people can realize how ridiculously the whole thing works, they can see what it really is. (…) It may be a provocative way to say it, but if there wasn’t Stalin, Hitler would look even worse. Now at least we can say, look at Stalin—he’s worse. He killed 26 million.”

Well, there was a T-shirt that Øystein printed which said <Kill the Christians.> I think that’s ridiculous. What’s the logic in that? Why should we kill our own brothers? They’re just temporarily asleep, entranced. We have to say, <Hey, wake up!> That’s what we have to do, wake them up from the Jewish trance. We don’t have to kill them—that would be killing ourselves, because they are part of us.”

He was at first allowed a computer, which he used for correspondence and for the preliminary texts which would form his nationalist heathen codex. Some of the essays he composed were forwarded to correspondents and began to appear in underground publications around Europe. Most of these concerned his investigations into the esoterica of Nordic mythology and cosmology. At a certain point, after he had compiled a large portion of his book, the prison authorities decided to take away his computer; presumably they were worried he was somehow employing it for nefarious ends.” “By titling his treatise Vargsmål, Vikernes seeks to place himself in mythic lineage as a modern-day figure worthy of the ancient sagas.” “The official publication of Vargsmål would only come about years after it was written. With Varg’s front-page notoriety there were certain publishers interested in releasing the book, obviously figuring to make a quick buck on the sensationalism that could be generated, but it appears that most backed out when they had a chance to review the actual contents. In addition to mythological commentary, the book brims with volatile statements and racial, anti-Christian, nationalist rhetoric.”

I would like to find a woman to live with in peace and quiet, far away from the world’s problems, but I cannot. It is my duty to sacrifice myself and my personal wishes for the benefit of my tribe.” He-he

Varg Vikernes serves the role of a pariah and heretic to Norwegians, similar on a number of levels to that of Charles Manson in America. Both profess a radical ideology at odds with, and at times unintelligible to the average citizen. Both insist they have done nothing wrong. Both espouse a revolutionary attitude, imbued with strong racial overtones. Both have become media bogeymen in their respective countries, and both knowingly contribute to their own mythicization. Both also understand well the inherent archetypal power of symbols and names—especially those they adopt for themselves.”

With his increasing nationalism, Vikernes has discovered his predecessor in Vidkun Quisling, the Norwegian political leader who founded a collaborationist pro-German government in the midst of the Second World War. Quisling was tried and executed for treason shortly after the war’s end. As a result his name has entered international vernacular as a synonym for <traitor>. In Norway, that name is still anathema even today.” Quisling – That Inhabited Worlds Are To Be Found Outside of the Earth, and the Significance Thereof for Our View of Life, o manifesto deste idiota.

Norway’s conversion to Christianity, made possible by St. Olav’s death as a martyr at Stiklestad, was described by Jacobsen [dissidente do quislinguismo, ainda mais extremista] as the introduction of <something false and unnatural into our folk’s life>. It was therefore logical for him to condemn Quisling’s adoption of the St. Olav’s cross as the NS symbol, declaring that the party symbol itself was non-Nordic.”

He lamented not being able to legally register his own religious organization in Norway due to his criminal record. Toward this goal he has, however, formed the Norwegian Heathen Front, a loosely knit operation through which he will issue propaganda. The members of German Black Metal band Absurd, also currently behind bars, are involved with a branch of the organization in their country.” Além de ideólogos degenerados, péssimos músicos. Um absurdo, literalmente.

he plans to employ his philosophy on the nature of women as a basis for NHF strategy. His awareness of the woman’s role in revolutionary activities is not unlike that of Charles Manson before him, although Vikernes claims to have arrived at it from personal observation during his Black Metal period.”

A PSICOLOGIA INFANTO-JUVENIL DO FASCISMO: “The groundwork of the Black Metal scene is the will to be different from the masses.¹ That’s the main object. Also girls have a very important part in this, because they like mystical things and are attracted to people who are different, who have a mystique.² When a girl says <Look how cute he is> when she sees a picture of someone, her male friends will think <She likes him. If I look like him maybe she will like me as well.> They turn toward the person she admires.² The way to make Norway heathen is to go through the girls, because the males follow the girls.³” Varg

¹ Baudrillard diria: Coitado, ele ainda está preso às concepções socialistas-revolucionárias! As massas não são nada conceituável, ou são tudo, não há relação binária passível de ser feita entre massa e não-massa, não é simples assim. Não mais. Mas sendo a massa o advento inevitável do mundo moderno decadente, negar a massa como os neo-pagãos presumem, seria negar a vida, e não reafirmá-la, como pensam os Anti-Nazarenos.

² Gado demais. Boi ou vaca.

³ No Brasil atual isso seria mais condizente com tornar-se funkeiro. Mundial e macroscopicamente falando, talvez aderir ao k-pop.

Males aren’t extreme really. You find females are more to the left or more to the right than the males. Females are more communistic, more extremely Marxist-Leninist, or more extremely rightist than the males.”

In Oslo everybody fucks everybody in the scene. If one person gets a venereal disease, everyone does. The females I know in the Black Metal scene are not very intelligent, they are basically just whores. That’s a typical Oslo phenomenon.

The people I correspond with are not Black Metal girls at all. Some of them were, but they realized that I don’t like it and then they realized they didn’t really like it either. They were just doing it because they wanted to get in touch with certain people. The way to power is through the women. Hitler knew this as well. Women elected Hitler.”

O TRAPÉZIO DOS MÍMICOS: “Ironically, while Vikernes’s name is more or less synonymous with Black Metal, he takes great care to distance himself from that musical milieu. He even now claims the early Burzum releases—records regarded today as milestones of the genre—never were Black Metal music at all, instead classifying them as <standard, bad Heavy Metal>. He passionately distances himself from all forms of Rock and Roll, stressing that Rock’s roots in Afro-American culture make it alien to white people.”

Presently, Vikernes is no longer even permitted to listen to CDs. The only music he is currently allowed to experience must come via MTV—something which, in his case, might be considered a cruel and unusual form of punishment.”

Denied a musical outlet, Vikernes has focused his strong creative drive on writing. His output has encompassed political tracts, a book on mythology called Germansk Mytologi og Verdensanskuelse (Germanic Mythology and Worldview), and fiction, including a short novel. His fictional works can be compared to the infamous neo-Nazi novels Hunter and The Turner Diaries, in the sense that much of it functions as a dramatization of National Socialist rhetoric. Vikernes seems to be slightly more aware of his literary limitations than the late author of the aforementioned books, Dr. William Pierce (a former physics professor who became director of the American racialist political group the National Alliance), who makes his characters’ tender pillow-talk read like political sermonizing.”

In the early days of the Heathen Front, the organization’s mailing address was one and the same with Vikernes’s private P.O. box prison address. This would, of course, mean that any prospective members would have their letters read and, one presumes, registered by the authorities. And this actually strengthens the Heathen Front’s assertion that Vikernes is not the leader: it would be very hard for him to do an effective job of it. Whatever his official role may be, Vikernes certainly has left a strong mark on the Heathen Front. Its program was written by Vikernes, and this is a mix of rather orthodox National Socialist doctrine and neo-Heathen, anti-Christian ideas, along with some emphasis on environmentalism.” “The Allgermanische Heidnische Front [subdivisão do já irrelevante Heathen Front] and its subdivisions in Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Iceland, Germany, and Sweden (with <affiliated subdivisions> in Russia, Finland, and the USA) are probably little more than Internet tigers. While the AHF’s policy of concentrating on producing web pages might be a bid to attract [“““]intellectually[”””] inclined youthful recruits rather than the streetfighters that make up much of the younger rank-and-file of other European National Socialist organizations, the focus on the Internet may have a more pragmatic motive.

One of the wonders of the Internet is that, in theory, a single person with a little know-how, a modem, and an acceptable computer can create web pages just as impressive as those of any huge organization. And, still theoretically, a loose group of e-mail correspondents across Europe can take on the appearance of a tremendously organized international network. In addition to its functioning as a political equalizer, the added attraction to all this is that Net know-how is mainly the field of younger people—exactly the sort the AHF has aboard. But while Vikernes’s network might theoretically consist of one teenage computer nerd per country, each still living in his parents’ house, such an estimation would probably be way off the mark. So how real is the AHF?” “whether the AHF will be noticed in the future probably depends most on if it can succeed at recruiting young Burzum fans (its most realistic recruitment base) into political activism—or at providing a conduit for them into more militant groups and scenes.” Cenário pouco auspicioso para a “organização”.

He also explains their recruiting strategy: <We don’t approach the great masses, but rather let individuals from the masses approach us instead. This is probably why so many see us as an ‘Internet project’ or as inactive and passive.> braço sueco

National-Socialists in Sweden are as much a minority as they are everywhere else, and young activists are likely to rub brown-shirted¹ shoulders with members of other groups in informal settings like concerts, meetings, and parties.”

¹ Essencialmente, <Juventude Hitlerista>, qualquer grupo paramilitar subversivo de extrema-direita – análogo aos camisas-negras para a Alemanha.

while the Third Reich was in some ways a modern welfare state (at least for those whose blood and ideology were in line with NS doctrines), Vikernes asserts that military veterans who are disabled in future wars for the greatness of Germania should commit suicide rather than be a burden on the resources of the Nation.”

SS

solo sangue Scandinavia

The journal Kulturorgan Skadinaujo appears to be the work of young students, some of whom have adopted an academic writing style. Though the fanzine-style musings that occasionally appear in its pages detract from its academic tone, the main reason why Skadinaujo seems doomed to fail as a scholarly venture is the fact that it reviews books like the pseudo-archaeology of Graham Hancock side by side with properly executed scholarly works. The end result is hardly something to show your professor.”

He has taken to interpreting the Old Norse texts as proof of—or at the very least circumstantial evidence for—contact between humans and extra-terrestrials in ancient times.”

And in the same way that Hymir sent all his trolls out to wreak revenge on Thor for having gone fishing and catching the Midgard Serpent in one of the most well-known of the Norse myths, a war was waged on Atlantis. After the conflict, the island sank into the ocean and the Aryans sought refuge on other continents, where they eventually mixed with lower races of men. The Atlantean Aryans only survived as a pure race in Northern Europe, where they can produce children like Vikernes: blonde, blue-eyed, and long-skulled.”

LIGANDO LÉ COM CRÉ E NO KIBE DANDO RÉ: “Thor had red hair, but all our ancestors had blonde hair prior to the degeneration of the Viking Age. [?] But the planet Jupiter is the colour of rust! [?] And Thor protected men against uncontrollable natural forces, just like Jupiter’s gravitation protects earth. […] Why does Thor have a belt of strength? Does not Jupiter have a ring around it? [??]”

The roots of Nazi preoccupation with flying saucers are complex, and date back to before the Second World War. Clear indications exist that the Third Reich had a program for developing flying saucers as part of its war machine.” Legal, salvou meu dia.

After the war, the UFO myth entered the subconscious of the West, with the rumored UFO crash at Roswell and alien abduction stories becoming standard features in modern folklore. And while many of the contemporary myths dramatized by the tremendously successful TV series The X-Files might seem fantastic, the strangest ideas are the ones that people actually seem to believe in.”

While the circumstances that led to the creation of the book [ufologia babaca envolvendo a tribo Africana dos Dogon!] are convoluted (as any arguments dealing with ancient astronauts invariably are), at the root of the mystery lie the writings of the French anthropologists Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen, who did research on the Dogon in the 1930s. Twenty years later, the Frenchmen published their story of how the Dogon had revealed this astronomical knowledge about Sirius (Sigu Tolo in the native language) to them.

But other anthropologists who later visited the area have been unable to find the same astronomical knowledge circulating among the Dogon, and the most realistic hypotheses seem to be that the one Dogon informant who divulged the information to the two Frenchmen either learned his Sirius lore from earlier visitors (of the human variety), or indeed from Marcel Griaule himself, a keen astronomy fan who took along star-charts to help extract information. Either wittingly or unconsciously, the Dogon native might have had this knowledge transferred to him from his interviewer—or else Griaule overemphasized what was passed to him through his interpreter, thus finding exactly what he wanted to. Furthermore, many of the Dogon’s astronomical <facts> are just plain wrong.

In the world of the pop esotericism, however, the fact that claims are exposed as lackluster or even fraudulent often has little bearing on their continuing distribution via the myriad magazines and bookshops that cater to alternative ideas.”

Sitchin was first attracted to this peculiar field of research because he was puzzled by the Nefilim, who are mentioned in Genesis, 6. There, the Nefilim (also spelled Nephilim) are described as the sons of the gods who married the daughters of Man in the days before the great flood, the Deluge. The word Nefilim is often translated as <giants>, meaning that the Old Testament asserts there were days when giants walked upon the earth. If this sounds a bit like the occult narrative of Varg Vikernes, it only becomes more so when Sitchin claims that the correct and literal meaning of the word Nefilim is <those who have come down to earth from the heavens>. [eram filósofos: viviam com a cabeça nas nuvens!] Fallen angels procured the daughters of men as mates, which Sitchin takes to mean that the space-farers mixed their superior DNA with that of primitive mankind, leading to a quantum leap in human genetic and cultural evolution which spawned the blossoming Mesopotamian cultures.” Tão crível seria a hipótese de que caiu um meteorito radioativo na Terra e fez com que gorilas e chimpanzés entrassem em acelerada mutação – com mortalidade de virtuais 100%… Os escassos sobreviventes desta hecatombe ecológica, entretanto, viriam a ser Prometeus… Cof, cof.

IS THERE A SPECIAL CONNECTION BETWEEN NATIONAL-SOCIALISM AND UFOs?

DR. MICHAEL ROTHSTEIN [cético que estuda gente que acredita em OVNIs]: In certain ways, yes. Nazism has always had some kind of relation to the occult and certain Nazi groups (often outside the actual Nazi parties) have made a special point out of it. However, this really is fringe stuff [indie, marginal]. What is more interesting is the fact that UFOs on many occasions have been interpreted as devices developed by Nazi scientists, as German secret weapons. This is, I believe, more interesting than notions of clones of Hitler hiding under Antarctica in huge UFO-related facilities. Nazis are in many ways the demons of the modern world, at least most people find them disgusting and dangerous, and any association between the bewildering UFOs and these groups points to a certain understanding of UFOs as sinister or demonic.”

As long as people wish to believe, they will readily accept authorities that support their beliefs. The phenomenon is not that Von Däniken is able to persuade people of anything. The phenomenon is that people want Von Däniken to provide material for them to believe in. Furthermore, this is not in itself a <far-out> belief. Any belief in things out of the ordinary could be considered <far out>: God, for instance, or the Resurrection of Christ, flying yogis, whatever.”

As hinted by Rothstein, one of the most unusual marriages of UFO lore and National Socialism is the idea that the Third Reich is alive and well under the Antarctic ice-cap, keeping watch over the world by means of its flying saucers and waiting for the day to return and free the world from Zionist bankers, communists, and other enemies of the Aryan race.” “The most eloquent spiritual representative of such ideas in the present day is the Chilean dignitary and author Miguel Serrano [1917-2009], a former diplomat (to India, Yugoslavia and Austria) who counted both Carl Jung and Herman Hesse [curiosamente, anti-nazi notório – autor da novela Steppenwolf] among his circle of friends.” Serrano – C.G. Jung and Hermann Hesse: A Record of Two Friendships (1965) (original: El círculo hermético, de Hesse a Jung)

Mattias Gardell is a lecturer in religious anthropology at the University of Stockholm. He has studied radical religions extensively, and is the author of a book on the Nation of Islam, Countdown to Armageddon. His latest research project has involved a year of travelling around North America and interviewing figures involved in the neo-Nazi and Ásatru movements, two milieus that sometimes overlap—and especially so in the case of Varg Vikernes.”

Such ideas of blood as a carrier of hereditary information are common in Nazi circles, and can in some way be compared to Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious.”

Their law of the strong scorns pity as a four-letter word; they await the day it is banished from the dictionaries. They despise doctrines of humility. Christ’s Sermon on the Mount is even worse poison to their ears. War is their ideal, and they romanticize the grim glory of older epochs where it was a fact of life. Where is the source for such a river of animosity and primal urges? Did torrents of hatred arise simply from the amplification of a phonograph needle vibrating through the spiralled grooves of a Venom album? Is Black Metal music possessed of the inherent power to impregnate destructive messages into the minds of the impressionable, laying a fertile seed destined to sprout into deed? To an enlightened mind it would seem unlikely.”

After reading a number of similar texts by Varg Vikernes, the Austrian artist and occult researcher named Kadmon was inspired to investigate in detail what enigmatic connections might exist between the phenomena of modern Black Metal and the ancient myths of the Oskorei. The Oskorei is the Norse name for the legion of dead souls who are witnessed flying, en masse, across the night sky on certain occasions. They are rumored to sometimes swoop down from the dark heavens and whisk a living person away with them. This army of the dead is often led by Odin or another of the heathen deities. Throughout the centuries, there are many reports from people who claim to have experienced the terrifying phenomenon—they attest to having seen and heard the Oskorei with their own eyes and ears. The tales of the Oskorei also refer to real-life folk customs which were still prevalent a few hundred years ago in rural parts of Northern Europe.” “noise, corpse-paint, ghoulish appearances, the adoption of pseudonyms, high-pitched singing, and even arson.”

In German folklore, stories of the Oskorei correspond directly to the Wild Hunt, also termed Wotan’s Host. Wotan (alternately spelled Wodan) is the continental German title for Odin, Varg Vikernes’s <patron deity>”

Gyldendal’s Store Norske Leksikon (The Large Norse Encyclopedia)

O SATÃ DE VIKERNES É O JUDEU ERRANTE: “There were often fights and killings at those places Oskoreia stopped. They could drink the yule ale and eat the food, but also carry people away if they were out in the dark. One could protect against the ride by gesturing in the shape of a cross or by throwing oneself to the ground with the arms stretched out like a cross. The best way was to place a cross above all the doors. Steel above the stalls was effective as well. The Oskorei was probably regarded as a riding company of dead people, perhaps those who deserved neither Heaven nor Hell.”

the cover of Bathory’s first <Viking> album, Blood Fire Death (1988), features a haunting depiction of the Oskorei in action. The remarkable development is how so many of the minute details of the legends would inadvertently or coincidentally resurface in unique traits of the Norwegian Black Metal adherents. This behavior had already become prominent years before the scene acquired its current attraction toward Nordic mythological themes, and before Vikernes ever began writing commentaries on such topics.”

Many of the <Satanic> bands even evince a strong fascination for native folklore and tradition, seeing them as vital allegories which represent primal energies within man. This type of viewpoint is expressed well by Erik Lancelot of the band Ulver:

<The theme of Ulver has always been the exploration of the dark sides of Norwegian folklore, which is strongly tied to the close relationship our ancestors

had to the forests, mountains, and sea. The dark side of our folklore therefore has a different outlook from the traditional Satanism using cosmic symbolism from Hebraic mythology, but the essence remains the same: the ‘demons’ represent the violent, ruthless forces feared and disclaimed by ordinary men, but without whom the world would lose the impetus which is the fundamental basis of evolution.>”

atavistic ativism

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IMAGEM 2. Extraído dum livro de lendas

Ler Two Essays on Analytical Psychology do Jung: “There are present in every individual, besides his personal memories, the great <primordial> images, as Jacob Burckhardt once aptly called them, the inherited powers of human imagination as it was from time immemorial. The fact of this inheritance explains the truly amazing phenomena that certain motifs from myths and legends repeat themselves […] It also explains why it is that our mental patients can reproduce exactly the same images and associations that are known to us from the old texts.”

Kadmon also points out a few strong contrasts between the rural folklore and Black Metal, which he sees as an urban phenomena. He is not entirely correct in this assertion, however, as many of the Norwegian Black Metal musicians do not come [from] cities such as Oslo, Bergen, or Trondheim, but live in small villages in the countryside. And Varg Vikernes, too, is proud to make the distinction that he is originally from a rural area some distance outside of Bergen, rather than the city itself. Further examples can be found with the members of Emperor, Enslaved, and a number of other bands.”

Besides Bathory, one other early Scandinavian Metal band had also extolled the religion and lifestyle of the Vikings in their music, a group from the ‘80s called Heavy Load. Possibly they also inspired some of the kids later involved in Black Metal, and indeed they have been mentioned with appreciation by some close to the scene, like Metalion.”

The group Immortal even went so far as to make a professional video clip with every band member shirtless in the midst of a freezing winter snowscape, furiously playing one of their songs. A video for the Burzum song Darkness goes much further, leaving out any human traces whatsoever—the entire 8:00 clip is based on images of runic stone carvings, over which shots flash of rushing storm clouds, sunsets, rocks, and woods. Co-directed by Vikernes from prison via written instructions, the result is impressively evocative despite the absence of any storyline or drama.”

POUCO IMANENTE VOCÊ, NÃO É, DISCÍPULO EX-QUERIDINHO DE FREUD? “According to Carl Jung, it is not always modern man who actively seeks to consciously revive a pre-Christian worldview, but rather he may become involuntarily possessed by the archetypes of the gods in question. In March, 1936, Jung published a remarkable essay in the Neue Schweizer Rundschau, which remains highly controversial to the present day. Originally written only a few years after the National-Socialists came to power in Germany, it is entitled Wotan.

Jung states in no uncertain terms his conviction that the Nazi movement is a result of <possession> by the god Wotan on a massive scale. He traces elements of the heathen revival back to various German writers, Nietzsche especially, who he feels were <seized> by Wotan and became transmitters for aspects of the god’s archetypal nature. He states, <It is curious, to say the least of it […] that an old god of storm and frenzy, the long quiescent Wotan, should awake, like an extinct volcano, to a new activity, in a country that had long been supposed to have outgrown the Middle Ages.>

Jung would some years later reveal his conviction [not proofs, like Moro] that both Nietzsche and he himself had experienced personal visits [Jung estuprado na infância?] in their dreams from the ghostly procession of the <Wild Hunt>, the German equivalent of the Oskorei.”

In Norway and Sweden there has also been growing general interest in the indigenous religion of their forefathers, to the point that at least one heathen group, Draupnir, has been recognized as a legitimate religious organization by the Norwegian government. Along with them, other Ásatrú organizations such as Bifrost also hold regular gatherings where they offer blot, or symbolic sacrifice, to the deities of old.

There is absolutely no specific connection between these Nordic religious practitioners and the Black Metal scene. In fact, public assumptions that such a link would exist have been a severe liability to these groups. Dispelling negative public impressions of their religion is made considerably more difficult with characters like Vikernes speaking so frequently of his own heathen beliefs to the press.”

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IMAGEM 3. Franz von Stuck, A caçada selvagem

O TRÁGICO ATRASADOR DA REASCENSÃO MITOLÓGICA: “Vikernes’s extreme and bloody interpretation of indigenous Norse religion is just as problematic to the neo-heathen groups as was his flaming-stave-church and brimstone variety of Satanism a few years earlier to organizations like the Church of Satan. When contemporary figures sought to revive the old religion of Northern Europe, they had not intended to bring back uncontrollable barbarism and lawlessness with it.”

There is another obscure old fable of the Oskorei, where they fetch a dead man up from the ground, rather than their usual choice of someone among the living. It was collected by Kjetil A. Flatin in the book Tussar og trolldom (Goblins and Witchcraft) in 1930. If the folkloristic and heathen impulses of Norwegian Black Metal are in fact some untempered form of resurgent atavism, then this short tale is even more surprising in its ominously allegorical portents of events to come over 60 years later with Grishnackh, Euronymous, and the fiery deeds that swirled around them”

Originally bestowed with Kristian for his first name, Vikernes found this increasingly intolerable in his late teenage years. When he first introduced himself to the Black Metal scene it was still his forename. Sometime in 1991–92 he legally changed his name to Varg. His choice of a new title is curious in light of the actions he would later commit, and the legend that would surround him—although he claims to have adopted it mainly for its common meaning of <wolf>. If one understands the etymology and usage of the word varg in the various ancient Germanic cultures (and there is no evidence that Vikernes did at the time of his name change), his decision becomes downright ominous.

A fascinating dissertation exists entitled Wargus, Vargr—‘Criminal’ ‘Wolf’: A Linguistic and Legal Historical Investigation by Michael Jacoby, published in Uppsala, Sweden, but written in German. It is a highly detailed, heavily referenced exploration of the Germanic word Warg, or vargr in Norse.”

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The designation was used in the oldest written laws of Northern Europe, often with a prefix to add a specific legal meaning, such as gorvargher (cattle thief) or morthvargr (killer).”

another ancient Germanic legal text, the Salic Law, which states: <If any one shall have dug up or despoiled an already buried corpse, let him be a varg.> Hehehe

LICANTROPIA ETIMOLOGIZADA E SOCIOLOGIZADA

Vargr is the same as u-argr, restless; argr being the same as the Anglo-Saxon earg. Vargr had its double signification in Norse. It signified a wolf, and also a godless man. […] The Anglo Saxons regarded him as an evil man: wearg, a scoundrel; Gothic vargs, a fiend. […] the ancient Norman laws said of the criminals condemned to outlawry for certain offenses, Wargus esto: be an outlaw! (be a varg!) […] among the Anglo Saxons an utlagh, or out-law, was said to have the head of a wolf. If then the term vargr was applied at one time to a wolf, at another to an outlaw who lived the life of a wild beast, away from the haunts of men—<he shall be driven away as a wolf, and chased so far as men chase wolves farthest,> was the legal form of sentence—it is certainly no matter of wonder that stories of outlaws should have become surrounded with mythical accounts of their transformation into wolves.” “As can be seen from the Baring-Gould quote above, the wolf connotation of the term later became associated with werewolves, and in certain sources the Devil himself is referred to as a werewolf. However, this negative outlook on wolves appears to surface after the onset of the Christian period of Europe; the pre-Christian heathens had a quite different perception. “A number of Black Metal bands display a fascination for the wolf. The most obvious example is Ulver, whose name itself means wolves in Norwegian.”

The wolf lives in the forest, symbol of the demonic world outside the control of human civilization, and serves thus as a link between the demonic and the cultural, chaos and order, light and dark, subconscious and conscious. Still I do not by this mean to say that the wolf represents the balance point between good and evil—rather he is the promoter of <evil> in a culture which has focused too much on the light side and disowned the animalistic. He symbolizes the forces which human civilization does not like to recognize, and is therefore looked upon with suspicion and awe.” E. Lancelot

In the older Viking times, wolves were totem animals for certain cults of warriors, the Berserkers. A specific group is mentioned in the sagas, the Ulfhethnar or <wolf-coats>, who donned the skin of wolves. Baring-Gould recounts the behavior of the Berserks who, wearing these special vestments, reached an altered state of consciousness:

<They acquired superhuman force […] No sword would wound them, no fire burn them, a club alone could destroy them, by breaking their bones, or crushing their skulls. Their eyes glared as though a flame burned in the sockets, they ground their teeth, and frothed at the mouth; they gnawed at their shield rims, and are said to have sometimes bitten them through, and as they rushed into conflict they yelped as dogs or howled as wolves.>”

Wolves are sacred to Odin, the <Allfather>, who is usually accompanied by his own two wolf-elementals, Geri and Freki. Many Germanic personal first names can be traced back to another root word for wolf, ulv or ulf, so this was clearly not an ignoble or derisive connotation, except in its varg form.” “In the old sagas Odin is bestowed with myriad names and titles, some of which include Herjan (War God), Yggr (the Terrible One), Bölverkr, (The Evil Doer), Boleyg (Fiery Eyed), and Grímnir (the Masked One).”

It happens that he betrays his believers and his protégés, and he sometimes seems to take pleasure in sowing the seeds of fatal discord..” Georges Dumézil

In her essay on the word Warg, Mary Gerstein also discusses comparative symbolism between Odin, who hung on the world tree Yggdrasil for 9 nights in order to gain wisdom, and Christ, who was hung on the cross as an outlaw [3 days], only to be reborn as an empowered heavenly deity. Vikernes, despite his heathenism, has in certain respects set himself up as both avatar and Christ-like martyr for his cause, willing to suffer in prison for his sacrifice.”

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horror arquetípico:

argh!!!típico

GIMME THE HARP: “Odin is the embodiment of every form of frenzy, from the insane bloodlust that characterized the werewolf warriors who dedicated themselves to him, to erotic and poetic madness.” Não leia senhor dos anéis demaaais…

Odin’s hall is easy to recognize: a varg hangs before the western door, an eagle droops above.”

the renunciation oath which was enforced under Boniface among the Saxons and Thuringians, who were ordered to repeat: <I forsake all the Devil’s works and words, and Thunær (Thor) and Woden (Odin) and Saxnôt (the tribal deity of the Saxons) and all the monsters who are their companions.>”

In my town all they do is have their cars and they drive up and down the one main street. They have nothing else to do—it’s a kind of competition for who has the finest car and the loudest stereo. They basically live in their cars. Those who are younger, who don’t have a car—they sit at the side of the road and look at the cars. Their lives are extremely boring, and I can see that some people want more out of existence, they want to have their own personality and expression which makes it impossible to be associated with all those meaningless humans who walk around everywhere.” Isahn

It started up with the whole <anti-LaVey> attitude that was common within the scene, because his form of Satanism is very humane. No one wanted a humane Satanism” “When LaVey says that the simplest housewife can be a Satanist, which it seems like he does in the Satanic Bible, I guess some were terrified that he had views that would take the special thing they had away from them.” “Many people did not laugh; they were very serious all the time. Nothing should be <good>. Everybody was very grim looking. Everyone wanted to be like that, and I guess there are some who are that way still.” “Of course you were affected by the whole atmosphere, that you don’t sit and laugh in this Helvete place, and you have respect for the known figures in the scene, and were careful what to say to Euronymous in the beginning, before you got to know him.”

Normal people assume, <Oh, people into Black Metal must have had a terrible childhood and have been molested. They’re weak and come from terrible backgrounds.> But as far as I’m concerned, many people I know in the scene actually come from good families, non-religious families, and had a great childhood with very nice parents and no pressure at all. Quite wealthy families, really.”

LÁ VEM O SATANISTA: “Sometimes I think it would be great to be more anonymous—it’s a small town that I live in, everyone knows who I am. People look at me even though I don’t dress particularly extremely, just because everybody knows what I am. Also with where I work, people are very skeptical towards me, and sometimes it would be easier if no one knew.”

The essence of Black Metal is Heavy Metal culture, not Satanic philosophy. Just look at our audience. The average Black Metal record buyer is a stereotypical loser: a good-for-nothing who was teased as a child, got bad grades at school, lives on social welfare and seeks compensation for his inferiority complexes and lack of identity by feeling part of an exclusive gang of outcasts uniting against a society which has turned them down. And with Heavy Metal as a cultural and intellectual foundation, these dependents on social altruism proclaim themselves the <elite>! Hah!” E. Lancelot

MANIFESTUM UNIVERSALIS: “The Satanist is an observer of society—to him, the world is like a stage, in relation to which he chooses sometimes to be a spectator, other times a participant, according to his will. He can watch from the outside and laugh, cry, sigh, or applaud depending on the effect the scenery has on his emotions; or he can throw himself into the game for the thrill; but his nature is always that of the watcher, the artist. He is not overly concerned with changing society, for his commitment to humanity is minimal.”

An appropriate example of how such futile aspirations may end is the case of Varg Vikernes: a neo-Viking martyr. A prophet of the ego who paradoxically enough chose to be the Jesus of his ideals, and now must suffer for it behind the walls of spleen. I have much respect for this man’s conviction and courage, but not his sense of reality.” Garm

I think many of them have grown up with the Bible and phone book as the only books in the house.” Simen Midgaard, jornalista free-lancer e ocultista, líder do grupo Ordo Templi Orientis. “The O.T.O. is established in Norway, unlike the Church of Satan, Temple of Set, or other real Satanic organizations.”

if they are going to get rid of Judeo-Christianity, they will have to get rid of Satan as well, as a matter of fact. He is a sort of Trotsky in the revolution”

I’m rather indifferent to the State Church. I’m not indifferent to these terrible small sects who teach their people with fear from the day they are able to talk [essas pulgas de rodoviária!]. I support any revolt, however strong it is, against that kind of Christianity because I think it makes people into neurotics. It should be forbidden by law because they torture their own children.”

O BRASIL TEM O SATANISMO MAIS MADURO (O CARNAVALESCO – A LUBRICIDADE DA CARNE): “Satanism in Norway has become strong because it’s a despotic form of Satanism, but that is also why it’s going to fade so fast—because people are not able to live like that for a very long period of time.” Pål Mathiesen, teólogo cristão

The Satanists say—to put it brutally—that we are animals. The animal culture is the most important one, and we are losing that part of us. This is broad in the culture today, with the “wild women,” etc., this whole thing of going back to nature. Being part of nature instead of spirit or morals is very strong now.”

That struck me when I was talking to Ihsahn, the symbols he was using of 3,000 or 4,000-year-old Eastern religions, and at the same to say that it’s only Norway for me and only the Nordic religion that counts. It’s not rational on that point at all. It doesn’t relate to history as something rational—you just use it.”

I think Vikernes has been analyzing our times and thinking, what can we do to achieve something? But I also think that over the years he will find out that for us to go back to the heathen religion is very, very unrealistic. It’s not going to happen if you look at the religious aspect of it. We’re not going to go back to that kind of religious ritual. That is not going to happen.”

If you are declared a Satanist or Nazi in Norway, then you are that for the rest of your life, there’s not a question about it. You will be condemned for the rest of your life. I hate that aspect of our culture, I really think it’s a bad thing, because if we don’t have an opening for forgiveness it becomes very alien to me.”

I think in society when something like that happens it’s a very good opportunity for the media. They like it because they can start a lasting soap opera with strong characters, and these Satanic groups. The media embraced it to a certain extent, and made it really big in Norway. Of course it was big, but I would say that the media capitalized on it, because it was something extreme, new, and specifically Norwegian. For them to sell newspapers, they treat it as extremely as possible. Very early on the media started to define them as total extremists, the same way they might look upon the neo-Nazi movement. They defined them as that right away; then they had them there and they can look upon them like animals doing strange things, and they can report it like something that is very different from the rest of our society.”

This is something that’s important—individualism in Norway has been held down. That has happened. If you are different in school, or very good for example, or very intelligent, that becomes a problem for you. We don’t accept people with exceptional gifts or anything like that. In England or the US, you have schools for these kind of youngsters, you send them somewhere else, and say, <You are different, go over there>. We don’t have that. Everything is supposed to fit in, in a classroom of 25 or 30 people. If you are too weak or too healthy, or if you’re too good, you’re supposed to shut up. It’s mediocrity.” “We have a very special relationship to nature, a very close one. And during the Christian period this thing with nature has been suppressed—nature is not good, nature is <evil>, so to speak. Norwegians interact with nature and are very closely connected to it, just due to the way the country itself is formed.”

They’ve spent fifty years after the war bringing down Christianity, and for the first time they’re saying now that we need more Christianity in the schools. It shows the times have changed. Maybe we have become conscious to some extent about the Christian culture when people start to burn down our churches—maybe, you can’t rule that out.”

Asbjørn Dyrendal is a Research Fellow at the Department of Cultural Studies at the University in Oslo. He has been primarily researching the new and emergent religions, especially Wicca.”

There you had a lot of young people who wanted to be Satanists. Where could they hear about what you do when you’re a Satanist? They had to get it through the media and Christian sources. They got the myths, and they tried as best as they could, by their rather modest means, to live up to them. You can see that in the early interviews with Varg Vikernes. There were situations where the journalists were trying to see this in light of the stories supplied by Kobbhaug [policial que fantasiava sobre <sacrifícios de bebês>], and where Vikernes played the appropriate role. He was hinting that many people disappear each year, that these might have been killed, and then said that he cannot comment on who was doing the killings. When asked if he has killed anyone: I can’t talk about that. He was building up to get the question of whether he had killed anyone, and then denying it in a manner which implied the opposite.” Dyrendal

Vikernes was very fond of telling people that he read LaVey and Crowley. However, what he has come out with in interviews indicates that he hasn’t understood it all very well.”

WAIT & BLEED: “If you are an adolescent, you are in a period of your life where it is impossible for you to exert influence upon your surroundings. Being able to hate and feel strong can be very liberating. This is much of the same power that lay in other forms of Metal and in Punk.” “It has passed the point where people point at you and laugh, and reached the point where people shy away from you.”

Almost every form of shocking behavior will only make your parents say, <Well, we did that when we were young too>. So, to get a shock effect, you have to go much further in your symbolism. Personally, I think these explanations are a bit simplistic.”

I am of the opinion that most people see Vikernes as a rather pathetic figure—

someone with delusions of grandeur who is only able to function within this self-created image.”

The myth of the outwardly respectable, even upstanding, citizens that go out at night to do terrible things to children has been around for thousands of years and has been levelled at Christians, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, heretics, Freemasons, and lots of other groups. It was then recycled by horror writers, who fictionalized the material. It now seems to be influencing reality again. One account of <ritual abuse> I have read seems to have been lifted directly from Rosemary’s Baby, one of the great horror classics.”

There have only been a handful of Metal groups with direct ties to LaVey’s church over the years (King Diamond being one of the more outspoken), although in recent times this has begun to change. LaVey was himself a musician, specializing in lost or obscure songs of ages past, but he often mentioned a personal distaste for Rock and other modern music in interviews. This might have alienated some musicians—who otherwise exemplify LaVey’s philosophy—from any public allegiance with the Church of Satan. In reality, LaVey understood fully why a genre like Black Metal has appeal for youth, though he may not had have much interest in the cacophony of the music itself.” “The Black Metalers are also quite mistaken if they believe LaVey is merely a humanist. Even a cursory study of LaVey’s actual writings will uncover his unabashed misanthropy and derisive scorn for the follies of humankind.”

A lot of people had tried to give it exposure, as Devil’s advocates—writers like Twain and Nietzsche—but none had codified it as a religion, a belief system.” LaVey

In the case of the Nine Satanic Statements, it took me twenty minutes to write them out. I was listening to Chopin being played in the next room and I was so moved I just wrote them out on a pad of paper lying next to me. The crux of the philosophy of Satanism can be found in the Satanic Rules of the Earth, Pentagonal Revisionism, and the Nine Satanic Sins, of which of course <stupidity> is tantamount, closely followed by <pretentiousness>. Often pretentiousness comes in the form of so-called <independent thinkers> that have a knee-jerk reaction [reação reflexa, instantânea] to any association with us.” Não compreendo o sentido exato.

It sounds like there’s a lot of stupid people in Norway too, like any country.” “We get more mail from Russia than ever, now that the Soviet Union is gone. They’ve been under atheist control for so long and the new religious <freedom> is pushing bullshit they can’t swallow. They almost yearn for the good old days of Soviet atheism…”

A lot of them are kids and they like the name Satan just as they might be attracted to a swastika and the colors red and black.” “Now, if a representative of the Church of Satan had just one entire hour on national TV to say what we want to say, Christianity would be finished.”

The anti-Christian strength of National-Socialist Germany is part of the appeal to Satanists—the drama, the lighting, the choreography with which they moved millions of people. However, the Satanic attitude is that people should be judged by their own merit—in every race there are leaders and followers. Satanists are the <Others>, who will push the pendulum in the direction it needs to go to reset the balance—depending on circumstances, this could be toward fascism or in the opposite direction. Satanism is a very brutal, realistic way of looking at things sometimes.” Barton, boqueteiro (assessor, amante, secretário, sei lá!) oficial de LaVey – verde a cor do nojo

How can someone say I don’t like Rock and Roll? It’s never been defined. There’s so much that’s fallen under that general heading, but I guess it then evolved into what we have now, which I’ve described as being like a linear metronome, i.e., music without music. They’ve just run out of ideas, really.” Continua ouvindo seu Chopin no Inferno, velhote.

kids who don’t know anything besides Rock music can still gain strength and motivation from Black Metal, Death Metal, and so forth.” Enough to found a new “religion”.

…And then you have to get a job! That’s no market place for 2 (or 20, whatever) LaFEIs…

O SEGUNDO VARG É MAIS ESPERTO: “The biggest success story in Norwegian Black Metal—measured in chart positions, magazine coverage, and gaudy magazine posters—is Dimmu Borgir, a band which boasts of six-figure CD sales on the German label Nuclear Blast. Dimmu Borgir were not part of the initial waves of Norwegian Black Metal, and therefore they have neither blood nor soot on their hands. But they have been very adept at capitalizing on the shocking image of their predecessors in the genre, while at the same time carefully distancing themselves from the worst excesses so as not to lose record sales or gigs. A typical example can be seen in the promo pictures of Dimmu Borgir engaging in the mock sacrifice of a virgin —pictures that were produced in versions ranging from <softcore> (less gore) to <hardcore> (very bloody), so that different media could pick the version most suited to their audience. In other words, it seemed as if Dimmu Borgir wanted to be provocative enough to make the kids think they were cool, but not so provocative that the kids couldn’t get their parents to buy them the album for Christmas.”

Two or three years ago it was on the verge of becoming really, really big, and the international press was interested in Black Metal. If there had been more bands like Dimmu Borgir and The Kovenant that could have made it big in the mainstream, Black Metal could have been another example of an underground that stepped up to the major league. But strong forces in the scene suddenly became very introverted and reverted to an older, harder style of Black Metal.” AsbjØrn Slettemark

There is a handful of bands that sell well, about 10,000 to 20,000 copies of each release. But sales figures are hard to confirm, because labels tend to exaggerate; and on the other hand, many of the retailers for Black Metal records don’t register their sales.”

It is my impression that Nuclear Blast realized their stable of Death Metal and Speed Metal artists were starting to lag behind. It seems to me like they picked Dimmu Borgir more or less by chance, because the records that got them the contract weren’t really that special. But Dimmu Borgir were still developing as a band, and they were willing to do the image and magazine poster thing. It wouldn’t be possible to sell a more established band like Mayhem or Darkthrone the same way. I guess Dimmu Borgir have the good old Pop Star ambition, the standing in front of the mirror singing into the toothbrush thing.”

Compared to the multinational record companies, Nuclear Blast Records is like a hot dog stand. But the German label has its home base in the world’s biggest market for heavy metal, and is serious enough to have an American distribution deal with Warner Records. And Nuclear Blast know how to <move units>, in record business parlance. The Marketing Director of Nuclear Blast, Yorck Eysel, says Dimmu Borgir has sold 150,000 copies of their last album and 400,000 discs in all during the time they have been with his label. These numbers are repeated like a mantra by everyone that works with the band, but should be taken with a pinch of salt, as exaggerating sales figures is the oldest trick in the book for vinyl and CD pushers. They know that it is easier to sell you a record that has been in the charts than one which has only been coveted by a few obsessive collectors. Even if the sales figures might be inflated, Dimmu Borgir has sold an impressive amount of records, and Eysel thinks that is due to the band’s merit.”

Interestingly, during Varg Vikernes’s trial a Burzum album was reviewed in the news section of Dagbladet, one of Norway’s most important tabloids; this was at a time when his band was being treated with contempt [even] by the Rock [specialized] press.” “Pop music there generally has been difficult to export and the Metal bands regularly outsell the <commercial> Norwegian bands”

Sigurd Wongraven of Satyricon, who had earlier starred in a Rock Furore exposé about racism in Black Metal, later received the full Rock star treatment in mainstream tabloid Dagbladet for a 2-page article which focused on the fact that Wongraven liked Italian designer clothes. Black Metal had become popular enough, and house-trained enough, for the mainstream press to dispense with the barge pole when touching it, even if the specters of racism and satanism still surfaced often enough to make the bands seem somewhat scary.”

Ketil Sveen, a co-founder of the record label and distributor Voices of Wonder, was one of the first people to sell Norwegian Black Metal records on a bigger scale. He ended his cooperation with Burzum after Varg Vikernes stated that he was a National-Socialist. Today there is a racism clause in the contracts which prospective artists have to sign in order to work with Voices of Wonder.”

We sell Black Metal in 25 countries—there’s not a lot of other music that we get out to so many.” Sveen

BURZUM_lighter

IMAGEM 4. Igreja de Fantoft em brasa e logotipo da banda de Vikernes num isqueiro promocional da Voices of Wonder. “I’ve done a few stupid things in my life, and that lighter was one of the stupidest. In my defense I want to say that none of us suspected Vikernes had really done anything like that. We figured that if he was crazy enough to torch a church he would not be crazy enough to go around bragging about it.” Sveen

Welcome to the world of German Black Metal. Less well known than its Norwegian counterpart, the German scene remains genuinely underground, an obscure exit off the darkened Autobahn of extreme Rock. That changed briefly following the night of April 29, 1993, however, when the members of the Black Metal band [arguably] Absurd followed the example set by Bård Eithun and Varg Vikernes and replaced thought with crime.”

Lianne von Billerbeck & Frank Nordhausen – Satanskinder (Satan’s Children: The murder case of Sandro B., 1994)

Such curiosities were difficult to satisfy until the Wall fell in 1989 and East Germany was opened to the West. At this point previously forbidden or impossible-to-obtain records and videos steadily came within reach. The three 17-year-olds Hendrik Möbus, Sebastian Schauscheill, and Andreas Kirchner began to draw attention to themselves with their Satanic obsessions and penchant for Black Metal. They were antagonized for their interests by many of the other kids in town—both left-wing punks and right-wing skinheads [curiosamente, o som da banda é nazi, sobre guitarras punks estéreis] —but developed a group of admirers among the local schoolgirls.” “At a certain point in 1992, a younger student, a 14-year-old named Sandro, also developed a fascination for the members of this sinister band and their associates.” “Widely disliked due to his irritating manners, he had almost no real friends. He quickly began to adopt the style and interests of the satanists and desperately tried to ingratiate himself into their circle. He would ask to attend band rehearsals and began corresponding with them and the others in the clique [panela] around Absurd. Satanskinder describes a peculiar <letter writing culture> that thrived among all of these youths.” “Heated arguments also took place there between them and members of the Christian Youth Club, which met regularly at the Center as well.”

Together with a young girl named Rita, Sandro began to plot actions against Sebastian and Hendrik, hoping to make a mockery of them in Sondershausen.” “He was also aware of an ongoing affair between Sebastian and an older married woman named Heidegrit Goldhardt, now pregnant with Sebastian’s child.” “Sebastian’s romantic relationship with Heidegrit, who oddly enough was an evangelical Christian schoolteacher, had produced some unexpected results. He had joined in with her pet projects for environmentalism and animal rights, and now spent time writing polemical letters to the newspapers about such issues.” “Absurd no longer rehearsed at the Youth Center, but had moved their equipment to a small cottage built by Hendrik’s father in the nearby woods. Through the guise of a female friend, Juliane, a letter was sent to Sandro in which she confided her hatred of Absurd. She asked Sandro to meet her one evening at the Rondell, a WW1 memorial in the forest above the town, in order to discuss how she could contribute to Sandro’s campaign against the satanists.” “Juliane didn’t appear, but the members of Absurd did instead. Sandro must have been confused, but dismissed any idea that he had been set up. They then somehow convinced him to accompany them elsewhere so that they could all discuss an important matter.” “Suddenly Andreas grabbed an electrical cord and wrapped it around Sandro’s neck. A struggle ensued, Sandro tried to scream for help. At this point, Hendrik is alleged to have pulled a knife and cut Sandro. They tied his hands behind his back. Sandro begged to be let free, promising to never speak about anything that had just happened. They could even have his life savings—500 German Marks (approximately $325). The boys considered the idea of letting him go free in the woods, but feared he would not keep his promise of silence about the abduction, especially now that he had been wounded.” “On May 1st [2 dias depois] the three members of Absurd returned to the scene of the crime and dragged Sandro’s corpse, wrapped in a blanket, to a nearby excavation pit, where they quickly buried him.” “Sebastian related a strange personal anecdote: about 6 months before the murder he heard a voice in his head. It was difficult to understand; he thought it uttered the nonsensical phrase <Küster Maier>. Later he decided it probably must have said <töte Beyer> (Kill Beyer!).” “The story detailed above follows the chronology presented in Satanskinder, although the book embellishes it with endless psychological speculation. The descriptions of the authors are based entirely on comments by disgruntled ex-friends and hangers-on who had interacted with the killers, since the latter refused to speak to them. The picture painted is one of an outsider group of youths whose fantasies got the best of them.”

We used to listen to British and German Punk Rock, British Oi, as well as Thrash Metal (Slayer, Destruction, Sodom, Morbid Angel, Possessed).” Hendrik

mostly we obtained Polish or Hungarian bootlegs, or recorded stuff from the West German radio.” “I guess it was just a question of time before we became aware of splendid bands like Deicide, Beherit, Sarcófago, Bathory, Mayhem, and Darkthrone…”

Before he <moved to the beyond>, Øystein Aarseth wanted to sign Absurd to Deathlike Silence, since our Death from the Forest demo appealed to him quite a bit.”

ABSURD HAS CALLED ITSELF <LUCIFERIAN PAGANS>…

You can use the terms <Luciferian>, <Promethean>, and <Faustian> to describe one and the same principle: reaching out toward a higher stage of existence and awareness by facing and overcoming the limiting circumstances. That is the trail we are on. However, a <Luciferian will> on its own would fall into hedonism and egomania. For that reason we need heathenism; on the one hand for expression of free will, but also for its channeling toward the greater good. In other words, a person of this sort should not operate only according to self-interest, but rather should serve his ethnic community and be the <light bringer> for it.

What we didn’t know, and only first learned from the court record, was that Sandro was bisexual. With a likelihood bordering on certainty, Sandro had fallen in love with Sebastian. That is also not astonishing, as in those days Sebastian had a certain <sex appeal> among the youths.

So Sandro discovered the relationship between Sebastian and his lover, who was married and 8 years older, while Sebastian was also considered the leader of the local satanists. If this relationship were to become public—which did indeed happen after the arrests—then it would have caused a significant fuss in the small town of Sondershausen, the result being that the girl would have been expelled from her congregation.”

WHAT WERE YOU EACH FOUND GUILTY OF?

Due to our age of 17, they had to use the youth laws for punishment, which meant a maximum of ten years in detention, no matter if even for mass-murder. At the start of 1994 our trial took place, which was a giant media spectacle. Among other things, the court found us guilty of first degree murder, deprivation of liberty, threat and duress, and bodily injury. (…) Ironically, the section we were sentenced under is one of the few pieces of legislation that remains today from National-Socialist jurisprudence.

Besides the trashy book Satanskinder, at least 3 other books feature our case. However, this book is certainly wrong with its version (although several phrases sound familiar…), due to the fact we refused to cooperate. A TV-film has also been made based on the events in Sondershausen. We have become <Satan murderers> and <Children of Satan> for all time. One could laugh about these stories, which are eternally the same old thing, if only they hadn’t led to such dire consequences. Apart from the media’s self interest for an ongoing story, there are also circles of people that have utilized the media for engaging in personal conflicts with, for example, my parents. It has long since ceased to have anything to do with <discovering the truth> (if that ever had even played a role) or <informing the public>. It has to do with chicanery, with calculated slander. It can further be asserted in my case that I turn more and more into the archetype of the scapegoat. I am the modern Loki, whom the gods punished for their own sins.

Andreas was released a year before Sebastian and I. After getting reacquainted with the scene for a half-year (among other things, he attended a Mayhem reunion concert in Bischofswerda), he retreated completely back into his private life. He broke off all contacts, lives with his girlfriend, and has a good job. Even if I was unhappy about his <departure>, I nevertheless wish him all the best.

Sebastian has totally devoted himself to a folkish world of ideas. He is married and has made a small circle of friends and acquaintances in which he actually plays the same role as he once did in our clique in Sondershausen. In the meantime he has also recorded and released new Absurd material. In addition he sings with Halgadom, a joint project with the band Stahlgewitter who are friends of his. He has only a peripheral contact with the scene, a situation that has probably kept him out of the media’s sights. It is different with me, for I have always had and maintained numerous contacts in the scene. In addition, I worked at Darker Than Black Records, through which I naturally was in a more prominent situation than my two former accomplices. Since then the media has decided to put me in the stocks and clothe me as their new scapegoat. Because I also nurtured an association with nationalistically inclined people, I have been charged severely. Nobody was interested in the facts anymore, the only thing that counted was sensationalism.”

Beginning meagerly with hymns to demons discovered in Satanic horror films, the early demo cassettes of the band are low-fi chunks of adolescent noise, soaked with distortion and offering unintentionally humorous spoken introductions to the songs. Their music is more akin to ’60s garage Punk than some of the well-produced Black Metal of their contemporaries—but what they lacked by way of musical execution they were more than willing to make up for with the real-life execution of the sad figure of Sandro Beyer.” “If there is any clear spiritual mentor behind Absurd’s transformation over the years, it is Varg Vikernes. Varg himself seems to be aware of this, and smiles when talking of recent events inspired by what happened in Norway: <In Germany some churches have burned. And there are the Absurd guys, who have also turned neo-Nazi…>”

The long quotation Hendrik attributes to <Herr Wolf> at the end of the interview is in actuality the words of Adolph Hitler, speaking of the new prototype of hardened, pitiless youth which Nazi Germany would produce.”

WHITEWASHED CARBON COPY: “Such sentiments would make Varg Vikernes proud. Absurd’s own tiny record label, Burznazg, takes its name from a term Varg once planned to use for his own operations, and the most infamous criminal in Norway was surely proud to know of the Tribute to Burzum compilation CD project initiated by Hendrik Möbus and friends.”

Möbus also reveals the existence of a Germanic <Black Circle> which he claims the members of Absurd are also connected to, called Die Teutsche Brüderschaft (Teutonic Brotherhood). The Brüderschaft is mentioned prominently in the dedication list on Absurd’s debut CD.”

In July of 1999 announcements circulated about the release of Absurd’s new 4-song CD entitled Asgardsrei. The CD featured a more aesthetic presentation and an evolved sound, although with much of Absurd’s garage-band ambience still intact. Guests on the release included Graveland’s Rob Darken and well as an <ex-member of the German mainstream band Weissglut>. The end of the advertisement advised interested customers to <ORDER IT NOW before ZOG¹ take YOUR copy>.”

¹ “A sarcastic acronym for Zionist Occupational Government, often employed in radical political circles to describe any of the present-day Western democratic states.”

The public prosecutor had now decided to launch an effort to revoke Hendrik’s parole on the basis of alleged political crimes he had committed since his release from juvenile prison. These consisted of displaying banned political emblems and also giving a <Hitler salute> at a concert.” “Travelling across the USA, Hendrik passed through a string of ill-fated liaisons with racists upon whom he depended for safe-housing, culminating with two of them violently threatening him. Following this incident, he eventually made his way to the state of West Virginia and to the headquarters of William Pierce’s racialist group the National Alliance. All was relatively quiet for a number of weeks until Hendrik was arrested in late August, 2000 by US federal agents acting on an international warrant. The German government had requested to have Hendrik extradited to face his charges of parole violation.

The press treatment of the case was unusual, with Hendrik being elevated from a <Satanic murderer> to a <neo-Nazi fugitive>. He became an international cause célèbre—garnering headlines in US News and World Report, as well as major papers like the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post—and his case raised many serious issues about the way in which modern democratic states handle persons who they deem as threats to democracy itself. Soon after his arrest, Hendrik wrote a letter to US President Bill Clinton and Attorney-General Janet Reno and requested status as a political refugee, stating that if he were extradited back to Germany he would be persecuted on account of his political beliefs.” “A <Free Hendrik Möbus> campaign was also launched on the Internet, and William Pierce produced episodes of his radio program American Dissident Voices in which he addressed the topic of Möbus’s case in detail. In the first major ruling, the U.S. magistrate decided that Hendrik was not eligible for political asylum as he was a <convicted felon> in Germany. Hendrik then attempted to appeal the decision. In their commentaries on the case, both he and William Pierce attempted to make the fundamental issue one of free speech, since the actions which resulted in the original parole revocation were not of a violent nature, but rather <political> misdeeds (which would be perfectly legal according to US laws). Both the US and German governments tried to avoid this thorny issue and confine the legal proceedings to the logistical issues of Hendrik’s parole violation itself, rather than debating the validity of the charges that led to the violation.” A FRAQUEZA CONGÊNITA DO TOTALITARISMO: “His strategy for avoiding extradition created a further paradox: he was forced to seek the mercy of liberal democratic political asylum laws—exactly the sort of laws which a strident German nationalist would vehemently oppose in their own country for anti-immigration reasons.”

Two further court judgments against him, one for public display of the Hitler salute and the other for mocking his victim in published statements, have added more than two years of additional incarceration to the time he will serve in jail. It quickly became clear that Hendrik’s personal goal of collaborating with William Pierce in a venture to promote radical Black Metal through the racial music underground would be impossible to realize from a German prison cell. An equally significant obstacle arose exactly one year later when William Pierce died suddenly from cancer on July 23, 2002.”

Gorefest, an antiracist and politically correct Death Metal group.”

The teenager’s room was described as quite ordinary, except for a collection of disturbing compact discs. His neighbors had often noticed sounds blaring from his room, <gnawing music, hard and stressful, which one would hear late at night>—not a bad description of standard Black Metal from an unfamiliar listener.”

When a black-metaller enters a party at nite, we can say he cvlt up from his home.

Jean-Paul Bourre – Les Profanateurs (The Desecrators): “The fascination surrounding the grave of Jim Morrison of The Doors (buried in Paris’ famous Père La Chaise cemetery) and those of other notable personalities is also inexplicably discussed in one chapter. Les Profanateurs desperately attempts to pull all these disparate elements into a sinister scenario in hopes of alarming its readers.” Parece até o livro que estou lendo!

They got pissed and destroyed a few graveyards and subsequently they were in prison for it. The hoo-hah died down pretty quickly over it, and that sort of thing isn’t good for a band of our stature anyway because people get the whole ideology wrong straight away. This is why we kind of branched off from the Norwegian thing because as soon as you’ve got the Black Metal tag, people assume you are a fascist and you’re into Devil worship, which can be linked to child abuse.” Dani Filth, a ovelha negra (lúcida)

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IMAGEM 5. Queen tabloid

The band began fairly quickly to distance themselves from their musical peers in Scandinavia by employing evocative aesthetics in the album artwork, and covering more romanticized themes drawn from nineteenth century literature and poetry. They wore the requisite Black Metal corpsepaint, but began to cultivate an atmosphere befitting of Hammer horror films rather than the one-dimensional <evilness> projected by other groups. Later releases Vempire and Dusk and Her Embrace brought the group to a exponentially increasing audience.”

In a strange political twist, an extremist racial group, the National Radical Party, nominated the singer of Metal band Korrozia Metalla (Коррозия Металла) as a mayoral candidate in Moscow. His name is Sergei Troitsky, AKA Spider, and he normally dresses in black T-shirts, jeans, and jackboots. Korrozia Metalla’s most popular song among fans is called Kill the Sunarefa, a slang term for darkly hued minorities from the south.” “Additional titillation regularly comes from naked females dancers who prance [rebolam, sensualizam] and masturbate on stage beside the musicians.”

The name Russia itself, after all, comes from the predominantly Swedish Viking tribe of the Rus who settled the region in the year 852C.E.[?].”

Poland, too, has a rapidly growing Black Metal scene which is closely linked to the rise of extreme right-wing activity there. The most visible band from that country is Graveland, led by the outspoken frontman Robert Fudali, AKA Darken.”

Fans of extreme Metal in this country are often far less intelligent than their Norwegian or European counterparts.” Which means, actually, that they are more intelligent.

SOCIEDADE DO ESPETÁCULO CONSUMADA: “The primary American interests outside of music include drugs and alcohol, neither of which played any significant part in the Norwegian Black Metal milieu. As a result, any antisocial actions are likely to be misdirected at best. The attempts to interrelate them into any kind of grand Satanic conspiracy are fruitless; the main similitude of these crimes lies in their irrational confusion.”

Singer Glen Benton branded an upside-down cross into his forehead years ago, and (to the obvious irritation of groups like Animal Militia) often advocates animal sacrifice in interviews. Allegedly the band’s albums have sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.”

On April 13th, a group of male teenagers commenced a campaign of mayhem and terror with startling similarities in spirit to the Norse eruption in 1992–93. Calling themselves the Lords of Chaos, the cabal of six began their crusade by burning down a supermarket construction trailer. They followed this with the arson of a Baptist church. The terror spree escalated in perversity when the youths spread gasoline around a tropical aviary cage adjacent to a theme restaurant, then ignited the thatched-roof structure and watched the blaze exterminate the entire collection of exotic birds.”

Finnish groups like Beherit and Impaled Nazarene have enjoyed considerable success worldwide, paving the way for many fans to form their own bands and follow in their footsteps. And just as in Norway, segments of the Black Metal subculture also wed themselves to an especially virulent strain of teenaged Satanism. (…) They wear the distinctive Black Metal make-up, which gives cause for some Finns to call them <penguins>, and they flock to music festivals where their favorite bands play.” É o finlandês da picada…

Finnish metal him! Flo Mounier’s victory!

Unlike the scene in Norway, the crimes connected with Black Metal in Finland emanate from the fans, not the prominent artists. Despite its small size, this confused scene has produced one of the grisliest events to arise anywhere out of the Black Metal phenomenon. In one of the most notable cases in Finnish court history, four young Black Metalers murdered a friend in a scenario which featured overtones of Satanic sacrifice, cannibalism, and necrophilia.” “Reporting on the case is further complicated by the fact that the court has implemented a forty-year secrecy act on the entire legal proceedings.”

Jarno Elg’s career as a glue-sniffer and aspiring alcoholic led to psychiatric care at the young age of 11. He tried hashish the following year. By the time he was 16, young Jarno was drinking daily and devouring books on Satanism. This diet of Kilju [bebida etílica baseada na fermentação da laranja, com gusto e cheiro horríveis, típica da Finlândia], psychoactive chemicals, and teenaged Satanism was bound to go awry.”

The Poetic Edda, translated by Henry Adams Bellows

Sociologist Jeffrey Arnett has described Heavy Metal music as the <sensory equivalent of war.>” Segundo consta, numa rápida googlada, o sr. Arnett é PSICÓLOGO na área da adolescência/jovens adultos, e não SOCIÓLOGO.

[????????????????????????????] In France the journal Napalm Rock is issued regularly under the auspices of the National-Bolshevist political group Nouvelle Résistance.” Erva mais vencida que Hitler em 44.

The rebellious impulse in Metal therefore has yet to synthesize the nihilism with the fascism, and since fascism is a synthesis itself, there’s no reason this cannot eventually be achieved.” Kerry Bolton

The ‘60s music genres were thoroughly phony in their radicalism. Unlike Black Metal (and for that matter Oi, and much Industrial) the ‘60s musicians had no fundamental difference in outlook to the establishment they were supposedly rebelling against.”

ILLUMINATI: “The possibility of being bought off by the music business would most likely be by way of insisting on a return to the specifically anti-Christian themes at the expense of the heathen resurgence, since I’m sure many of the executives of the music industry can co-exist well enough and even utilize anti-Christianity, including Satanism, especially if it is of the nature of yet one more superficial American commodity.”

Será que esses albinos “phoneys” e bastardos utilizam Mozart o Maçom como garoto-propaganda de seu ideário europeu?

According to the police, the Einsatzgruppe was plotting direct action against prominent Norwegian politicians, bishops, and public figures. The group’s plans included a scheme to break Varg Vikernes out of jail by force. The Einsatzgruppe had all the trappings of a paramilitary unit: bulletproof vests, steel helmets, cartridge belts, and ski masks. In addition, the police found a list of 12 firearms and a map for a hiding place at a mountain. However, the only weapons the police confiscated right away were some sawed-off shotguns and dynamite with blasting caps. The police also found a war chest with 100,000 Norwegian Kroner (close to $20,000). This had been supplied by Lene Bore, Varg Vikernes’s mother. She was also arrested and charged with financing an illegal group. Bore confessed, but claimed she had no idea these people were <right-wing extremists>. She expressed concerns about the treatment her son received in jail, and claimed that he was subjected to violence by his fellow inmates. This was dismissed as unfounded by the prison director. However, it is true that Varg’s jaw had been broken in an altercation with another inmate in late 1996.” “Curiously, Bore could not be prosecuted under Norwegian law—conspiracy to break the law is not illegal if it is done to help a close family member.” “The group was, according to some sources, aiming to escape with the freed Vikernes to Africa—hardly the hideout of choice for passionate racists.”

The stigma associated with Nazism is much stronger in Norway than it is in neighboring Sweden or the US, where most of the Norwegian Nazis draw their inspiration from. This is largely due to the fact that Norway was occupied by Nazi Germany from 1940 to 1945.”

The Mayor of Brumunddal was subjected to what one would call low-level harassment. No physical attacks, no real serious vandalism, but an endless stream of mail-order merchandise, pizzas and ambulances ordered in his name. Pornographic photo montages were also posted along the route his children walked to school. Two of the activists from Brumunddal defecated on the steps of the town hall to express their discontent with municipal policy. They thought this was really smart, so they did it once more, and then were caught.”

Gaston Bachelard – Psychoanalysis of Fire

Fire stirs the spirit of human artistry; it is the spark of the will-to-create. It expresses the polarity of emotions, as Bachelard notes, and represents both the passionate higher ideals, as well as the hot and consuming tempers of irrationality.”

Most people have lost interaction with real fire; the once universal, mystical experience of blazing night fires is gone from their lives. Stoking the flames of resentment or dissension is frowned upon in a world which depends on the smooth exchange of services. Those possessed of unrestrained spirit are silenced, or ordered to fit in. Their tendencies must be stifled. Extreme emotions are shunned; those who act on them become outcasts. Mainstream culture produces a bulging sea of quaint diversions, the ostensible rewards for good behavior. The music and art made available to the masses has the consistency of soft, damp pulp—hardly a conducive medium for fire.”

re-fuse/reexist

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ANEXOS

It’s not good for us to laugh. We have nothing to laugh at in this laughable society.” Varguxo

The wild hunt appeared in many legends—a ghostly flock of dark, martial shapes riding through the night on their horses through the woods, lead by Odin, the one-eyed ruler of the dead, or sometimes by a female rider… a perception that in Christian times was transposed onto the Archangel Michael and his hosts.”

The Austrian folklorist Otto Höfler was able to prove in his books Kultische Geheimbünde der Germanen and Verwandlungskulte (Transformation Cults) that the wild hunt was not at all a mythological interpretation of storms, thunder, or flocks of birds—as many researchers thought—but a union of mythology and folklore, of myth and reality which was of great importance in the Nordic mystery cults.” “Höfler stressed that in the Germanic Weltanschauung, like that of most pre-Christian cultures, there was no sharp distinction between this world and the one beyond—the borders were fluid. The folklore of the cult groups was often very brutal. With or without drugs the members felt a furor teutonicus which Höfler called a <decidedly terroristic ecstasy> with various excesses”

Beer was was their special goal—kegs were stolen or secretly emptied, sometimes to be refilled with water or horse urine, or they themselves urinated back into the barrels. Often horses were also stolen; they became the property of the Oskorei. In the morning the farmers found their horses completely exhausted, or they had to search for them because the apocalyptic riders had set them free somewhere.”

Hoping for a rich harvest, one accepted the demands and offenses of the Oskorei as part of the bargain. Similar perceptions existed in the Alps when the Perchten were given nourishment as they went from house to house, or they were allowed to plunder the pantry.” “Gradually, however, many farmers were no longer willing to accept the outrages of the Oskorei. The cultic background of the thefts and pranks fell into oblivion, becoming superstition. The sympathy of the populace disappeared—now the disguised young men were no longer considered embodiments of the dead or fertility demons, but rather trouble-makers and evil-doers.” “The louder the drums, bells, cries, rattles, and whips, the more effective the noise magic became.”

They dress as ghostly as possible, speaking with a falsetto voice, reaching ecstasy by dancing, music and noise. … Their clothes should be as nightmarish as possible. They attempted to dress as ugly as they were able. They had terrible eyes, with big white rings or painted up with coal. (Johannessen, Norwegisches Burschenbrauchtum. Kult und Saga. Wien, 1967 (dissertation), pp. 13, 95.)”

The disguised members of the Oskorei altered their voices and gave themselves false names—they represented demons and had to remain unknown. In Black Metal as well only a few musicians use their real names; many take pseudonyms from Nordic history and mythology and in the meantime it is possible to find in Black Metal culture almost all deities of the Eddas.”

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IMAGEM 6. O Grito, de Munch, pintor norueguês expressionista.

But Black Metal is above all heathen noise, electronically enhanced. The music is powerful, violent, dark and grim; a demonic sonic art with several elements in common with the Norwegian expressionist painter Edvard Munch, whose famous work The Scream would fit well on a record cover. The eternal recurrence of certain leitmotifs, the dark blazing atmosphere, the obscure, viscous sonic landscape of many songs—often lasting more than ten minutes— have at times an almost psychedelic effect. In the heaviness and darkness of certain compositions it is possible to realize some subliminal melodies only after listening to these works several times. Black Metal is a werewolf culture, a werewolf romanticism.”

<A hard heart was placed in my breast by Wotan.> (Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, aph. 260)” Muito bacana descontextualizar aforismos!

The first song I heard by Burzum was Det Som Engang Var in the CD Hvis lyset tar oss. Even now this song remains for me the most beautiful and powerful work of Burzum; its symphonic sonic violence is impressive over and over again. It is a 14-minute-long composition full of grim, blazing beauty—dark and fateful. The uniquely hair-raising, screaming-at-the-heavens vocal of Varg Vikernes turns the piece into an expressionistic shriek-opera, the words of which are probably incomprehensible even for Norwegians. The song was composed in the spring of 1992. Another work which fascinates me very much is Tomhet (Emptiness), on the same CD. This song too has an extraordinary length; from my point of view it is an exceptional soundtrack to the Norwegian landscape—that is, Norway as I imagine it, a country ruled by silence and storm, solitude and natural violence.”

I am no racist because I do not hate other races. I am no Nazi either, but I am a fascist. I love my race, my culture, and myself. I am a follower of Odin, god of war and death. He is also the god of wisdom, magic, and poetry. Those are the things I am searching for. Burzum exists only for Odin, the cyclopian enemy of the Kristian god. I do not consider my ideas to be extreme at all. That which stupid people call evil is for me the actual reason to survive.”

Daniel Bernard – Wolf und Mensch. Saarbrücken, 1983. [outro?]

Mircea Eliade – Shamanismus und archaische Ekstasetechnik. Frankfurt, 1991.

Rudolf Simek – Lexikon der Germanischen Mythologie. Stuttgart, 1984.

Grimm, Jacob – Teutonic Mythology (4 Vols). Magnolia, MA: Peter Smith, 1976.

Hoidal, Oddvar K. – Quisling: A Study in Treason. Oslo: Norwegian University Press, 1989.

Tarjei Vesaas – Land of Many Fires

VANIHILL SKY

Nos anos 50 era provavelmente impensável uma ressurreição do fascismo para a quase totalidade dos seres humanos. Para os vitoriosos, porque deviam intuir que seu êxito era a comprovação plena da justiça universal; o evento era recente demais para que se pudesse conceber sequer uma nova tentativa de alçada ao poder por parte da extrema direita, com o mesmo ímpeto e nas mesmas bases do recém-intentado. Tal tentativa, era óbvio, estava fadada ao fracasso. E se a tentativa ocorresse, se por um milagre triunfasse em algum país (a Alemanha estava então ocupada e dividida), o resultado final, após um inevitável confronto bélico, já estava escancarado: a vitória incondicional das forças aliadas democráticas. Mesmo o derrotado que como conseqüência do fim da guerra (já tendo sido lucro o “continuar vivo”) ainda não houvesse mudado de lado (pensemos no clássico tipo do soldado alemão, homenzinhos em série que “só cumpriam ordens” e não tinham possibilidade hierárquica alguma de estipular ações relevantes nem de influenciar na guerra, tampouco de ser responsabilizados em massa e punidos num tribunal por seus crimes durante o regime de exceção, sem falar que estamos, ainda, antes – e na iminência – da criação dos Direitos Humanos e das Nações Unidas) certamente estaria em frangalhos para cultivar qualquer fé no futuro do seu ideal supremacista. A reação mais normal era a conversão imediata pura e simples, o acordar do hipnotismo ou do sonho, regressando à condição humana. Desconsidero aqui os “nazistas revisionistas”, esse tipo de criatura que, 50 anos depois, nega a existência do Holocausto. Difícil acreditar que esses indivíduos acreditem em si mesmos. Por definição, este não seria um verdadeiro nazista, pois o judeu é o “mal denso e opaco” que não pode em absoluto ser negado. Para o nazista, negar o extermínio dos judeus, negar os bons auspícios da mera idéia da abolição desta “raça”, seria sintoma de fraqueza e degeneração, além de um vexame perante os antepassados, não se justificando nem mesmo como tática mesquinha para a ascensão ao poder. Também acho improvável que qualquer “revisionista” dos anos 50 não fosse enviado a manicômios. Deve se tratar de um fenômeno mais recente, de pessoas que não viveram a guerra.

O ponto sensível em que queria chegar: tinha-se como preceito básico que enquanto fosse conhecido e lembrado o Nazifascismo não se repetiria. Esse pressuposto já foi demolido. Hoje o sinal preocupante é que indivíduos que conhecem a História, a Segunda Guerra e os mecanismos totalitários passam agora a desejar fervorosamente sua manifestação mais uma vez. A verdade era auto-revelada; assim que o véu do enredo se levantava, o aspecto atroz do Nacional-Socialismo tinha um poder instantâneo de convencimento das massas: uma aberração tal carregava consigo a verdade evidente de sua cretinice e bestialidade. O sentimento expiatório, o choque compartilhado por todos os conscientes do ocorrido, proibia qualquer simpatia pelos derrotados. Havia um mudo consenso sobre esta fabulosa calamidade ou episódio mais grotesco de todos os tempos…

…Que não se mostrou muito duradouro, pelo que hoje vemos. Poucas gerações depois, uma parcela da humanidade deseja o ressurgimento da cretinice e da bestialidade, não mais cretinas, não mais embaraçosas, mas índices, pelo contrário, de um “novo homem”, renascido das cinzas da debilidade social-democrata. E essa vontade já não é mascarada ou tratada com pudor: é nua e crua. Hitler e Mussolini foram desventurados, mas devem ser tomados como modelo e inspiração, dizem os novos jovens (e alguns já velhos). Porém, reviravolta das reviravoltas, eis a inflexão inaudita: termos chegado a esse ponto não teria dois lados?!

Se por um lado é factível um novo nazismo, ver que a idéia foi apropriada por fatias de “consumidores” da aldeia global não seria constatar que não se trata da hecatombe original, mas de uma forma, que direi eu?, atenuada, até mesmo inofensiva?! Apropriado pelo capitalismo, o movimento da ultradireita poderia ser reeditado sem romper daqui em diante as regras do sistema, sem apresentar perigo letal, como tudo o mais o é? Como toda revolução, forma de protesto ou anti-mercadoria se torna apenas mais um item do catálogo pouquíssimo tempo depois de seu aparecimento, contradizendo-se a si própria ao se tornar paradoxalmente imortal e serializável, não seria o nazifascismo mais uma vedete dentre outras da Sociedade do Espetáculo? Apenas uma forma de se distinguir socialmente (Bourdieu e a insípida sociologia acadêmica francesa)?! Incapaz, na prática, de efetivar as metas hitleristas, condenado a ficar eternamente no “quase”, igual a democracia, igual a social-democracia, igual o socialismo, igual o neoliberalismo, igual tudo que já foi inventado e rotulado pelo homem? Utopia mundana, eleger fascistas já nada significaria?!

A máquina perfeita de simulação virtual, essa reversibilidade ad infinitum dos elementos de um jogo insuprimível, como diria o discurso pós-moderno de um Baudrillard? Confesso-me esmagado entre dois extremos que não consigo adotar por mais de um dia sem reservas: o do antifa histérico e histriônico (“apenas eu estou vendo isso? o que vocês estão fazendo que não tomam uma atitude?”) e o do conformado mais apático que se imagina (“não é nada para se preocupar, não esquenta, isso passa”). Faz diferença a indiferença? Não é o fascista de hoje muito mais incompetente e estéril? Uma falsa impressão que, se levada adiante, possibilitaria a vitória totalitária? Mas o antifa existe e está aí, e brada contra qualquer “atributo fascista” enxergado e hipostasiado, alucinado, até mesmo no seio da esquerda mais ortodoxa! Não parece ser esta a questão, num mundo que ainda não decidiu o que é mais difícil ou lenda urbana: alienar-se ou evitar a hipocrisia, ser fiel a um imperativo categórico ou tornar-se o perfeito blasé. A rigor sabemos que jamais voltaremos ao cenário em que essas coisas eram mais simples e apresentavam quaisquer remotos resquícios de sentido. Estarei indefinidamente espremido, como joguete baudrillardiano, entre esses dois falsos-horizontes, num corredor polonês estreito e interminável, se bem que fruto da minha imaginação, condenado a viver num mundo que reprisa sempre os mesmos sucessos e fracassos sem dar a hegemonia a nada nem ninguém, um sonhador como o de Vanilla Sky, cujo sonho é reinicializado quando sai um pouco de controle, sendo a suma de um niilismo inexpugnável e estagnado?

Nossa memória histórica realmente existe ou ela é reconfigurada todos os dias por um administrador do sistema operacional, ou pelo nosso próprio inconsciente?! O problema da reascensão do fascismo e de continuarmos aqui, banais, pensantes, é esse: o de pôr em questão e entre parênteses a própria realidade, o próprio conceito de triunfo, a própria definição de medo, ansiedade, da claustrofobia, da sensação de esgotamento ou exaustão. Céu branco de baunilha, o ontem é mitologia, o amanhã apenas um reboot.

L’ENCYCLOPÉDIE – AM – compilado (1)

* AMANUS, s. m. (Myth.) Dieu des anciens Perses. C’étoit, à ce qu’on croit, ou le soleil ou le feu perpétuel qui en étoit une image. Tous les jours les Mages alloient dans son temple chanter leurs hymnes pendant une heure devant le feu sacré, tenant de la vervaine en main [planta medicinal], & la tête couronnée de tiares dont les bandelettes [bandagens] leur tomboient sur les joues.”

Não há fogo sagrado que não seja apagado por um temporal.

AMAUTAS, s. m. (Hist. mod.) Philosophes du Pérou sous le regne des Incas. On croit que ce fut l’Inca Roca qui fonda le premier des écoles à Cusco, afin que les Amautas y enseignassent les Sciences aux Princes & aux Gentils-hommes; car il croyoit que la science ne devoit être que pour la Noblesse. Le devoir des Amautas étoit d’apprendre à leurs disciples les cérémonies & les préceptes de leur religion; la raison, le fondement & l’explication des lois; la politique & l’Art Militaire; l’Histoire & la Chronologie; la Poësie même, la Philosophie, la Musique & l’Astrologie. Les Amautas composoient des comédies & des tragédies qu’ils représentoient devant leurs Rois & les Seigneurs de la Cour aux fêtes solemnelles. Les sujets de leurs tragédies étoient des actions militaires, les triomphes de leurs Rois ou d’autres hommes illustres. Dans les comédies ils parloient de l’agriculture, des affaires domestiques, & des divers évenemens de la vie humaine. On n’y remarquoit rien d’obscene ni de rampant; tout au contraire y étoit grave, sententieux, conforme aux bonnes moeurs & à la vertu. Les acteurs étoient des personnes qualifiées; & quand la piece étoit joüée, ils venoient reprendre leur place dans l’assemblée, chacun selon sa dignité. Ceux qui avoient le mieux réussi dans leur rôle recevoient pour prix des joyaux ou d’autres présens considérables. La poësie des Amautas étoit composée de grands & de petits vers où ils observoient la mesure des syllabes. On dit néanmoins qu’au tems de la conquête des Espagnols ils n’avoient pas encore l’usage de l’écriture, & qu’ils se servoient de signes ou d’instrumens sensibles pour exprimer ce qu’ils entendoient dans les Sciences qu’ils enseignoient. Garcilasso de la Vega, Hist. des Incas, liv. II. & IV.

AMAZONE, s. f. (Hist. anc.) femme courageuse & hardie, capable de grands exploits.

Amazone, dans un sens plus particulier, est le nom d’une nation ancienne de femmes guerrieres, qui, dit-on, fonderent un Empire dans l’Asie mineure, près du Thermodon, le long des côtes de la mer Noire.

Il n’y avoit point d’hommes parmi elles; pour la propagation de leur espece, elles alloient chercher des étrangers; elles tuoient tous les enfans mâles qui leur naissoient, & retranchoient aux filles la mammelle droite pour les rendre plus propres à tirer de l’arc. C’est de cette circonstance qu’elles furent appellées Amazones, mot composé d’<A> privatif, & de MAO, mammelle, comme qui diroit sans mammelle, ou privées d’une mammelle.

Não havia homens entre elas; para a propagação da espécie elas procuravam estrangeiros; elas matavam todas as crianças macho que lhes nasciam, e decepavam nas mulheres a mama direita para torná-las mais aptas no exercício do tiro de arco. Provém dessa circunstância o chamarem-nas Amazonas, palavra composta do ‘A’ privativo, e de MAO, mama, como que dizendo sem mamas, ou privadas de uma das mamas.

Les Auteurs ne sont pas tous d’accord qu’il y ait eu réellement une nation d’Amazones. Strabon, Paléphate, & plusieurs autres le nient formellement: mais Hérodote, Pausanias, Diodore de Sicile, Trogue Pompée, Justin, Pline, Pomponius Mela, Plutarque, & plusieurs autres, l’assurent positivement. Hippocrate dit qu’il y avoit une loi chez elles, qui condamnoit les filles à demeurer vierges, jusqu’à ce qu’elles eussent tué trois des ennemis de l’État. Il ajoûte que la raison pour laquelle elles amputoient la mammelle droite à leurs filles, c’étoit afin que le bras de ce côté-là profitât davantage, & devînt plus fort.

Quelques Auteurs disent qu’elles ne tuoient pas leurs enfans mâles; qu’elles ne faisoient que leur tordre les jambes, pour empêcher qu’ils ne prétendissent un jour se rendre les maîtres.

M. Petit Medecin de Paris, a publié en 1681, une dissertation latine, pour prouver qu’il y a eu réellement une nation d’Amazones; cette dissertation contient quantité de remarques curieuses & intéressantes sur leur maniere de s’habiller, leurs armes, & les villes qu’elles ont fondées. Dans les médailles le buste des Amazones est ordinairement armé d’une petite hache d’armes appellée bipennis, ou securis, qu’elles portoient sur l’épaule, avec un petit bouclier en croissant que les Latins appelloient pelta, à leur bras gauche: c’est ce qui a fait dire à Ovide, de Ponto.

Non tibi amazonia est pro me sumenda securis, Aut excisa levi pelta gerenda manu.

Des Géographes & voyageurs modernes prétendent qu’il y a encore dans quelques endroits des Amazones. Le P. Jean de Los Sanctos, Capucin Portugais, dans sa description de l’Éthiopie, dit qu’il y a en Afrique une République d’Amazones; & AEnéas Sylvius rapporte qu’on a vû subsister en Boheme pendant 9 ans, une République d’Amazones fondée par le courage d’une fille nommée Valasca [Popazuda].”

AMAZONES. riviere des Amazones; elle traverse toute l’Amérique méridionale d’occident en orient, & passe pour le plus grand fleuve du monde. On croît communément que le premier Européen qui l’a reconnu fut François d’Orellana, Espagnol; ce qui a fait nommer cette riviere par quelques-uns Orellana: mais avant lui, elle étoit connue sous le nom de Maranon (qu’on prononce Maragnon) nom qu’elle avoit reçû, à ce qu’on croit, d’un autre Capitaine Espagnol ainsi appellé. Orellana dans sa relation dit avoir vû en descendant cette riviere, quelques femmes armées dont un cacique Indien lui avoit dit de se défier: c’est ce qui l’a fait appeller riviere des Amazones.

La carte très-défectueuse du cours de la riviere des Amazones dressée par Sanson sur la relation purement historique d’un voyage de cette riviere que fit Texeira, accompagné du P. d’Acunha Jésuite, a été copiée par un grand nombre de Géographes, & on n’en a pas eû de meilleure jusqu’en 1717 qu’on en publia une du P. Fritz Jésuite, dans les lettres édifiantes & curieuses.

Enfin M. de la Condamine, de l’Académie Royale des Sciences, a parcouru toute cette riviere en 1743; & ce voyage long, pénible, & dangereux, nous a valu une nouvelle carte de cette riviere plus exacte que toutes celles qui avoient précédé. Le célebre Académicien que nous venons de nommer a publié une relation de ce voyage très-curieuse & très-bien écrite, qui a été aussi insérée dans le volume de l’Académie Royale des Sciences pour 1745. Nous y renvoyons nos Lecteurs, que nous exhortons fort à la lire. M. de la Condamine dit qu’il n’a point vû dans tout ce voyage d’Amazones, ni rien qui leur ressemble; il paroît même porté à croire qu’elles ne subsistent plus aujourd’hui; mais en rassemblant les témoignages, il croit assez probable qu’il y a eu en Amérique des Amazones, c’est-à-dire une société de femmes qui vivoient sans avoir de commerce [bom eufemismo!] habituel avec les hommes.”

AMAZONIUS, nom donné au mois de Décembre par les flateurs de l’Empereur Commode, en l’honneur d’une courtisanne qu’il aimoit éperdument, & qu’il avoit fait peindre en Amazone: ce Prince par la même raison prit aussi le surnom d’Amazonius.” Êta amor mais brega!

AMBA. Manga!

AMBAGES, s. m. (Belles-Lettres.) mot purement Latin adopté dans plusieurs langues, pour signifier un amas confus de paroles obscures & entortillées dont on a peine à démêler le sens; ou un long verbiage [verborragia], qui, loin d’éclaircir les choses dont il s’agit, ne sert qu’à les embrouiller. V. Circonlocution.

encyclopedie AMbaiba

* AMBAIBA [foto], arbre qui croît au Brésil; il est très-élevé; son écorce ressemble à celle du figuier; elle couvre une peau mince, épaisse, verte & gluante; son bois est blanc, comme celui du bouleau, mais plus doux & plus facile à rompre; son tronc est de grosseur ordinaire, mais creux depuis la racine jusqu’au sommet; sa feuille est portée sur un pédicule épais, long de deux ou trois piés, d’un rouge foncé en dehors, & spongieux au-dedans; elle est large, ronde, découpée en neuf ou dix lanieres, & chaque laniere a sa côte, d’où partent des nervures en grand-nombre; elle est verte en dessus, cendrés en dessous, & bordée d’une ligne grisârre; le haut du creux donne une espece de moelle que les Negres mettent sur leurs blessures; les fleurs sortent de la partie supérieure du tronc, & pendent à un pédicule fort court, au nombre de 4 ou 5; leur forme est cylindrique; elles ont 7 à 9 pouces de long, sur un pouce d’épaisseur; leur cavité est pleine de duvet; il y a aussi des amandes [amêndoas] qui sont bonnes à manger, quand les fleurs sont tombées; les habitans du Brésil font du feu avec sa racine seche sans caillou ni acier [sem aço nem pedra]; ils pratiquent un petit trou; ils sichent dans ce trou un morceau de bois dur & pointu qu’ils agitent avec beaucoup de vitesse; le bois percé est sous leurs piés, & le bois pointu est perpendiculaire entre leurs jambes: l’agitation suffit pour allumer l’écorce.

On attribue à sa racine, à son écorce, à sa moelle, à sa feuille, au suc de ses rejettons, une si grande quantité de propriétés, que les hommes ne devroient point mourir dans un pays où il y auroit une douzaine de plantes de cette espece, si on en savoit faire usage. Mais je ne doute point que ceux qui habitent ces contrées éloignées ne portent le même jugement de nos plantes & de nous, quand ils lisent les vertus merveilleuses que nous leur attribuons [muito bem-percebido].

AMBASSADE. (…) L’histoire nous parle aussi d’ambassadrices; Mme la Maréchale de Guebriant a été, comme dit Wicquefort, la premiere femme, & peut-être la seule, qui ait été envoyée par aucune Cour de l’Europe en qualité d’ambassadrice. Matth. liv. IV. Vie d’Henri IV. dit que le Roi de Perse envoya une Dame de sa Cour en ambassade vers le Grand Seigneur pendant les troubles de l’Empire.”

AMBASSADEUR. (…) Ils croient donc que chez les Barbares qui inonderent l’Europe, ambascia signifioit le discours d’un homme qui s’humilie ou s’abaisse devant un autre, & qu’il vient de la même racine qu’abaisser, c’est-à-dire de an ou am & de bas.

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Les ambassadeurs ordinaires sont d’institution moderne; ils étoient inconnus il y a 200 ans: avant ce tems-là tous les ambassadeurs étoient extraordinaires, & se retiroient sitôt qu’ils avoient achevé l’affaire qu’ils avoient à négocier. (…) A la vérité il n’y a nulle différence essentielle entre ambassadeur ordinaire & ambassadeur extraordinaire [ambos são perfeitamente inúteis]”

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Le nom d’ambassadeur, dit Ciceron, est sacré & inviolable: non modo inter sociorum jura, sed etiam inter hostium tela incolume versatur. In Verr. Orat. VI. Nous lisons que David fit la guerre aux Ammonites pour venger l’injure faite à ses ambassadeurs, liv. II. Rois, 10. Alexandre fit passer au fil de l’épée les habitans de Tyr, pour avoir insulté ses ambassadeurs. La jeunesse de Rome ayant outragé les ambassadeurs de Vallonne [?], sut [fut?] livrée entre leurs mains pour les en punir à discrétion.

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Dans toutes les autres Cours de l’Europe l’ambassadeur de France a le pas sur celui d’Espagne, comme cette Couronne le reconnut publiquement au mois de Mai 1662, dans l’audience que le Roi Louis XIV donna à l’ambassadeur d’Espagne, qui, en présence de 27 autres tant ambassadeurs que, envoyés des Princes, protesta que le Roi son maître ne disputeroit jamais le pas à la France. Ce fut en réparation de l’insulte faite à Londres l’année précédente par le Baron de Batteville, ambassadeur d’Espagne, au Comte d’Estrades, ambassadeur de France: on frappa à cette occasion une médaille.”

AMBIDEXTRE. “Hippocrate dans ses Aphorismes prétend qu’il n’y a point de femme ambidextre: plusieurs Modernes cependant soûtiennent le contraire, & citent des exemples en faveur de leur sentiment: mais s’il y a des femmes ambidextres, il faut avoüer du moins qu’il y en a beaucoup moins que d’hommes.”

AMBLYOPIE, s. f. est une offuscation ou un obscurcissement de la vûe, qui empêche de distinguer clairement l’objet, à quelque distance qu’il soit placé. Cette incommodité vient d’une obstruction imparfaite des nerfs optiques, d’une suffusion légere, du défaut ou de l’épaisseur des esprits, &c. Quelques-uns comptent 4 espèces d’amblyopies; savoir, la myopie, la presbytie, la nyctalopie, & l’amaurosis. Voyez chacune à son article. Blanchard. (N)

AMBRE-GRIS. “autrefois l’ambre étoit à la mode en France: combien ne voit-on pas encore de coupes, de vases & d’autres ouvrages faits de cette matiere avec un travail infini? mais les métaux précieux, les pierres fines & les pierreries l’ont emporté sur l’ambre-jaune dès qu’ils ont été assez communs pour fournir à notre luxe.”

AMBROSIA, nom que les Grecs donnoient à une fête que l’on célebroit à Rome le 24 Novembre en l’honneur de Bacchus. Romulus l’avoit instituée, & les Romains l’appelloient brumalia.”

AMBROSIE, s. f. dans la Théologie des payens, étoit le mets dont ils supposoient que leurs dieux se nourrissoient. Voyez Dieu & Autel. Ce mot est composé d’A’ privatif & de BROTO\, mortel; ou parce que l’ambrosie rendoit immortels ceux qui en mangeoient, ou parce qu’elle étoit mangée par des immortels.”