Zuism solves the theism-atheism dichotomy

ZUISM SOLVES THE THEISM-ATHEISM DICHOTOMY

The name “Zuism” comes from the Sumerian verb 𒍪 zu, meaning “to know”; it is a cosmic religion, based upon the belief in an ordered world, in an order which is observable in Heaven (𒀭 An or Dingir) and Earth (𒆠 Ki), in the skies and in the atom. The gods (𒀭 dingir) are the laws of this order, and, evocable and reproducible by the creative word (𒌓 utu), they constitute the measures (𒈨 me) of existence which humans must respect. The order of Heaven is its energetic logos, 𒆤 lil in Sumerian.

This definition of Zuism tells that it is a scientific religion, whose order may be observed, studied and reproduced, always with respect towards this order’s multiple manifestations and what they actually are, and not through their violation and manipulation for individual ends. Zuism is not a faith in a transcendent human-like God and his personal will; 𒀭 An is the universal cosmos and the nature of things.

This makes Zuism very different from the religions of transcendental theism, like Christianity and Islam, and makes it capable — similarly to other great cultural religions, like Hinduism and Chinese religion — of welcoming theological positions differing from theism, like pantheism, panentheism and atheism. All these theological positions, and individuals and communities espousing them, may coexist within Zuism. The latter, thus, proposes itself as a reconciliation of the dichotomy between scientific atheism and religious theism, consequently emerging as well as a new type of social organisation capable of reconciling religious and secularist positions in the field of politics.


Uligang Ansbrandt, April 2019

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The Zuist altar and calendar

This pamphlet puts forward a model for the Zuist altar, to be kept either by the individual Zuist practitioner in his household or by communities in a temple, and presents a draft of the Zuist calendar. The “altar”, etymologically a place for “heightening”, shall be a representation of Sumerian theo-cosmology, a place where to meditate upon the generation of the order of Heaven and the gods, and where to commune with such forces. The calendar is the year, the Latin annus, thus the order of An itself coming into human activities. This pamphlet is therefore, at the same time, a theo-cosmological summary.


THE ZUIST ALTAR AS A REPRESENTATION OF ZUIST THEOLOGY

The Zuist altar shall be a reflection of Zuist astral theology and cosmology, an instrument of meditation on the generation of the divine from the supreme source of An, and then the latter’s manifestation as a multiplicity of ordered gods governing different phenomena. At the same time, the altar shall be an instrument for communicating with these gods and with the supreme source, through offerings and prayers. This function fulfils the etymological meaning of “altar”, from Latin altare, a place for “heightening” to, or remembrance of, the supreme source of all things. Altus (“high”) in Latin means both “high” and “profound”, “ancient”.

By virtue of relying upon the oldest theo-cosmology of mankind, Zuism may provide a theological pattern for all the Indo-European religions which are currently undergoing a revival throughout Europe in the form of relatively wide-scope new religious movements, including Latvian Dievturity, Celtic Druidry, Germanic Heathenry, Hellenism, Lithuanian Romuva, Slavic Rodnovery, and even Wicca; movements which often lack strong theological groundwork. The same astral threefold divinity, so clearly and systematically expressed in Sumerian theology-cosmology, is in fact shared by all Eurasian religions.1

Representation of a Zuist altar organised according to the three stages of creation as narrated in the Enuma Elish, which will be described hereinbelow. The cylindrical statuettes of the three forms of An (An in itself, Enlil and Enki) and of the seven star-gods which manifest in material Earth (Ki) as differing though intermingling qualities of being (Anunnaki), are inspired in their guise to the owl idols of Ishtar found at the goddess’ temple in Tell Brak (the so-called “Eyes’ Temple”), in Syria. Their layout is not haphazard, but corresponds to that of the stars of the Chariots’ constellations (Margidda).

Before the manifestation of Heaven (An 𒀭) and, subsequently, of the seven star-gods, the cosmological poem Enuma Elish tells that there is undifferentiated unity (AbzuMummuTiamat = [±] 0), primordial watery undeterminacy, the male water Abzu 𒀊𒍪 (“watery knowledge” or “confused knowledge”), which consciously (Mummu, or Nammu 𒇉, which is primordial potential consciousness which develops into reason in the differentiated stages of creation) merges with female water, Tiamat 𒀭𒋾𒊩𒆳. The divine principle starts to organise itself out of primordial undifferentiation by dividing into the binary system of forces of Lahmu and Lahamu (“muddy” male and positive [+] and female and negative [-] principles) and then clarifying into Anshar (“Whole Heaven” [+]) and Kishar (“Whole Earth” [-]), whose ongoing dance weaves the infinite fabric of the cosmos (Anki 𒀭𒆠).2 They are, respectively, the male and heavenly principle and the female and earthy principle, represented as serpents, comparable to 阳 yang and 阴 yīn (“bright” and “dark”, “waxing” and “waning”, “emanation” and “absorption” of creation), personified as 伏羲 Fúxī and 女娲 Nǚwā, of Chinese religio-philosophical culture.

The heavenly force that continually organises creation out of primordial undeterminacy (creatio continua of ordo ab chaos, not creatio ex nihilo as in Abrahamic religions), and which takes the manifested form of Heaven (An), the universe itself, is Ashur 𒀭𒀸𒋩 or Anshar 𒀭𒊹 (the “Only God”), which, according to the Assyriologist Simo Parpola, is the same principle as the Ein Sof (אֵין סוֹף) discussed by the Jewish Kabbalists, wherefrom all the divine force emanates.3 Ashur manifests itself as An in the visible reality, “mirroring” itself in the material world.4

An is the north ecliptic pole coiled by the constellation of the Dragon (Draco), and expresses itself as three sky bands. The ring of constellations closer to the north ecliptic pole is the “Way of Enlil”, traditionally characterised by the luludanitu colour (white, red and black), and representing the active force (lil 𒆤, the pneuma) of An; Enlil 𒀭𒂗𒆤 (“Lord of the Breath”) is the active face of An and is associated to the precessional (changing) north celestial pole, and to the constellations of the Chariots (Margidda; Ursa Major and Ursa Minor in modern astronomy) close to it, which also represent its weapons. The ring of constellations farther from the ecliptic centre is the “Way of Enki”, traditionally associated to the colour jasper green; Enki 𒀭𒂗𒆠 (“Lord of the Squared Earth”) is the full materialisation of An, embodied by the lugal (highest sacerdotal figure) in communion with the gods, and associated to the constellation of the Field (Iku; the Square of Pegasus in modern astronomy). The ring of constellationn in-between these two is the “Way of An” in conjunction with Inanna (“Queen of Heaven”), herself represented by the star of the Daisy (Dilipat; which is Venus).5

The three then begets the seven, emanating as the seven stars of the Chariots’ constellations and the seven major bodies of the system of the Sun. These astral orders thus correspond to the seven stages of manifestation of the supreme God in the flesh. These seven star-gods are the Anunnaki (the “offspring between Heaven and Earth”), who perfuse the force of God all throughout the material world (and are thus referred to as the “divine writing” of Heaven), intermingling to generate differing categories of being in matter:6

  • Marduk 𒀭𒀫𒌓 — “Sun Calf” is Jupiter, the white deity of air and authority, proxy of the active power of Enlil in the Sun system;
  • Ninurta 𒀭𒊩𒌆𒅁 — “Barley Lord” is Saturn, the black deity of war and hunting;
  • Nergal 𒀭𒄊𒀕𒃲 — “Underworld Lord” is Mars, the red deity of woe and dearth;
  • Inanna 𒀭𒈹 — “Spouse of Heaven” is Venus, the blue deity of love and war, whose central position and female nature conjoins the seven with the supreme oneness of An;
  • Nabu 𒀭𒀝 — “Announcer” or “Glowing” is Mercury, the orange deity of wisdom and writing;
  • Nanna 𒀭𒋀𒆠 — the Moon is the green deity of fertility and fruitfulness;
  • Utu 𒀭𒌓 — the Sun is the yellow deity of justice, whose movements are the word of the creation of An.7

In front of the altar, the Zuist practitioner shall meditate through the recitation of cosmological poems which narrate the generation of the ordered world starting from the supreme principle, such as the Enuma Elish (divided into seven acts, like the seven star-gods of An), or which narrate the struggle of the individual human to understand and return to the supreme principle of divinity, such as the Epic of Gilgamesh. The latter is defined by Parpola as a mystical poem which reproduces the twelve stages of the tree of life, meant as a “mystical path of spiritual growth culminating in the acquisition of superior esoteric knowledge”.8

As widely explained by the present author in other essays, Christianity is a corrupted and corrupting religion,9 its churches are nests of evil breeds, people born without reason of being, thinking just to their numerical and material growth.10 This does not delegitimises part of Judeo-Christian original literature, which has Mesopotamian roots, the meaning of which Christians themselves no longer understand. Some books contained in the Bible, such as the Qohelet and the Apocalypse (with its mysticism of the seven stars and the four forms of being) are therefore suitable for finding new value within Zuism (their Christ is our Enki as lugal).

Even Indian prana techniques (and yoga disciplines) and Chinese qi techniques, inherited from the Orient, may be appropriated by Zuism and refashioned as techniques of the lil (of the “breath”), to be practised in front of the altar while visualising the cosmology and its various phases or gods.

THE ZUIST CALENDAR, THAT IS AN ITSELF

The foremost model for human action in attunement with the divine rhythm is the calendar, and the Zuist calendar is An itself: The annus, that is the year, that is the rhythm of Heaven, that is the rhythm of the supreme God manifesting in the flesh.

In ancient Mesopotamia, each city devised its own variation of the calendar. The calendar that was considered the best one, and which remained consistent throughout history, was that of Nippur, the city of Enlil. The following prototype of Zuist calendar is based on that of Nippur;11 it has to be considered incomplete and liable to future refinements.

Sumerian-Mesopotamian calendars were lunar, which means that each month started with the new moon (note that the word “month” itself means “lunation”, since ancient Germanic culture was lunar, too). Each month was associated with one or more astrotheological figures, and festivals were celebrated during these months according to the lunar phases.

  1. Barazaggarra — falls between the Gregorian March and April and is dedicated to the celebration of the threefold manifestation of God as Heaven (An). In the astral map of the north pole, the three manifestations’ astral projections fall within Barazaggarra and mark the beginning of the three paths of the constellations around the pole and the three ways of the wheel of the year: that of Enlil (MULApin, i.e. “STARPlough”, that is Triangulum in modern astronomy, with his wain MULMargidda, “STARChariot”, that is the Great Chariot or Big Dipper in the Ursa Major),12 that of Inanna (MULDili.bat, i.e. “STARForbearing” or “STARDaisy”13) and that of Enki (MULIku, i.e. “STARField”, that is the Square of Pegasus).14 It is the month for planning and distributing, and festivals are to be celebrated at the New Moon and Full Moon. Akitu, the twelve-days great festival of the new year, takes place at the start of the month and includes the full recitation of the Enuma Elish.
  2. Ezengusizu — falls between April-May and is dedicated to the celebrations of all the seven gods Anunnaki, the fullness of the powers of the manifested An, symbolised in this case by MULMul, i.e. the “Stars of the Stars”, which are the seven Pleiades. It is also dedicated to MULAnunitu or Antu,15 the “STARSpouse of Heaven”, goddess of childbirth who corresponds to the constellation of the Northern Fish, and also to her MULShugi or “STARCharioteer”, who is Enmesharra, representing the progenitor of Enlil (i.e. An itself), and which is the constellation of Perseus.16 It is the month for starting works and festivals are celebrated at the Full Moon.

    The great goddess as a fish, in the guise of the Syrian figure of Atargatis or Derketo.

  3. Sigga — falls between May-June and is dedicated to MULSibazianna, the “STARShepherd of Heaven”, who is Dumuzi, the god of death and rebirth, and the constellation of Orion, and his two animals MULMush, the “STARSnake”, which is the constellation of Hydra and is the god Ningizzida, and MULUra, the “STARLion”, which is the constellation of the Lion (Leo).17 It is a month for clearing the way for the new phenomena to grow, and festivals are celebrated at the New Moon.

    Ningizzida, the serpent of life.

  4. Shunumun — falls between June-July and is dedicated to Marduk, the steward of Enlil in the Sun system, in his bodily form which is, in this case, MULUdaltar, which is a phase of Jupiter. The month is also dedicated to the MULMashtabba, the “STARSTwins” (Lulal and Latarak, two gods protectors of the household18), and to MULGagsisa, i.e. “STARArrow”, which is Sirius. It is a month of hard work, continuing what has been sown in the previous months and will keep growing in the next month. Festivities fall at the New Moon and the Full Moon.
  5. Nenegarra — falls between July-August and is dedicated to the ancestors, celebrated through the Ghost Festival held at the Full Moon. It is the month when lamps, fires and incense burners are kindled, as representations of the genealogical fire and as paths to be trodden by the spirits of the ancestors. The deity associated with the month is Ninlil, female counterpart of Enlil (thus representing the inhalation of the Spirit, of the Lil, rather than its exhalation which is Enlil himself), embodied by MULMargidda, i.e. STARChariot, also known as the Great Chariot (or Ursa Major) and also possibly the Little Chariot (or Ursa Minor). Then there are MULMashtabba Galgal, the “STARSGreat Twins” (Gemini, identified as Lugalgirra and Meslamtaea, aspects of Nergal19) and MULBan, i.e. “STARBow”, which is the Elamite Inanna, daughter of Enlil.20
  6. Kininanna — falls between August-September and is dedicated to the goddesses in general, and in particular to Inanna, the “Queen of Heaven”, the celestial aspect of the great goddess, represented by Venus. The autumnal rains begin to turn the weather cool and moistened, preparing the groundwork for new future growth. Astrally, the month is associated to MULSupa or Shupa (whom is Enlil who decrees the fate of the land, and is Boötes), to MULUga (which is the “STARRaven”, who is Ishkur, aspect of Enlil personifying the thunder, also known by the Akkadian name Adad, and corresponds to the constellation of Corvus), and to MULBir, “STARKidney” (which is the constellation of Canopus or Argo).21 At the middle of the month, there is the festival celebrating the great goddess.
  7. Duku — falls between September-October and is dedicated to the exaltation of the goddess as a mother figure, symbolised by MULNinmah, i.e. “STARGreat Lady”, the goddess of motherhood22 corresponding to the stars of Argo, and who is also associated to MULZibanitum or Zibbaanna, i.e. the “STARScale of Heaven”, which is the constellation of the Libra. The month is also associated to Ninurta or Ningirsu, represented by MULEntenabarguz, which is the constellation of Centaurus.23 It is also the month dedicated to the mythological episode of the descent of Inanna into the underworld to rescue her lover Dumuzi. The celebrations are held at the Invisible Moon.
  8. Apindua — falls between October-November and is a month of quiescence and waiting. It is dedicated to Adad, represented by MULHanish, and to MULGirtab, which is the constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius) and the goddess Ishhara, goddess of inhabited lands. Then, it is dedicated to MULUridim, which is the constellation of the Wolf (Lupus).
  9. Gangane — falls between November-December and is a month dedicated to Nergal, in the forms of MULUdkaduha or Ukaduha, i.e. “STARPanther” and MULSalbatanu, which is Mars when it keeps changing its position across the sky. The month is also associated to Nintinugga, also called Gula, embodied by MULUz, “STARGoat”, which is the constellation of the Lyra.24
  10. Abe — falls between December-January and is dedicated to Enki as MULGula, i.e. the “STARGreat One”, which is the constellation of Aquarius. It is also associated to MULAllul, i.e. “STARCrab”, which is Cancer, and to MULAmushen, i.e. “STAREagle”, the constellation of the Eagle (Aquila).25 Ninkasi, the goddess of beer, is also celebrated during this month.
  11. Ziza — falls between January-February and the main celebration is that of the New Moon. The month is dedicated to the god Damu, god of vegetation and general earthly nature, represented by the homonymous constellation which is either Delphinus or the head of Draco, but is also dedicated to MULShimmah, the “STARSwallow”, and also to MULNumushda, the “STARCrown”.26
  12. Shegurku — the last month falls between February-March and returns to Marduk, represented this time by MULNibiru (or Marduk itself in our map), which is Jupiter as it changes position across the sky. Then, the month is dedicated to MULKaa, the “STARFox”, which is Alkor and is Erra, god of strength, and to MULKu, the “STARFish”, this month’s manifestation of Enki.27 It is a month dedicated to harvesting, recollecting and beginning to think about new projects for the next year. Festivals are celebrated at the Full Moon.

Uligang Ansbrandt, March 2019

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Footnotes:

1. Ansbrandt (2018c), passim.

2. Parpola (1993), p. 191.

3. Ibidem, p. 185.

4. Ibidem, p. 191.

5. Ansbrandt (2018a), pp. 3–5.

6. Ibidem, pp. 6–7.

7. Kasak & Veede (2001), passim. For the colour associations see James & Van der Sluijs (2008), passim.

8. Parpola (1993), p. 192.

9. Ansbrandt (2018b, 2018c), passim.

10. The best example of this are the churches of American Evangelical and Pentecostal Protestantism.

11. A good source about the calendrical tradition of Mesopotamia is: Cohen, Mark E. (1993). The Cultic Calendars of the Ancient Near East. CDL Press: Bethesda, Maryland.

12. Rogers (1998), p. 18.

13. Kasak & Veede (2001), p. 23.

14. Rogers (1998), p. 21.

15. Also Nintu (“Lady of Birth”), she is the same as Ninhursag (“Lady of the Hills”), also called Damkianna (“Wife of Heaven”), and by other titles. They are all aspects of the Earth (Ki) herself in her role as welcomer and harbourer of the power of Heaven.

16. Rogers (1998), pp. 16–19.

17. Ibidem.

18. Ibidem, p. 19.

19. Ibidem, p. 26.

20. Ibidem, pp. 18–19.

21. Ibidem.

22. She is the same as Ninhursag, Ninmah being another one of her titles.

23. Rogers (1998), pp. 16–19.

24. Ibidem.

25. Ibidem.

26. Ibidem.

27. Ibidem.


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Organisation of the Zuist Church – Zuist enhood and Zuist flags

This pamphlet proposes a hierarchic and geographic social organisation of Zuism, anchored in Heaven and coming down to the Earth as a three-tiered structure of mankind, reflecting the order of Heaven. The Zuist Church is thus interpreted as a means for a reinstitution of An, God-as-Space-Time, the reattuning of humanity with its rhythms, with the divine time, and therefore the establishment of a new vertical celestial civilisation, giving new meaning to the nonsensical fidgeting of all forces in the horizontalisation resulting from the disintegration of the machinery of Western modernity.


THE DISINTEGRATION OF THE WEST IN THE SENSELESS MACHINATION OF LINEAR TIME

The British scholars Roland Littlewood (anthropologist) and Simon Dein (psychiatrist), in their essay entitled Did Christianity lead to schizophrenia? (2013) recognise the fundamental characteristics of the Christian belief as the same as those of schizophrenic psychopathology. We further analyse the roots of these characteristics as follows:

Firstly, Christianity does not recognise the immanence of God (what the Greeks called Ouranos, Khronos and Zeus, the Latins Deus, and the Mesopotamians An 𒀭), does not identify God as manifest in the world as Heaven and its ongoing ordering (creatio continua) of pre-existing matter (the cosmological Earth). Instead, what is called “God” in Christianity is an abstract entity which created the world ex nihilo as a separate object, in the past, and what is called “Heaven” is a future and transcendent dimension.1

Twothly, Christianity stiffens the ordering of Heaven — what the Greeks called Logos, the Latins Ratio or Oratio, and the Mesopotamians Lil 𒆤 or DINGIREnlil 𒀭𒂗𒆤, the “GODSTARMaster of the Spirit” — as a historicised spatio-temporal person (Jesus of Nazareth in Palestine), thus bereaving the world of meaning, since the world is no longer recognised as being the ongoing generation of the changeful working of Heaven. By not recognising God as Heaven and its ordering, and interpreting what we Zuists call Lil as a historicised, spatiotemporally fixed person whom is the only incarnation of the delocated, transcendent, non-existent “God”, Christianity in fact ousts both God and its ordering (the Lil, the Logos) from the world and from mankind (from the human reason, mind or thought), bereaving the world and mankind of life, threatening to kill the world and human thought.2

Thirdly, upon these bases, Christianity uproots the individual from its natural umbegoing world, its context, giving it the illusion of an exclusive relationship with the abstract “God”, through the spatiotemporally fixed “Jesus”. Christianity pretends to be the only way to the delocated “God”, for all humanity. This results in a hypertrophy of the ego of the Christianised individual ripped off from any context, an illusory omnipotentisation of the individual reason which is no longer linked to the universal Ratio, to the order of Heaven, and results as well in the individual reason’s objectification and potential violent exploitation of the world.3

The Christian conception of the Logos is a stiffening, a sclerotisation of thought and word, which gives way to the psychotic maddening of human reason.4 Christianity, at one time, rejects the actual world and the potentialities at play in it (it is a loss of the being-in-the-world, Heidegger’s in-der-Welt-Sein), and drives the intelligence of the uprooted and hypertrophied individuals towards an otherworldly future, resulting in alienation and anomy, and in the destruction of the world,5 which is otherwise, and naturally, always organised by the presencing awareness of mankind. Christianity bereaves humanity of its role, which according to all traditional Eurasian religio-cosmologies, well represented in the Mesopotamian and Chinese traditions, is to continuously co-create and re-work the world together with the gods, in attunement with the order of the God of Heaven.6

Such psychosis, which began in early Christianity, was reinforced with the Protestant Reformation and the secular processes which it triggered, including industrial capitalism, and is fully concomitant with “Westernisation” (including “modernisation” and the liberal idea of the abstract, anomic, atomised, isolated “individual” which is “free from” whatever contextual bounds and roles7), ultimately destroys the agency of the human being. The individual loses “any sense of naturalness or capacity for spontaneous action, thus exacerbating self-alienation”. After the loss of the world (worsened in modern industrialised societies, which are senseless as they have arisen from the Christian objectification of the world), the individual “is plunged into an idiosyncratic internalised experience, into a set of fragmented pluralistic alternatives in which the act of choice itself becomes problematic, and in which the individual self is increasingly restricted to its processes, indeed it itself becoming an object for scrutiny”.8

The Italian historian of religion Ernesto de Martino came to similar insights in his unfinished work La fine del mondo (1977), through his study of the different structures of time which different religious worldviews give access to. He found that the modern West is subject to a loss of meaning (even on the plane of language, which always reflects the relationship between humanity and the world), psychopathological stiffening of thought within a horizonless relativism, a relativistic fragmentation launched into a materialist progress. He attributes this state of things to Christianity’s historicisation of myth and fixation of it in time — the life of Jesus, which is placed at the centre of history —, which pretends to be the final solution of all being, thus blocking and ousting the creativity of the symbol (myth and rite), the device traditionally used to renovate time — the spiral time of traditional societies —, and projecting a linear time, or teleological plan, waiting for an otherworldly “Kingdom of Heaven”, which, having utterly failed, has become secularised and has turned into a purposeless fall into material Chaos, a reification of becoming (historical time) bereft of being; the ultimate schizophrenia without possible reintegration; the “end of the world”, of the Western world.9

By uprooting the individual from the world and casting it into private psychosis, by deadening the world through the denial of its potentialities, by disguising itself behind a fake egalitarianism (which is actually a psychotic symptom) determined by a private relationship with an abstract God, Christianity may be straightforwardly defined as a levelling project of destruction of the natural (i.e. given by birth itself) and healthy plurality of the world.


ZUISM AS A NEW INSTITUTIONALISATION OF SPACE-TIME AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Christianity opened the way to the loss of Heaven and thus to the psychotic maddening of human reason, which was projected into an endless becoming, exempting mankind from its role of co-creation of the cosmos. The psychosis was worsened by Protestantism, which, ultimately becoming secularised, brought to the nonsensical and horizontal fidgeting of human forces in the financial-industrial machination of Western capitalism, all projected into the ideology of material progress, the secularisation of the linear time of Christianity, of the never-coming “Kingdom of Heaven” of the non-existing God of Christianity. It is worthwhile to note that the Christian psychosis is a private psychosis, a psychosis which brings within itself a movement of privatisation. De Martino clearly identifies the phases of civil institution as anabasis/anastrophe or ascending and public-wise movement, while the phases of civil collapse as catabasis/catastrophe or descending and private-wise. They correspond, in the life of the individuals, to movements of communal participation and healing, and movements of private internalisation and shattering, psychopathological breakdown. Modern Western civilisation is subject to what he calls an “inversion of sign”, by which anastrophic growth, or altruistic publicisation, turns into the opposite movement of catastrophic collapse, or egoistic privatisation.10

As a reintegration of the psychosis of the Western world, De Martino proposed the establishment of an “integral humanism”, both a “religion of man” and a new “unifying discipline which ever-renews itself in order to adapt to the ever-changing multiplicity”, meant to overcome the Christian theological abstraction and its purposeless temporal projection, putting at the centre the Heideggerian concept of Dasein as a “presentification”, the conscious symbolising, time-renewing, space-ordering, world-making, cosmifying activity of a mankind aware of its creative role of mediator of Heaven on Earth.11 Zuism may fulfill De Martino’s vision, and also the Fourth Political Theory opened by the Russian Neo-Eurasianist philosopher Aleksandr Dugin, whom highlights the non-linear morphology of time, the fact that time is the mind itself working in the present, and therefore the “reversibility of time”, the possibility to recover concepts from the past to compose new projects for future societies, new institutionalisations of space-time established by the creative “action of presencing accomplished by the mind”.12 Furthermore, with its doctrine of the amargi 𒂼𒅈𒄄, Zuism may represent a movement of communal participation and altruistic publicisation, establishing temples as communal properties and banks of shared goods,13 just like what temples are in the Chinese tradition (communal property,14 instituted and operating by crowdfunding15).

Zuism intends to heal the disruption brought by Christianity, proposing itself as a platform for a re-institutionalisation of the creativity of God-as-Time-Space-Being, An, a re-attunement of mankind with its yearly rhythm, a re-hoisting of the axis mundi, that is to say a re-threading of the order of Heaven, the reconnection of its three moments (An in itself, Enlil, Enki; or Deus, the universal Ratio and the localised human ratio) in the very fabric of society. The Zuist Church intends to be a new institutionalisation of human society as a vertical celestial civilisation, anchored in Heaven (An) and bringing its order (Enlil) down to the Earth (Enki). Icelanders, the people of Thule or Hyperborea (the land “Beyond the North”, i.e. closest to the origin of all things, nearest to the God in the heights of Heaven), the people whom most directly may experience the time of An, the God-Time, God-Year and God-Thought chanted in their runic songs,16 shall have a crucial role in such new institutionalisation of space-time. It is a system which provides unity (An, the Space-Time) while at the same time taking into account plurality (the various dingir, the plural times of the various entities of the world).


THE ROLE OF THE LUGAL AS THE SHAFT OF MANKIND BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH

The lugal 𒈗 (“great man”) is of supreme importance in the terrestrial hierarchy of the Zuist Church. He is a religio-political figure, a sacerdotal king who represents the link connecting the three realms of Heaven (An), Earth (Ki) and humanity. He is the reflection of Heaven on Earth, specifically embodying Heaven’s third aspect, which is DINGIREnki 𒀭𒂗𒆠, the “GODSTARMaster of the Squared (i.e. Ordered) Earth”, representing human craft and productivity in alliance with the creation of the gods; representing humanity co-creating with the gods a celestially-centred kingdom where all the spirits are at peace and from where all evil demons are cast away. The lugal is always subordinated to the god whom he represents; he represents in person the god of the city (polyad god) and its temple — the city (and its population) and the temple being the god’s body and head, respectively — but has no personal properties, all properties belonging to the god of whom the lugal is a mere intermediary.

Within society, the lugal works just like the “personal god” (also referable to as tutelary spirit, genius, numen or demon) of an individual and the father of a family. Like the personal god generating and organising the individual (joining the ishtaru, which is the individual’s female aspect, or matter, or “personal goddess”17), and the father generating and organising a family in conjunction with the mother, his wife, so the lugal is the father of the city and its population, embodying the latter’s tutelary spirit. The lugal, endowed with divine grace like the Sun (Utu), channels with magical words the heavenly forces of birth and waxing, and casts away the evil ghosts of waning and death, the evil spirits which try to haunt disrupted, atomised and anomised populations, such as those which are proliferating in the contemporary Western world and are preyed upon by the forces of the machination of rootless and uprooting globalism (international banks, foundations, organisations).

In the words of the Italian Assyriologist Pietro Mander:

In general, we may affirm that kingship constitutes the main axis mundi between the society of men and the divine world. Its main feature, […] is its subordination to the major shrine of a city: Indeed, the sovereign is nothing more than the steward or the administrator of the property of the polyad god, whom is the only true owner of the city and of its territory.18

By descending the axle which, from Heaven, reaches the earth, we immediately meet the king. He, besides having the role as the shaft of transmission between Heaven and earth, also represents the constant reference paradigm for all the people who dwell in the kingdom. Thus, just as the king becomes the tutelary numen of his kingdom, in analogy with the personal god with respect to the individual, so the pater familias must become the tutelary numen of his household, filling it with “divine” grace, the only active force able to dispel evil entities. About this, it is worthwhile to remember that some sovereigns were attributed with the epithet “sun god of the country” […].19

The lugal, just like the father of a family, should represent the morally perfected man as a universal being, able to understand divinity, embody it, and put it into practice, into moralising activity. He has the duty of making the reign whole according to the rules of the gods, integrating the outcasts into healthy orders of being, applying justice in judging good-doers and wrong-doers, exorcising evil demons, and ultimately expanding such healthy, divinely-ordered state; if he succeeds and his successes are acknowledged, he has the right to build or expand the temple dedicated to the god of the city. The temple, and its central tower, represents the sublimation of material chaos into gradually ordered heavenlier states of being.

As expressed by Mander:

The sovereign, being, so to speak, the “antenna” of humanity towards the divine world, constitutes the realisation of man, intended as a whole and universal being. As a living symbol, the king realises himself once he has attained his purposes. That is to say, once he has complied with the divine wishes; once he has established justice in the kingdom; once he has defended and supported the weakest; once he has widened the boundaries of the cosmos repelling the frontiers of chaos farther away; once he has made his country prosperous. At this point, he may conclude his work with a supremely symbolic act: Building the temple, or restoring it if it already existed. The architectural artefact represents the universe, on one hand, and on the other hand it is made up of brute matter, which, shaped by human work, is arranged in a precise order which enables its heightening from the earth towards Heaven. In this respect, the ziqqurrat tower, whose mass refines itself as long as its elevation rises, fully expresses the effort to elevate brute matter, by refining it, up to the sky which the tower reaches with a minimal mass.20


THE THREEFOLD ORGANISATION OF THE ENHOOD AND THE TERRITORIAL JURISDICTIONS

Zuism intends to be a “rectification” of being, a reintegration of the secular and the sacred, thus a new “orthodoxy” (cf. the Greek ὀρθός orthós, “right”) irradiating from Iceland to all of Europe, and potentially worldwide. According to the Mesopotamian tradition, the divinely-ordered city “has its roots in Heaven”, which means that its nodes of power and its activities are modelled after the constellations’ patterns and their movements. The temple-cities of Mesopotamia were distributed in the region in analogy with the stars of the sky, each of them being the seat—or “body” —of a given deity. The major city was Nippur, seat of Enlil and where the religious calendar was administered.21

Reykjavík shall be the new Nippur, body of Enlil, called “Enlil City” among the Zuists. The Zuist Church shall be organised according to a hierarchy which reflects the order of Heaven on Earth, thus into a three-tiered structure of authority, a threefold “enhood” (i.e. priesthood, en 𒂗 or ensi 𒑐𒋼𒋛 being the generic Sumerian word for “priest”), as already well described in the essay De civitate Caeli.22 This shall be meant to establish a celestially-centred civilisation, a “Gate of Heaven” (𒆍𒀭𒊏 Ka.dingir.ra in Sumerian, Babilu in Akkadian), to verticalise all the forces of society towards the supernal God of Heaven, the supreme good end, that is to say to attune all the forces at play in society, which articulate in space, with the rhythm of God-as-Time-Being, with the supreme order of the constellations of the northern culmen of the skies — An, in one single word.

The sacerdotal-territorial organisation of the Zuist Church shall reflect the three rings of Heaven:

The lugals of An-as-Enlil (the “Master of the Spirit”), with a lugal for every state — also called “lugalship” —, shall be the highest sacerdotal rank, possibly recognising the Lugal of Iceland as the primus inter pares, the leader of all lugals, thus organising themselves in a synodal structure. They shall be associated with the celestial “Way of Enlil”, the ring of the astral map closer to the north ecliptic pole in Draco and containing the Chariot constellations, respectively the quiet heart and active power of the supreme An; the dragon shall thus be their symbol, together with the eagle — both representations of heavenly wisdom (zu). They shall have, as the highest sacerdotal rank, knowledgeable in all matters pertaining to the mystery of the sky and divinity, juridical power. Their garments shall be of the colour associated, according to the Mesopotamian tradition, to the inner band of the astral map of the sky: luludanitu, which is an ensemble of white, red and black.

Lugal of An-Enlil

The ens of An-and-Inanna shall be one for each territorial jurisdiction or great “enship” within the lugalships, corresponding to the regions within states. As leaders of territorial divisions they shall deal with territorial matters, mediating the supreme intelligence of Heaven, represented by the lugal, on Earth, or into matter, in this case represented by Inanna, the “Lady of Heaven”. They shall thus have an executive function, and shall mediate between the lugal and the various local communities of Zuist believers, putting the lugal’s decisions into practice and presenting the communities’ instances in front of the lugal. They shall be associated with the celestial “Way of An-Inanna”, the middle ring of the astral map of the sky, and with its colour in traditional Mesopotamian imagination: lapislazuli blue; their garments shall be of this colour.

En of An-Inanna

The ens of An-as-Enki (the “Master of the Earth”) shall govern, within each great enship, the “small enships”, or popular communities of believers, determined by locality (for instance, the community of a village), ethnicity (for instance, an ethnic minority in a given state), kinship (an extended family or groups of them), professional guild (for instance, the category of ironmongers), or simply devotion to a particular deity. Besides working as the organisers of all the matters of the communities, they shall represent the communities in front of the ens of An-and-Inanna. They shall be associated with the celestial “Way of Enki”, the ring of the astral map of the sky farther from the north ecliptic pole in Draco. Their garments shall be of the colour traditionally associated to this band of the sky: jasper green.

En of An-Enki


Representation of the organisation of the Zuist Church of Iceland, an exemplification of the general theory enucleated hereinbefore: The Lugal of Iceland (represented in the map by the red sign 𒀭) shall be the supreme leader with direct power over the ens of An-Inanna and direct jurisdiction over Reykjavík and Höfuðborgarsvæðið, its direct “lugalship”; there shall be one en of An-Inanna (represented by the blue sign 𒀭) for each region (“enship”); and many ens of An-Enki (represented by the green sign 𒀭) leading many local communities (“small enships”) within each region, led by the en of An-Inanna of each region.


THE ZUIST FLAGS

Horizontal aspect ratio: 7:1:2:1:14; vertical aspect ratio: 7:1:2:1:7.


1. Flag of the Zuist Church

Representing the whole Zuist community

Components:

  • An grapheme – FFFFFFFF
  • Background and edge – D40000FF and 000000FF

A white An grapheme at the centre, on a red background framed by a black edge. The colours are those of luludanitu, the colour of the ring of the sky which directly surrounds the north ecliptic pole in the constellation Draco and encompasses the north celestial pole of the Chariots, thus the colour of An as Enlil, that is to say of An manifesting as the world and its spiritual order (Ansbrandt 2018b, p. 4).


2. Flag of An and the seven star-gods Anunnaki

Representing the manifestation theology

Components:

  • An grapheme – DDFF55FF
  • The seven star-gods manifesting the powers of An (right to left): Jupiter/Marduk – FFFFFFFF; Saturn/Ninurta – 000000FF; Mars/Nergal – FF2A2AFF; Venus/Inanna – 2AFFD5FF; Mercury/Nabu – FF7F2AFF; Moon/Nanna – 55FF55FF; Sun/Utu – FFD42AFF
  • Background – 1C1C24FF

The Anunnaki (“Heaven on Earth”) seven gods represent the seven stars of the Chariot constellations and the seven planets of the system of the Sun, their reflection. They are the seven stages of manifestation of An (the tree of life), the “heavenly writing”, and the stairway for spiritual ascension towards its supreme heart. They shape all beings in matter according to differing configurations, and they are associated to seven colours (Ansbrandt 2018b, p. 7).


3. Flag of the three skies and the Zuist enhood

Representing the hierarchic organisation

Components:

  • Left stripe – 008000FF
  • Central stripe and An grapheme – FFFFFFFF and D40000FF
  • Right side – 0044AAFF
  • Top and bottom bands – 000000FF

This flag represents the sacerdotal and territorial organisation of the Zuist Church. The white stripe at the centre, with the An grapheme and the top and bottom black bands, represents the all-overseeing lugalship of An-as-Enlil. The blue stripe to the right represents the enship of An-and-Inanna, while the green stripe to the left represents the small enship of An-as-Enki. The colours are those associated to the three concentric rings of the astral mapping of the northern culmen of the sky, whose centre is the north ecliptic pole in Draco, heart of An (Ansbrandt 2018b, p. 4).


Uligang Ansbrandt, February 2019

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Footnotes:

1. Ansbrandt (2018d), pp. 5–7.

2. Ibidem.

3. Ibidem.

4. Ansbrandt (2018c), p. 7.

5. Littlewood & Dein (2013), note 19: “[…] monetarisation and credit, the market, interest, industrialisation, and communication technology, all of which have led to a gradual ‘disembedding’ from our pagan Being in the World”. For the Zuist definition of the word “Pagan”, according to its original Latin etymology meaning “civil”, see the introductory pamphlet What is Zuism (Ansbrandt 2018a).

6. Ansbrandt (2018d), p. 6. Also see: Mander (2011), p. 14.

7. Dugin (2012), pp. 51–52.

8. Littlewood & Dein (2013), passim. Also, Christianity consists in “[…] an emphasis on scrutinising and questioning the convoluted workings of a hidden and immaterial self, seen as distinct from other similar selves and from the natural world, now with private communication with an omniscient presence who already knows one’s thoughts and emotions, and with ambiguous agency for personal actions and experience in the world which are no longer to be taken as tacit and unproblematic […]”.

9. De Martino (1977), pp. 294–296, 311–321, 329–335, 466–470, 472–474 & 482–483.

10. Ibidem, pp. 62–67 & 256.

11. Ibidem, pp. 294–296, 311–321, 329–335, 466–470, 472–474 & 482–483.

12. Dugin (2012), pp. 70 & 159.

13. Ansbrandt (2018c), pp. 9­–10.

14. Abramson, Daniel Benjamin (2011). “Places for the Gods: Urban Planning as Orthopraxy and Heteropraxy in China”. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 29 (1): 67–88.

15. Hao, Lizhou (12 January 2017). “Crowdfunding and the Family Temple Economy”. Realising Eurasia: Civilisation and Moral Economy in the 21st Century. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

16. Dugin (2008), passim.

17. Mander (2011), p. 9.

18. Ibidem, p. 8.

19. Ibidem, pp. 16–17.

20. Ibidem, p. 15.

21. Ibidem, pp. 7–8.

22. Ansbrandt (2018c), pp. 10–12.


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