Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Dar al-harb


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The Dar al-harb is a wonky translation for the Arabic term House of War The true form would be more like Dar harb. However I added the “al” because I wanted a three syllable name.  The Dar al-harb in The Djinn Jihad was based primarily on the Hashshashin or “Users of hashish”. They were a radical religious and political sect of Shia Islam.  It is rumored or speculated that they are called users of hashish  because they used the drug in their initiation ritual and other religious ceremonies using its properties, a little stage management and  a super dose of political and religious rhetoric and dogma to help induct and brain wash the members of the group the first leader of this group had such a drug induced hold on the minds of his men Marco Polo reports the stories of “The Old Man of the Mountain” about this phenomena. The term Hashashashin is where we get our modern word Assassin.

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The group seemed to first pop up just before the Peasants Crusade and the First Crusade probably around 1080-1085, However some trace it as far back as the 1050s. The whole thing seems to have started with a Nizari holy man named Hassan i Sabbah who started gathering a group of followers around him and using his popularity he created the Order of Assassins to gain power,  exercise political will and then also to exact bloody revenge. The order would battle other Muslim groups and with the beginning of the crusades they would war with the European crusaders. This is a point I cannot state enough that these guys fought with everyone, not just Christians. 

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They used all sorts of tactics in engaging an enemy. They stand on a battlefield and wage all out war. They could used covert agents using poisons and other hidden methods. The last kind would be like a political invasion, where they would subtly move into the land of their enemies a few people or family at a time integrating into the culture, infrastructure and political machinery of the village until they simple run the land. It finally took the Mongols in the 13th century to finally wipe the order out and decimate their political power.


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In the graphic novel The Djinn Jihad The Dar al-harb history would pan out a lot like this, except they would have survived and integrated into middle east armies in WW1 and WW2 and spear heading the War  on Terror in modern times.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Djinn



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In pre-Islamic and Islamic mythology Djinn, Jinn, Jinni, Djinni or just Genie are supernatural creatures who fit weirdly into the world. They have the potential of vast supernatural power similar to archangels but they are also have free will like man and have the ability to do good or evil.  As humans were created from the clay of the earth the Quran tells us that the Djinn are made of smokeless fire. Djinn live in communities not unlike humans, with kings and courts and stuff. Angels are really divine technology, they are manufactured beings, Djinn however marry, take wives and do the dirty deed to procreate.  


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Djinn’s generally have the attributes of; Resistance to magic, magic skill comes naturally to them, resistance to physical damage and harsh environment, super strength, extraordinarily long life span and shape shifting abilities. Imagine magically trained Djinns sitting at looms weaving a fleet of magic carpets, or magically trained Djinn working in huge blacksmith shops tuning out magically laced spears, scimitars and armor.


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In a few stories in One Thousand And One Nights there is a lot of precedent that these Djinn are being seemingly constantly enslaved and exploited for their powers and abilities. In Islamic tradition and also Kabalistic tradition and Hebrew tales tell of King Solomon has this ring that he can use to command Djinn to make them do all sorts of things, like build his temple.  

 


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Council of the Cherubim and The Elohim



The beginning for the idea for the Council of the Cherubim  is wrapped in the word Elohim, which is a name for God in the Torah. The word is a weird one as it is plural seemingly to mean that there is more than one God or perhaps God is made up from a group of individuals. You can just imagine the council sitting there  in their court, passing down the Ten Commandments like in Exodus 20:3 all screaming in unison the Ten Commandments “Thou shall have no other gods before me!” hundreds of jealous voices dictating the law!  Elohim is also weird because it is both masculine and feminine. Jon Towers

I sort of latched onto this idea it fit so well into my Gnostic world view that there is no benevolent God sitting on his throne lovingly watching over us, but that there is only a court of squabbling bureaucrats lording over us. That isn’t to say there is no single being we would identify as God. He is just off somewhere taking a nap or fishing. Likewise that isn’t to say that the Council of the Cherubim didn’t have anything to do with creating the world. This would point and enslaved finger at the idea that this council being a representation of the Elohim as actually being the Archons. The evil and corrupted  builders of the material world.

The court of the council is adorned with three main symbols. The first being an anchor, the second being the infamous All Seeing Eye, followed by the Golden Ratio. The anchor symbolizes a connection of the council with the material world. The symbol of the All Seeing Eye is just that, they are all seeing, or they are claiming to be all seeing. The Golden Ratio is there to connect the council to the construction of the Earth, the presence of this ratio / spiral would be like seeing a T Square or compass on the desk of the draftsman.  



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Stigmata Studio is an indie comic studios that has been producing comics featuring the heroic Nonstandard Assembly and its quirky members for over  ten years. Our stories usually feature history, the occult, politics, myth, whiskey and violence with an edgy point of view. The Nonstandard is the name of the Stigmata Studios monthly newsletter, it is where we offer exclusive audio / art and comics content and sneak previews of upcoming projects, links to free "how to" content, funny cat picture and the occasional recipe.

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