In 2012, an elite group of people secretly round up important works of art, and replace them with facsimiles. Paul did this with the original Nazarite Saints. Dragon Mount contains some of the oldest art in the world.
Abstaining from sex has been used as a means to enlightenment, and should not be used to control people in a church – to no end!
In the movie Zulu, we see the Drackensberg Mountains in the backgound. How prophetic is these scene about virginity and maidens.
Why is the most modern nation on earth debating about the world’s oldest problem, being, how to be married to God, and a human being at the same time. Is God bringing this argument to a close? Will He…….have the last word?
“The last, will later be first, and the first, last!
What is the first book in the Bible – and the last book?
Jon the Nazarite
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum responded on Thursday night to comments made by one of his biggest supporters, Foster Friess, about women holding their legs together as a means of contraception.
In an interview on Fox News, Santorum also said he morally disagrees with the use of contraception.
The Drakensberg (Afrikaans: Drakensberge, Dutch: Drakensbergen, “the Dragon Mountains”) is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, rising to 3,482 metres (11,424 ft) in height. In Zulu, it is referred to as uKhahlamba (“barrier of spears”), and in Sesotho as Maluti (also spelled Maloti). Its geological history lends it a distinctive character amongst the mountain ranges of the world
Caves are frequent in the more easily eroded sandstone, and many have rock paintings by the Bushmen. The Drakensberg has between 35000 and 40000 works of bushmen art and is the largest collection of such work in the world. Some 20,000 individual rock paintings have been recorded at 500 different caves and overhanging sites between the Drakensberg Royal Natal National Park and Bushman’s Neck. Due to the materials used in their production, these paintings are difficult to date, but there is anthropological evidence, including many hunting implements, that the bushmen people existed in the Drakensberg at least 40,000 years ago, and possibly over 100,000 years ago. According to countryroads.co.za, “[i]n Ndedema Gorge in the Central Drakensberg 3,900 paintings have been recorded at 17 sites. One of them, Sebaayeni Cave, contains 1 146 individual paintings.” Southafrica.info indicates that though “the oldest painting on a rock shelter wall in the Drakensberg dates back about 2400 years”, “paint chips at least a thousand years older have also been found.” The site also indicates that “[t]he rock art of the Drakensberg is the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in Africa south of the Sahara, and is outstanding both in quality and diversity of subject.”
CAROL ANN MULLER, Rituals of Fertility and the Sacrifice of Desire: Nazarite Women’s Performance in South Africa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999, CD-ROM xxi 265 p.
One of the delights of ethnomusicologist Carol Muller’s meticulous ethnography about the South African alternative religion called Church of the Nazarites (ibandla lama Nazaretha) is the CD accompanying the book. Filled with excerpts of Nazarite hymns and color photos, the reader can directly experience the hybrid traditional and Christian music produced by the Nguni and Zulu people from the KwaZulu-Natal. The strength of Muller’s book lies in its contextualization of this music, detailing what compels South African women to sacrifice their sexual desire–a prerequisite for joining the Nazarite religion. Muller reveals a complex world by outlining women’s narratives of preconversion violence, men’s attempts to sell women’s songs on cassettes, and a biography of Isaiah Shembe, the founder of the Nazarite religion. Comparing Christian to Nazarite hymns, and pre-Christian fertility to Nazarite monthly rituals in which young virgins renounce sex and vow to marry God, Muller weaves a fascinating picture of the way s in which South Africans from the KwaZulu-Natal area have blended Christianity and traditional religion to both critique and maintain their relationship to the state and the Christian mission.
In the interview with Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, Santorum defended Foster Friess, who is a major financial backer and has donated at least $330,000 to the super PAC supporting Santorum’s campaign. He said Friess is “a very good man.”
Friess said contraception is inexpensive because back in the day girls would keep their legs tightly shut. “The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly,” Friess said in an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
When pressed, Santorum told Van Susteren that Friess made “a stupid joke” and that it does not “reflect on the campaign or me.”
Van Susteren appeared unsatisfied with Santorum’s response and said Friess is “0 and one” in her book.
Santorum backer’s contraception tip: Keep legs shut
As for his own beliefs on birth control, Santorum repeated remarks he’s come under fire for in recent days. He told the Fox host that he morally disagrees with it. He said contraception is a “downside” to the “whole concept of sexual liberation, sexual freedom.”
Santorum has come under pressure in recent days for comments he made in the past about contraception. In an interview in 2006, then-Sen. Santorum said he is “not a believer in birth control.”
“I think it’s harmful to women; I think it’s harmful to society,” Santorum said.
An uncomfortable-looking Santorum offered assurance that contraception will be permissible should he become president.
“Not everything that I… disagree with morally should the government be involved in,” Santorum said “People have the right to in this country and it certainly will be safe to [use contraception] in a Santorum presidency.”