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Parallels between Inri Sejenus and Jesus Christ posted 04 Jul 2005, 11:07 by Echoex, Auditor

I've asked this question in another string, but thought I'd pose it to the one person who could answer it. I appreciate your indulgence. There are a couple of irrevocable parallels between Inri Sejenus and Jesus Christ: 1) INRI is the traditional inscription on the top of the crucifix. The acronym translates to "Jesus of Nazereth, King of the Jews". 2) Sejenus can be rearranged to read "Jesus" (with the letters EN remaining). 3) Both are prophets. 4) Both spawned their own religions (or had religions spawned on their behalf, depending on your viewpoint). There are myriad other examples I could probably find if I wasn't sitting in my office cube 'working'... Am I grasping here? view post

posted 04 Jul 2005, 14:07 by Deerow, Auditor

While I agree there is one other observation I would add. That being some parallels between Jesus Christ (as recorded in the Gospels) and Kellhus. Many of Christ's teachings were ones of acceptance and forgiveness, contrary to that of the old testament of the Bible where many of the "teachings" were about punishment and the wrath of God. I find similar circumstances in PoN (TWP to be specific). In this case, the Tusk (as interpreted by the Latter Prophet Inri Sejenus) reads a lot like the Old Testament of the Bible. Very hardlined, extreme "teachings" and punishments that include stoning whores on sight and *TWP SPOILERS* binding a man to his dead wife as punishment. Kellhus on the other hand spends his time walking with the prostitutes and blasphemers, the ones shunned by the religious elite (much like Christ), and teaches more abstract principles of Truth and Justice. He goes as far as to remove the passage from the Tusk that says whores should be stoned on sight and gives enlightening words to Esmi as regards the place of women in the world. Perhaps I am way off base on this one, though. I hope Mr. Bakker has more than coy answers to give on this one 8) view post

posted 05 Jul 2005, 20:07 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Like many other aspects of PoN the roles of Kelhus and Inri Sejenus as Messianic characters are taking typical archetypes and turning them on their heads. I think Scott has commented on the parrallels in another thread on the forum but I can't recall off hand. view post

posted 06 Jul 2005, 11:07 by Echoex, Auditor

I suppose -- to be more exact -- I should pose the question as "were these similarities intentional?" ...which is a foolhardy question upon further examination, as no writer worth the paper he writes on would be so generous as to confirm or deny such a question. view post

posted 06 Jul 2005, 21:07 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Ah, such a clever trap. :lol: First Deerow says "I hope Mr. Bakker has more than coy answers to give on this one," which makes me evasive if I don't answer. Then Echoex says "no writer worth the paper he writes on would be so generous as to confirm or deny such a question," which makes me a hack if I do answer! I guess I'll settle for hack: The parallels you mention are intentional in several obvious respects, I think, but in an organic rather than a schematic sense. I never drew up lists of 'Jesus attributes' or anything like that, which I then self-consciously applied to Kellhus. All the parallels, to Christ, to Muhummad, and to Buddha all came to me in the course of writing - whatever seemed to work. So I guess you could say they're not [i:237isn01]intentionally[/i:237isn01] intentional. Hmm... Perhaps I should have said 'evasive hack.' :wink: view post


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