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We Are the Other People
by Otter G'Zell

"Ding-dong!" goes the doorbell. Is it Avon calling? Or
perhaps Ed McMahon with my three million dollars? No, it's
Yahweh's Witlesses again, just wanting to have a nice
little chat about the Bible...
     Boy, did they ever come to the wrong house! So we
invite them in: "Enter freely and of your own will..." (Hey,
it's Sunday morning, nothing much going on, why not have
a little entertainment?) Diane and I amuse ourselves
watching their expressions as they check out the living
room: great horned owl on the back of my chair; ceremonial
masks and medicine skulls of dragons and unicorns on the
wall; crystals, wands, staffs, swords; lots of Goddess
figures and several altars; boa constrictors draped in
amorous embrace over the elkhorn; white doves sitting in
the hanging planters; cats and weasels underfoot; iron
dragon snorting steam atop the wood stove; posters and
paintings of wizards and dinosaurs and witchy women,
some proudly naked; sculptures of mythological beasties
and lots more dinosaurs; warp six on the star-filled
viewscreen of my computer; a five-foot model of the USS
Enterprise and the skeleton of a plesiosaur hanging from
the ceiling; very, very many books, most of them dealing
with obviously weird subjects... To say nothing of the great
horned owl perched on the back of my chair and the
Unicorn grazing in the front yard. You know; early Addams
Family decor.
     And then, of course, it being late in the morning, you
can expect Morning Glory to come wandering out naked,
looking for her wake-up cup of tea. Morning Glory naked is
a truly impressive sight, and the Witlesses look as if she'd
set titties on stun as they stand immobilized, hands
clasped over their genitals. With the stage set and all the
actors in place, the show is ready to begin.
     Their mission, of course, it to save our heathen souls
by turning us on to "The Word of the Lord"_their Bible. I
guess they figger some of us just haven't heard about it
yet, and we're all eagerly awaiting their joyous tidings of
personal salvation through giving our rational faculties to
Jesus. Every time they come around, I look forward to
trying out a new riposte. Sure, it may be cruel and sadistic
of me, but hey, I didn't call them up and ask them to come
over; they entered at their own risk!
     This time should be pretty good. After letting them run
off their basic rap while lovely Morning Glory serves us all
hot herb tea, I innocently remark: "But none of that applies
to us. We have no need for salvation because we don't
have original sin. We are the Other People."
     "Hunh? What?" they reply eloquently. It's clear they've
never heard this one before.
     "Right," I say. "It's all in your Bible." And I proceed to
tell them the story, using their own book for reference:
     Genesis 1:26_ The [Elohim] said, "Let us make
humanity in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves,
and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of
heaven, the cattle, all the wild beasts and all the reptiles
that crawl upon the earth."
     Elohim is a plural word, including male and female, and
should properly be translated "Gods" or "Pantheon."
     27 The Gods created humanity in the image of
themselves, In the image of the Gods they created them,
Male and female they created them.
     28 The Gods blessed them, saying to them, "Be fruitful,
multiply, fill the earth and conquer it. Be masters of the fish
of the sea, the birds of heaven and all living animals on
the earth."
     Now clearly, here we are talking about the original
creation of the human species: male and female. All the
animals, plants, etc. have all been created in previous
verses. This is before the Garden of Eden, and Yahweh is
not mentioned as the creator of these people. The next
chapter talks about how Yahweh, an individual member of
the Pantheon, goes about assembling his own special little
botanical and zoological Garden in Eden, and making his
own little man to inhabit it:
     Gen 2:7_ Yahweh God fashioned a man of dust from
the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life,
and thus the man became a living being.
     8 Yahweh God planted a garden in Eden which is in the
east, and there he put the man he had fashioned.
     9 Yahweh God caused to spring up from the soil every
kind of tree, enticing to look at and good to eat, with the
tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in
the middle of the garden.
     15 Yahweh God took the man and settled him in the
garden of Eden to cultivate and take care of it.
     Now this next is crucial: note Yahweh's precise words:
     16 Then Yahweh God gave the man this admonition,
"You may eat indeed of all the trees in the garden.
     17 Nevertheless of the tree of the knowledge of good
and evil you are not to eat, for on the day you eat of it you
shall most surely die."
     Fateful words, those. We will refer back to this
admonition later.
     Then Yahweh decides to make a woman to go with the
man. Now, don't forget that the Pantheon had earlier
created a whole population of people, "male and female,"
who are presumably doing just fine somewhere "outside
the gates of Eden." But this setup in Eden is Yahweh's own
little experiment, and will unfold to its own separate
     21 So Yahweh God made the man fall into a deep
sleep. And while he slept, he took one of his ribs and
enclosed it in flesh.
     22 Yahweh God built the rib he had taken from the man
into a woman, and brought her to the man.
     Right. Man gives birth to woman. Sure he does. But
that's the way the story is told here.
     25 Now both of them were naked, the man and his wife,
but they felt no shame in front of each other.
     Well, of course not! Why should they? But take careful
note of those words, as they also will prove to be
     Now this next part is where it starts to get interesting.
Enter the Serpent:
     Gen. 3:1_ The serpent was the most subtle of all the
wild beasts that Yahweh God had made. It asked the
woman, "Did God really say you were not to eat from any
of the trees in the garden?"
     2 The woman answered the serpent, "We may eat the
fruit of the trees in the garden.
     3 "But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden
God said, 'You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of
     4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "No! You will not
     5 "God knows in fact that on the day you eat it your
eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing
good and evil."
     What a remarkable statement! "Your eyes will be
opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil."
The Serpent directly contradicts Yahweh. Obviously, one of
them has to be lying. Which one, do you suppose? And, if
the serpent speaks true, wouldn't you wish to eat of the
magic fruit? Wouldn't it be a good thing, to become "like
gods, knowing good and evil"? Or is it preferable to remain
in ignorance?
     6 The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and
pleasing to the eye, and that it was desirable for the
knowledge that it could give. So she took some of its fruit
and ate it. She gave some also to her husband who was
with her, and he ate it.
     7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they
realized that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves
together to make themselves loincloths.
     The author makes an interesting assumption here: that
if you realize you are naked you will automatically want to
cover yourself. Further implications will unfold shortly...
     8 The man and his wife heard the sound of Yahweh
God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they
hid from Yahweh God among the trees of the garden.
     9 But Yahweh God called to the man. "Where are you?"
he asked.
     10 "I heard the sound of you in the garden," he replied.
"I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid."
     11 "Who told you that you were naked?" he asked.
"Have you been eating of the tree I forbade you to eat?"
     And so the sign of the Fall becomes modesty. Take
note of this. The descendants of Adam and Eve will be
distinguished throughout history from virtually all other
peoples by their obsessive modesty taboos, wherein they
will feel ashamed of being naked. It follows that those who
feel no shame in being naked are, by definition, not
carriers of this spiritual disease of original sin!
     12 The man replied, "It was the woman you put with
me; she gave me the fruit, and I ate it."
     Right. Blame the woman. What a turkey!
     13 Then Yahweh God asked the woman,"What is this
you have done?" The woman replied, "The serpent tempted
me and I ate."
     So of course she blames the serpent. But just what did
the serpent do that was so evil? Why, he called Yahweh a
liar! Was he wrong? Let's see...
     21 Yahweh God made clothes out of skins for the man
and his wife, and they put them on.
     Out of skins? This means that Yahweh had to kill some
innocent animals to pander to Adam and Eve's new
obsession with modesty!
     And now we come to the crux of the Fall. Yahweh had
said back there in chapter 2:17, regarding the fruit of the
tree of knowledge, that "on the day you eat of it you shall
most surely die." The Serpent, on the other hand, had
contradicted Yahweh in chapter 3:4-5: "No! You will not die!
God knows in fact that on the day you eat it your eyes will
be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and
evil." So what actually happened? Who lied and who told
the truth about this remarkable fruit? The answer is given
in the next verse:
     22 Then Yahweh God said, "See, the man has become
like one of us, with his knowledge of good and evil. He
must not be allowed to stretch his hand out next and pick
from the tree of life also, and eat some and live forever."
     Get that? Yahweh himself admits that he had lied! In
fact, and in Yahweh's own words, the Serpent spoke the
absolute truth! And moreover, Yahweh tells the rest of the
Pantheon that he intends to evict Adam (and presumably
Eve as well) to keep them from gaining immortality to go
with their newly-acquired divine knowledge. To prevent
them, in other words, from truly becoming gods! So who, in
this story, comes off as a benefactor of humanity, and who
comes off as a tyrant? THE SERPENT NEVER LIED!
     This story, to digress slightly, bears a remarkable
resemblance to a contemporary tale from ancient Greece.
In that version, the Serpent (later identified as Lucifer, the
Light-Bearer) may be equated with the heroic titan
Prometheus, who championed humanity against the
tyranny of Zeus, who wished for people to be mere slaves
of the gods. Prometheus, whose name means
"forethought," gave people wisdom, intelligence, and fire
stolen from Olympus. Moreover, he ordained the portions
of animal sacrifice so that humans got the best parts (the
meat and hides) while the portion that was burned to the
gods was the bones and fat. In punishment for this
defiance of his divine authority, Zeus condemned
Prometheus to a terrible punishment for an immortal: to be
chained to a mountain in the Caucasus, where Zeus'
gryphon/eagle (actually a Lammergier) would devour his
liver each day. It would grow back each night. Zeus
promised to relent if Prometheus would reveal his great
secret knowledge: Who would succeed Zeus as supreme
god? Prometheus refused to tell, but history has revealed
the answer...
     The interesting thing about all this is that the Greeks
properly regarded Prometheus as a noble hero in his
defiance of unjust tyranny. One may wonder why the
Serpent is not so well regarded. On the contrary, snakes
are loathed throughout Christiandom.
     23 So Yahweh God expelled him from the garden of
Eden, to till the soil from which he had been taken.
     24 He banished the man, and in front of the garden of
Eden he posted the cherubs, and the flame of a flashing
sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.
     So that's it for the Fall. But the story of Adam and Eve
doesn't end there.
     Gen 4:1_ The man had intercourse with his wife Eve,
and she conceived and gave birth to Cain...
     2 She gave birth to a second child, Abel, the brother of
Cain. Now Abel became a shepherd and kept flocks, while
Cain tilled the soil.
     3 Time passed and Cain brought some of the produce
of the soil as an offering for Yahweh,
     4 while Abel for his part brought the first-born of his
flock and some of their fat as well. Yahweh looked with
favor on Abel and his offering. But he did not look with
favor on Cain and his offering, and Cain was very angry
and downcast.
     Well, why shouldn't he be? Both brothers had brought
forth their first fruits as offerings, but Yahveh rejected the
vegetables and only accepted the blood sacrifice. This was
to set a gruesome precedent:
     8 Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let us go out;" and
while they were in the open country, Cain set on his brother
Abel and killed him.
     Accursed and marked for fratricide,
     16 Cain left the presence of Yahweh and settled in the
land of Nod, east of Eden.
     We can assume that the phrase "left the presence of
Yahweh" implies that Yahweh is a local deity, and not
omnipresent. Now Eden, according to Gen. 2:14-15, was
situated at the source of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers,
apparently right where Lake Van is now, in Turkey. "East of
Eden," therefore, would probably be along the shores of
the Caspian Sea, right in the Indo-European heartland. Cain
settled in there, among the people of Nod, and married one
of the women of that country. Here, for the first time, is
specifically mentioned the "other people" who are not of
the lineage of Adam and Eve. I.e., the Pagans.
     So let's look at this story from another viewpoint: There
we were, around six thousand years ago, living in our little
farming communities around the Caspian Sea, in the land
of Nod, when this dude with a terrible scar comes
stumbling in out of the sunset. He tells us this bizarre
story, about how his mother and father had been created
by some god named Jahweh, and put in charge of a
beautiful garden somewhere out west, and how they had
gotten thrown out for disobedience after eating some of the
landlord's forbidden magic fruit of enlightenment. He tells
us of murdering his brother, as the god of his parents
would only accept blood sacrifice, and of receiving that
scar as a mark so that all would know him as a fratricide.
The poor guy is really a mess psychologically, obsessed
with guilt. He is also obsessively modest, insisting on
wearing clothes even in the hottest summer, and he has a
hard time with our penchant for skinny-dipping in the warm
inland sea. He seems to believe that he is tainted by the
"sin" of his parent's disobedience; that it is in his blood,
somehow, and will continue to contaminate his children
and his children's children. One of our healing women
takes pity on the poor sucker, and marries him...
     17 Cain had intercourse with his wife, and she
conceived and gave birth to Enoch. He became builder of a
town, and he gave the town the name of his son Enoch.
     With both of their first sons not turning out very well,
Adam and Eve decided to try again:
     25 Adam had intercourse with his wife, and she gave
birth to a son whom she named Seth...
     26 A son was also born to Seth, and he named him
Enosh. This man was the first to invoke the name of
     Now it doesn't mention here where Seth's wife came
from. Another woman from Nod, possibly, or maybe
someone from another neolithic community downstream in
the Tigris-Euphrates valley. But her folks also, cannot be of
the lineage of Adam and Eve, and must also be counted
among "the other people."
     But whatever happened to Adam? After all, way back
there in chapter 2:17, warning Adam about the magic fruit of
knowlege, Jahweh had told him that "on the day you eat of
it you shall most surely die." So, when did Adam die?
     Gen. 5:4_ Adam lived for eight hundred years after the
birth of Seth and he became the father of sons and
     5 In all, Adam lived for nine hundred and thirty years;
then he died.
     Hey, that's pretty good! Nine hundred and some odd
years isn't bad for a man who's been told he's gonna die
the next day!
     Well, the story goes on, and maybe next time the
Witlesses come to visit I'll tell more of it. But suffice it to
say that those of us who are not of Semitic descent (i.e.,
not of the lineage of Adam and Eve) cannot share in the
Original Sin that comes with that lineage. Being that the
Bible is the story of that lineage, of Adam and Eve's
descendants and their special relationship with their
particular god, Yahweh, it follows that this is not the story
of the rest of us. We may may have been Cain's wife's
people, or Seth's wife's people, or some other people over
the hill and far away, but whichever people the rest of us
are, as far as the Bible is concerned, we are the Other
People, and so we are continually referred to throughout.
Later books of the Bible are filled with admonitions to the
followers of Jahweh to "learn not the ways of the Pagans..."
(Jer 10:2) with detailed descriptions of exactly what it is we
do, such as erect standing stones and sacred poles,
worship in sacred groves and practice divination and
magic. And worship the sun, moon, stars and the "Queen of
Heaven." "You must not behave as they do in Egypt where
once you lived; you must not behave as they do in Canaan
where I am taking you. You must not follow their laws."
(Lev 18:3) For Yahweh, as he so clearly emphasises, is
not the god of the Pagans. We have our own lineage and
our own heritage, and our tale is not told in the Bible.
     We were not "made" like clay figurines by a male deity
out of "dust from the soil." We were born of our Mother the
Earth, and have evolved over aeons in Her nurturing
embrace. All of us, in our many and diverse tribes, have
creation myths and legends of our origins and history;
some of these tales may even be actually true. Like the
descendants of Adam and Eve, many of us also have
stories of great floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions
and other cataclysms that wiped out whole communities of
our people, wherein "I alone survived to tell the tale."
Nearly all of our ancestral tribes (and especially those of
us who today are reclaiming our own Pagan heritage) lack
that peculiar obsessive body modesty that seems to be a
hallmark of the original sin alluded to in the story of the
Fall. We can be naked and unashamed! Why, our Goddess
even tells us, "as a sign that you are truly free, you shall
be naked in your rites." Not being born into sin, we have no
need of salvation, and no need of a Messiah to redeem our
sinful souls. Neither heaven nor hell is our destination in
the afterlife; we have our own various arrangements with
our own various deities. The Bible is not our story; we
have our own stories to tell, and they are many and
diverse. In a long life, you may get to hear many of them...
     May you live long and prosper!

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