March 25, 2010

“This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

(Notice also the visual allusion to “thorns and thistles.”)

Well, Adam, you have a new world here.

February 22, 2010
In the interest of redeeming my reputation after that rather pathetic five-letter ambigram I just posted, here’s something that took a little more skill.

In the creation drama acted out in the Mormon temple ceremony, Adam begins his career as Michael, a semi-divine being who works together with Jehovah to create the earth, and on the sixth day Michael’s spirit is put into the body of Adam. Adam is put to sleep for a bit of rib surgery as in Genesis, and when he wakes up he has forgotten everything. He seems not even to know where Eve came from and may even think she is his mother; unlike the biblical Adam who calls her “Woman, because she was taken out of Man,” the Michael/Adam of the temple ceremony immediately calls her by her postlapsarian title “Eve, the mother of all living.”

Shortly after Adam and Eve have been introduced into the Garden of Eden and the Gods have departed, Lucifer shows up. He approaches the now-clueless co-creator of the world and says:

Adam of course has no idea what he is talking about. I’ve always found it an evocative idea: You create a world to live in and quickly forget that you were the one who created it or that you ever lived anywhere else. It makes a good metaphor for various circumstances I sometimes find myself in, and when I find myself in such circumstances that line from the temple always comes to mind: “Well, Adam, you have a new world here.”