Today, October 4th, is World Animal Day, celebrating animal rights and welfare across the globe. To me, animals are neither “pets” or objects we “own.” They are souls, our healers and helpers. Respect them. Honour them. Protect them.
Day 3: Treasure
I redrew a swan angel with her babies, the original design is from last year. I didn't think my style had changed much but clearly it has, kinda neat to see :))
[ Angeltober 2022 ]
Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919)
"The Angel of Death" (1880)
Oil on canvas
De Morgan depicts the Angel of Death, who is symbolized by their grey hair and scythe, as a beautiful and benign figure, gently comforting the frail female figure they has in their sight. The young woman appears to have had a hard life--signified by the arid landscape behind her. In contrast the way forward is illustrated with a fertile landscape and spring flowers, demonstrating Evelyn’s view that the path of the Angel of Death is not to be feared.
Hello, I have a question about "biblically accurate angels" that I was hoping to hear your opinion on.
At this point it's been made clear that the entire concept of "biblically accurate angels" is antisemitic and ignorant of the actual origin and context of those specific depictions of angels, and I'm just wondering what you think would be the most respectful way for non-Jewish people to address the issue.
What I mean by that is, do you think non-Jewish people should just stop trying to depict angels in that way because there is no way to do so respectfully, and should stop even trying to talk about "biblically accurate angels" at all because they just don't know what they're talking about anyway.
Or do you think that maybe if people educated themselves enough and came up with a less offensive way to refer to those depictions of angels then they could potentially engage with the concept respectfully?
I ask because my fiance is very enamored with the whole idea of "biblically accurate angels" and I'm just trying to figure out if I should tell him to completely drop it because it's antisemitic, or if I should try and find some resources for him to actually learn about how those depictions of angels fit into Jewish beliefs. He watched a video about "biblically accurate angels" made by W*ndigoon one time and I just worry that it's given him an incredibly skewed and innacurate understanding of the subject.
Considering that the Christian tradition of angels does include descriptions similar to those in Ezekiel, I don't think there's anything wrong with depicting angels in this way if you're not Jewish. My issue is with the "fandomization" of angels and the term "Biblically Accurate Angels". I wish people would stop treating them like Eldritch horror monsters, because they're beings people actually believe in. They're not cryptids, they're sacred. If you're going to talk about them, I'd rather the term "Ezekelian Angels" be used, or "Non-humanoid". And yeah from the little I know about W*******on, and of course their highly inappropriate channel name, they're not exactly the best source to get respectful, accurate information about other cultures and belief systems.
If your partner is interested in the theology of angels and their different interpretations, then he should look to Jewish sources on angels and the actual history of them and their depictions. If your partner can learn to not treat angels like cryptids or fantasy monsters, and can learn to treat those who believe in them respectfully, as well as be well-versed in the actual source material, then there's nothing wrong with him being interested in them.
However, if he's not Jewish, he shouldn't be learning about the angelic hierchy and their spiritual attributes in depth, the Mercava, or the Sefirot, as those are deeply embedded in Kabbalah, which is absolutely off-limits to non-Jews and requires a high level of learnedness, even if you're Jewish.
Some basic articles below about angels in Judaism:
Best of luck with your partner!
"be not afraid" is just the way people spoke when the bible was rewritten into english. angels don't have a distinct ancient way of speaking. they just speak the same way the people they're speaking to do. what's the point of being a messenger if you communicate in a completely different dialect than the person you're trying to communicate with?
anyway, my point is that a seraph would appear in their true form in front of me and say "hey bitch, stop freaking out"