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they just recognized Christ as Apollo ruling from Parnassus.
According to Greek mythology, this mountain was sacred to Dionysus and the Dionysian mysteries; it was also sacred to Apollo and the Corycian nymphs, and it was the home of the Muses.
Mount Parnassus is named after Parnassos, the son of the nymph Kleodora and the man Kleopompus. A city, of which Parnassos was leader, was flooded by torrential rains. The citizens ran from the flood, following wolves' howling, up the mountain slope. There the survivors built another city, and called it Lykoreia, which in Greek means "the howling of the wolves." While Orpheus was living with his mother and his eight beautiful aunts on Parnassus, he met Apollo who was courting the laughing muse Thalia.
They probably also saw Christ as Dionysus...
Yes i think you're right with all that, clearly Free Masonry was highly influenced by something only suggested as cautionary satire, with predictable results.
In the 2nd and 3rd century CE, those oracles at Didyma and Clarus pronounced the so-called "theological oracles", in which Apollo confirms that all deities are aspects or servants of an all-encompassing, highest deity. "In the 3rd century, Apollo fell silent.
The Assembly of the great gods has magnified [you ...]
Ninurta, warrior, you [...],
Gatherer, their authorities you [...],
you have taken their offices and you [...],
kingship of lords [is entrusted] in yo[ur] hand,
lord, your anger is flood [...],
warrior of the gods, you are exalted, lo[rd ...]
lord, your face is the Sun, your locks [Nisaba],
your two eyes, lord are Enlil and Ninlil,
your eyeballs are Gula and Belet-il
your eyelids, lord are the twins Sin and [...],
your eyebrows are brilliance of the Sun, which [...],
your mouth's shape, lord - Ištar of the stars [...],
Anu and Antu are your lips, your speech - [...],
your Mover (= tongue?) is Pabilsag, who [...] on high,
the "heaven" of your mouth, lord is circumference of heaven and earth, dwelling place of the [great] gods,
your teeth are the Seven, the slayers of evil,
your cheeks, O Lord are the rising of bri[lliant] stars,
your ears are Ea and Damkina, sages of wisdom [...]
your head is Adad, who [makes] heaven and earth [...] like a kiln,
your brow is Šala, beloved spouse, who makes [Adad's heart feel happy],
your neck is Marduk, judge of heaven [and Netherworld], deluge [...],
your throat is Zarpanitu, creat[ress of peop]le, who [...]
your chest is Šullat, who examines [...]
your shoulders are Haniš, who establishes p[lenty, r]ains down abundance,
your right side is Utaʾulu [...],
your left side is Ninpanigarra [...],
the fingers of your fists are [...],
your nails are the bright star [...],
your [...] are Dagan, who [...]
originally posted by: pthena
So for me Chiron is the visible model of the hidden Christ.
The Wounded Healer archetype is interwoven, naturally, into Jesus and certainly for the Greek audience of the New Testament that was implicitly seen as a path of learning and development that they would have recognised.
That Bacon was known as a poet by his contemporaries is proved by abundant evidence. Perhaps the most important proof of the esteem in which he was held is exhibited in the "Great Assizes Holden in Parnassus." The two parts of the Pilgrimage to, and the Return from , Parnassus were produced respectively in 1597, 1598, and 1601. "The Great Assizes" was printed in 1645.
To the lofty mount of Learning, crowned with its temple, the university, prefigured in their dreams as Parnassus, the glorious abode of Apollo and the Muses, the lovers of Learning journey; but find, after experience, how vain have been their dreams, and return to the world disillusioned. In time the fact beams luridly upon their vision that the golden age of literature has past, and is being supplanted by an age of trashy pamphleteers and news-scribblers. The lovers of true literature thereupon appeal to Apollo, who convenes a high court to meet at Parnassus.
The destination of Parnassus is of course interesting in that it takes into account the survival of Ante-Diluvian knowledge, as the residents thereabouts had been led to safety on it's slopes by friendly wolves and survived the Greek flood, thus the quest is concerned with the search for timeless and Universal understanding, as bound up in the cult of Apollo and Artemis.
"From the Heliconian Muses let us begin to sing,
Who hold the great and holy mount of Helicon,
And dance on soft feet about the deep-blue spring
And the altar of the almighty son of Cronos, and,
When they have washed their tender bodies in Permessus
Or in the Horse's Spring or Olmeius,
Make their fair, lovely dances upon highest Helicon
And move with vigorous feet"
- Hesiod, Theogony