posted on Apr, 2 2010 @ 08:34 PM
It is said that every Guardian of the 'Ark' of the Covenant (whether the one inside is the original' or maybe a later or a contemporary copy of an
original model, or perhaps there were many of these devices in existence from before the Exile (BCE 587) when many Temples to YHWH and other clan-gods
existed in Palestinian-Israelite lands, who knows) develops 'cataracts of the eyes and other eye-related diseases' after a few years being in front
of the object, which is generally kept draped in thick persian-rug like woven cloth material (i.e. hidden).
The few interviews these Guardians have given since 1920 over the years have included phrases like, 'the Ark is a fearful thing of immense awe that
must not be tampered with and can only be approached by a male virgin priest Guardian who is wholly without male carnal sexual lusts....'
Whatever that means....
Interestingly, there is no longer a mention of the existence of the Ark after the c. 55 year reign (c. 687BCE to 642 BCE) of the southern clan
chiefdom of Manasseh of Judah - and oral history seems to indicate that since Manasseh worshipped cannanite deities e.g. the merman fish god Dagon
and also Chemosh and Astarte and Ben-Hadad and Molech other non Yahwistic clan-gods & goddesses, the older Hezekiah era Priests of YHWH took the
'Ark' into Elephantine Island in Egypt (where a mini shrine was built, complete with a holy of holies) which lasted until at least 400 AD. Ruins at
Elephantine show that not only YHWH and his ark were there, but also plaques were found stating phrases like:
"This Temple Shrine is Sacred to YHWH and his Asherah and also to Ba'al, who is their Divine Son...'
which co-relates to what we know of the worship of YHWH alongside other clan gods ('monolatry' i.e. YHWH at the head of a pantheon of gods/goddeses)
in the socalled 1st Solomonite Jerusalem temple (King Jedediah aka 'Solomon' married several foreign wives for political reasons with other tribal
neighbouring clans around Palestine (including, rarely, at least one Egyptian princess !) who brought their clan gods and goddesses with them, and he
built shrines to them, including shrines to sodomite priests too (the so-called 'QEDESHIM' or 'holy ones' i.e. cultic male prostitutes, later
outlawed by Ezra's reform c. 480 BCE after the Return from Babylon, when the other clan gods and goddesses and sodomites apart from YHWH's priests
had to flee the country) ...
Whatever this Ark of the Covenant (haA'haron haBerit) cultic thingy was, the lid alone was made from solid gold and must have weighed (if we are to
believe the descriptions of this thing in the supposedly ancient Torah) nearly a tonne !
Ahar'on could mean 'powerful' or 'exalted' but also could mean something like 'lit up' as in 'glowing'.
It may have had more uses than mere decoration, especially the technical terms Kheruvim which were some kind of cultic idols (meaning lit. 'swords'
or perhaps 'intercessors': later Rabinnic tradition translates Keruv as 'like a child' hence, the boyish cupid like 'Cherub' or 'boy-angel')
which sat on the heavy gold lid (Kapporeth - translated 'mercy seat', but from K-F-R meaning 'to cover over' so it probably meant 'cover' in the
literal sense at one time, but later had an extended meaning 'to atone for/cover over/blot out sins', 'to assuage', hence Yom Kippur, Day of
K-F-R could also mean 'cleanse/wipe clean off' which might have something to do with the fact that animal sacrificial blood was thrown on it at
certain times of the year. The 'wings' of the two gold Kheruvim idols were supposed to point towards the center of the top of the Ahar'on which
kind of formed a 'seat' for YHWH.
It may have generated something akin to an electrical charge (the Kheruvim sword-weilding idols being positive/negative poles ?) and this might be the
reason why priests who touched the Ark fell down dead (possibly from electrocution?) : see the earlier account of the Death of the priest Uzzah in 2
Samuel chapter 6:6-9 and the re-edited version of the story during Ezra's time in 1 Chronicles 13:10-11