posted on Jun, 1 2012 @ 10:26 AM
I have been reading about an interesting contemporary perspective on Jesus and Mary from Tau Malachi in his book 'Living Gnosis: A Practical Guide
to Gnostic Christianity'. He works with the tradition of Mary as a prostitute, or rather that she had been promised by her father in marriage to a
Babylonian merchant, but the caravan in which she is travelling in is attacked by robbers and instead she is sold into sexual slavery, and though she
escapes, she is left filled with anger and rage by this experience. In a dream she is told that she should go to the land of her birth, and seek out
the annointed one. To cut a long story short, it is these feelings of hatred and rage, at her exploitation and experience that represent the seven
demons that Jesus casts out of her.
Really this is by the by though, what it reminded me of, or rather points out, is what little choice Mary had in her own destiny, until she
joins with Jesus's band. As did any woman at that time. Had she been a prostitute it was unlikely to have been by her choice. Unless she choose
death or rape as punishment for disobeying either her male relatives, or her male captors. If you have no choice, but to do or die, is it sinful or
shameful? In my opinion no, well certainly not your sin or shame. And there is again something fundamental in all this, why is it, when in
most instances, prostitution in those times, and certainly by the Byzantine period, was a heriditary profession, that you were born into, or as often
sold into as a child, is it the victim that was made to wear the shame, and not her customers?