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Minnesattva's LJ Idol entry: Of the Kingdom of Darkness

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May. 31st, 2012 | 12:56 pm

This LJ Idol entry belongs to minnesattva, who is without internet this week. Comments may be left here for her to respond to.
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Of the Kingdom of Darkness


The life of the female leviathan was nasty, brutish, and short.

If those medieval Christian philosophers who asked each other "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin" had talked to Jewish sages instead of trying to expel the Jews from Europe, they might have noticed that the answer to the question "Can God make a stone so big he can't lift it?" had already been answered. By the Leviathan.

Or rather, the Leviathans.

For like everything else, they were created male and female.

But.

Every man has a right to every thing, even to one another's body.

But then Yahweh, that ancient Prometheus, realized that such mighty creatures, who each ate a whale every day, who made the depths of the sea churn like a boiling cauldron...such beasts could not be allowed to live as other animals live, could not be permitted to make more like themselves.

The world is full of teeth and claws, violence and evil, but still. There must be limits. The female leviathan could not live.

Honourable is whatever possession, action, or quality is a sign of power.

God had created an animal that could destroy the world he'd created.

The leviathans should live until the end of time. No harpoon or spear or hook or javelin or dart can pierce their skin, according to the writer of the Book of Job.

Did he do the dirty deed by miracles or muscles? Could Yahweh order his angels to do for him the dirty work of refuting his creation? (And what would happen to them afterward?) Did he create for himself a pair of hands and arms like ours, if not to kill then at least to salt the meat and the hide of the leviathan who'd been doomed by living the life she was born to?

There is no power on earth to be compared to him.

Not any more, anyway. Not now that the leviathan's womb poses no threat.

The only leviathan most of us know now is the solitary, poor monster. Has he forgotten about his mate, as most of us have forgotten her? Does he trawl the depths of the sea in dull loneliness?

Imagination is nothing but decaying sense, and is the same as Memory.

Or does he dream still of how she was taken from him? Does he endure his loneliness with longing and anticipation that she will appear any minute now?

Appetite with an opinion of attaining is Hope.

Does he know he's just as much a testament to a fallible creator as his sistermotherwife?

Her flesh will feed the righteous in the banquet at the end of time, and her skin will form the tent that shelters the banqueters, but until then she lies in God's forsaken pantry, the Lord's larder, the kingdom of darkness from which none of us can rescue her.

The next best thing we can do is remember her.




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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: May. 31st, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
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What a fascinating entry, not least because it goes right to the source of the term and legend and makes something fascinating and even lonely from the most literaral interpretation of the prompt possible.

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from: minnesattva
date: Jun. 1st, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
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I must admit I was one of those who didn't know the legends of there having been more than one leviathan, until I was casting about for an entry this week. At first I got all grumpy -- "stupid parochial misogynistic desert god of the patriarchy!" -- but then I realized I could work with this: the one thing the misogynists and I agree on is that women and females can be powerful and threatening!

I did know the story of the lone terrible leviathan, and I did always think it was a story of inescapable, crushing loneliness. Leave it to me to sympathize with the monster!

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Vice Captain of the Universe

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from: sweeny_todd
date: Jun. 1st, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
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*blinks*

I love this. It just speaks to me.

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from: minnesattva
date: Jun. 1st, 2012 05:35 am (UTC)
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I'm very glad to hear it :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 1st, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
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I really like the question of whether God can destroy something He has made to be "undestroyable". And your language here really sings - it feels Biblical and mythic but modern at the same time.

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from: minnesattva
date: Jun. 1st, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
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The language owes a bit to the Book of Job, wherein the Leviathan is described (particularly as undestroyable and all-powerful, sounding rather like a description of a god; that "there is none on earth like him" quote is actually from the description of the leviathan, though I used it to describe God).

It owes a lot to Hobbes' Leviathan, which was my first idea of what to write about.

I worked hard on it so I'm glad you liked it (one of the things I love about your comments is that they so often pick up on what I worked hardest on/cared most about/am happiest to have spotted by others!

If Hobbes isn't modern enough, I suppose the feminism and my atheism also probably contribute to it seeming modern :)

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The Lord's Larder

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date: Jun. 1st, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
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User minnesattva referenced to your post from The Lord's Larder saying: [...] by jumping through the LJ Idol hoops for me. So you can find my story about God and leviathans here [...]

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from: minnesattva
date: Jun. 1st, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
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Aw, you always say that. :)

(but I am always glad)

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Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.

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from: n3m3sis42
date: Jun. 1st, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad someone wrote about the female leviathan. I didn't know about her until this week when I was researching the topics, but she is fascinating.

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from: minnesattva
date: Jun. 1st, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
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I guess once I knew that story, I couldn't think of writing anything else. I'm glad you approve -- you know what a fan I am of yours :)

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Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.

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from: n3m3sis42
date: Jun. 2nd, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
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*blush* Thank you. One of these days I'll write another historical one for you. :)

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jacq22

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from: jacq22
date: Jun. 2nd, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
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This was clever and another angle on the female side of monsters. Yes loved the flow of the language.

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from: minnesattva
date: Jun. 3rd, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Thank you :) "Leviathan" seemed a really obvious choice to me!

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Myrna

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from: myrna_bird
date: Jun. 2nd, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
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I love that you went back to the biblical origins. I only came across it myself when I was researching to decide which prompt to write. You did it justice!

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from: minnesattva
date: Jun. 3rd, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm so glad you think so! I really tried to :)

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alycewilson

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from: alycewilson
date: Jun. 2nd, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Fascinating. I like learning about mythology, and your ending really stood out to me.

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theafaye

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from: theafaye
date: Jun. 3rd, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
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There are some prehistoric creatures which fit the description of Leviathan, although, of course, there was more than just a single pair before they died out. If you wanted to end a species, you'd definitely be best off killing the females - we make the babies. You don't want to risk that happening by some freak of nature.

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from: minnesattva
date: Jun. 3rd, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
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I considered doing something on the scientific reality of such creatures, but maybe because I lacked the ability to do read up on it much as I was away from the internet and my house all week, I went for myth instead.

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Kizzy

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from: xo_kizzy_xo
date: Jun. 3rd, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I ran across this myth when I was researching this week, too...I passed it over because I didn't think I could do it justice. OTOH you most certainly did :)

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from: minnesattva
date: Jun. 3rd, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Oh that's wonderful to hear. Yeah I wasn't able to read very widely or deeply this week (I really wish I'd had some internet or at least my own books!), so was concerned I'd bitten off more than I could chew, so I'm especially glad to read this :)

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m strobel

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from: mstrobel
date: Jun. 4th, 2012 11:55 am (UTC)
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That was *stunning* :)

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m_malcontent

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from: m_malcontent
date: Jun. 4th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Really strong take on the legend.

I like the kind of philosophical asides mixed so well with the main storyline. Well done.

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A Karmic Sandbox

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from: karmasoup
date: Jun. 4th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
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I immediately thought of the biblical reference to this creature with this prompt, too, but had not the proper familiarity with it to speak with intelligence on it, but I was glad somebody did. This is interesting.

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