Apsu and Tiamat were the primordial (Babylonian) progenitors of the universe.
As Apsu said to his wife, Tiamat, in the Babylonian creation myth, the Enuma elish--when speaking of their children, the first pantheon of gods:
"Their ways are verily loathsome unto me. By day I find no relief, nor repose by night..."
And, therefore, the two progenitors set about to annihilate their progeny.
Genocide, which I have previously recounted the etymology of, is an old concept for mankind, even if it is a young word.
But, the twentieth century saw more than its fair share of genocides, such as the Cambodian genocide of the 1975-1979.
I did not intend to be gratuitous with my usage of the images of skulls and bound bones in last Friday's post.
I stand by that image; I do not believe it was gratuitous.
As individuals, and as members of various communities, we all have many perceptions of ourselves.
While we likely recognize some aspects of ourselves accurately, we do not always acknowledge other aspects.
In order to grow and to overcome various pasts, as people, as communities, as nations, and as world citizens, we need to embrace these pasts and not try to eradicate memory or awareness of them.
I am a firm believer that wishing things away does not make it so. However, the closing image of Friday's post was an ugly image for which I gave no warning.
Today, in response, one slice of a self-image:
THE MONSTER WITHIN...
(the one who can take pictures of loathsome things, I suppose...)
(...which would imply a potentially monstrous, post-Jekyllandhydian duality as both subject and photographer...)