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terrifying bright beings within







On my way home two nights ago, I passed a church blazing with light, and it was so unearthly and beautiful, I stopped to take a picture.

The picture turned out even more unearthly than the actual scene. Creatures of pure light, with too many wings and eyes, must have been gathered within, flaming coolly in the February night, singing hymns in forgotten languages and in frequencies beyond the range of human ears.




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sartorias
Feb. 5th, 2017 12:42 am (UTC)
That is very bright!
asakiyume
Feb. 5th, 2017 12:09 pm (UTC)
It's interesting how, in real life, the human eye can compensate. It was certainly glowing with light as I drove up, but I could still distinguish more of what was around--but the camera captured **only** the glow.
queenoftheskies
Feb. 5th, 2017 01:48 am (UTC)
Beautiful!
asakiyume
Feb. 5th, 2017 12:11 pm (UTC)
It was mysterious and marvelous.
yamamanama
Feb. 5th, 2017 02:00 am (UTC)
I first thought of a Diakon Entite but your description made me think of The Black Wall Of Jerusalem or maybe Moondust, the latter of which I have not read.

I finally posted a sketchbook entry.
asakiyume
Feb. 5th, 2017 12:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't know diacon entite, but when I did a Google search, it gave me an image as well as an explanation, and the image seems like it could definitely produce a glow like this.

I'll come visit your page later today--looking forward to the sketches.
sovay
Feb. 5th, 2017 05:14 am (UTC)
The picture turned out even more unearthly than the actual scene. Creatures of pure light, with too many wings and eyes, must have been gathered within, flaming coolly in the February night, singing hymns in forgotten languages and in frequencies beyond the range of human ears.

I like the dea of a church full of cherubim.
asakiyume
Feb. 5th, 2017 12:13 pm (UTC)
It definitely seemed supernatural, driving by, and I couldn't think whatever supernatural brightly glowing creatures would choose to congregate in a church.
yamamanama
Feb. 5th, 2017 01:31 pm (UTC)
You know, with the way your avatar is offset, I always think you're replying to me.
pigshitpoet
Feb. 5th, 2017 07:05 am (UTC)
fantastic
are you saying there were angel choirs and blithe spirits?

awe!

what is the reference to too many eyes?
asakiyume
Feb. 5th, 2017 12:08 pm (UTC)
Re: fantastic
In icongraphy of cherubim (cherubim and seraphim being types of angelic being), they're often depicted "as all-seeing with numerous eyes on their wings, relating to the aforementioned 'effusion of wisdom' revealed by their name." (source)

(image from the same source)

amaebi
Feb. 5th, 2017 12:58 pm (UTC)
Tedious info from Brown-Driver-Briggs
The name Seraphim indeed comes from a fiery root. But BDB say that the root of cherubim is unknown. There is no three-letter verb root kaf-resh-bet that they know of. They nestle it in just after kaf-resh-hey, to feast.
asakiyume
Feb. 5th, 2017 02:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Tedious info from Brown-Driver-Briggs
Not tedious at all--appreciated! My sense of this image of cherubim came first from A Wind in the Door, and only later did I find out the iconography was (one form of) traditional. But it's all too easy for a site like that to pass along folk etymologies or vague stories, and I'd much prefer to learn what linguists think/say. So thank you!
khiemtran
Feb. 5th, 2017 06:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Tedious info from Brown-Driver-Briggs
Not tedious at all! Thanks for that...
sovay
Feb. 6th, 2017 06:26 am (UTC)
Re: Tedious info from Brown-Driver-Briggs
There is no three-letter verb root kaf-resh-bet that they know of. They nestle it in just after kaf-resh-hey, to feast.

Prrrt.
amaebi
Feb. 5th, 2017 12:38 pm (UTC)
Inside, they bowl soft balls of rolled darkness at armies of spikey korror-- if you had the ears of a whale you would hear the thunder.
asakiyume
Feb. 5th, 2017 02:25 pm (UTC)
I will in embarrassment admit that I don't know korror and it's not appearing on page one of Google results in a way that makes sense to me--but I love the idea of bowling balls of rolled darkness!
amaebi
Feb. 5th, 2017 05:00 pm (UTC)
I will in embarrassment admit that I typoed-- I meant horror. :D
asakiyume
Feb. 5th, 2017 05:16 pm (UTC)
Ack! Sorry to put you on the spot! Well, horror I do understand ^_^
amaebi
Feb. 5th, 2017 11:41 pm (UTC)
Not at all. I neither claim infallibility nor hope for it, not being deranged [in that way]. :D I thought it was funny.
khiemtran
Feb. 5th, 2017 06:40 pm (UTC)
Great shot! Creatures of pure light never seem to photograph well. Exposure is always a pain.
asakiyume
Feb. 6th, 2017 09:47 pm (UTC)
Angel (looking at a photo showing nothing but uniform light): I look terrible in this.

Photographer (with a smirk): Would you say I caught you at a bad angle?

Angel (clobbers photographer)
mnfaure
Feb. 6th, 2017 12:53 pm (UTC)
It looks like the church exists on many planes at once. :D
asakiyume
Feb. 6th, 2017 09:48 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's an accurate photo, then ;-)
heliopausa
Feb. 7th, 2017 02:39 am (UTC)
I like this very much - it reminds me that there's "terrifying bright beings" all around me - "it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit" (CS Lewis).
asakiyume
Feb. 7th, 2017 04:30 am (UTC)
That's a great line ♥
c_maxx
Feb. 8th, 2017 10:14 am (UTC)
Singing to remind Her and her saints to preserve us!
asakiyume
Feb. 8th, 2017 02:01 pm (UTC)
And when they sing, we feel her near.
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