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Paintings by Don Karr:

PUNISHMENTS OF
THE FAILED MESSIAHS

2003-2004

 

 

Given his hesitation at creating a new universe, perhaps due to indecision from too many options, the aspirant is deemed a failed messiah and compelled to undergo a series of punishments.

The first punishment involves a tedious number of visionary journeys through the seven heavens, or palaces (hekhalot). The goddessĄŻ foot enforces the ordeal.

The second punishment shows the goddess consuming the aspirant. The ordeal is the sustained threat of obliteration.

For the third punishment, the goddess has bound the aspirant and hung him in a chamber. Perversely, the goddess has set up a radio which plays ghastly and despicable music.*

 

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*Ironically, this image was chosen as the cover of a CD: The Monks of Funk (Ithaca:FingerLakes Recording, Spring 2004), which features the songs and singing of Don Karr.

 

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