I find that the deeper I delve into religion, the more my efforts merely uncover an ancient riddle. One can earnestly trace the factual basis for religion. When one does, that leads to threads and stories and archetypes that are far older than written language itself. Consequently, there is one religion of the world that persists; all of its permutations are different only in terms of detail and emphasis. Hence, this one religion of the world is an ancient riddle because it is woven into the very fabric of our psyche from times when we were not even modern humans.
Islam traces back to the Christianity of James and Jesus. Likewise, Christianity traces back to a union of Judaism and religions of the east, within one schism; the other half of that schism traces back to Judaism and Babylonian theology (which, in turn, traces back to Egyptian theology), absorbing the European religions along the way. From there, those separate, and trace back to Egypt and the Aryans, respectively. They join again in the Emerald Tablets of Thoth. Finally, the wisdom of the tablets of Thoth traces back into the pre-literate psychology of mankind and pre-humanity. This religion is constantly branching out and recombining with itself like a species undergoing an evolution. Our religion, just like our DNA, distinguishes us, then recombines us, then scatters us into the diaspora of the stars to differentiate us once again.
Some Notes on “Ancient Riddle”
This is a keyboard improvisation. I have applied reverb and echo filters to it via Audacity. It is in E Major. It takes on a ternary format (ABA), where the “B” section is a development section. In the development section, there are no key changes, but there is a lot of polytonality (multiple keys being present at once). Finally, In the recapitulation, the melody does not end in the tonic of E Major, but rather, on the super-dominant, c# minor, suggesting the parallel minor, without actually achieving a transition to that key, leaving the ending of the piece in a highly ambiguous state.